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Articles Tagged: fitness goals

Are Stability Balls All That They’re Hyped Up to Be?

It’s hard to find a personal training studio, or a gym of any sort for that matter, that doesn’t have a plethora of stability balls available in all colors and sizes. However, with the exception of clients who train with a personal trainer, it’s rare to find someone using the balls at all, except perhaps for some crunches. So the question arises, are stability balls misunderstood by the majority of trainees, or are they over-hyped gimmicks that personal trainers use to “spice up” their clients’ workouts?

Unfortunately, there is no black and white answer to this, and like most things in life, “it depends.” There are many exercises with the stability ball that can provide specific benefits to the trainee compared to if they were not to use the ball at all in their workouts, but there are also plenty of instances where using a stability ball is pointless, or even less than useless in some cases! Let’s start by examining the instances where a stability ball can be of benefit, and what exactly those benefits are. Continue Reading Are Stability Balls All That They’re Hyped Up to Be? »

Why You Need to Eat Breakfast!

You may have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this is absolutely true! For some reason, even when growing up with our mothers telling us to eat our breakfast, many Americans still adopt the unhealthy habit of skipping breakfast. Whether its because they erroneously believe that doing so will help them lose weight or they just aren’t hungry in the morning, the bottom line is that skipping breakfast lays waste to one’s metabolism.

As I have discussed previously in my Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss series, maximizing one’s metabolism is the key to fat loss. One of the best ways to do this is to eat frequent, small meals. Clearly, skipping the first meal of the day is NOT the best way to go about this! The fact is you’ve been fasting the entire time you’ve been sleeping, so when you wake up, your body is completely depleted of nutrients and energy. Continue Reading Why You Need to Eat Breakfast! »

How to Find Time for Fitness, Pt. 2

In part 2 of this series I cover how a healthy lifestyle can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars down the line, as well as greatly improve the quality of life you’ll experience as a senior. You’ll also find some clever, easy-to-follow methods anyone can use to fit in a quality workout even on the busiest of schedules!

By having improved time management skills and working more efficiently at your job, it can be clear that dealing with things like weddings, family issues and even the mortgage (you’ll probably get a raise now that you’re breakin’ necks and cashin’ checks!) will be much less time-consuming and easier on your body and mind. But perhaps the most important benefit of a healthy lifestyle is that of preventing the problems that plague most senior citizens in this country; diabetes, back issues, osteoporosis/arthritis, etc. Not only are these conditions painful, debilitating and downright depressing to go through, but they can be VERY expensive as well. Continue Reading How to Find Time for Fitness, Pt. 2 »

How to Find Time for Fitness, Pt. 1

One of the main complaints I hear when I talk to folks about living a healthy lifestyle is that they simply cannot find the time to work out—they are too busy to even get through all the necessary daily tasks, much less be able to dedicate an hour and a half to going to the gym for cosmetic purposes! Does this sound familiar to you?

The first thing that I suggest to people who complain about this is that they change the way that they perceive fitness. Fitness is NOT solely for superficial, cosmetic purposes, and I would even dare to argue that it’s not even the primary purpose. A proper fitness and nutrition plan is hands-down the most effective preventative medicine there is. So many problems occur later in life due to poor exercise and eating habits formed earlier in life. Diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and many other chronic illnesses that are commonly seen as the unavoidable reality of one’s elderly years are in fact COMPLETELY preventable! Continue Reading How to Find Time for Fitness, Pt. 1 »

Orland Park Personal Trainer Explains Why Jennifer Aniston Swears by Her Fitness Coach

The tabloids have been reporting that Jennifer Aniston recently flew her personal trainer out to Hawaii for the filming of the movie Just Go With It. While gossipers (haters) are debating wildly on the internet about whether this means Ms. Aniston is too paranoid about getting out of shape, or has body issues, I think in truth it’s much simpler. Jennifer Aniston simply understands the importance of remaining fit and also recognizes that having an experienced health professional who is familiar with her goals as an at-hand resource is priceless.

Regardless of how anyone feels about Ms. Aniston’s self image, one thing can’t really be argued: she has one of the best bodies in Hollywood, 40+ or otherwise. As she has made clear in many interviews about her fitness training regimen, she certainly didn’t achieve this body through inactivity, starving herself, or attempting to hack her way through workouts on her own. She actually gives all of the credit to her personal trainer, who she has said is responsible for molding her body into the legendary figure that it is today. Continue Reading Orland Park Personal Trainer Explains Why Jennifer Aniston Swears by Her Fitness Coach »

Repetition Tempo and its Role in Resistance Training

Today we’re going to talk about repetition tempo, which is of the most underrated and underutilized factors in weight training. Repetition tempo refers to the amount of time that you spend performing each repetition of a specific exercise, and the length of this time can have a significant effect on the results you see in your fitness program. Learning to manipulate the repetition tempo to suit your fitness goals is thus a critical component to your success.

In the training world, we often use a three-digit notation to refer to the tempo at which the client should aim to perform their lift. The numbers each stand for one of the “phases” of the movement:

Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss, Pt. 1

Scales are often considered our worst enemies, due to the tendency for us to focus on our weight as a benchmark of our current health and fitness level. However, this view is somewhat misguided, because weight is really just an arbitrary number. What really matters is what you look like and how you feel. Would you rather weigh 105 lbs and be weak and “skinny fat,” or weigh 130 lbs and be lean, toned and healthy?

Consequently, it is important to understand the difference between “weight loss” and “fat loss.” Your goal in a weight-loss effort should always be to lose fat, not just to lose overall weight. Your body is made up of a mixture of fat and lean body mass (your muscles, bones, connective tissues, organs, etc). Thus, you are either going to lose weight from your fat stores, your lean body mass or some combination of both. Continue Reading Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss, Pt. 1 »

7 Characteristics of an Ideal Orland Park Personal Training Client

Let’s face it, Chicagoland is the center of the fitness world in the midwest, without a doubt! There are more personal trainers and personal training clients in this area than the entire rest of middle America combined! While it’s critical for you as a client to find the trainer that is right for you, it’s equally as important to ensure that you have what it takes to be a great personal training client.

The “ideal Orland Park personal training client” is not a list of requirements that need to be met in order to see results with personal training, but is more of a set of measurable benchmarks that clients should strive to meet and improve upon as they learn and grow with their trainer. The truth is, the more in-line with each of these traits a personal training client is, the better results they will see, in less time and with more consistency. Continue Reading 7 Characteristics of an Ideal Orland Park Personal Training Client »