Exercise Of The Week – Air Bike

This weeks exercise is the air bike.  This exercise works your abdominals.

  1. Lie flat on your back on a mat. Your hands should be behind your head so that your hands are behind your ears and your elbows stick out on either side.  Do not clasp your hands together as this will cause you to strain your neck.
  2. Your spine should be in alignment and your back should be flat against the mat. Continue reading

Why Every Woman Should Put on 5 More Pounds Of Muscle

Another new female personal training client, another new explanation of how adding muscle will help them lose weight without looking bulky.  Since I’ve become a personal trainer, I’ve had countless conversations with women about the need to add muscle by performing resistance training exercises as opposed to just doing cardio and burning calories.  I’ve had so many of these conversations that I’ve decided to just put in writing for all to see.  In this article, I’m going to explain to you how adding just 5 pounds of muscle is going to help you lose weight without making you bulky. Continue reading

4 Steps To Doing The Perfect Pushup

The pushup gets shortchanged by men and women.  Men would rather see how much they can bench press while women are afraid they won’t be able to do one.  Pushups should be a staple of anyone’s exercise plan and I’ll tell you why: you can do them anywhere, they don’t require any equipment, and they’re effective at working not just the chest, but also the shoulders, triceps, and core.  When done properly, the pushup can give females wonderfully toned arms and give men the masculine chest and arms they crave.  The problem is, most people do them wrong, and when done wrong, the pushup is not only ineffective, but it can also cause serious injury.  With that said, let’s look at how to do the perfect push up in just 4 easy steps…. Continue reading

Can I Afford A Personal Trainer?

Most people think a personal trainer is a luxury only for the rich and famous.  You see celebrities on TV talking about their personal trainers, personal chefs, and nutritionists and think, “Well, it’s easy to be in fantastic shape when you have all that!”  The truth is, you can have all of that if you look carefully at your priorities and your budget.  But how much is the right amount to spend for you personally?  Just because you have $500 set aside, does that mean you have to spend all $500?  In this article, I’m going to discuss how you can afford a personal trainer, and what kinds of packages might be right for your budget and your fitness routine. Continue reading

Why Do I Gain Weight When I Exercise?

As a personal trainer, I always give a fitness assessment to my new clients to develop a baseline measurement and to create realistic fitness goals for them.  During this assessment, I’ll usually have a conversation about their past exercise habits and their success with these habits.  Time and time again, I hear about clients gaining weight when they’ve exercised in the past.  This is fine for someone who is trying to add mass and bulk up, but for the majority of my personal training clients looking to lose weight, this is the opposite of what they want.  If exercise is supposed to help you lose weight, why are there so many people who experience weight gain during periods of exercise?  I’m about to explain 3 very simple reasons why you might gain weight when you exercise. Continue reading

5 Benefits of Water

No matter what your fitness goal is, whether it’s weight loss, muscle gain, or just trying to become more healthy overall, the first step is to make sure that your diet is in order.  You set your calorie intake, figure out how many grams of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats you need, and from there, you figure you’re all ready to begin.  But not so fast.  You could be forgetting one of the most important things that you need to be considering: Your water intake.  Many people completely neglect to consider how much water they are drinking on a day to day basis.  Everyone knows water is important, but what exactly does drinking enough water do for you?  Let’s go over a few reasons why you must start drinking more water if you are going to increase your fitness levels and see faster results. Continue reading