Cardio

Spring Into Shape for Summer – Week Seven

Posted by on April 17, 2018 at 10:23 am

“Do not be afraid to demand great things of yourself. Powers which you never dreamed you possessed will leap to your assistance…” O. Marden

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Cardiovascular Conditioning:

This week make a commitment to be more active in your life. The International Journal of Obesity released a stat that estimated we expend approximately 500-800 calories less per day than we did a few decades ago based on our sedentary lifestyles. So commit to taking the stairs, walking or cycling to do errands or parking a few blocks from your destination.

 

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Six

Posted by on April 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm

We’ve been getting some nice signs that summer is on the way!  It’s a good time to reassess your goals, monitor your progress and determine if you’re on track.  If you are, great job.  If not, don’t stress about it – just recommit today.

Previous Blogs in This Series

Cardiovascular Conditioning

This week we incorporate cross-training into your workout.  If you’ve been walking to get fit, this week we’d like you to see if you can also include another form of cardio training such as cycling or swimming or fitness classes.  Make sure your weekly cardio training includes 2-3 different types of exercise instead on only one form.

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Five

Posted by on April 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Lack of time is the number one reason people report they don’t exercise.  Well, have you ever heard the saying “People who can’t find the time to exercise will one day be forced to find the time for illness and disease!” So start today and make the commitment to yourself!  You can go online to access the first 4 weeks of the program so it’s not too late to commit to getting in great shape for summer!

Continue with what you’ve learned so far and add on today’s tips:

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Four

Posted by on March 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm

There is plenty of time to take your fitness to a whole new level by summer. Continue implementing everything you’ve learned over the last 3 weeks and add on today’s tips to be in top shape by summer!

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Three

Posted by on March 20, 2018 at 11:42 am

Continue implementing everything you’ve learned over the last 2 weeks and add on today’s tips.  Beach season is on the way – let’s commit to getting in great shape in time for summer! Looking good and feeling great!

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Two

Posted by on March 13, 2018 at 9:40 am

Have you implemented some or all of the tips from last week’s column and started to develop some good healthy habits? Continue doing everything you learned last week and add on today’s tips. The goal is to get you into incredible shape just in time for summer and we’ve got a few months to make that happen. Give us three months and I’ll give you the best summer of your life!

Cardiovascular Conditioning

Add up the total minutes of cardio activity you did last week.  If you want to continue improving, implement the overload principle which means this week you increase your total minutes by 10%.  So if you did 100 minutes last week, this week you do 110 minutes.

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Spring Into Shape for Summer!

Posted by on March 6, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Tsquatbhe smell of spring is in the air and many of us are now realizing summer is on its way. Long days, outings to the beach, tank tops and sundresses, swim wear, cycling, camping, walks by the water, parties by the pool….Can’t you wait!?

We’ve got about 3 months to get you in tip-top shape so you enjoy the best summer of your life. Each week we will be provide you with easy tips that you can implement right away so that week by week you are getting closer to your Personal Best!

If you make the commitment and follow along for the next 3 months, you can expect to improve your aerobic fitness, muscle tone and flexibility, increase your energy levels and reduce your body fat.

The program is progressive so that each week we build on what you’ve learned the week previous so cut out each week’s section so you’ve got the entire program in front of you and it’s easy to follow.

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You Can Tabata Anywhere

Posted by on February 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

We are about 6 weeks post New Year’s Resolutions and if you’re on track with your workouts, great job! But you may be getting a little bored with your routine and looking for a way to spice up your workouts. Tabata is a simple technique that you can easily implement that will not only add a new approach to your exercise sessions but also is highly effective.

Tabata training was first discovered by a Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo. There were two groups of subjects; one that trained at a high intensity for four minutes, four days per week for six weeks and the other at a moderate intensity for one hour five days per week for six weeks. The shocking results were that the moderate intensity group improved their aerobic system but experienced no improvement in their anaerobic system whereas the high intensity group exercise experienced a greater improvement in their aerobic system and a 28% increase in their anaerobic system. Read more on You Can Tabata Anywhere…

Changes in Fitness Over The Last 18 Years

Posted by on January 16, 2018 at 5:48 pm

26232331_10155944697862456_7554832138060745684_oWe are celebrating our 18th Anniversary at Northwest Personal Training and Drew Carney from the KGW Early Morning Show recently did a segment with us to discuss what has changed over the last 18 years since we opened our doors. Here’s the highlights from that segment:

Dynamic Warm-up

It used to be common practice to perform static stretching before all exercise. Now we have learned it’s not a great idea to stretch prior to working out when the tissue is not properly warmed up. Instead we have learned the importance of a dynamic warmup – the body doesn’t go well from 0-60 so you need to warm the muscles and connective tissue, lubricate the joints and prepare the energy systems for the intense activity. So instead of holding a stretch for a sustained period of time, instead we will mimic the movements we will perform during the activity but at a lower intensity, low impact, low load, low speed before we gradually increase the intensity, load, impact and speed. Read more on Changes in Fitness Over The Last 18 Years…

‘DO THIS, NOT THAT” Doesn’t Work!

Posted by on November 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm

Is High Intensity Training the way to go? Or is Long, Slow Distance Training better? What cardio exercise brings the best results – is it cycling, rowing, running or something else? What muscle conditioning workouts enhance overall fitness best – is it Bootcamp classes, Barre, Yoga, Pilates or traditional weight training?

If someone decides to get fit and commit to an exercise program, there are a ton of options. It can feel like a kid in a candy store so to speak. But there’s only so much time in a week so how do you choose? Here’s some guidelines to help you design a good, solid weekly program that enhances your overall health and achieves optimal fitness. Read more on ‘DO THIS, NOT THAT” Doesn’t Work!…