The frustration of unwanted ugly belly fat! Many people truly look to quick fix nutrition programs and fat burning supplements as the answer of the stubborn midsection! This blog was the #1 viewed blog of 2010 that I had posted so I wanted to share it again just in time for spring:))
Shredded, wash board, razor cuts…these are lifelong dreams of many fitness enthusiasts. I personally view a lean firm stomach as a testimonial of one’s dedication to their nutrition and training. I receive many emails a day from people seeking advice on training their stomach. Here is a list of the Top 7 questions about achieving those razor cut abs! Also a bonus question at the end:))
Question #1: Do we have an upper and lower abdomen? Answer: No. A lot times I think we feel that we have two separate sections of the abdominal. Our rectus abodominal muscle is actually all one main muscle. The reason we often see the upper abdominals contract and burn more is because of the muscle fibers in this region. The upper abdominal muscle fibers shorten more during abdominal movements but actually the whole abdomen does contract. Proper nutrition, cardiovascular training and your core program is important!
Question #2: Why can I not see my abs yet? I do a ton of abdominal crunches but I still can not see my abs! Answer: Remember you can not spot train. Basically what this means is that we can not burn fat out of certain regions of our body. Now i do believe that we should put extra focus on those stubborn areas to help them pick up the pace:) It is very important that we balance out our fitness instead of just trying to work on our problem spots. According to a study done at the University of Massachusetts. A group of men did the equivalent of 5,000 sit ups in 27 days and did not lose any body fat from their abdomen. The key is your cardiovascular, nutrition, and your training program.
Question #3: What is the best abdominal exercise? Answer: This is a tough question. My theory is that we must incorporate the posterior side of the body into the abdominal movement. So I personally believe the two best movements are the abdominal plank and the v-up crunch. Both of these movements incorporate the whole rectus abdominus and lower erectior spinae.
Question #4: Should I always train my abs at the end of the workout? Answer: Personally I am a fan of mixing abdominal movements in to the middle of the workout. Remember our body is a creature of habit. We are trying to break the principle of adaptation. So a good mixup is important. Try doing your stomach first. Be careful on leg day! If you fatigue your lower back before squats or deadlifts you must be cautious!
Question #5: Can I use weights on my ab exercises? Answer: Yes, I would try to master technique first before increasing the intensity with weights. The key is technique then intensity!
Question #6: How often can I train my abs? Answer: No research has shown that we can overtrain our stomach. Personally I train my stomach multiple times per day. The military and top athletes in the world train their abdomen daily!
Question #7: Does side bends with dumbbells reduce my love handles? Answer: Unfortunately this does not work. This movement actually works the lateral range of motion in your spine. The key to reducing these areas is proper diet and your cardiovascular program. Bonus Question: If you would change one thing in my diet what would you do? Wow: Tough question…honestly I say there are 3 main keys. Work on eliminating all simple sugars, meal spacing, and work on increasing your lean protein.
Yes believe it or not but lack of movement is labeled as the “silent killer”. If you really look at your daily activity you might find a big majority is “sitting” .Yes we have become a screen viewing society and many just lack movement with a combination of poor nutrition is a DEADLY combo.
As you are aware, I’m sure, people who work in an office tend to sit down ALL DAY LONG, and even if they have worked out in the morning (like at your boot camp), they still might be very sedentary during the day. Here’s a typical example: Get up and go to Steve’s boot camp with your day starting at 4:30a.m.
If you look at your life schedule with children. It could be even more lack of activity. Driving children to their activities and sitting and watching activities..in general we have become even more inactive the more involved our children become. On the go makes us even more open to grabbing food on the go and foods with preservatives.
4:30a.m -5:00 – SIT in car on way to Good Life Fitness
5:00-6:00am — Boot Camp at Good Life Fitness
6:00-6:30am – SIT in car going home
6:30-7:30 – ready for work
7:30-8:00 – SIT to go to work
8:00-11:30 – SIT at work
11:30-12:30 – lunch (SIT most of it)
12:30-5:00 SIT at work
5:00-5:30 – SIT on the way home
5:30-bedtime – dinner, SIT to read/watch tv/help kids with homework, e.t.c.
That’s 11 hours of sitting, not including the sitting time after 5:30p.m. Lack of activity…YES belly fat and flat butt syndrome:) Amazing when you really break down your daily activity like above.
GOALS: Get up and move around through out the day. How about a ergonomic desk that allows you to stand? How about taking a walk or better yet go to the gym over your lunch hour? How about go for a run/walk when your children are at their practices? Your daily goal is 10,000 steps per day!!Share it!
OVER 55 million people start on their fitness goals January…BUT over 80% fail in 6 weeks…BUT do we really ever fail?!? Hopefully you have NOT joined a health club and signed a 1,2, or 3 year contract:)
How is your year 2017 going? Like many we are all doing our best to push ourselves when we workout. I have been witnessing many in the gym with a new level of motivation to meet their 2017 goals. But that warm bed, on a winter morning, is a hard one to part with mentally and physically. Yesterday, we received tips on avoiding the food cravings….how about we determine the tips for MOTIVATING ourselves to Work Out and to overcome that craving to stay in bed or relax on the couch?
And just like food cravings the same applies to our workouts, “The magic number in fitness transformations is 12 weeks! If you can stay dedicated for this period of time you will notice remarkable changes. In the fitness world the statistic shows a 65% failure rate around 12 weeks. On a brighter note…remember nobody fails in fitness. You will work on your fitness EVERY single day of your life!”
The top ten motivators that have worked for me:
1. Set goals that will motivate YOU and write them down. Read it daily, these goals will be very powerful for you when you are working out and keep you moving forward.
2. Tell a friend and provide them with your written goals….what’s better than having more accountability.
3. Get a Workout Partner or find someone in the gym that pushes you to give it your best and makes you want more or will keep you coming.
4. Know any one that may think you can’t do it…..prove them wrong and enjoy the look you get as you progress. This could be a huge factor for you to not decide to miss workout.
5. Motivate yourself with the programs you like to do or that work best for you. We like the path of least resistance. If it isn’t something you like or challenging you will find a million reasons to do something else.
6. Think of your work outs as opportunities or as small tasks. It can be mentally easier to motivate yourself to commit for 30 or 60 minutes, one day, one week or one month.
7. Set a schedule that is convenient and works for you. Always have the attitude to not alter that schedule for something or someone, this is my time!
8. Think positive. You will have some challenging days and you may experience some awkward moves and discomfort. Focus on what you can do; it will improve because you desire to make it work for you. Workouts should make you happy!
9. The euphoria after an intense workout. At first you may feel dogged, maybe beaten but eventually it is the GREATEST feeling when you recognize that you put it all out there, you gave your best and that is the ultimate satisfaction! Enjoy this emotional high it is a motivational boost.
10. You want it, you need it and most of all you DESERVE to be healthier and fitter!!
Here is a great challenge to get your body, your health, and your life back on track!! Maybe you have been in great shape before, maybe you are just sick of feeling sick and tired!! Stop into Good Life Fitness!! It is time to take action and make a change!
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Throughout the years I have witnessed some major life changing transformations. I still have so many questions about peoples struggles with achieving fitness success? Why does fitness have a 65% failure rate at week 12? Why do so many fall into the infomercial traps to only find themselves still looking for the next best thing? Why do so many look to the next supplement or fat burner to fill in the gaps where their nutrition is failing? Maybe we will never know the true answers but this is life long goal of myself and the staff at Good Life Fitness/N-10sive Boot Camps! We are dedicated to our clients fitness success!
Have you ever noticed in the local garage sales all of the fitness equipment sitting there? I have known thousands of people who have purchased P90x, Insanity, Bow Flex, treadmills, ellipiticals, and eventually they turn into glorified cloth hangers. Yes it looks easy and convenient but the #1 element is missing…GROUP ACCOUNTABILITY!!I truely believe the #1 element that is missing in many home video workouts is GROUP ACCOUNTABILITY!! Studies show a 225% success rate when people exercise in a group atmosphere! Travis Eckhardt was not new to fitness and like many Travis looked to the famous P90x and Insanity workout to help him take his fitness to the next level. I am HONORED that Travis has shared his personal fitness testimonial and his experience at Good Life Fitness/N-10sive Boot Camps !!
Background-Good Life Fitness has been a key element to my fitness transformation. I’ve always been an active individual, playing sports in high school and college. After organized sports ran its course I tried to occupy my free time by working out at the gym or doing P90X or Insanity workouts. The gym allowed me to maintain my current fitness level but never really improve, I simply wasn’t dedicated enough to push myself when no one was looking. P90X and Insanity are great workouts and I was able to see results but it became boring/dull doing the same workout over and over again. I soon found myself not pushing myself, fast forwarding the workout, and finally skipping workouts all together. I never really got completely out of shape all together but I definitely wasn’t pushing myself to improve my fitness level either.
Workouts-In late November I joined Good Life Fitness to participate in N10sive boot camps. I was very skeptical at first thinking that the workouts would be a walk in the park. WRONG. It was one of the hardest workouts I have ever done. In fact, a lot of days as I leave the gym I’m thinking to myself that was one of the hardest workouts I have ever done. That is the great thing about this place. Once you show up there is no stop button or slacking off or taking breaks. I also find myself constantly sore which means these workouts are really doing their job. I personally am very competitive by nature and love to set the pace in class if I can but not at the expense of sacrificing form. When Steve talks about “how we can make the workouts harder” I personally think if you have to ask that question you’re not doing them right. Every day is a challenge if you follow the instructions and push yourself.
Nutrition-Equally important as the intense workouts is your nutrition plan. Good Life’s nutritionists designed a customized diet for me based on my activity level that included calorie intake per day, what to eat, when to eat, etc…I try and stick to that nutrition plan as close as I can during the week. I certainly have my “cheat days” and have never said “no” to chips and salsa but by avoiding keeping those foods in the house I eat them less frequently. Good Life has also provided us with some great recipes to mix up our meal plan instead of eating the same food every day. I’ve been a big fan of the Myofusion protein that is sold at Good Life and just recently started taking the “Super Charge” pre workout drink that I feel has improved my energy and focus during workouts. I also prefer to work out in the morning because when I do I feel that I have better self control when picking foods to snack on. If I’ve just killed myself on a workout that morning I don’t want to go and offset it by eating something unhealthy.
Results– I’ve been a member six months now and my body weight has dropped from 177 lbs to 158 lbs. My body fat % has dropped from 12.5% to 6.6% and I have no intentions of being satisfied. These work outs are addicting, exciting, and always changing. You can’t say the same with a DVD workout. In addition to the results I’ve seen on the scale, the friendships I’ve developed over the past 6 months are equally as rewarding.
In 2017 You Will Look And Feel Your BEST!!! In 2016 Good Life Fitness Was Picked In The TOP 50 BEST Gyms In America AND #1 Gym In Nebraska By Men’s Health Magazine!! Good Life Fitness Also Won BEST “Place To Feel A Burn” And #1 Gym In Customer Service In Lincoln!!!
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