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Front desk, locker room, cardio machine, etc.  It amazes me that so many people walk into the gym for their workout, and tend to travel the same route they did the day before.  Here are 3 tips I suggest to stop the insanity of living the same as you did yesterday.

1.  Wear a bright color around the area of your body you want to focus on for that day’s session.

When you look into the mirror, your eyes can focus in on the bright color around your mid-section, arms, or butt (for example), and you can better ‘connect’ to that area, and maximize every single repetition you do.

2.  Take a dry erase marker with you, and before you leave your car, write out on your window your word of accountability.

I love writing things down.  It makes them so much more real than simply keeping them floating around in my head.  The next time you head to the gym, write out one word you absolutely know will hold you accountable to your workout.  We all need reminders ;) For example:

  • name of your child
  • date of your wedding
  • color of your new bikini
  • the name of the guy/girl you have a date with on Saturday

3.  Focus on one thing, and one thing only

Most people go into the gym and dance around the entire area doing several machines and free weight exercises.  I suggest at least once a month you go into the gym to focus on one movement.  Spend at least half the amount of time you would normally spend, and perfect this one movement you have chosen.   Take the time to warm-up as if you were doing your regular workout, however, take this time to also focus on the muscles you will use for this one movement.  Don’t be surprised if you feel more sore than you have felt in quite some time.

 

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

Want a quick workout?

50 ball slams
50 walkouts
100 russian twists.

Finished with some beach muscle work.
All in about 20 minutes.

A Sanity approach to fitness,

Daniel J Sanidad

I guess before I speak on the benefits of training and working out, I should start with the differences between the two. In my opinion, training is the time alloted to make a significant change in not just muscle size and shape, moreover, changes within the motor pattern, while working out being more dedicated to the former. Or in other words, being in ‘gym’ shape vs ‘life’ shape. I can spend this entire post getting more in depth with each of these concepts, and in a future post I will devote more information on how to better define them for you. However, at this time I’d like to express the benefits in keeping both of them a part of your fitness routine.

It continues to be seen that several thousands of dollars are being spent on fitness modalities ranging from gym memberships to last nights’ infomercials and there is probably no end of either of these in sight. I am not here to avert you in purchasing either of these because far be it from me to tell anyone they can’t spend their money on what they want or feel they need. What I would like to do is give you a better idea on what you are purchasing and to maximize the dollar you will be spending.

I used to tell my clients that a gym membership will not get them in shape rather using the membership will. What’s more, when you get there, what is it you want to do? First, why did you invest in the membership in the first place? From my gym employee experiences, most customers were searching for the answers to weight loss and increased muscle mass with cardio and aerobic classes not too far behind. Still, what is it that they wanted to accomplish with these? These will all differ from one to the next depending on several factors so for the sake of simplicity, we’ll focus with the beginner fitness enthusiast. If you’re just starting to exercise, then all will be productive ways of spending your time at the gym. As you begin to progress and are looking for further transformation, slight changes in your approaches to them can help you to see that through. For example, you can simply modify the FITT (frequency, intensity, time, and type) principle and if you feel your body has adjusted to the 60 minute aerobic class, then you can increase the intensity and cut your time down to half and do a ‘tough’ 30 minutes. Or if you have only been using machines as your resistance tools, then adding in dumbells, kettlebells, and medicine balls can provide another level of intensity that your body must now adapt to. If you’re a beginner, then a weighted medicine ball in your hand can feel very different. There will be a learning curve you will go through to better handle the new tool and a training opportunity will have presented itself. You have trained yourself to use the new tool and have also added more variety into your workout.

To summarize, working out and training go hand in hand and they should be looked at as favorable moments of creating a better you. In part 2 of this post I will express more examples of the FITT principle to the specific tools one may choose to use. Until then, go play and have some fun.
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Daniel J Sanidad

Have you ever seen a person’s arms and asked yourself, “Wow, how do I get my arms to look that muscular?”  Or you’ve looked at your own arms and asked, “Why do I still have this flab back here?”  I’ve had clients ask me these questions and several others so many times I have lost count.  And me being a trainer who is always counting should give you an idea on the large number of times that may be.

Today’s training has found it’s way back to the old days where it was not about muscle training as it was more about movement training.  I had a conversation with a friend yesterday and she was looking at her arms and asking how come she can’t get her arms to look any better.  I think she was expecting me to say something like, “How often do you work your biceps?” or “How many set’s and reps do you do when you do train them?”, when in fact my first two question were, “Can you do a pull-up and Can you do a full push-up?”  Her reply, no.

If you want to see change then you must prioritize your weak links.  I suggested to her that her routine should consist of the movements necessary to get her expressing successful sets of pull-ups and push-ups.  In other words, focus on the movement and not the muscles.  Even if she can only get 5 pull-ups and 10 push-ups after a period of training, the journey of time and exercises to get her there is more load to her arms and everywhere else on her body that will be the volume of work to both fixing a weak link and providing a stimulus for muscular change.

The point is, our bodies were built to move and your chosen exercise and fitness program should fit the movement patterns you want to improve.  It’s no longer about just pure isolation as it is about Whole Body Fitness.

Daniel J Sanidad

Summer is almost upon us.  Not sure about you, but I love the trim, tanned and toned look for the California weather.  A few tips to keep in mind for your training and nutrition to help bring out the detail we work so hard for.

1.  Prioritize: If you want to see more detail in those ab’s  (for example) then you should prioritize your workout.  Start with ab work in the beginning, and throw some sets throughout the entire session.  That way you have more volume of work for the chosen targeted area.

2.  Fat burning zone:  The leaner you become will directly effect just where your fat burning zone is.  When you have less body fat to give up, your body will want to hold on to it for fear of survival.  Your chosen cardio should be kept at a lower intensity and to be used sparingly to help keep your lean look all summer.

3. Maintenance of muscle:  If your wanting to stay lean, then your probably not in a ‘growth’ cycle at this time.  However, you do want to keep a certain level of intensity in your workout to maintain the muscle you currently have.  Get the intensity up, however, keep it under 30 minutes.  After a good warm-up, plan the muscles/movements you want to target and go at it.  Your looking to create enough of a stimulus to maintain, moreover , not too much where you begin to muscle waste trying to keep up with the high intensity of the given session.

4.  Stay hydrated:  Your muscles will look healthy when you keep them nourished and water is the largest nutrient in them.  Drink up!

5.  Nutrient timing: It’s more important when you eat as supposed to what your eating (I’m speaking to those that already have an awareness of the quality foods they use for their fitness needs).  Be more aware of the meals closer to your workout, after your workout, and before you go to sleep.  Those will keep your body well nourished for the necessary recovery to keep that physique you work so hard for.

Come on summer!

Daniel J Sanidad

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