June Challenge

It’s been a while since I have posted a Monthly Fitness Challenge.  I always have such great feedback when I do post them, so I figured why not make June a Fitness Challenge month.

JUNE CHALLENGE\

The last few months, as we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, have been difficult.  It know that many people have struggled with isolation, myself included, and some have struggled with keeping up with their regular fitness routines.

Although I have been adamant about maintaining my own regime, I got the news this weekend that my gym will not be opening anytime soon.  I’m beyond disappointed.  I miss my gym fam, but, more importantly, I miss having access to equipment at the gym that I do not have access elsewhere.  I’m going to figure it out and hopefully find an alternative gym to shack up with until mine reopens.

If you have been struggling with keeping up with your workouts, or just want to kick start your June, why not check out (or add in) this challenge.  Have a little fun with it.  That’s the most important part.  Don’t let your workouts become a chore.  Instead, look at them as a reward for your mind, body, and spirit.  ❤

~Here’s to a great June!

Be the Magic

Something I consistently see and hear, as I scroll through social media posts or listen to people talk, when it comes to weight loss, is that everyone wants the quick fix.  I hear them say “I want to lose weight as fast as possible” or “I need to lose 30 pounds in two months”, etc.  Everyone wants this unwanted weight to disappear without having to do much about it.  I mean, honestly, that would be great and ever-so-satisfying.  But, that is not realistic.
I have known people who have tried every diet or fad under the sun: low carb (some people not even knowing what exactly a carb is), keto, high protein, this, that, and the other thing.  And these people, most of them, have failed.  They fail at their diets, they fail at weight loss, they fail in general because they want that quick fix.  They want magic.
But magic doesn’t exist.  Hard work does.  Self love does.
There are two statements I have made over the years that I continue to stand by…1.  The weight didn’t come on over night, it should not come off over night.  2.  If you’re not willing to do the work, you’re not ready to lose the weight.
I say these things confidently because for a very long time, in my younger years, I wanted the magic.  I was willing to do whatever it took to ditch the excess weight on my body.  That lead to obsessive exercising and eating disorders.  Although I wanted to lose weight then, I was not committed to putting in the work for life-long achievement.  Yes, I was exercising, but it wasn’t healthy and it was not proper.
It wasn’t until years later that I heard “If you’re not willing to do the work, you’re not ready to lose the weight”, and, as I have said many times since then, it resonated deeply with me.  And it’s now a mantra I stand by.  You need to put in the effort in order to reach your goals, and to maintain them.
As a trainer and a nutrition and weight loss coach, it often makes my heart sink when I see (usually the same) people fall into the pitfalls over and over and over again…wanting to lose weight, but not putting in the work.  Losing weight should be more than just about getting thin; it should be about bettering your health, your heart, and your mind.  I know all too well how hard it is on your self-esteem and mental health when carrying excess weight.  Believe me, I understand the struggle with confidence.  Although, even as a trainer and coach, I am still not where I want to be, my confidence has grown stronger since I began achieving my goals by putting in the work for them.
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Before and after making my own magic 
I continue to work for it, and as my body grows stronger, so does my confidence….because I know I have damn well put in the effort to get where I am.  And that should be true for everyone with everything,  It is my dream that people will fall in love with fitness as I did.  I know that it may be a pipe dream, but it would be so wonderful to see everyone working toward their goals and not “dialing it in.”  It crushes me when I see people promoting unhealthy diets and fads because, for the most part (some of them are excluded, of course), I know how bad they are, how harmful some of them can be to the body, and I know the high failure rates with them.  And I know how all too well how detrimental that failure can on one’s mind and spirit.
So, instead of looking for the next big thing or the pill or the fad that promises you  instant or magical results…..BE THE MAGIC!  Remember that you have worth and that if you put in the effort for you, you can get the results that you want, but that it takes time and effort and work.

Magic doesn’t exist.  Hard work does.  BE THE MAGIC.

~Cheers

 

Nutrition During Quarantine

Being isolated is HELL.  I know some of you are enjoying the stay-at-home part of Covid; but I am not one of them.  I thrive on socializing and doing what is part of my daily routine.  That includes my nutrition.  I don’t want to be one of those people who eat because I’m bored – and believe me, I AM BORED!
So how have I been handling things during this lockdown of the world?  The same way I handle my nutrition on any other given day: carefully.
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This IS a snack!

I have been running first thing in the mornings, and usually follow that up with a boot camp session via Zoom.  Somewhere in between (or depending on how exhausted I am – I have been having very strange nightmares and not sleeping well), I will have a cup of coffee.  It may be before my run, but my bladder is not usually strong enough for me to pounce around after my cuppa joe.  So, usually, post-run/pre-workout I will sip my coffee.  During my workout I ensure to guzzle water.  I am finding I’m not drinking near as much water as I normally do when I’m working.  So I have been making a conscious effort to hydrate more.  After my workout is finished, I may make eggs (and maybe another cup of coffee).  I love eggs.  They are the easiest food and so versatile and packed full of protein and nutrients.  Yesterday, I added a little avocado with my eggs.  By the way, have you ever had warmed avocado?  So, so good!
I haven’t been eating much throughout the day.  Partly because I’m having my first meal (eggs) so late in the morning; it’s usually close to lunch time so I don’t feel the need to have lunch.  But if I’m hungry, I’ll find something – rice cakes and veggies, or fruit, tuna, or even a piece of cheese.  I don’t consume a lot of dairy in my diet because I’m allergic, but sometimes a girl just wants a piece of cheese.  Sometimes, I’ll guzzle more water because, as we know, our thirst can often be confused for hunger.
The one (good) thing about being home is that I get to have dinner at dinner time.  Normally, my gym sessions and boot camp classes go so late that I never have dinner at a normal time.  If I can eat before 8:30 in the evening, that’s pretty good.  So, being able to eat at a more “normal” time has been interesting and something I haven’t be able to do in years.
I’ve been sticking to a pretty standard nutritionally-packed meal – lots of vegetables and usually some protein (chicken, fish, eggs).  The other night I made a shrimp stir-fry and it was so good!  I never keep bread in the house (unless I specifically want bread), or snacks that aren’t so good.  One thing that I have been craving non-stop is chocolate.  Especially Reese’s chocolate and peanut anything.  When that craving hits, what I sometimes will do is mix a spoonful of Fatso Peanut Butter with some cocoa powder or chocolate protein.  Yum.
Just reminder that this is not forever.  So, make your choices wisely.  Allow yourself treats here and there – especially if you’re really craving them – but make sure you are actually treating yourself and not binging and not bored and not eating just for the hell of eating.
~FB

Isolating a Fitness Trainer

Here we are smack dab in the middle of a world pandemic due to Covid-19, and I am not at the gym.  I’m not teaching my classes.  I am not training clients or giving orientations at the gym.  I am not meeting with nutrition clients.  And I am no longer running with my race buddy.  So what have I been doing while the entire world practices social distancing and isolation?

I have been running and walking a lot. A LOT!  Isolation is not good for my mental health.  I’m very much an extrovert- and a social butterfly – and being left alone to my own devices can sometimes be detrimental to my health.  So I’m taking advantage of the outdoors as much as possible.  I’m also taking advantage of social media communication outlets for video chatting (and telephone chatting) as much as possible.

I’m still working out.  Lord knows I miss the gym and my classes and my fit-fam, and I miss the weights, but I am still working out consistently.  In addition to running and walking, I am still strength training (although my home weights are not nearly as heavy as I require.  But I’m still lifting and that matters.

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I’m  hosting online boot camp and personal training sessions.  And honestly, I LOVE IT!|  I have had remote clients in the past, but right now, since this is really all I can do, I am remote training several times a week.  I’ve been using Facebook Video and Zoom; both are great platforms.

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Bootcamping, personal training, and doing what I can to keep my peeps (and myself) busy.  PS – Training is always better with Bunny Ears

I have also been taking advantage of some other equipment for my workouts – and have taken my training outside.  It’s finally SPRING in Nova Scotia (although, it IS Nova Scotia so I’m sure we’ll see more snow) and when the sun is shining, so am I.  Today, after my run, I got creative with a HIIT workout and utilized my weighted jump rope, TRX System, and my slam ball.  I had a blast.

In addition to maintaining my own fitness regime, I’m keeping up in the social media community.  I’m staying accountable, encouraging others to do the same, and promoting my fitness business.  Many of us in the industry took a hard hit (literally, my new boot camp session was just starting when we were instructed to isolate and that gyms would be closing), and since we are not certain how long this will last, it’s important to stay an active presence in the fitness world.

I’m also one hundred percent about supporting others in the fitness community, and I think that it is important, as well, to like and cheer and promote others.  I don’t want to see anyone fail.  We are in this together.

~FB

 

October Fitness Challenges

It’s a brand new month and it’s also my Birthday Month (and Birthday Week!).  And just for that, I figured it was time to throw down another fitness challenge.
October is one of my favorite months….if not my favorite month.  The weather is basically perfect.  Not too warm, not too cool.  It’s a great time to get outside for activity: walk, run, hike, bike.  I run my boot camp classes outside through the entire summer – rain or shine.  And sometimes it can get so ungodly hot (thank goodness for shade and water!) that it’s almost unbearable.  But once October hits I am so happy to be outside for fitness.  And the smell and the colors of October are just compliments to the crisp air.
You have two Challenge options this month (and I would recommend popping outside to complete them):
  1. Spooktacular October (Guns, Buns, Abs)

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2.  Awesome October (Arms and Abs)

october2These are great little workouts to get you moving all through the month.  You can do one or the other, or you can do both.  If you do both, make the rest days correspond with each other so that you’re not constantly exercising.

If you already have a fitness routine, throw one of these challenges into the mix.
Have fun!
~FB

Muscle Memory

Muscle Memory (or Muscle Science) is a phenomenon whereby it is much easier to regain lost muscle mass than it is to put on new (initial) muscle mass.

Shrinking muscle or losing gains is a fear that many gym goers and lifters fear.

  1. Back when I was in college I broke my ankle pretty severely.  I spent 12 weeks on crutches and lost most of the muscle in my calf.  In fact, the muscle had diminished so much that I would play with it and watch it fling back and forth like a pendulum.  Once I was “back on my feet again” (literally), I was surprised at how quickly I regained the muscle in my leg.
  2. When guys walk back into my gym after taking months off from their training, I watch as their gains increase quite rapidly and their muscles grow so quickly, it’s like they never even stopped.

The reason:  The arc of building muscle size and strength lies in your nuclei.  Nuclei control protein synthesis.  The more nuclei you have, the more protein you are able to turn into muscle.  The first effect training has on your muscles is not actually growth; it’s to create more nuclei, which eventually facilitate the development of more tissue.

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Further, our muscle fibers have satellite cells which donate myonuclei.  The myonuclei allows the cells to grow larger.  Once your muscle fibers get bigger, more myonuclei are required because they can’t regulate that size fiber any longer.  They have reached their maximum limit or myonuclei domain.  Resistance training induces permanent physiological changes to your muscle fibers.  The first time you begin strength training, your muscles adapt and become bigger and stronger, which is facilitated by increasing the muscle nuclei (aka myonuclei).

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Myonuclei are permanent.  Although it was widely believed that once muscles started to atrophy, the cell death, or apoptosis, occurred and the myonuclei were removed. However, current studies have shown that the myonuclei still exist even after period of not training or inactivity.  Previously untrained muscles acquire newly formed nuclei by fusion of satellite cells preceding the hypertrophy.  Detraining or inactivity leads to atrophy, but not loss of myonuclei,  The elevated number of nuclei in muscle fibers in a hypertrophic episode would provide for muscle memory and long-lasting effects of training.  Because they are still present, these cells skip the process of creating new myonuclei, allowing atrophy and gains to occur at a faster rate than the initial gains.  By skipping the first step of satellite fusion and nuclear donation, new nuclei increases new muscle protein synthesis.

Just like riding a bike…

When muscles shrink due to inactivity (i.e. when training is stopped for a significant amount of time), it is much easier to rebuild that lost or shrunken muscle.  And it takes less  time to rebuild that mass, than it took to build it initially.

New myonuclei in muscle fibers are added before any major increase in size during overload.  Old and new nuclei are retrained during severe atrophy.  The myonuclei are protected from the high apoptotic activity in inactive muscle tissue.  So, even as muscle shrinks, the nuclei remain present.

If you are someone who has never trained before, then you do not have the accumulation of myonuclei, but it is easy to get, since basically everything we do is a stress.  Unlike someone who is already training, who will find that it becomes harder and harder to stress the muscle out.

And although you may lose the muscle, you don’t lose the myonuclei.  Any myonuclei accrued from previous training remains in the muscle fiber.  So, even though your muscles have gotten smaller because you haven’t used them, you still have the results of your previous hard work – this being the myonuclei – so you can bounce back fairly easily.

When training is resumed, muscles are able to grow rapidly because the initial stage of adding nuclei is skipped and, once the nuclei are roused, they can set about synthesizing protein pretty quickly.

Muscle memory is also why physiologists recommend filling your muscles with as many nuclei as you can while you’re young.  Building muscle gets harder as you age, whereas maintenance is easy.  The type 1 fibers dominate when you get older, and the type 2 fibers (the fast-twitch fibers) tend to wane, but they’re still there.

So, get to the gym and take advantage of building myonuclei while you can.  And just as importantly, if you’ve been pumping away for a while, afraid to take a break because of fear of loss of gains, go ahead and rest.  It takes a very long time to lose the gains you’ve worked so hard to accrue.  And, as per my recent post, Rest Days are just as important in attaining your goals.

~FB

Why I Don’t Offer Meal Plans Online

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I see it all the time; online “trainers”, celebrity or otherwise, offering their meal plans or nutrition advice, or  “…for just $99.99 you can have access to exactly what I eat in a day/week/month…”.
These tags drive me crazy and you’ll soon find out why.
There are so many of these online trainers who will guide (read: tell you) exactly what to eat per his/her typical day, or worse, push keto or some drastic fad or diet on readers.
Here is why I don’t offer online meal plans and why what these online gimmickers are doing is dangerous: NO TWO CLIENTS ARE THE SAME.
So how dare I (or anyone else) treat them the same?  What a 115 lb Instagram trainer eats in a day (or tells you what she eats in a day) will more than likely not be sufficient for most people who are watching her videos or subscribing to a website.  There is no personalization, no background, no medical or health history provided by the “client” – there is simply only a way to pay.  These are all important factors in prescribing a healthier diet in proper nutrition, or weight loss plan.  Individualization is a key component.
I must acknowledge that each and every client is unique.
In addition, I cannot have a preconceived notion of my clients.  I must recognize the individuality.  I need to be able to approach my clients with an open mind so that I can understand their specific and individualized needs.  I also need to understand what contributed to their present state or desire to change their eating habits.  Is there an underlying medical condition?  What is home life like?  Are there any financial contributions to unhealthy eating (can the client not “afford” better quality or healthier foods)?  These are questions that may need to be asked.  And going hand-in-hand with this approach is my understanding of how I can best assist them.
Because is client is different, what works for one person, may not offer the same success for another.  Client A may need better information/education about nutrition, whereas Client B may require full-on support and step-by-step guidance.  As a professional, I have to be humble enough to recognize when a client may need to be referred to a different professional altogether (doctor, psychologist, dietitian, etc.).  Although my clients are coming to me for my expertise, my expertise just may not be enough, and as such, clients who I believe may have disordered eating, health or medical issues, etc. must be referred to the proper practitioner.
Another step in my individualization is having my clients keep a food journal, as well as completing a basic health questionnaire.  How can I assess and provide knowledgeable information if I do now know my clients.  How can an online trainer purport to provide meal plans for clients/followers/readers/Googlers if they do not know each member of their audience.
As a Personal Trainer, I am not qualified to give my clients nutritional or diet advice.  As with any other trainer, it is considered out of my scope of practice.  As a Nutrition and Weight Loss Coach, however, I can provide nutrition advice and guidelines, parameters for healthy eating, support, coaching, etc.  And I certainly recognize the importance that each of my clients is unique and will therefore have unique, if not specific needs.
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In addition, my clients will receive personal, one-on-one coaching from me.  I will work with each of them to discover what approach is best for them, and we will work together to create the best program suited to their individual needs.  You don’t get that with random, generic, online meal plans.  They will also get check-ins with me – whether it’s weekly, bi-weekly, or more or less.  My clients can ask me questions any time and a personal response will be guaranteed.  And since I am certified in both nutrition and fitness, I can also work with clients to design an exercise program that will work for them to ensure it fits their means and lifestyle.  Just as it is with nutrition, understanding that not all fitness levels are the same is just as important if my clients want to see results.
It is truly important to not lose that human touch and to recognize that each person’s needs are unique.  When it comes to health, it’s time to step away from the ease of the internet and to understand why our clients are coming to us, where they need help the most, and offer them the guidance, understanding, and support that a computer – or $99.99 – won’t provide them with.
~FB

Why Women Should Strength Train

There is an old adage that women should not lift weights because they will get big and bulky and manly.  So, let’s just scrap that idea now.

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A woman’s strength and muscular development are predetermined by hormones, physiology, and genetic make-up.  Generally speaking, women have about 1/10th of the amount of testosterone compared to men.  Because of the smaller amount of testosterone, the average woman does not have the ability to “bulk up” like her male counterparts.  In addition, women do not possess the same size muscle fibers or amount of lean tissue as men.  So, unless you are a professional bodybuilder – or have an overwhelming amount of testosterone (whether natuarally or by supplementing) – you are unlikely to turn into the Incredible Hulk

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s focus on the reasons why you should be lifting weights.

Boost Your Metabolism Naturally

Although cardio burns more calories than strength training (during the first 30-minutes of your session), lifting weights burns more calories overall.  When you build muscle by adding strength training into your life, your resting metabolic rate (your ability to burn calories and fat) also increases.

           = Muscle Growth And Fat Loss

Strength exercises increase lean body mass while decreasing fat stores. The greater your proportion of lean mass to fat mass, the more metabolically active your body becomes, providing an increased metabolic rate, fat oxidation, and energy consumption (which means you burn more calories and fat simply by carrying more muscle!).

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Structural Tolerance

Structural Tolerance (strengthening of tendons, ligaments, other connective tissue) will aide in the ability to sustain greater stresses in training, and greater resistance to injury. Ligaments, tendons, and cartilage hold your bones together. These joints are at risk of injury when they become unstable. Resistance training strengthens the connective tissue, resulting in improved joint integrity, stability, and injury prevention.

Bone Modeling (and “fighting” Osteoporosis)

Bone modeling (and remodeling*) is the process by which bone adapts to load by changing size and shape and removing weak or damaged bone tissue. (*Remodeling affects material properties such as microdamage, mineralization, and collagen cross-linking.) When muscles contract against bone, it creates stress that causes bones to strengthen against the contractions. The stronger your muscles get, the stronger your bones must become to handle muscle contractions. Bone modeling helps prevent fractures and reduces your chances of getting osteoporosis.

As women age, their levels of estrogen decrease.  We lose both bone and muscle mass.  In addition, as women age, we are prone to osteoporosis due to loss of estrogen.  However, resistance training can increase bone density. When bone feels the “pull” from the muscle contractions, bone growth is stimulated. Not only can strength training offset bone loss, it can actually cause an increase in bone density in women who regularly lift weights.
In addition to all of the benefits above, strength training can also provide improved mental health (as with any exercise, you’ll be happier and reduce your stress levels), better sleep, stronger (and more defined) body, a healthier heart, improved posture and balance, reduce diabetes risk, and longevity (that’s right!  Lifting weights can help you live longer!).
With all of this in mind, if you are not already implementing strength training into your regular exercise routine, you should consider doing so.  The benefits outweigh any negative aspects (whether there is truth to them or not).  So, just get out there and start.  You don’t need a lot of equipment or even a gym membership; improvise with what’s around you (laundry jugs, water bottles, cans, etc.) and go from there.
~FB

Why Your Rest Days Are Important

Several years ago I wrote about my addiction to exercise .  I had been working out nearly every day for years, and avoided my rest days like the plague.  Although I’ve come a long way since then, I still often struggle with finding the time to take my rest days – between teaching boot camp classes, running, cycling, and my regular gym routine – finding down time to recoup really can be a difficult task.

I so often preach to my clients and friends, “TAKE YOUR REST DAYS!”  And I explain to them the repercussions of not doing so (and threaten them with a huge bill if they don’t listen).  (I’m working on heeding my own advice.)

WHY REST DAYS ARE IMPORTANT

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Taking a break from your workout routine is just as important as your workout because it’s an equal part of the total process required to build strength, endurance, and muscle. Exercise, especially strength training, breaks down body tissues.  Rest days allow your muscles, nerves, bones, and connective tissue time to rebuild.  Your rest days, and the way you handle them, can greatly affect your ability to build muscle and get stronger. For many lifters, the problem isn’t that you take an occasional rest day, but that you don’t take enough. And not using your time wisely in your training week can also hinder your progress.

I know all too well that it can be torturous taking down time from the gym. If you’re like me, a rest day can make you feel like you’re slacking off, or even guilty for taking said down time. Instead, we will train six or even seven days per week – hindering our progress.  But the proof is in the pudding – the most successful lifters and bodybuilders usually train (only) four or five times per week.  Those of us who train more than that will see our progress (if any) at a slower pace.  Of course there are always exceptions to the rule, but most of us are not that fortunate (or genetically inclined) to reach those successes so sudden.

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I can attest that my seven-days-a-week training addiction caused more problems than it proved progress.  I suffered (and still do) from over-training syndrome and adrenal fatigue. My cortisol levels were/are elevated, causing weight gain, which I am still struggling to lose, and my sleep was severely disrupted.

We have to let go of the “all or nothing” mentality and the mindset that we “must work out every day”.  I know first-hand how difficult this can be.  Instead, we should consider our future progress and the way we look at our training program.  It we think “stimulation days” instead of training days and “growth days” instead of rest days, would we be more inclined to take those well-deserved and needed days off from our training?  Growth days are meant to be exactly that: growing more muscle and preparing your body to perform the next day.

When you take a rest (growth day), you build more muscle, your glycogen stores are replenished more easily, and allow the nervous system to get back to an optimal working state.  Not only will you grow faster, but you will also improve your performance on the day(s) you’re back in the gym.

If we consider this: Our bodies have limited resources – think of it like a bank.  If you spend all those resources (your money) on your workouts, instead of resting (saving), then eventually, your bank will be empty, meaning you won’t have enough available resources to fuel your workouts or allowing for adaptation and growth.  Allowing your body to rest will replinish the resources, allowing for faster muscle growth and improved performance.

During off days, your body is devoted to more of your resources for growth and repair. the nervous, immune, and hormonal systems are also back to a place of growth and performance.  A rested body (and mind) will perform at a higher level, which means more volume, making your time in the gym more effective.

Those growth days make you grow directly by allowing your body to recover. They make you grow indirectly by allowing greater stimulation on your body during your sessions.

In addition to taking your rest days, you also must consider such things as your nutrition during your rest days.  Many people will lower their macro or calorie intake.  Seems like a good idea, but it would be wrong.

Sure, it seems like the right idea to lower your intake of carbs, since you won’t be burning as much when not working out; therefore you do not require as much fuel*.  (*If your goal is to lose weight, then there is some truth to this.)  If your goal, however, is muscle-building, then your rest days should be spent trying to maximize growth and performance, and not just days where you aren’t doing anything.   Thinking back to the bank analogy, your rest days should be seen as an investment.

So, with respect to the value of your nutrition on your days off, don’t cut carbs and calories that will leave you with muscles that aren’t replenished with glycogen and not taking advantage of the anabolic properties of insulin.  Instead, be sure to consume plenty of good carbs and protein during those rest (growth) days.  Either keep your carbs and protein at the same level of intake as your work days, or even increase your intake slightly.

Optimize your growth days.  If you are training four or five days a week, then you will need two rest (growth) days.  But, to get the biggest bang for your buck, it is not ideal to take two rest days consecutively.  (This does not apply, of course, if you are suffering with an injury.) To optimize your training, your heaviest lifting days should be your third and fourth training days because your performance should be at its highest.  Your first training day can certainly be heavy, but you don’t want to be negatively fatigued on your second day (which should be your lightest).  Your training days should always be challenging.

Each training day you should perform at the highest possible level.  On your rest days you should be putting your body in the preparation to perform at the highest level.  This also goes for your nutrition, supplementation, and training.

Training should be triggering biochemical responses that will tell your body to adapt and grow.  Once that’s been triggered, doing more will simply deplete resources.  Your body should be better to adapt if you treat if properly, including allowing it to recover.  It would be counter-productive to have to take more, unplanned, rest days because it was under-recovered from a previous workout.

If you over-train and don’t allow yourself the proper recovery time, you’re setting yourself up literally for failure and the possibility of injury, over-training syndrome, etc.  In addition, you could spend more time in the gym trying to make up for “lost time”, which could all be avoided just by ensuring you take proper amounts of rest.  We must keep in mind that intense workouts definitely shouldn’t be a daily occurrence.

Your goal respecting your growth days should be to train hard and rest hard.

REST TO GROW

In the not-so-long run, rest makes you stronger!  Rest allows the muscles that you have broken down to heal and recover.  It is the rest that allows you to recover so you can be strong, and thereby handle the increased weight, and increased number of sets and reps needed to gain further.

Plan your week.  Plan your workouts and your rest (growth) days.  Consider your nutrition (and supplementation).  Be flexible, adjust your training, rest, nutrition, and even sleeping accordingly.  And most important, listen to your body (and respond accordingly).

~FB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Challenges

It’s been a little while since I have posted any challenges, and with the start of a new month just around the corner, I figured…..why not!

So here you go.  I’m posting two separate challenges.  You can do one or both.

The Awesome August Abs Challenge

August Challenge

The 30 Days of Abs and Squats Challenge

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These challenges can be mini workouts or a compliment to your regular exercise routine.

What I love about challenges is that they are a simple, yet effective way to keep you moving almost daily (remember to take your rest days!).  If you are a newbie to exercise, it’s also a great way to begin a workout regime.  AND, you can do the workouts right from your home – if you don’t want to leave the house.

Give one or both of these challenges a-go and see how you make out for the month of August.

~FB

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