Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Workout Of The Stars

If you have kept up with action movies the past few years then you may have noticed a trend in the look of your favourite actors bodies. Many of them are getting into outstanding shape and transforming their bodies in a matter of months to prepare for a role. In case you have been living in a cave the past 5 years then let me hi-light some movies for you such as 300, Casino Royal, Blade 3, Wolverine, and the soon to be released Ninja Assassin. In each of these films the star, or in some cases the whole cast, has had nothing short of stellar physiques. What's their secret you might ask? Simple! Hard work, high intensity training, and a natural diet.

It's nothing new, it's what produces that lean athletic look in a short amount of time and there are videos to prove this point (click here for a link to a video about how the actors trained for the movie "300")(Click here for a video on how Rain trained for his role in "Ninja Assassin"). The secrets of the stars are not so secret, it's just that people are always looking for an easy way out. No one wants to hear that the people in the movies are just like you and me and that they worked hard to get that body. No one wants to hear that they eat like a saint and avoided all that deep fried junk at the local bar. Everyone wants to hear that they took some special pill or did some long lost exercise that changed them in a matter of weeks.

Well everyone it's not magic, there is no pill or long lost exercise ... just hard work and dedication. Now even though the movies mentioned above consist of mainly a male cast, the benefits for women going through the same style of training will be the same. Everyone will get stronger, leaner, more toned, and have more energy when they perform high intensity training. It's what I practice, and it's what I have been teaching for years. You'll see in the videos above that they are training with kettlebells, body weight, and compound movements ... things that we use each and every day at Jungle Fit - Personal Training. So there you have it, the "secret workout of the stars" ... not so mysterious after all! If you want to have results like you have been seeing in films then give Jungle Fit - Personal Training a try. You have nothing to lose except the weight!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

You Are What You Eat

What you put into your mouth is what is going to make the biggest change, not only in how you look without clothing, but also in your energy levels, how you sleep, and how you think! I can not stress enough the importance of natural eating and a paleo style diet. If you are working out currently and have not changed your eating patterns from the regular processed foods, deep fried crap, too much grains, coffee with 2 sugars and cream, and only eating 2-3 times per day, then you are not getting half of the results you should be seeing.

Once again, the paloe diet consists of lean protein, veggies, fruits, seeds and nuts, and berries. Cut out the wheat, dairy, and processed foods and watch your body change in a matter of weeks. I am not only speaking for my clients who have transformed their own bodies, but I am also speaking from my own experience. Changing my own diet along with functional exercise allowed me to drop 40lbs in 4 months and keep it off. It took a long time to figure out and really come to terms with the fact that I could not make drastic lasting change in my body without getting my own diet on lock down. It's not always easy to change, but it is what we all need to do to not only have an outstanding bod, but to also perform at our very best at anything we choose to do in life. You need to look at food as fuel, and only put good fuel into your body.

Try a peleo diet for a week or two and you WILL see amazing results.

- Eat some sort of lean protein with each meal: Chicken, Fish, Turkey, Lean Beef, Eggs,

- Fill up on veggies with each meal any type you like and make sure to change them up!

- Use fruits as snacks and eat them between meals as well as in the morning with break fast.

- Eat healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, almond butter, olive oil, coconut/coconut milk, avocado

- Eat 5-6 times per day every 2-3 hours (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack etc.)

... remember there are tons and tons of combinations you can make with the items above. Eat lots of veggies, make sure you are getting plenty of meat with each meal, use your nuts and fruits for snacks, and eat lots ... there is no need to be hungry! Eat natural, the way are bodies are designed to eat and you will see the changes you have always wanted.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

No Change ... Then Make Change.

So you started working out and at first you were seeing great results. You lost body fat, you were looking great, and when you walked around the house you would have to keep pulling your pants up to stop them from falling off! You were actually excited to go and push yourself through a tough workout or eat those veggies and lean meat. You thought you had found the workout you had been looking for all these years.

But all of a sudden the results just stopped!

Out of no where, with out changing a thing, your results just came to a stand still. It's a very, very frustrating situation ... but the problem doesn't lie in what you are doing. The problem is what you are not doing ... changing your workout.

Our bodies are smart, much smarter than we give them credit for, with in weeks your body will adapt to your program and change is what's needed to keep your body guessing and provide you with continued results. When you make changes/progressions to your workout your body will have to change and now adapt to the new stress you are putting it through.

So lets say you have been attending a group fitness class for 2 months and you had great results, but lately you have been upset with the lack of results. The majority of group fitness classes involve a whole lot of cardio and very little resistance training. Resistance training would be the change you need to continue seeing results. A little extra muscle (no worries ladies you will NOT look like a man!) will help you to burn calories 24 hours a day 7 days a week even at rest. Resistance training doesn't have to be standing in front of a mirror watching yourself curl a bar or sitting on a chest press machine.
Heck NO! Resistance training can be done with your own body weight, kettlebells, resistance bands and much, much more. Your programs and training can always change and become new and interesting regardless of your current fitness level.

Once again, after a few weeks your body will adapt to your new workout program involving resistance training. So what do we do now that you are not seeing change from that program? That's right ... change the program again and make it harder! Jump into some high intensity training, work with more advanced exercises, switch from straight sets to super sets, or work with heavier weights. The changes are endless.

Making changes to your program is something that needs to be done with a lot of thought and some knowledge of how to progress safely and effectively. A good personal trainer will not only help you achieve your goals, but they will also teach you how to continue to get results and stay healthy/fit for the rest of your life. There is no replacement for working one on one with a great trainer, make the jump and it will pay off.

After all, it's foolish to do the same thing day after day and expect a different outcome.