Sunday, August 28, 2011

What Did You Eat Today?

This is a questions that every trainer should ask their client. It is important to incorporate a pre-workout and post-workout meal into your nutritional plan on days that you are training. Never workout on an empty stomach! It is important to eat enough energy that is required for whatever activity you perform. When you do not eat before you workout you are jeopardizing your lean mass and limiting the amount of energy that you will have for your workout. When you force your body to work hard on no energy it finds ways to store energy on it’s own. A fitness plan should be for the purpose of maintain your active tissue which is your muscle, skin, and bones. A car cannot start without gas or oil and it must have the right kind of fuel to run efficiently. As a vehicle is a mechanism, so is your body. It is recommended that you consume a pre-workout meal 30 minutes to 1 hour before you workout and a post-workout meal 30 minutes to 1 hour after to training. A post workout meal is for the purpose of replacing calories lost and restoring energy to restore muscle tissue. It is also important never to miss breakfast.
Not eating proper meals can lead to:
· A plateau
· Unwanted results
· Muscle loss
· Increased body fat
· Weakness & fatigue
· Injuries

The three most important meals of your day should be breakfast, pre-workout, and post-workout meals. With this outlook you will get better result and your nutritional plan and workout routine will compliment each other. You will have more energy, better recovery, and your body will store less fat due to you feeding into your lean mass. Remember, if you do not properly energize your body then your body will energize itself. That is why camels have humps!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Healthy Sleeping!

Are you getting enough sleep at night?  To maintain a healthy lifestyle it is recommended that you get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night.  Sleeping adequately and consistently leads to a longer life, increased productivity throughout the day, and aids in the overall healing and recovery process.  Your body need to be rejuvenated, especially if you have a very busy schedule.  Getting enough sleep will also ensure that you recover and get results from your fitness routine.  If you are not getting enough sleep at night then you are unable to function at your optimum level.  A lack of sleep, less than 6 hours at night,  can have long term damaging effects on the mind and body.  
Not getting enough sleep at night can cause:
·    Increased risk of heart attack and strokes
·    Weight Gain
·    Increased appetite during the day
·    Stress
·    Problems with focusing and paying attention
·    Muscle loss
·    Depression

Vitamin C to Recover and Heal The Body

It is important to eat products with Vitamin C daily to maintain a healthy body.  Your body needs Vitamin C to build and repair tissue, bones, cartilage and fight off diseases.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights off free radicals or byproducts which are produced when your body converts food to energy.  Free radicals can cause damage to healthy cells while antioxidant block them and make cells stronger.  Vitamin C is water soluble and necessary in your diet daily.  It cannot be stored by the body for later use, so when you deprive yourself you are at greater risk of disease, illness, and injury.  Vitamin C consumption contributes to maintaining and healing every part of the body.  From strengthening your immune system to aiding in muscle recovery after a strenuous workout, this vitamin is proven to be essential in your nutritional plan.  The recommended daily amount of Vitamin C is 60mg or 1 orange.  Avoid exceeding over 2000mg a day because it can cause adverse effects.
Sources of Vitamin C can be found in:
·     Citrus Fruits and juices
·     Kiwi
·     Strawberries
·     Green peppers
·     Kale
·     Spinach
·     Cabbage
·     Broccoli
·     Tomato

TRX Suspension Training

TRX Suspension Training is a style of training that maximizes your efficiency and level of exertion by using your own body weight.  In a little amount of time you are able to complete more exercises and heighten your intensity while combining multiple muscle groups.  These Suspension bands, which would usually hang from an attachment to a ceiling or a wall, can target every muscle group in the body.  Most exercises conducted in TRX training incorporate your core as well as a targeted muscle group.  TRX Training allows you to perform movements along multiple planes.  This training is good to improve balance, total strength and prevent injury.  This training can be used to improve athletic performance in top conditioned athletes or aid in the rehabilitation for a normal person.  

TRX Suspension Training may seem complicated and impossible to execute when you first try it out.  Once you get a hang of one exercise and feel the effects, you will be ready to do more.   There are over a hundred exercises that can be performed in TRX Suspension Training.  To prevent you from getting discouraged, a lack of results, or injury, seek proper instructions from a fitness professional.  TRX Suspension Training will make your fitness goals more attainable while also adding a lot of fun and excitement to your routine.