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For people who like to run and do cardio workouts

I get bagged on a lot bc I’m a trainer who doesn’t like to do running workouts or run for fun.  Now I’m not into bodybuilding or power-lifting either (I’m a shrimp at 5″6″ 160lbs 10% body fat)  but I do appreciate people who do whatever workout it is they like to do.

I just want to help people realize their goals and help them work smarter, not harder to get where they want to be

The difference for people who like to run and do running workouts is the energy systems their body uses to get the workout done.  Its different from lifting weights.

Running is “Aerobic” (with oxygen) which utilizes fat for energy and the muscle remains catabolic in the long run.

These are people who run a lot

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dudes

slim

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London marathon runners at the start line

There’s a few common things all these runners have here

  1. they run A LOT!!
  2. they burn a lot of FAT
  3. they are very lean

Nothing wrong with that, your body will respond to what ever training you give it or put it through.  Just work smarter not harder to achieve your goals

 

If you have any questions about my philosophy or post please let me know

Training for your body type – Endomoprhs

I teach about 3 distinct body types when I meet new clients or when people have questions about their body fat.  Knowing what your body type is and how to eat, train, and sleep accordingly is one of the most important and most overlooked aspects of personal training and getting in shape.

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We all lift weights, we all do cardio, we all participate in the same 5k’s but what sets us apart is how we train and what training our body type responds too.  Endomorphs need to focus on bigger sets, with more intensity and a fast training pace

Having good nutrition is of course important too, endomorphs need to focus on eating more fruits and vegetables, more complex carbs and more lean high quality protein.   YOU have to cut out the junk food and sweets because the endomorph body type easily converts extra calories to stored energy, and that is not what we want to do!!

Workout programs, diets, and personal trainers fail because people do not eat & train for their body type, what they do is train by doing something somebody else already did and think it will work bc its in the magazine or on t.v

We are what we eat

Being a personal trainer my main focus and most enjoyment comes from doing workouts and helping people build strength and confidence in their own body and abilities.

On the flip side you can’t workout good and eat bad, nutrition is paramount in everything we do.  You can’t outwork a bad diet, if you don’t eat right you wont maximize gains/

Taking a positive approach let me say that the eating part for me is the easiest, but for most my clients it’s where they fall short and have the biggest problem.

If we eat too much or too little our body will store fat.  Eat more calories and lift weights the body will want to build muscle. Skip meals & you increase cortisol production and store more body fat. Eat light & often you can keep your thermogenic burn going and keep your metabolism revved up throughout the day.

The trick is then to eat lite, eat often with lean high quality protein, fruits & vegetables, seeds and nuts with good fats

We are what we eat, What are you?

Your 100% and the “get fit” wagon

The first month of workouts is behind us.  We are looking at about 16 more weeks till the weather warms up enough that people will be going outside and feeling self-conscious about their well-being.  By the time February rolls around and you hit the Superbowl, most people fall off the “get fit” wagon.

January 1st we measured in Body Fat % and total inches on our waist here at the studio.  After 4wks I expect around 4lbs-8lbs weight loss average and 2″-4″ inches lost as well.

Today we start to measure out and after this week I will set a different measurement  for next month.  I have already promised a few that we would track Hips so after Feb, getting closer to the March madness we will be working out to burn some extra body fat and measure our hips to see what results we can get.

It takes effort

great effort = great results

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Gaining weight is better than losing weight – always

Think about it this way – when you start a new workout program to lose “body fat” you are focused on a number like -5lbs, -10lbs,

“I want to lose -20lbs then I will be ok”

Try this instead, focus on how much stronger you are getting in the gym, look at the 5lbs weights you are lifting with your arms, You will look a lot better when you can lift 20lbs with those arms!!

It’s hard to get your body in shape if you don’t lift weights and do things to make the muscles work and shape up.  Cardio alone (walking, jogging, biking) won’t get it done sufficiently as weights and cardio combined will

I believe strong is the new skinny and by gaining more strength lifting weights you will help burn more calories and lose the body fat which is whats really wanted, a lower overall BF%

Fat

Your Abs, my Abs, every body’s Abs

Wed is Ab day at the studio, my favorite day to train abs.

We all have abs, but some of us have too much fat covering them so they are hidden.  Reduce your body fat percentage significantly and you too will have a six-pack showing.

Check out this anatomy chart, you look like this

But not every body looks like this

Genetics plays a big factor in what you look like.  What genes we get from our parents will determine what we look like, how our muscle is shaped and what definition we can show, not every body is the same.  

These before and after pics are more like it, not everything you see in a magazine is for real!!



Any questions or comments feel free to reply.  If you need a good Ab workout just ask!!

Just choose one

Here are the top 5 changes people have made at the studio to help them lose more body fat

  1. Get more sleep
  2. Reduce starches and carbs
  3. Just show up (to the workouts)
  4. Spend less money and buy less food at the grocery
  5. Start eating breakfast
This is what has worked for us and hopefully some of these will help you too.
You can’t lose fat if you never start trying.  The weight won’t lift itself, just choose one and get started
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What’s the best body type?

What’s the best body type?

Best body type for what?

marathons?

modeling?

sprints?

bodybuilding?

having babies?

The answer my friend is always…. depends!!

There are 3 distinct body types   & depending on your genetics or what your parent’s body types were will determine what you are blessed with (or cursed as some people feel).

I get into discussions with all kinds of different people saying they have hips like grandma or thighs like the aunty, the kicker is they are all great bodies!!

Females naturally hold about 15% body fat and males about 8% (for organ function) and any extra like 20%-40% is TOO FAT!!

That’s why you’re unhappy, not because you have big hips or flabby arms, but because you may have a little too much body fat stored in places you don’t want it.

Your body is Beautiful

Just choose one

 

Here are the top 5 changes people have made at the studio to help them lose more body fat

  1. Get more sleep
  2. Reduce starches and carbs
  3. Just show up (to the workouts)
  4. Spend less money and buy less food at the grocery
  5. Start eating breakfast
This is what has worked for us and hopefully some of these will help you too.
You can’t lose fat if you never start trying.  The weight won’t lift itself, just choose one and get started

 

Requirements for results

 

How do you burn more body fat and lose extra weight?

You need Commitment, Consistency & Courage

Speaking of courage, Sept 11 firefighters always come to mind, it takes about 20 calories to walk a flight of stairs (13 steps)   Add 75lbs of gear and the calorie uptake is almost 100kcals.

To rush a burning building with people jumping out of windows because of the heat is freighting,  it takes courage to face that kind of danger.

Courage is needed to face everyday people, courage is needed to face society, courage I have also found is needed to weigh, measure and make good food choices.

Commitment, consistency and courage are all needed to make a difference

What do you want to change?

 

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