fat loss

Spring Makeover Challenge – Week 6

Posted by on June 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Our annual 6 week Spring Makeover Challenge allows our clients to participate in a fun, friendly team competition to help them shed that extra winter layer that most of us put in during the cold, dark rainy days.  Each of our trainers recruit team members and we all compete against each other to see who can ramp it up the most and achieve the best results.  There’s nothing like a little peer pressure to get you to do what you need to do to reach your goals.

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Spring Makeover Challenge – Week 5

Posted by on June 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

When it comes to your health and fitness goals, there are a lot of different ways to achieve the same results.  At Northwest Personal Training, we host an annual Spring Makeover Challenge when our clients and trainers compete against each other using different approaches to maximize fat loss in a 6 week period.

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Spring Makeover Challenge – Week 3

Posted by on May 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

There are a lot of different ways to achieve the same results.  That’s why during our annual Spring Makeover Challenge, our trainers and their teams compete against each other to see who can shed the greatest amount of body fat in 6 weeks using different approaches.

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Spring Makeover Challenge – Week 2

Posted by on May 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

Last week, I shared with you Derrick DeLay’s “Interval Diet” approach to maximizing fat loss during our Spring Makeover challenge.  It basically requires you consume a super healthy, low calorie diet JillS Spring Makeover Challenge   Week 2Monday through Friday and then eat whatever you want on the weekends in combination with some cardio and weight training. If that approach doesn’t work for you, today I am sharing Jill Schiller’s approach, “Body Overhaul” to shedding that winter fat layer quickly.  Jill is a mother of two, our NWPT running clinic leader, certified VIPR and Schwinn cycling instructor and American Council of Exercise Nationally Certified Personal Trainer.

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Spring Makeover Challenge – Week 1

Posted by on May 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

In the colder climates, it is common over the winter months to gain a little weight. The days are shorter, it’s cold outside and we just don’t get as much activity and access to local healthy fruits and vegetables.  It’s one of the reasons that every spring we launch our annual Spring Makeover Challenge to help our clients shed that extra winter layer.  Each of our trainers have teams and we all compete against each other to see who can ramp it up the most and achieve the best results.  There’s nothing like a friendly competition and peer pressure to get you to do what you need to do to reach your goals.

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Latest & Greatest Fitness Tips Hot Off the Press – First of 2 Part Series

Posted by on April 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I just attended the International Personal Training Summit in Seattle and wanted to share with you some of the highlights from the event.  I hope that at least one tip will resonate with you and inspire you to reach for your Personal Best.

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Designing Your Cardio Program – A Little Bit of Everything is the Best Approach

Posted by on March 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Last week, we discussed the type of Cardio activity to include into your fitness program.  Today, I wanted to educate you on a few more training principles that can help when designing your cardio program.

First, every good cardio program should include aerobic and anaerobic exercise with some variable impact and agility training. 

Read below for the rationale and an explanation…..

IMGL6304 Designing Your Cardio Program – A Little Bit of Everything is the Best ApproachAerobic Exercise:

Aerobic exercise is easy to explain.  It involves going out for a walk, jog, cycle, swim, hike, x-country ski, indoor cardio equipment or taking a fitness class.  It includes exercise that is within your comfort zone and at an intensity that you could hold for 20 minutes plus.  This type of exercise will condition your heart and achieve numerous health benefits.

Anaerobic Exercise:

Anaerobic exercise is a more challenging form of exercise.  It involves the same activities as above but at a much harder intensity.  For example, it would involve going for a jog and then for 30 seconds picking up the pace and sprinting.  Read more on Designing Your Cardio Program – A Little Bit of Everything is the Best Approach…

Stress and Lack of Sleep Make You Fat

Posted by on August 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

stress Stress and Lack of Sleep Make You FatHave heard how stress and lack of sleep makes you fat?

Let’s face it, it’s common for people to be running from appointment to appointment, deadline to deadline always feeling behind on everything.  Whatever happened to the days where you actually got home at around 5:30, had dinner and sat on the front porch talking with your neighbors?

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Getting Rid of Stomach Fat

Posted by on June 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm

DSC02557editC 1 200x300 Getting Rid of Stomach FatSummer is on the way and so, understandably, we get lots of questions from clients wanting to know the best exercise to get rid of stomach fat so they can look their best in their bathing suit.  Unfortunately, and clients never want to hear thisthere is not one specific exercise that will help you get rid of abdominal fat.

You see, this type of localized fat reduction is not possible.  In fact, infomercials or advertisements promising localized fat reduction infuriate fitness professionals who know what is being promised is impossible.  You see, what happens during say, an abdominal crunch, is that as soon as you start crunching, your muscles cry out for energy to perform the movement.  But there is no direct line from the abdominal muscle cells to the abdominal fat cells surrounding them.  So your liver sends some energy, in the form of sugar or fat, to the abdominal muscles.  But that fat could have been sent from your arm, butt or back.  When fat is mobilized from a particular area, it is first sent to the liver to be routed towards its final destination for usage.

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Burn Fat – Should You Go Hard or Easy?

Posted by on April 9, 2013 at 12:11 am

Burn Fat – Should You Go Hard or Easy?

Spring is here reminding everyone that shorts, dresses, skirts, tank tops and bathing suits and in the near future.  That tends to be the kick in the butt than many need to start taking better care of themselves to lose fat and tone up.

sprint drill b 232x300 Burn Fat – Should You Go Hard or Easy?But many people are still confused as to which intensity of exercise will burn the most amount of fat.  You may have heard in the past that lower intensity activity will maximize fat loss or “Go at an easy, slow pace for longer to burn fat”.  The thought was that if you worked too hard, you’d just be burning sugars and not fat.  So many fit people lowered the intensity of their workouts fearful that they were not burning fat.  Unfortunately, they were misled and many people still believe that low intensity activity is the best way to maximize fat loss.  The reality is that theactivity that expends the most amount of TOTAL calories will lead to the most amount of fat burned.

Yes, during lower intensity activity you will burn a greater PERCENTAGE of fat and during higher intensity activity you will burn a greater PERCENTAGE of carbohydrates or sugars.  But the important point to note is that the total amount of fat burned is Read more on Burn Fat – Should You Go Hard or Easy?…