Kristin started with us by signing up for the Lean Down Challenge in May. The LDC is a 6 week challenge with the goal of losing 20 pounds of 5% body fat in 6 weeks. If you do that, the challenge is on us! You can either get a full refund or join as an annual member of the gym and have your deposit credited towards your dues.
It’s easy enough to lose a few pounds for a short period of time, only to gain it back. It’s much harder to achieve long-term fat loss. This begs the question: how can you lose the fat for good?
The answer to this quandary is actually kind of simple: Don’t do things to lose weight that slow down your metabolism.
It can be overwhelming to figure out how to get started on your fitness goals. What is the best kind of workout? Will this work with my schedule? Will this fit in my budget? Will I like it? Will I fit in?
Eating for Pre- and Post-Workout Recovery.
Coach Haylee Colannino
Do you wake up and workout with us at 5am or 6am without eating before? If the answer to this is yes, let’s take a second to think about what’s going on.
If we are sleeping for 7-10 hours per night, we are waking up in a fasted state. Would you go 7-10 hours during the day without eating? I don’t think so.
Lately there has been an influx of people interested in the ketogenic diet. If you are unfamiliar with this approach, it basically means you starve yourself (pun absolutely intended) of carbohydrates (less than 20g/day), to the point where your body flips on a protective mechanism to preserve the brain and supply it energy.
Have any of these things been happening to you lately?
1. My workouts have been lacking
2. I’m craving high fat, salty snacks
3. I’m anxious and stressed
4. I get sleepy during long meetings or drives
Let’s take a second to think about why these things may be happening? Sleep! Although there is no magic number as to how many hours of sleep is perfect for each person, quality sleep is necessary to sustain a healthy lifestyle. It allows our brains to recharge and our bodies to rest. Stress and sleep are a very evil cycle. Lack of sleep leads to increased stress, increased stress can lead to more frequent short sleep.
Two weekends ago we hosted a seminar for our members on Injury Prevention, where Dr. Tyler Evans of Arete Chiropractic and our own Coach Ryan helped give us some valuable pointers on how life intersects with training and what we can focus on with health. The seminar was not necessarily about specific injuries, more about taking a global approach. Here are some key takeaways from it:
Fluid and Electrolyte Replacement: When is it Needed?
Have you ever wondered why your muscles cramp up after exercise? Why you walk out of a hard workout with your head spinning? Or why you feel extraordinarily tired after a tough class?
Physical function can be drastically affected by dehydration after a workout, resulting in symptoms such as fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea, and dizziness. This is because the body uses water for metabolic processes and sweats out fluid and electrolytes as it maintains body temperature.
I once had a chemistry professor who bragged about eating only hamburgers for breakfast. While I don’t particularly agree with his choice of unconventional breakfast as the healthiest option, he does make a great point: breakfast doesn’t have to always consist of what we consider “breakfast foods.”
Well, we are not even two weeks into 2017 and sadly many can already see their new years resolutions fall apart. Its the time of year where people get pumped up about changing their lives, start, and inevitably end up back where they started.
Why does this happen every single year? Our most successful members don’t have this problem because they changed their mindset, and took a different approach. .