can you believe we are already almost half way done with 2017?
oh, how time flies
i hope that this post finds you with much fitness success this year so far
these 8 moves will help you turn up the intensity and make the rest of the year that much better
if you havent been moving towards your goals like you intended on at the end of 2016
these 8 moves will be a great start to your second half of the year
here are the the top 8 fat burning exercises of 2017
#1... side to side skaters
this move is one of my favorite high / moderate intensity exercises to add into my workouts
the reason why i like it so much is it requires no equipment
and can be done anywhere
to perform this exercise you want to start in a slight squat
most people that i teach this move to have a hard time starting the move off
but i tell them that
it's like a dance
once you get your rhythm your good to go
from that slight squat position you just want to hope to one side
and put the opposite leg behind and power off of your front leg to the other side
perform 2-3 sets of 40 seconds per set / per side
#2... side plank w/hip raise
this is a great exercise to tone those love handles
you know what...
lets call them the
cause, no one loves them!
so, to work those "hate handles"
get into a side plank position
from here all your gonna do is raise your hip up as high as you can and then lower yourself back to the floor
perform 2-3 sets of 20 reps per set / per side
#3... reverse leg curl
this is the official hamstring / calf killer
(killer of fat that is)
lie on your back with your feet resting on a stability ball
pull you knees into your chest as far as you can
and bring you legs back to the starting position
perform 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps
#4... step up/squat jump/push up
this one is going to definitely get your heart rate going
if you dont have access to an aerobic step
and you have steps in your house you can use those steps
if you dont have access to any kind of step just march in place during the step up part of the move
start by stepping up and down on the step
when you feet hit the floor immediately go into a squat jump
when your feet hit the floor from the squat jump
place your hands on the step and perform a push up
perform 2-3 sets of 10-20 reps
#5... reverse walking lunge
the thing that makes this one such a great fat burning move is
your lunging backwards
this will challenge your balance a lot more then the traditional lunge
causing your body to burn more fat
start by taking a big step backwards
bend both of your knees
bringing the knee of your rear leg as close to the floor as you can without touching the floor
bring your front foot to meet the rear foot
making sure to keep you chest tall through out the movement
pause and repeat
perform 2-3 sets of 5-8 reps
#6... mountain sliders
this is one of those exercises that most of my clients love to hate
if you dont have the sliding discs that i have on my feet you can use towels (they only work on hard surfaces not rugs)
or you can use paper plates
start in a push up position and slide you legs in and out
driving your knees into your chest
and squeezing your core
perform 2-3 sets of 40-60 seconds each
the corkscrew is one of those
either forgotten ab moves
or less known ones
either way its a great ab burner
now you dont need to be on a bench like i am
you can perform this exercise on the floor
start by squeezing your ab muscles and roll you knees into your chest
at the half way point push your feet towards the ceiling and rotate your torso slightly to one direction
come back to the starting position and repeat on the other side
perform 2-3 sets of 10 reps on each side
#8... half squat
this is the ultimate upper thigh fat burner
in this move you want to start in as deep of a squat as you can perform
and only come half way up
nice and simple
perform 2-3 sets of 15-25 reps
so there you have it
your "top 8 fat burning exercise of 2017
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the next time you find yourself complaining and feeling bad for yourself here is what i want you to do
no one cares!
NO ONE CARES!!!
NO more pity party!
NO more feeling sorry!
the people that your complaining to
got their own problems
is going to save you from your troubles
and they can't
because they are YOUR troubles
that means YOU must find a way
do what necessary UNTIL!
YOU determine when enough is enough
and you know when enough is enough...
when you reach your goals!
so... you say you want more out of life???
that's all fine and well but...
why are you not getting more?
why have you not become more?
in this post i'm gonna talk directly about why
the key word in the last sentence is "directly"
that means that some of you reading this might get your feeling hurt
but that's okay
you've heard the saying before...
"if the shoe fits then,
you must wear it"!
hopefully after reading this you will decide that those shoes of less sacrifice don't feel good anymore
and you trade them in for a new
bigger size that will force you to grow
let's jump right in!
in order to get more, to become more you must give more!
if you LOVE sleep raise your hands...
being honest, i myself love sleep
i don't love sleep more then i LOVE SUCCESS
i am willing to sacrifice sleep so that i can be more successful
when was the last time you woke up and hour earlier than you had to so that you could work on your dreams?
it's been a long time right...
and that my friend is why you have not tasted your success yet
until you're willing to make yourself extremely uncomfortable for success you'll never enjoy a greater level of it!
you have to be willing to skip what's fun and easy
and go through what's difficult and necessary
to enjoy greater success
no one ever said that the journey would be easy
the road to your goals is littered with obstacles and road blocks
that if you keep moving forward
you'll eventually reach your goals
sacrifice is the key
if you want to see a change
you have to change something
give more... become more... get more!
check out my short youtube video on this exact topic
when most people think of nutrients that we should be consuming to lose fat and transform our bodies what comes to mind?
we think of eating more protein to support muscle growth
or consuming less carbohydrates because we've been told for so long that if we eat less carbs it's good for weight loss (which i do agree with!)
but no one stops to think about water
matter of fact i have a few clients that absolutely hate drinking water
with a capital H.A.T.E!
what if H2o was the missing link?
what if all you needed to do was drink more water to break through that fat loss plateau?
here your going to learn 5 ways that water will help you get better fat loss results
#1... it helps to speed up your metabolism
a study in the journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism found that drinking water (about 17 oz) increased metabolic rate by 30% in healthy men and women.
The boost occurred within 10 minutes but reached a maximum 30-40 minutes after drinking.
now i know that a 30% increase may not sound like a lot but...
for those of us that have the metabolism that moves at a turtles pace 30% in like heaven!
#2... signs of hunger are often signs of thirst
have you ever tried drinking a few glasses of water before a meal?
your automatically less hungry
it's simple... the water takes up the space where all that food would have gone leaving you with less of an appetite
now, your probably saying to yourself...
"thanks professor obvious for the breakthrough concept"
but wait... before you tune me out there is more
you see, the part of your brain that is responsible for interpreting hunger is also responsible for thirst signals, which can result in mixed signals.
here is a way of knowing the difference between the two
if it's been less then 4 hours after a meal and you feel hungry reach for 2 glasses of water
if your still hungry after the second glass then there is a chance that your meal was lacking in something
a trick that i find works for my clients is adding a little more fat to their meals
fat is very satisfying and may help curb your appetite too
#3... hydration helps to power your workouts
the sad truth about this one is
most of us that hit the gym hard have suffered from this more often then we probably realize
the reason why i say that is because you don't start to feel the effects of dehydration until it's to late
it only takes about a 2% loss in water weight to start to effect your performance in the gym
i normally recommend my clients to drink about 16oz of water before their workouts and another 12oz for every 30 minutes of exercise
to see just how much your losing try this before and after your next workout
weigh yourself before and after you workout
if your weight post workout is 3-5% less then your pre workout weight that means
that your not drinking enough and are potentially harming your results in the gym
#4... you'll feel a boost in your energy
did you know that the human body is made up of 60-70% water?
yes... i kid you not
and what does all of this water do inside our bodies
it keeps our cells firing on all pistons
it keeps that hard earned muscle pumped with much needed oxygen
and your brain nice and hydrated so you can focus on transforming that body into a fat burning machine
i encourage each and every one of my clients to start off their morning routine by drinking 1-2 glasses of water
this practice will definitely get you in the right state of mind to win the day!
if you'd like to check out how i get my day started watch my youtube video...
"super charge your morning routine" below
#5...it has zero empty calories
how many calories does a glass of plain Jane water have in it?
if you guessed
0... your guess was correct!
so it would make sense that if you just cut out all of the drinks that are providing you with those no good empty calories
that you would be able to not only lose weight
but lose a whole lot of body fat
now if you've never heard of the term "empty calorie" before
they are the type of calories that provide your body with energy
but no nutritional value
and who has time for that...?
just say no to the empty calories!
so there you have it... my "top 5 ways drinking more water will help you get better fat loss results".
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you've recently had this crazy thought to get into better shape
you've been seeing all of the ads on TV for all of you workout options
what about this option...
getting into great shape in the comfort of your own home?
break through thought... i know!
and, i'm kind of an expert on this one because for the past 27 years I've been going into homes of clients just like yourself and helping them get into tip top shape.
now from speaking to people over the years about training in their homes i know that there are some common misconceptions you might have about training at home
and the truth is you don't need a lot of space
or any fancy equipment
I've been able to get my clients great results
and into tip top shape
with little space and very little equipment
all you need is the corner of you living room
a few inexpensive pieces of equipment (that wont take up a lot of space)
and be willing to put forth 100%+ effort
each and every workout
to get into great shape
here are my top pieces of equipment i would recommend you add to your home gym
#1... sliding discs
i absolutely LOVE these!
but my clients HATE them!
you can do so many great things with these discs
i use them with my clients for a variation of different exercises from
to push ups
to ab roll outs
to sooooo many other great things
if your looking to change up your cardio or add some interval training to your workout you got to give these a try out!
#2 tRX alternative
price: $25 - $50
if i was trapped on a deserted island
and i could only take one piece of equipment with me
it would definitely be my TRX
TRX stands for Total body Resistance eXercise
the great thing about the TRX is its versatility
if you've watched any of my youtube videos then you've definitely see the TRX in action
i love how you can attach it to any sturdy object
with the TRX you are the resistance
and you can change the resistance in a moments notice by changing the angle of your body
now the reason why i say "alternative" is because the basic TRX unit cost $150 or more dollars
and although it's completely worth it
the title of this blog is "how to build a home gym for less then $100" so by default the official TRX has to be eliminated
but dont worry your little heads cause there are a few cost effective alternative
these can be attached to any sturdy door in your home and you can go to town getting your fitness on
i can think of 50+ great TRX exercises to get you started right now
check out this trx in the park workout for a few ideas
#3... resistance bands
price: $8 - $12
if your looking for space savers
look no further then the resistance bands
most of them now a days come with carry cases
but if you purchase the ones with the interchangeable handles they save you even more room
the longer bands are great for all types of different upper body and lower body exercises from
squats, bicep curls, torso rotations
the list is endless of what you can do with these bands
the smaller bands are better suited for lower body exercises and my favorite is side lateral walk (a complete outer thigh burner)
check out this video to see the resistance bands in action!
believe it or not
when i go into a clients home these three things are the back bone of our workouts
they've been in my tool kit helping clients get into great shape for the past 27 years
can you believe that
we have just completed your home gym for less then $100
$42 - $78 to be exact
so all you need to do now is head down to your local sporting goods store
take your shopping list with you
and get ready to get into great shape!
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What is a training plateau anyway?
A training plateau is equivalent to the temporary death of your fitness results
Which equals something that you want to avoid, more then your ex!
If you have never hit a plateau then consider yourself one lucky son of a you know what!
The worse part about hitting a plateau is that it could be due to so many different reasons that it tends to leave most people more confused then ever
It could be the fact that your training too much...
It could be that your not changing up your workouts enough...
but you don't really care how it happens right?
what you really care about is
how to get out of it if your in it
how to avoid it if you've never encountered it
so here are my top 3 PROVEN WAYS TO AVOID PLATEAUS
#1... TAKE A PLANNED WEEK (OR A FEW DAYS) OFF!
now this rule applies more for those people that are in the gym going hard day in and day out
your stalemate is most likely your body telling you that it's time for a much needed rest
most people believe that you build muscle when your working out but it's actually the exact opposite
when your working out your body actually breaks down muscle tissue
it's only when your resting and refueling that your body builds up new muscle tissue
what I actually do is a 12 week split
I workout for 11 weeks straight and then take a week off to rest
and I always come back stronger after the week off
so... I give you permission to rest!
#2... CHANGE UP THAT BORING TRAINING ROUTINE
as i like to say... "if you wanna to see a change you have to change something!
the human body is a very smart creation!
and it will quickly get used to what your doing
so maybe after a few weeks you change the order of your exercises
maybe you change the amount of reps you do per exercise
change the amount of weight you lift per set
without really working with you I cant really tell you which change is going to be best for you but what i can tell you is this
"if you keep doing the same things you'll keep getting the same results"!
and now for #3...
... REVAMP YOUR DIET!
for a lot of people that I've worked with that have battled the training plateau
I've had great success by just modifying there caloric intake
sometime your just not providing you body with enough nutrients for your body to do what you want it to do
So the moral of the story is
A)... Take some time off... Over training is never a good thing
B)... Change up that routine... If you wanna see a change you have to change something
C)... Change up that diet... Don't skimp on your nutrients, YOUR BODY NEEDS FUEL!
"A pound is a pound is a pound"... that saying has gotten to your neck of the woods right?
When was the last time you "pinched an inch"?
Were you pinching FAT or WEIGHT (or just skin)?
For most people reading this post you could probably care less as long as the number on the scale is going down and your pants size is decreasing
Which is fine but for those that are obsessed with the question "what's the difference between weight loss and fat loss" guess what... I have the answer.
Muscle weighs more then fat... huh?...
Now i know you've heard this one before but is it true?
How could two people that each weigh 220 pounds look completely different.
That's because either A) the shape of their bodies is completely different (height, apple, hourglass shape etc)
B) The person that looks smaller has a lower body fat percentage then the person that looks heavier.
So does muscle weigh more then fat?
The answer is no,
A pound of muscle is more dense then a pound of fat but it's also smaller (similar to how iron is denser then water).
The muscle you have on your body makes up anywhere from 30-55% of your body weight and can be about 4 times smaller then a pound of fat.
Hey... what about water weight?
Your body is made of about 65% water, so water certainly does account for a large portion of your weight.
What about the water / carb connection?
Carbs are like a sponge and every gram of carbs cause your body to retain 3 grams of water
That's why diets such as the atkins diet cause people to lose significant amounts of weight in the first 2 or so weeks...
Cut carbs = water loss.
How can I make sure I'm losing fat and not weight?
There is no way that you can burn just fat but there are some ways that you can get your body to use primarily fat as an energy source.
*Get strong... strength training helps you building muscle and prevent muscle loss. Fat is also the main source of energy for your muscles so by building more muscle you'll automatically burn more fat.
*Eating healthier... by providing your body with better quality nutrients you'll put your body in a better position to rebuild muscle tissue after your high intensity strenth training which will allow you to build new muscle tissue and burn greater amounts of fat.
So focus on fat loss first, pay attention to the way your clothes fit as well as the numbers on the scale because those two factors will give you a much more complete picture!
This one question is probably the one nutrition question that I've had the pleasure of answering the most over the past 26 years of my career and today I plan on answering it for the final time (NOT!). I can understand why some may think that fat would make you fat, I mean... it is fat right and you should gain more of what you eat right? well if that were the case then why don't we gain more muscle just by eating more protein (Isn't protein the building block of muscle)? although common sense would argue in it's defense the subject goes a little deeper... lets dive right in and investigate the question: "DOES FAT MAKE YOU FAT?"
The idea that fat causes weight gain seems to come from that fact that fat has nine calories per gram while carbohydrates and protein have only four calories per gram. If you look at it that way then its easy to conclude that fat would be the main cause of weight gain. We've also been told since the early 70s that eating fat causes heart disease, In fact, this idea has been the cornerstone of mainstream nutrition recommendations. However, studies published in the past few decades prove that saturated fat is not as harmful as once thought.
There was a huge study published in 2010 and it looked at data from 347,747 individuals. They found absolutely no association between saturated fat consumption and the risk of heart disease. So now we have a new question... if fat isnt making us fat what is? In general there is one thing (that we have control over) that makes us fat and that one thing is... EATING TO MANY CALORIES. This one should be common knowledge by now. you eat more then your body requires at any one given time and your body stores the excess as fat. That goes for any thing that you eat... to many carbs = fat, to much protein = fat and to much fat = fat. So it's not just fat that we need to be concerned with.
So fat... you are officially off the hook for americas obesity problem but i got my eye on you!
This winter is going to be the winter where you get as lean as possible
who said that having those 6 pack abs is impossible during the holiday season...
here are my top 2 ways to burn belly fat and lose weight fast this holiday season
#1...eat more PROTEIN
I know all of you meat lovers are going to love this one!...
"EAT MORE PROTEIN"
Your body burns about 30% more calories digesting protein compared to carbs
So just by getting your fill of your animal products can make your body a fat burning machine
Now your probably asking yourself "how much protein should i really be eating"
and the answer to that question depends on your goals.
Here is a short list of some of the factors you'll want to take into consideration:
So after you've taken those few things into consideration the next step is to figure out
"how much" protein is the right amount
and my general rule of thumb for the majority of my clients is 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight.
Your most likely going to have to play with this number to get the right amount that works for you,
and guess what...
what works today won't work tomorrow
(sorry i had to be the one to break the news to you)
because protein plays such a big role in building muscle and building muscle plays such an important role in weight / fat loss
as you build more muscle your requirements for protein may just increase a little bit.
In the beginning you may experience more trial and error until you get it right
and it may be frustrating but its well worth it in the end!
But... what if "i dont eat meat"
here are my top 5 non meat protein sources
(8 grams per cup): Although typically confused with a grain, quinoa is technically a seed—which is why it’s naturally gluten-free and high in fiber. What’s more, this all-star super-food is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids the body needs for growth and repair.
(4 grams per 2 tablespoons): Small but mighty, chia seeds are a powerhouse of protein, omega-3s, fiber and minerals. By weight, they are about 14% protein, which is very high by plant food standards. High in water content, chia seeds are also widely touted for suppressing appetite and losing weight.
(5 grams per cup): So Popeye was on to something after all! A cup of cooked spinach contains almost 5 grams of muscle-building protein, not to mention loads of vitamin A, calcium and iron.
(5-7 grams per 1/4 cup serving): Peanuts, almonds, cashews and other nuts are all fantastic sources of meat-free protein. Because they’re rich in healthy fats and omega-3s, nuts are great for suppressing hunger.
(15-20 grams per serving): With more than double the protein of regular yogurt strains, Greek yogurt is a tasty way to amp up your protein content. It’s also rich in bone-building calcium. For a nutrition-packed snack, steer clear of sugary Greek yogurt varieties and stir in some fresh berries
#2...eat less carbohydrates
You knew it was coming right
you've all heard this one before I'm sure.
"Carbs make you fat"
and guess what...
Now that I've confirmed what you've already known let me break it down a little bit further.
Your looking to burn fat right?
Have you met fat burnings enemy yet?
Well if you havent let me introduce you to INSULIN.
Insulin is what we call a storage hormone
and unfortunately theres two things your body can't do at the same time
and those two things are
store fat and burn fat.
So now that we got that out of the way let's talk about what insulin does.
Insulin is produced by the pancreas to keep our blood sugar in check.
Insulin is the door man to your cells.
Insulin allows sugar to get into the cells and do one of sugars main jobs which is to provide energy.
Sugar is stored mainly in your muscles and your liver.
Now your muscles and your liver can only hold a limited amount to sugar.
Guess what happens when the muscles and the liver can't hold anymore sugar...
all the remaining sugar is stored as fat
and this is where the problem begins.
The significance of eating less carbohydrates to burn fat is...
in order for your body to use stored fat as an energy source
there needs to be as little insulin present as possible
and the way you accomplish the goal of minimal insulin requirements is to eat as few carbohydrates as possible.
here is my list of the top 4 carbohydrates to stay away from
Refined grains that have been highly processed provide calories and carbs but few other nutrients. Examples include white bread, white rice, plain bagels, regular pasta and sugary cereals. Replacing refined grains with whole grains, such as whole-grain breads and cereals, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta can help you feel full while consuming fewer calories.
Although fresh fruits are a good source of fiber and vitamins, processed fruits often contain added sugars. Examples include some dried fruits, canned fruits packed in syrup and applesauce with sugar added. Many fruit juice drinks also contain added sugar. Look for unpeeled, fresh fruits and drinks that combine fruit and vegetable juices.
Sugary drinks are often high in calories and carbs, but contain few beneficial nutrients. One can of regular soda contains about 136 calories and 35 grams of total carbohydrates, including 33 grams of sugar. Since sugar is a carbohydrate and provides four calories per gram, 132 of the calories in regular soda are from sugar.
Starchy vegetables contain a lot more calories and carbohydrates per serving than do watery, green varieties. For example, a cup of sweet potato contains 180 calories and 41 grams of carbs, a cup of cut corn contains 143 calories, and 31 grams of carbs whereas two cups of raw spinach contains only 14 calories and 2.2 grams of carbs.
Tis the season to get into great shape... you can do it... make it happen!