Posts Tagged Exercise

*Results Not Typical

In my nineteen plus years as a fitness trainer I still find myself amazed at what people don’t know about exercising and getting into shape. It seems like… at least once a week someone comes up with some new gadget or makes some unsubstantiated claims about the next end all… be all exercise program or diet.

The truth is it’s not as hard as everyone thinks, yet everybody’s looking for a shortcut. Cheating at getting fit is like tunneling under a bank after hours to make a deposit, when all you have to do is wait until it opens and walk through the front door. Your can waste countless years of your life failing to find the easy way when in less than half that time you could become fit. How many people do you know that own multiple rickety gadgets that they paid just three payments of $19.95 for… “But wait – if you act now we’ll throw in this useless rubber-band that will get you absolutely no results.” So many people invest in cheap gadgets that end up becoming expensive coat racks in their bedroom or junk for the future garage sale. It would be a lot cheaper to go out and buy a few dozen hangers. Sometimes the ridiculous becomes so popular it starts to make sense to us. “Don’t eat bread, don’t eat fruit.” Now how many people do you know of that actually packed on the pounds by eating too much fruit? It was more than likely the THREE six-packs of soda loaded with un-pronounceable ingredients, and that all time favorite High Fructose Corn Syrup, or the so-called “Value Size” meals that they washed down with it.

The morning show comes on… and they announce a segment on something new they have to tell you about getting healthy, and you sit through two thirds of the show to find out that it comes right back around to those two little words everybody hates to hear: “Diet and Exercise.” “Diet” sounds like a challenge, “Exercise” sounds like a lot of work, but when you put them both together, it sounds like you are saying “Mount Everest.” I have never liked the word “Diet”… to me it implies that you’re going to do something temporary to get results… then go back to doing what got you in trouble in the first place. Exercise can be fun, rewarding, energizing, but when done incorrectly can be the most boring counterproductive regime you’ve ever involved yourself in. You can only climb Mount Everest one step at a time, don’t look up and don’t look down, just stay focused on the next step. One of the reasons I started this blog is because some of the stuff we fall for is really funny, but also to let people know that the truth isn’t as bad as they think. Getting healthy and fit is easy, once you decide to just commit, and make a real change in your life. Next time you watch an infomercial that seems to be too good to be true, notice the fine print when they get to the testimonials that says, “Results not typical.” Keep it simple, use common sense, and above all be honest with yourself and you really will get results!

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The Ab-solute Truth

There are many ab CRUTCHES on the market that claim they will give you a flat stomach. You might think, “Wow! That looks easy, I can do hundreds of these”…. Or “I can lie down and do my abs while I watch TV”. Lounging while doing abs!, something’s not right here people. Some of these gadgets might be pretty good when used properly, but the fact is….. No amount of working your abdominal muscles is going to flatten your stomach, tighten maybe… but not flatten. It brings us back around to the “D” Word again – “Diet.” OH!.. didn’t want to forget “Exercise”… as in “Cardiovascular Exercise” like walking, running, cycling, etc. In order to see that glorious six pack you’ve been working on, (not Bud Lite), you need to reduce overall body fat. Twisting is another old fashioned idea that doesn’t really reduce your waist, but you can work up an appetite. In fact, working the muscles on the sides of your waist, called the obliques, to reduce your waist doesn’t even make sense. Unless you like the appearance of the “puffy love handle look” – sometimes overworking those muscles can make your waist look even thicker.

I also hear people say, “I do 200 sit-ups.” If you’re doing 100’s of anything, you’re probably doing something wrong. I started doing abs when I began Martial Arts training at age thirteen. Over thirty years later, it never takes me more than 20 reps before I’m really feeling the exercise. There are just a few important things to remember when working your abs…

  1. Exhale the air out of your stomach as you crunch inward.
  2. Pause slightly after you exhale.
  3. Concentrate on contracting or tightening the muscles as you crunch.
  4. Do them slowly.

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