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4 Most Important Tips to Winning at Fitness

Published on January 1, 2018 By Sherri

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

It is January 1st and human nature has many of us resolving to make some major changes in our lives. Maybe we’ll decide to start an exercise program, start eating better, quit smoking or lose a substantial amount of weight. Regardless of the goal, have you ever wondered why most people set the same New Year’s Resolutions year after year?  That’s because by March 1st, 80% of people have thrown in the towel on their original ambitions. With that kind of failure rate, I’m convinced that it’s not a problem with the person but rather the process. Most people set themselves up for failure before the clock even strikes midnight because they attempt to do too much too quickly. They don’t do any planning and they have no idea how to monitor their progress. When it comes to health and fitness, your chances for success will improve dramatically if you approach things differently. Read more on 4 Most Important Tips to Winning at Fitness…

Fat AND Fit

Published on July 31, 2017 By Sherri

Are you carrying a lot of extra body fat? Although our society as a whole tends to fat-shame, the good news is some evidence suggests that fitness is more important that fatness, as the primary factor in reducing someone’s risk for developing various health problems. The message is this…..

…..fitness is very important whether you’re fat or not. In fact, if you are an exerciser who carries a significant amount of body fat, you can still be fitter and healthier than someone who doesn’t exercise at all and may be skinny.

If you’re not working out, you need to start and if you lose weight on the way, which you will if you follow a good workout program, it’ll be a bonus. Read more on Fat AND Fit…

Lean in 2016

Published on December 23, 2015 By Sherri

The holidays are busy and when you’re busy, getting to the gym and staying lean can be a losing battle! Well, here is a winning full body workout that you can complete 2-3x this week on alternating days. It is quick, challenging and will make it very possible to get an amazing workout in your own neighborhood and home! No equipment is needed to complete this routine. It is best to start this routine with the Cardio portion and then go indoors for the Exercise portion.

Cardio

Hill repeats are challenging and will burn a ton of calories very quickly. Take a moment to scope out your neighborhood and find a steep hill. Start with a warm-up with some straight leg kicks, side shuffles and butt kickers. When you feel like your heart rate is up, you can start your first climb. Go slowly for the first round to ease into the hills. Then either walk or jog back to the bottom of the hill. For each consecutive hill, the goal is to feel breathless by the time you reach the top. You can walk, jog or sprint. The number of repeats will depend on how long and steep your hill is but do them for 20 minutes.

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Body Image Blues

Published on March 23, 2015 By Sherri

11053536_10152589328171946_3750494284662787117_nAs a professional in the fitness industry, I hear too often people who refer negatively to parts of their body….

  • “My legs are so fat!”
  • “My butt is so big!”
  • “I wish I could lose this muffin top!”

What is sad are the people who get caught in the thought process of “If I could just lose this extra 20 pounds, then I’d be happy” and sometimes, even when they do lose the weight, they’re still not satisfied. If you believe that you’ll be happy once you lose the weight, you’ll never be skinny enough to be happy. Read more on Body Image Blues…

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Struggling to Lose Weight and Keep It Off?

Published on February 9, 2015 By Sherri

WEIGHT-LOSS-PROGRAMWe always have clients that come to us and say that they have been struggling to lose weight and keep it off for a long long time. It doesn’t have to be that way! Here is what I suggest and it really does work!

A common client question: I want to lose 20 pounds but have not been able to lose more than 8 pounds and am struggling because the weight is starting to creep back on! I exercise 6 days per week walking on the treadmill. I was advised to walk at a lower intensity for a longer time – is that good for weight loss? I try and life some weights one to two times a week for 20 minutes. I try to eat approximately 1200 calories but often sugar is my downfall. Any suggestions on what I can do lose the 20 pounds and keep it off?  Please help!  N.D.

As a Personal Trainer, the number one request I get from clients is to help them lose fat. It’s interesting to note that the general public is more health-conscious and the availability of healthy products has increased dramatically and yet, our population continues to get fatter. So why do we continue to gain weight?  Read more on Struggling to Lose Weight and Keep It Off?…

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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Sleep Your Way Skinny!

Published on November 17, 2014 By Sherri

Sleeping-WomanLast week, we discussed ways to overcome the Winter Blues that many people experience at this time of year. It’s pretty clear that maintaining a fitness routine throughout the dark, rainy and cold months can keep your energy up and your outlook more positive.  But there are other ways to counteract SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) other than just turning up the heat by pumping your heart.

Get Some Sleep:

That’s right! You can sleep your way skinny….There is a lot of recent literature touting the importance of sleep in terms of optimal health and even fat loss.  Sleep is when our body repairs itself, heals and rejuvenates.  When we aren’t getting enough sleep, not only are we dragging all day long but our immune system suffers making us more likely to get sick or injured. Plus one sure way to be grumpy and in a bad mood is to be sleep deprived! We also now understand that when the body doesn’t get the 7-8 hours of sleep every night that it needs, it finds ways to compensate for the lower levels of serotonin or dopamine caused by lack of sleep.  It does this by Read more on Sleep Your Way Skinny!…

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…