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The Cardio Debate

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

One of our great debates in the fitness industry still rages on:

 ‘You need to do cardio to lose weight’ runners-on-a-tready

 If you’re sceptical that you can get results without doing cardio, then you need to read this…

 My advice (and this works with excess protein intake as well)…

 “Just cut back on the cardio a little bit each week until you realize that doing less doesn’t actually slow your fat loss progress.”

 In fact, if you replace it with harder shorter intervals, I’ll bet you that will get more results than you would sticking to the long distance cardio. Want to see for yourself? If so, then  sign up for a month of Personal Training with one of our Personal Trainers or one of our Boot Camp programs doing short intervals only, and I guarantee your body shape will change or I will give you your money back…

 Most people don’t realize that you can’t expect to get different results by doing the same thing over and over again, but people are afraid of change. They’d rather keep on running for 45 minutes and not lose weight than try something different that pushes them out of their comfort zone a little bit for as little as 20 minutes and see the fat melt away.

 My personal opinion, people stick with cardio because it is easier mentally & physically to go for a jog or use the strider compared to doing real burn fat workouts that can change your body (such as the Succeed burn fat fast workout (due out soon), bodyweight exercises, and interval training).

 Taking the easy way out does NOT work.

 And it’s boring.

 Succeed’s NEW “burn fat fast workout” training program will be available online soon. It will be a complete training program available for purchase online that will transform your body.

I have been trialling this method of training for the past four months and have lost over 8kg of Bodyfat so far…. and I haven’t ran longer than 25 minutes in any session.

Still got a bit to go.. here is my target – vince-del-monte

 Stay tuned!

 Scott Williams

Succeed Personal Training

Succeed Personal Training Canberrra in the Media

Friday, October 2nd, 2009
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Due to our recent Success we have been fortunate enough to get a bit of time in the media spotlight:

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The Last Two Training Sessions

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Just a quick post to give you a rundown on Friday and Saturday’s training sessions.

Friday saw me have a go at one of the foundation girls of Cross Fit in Angie.

I have to say that Angie is not a very nice girl. You have to complete each exercise before you move on to the next one.

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100 x chin ups

100 x push ups

100 x sit ups

100 x air squats

This is a time based challenge to be finished as quick as possible, and I really sucked at this one…. As much as it wasn’t really a cardiovascular based fitness session I really struggled. Once I had gotten to a certain number the muscles just wouldn’t contract to keep going and I found myself having to rest just to get two or three reps out at a time. 

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Time: 24.30

Avg HR: 122

Calories: 249

 

 

Saturday saw me back at the Devil’s Den for another session with the boys (wish  had stayed at home)… I was a bit nervous as I had missed last weeks training session.

The cross fit session was made up of:

20 x 30kg push press ( standing shoulder press)

20 x squats

20 x push ups

20 x lunges

20 x burpees ( my fault I got these, when he asked what I wanted I said to lay down)

I have to say this was also a killer muscular wise. I felt ok with the caardiovascular, but I just couldn’t get my muscles to work at all and found myself having to rest to complete sets…

Time: 17.52

Avg HR: 163

Calories: 305

It was a great session and one I will definitely come back to at some stage.

I also had one of my Personal Training clients getting ready for the City to Surf and I had her do a modified version of

one of the cross fit sessions on Saturday morning and she was awesome. Well done girl…

Good luck to all of our clients heading to the City to Surf. I am sure you will all do yourselves and Succeed proud.

Scott Williams Succeed CEO & Personal Trainer

Personal Training Clients

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Today’s post is one for two of my wonderful clients that have allowed me to video and photograph them in the middle of a Personal Training Cross Fit style of session.

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I have been training both of these lovely ladies for quite some time and would like to say a big congratulations on all your hard work and effort.

For the records they have both lost quite a bit of weight and besides all the whining they do, these girls really like to push themselves hard (in between conversation of course)…

So today I have named this WOD the Karell/Elice version of a ‘dirty thirty’. Simply means that every exercise you do you have to do, you do 30 reps…

20kg Deadlift

12kg Kettlebell Swings

4kg Turkish Get Up

Burpees

10kg Clean & Press

Push Ups

Hanging Knee Raises

30 calories – Rower

                         The Turkish Get Up

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I am very proud of the girls, they did an amazing job, and for the first time we did a session in silence ( music to my ears), due to the fact they couldn’t get any oxygen to the lungs.

Great work girls, keep it up.

Scott Williams, Succeed CEO & Personal Trainer Canberra

Strength Training for a Higher Metabolism

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

By: Scott Williams the Fitness Expert

 The term strength training refers to developing muscle strength and endurance through resistance (weight) training. Muscle strength refers to a one-time maximum effort of force that one applies in a movement of a single muscle group. Muscle endurance is the ability of muscles to apply a sub-maximal force repeatedly or to be exercised over an extended period of time. Common body weight exercises that build both muscular endurance and strength are push-ups, chin-ups, a variety of machine exercises, and lifting free weights.

 Strength training will prevent muscle tissue from declining as you get older. Contrary to popular myth, however, strength training will not make you bulky unless you set up a strenuous program that’s geared to that particular purpose. Yes ladies it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE for you to ‘BULK’ unless you actually train for that and even then it is a hard road for you.  That is where a personal trainer really comes in handy for you.

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 Keep in mind that the main metabolic difference between aerobic (exercise that uses oxygen during performance) and anaerobic strength-building exercises is that while aerobic burns more body fat during the actual exercise, anaerobic exercise continues to cause calories and body fat to burn for quite a while after the session is over. For this reason, anaerobic exercise has a far more dramatic effect on your resting metabolic rate.

 Scientists have only recently begun to recognise this benefit of anaerobic exercise. Training for musclur strength has been popular for many years among bodybuilders and professional athletes, but the general population is now finding its way into many of the gyms in Australia.

 One of the main benefits of strength training is that it builds the density of muscle – and the more denser the muscle, the more calories that are burned up. As we age our metabolism decreases by about  ½ percent every year, from when we hit our thirties. When you consider every pound of muscle burns 50 calories a day, it’s easy to understand the contribution that muscle makes to losing weight quickly and effectively, and keeping it off in the long run.

 For every pound of fat that you replace with muscle, you’ll lose a half a pound of body weight. We burn off calories both during and after exercise, even as we sleep, watch TV, or read a book. Strength building exercises fire up our “furnace” and raise our resting metabolic rate.

Be sure to always seek the professional help of a personal trainer for a program to suit your individual needs.

We have 13 trainers to choose from all over Canberra so if you need any help, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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The Succeed Team

The Facts on Fat

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

by Scott Williams the Fitness Expert

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How much fat should I eat?
Regardless of the kind of fat eaten, fat provides more energy per gram than all other nutrients.
Foods higher in fat are thus higher in energy.

  Fat yields 37 kilojoules per gram.

  Carbohydrate yields 17 kilojoules per gram.

  Protein yields 16 kilojoules per gram.

  Alcohol yields 29 kilojoules per gram.

A daily intake of 30% kilojoules from fat is more than enough to promote good health. When a fat loss and exercise program is in progress, a 15% to 20% intake of kilojoules from fat per day is enough to promote nutritional adequacy and assist body fat loss. A sensible fat intake target should be between 30g and 60g and this will depend on gender and individual energy needs. Eating less than 30g fat per day for an extended period is both unrealistic and unnecessary.

Which are the ‘bad fats’?
Saturated fat: fat that is solid at room temperature like butter or the fat on meat is largely saturated fat. This should be eaten the least. Too much of this kind of fat raises blood cholesterol (LDL or bad cholesterol) and is highly correlated with increased risk of heart disease. Avoid ingredients labelled as animal shortening, coconut and palm oils, lard, dripping, coconut milk, milk fat or animal and dairy fat.

Which are the ‘good fats’?
Monounsaturated fat: monounsaturated fats can be found in animal and plant fats and oils. These fats are the healthier kind but should still be eaten in moderation. Highly monounsaturated fat sources are plant-derived and include olive oil, canola and peanut oils. Plant food sources include avocados, peanuts, hazelnuts and macadamia nuts. Monounsaturated fats may also have unique properties in reducing the risk of heart disease when they replace saturated fat intake.
Polyunsaturated fat: oils rich in polyunsaturated fats come extracted from plant seeds and include safflower oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, and soybean oil and are also important to health. Seeds such as soya beans, corn and sesame seed are also rich in polyunsaturated fats.

Why are Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats important?
Essential fats in our nutrition are called essential fatty acids (EFA) and include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. EFA are all polyunsaturated fats. Our bodies can produce other fatty acids but cannot produce EFA, thus we need to eat them. EFA have various important functions in the body: they are critical to the structure of the body’s cell membranes and in the production of important hormones that are involved in bodily processes like blood clotting, the control of blood pressure and in reproductive function.

Which foods contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats?
Deep-sea fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids – this includes readily available oily fish like tuna, herring, mackerel, salmon and sardines. Other longer chain omega-3 fatty acids (called DHA & EPA) are also found in oily fish and seafood and can be made by the body using the omega-3 EFA. Soybean and canola oils and other polyunsaturated vegetable oils are good sources of omega-3 fats, as are walnuts, linseeds, and green leafy vegetables. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in polyunsaturated vegetable oils, including soybean, safflower and sunflower oils.

What are trans-fatty acids?

 These occur naturally in animal and dairy products but have a similar cholesterol raising effect as saturated fat. When polyunsaturated margarine is made solid, some of the unsaturated fatty acids are converted into trans-fatty acids. Many margarines have been changed so that they have less trans-fats than in previous times.

 Do I need to cut my cholesterol intake down?
Cholesterol in food is found only in animal products. Vegetable oils don’t contain cholesterol, but some may still contain saturated fat, like palm and coconut oils. Our bodies can also produce it in the liver. If large amounts of cholesterol are eaten, the body will usually compensate by producing less. Thus we can eat 3 to 4 eggs per week and enjoy prawns, which are also high in cholesterol, provided the overall saturated fat intake in the diet is low.

What does the National Heart Foundation recommend for dietary fat intake?

  Saturated fat and trans-fats should not contribute more than 8% of total energy intake

  Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats can contribute 8-10% of total energy intake

  At least two fish meals per week should be eaten to ensure adequate intake of marine omega-3 polyunsaturated fat intake

  A proportion of dietary saturated fat intake should be replaced by monounsaturated fat intake

  People at low coronary risk can reasonably eat moderate quantities of cholesterol-rich foods

  People with plasma cholesterol levels greater than 5.0 mmol/L or other risk factors should restrict the intake of cholesterol-rich foods

For more information please don’t hesitate to contact one of the Succeed Personal Trainers or Bootcamp Instsructors based at various Health Club / Gym locations around Canberra.

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Make it a Habit

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Do you have trouble getting motivated to exercise?

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Do you wish there was something you could do about it?

Do you think it’s your willpower that just doesn’t measure up?

What if there was a way for you to develop your willpower?

What if I could give you a few little secrets that you could use to create motivation and put to use to reach your fitness goals? Well if you’re willing to supply just a little bit of desire and a little bit of effort, I’ll teach you how to develop an unstoppable motivation and willpower that your friends will envy.

The key to your success is a simple five letter word… and that word is habit. This is our number one goal! Yes! Our number one goal is to create the habit of exercise and our improved fitness will be a by product of accomplishing this. How are we going to do this? We are going to break this down as far as necessary. And you will be the one who determines just how far that is. What do I mean by that? Well virtually all exercise consists of either steps or repetitions. Think of your favorite exercise. Is it walking? Then it can be broken down to steps… (or time spent) right? Is it push ups? Then it can be broken down to repetitions. Get the idea? So if we are to succeed at creating the habit of exercising, technically we only need to take “some” steps or to do “some” repetitions on a regular, consistent basis.

You might be thinking, come on now… how is taking a few steps or a few repetitions going to help me reach my fitness goals? Stay with me for a minute. Most people who fail at reaching their fitness goals, fail because they lack motivation. And the reason they lack motivation is because their holding the wrong picture in their mind. Both of how you perceive exercise and how you perceice yourself, plays a big part in the picture….. Always remember, something is better than nothing.

I begin by telling myself that I am going to do “one set” of my favorite exercise (the leg press) and then after giving myself two or three minutes to recover from that set, I will then ask myself if I want to do more. Nine times out of ten I do! And if I don’t I can still feel good that I did that set and strengthened the habit of exercise. Surely anyone can do a “single set” of their favorite exercise and create the habit of doing so. Make the goal creating the “habit”… not the workout!!! We can always increase the steps, the reps, the number of sets, the exercises and the time spent anytime we want to! And I encourage you to do so… whenever you feel like it!

We need to keep in mind that not all workouts have to be maximal. Start each workout with just one set of your favorite exercise. Wait 2 or 3 minutes and while you’re waiting, praise yourself for accomplishing that set. You’ve just included some exercise in your day. Doesn’t that feel good? You have taken the first step to creating a habit… a very good habit. And each time that you do this you are strengthening that habit. Now, ask yourself if you feel like you want to do more. If not… stop. If so, repeat.

Many people get to the gym and turn around and go home because they just don’t feel up to working out that day. But many of us have found that if we just submit to doing a set or two of something, we begin to feel like doing more.

Habits begin like flimsy cobwebs at first and are strengthened day by day to become like unbreakable cables to strengthen our lives. What happens is once you get started, you will begin to feel the endorphins rush and most of the time you will “feel” like doing more. I kid you not! Try it!

Here is a poem that I came across recently that seems appropriate for this article. I hope you enjoy it.

Who am I?

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.

Half the things you do you might just as well
turn over to me and I will be able to do them
quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed –
You must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want
Something done and after a few lessons
I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great men;
And alas, of all failures, as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine,
Though I work with all the precision
Of a machine plus the intelligence of a man.
You may run me for a profit or run me for ruin –
It makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me,
And I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I? I am habit!
– Anonymous

 Looking for a Personal Trainer or Bootcamp in your area? Go to our website today for more details: www.succeed.com.au . Email your interest and we will give you a FREE Personal Training session, just so you can see what actually does happen.

Beginners Guide to Fitness

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

What to do when you are ready to get in shape?

So you are finally ready to turn from your couch potato ways, and trade your T.V. remote in for a dumbbell! Congratulations, and welcome to the wonderful world of fitness! I commend you on your resolve to lose weight and get into shape! Now where do you begin? These days there sure is a lot of talk about diet and fitness, whether it is a new diet pill or piece of exercise equipment. It is enough to make your head spin, and certainly enough to confuse the beginner. Take a deep breath, and follow these simple tips to go from being a fitness beginner to a pro!

TIP #1: GET MOVING

The first thing you need to do, as a fitness beginner, is to start moving! I mean this literally. Get up, and walk out your front door. Now walk down the street. Now turn the corner. Keep going! Do you get the picture? Start introducing your body to fitness by going on walks. These walks will probably start out slow and short, but before you know it they will be brisk and long. Try to work up a sweat as you tour the neighborhood. Make it a habit to wake up early to go on your walk, or consistently go on a walk before you go to bed. These walks will get you to start burning calories each day, and will also begin to build your cardiovascular endurance.

TIP #2: STRETCH

Once you become a pro at walking, you will need to add something new to your routine. Stretch before and after your walks. Start by reaching down to touch your toes and holding it for 30 seconds. You will feel tightness on the backs of your legs, in your hamstrings. Now place your palm against a wall at chest level and turn your body away from it. As you hold this for 30 seconds you will feel a stretch in your chest. Most inactive people have tight hamstring and chest muscles due to prolonged sitting, so it should be your priority to stretch these muscles out. You will be pleasantly surprised at what this will do for your posture!

TIP #3: CLEAN YOUR DIET

Fitness professionals like to claim that 80% of what your body looks like is directly related to what you eat. In other words, if you are eating burgers and fries and visiting the gym everyday, you are still going to look like you are eating burgers and fries! It is time to clean up your diet, so you can continue on your fast track to fitness.

  • Rule #1: No more fast food. Fast food is cheap, available, and quick, but it is far from healthy. You are better off avoiding it completely.
  • Rule #2: Eat 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday. Your body needs the nutrients found in these foods, and they will fill you up without empty calories.
  • Rule #3: Eat 4-5 small meals a day, rather than 2 large ones. This will keep your metabolism high all day, and turn you into a calorie-burning machine!

TIP#4: FIND A GYM & PERSONAL TRAINER

After you have mastered walking, stretching, and have started to clean up your diet, you are ready to join a gym. Don’t be intimidated or scared of this concept, the gym is a friendly place where people go to burn calories and build muscle! Find a local gym that has a convenient location near your home or work place. The key to making your gym membership worth its monthly dues is to use it consistently. Go to the gym no less than three times a week. While you are there begin a resistance training program as well as a cardiovascular program.

TIP #5: FIND A BUDDY

There is no better motivator to get you to the gym than knowing that someone is there waiting for you. If you find yourself slacking off in your workouts, or skipping the gym, a workout buddy might be just what you need. Find a friend with whom you share similar fitness goals, and become workout buddies. Agree to meet three times a week at the gym, and encourage each other throughout your workout. You will find that this makes workouts motivating and fun.

There you have it, all you need to know to get yourself up off the coach and into a healthy, fit lifestyle! Making the decision to get into shape will be the best one you make in your life, and I wish you all the best.

Looking for a trainer in the Canberra area? Then look us up at: www.succeed.com.au and you will receive a FREE Personal Training session with one of our professional staff.