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Strengthening Your Heart and Lungs

Published on May 18, 2015 By Sherri

sherri bike seattleI’m going to give you a little Exercise Physiology lesson today…all about strengthening your heart and lungs!

The cardio-respiratory system or the heart and lungs is responsible for the distribution of oxygen throughout the body. Oxygen, the gas that makes up 21% of the air we breathe, is critical to life. In fact, tissues will start to die without oxygen in about 6 minutes. So the efficiency of the heart and lungs and how they work together is very important both during rest and exercise.

This system functions by first causing us to breathe using our respiratory muscles. Air then enters our bodies and travels to our lungs. The oxygen is diffused through our lungs and into our blood stream and travels towards the heart. The heart is a strong enough muscle to be able to pump the blood to the entire body where tissues will extract the oxygen to use it to produce energy. Carbon Dioxide, a toxic waste product, is produced and the body must then dispose of it so it travels back up to the heart, then to the lungs and we exhale it. This entire process is an ongoing system that of course, occurs more rapidly during exercise. There are a few things that can make this system function more or less effectively. Read more on Strengthening Your Heart and Lungs…

Is Working Out Making You Hungrier?!

Published on January 19, 2015 By Sherri

Fruits-and-Vegetables-1024x819Some fitness enthusiasts complain that the more they workout, the hungrier they are and the more they eat counteracting the calories burned during their exercise sessions! A 30 minute workout will burn approximately 300 calories. The bad news is it can take just a few minutes to consume 300 calories.  Some people make the mistake of thinking that since they exercise that gives them free reign to eat whatever they want. Unfortunately that’s not the case. If your goal is to lose weight, you need to practice healthy nutrition and portion control just like everyone else.

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Crazy Fitness Things To Be Thankful For…

Published on December 2, 2014 By Sherri

It’s the season of Thanksgiving and Holidays when we often take time to reflect on the people and things we are thankful for.  I thought I’d take this from a different perspective, a fitness perspective.

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Spring Makeover Challenge – Week 6

Published on June 11, 2014 By Sherri

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

Published on June 4, 2014 By Sherri

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 4

Published on May 26, 2014 By Sherri

Our annual 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 because it’s colder, darker and days are shorter. 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 little peer pressure to get you to do what you need to do to reach your goals.

Although the principles to fat loss and healthy living are pretty simple, each trainer has a different approach to encouraging his or her team to adhere to the program and win. This year, I thought I would share each team’s approach so that you could follow along from home. Feel free to adhere to just one trainers’ program or mix it up and try each approach and see which one works best for you. So far in this series, I’ve shared with you 3 different approaches to maximizing weight loss. You can review past articles HERE.

KristinToday, I am sharing with you Kristin Healey’s fast and effective fat loss approach. Kristin is our NWPT Fitness & Training Director, holds a B.S. in Exercise & Movement Science, has won Personal Trainer of the year multiple times and her teams are always highly successful during this Makeover challenge so she knows what she’s talking about!

Step 1: Find Your Mantra

Attitude is everything! Find your Mantra for the next 6 weeks and post it everywhere you think you will need it. On the refrigerator, in your car, at your desk, on your TV… all of those places where some of your bad habits peak their ugly little heads when you are feeling tired, stressed and weak. Here are some examples. Read more on Spring Makeover Challenge – Week 4…

Spring Makeover Challenge – Week 3

Published on May 19, 2014 By Sherri

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

Published on May 12, 2014 By Sherri

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 JillSMonday 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

Published on May 5, 2014 By Sherri

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

Published on March 31, 2014 By Sherri

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…..

IMGL6304Aerobic 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…