If she can do it, so can I!

Did you know that just hearing that others “can do it” can greatly influence your fitness performance?  According to the journal of Psychology of Sport and Exercise, motivation from others can have a very powerful effect on one’s exercise duration and intensity.

Fitness plank and motivation
If she can do it, so can I!

The study went like this:

A group of 68 participants were split into two groups and asked to hold a plank for as long as possible. After finishing, the first group was told that a similar group had held their planks for 20 percent longer. The second group was given no feedback.

Following this, the two groups were asked to perform a second plank, again for as long as possible. The researchers found that the first group (who had received the feedback) rated their confidence at 45 percent before the first plank and nearly 60 percent before the second plank, holding their planks for 5 percent longer; whereas the second group’s hold time dropped 18 percent.

Essentially, the study found that if you learn or observe that your peers are doing well, you’re more likely to believe you can too.

So seek out influential stories, talk to friends and family about their fitness efforts and workout in pairs and groups. These can all help boost your confidence and enhance your performance…and don’t forget to let others know about your accomplishments!

Learn more about our couples and group fitness programs including Burlington Body Camp (drop-in tonight for only $15)

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Want to tone your triceps? No equipment required

These dips are an excellent exercise for the tricep and will get you tank-top ready in no time.

How to get toned triceps - no equipment required
How to get toned triceps – no equipment required

How to do a tricep dip:

    1. On a secured bench, stable chair or even on the ground, position your hands shoulder-width apart.
    2. Extend your legs out in front of you (or bend your knees if this is too challenging) and slide your butt off the front of the bench.
    3. Straighten your arms while keeping a slight bend in your elbows (you want to focus the tension on your triceps).
    4. Now that you’re in position, slowly bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle, lowering your body toward the floor – keeping your back close to the bench. This is the bottom of the movement.
    5. Immediately press down into the bench, straightening your elbows – returning to the top of the movement. This is one rep.Note: Concentrate on keeping your shoulders down as you do each rep.
Triceps-Dip
Triceps-Dip

Tabata Tricep Dips Circuit (Advanced)

Do as many dips as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. Repeat eight times. To make this exercise more challenging, start with your legs extended straight out in front of you (switching to bent knees if you need to).

At HomeBodyFit, we’re big fans of tricep dips. Why? Because they help develop powerful and defined triceps…and you can do them anywhere…at home on the floor or on the bottom of the stairs…or even on a pack bench!

Want a full body Tabata workout that will sculpt and tone from head to toe? Learn more about our at-home and online fitness and meal plan services here!

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Want fast results? Add this exercise to your routine.

Make jump squats a part of your exercise sessions. Why? You’ll get results…fast! As well, they benefit your entire body (including your posterior chain and core) and they are an excellent boost to your overall fitness.

Get results fast!
Get results fast!

How to do jump squats

Step one: With your knees shoulder width apart, bend your knees slightly, keeping your back straight. Squat down.

Step two: Immediately jump upwards off the ground. As your feet leave the floor reach upward, straight out in front, or with your hands on your hips, keeping your back straight and facing forward.

Step three: Land back in the position you started in. Bend your knees slightly and immediately repeat the second step.

Tabata Jump Squat Circuit (Advanced)

Do as many jump squats as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. Repeat eight times. To make this exercise more challenging, hold a pair of dumbbells.

At HomeBodyFit, we’re fans of incorporating jump squats into nearly every personal and couples training session. They are excellent for conditioning as well as being an effective cardiovascular exercise. Learn more about our services here!

Take your workout outside! Burlington Body Camp’s next session starts tomorrow

Enjoy the beautiful summer weather AND get in shape with Burlington’s most comprehensive boot camp.

Battle Ropes Workout with Burlington Boot Camp
Battle Ropes Workout with Burlington Body Camp

The benefits are astonishing:

  • Just seeing the colour green can make you feel more energized
  • Affordable (only $12/class)
  • Scorches calories (with high intensity circuits)
  • Strength Training (with battle ropes, hand weights, etc.)
  • Resistance runs (with exercise bands and hill runs)
  • Build confidence (you will be challenged)
  • No monotonous routines (every session is different)
  • Encouraging and friendly atmosphere

Starts: July 23, 2014
When: 
Mondays & Wednesdays, 7pm or 8pm
Where: 
Sidrebene Park (just north of Dundas on Alppleby)
Cost: 
$192 ($12/class) for 8 weeks/16 sessions + two FREE make-up classes ($96 for 8 weeks/8 sessions)

 

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