Archive for August, 2010

What Is The Most Effective Type of Exercise?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

By: Amber Tebeau, NASM CPT, Manager and Trainer CoachMeFit West Bloomfield

As a fitness professional, I am frequently asked “What is the most effective type of exercise?”  Most people are looking for a simple answer such as running, weight training or aerobics.  Truly the correct answer lies within the person who has asked the question.  Every person is different, with their own needs, restrictions, likes and dislikes.   Exercise is most effective when it is tailored specifically to a person’s wants and needs. 

Whenever I am asked “What is the most effective type of exercise?” I always reply, “The type of exercise that you WILL do”.  What I am trying to say is that the best exercise is the exercise that is performed on a consistent basis at a moderate to intense level.  Running may be a great way for me to maintain my weight and fitness level.  However if someone hates to run, then running is not a good exercise for them because they are not likely to stick to the program.

Many people come to see a personal trainer because they do not think that they like any type of exercise, thus they welcome having someone force them to workout.   However, I have found that many of my clients who prescribe to this kind of thinking realize they enjoy the way exercise makes them feel, after only a few sessions.  When someone realizes that they like to exercise and the feeling that they receive, they are more apt to continue their fitness program.

I have my personal exercise favorites; however I do not try to press my clients to do these things.   I do not care what type of exercise that they do; all I ask is that they exercise at a moderate to intense pace for an hour, 6 days a week.  Again, the best type of exercise is the type of exercise that a person can commit to doing consistently to maintain their health.

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5 Tips for a Fab Abs Workout

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

By: Kelly Kalbfleisch

Ann Arbor CMF, Manager

Flying through your routine, overworking your middle and improper breathing are all big no-nos when it comes to training your abs.  Here’s how to maximize each and every workout;

1.  Your abs are like any other muscle and need rest. Give them at least 48 hours between sessions for maximum recovery.

2.  Don’t forget to breathe when doing abdominal moves. Remember: Exhale on the exertion and inhale on the return to avoid lactic acid buildup.

3.  For maximum results, do each rep deliberately and avoid all use of momentum.  If you’re doing it right, you should fatigue and even fail by the end of 15 reps.

4.  Use a mix of different abs moves each time you train to give your body new challenges while keeping your brain from getting bored.

5.  You can crunch ’til the cows come home, but if you’re not eating right, you’ll never see the results of your hard work. 

I’ve added different variations of the plank to my workouts instead of doing a form of crunch every abs day.  I’ve noticed a huge difference in the strength and firmness of my core.  

I like tip number 5 from above.  Clients ask me all the time if they should do more crunches or when they will start to see their ab muscles and lose the fat.  I hate to tell them, but it’s the truth..the muscles are there, but you won’t see them until you change your diet and keep consistant with cardio.  It’s a fact! 

-article from Oxygen Magazine

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The TRX, An Essential Part of Your Workout

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
TRX Suspension Training

TRX Suspension Training

By: Amber Tebeau, NASM CPT, Manager and Trainer CoachMeFit West Bloomfield

The TRX, Total Resistance Exercise, is the latest and greatest piece of fitness equipment on the market.  The TRX is a form of suspension training that utilizes body weight to increase total body strength, balance, flexibility, core stability, and performance, which will also increase calorie burn and weight loss.

The TRX was created by Randy Hetrick, the founder of Fitness Anywhere, the company behind the TRX.  Randy created the TRX while he was on the battle field serving as a Navy SEAL.  Randy recognized the importance of having a piece of exercise equipment that was light, easily portable, and functional.  The TRX is now used by all of the branches of the Armed Forces, the NCAA, Hollywood stars, and professional athletes.

The TRX is a valuable piece of fitness equipment because it is appropriate for all ages and all fitness levels.  Virtually any exercise can performed on the TRX and the best part is that any exercise can be made to be more difficult or easier just by simply taking a step or two. The TRX weighs less than 2 pounds and it can be set up anywhere, including a gym, a park, a hotel room or at home.

CoachMeFit  started working with the TRX in the spring of 2010, and I went to an official TRX training course in July of 2010.  Our studios are very excited about getting on board with TRX suspension training.   We have found the TRX to be very challenging and very practical for our clients to use.   Our clients were very excited when we started using the TRX and their excitement has continued the more they have worked with it.  I have several clients who regularly ask to use the TRX during their sessions.

The TRX is one of best and most versatile pieces of equipment that we have at CoachMeFit.  Every exercise on the TRX engages the entire core, for an incredible total body workout.  If you have goals that include toning muscle, core and totally body strength, increased athletic performance or increased flexibility, then the TRX should become an essential part of your workout routine.

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