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Isolating Abdominal Muscles

Isolating Abdominal Muscles

If you are my client or have taken my classes before- you know how picky I am about how to properly train your abdominal muscles. You may have heard me say- “stay out of your hip flexors…”. What does that mean? And how can you do it? First of all, the hip flexors are a group of muscles that bring the thigh and your torso closer together. You use your hip flexors in many daily...

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Don’t believe machines

All too often I hear people explaining to me that they burned a certain number of calories on a piece of cardio equipment at the gym. Usually I respond by asking the person “..how do you know that’s how many calories you burned?” The typical response is “that’s what the machine said”. Now this frustrates me!! Sure, the machine will prompt you to enter your age, height and weight; but...

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Do you know the difference between static stretching and dynamic stretching?

DYNAMIC STRETCHING consists of functional based exercises which use sport specific movements to prepare the body for movement. Dynamic Flexibility increases core temperature, elongates the muscles, stimulates the nervous system, and helps decrease the chance of injury while improving explosivity and reaction time during performance. It’s best to do dynamic stretching before you start your...

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Adaptation

Bored with your workout routine…? Guess what? 40% of caloric expenditure comes from your body adapting to a DIFFERENT stimulus. Changing things up doesn’t have to be complicated! Choose different exercises that work the same muscle groups. For example: If you have mastered front squats, try back squats, sumo squats or switch to lunges. You’ve got the chest press down…go...

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Make a Commitment to Yourself

Any goal is going to take sacrifice. If you aren’t willing to make sacrifices, you will never be successful! Be honest with yourself when you set your goals and know what you will be willing to give up. Establish the exact reason why this goal is so important to you and write it down. Look at this goal everyday…see the end result in your head…visualize it…taste...

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Set Attainable Goals

You may not know exactly how to get to your ultimate goal…however its very important that you set very specific short term goals that will lead you to that ultimate goal. For example, exercising 5 days per week is a great attainable goal. Once that becomes a normal routine for you, another goal might be to increase your intensity and or volume of exercises….and so on. Your body will...

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