How To Blast Stubborn Belly Fat

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:))

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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.

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The “Silent Killer”

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.

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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!!

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How Is Your Fitness Going In 2017

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!”

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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!!

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HONORED To Assist So Many People!!

– “I was impressed with the knowledge foundation that our instructors have and their commitment to fitness and OUR health. They really have educated themselves on how to train us safely and effectively. I have been able to learn quite a bit from them and have been able to improve my ability to help others through their knowledge”. Dr. Scott Strasburger

“When I first started the boot camp sessions my goal was to just lose a few pounds and be done. However, after 3 weeks I started noticing changes that I’ve never experienced before and was hooked. I’ve been amazed at my experience ever since. Steve’s sessions are more than just a work-out; they’re educational and full of support. Prior to working with Steve I rarely ate breakfast, snacked on foods I considered healthy because they were low-fat and drank anywhere from 4 to 6 cans of diet soda each day. He taught me that exercising and eating the right type of foods combined is a recipe for success. I’ve learned the importance of drinking lots of water, eating breakfast every morning, eating regularly and eating good protein each day. I highly recommend Steve and his N-10sive Boot Camp training sessions to anyone looking for a way to change their body quickly and permanently. His sessions are educational, personable and fun! ”

“Boot camp was an important part of my 6 weeks transformation.  Steve was able to push me to the next level and beyond.  Being comfortable with my workouts and diet has been the key.  Being a mother of 4 and working full time as an Occupational Therapist you have to make exercise and diet just as important as anything else.  It is easy to eat fast food those quick meals the kids like.  It takes time to get up early to workout before the kids are up, make a special lunch for work, and get a meal started fro the evening but that is what it takes.  In the past I did not have the tools to adequately push me to see results as I have seen and will continue to see.  With the changes Steve has helped me make not only has my body changed my family has benefited by the nutrition and having a happier, healthier mom.  If you have the desire and drive…you will see results!  Be ready for a new you.

 

“I’ve carried around extra weight for years and have not been in the best shape. Steve developed a program just for me and helped me lose weight and worked on some of my other fitness issues. I’ve lost and kept off 25 pounds and do not have back pain like I used to have. In addition, I feel my overall health is better!. I highly recommend Steve.”
Randy Bretz- Marketing and Sales Associate

“Steve is a fantastic personal trainer who both inspires and instills confidence in his clients to help them reach their fitness goals. He is extremely knowledgeable about the best ways to combine diet and exercise to improve his clients’ overall health and well-being.”
Katherine Brandenburg- Marketing Communications and Public Relations Professional

“Four years ago I started power lifting under Steven Auxier’s direction. In that time he has helped me accomplish gains in strength that I never thought possible. Steve can see ones potential and safely help them set and surpass their goals. Since starting this sport he has helped me add almost 400# to my total pounds lifted and is responsible for my current 2nd place ranking in the United States for my division. Because of his coaching, I’ve actualized a dream of being a part of a United States team, something I would have never imagined! ”
Barbara Sieps- National and World Champion, American and World Record Holder

“As a physical therapist, I have times where I refer patients on to a personal trainer to continue their exercise progression as well as to help return them to sports. I have referred patients to Steve because I have seen the knowledge that he possesses as well as the dedication to his clients. Steve is a hard worker and tailors his clients workouts to their specific needs and goals. He is constantly reading about and researching the latest advances in exercise and nutrition which keeps him on the cutting edge and allows his clients to see great results.”
Rob Kobza, Physical Therapist, Snyder Physical Therapy

<em>“I have just completed my 6th week of training with Steve Auxier. The strength program that Steve has developed has improved my tennis game incredibly by focusing on my weaker areas of my game! My first step to the ball is quicker, I have more strength in my forehand and my endurance has really changed!”
Zach Northey- US Tennis Circuit Competitor 

“As a competitive powerlifter, my training is unique. Steve is able to target specific improvements in both my technique and training cycles over and over again. For the past 4 years, I have continuously made significant gains in each of my lifts – which is quite an accomplishment! Not only that, but he inspires me everyday to become a better athlete.”
Kelli Lambert- Silver Medalist USAPL Bench Press Nationals

“I do not have as much free time in the summer to drive to Lincoln to meet with Steve. During golf season we focus on flexibility and core work and then he switches my program to building strength in the off season. My long game in golf has improved substantially.”
Dr. Larry Carlsson- Omaha Nebraska

“Dear Steve,
Year end of 2008 is a good opportunity for me to thank you for all the effort you’ve put in to helping myself, my husband and my office staff live healthier, happier, more productive lives. You have definitely gone above and beyond in accommodating our limited facilities and time and given us a thorough workout every week.
We all appreciate the variety in your presentation of the different parts of our workout and the feeling after each session that Every muscle of our being has received its individual attention. We can all attest (and readily tell anyone who asks) to the fact that we are stronger, more flexible and have more endurance than almost 2 years ago when we started working with you INSTEAD of now feeling “older”!
Thank you–We appreciate you.”
Donna M. Howe, DDS

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Good Life Fitness “The Cure For The Common Workout”

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Join Us For The 6 Week “Shred” Transformation Challenge

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!

This Challenge Is FREE For All Good Life Fitness Members Of BOTH Locations!!!!

Wave 2 Competitors Will Measure This Sunday From 11a.m. To 1p.m. January 22nd.  BOTH Locations

Wave 3 Competitors Will Measure Sunday January 29th.  BOTH Locations From 11a.m. To 1p.m. 

NO Appointment Necessary.

 

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Why 65% Of People Fail With Home Workouts!!!

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.

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NEW N-10sive XPRESS Fitness

Starting January 1st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We Are Dedicated To Helping You Look And Feel Your BEST In 2017

Check Out The NEW 30 Minute Classes Over Your Lunch Time PLUS 6:30p.m. Group Fitness At Good Life Fitness Southeast On 84th Highway 2!!!!!!

Good Life Fitness Southeast is now offering 56 Group Fitness Classes each week (starting January 1)!
Our NEW :30 Minute classes are a condensed version of your GLF favorites! I like to just call them…fast & hard!

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Fitness Comfort Zone-Stepping Out For Maximum Results

I am the first to admit that it is not fun to push yourself.  When I was powerlifting I dreaded the 3 hour squat workouts…but I had an amazing training partner that LOVED SQUATS!    It is human nature to constantly comfort and reward ourself throughout the day.  Look at Starbucks for example… They are constantly upselling you with the following one liner “would you like to add a delicious pumpkin bar with your latte”?  Well sure….I can comfort myself!   We have been taught from an early age that food can be comforting just like grandma’s chocolate chip cookies when we were upset.  Have you ever noticed that large commerical gyms are loaded with low impact cardiovascular machines or selectorized circuit equipment?  Have you ever noticed that the ellipticals are packed…I guarantee 45 minutes of the elliptical is alot easier than 45 minutes of running on the treadmill and people wonder why they cannot drop excessive body fat?  Why do people choose the easiest cardio?  Is it the low impact theory that draws people to the elliptical?  Have you ever noticed that it is hard to elevate your heart rate on the elliptical once you have been using it for 4 weeks…the same for the treadmill?  Have you ever noticed it is easier to run on the treadmill versus outside running?   cardio-brain1

What would you say if I could guarantee you to burn excess bodyfat with proper nutrition in little as 1 hour a day? 

Our bodies are very smart when it comes to fat burning.  Nobody wants to step out of their comfort levels when it comes to fitness.  What type of fitness would we do in a gym if the elliptical or treadmill was never invented?  How about interval training with weights and short durations of anaerobic training? Interval training guarantees to push you out of your comfort level.   I am a big fan of Tabata training, Hiit Training, and the super set method of training for burning stubborn body fat!  Here is a very effective Tabata program that will guarantee to push you out of your comfort level to pave the way for fat burning!

The Tabata program has a sequence of the following. Repeat this Tabata  then proceed to the next Tabata.

  • Bodyweight Lunges alternating feet:  20 seconds then Ice Skaters ( lateral) for 10 seconds.  Rest 10 seconds.  Repeat 4x
  • Bodyweight pushups:  20 seconds to front abdominal planks 10 seconds. Rest 10 seconds   Repeat 3x
  • Mountain climbers:  20 seconds then Burpees for 10 seconds.  Rest 10 seconds.  Repeat 3x
  • Bear Crawls ( side ways) for 20 seconds then chair tricep dips for 10 seconds.  Rest 10 seconds.  Repeat 3x
  • Lying abdominal bicycles 20 seconds then laying face down supermans for 10 seconds.  Rest 10 seconds.  Repeat 4x
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Top 3 Tips To Achieve Your Fitness Goals!!

Why do people fail to achieve their fitness goals? Maybe it is the same reason many fail to achieve their life long dream? I really believe fitness is 90% psychological and 10% physical. Mindset is everything, and if you approach a task with a negative mindset, you are destined to fail. Have you ever known a pessimist? No matter what you say they always look at the negative. Personally I avoid these people…they are not in my 10th person group!

 

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Here are my top 3 reasons that I think why people fail to achieve their fitness goals!

1. They Fail Before They Start– Why do people fail before they start on their fitness journey? I have experienced people who will come up with 50 reasons why they can’t reach their goal before they even start. They are starting with the wrong mindset! They use the common excuses such as no time, family comes first, no money, their job is too busy, class times do not work with their schedule, to tired, not a morning person, do not like to sweat, kids’ schedules, too expensive to eat healthy, spouse or significant other will not eat healthy! Well instead of thinking why you can’t succeed, what about thinking about how you will succeed or how you will use time management to succeed, use creative recipes to make healthy food, prepare food in advance, go to bed earlier, stop eating out to save money, or basically make your health a priority!

2. Remember you are your maker -Every waking moment’s purpose should be to improve yourself, both physically and mentally! It is sad to think people spend more money on the maintenance of their car than on improving their health!

3. Goals! Goals, goals, goals, goals, goals and more goals! Yes from the beginning of our lives, we have been taught about setting goals to achieve! I think alot of people have good intentions to succeed, but they just talk about them. In order to succeed you must write daily, weekly, monthly, 6 month, 1 year, and 5 year goals! You must write these goals down! I personally write my goals down on my desk to basically keep me striving both mentally and physically! My former training partner even put my #1 goal on my screen saver of my cell phone!!! Now talk about a reminder!!!! A goals that is not put down on paper is just a DREAM! Afraid Of False Starting! Fitness is very confusing! The fitness community has produced over 10,000 books that proclaim they have the answer to everyone’s problems! Now what about all the fad diets, fad supplements, fad fitness programs! WOW A TON OF CONFUSION!!! I believe that a mass majority of people have confused their bodies and their minds with clutter!! We have to sort through all of the spider webs and start on a proven path of fitness success!! THE ANSWER TO FITNESS IS TO FOLLOW A SOUND FITNESS AND NUTRITIONAL PLAN THAT WILL DELIVER RESULTS FOR REAL PEOPLE!!

BONUS#4: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! HONOR YOUR BODY! YOU ARE YOUR MAKER! Every day is a new day! You owe it to yourself to take care of yourself for you and for your family! Your health should be a priority! Do not put it off till tomorrow. Strive for progress not perfection!!!! Please Feel Free To Leave A Comment! Dedicated To Your Fitness Success!! Steve

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