Have you noticed that the hand weights that used to challenge you and leave you pleasantly sore after a session are feeling a little underwhelming? If yes, it may be time to increase your weight.
Different goals for men and women
My male clients, for the most part, greet this suggestion with open arms. Women on the otherhand are often uneasy with the suggestion of lifting more weight, suspicious that it will cause them to bulk up.
To these clients (and women alike), let me assure you that a couple of extra pounds on your hand weights will only help you with toning and increasing muscle definition (not bulk), which helps one burn more calories at rest (and lead to weight loss and a more toned and athletic body).
What if I do want to bulk up? If your goal it to increase muscle mass, this can be done…and it is a purposeful program (coupled with a meal plan that increases caloric intake substatially). Before I embark on any at-home program with a client, we discuss your goals and any initial questions (and any that come up along the way).
If you answer yes to any of the following, it may be time to talk to your trainer about increasing your hand weights:
Your progress plateaued
You have never increased your hand weight
Your weights are no longer a challenge to lift
You can do endless reps
Interested in at-home training and meal plans, contact HomeBodyFit to achieve your fitness goals!
Jennifer Lawrence has the right idea about dieting.
“I don’t diet,” she tells Glamour Magazine. “I do exercise! But I don’t diet. You can’t work when you’re hungry, you know?”
We agree! And kudos to Lawrence for speaking out against dieting. At HomeBodyFit we promote a healthy lifestyle and not fad or crash diets. Our clients are encouraged to never diet and instead feed their bodies nutritious foods when hungry in order to keep their energy levels up. HomeBodyFit founder Matt Johnson writes:
In fact, I eat more now than when I was overweight, I simply changed what and when I ate certain foods. I have developed a program that works for me and our clients. We can show you how.
Lawrence also told Glamour, “It’s nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It’s like, ‘Here’s your trainer. This is what you can eat.”
Dropping body fat isn’t as easy as just working out and eating right. Misinformation can quickly lead to slip-ups and pitfalls. Avoid them with these five tips!
1. DIETING IN FITS AND SPURTS
Dieting: Let’s briefly analyze the concept itself. Most people jump on the dieting bandwagon with a specific timeframe and goal in mind. The logic might go a little something like this: “If I cut carbs for six weeks, I can fit into that pair of pants,” or, “If I replace sweets with veggies for the next few months, I’ll lose those last 10 pounds in time for my high school reunion.” No matter their reason, most people have something they’re striving for and a due date for when it has to be completed.
The reality is that we all want things done now. We want everything to be fast and effortless. Whether it’s a 30-day challenge or a 90-day transformation plan, it seems that nearly every goal has a date or finite time associated with it. While a sense of urgency might initially get you off the couch and into the gym, will it dramatically change you in the long run? Probably not.
1. Start in the plank position on the floor with your arms bent at a comfortable.
2. Raise one foot off of the ground, rotating the leg and bringing the knee towards your elbow – aim to reach your elbow.
3. Return your leg to the starting plank position and repeat on the opposite side.
At HomeBodyFit, we love functional fitness, otherwise known as training your body to handle real-life activities in real-life positions. For example, our training programs are not confined to lifting weight in an idealized posture conceived by a gym machine. Conventional weight-training (which is great and should be a part of of your fitness routine) isolates muscle groups, but functional fitness routines take your regime one step further and teaches the muscle groups you’re isolating to work with others,
One example, The Wood Chop!
How to do The Wood Chop
All you need is a medicine ball (we have 8 to 20-pounders available for our clients).
Holding the ball with both hands, squat down with the ball over one knee.
With control, explosively swing the ball over your opposite shoulder.
Important! Concentrate on decelerating the ball with your core.
The HomeBodyFit Wood Chop Circuit (Advanced)
Do 10 reps of The Wood Chop on each side and repeat four times
Here are three tips for healthy eating and better balance
How to enjoy dessert…guilt-free!
The goal at HomeBodyFit is to help our clients achieve better balance in their lives. We assist clients with incorporating the optimum amount of exercise into their their week; followed by plenty of rest for recover and muscle repair and healthy eating habits. But what’s also included in achieving balance? INDULGENCE! That’s right, life is for living and what good is looking and feeling your best without enjoying something decadent and sinful once in a while.
So the next time you’re craving dessert, here’s a tip for enjoying it guilt free (while making room): omit the carbs (e.g. rice, potatoes, bread) from your lunch or dinner plate, substitute with more veggies and greens (see below) and dig into that brownie and ice cream with abandon.
Add spinach or a greens powder to your smoothie, steam kale and serve with meat or fish for lunch or dinner…whatever your preference, eat greens at least once a day.
“Greens benefit every cell of your body and deliver more nutrients calorie for calorie than just about any other food on the planet.”
M.D., founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City
Protein for breakfast
Our clients hear this one all the time…enjoy a protein-rich breakfast every morning. It satisfies one longer so you’re less likely to snack; you’ll also make better choices for the rest of the day…and it refuels your body after sleep.
Try two scrambled eggs with half a cup of egg whites, avocado and two slices of turkey bacon on thinly sliced sprouted grains toast.
Or if you’re breaking a serious cereal habit, try a protein shake with half a cup of oats to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Chin-ups (or Pull-ups) are an excellent body weight exercise you can do at home with a chin-up bar…or head to your local park and use the monkey bars. Combine them with push-ups and you have a balanced, major-muscle groups circuit and a solid cardiovascular workout.
How to do Chin-ups and Pull-ups
Face the bar and grab it with your palms facing you, keeping your arms shoulder width apart
Pull yourself up…and the trick is to do it slowly (when you jerk yourself up, you don’t get the full benefit of the chin-up)
Keep your body steady and don’t sway
Face the bar and grab it with your palms facing away from you, with your arms beyond shoulder width apart
Pull yourself up…until your chest touches the bar, concentrating on your lats (the muscles below your armpits)
Note: This method is the more difficult of the two, so take your time and build up to this one.
Interested in starting an at-home fitness program? Learn more about HomeBodyFit here!