Posts Tagged ‘interval training’

Weight Loss Secrets Part III

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Hope you are all having a great day? Here is part III of my Weight Loss Secrets….

Fitness tip 9 – Interval Training. Interval training is the number 1 cardiovascular exercise for weight loss. It includes high intensity exercise (for10-60 seconds) broken up with periods of low intensity exercise. The good thing with interval training is that you burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. So there’s no need to spend hrs pounding away on a treadmill, you can be done in 20-25 mins and that’s including your warm up and cool down! This form of training will keep your metabolism elevated for up to 24 hrs after you’ve finished training, through E.P.O.C (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), so you’ll be burning calories even while you’re sleeping.

Fitness tip 10 – Include a cheat day once every 10 days! Keep your body guessing and have a cheat day once a week. This will stop your body from hitting a plateau and stop your metabolism from slowing down. A cheat day is a good time to eat the foods you’ve been craving throughout the week. No-one can eat perfectly 100% of the time without cracking, so hold off any foods that aren’t in your nutrition plan until this day. Having a cheat day will allow you to be good for the other day’s, (just don’t go too mad)!

Fitness tip 11 – Eat whole foods. Whole foods have formed the basis of the human diet for millions of years. In the last hundred or so years we have been subjected to countless foods that are totally foreign to us. Much of what we call food today (McDonalds, potato chips, sugar coated cereals, French fries) are highly processed and have no nutritional value, these foods will be stored as fat by your body. You are what you eat, if you eat wholesome foods that are full of nutrients, your body has all the raw materials it needs to keep you nourished and maintain a weight that is ideal for you. Whole foods are foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains all of which are full of vitality. There is more and more research and people heading back to the old style of eating like our ancestors (caveman style). If you can catch it, pick it, or grow it, you can eat it!  CB066438

Fitness tip 12 – Write your goals down. On a piece of paper write down your goals, set yourself a timeframe and look at it everyday. Make sure their realistic enough for you to achieve but tough enough to make you work hard for them. Every time you reach your goals, set new goals and timeframes, this will help you stay motivated and maintain your results. Having goals gives you a path to follow and something to strive for.

Scott Williams

Women Over 40 – Fitness Secrets Part I

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

A blog post for all those women over 40 who still want to look good

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A blog post for all those women over 40 who still want to look good.

Are you over 40? Feeling like it is too late? What’s a woman to do?

 Sadly there isn’t a ‘magic formula’, but there is hope.

While it isn’t possible to ‘spot reduce’, which means to lose fat from specific target areas, (unless you resort to surgical procedures) you can do exercises that will help tighten those TROUBLE SPOTS.  Then, if you lose body fat, your problem areas will also be affected, giving you the look that you desire.

I find that many women in their forties experience weight gain around their stomach and backsides, specifically; their tummies and behinds, resulting in a thicker waist and wider hips.

Here are a few ‘SECRETS’ that you can employ to tap into the fountain of youth.  I promise, you can feel better than you did in your thirties, look your best, and have energy to spare.

GET OFF THE TREADMILL!

Yes, that is right.  If all you do on a treadmill (or any cardio machine) is long, slow, monotonous sessions, stop it!
Your body (and maybe a few pieces of equipment) is all you need.

The key and the way forward is that you must replace your long slow cardio sessions with short high intensity interval training sessions.

PUSH YOUR WEIGHT AROUND!

To lose body fat, every woman MUST add some resistance training to their workout regime.

Your GOAL is to add some muscle to your body.  Muscle is an active, calorie burning tissue that helps keep your metabolism going strong. The main reason why many over 40’s are gaining weight while eating the same quantity of food is that they’ve lost some lean muscle mass generally due to a more sedentary lifestyle.

It’s a fallacy that our metabolism will slow down as we age, thus leading to that inevitable ‘middle age spread’ as we gain fat.

By adding muscle building exercises 3-4 times a week, you will hold onto the muscle that you had in your twenties and thirties.  In fact, if you work hard, you can even build a little extra.

This doesn’t mean that you need to join a gym or buy expensive equipment. No, don’t worry you are not going to get muscles all over your body. The female body simply isn’t capable of that unless you train very specifically with that goal in mind.

 Using basic things like your body weight as resistance is often more than enough weight, and you will achieve a beautifully feminine body shape.

Here is a list of BENEFITS that you’ll get from a combination of weights & cardio:

  • You will burn more fat doing a combination of both
  • You will change the shape of your body quicker
  • You will boost your metabolism by retaining or building more muscle
  • You will increase strength, becoming more functional
  • You will build strong bones which will combat osteoporosis
  • You will improve joint stability and reduce the risk of injury

 This can be accomplished with a few simple exercise programs. Look up your local Boot Camp or get a trainer with plenty of experience to write you a program or go online and get an online Personal Trainer and program written for yourself if you wish?? We can help you out here, simply email my office and we will get you hooked up: admin@succeed.com.au or stay tuned for the NEW ‘Succeed Body Overhaul Program’ that will be on sale real soon….

Scott Williams

CEO, Succeed Personal Training

Want to do Away with Boring Cardio?

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Hey All Fitness Fanatics,

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If you are like me, you seem to have less time throughout the day yet you have twice as much to do!

Well I know that is my world anyway.

We all understand the importance of exercise and what it does for you (I won’t go into details in this post, I am sure you have heard them all before).

I now get up at 4.30am every morning and do not hit the pillow till about 1am most nights ( is anyone else working these hours?)….

Anyway, out of all your training I can guarantee that cardio is taking up most of your time. If you are like the 74% of the Australian community that still train this way…

Well I am here to tell you:

The way of cardio is changing

 Gone are the days of long distance time consuming ( 40 + minutes) ‘boring’ walks/cardio. There is more and more research showing the greater benefits of doing a higher intensity session over a short period of time rather than the slow ‘old fashioned’ way.

What is the best I here you ask??

There is no exact best way to do cardio, other than being prepared to do what it takes to get the results.

Remember if we keep doing the same thing we will keep getting the same results!

Interval training is really starting to take over the fitness world with such benefits of shorter workouts, better results more body fat burnt just to name a few.

Crossfitworkouts (for those that have the heart), I will put you through a session with me for you to try it out.

You may end up like this though:

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I am not an advocate of low intensity cardiovascular, but it still does have its place at certain times for various people (not everyone can do high intensity).

There are a multitude of ways you can increase your intensity (running, varying your walking speed, mixing up the weights session). 

 It has been shown that high intensty cardio will maintain more lean muscle mass, build your endurance, boost your metabolism during and after exercie and burn more body fatthan low intensity cardio will do.

What I do want to talk about is that here at Succeed we have listened to you, our clients and your demands on the day to day grind.

So we have created a much more effective way for you to train.

You can read about our new program here:

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Scott Williams

CEO, Succeed Personal Training

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