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M Factor Fitness Online Programs

Questions about  M Factor Fitness Online training?

Let’s get them answered.

Is it really only $10/month?

Yes

How does it work?

You sign up via Paypal and download the M Factor Fitness app on your phone (or you can just log in through the website with your computer).

Here is what it looks like.

M Factor Fintess Online app

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will send you an email with your password when I get your account set up.

Click here to sign up!

What Online Programs Do I get?

To make this affordable, I have devised a number of workouts to cover almost any goal you want to accomplish. You can always go in and delete workouts, change the exercises or create new workouts from my workout library. You have unlimited freedom with my training but these workouts are a great place to start.

P.S. I am a pretty nice coach. Let me know what equipment you have and what your goals are and I will get everything customized for you.

No extra charge. See, I told you I was nice!

These are all subject to change but I wanted to give you an idea of what you get when you sign up.

Online Program 1: 10 Minute ab workouts

10 minute ab workouts have a built in timer and are designed to hit all areas of the core. Hint: #1 is easier than #6. It is progressive.

10 minute ab workouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Program 2: The” 4 week get off the couch”

The “4 week Get off the Couch” are 4 progressively harder full body workout designed to gradually get you back in the game.

Do Workout 1 three times a week the first week, then workout 2 the next week…you get the idea.

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Online Program 3: The Balancing series

The Balancing series is an add-on workout you can do anytime. For best results pick 2-3 exercises and do 2-3 sets barefoot.

Online Program: Balancing

Online Program 4: Quickies

Quickie workouts are ugly, intense workouts when time is short and you have limited equipment. Great for hotel rooms while you are traveling or anytime you want your butt kicked.

Quickie Online programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Program 5: warm-ups, Cool-downs and Stretches

Warm-ups are to be done before the workout.
Cool-downs are done after the workout.

Online programs stretches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online programs cool-downs

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus online programs

I have a custom library of over 200 exercises for you.

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  • Kettlebell exercises
  • Dumbbell
  • TRX / Bands
  • Free weight

You can go into any workout and replace exercises or even create custom workouts.

How to customize Your Online Workout

Setting up Your Calendar

Hopefully this helps answer your questions. I designed my online training to be simple, affordable and most of all, effective.

Need a little more help???

Apply for membership in my VIP online training which is the ultimate in online accountability.

Click here for details.

 

What Are The Dangers of Crossfit?

What are Some of the Dangers of Crossfit?

Crossfit

Choose your weapon. 45, 55 or 70 pounds of pure fun!

I recently received this question and the person deserves a fair and honest answer on how dangerous Crossfit is.

Before I do that, let me make this statement.

  1. I like any discipline that uses barbells, kettlebells and other weights. That includes Crossfit.
  2. Crossfit has done a huge amount of good bringing a greater awareness about strength. Especially to women.
  3.  Crossfit isn’t any more dangerous than some personal trainer goofball showing you how to work a pec-deck at 24 hour fitness. In fact if you take the time to do it correctly, it is a great way to get strong and very fit.

But I do consider it flawed. Here is why.

 One of the selling points of Crossfit is that they want to get good at everything.

So a typical workout…well there aren’t typical workouts. Every day is different so you don’t get in a rut.

But doing the same movement over and over is the only way to get good at it. It takes thousands of reps to hone your form.

You have couch potatoes (no offense meant) stepping into a world that may throw gymnastic moves, kettlebell movements, Olympic lifts and power lifting at you in the same session.

How are they supposed to get proficient in all these exercises?

Consider this.

  1. The biggest danger with Crossfit is that they ask you to do complex, intricate movements as fast as you can. Olympic style movements like snatches and clean and jerks take years to learn properly. And they only do 1 rep.
  2. Crossfit asks you to do high volume reps with exercises that are aren’t suited for high reps. Let’s talk about deadlifts, cleans etc… Again, these are traditionally low rep movements. They take a lot of coordination, experience and strength to execute.

I have no problem with the crossfit exercises, even the kipping pull-up.

My issue is what they do with them. Very few people can do high rep movements with a challenging weight and maintain proper form.

Especially when you are doing a series of movements for time without breaks. To do that you have to already be highly conditioned.

More than that, you need to have the experience in your mental game to know how to budget your energy and strength.

The Crossfit athletes you see on tv are gifted athletes that have come from a disciplines like gymnastics or olympic lifting that translate well to the sport.

They have the flexibility and the understanding of body movement. They also know how to manage their heart rate and when to back off.

That is very different from the average person who is sedentary, lacks power and flexibility.

So how do you get that flexibility and experience?

In a perfect world that person steps into a crossfit box and the trainer puts them in a class to learn all these separate movements. When they are ready, they can participate. That may take months or years.

I am talking about just doing the lifts properly without tying them into a workout.

The problem is that the client doesn’t want that.

This is an instant gratification society.

They want to see how fast they can go.

They want a workout even though they can’t do they can’t do the exercises right.

They want to sweat and be beaten down.

Why don’t you just “fake it until you make it?”

I have been training people for over a decade, you can’t just “wing it”. Some clients pick up movements quickly. Others don’t.

If you want to get good at crossfit. And by good, I mean not being a menace to yourself, it will take time.

In addition to the workouts…

  •  Watching video time.
  • Stretching, rolloing and smashing time to gain flexibility and repair old injuries.
  • Personal one-on-one training time for the complicated movements.

No problem, they can teach me. The owner is in really good shape.

For $40 a month????

Crossfit is no different than stepping into a gym.

There are good owners who care and create a culture of learning and helping.

Then there are the owners that are just looking after the bottom line. The teaching at some of these boxes is atrocious. Just as the personal training is at a lot of gyms.

Don’t believe me? Go on a site like Flickr and look at some of the crossfit gyms posting daily pictures. You tell me how many of the clients are doing the exercises correctly.

The risk of injury doing sets is a lot lower than the risk of doing a high intensity circuit…if you don’t know what you are doing.

Even if the owners know what they are doing, do they have the time to personally coach each individual? No. Your $40/month can’t possibly cover that.

Summary

You have people doing exercises they don’t know how to do as fast as they can racing against a clock.

Where could the danger in that be?

If you would like help learning some of the exercises they do at Crossfit, find a trainer that can train you in olympic lifting, gymnastics etc…one on one.

If you would like something a bit safer but I think is just as effective, check out my online training by clicking here.

6 Minute Core Workout

 Get a great core workout in 6 minutes.

Impossible to get a core workout in 6 minutes you say? Okay, go and do your endless crunches and twists.

You know you really don’t have to.

Try this workout and become a believer.

The Basics

3 exercises, each done for 15 reps.

Repeat for as many loops as you can for 6 minutes.

It can’t get easier than this, at least to describe.

The harder you attack the workout, the more you will get from it.

 

M Factor Fitness Online Training

This is one of the workouts on my Online Training App.

What I did was take screenshots of the program to give you an idea what to do.

Members get this on their phone. All workouts include HD video along with descriptions.

If you like this workout and want to give my training a try, click here.

P.S. It is only $10/month. That’s about 30 cents a day!

Step 1: Set Your Timer for 6 Minutes

6 Minute Core Workout M Factor Fitness

 

 

 

Step 2: Familiarize Yourself with the Exercises

Quickie 6 Minute core Workout M Factor Fitness Online Training

 

 

Step 3: Do the Core workout

Sometimes the simplest workouts are the hardest to do.

As we say in Texas, hunker down and do it.

Step 4: Let me know what you think of this core workout.

I put a bunch of these short core workouts in my training for a couple of reasons.

  • When time is short, you need to have quick workouts.
  • You don’t need any equipment.
  • Don’t think. Just do.

If you want to get in better shape, consistency is the biggest factor. With my online training you will always have a workout handy!

For the ridiculously low price of $10/month you can get access me as your personal trainer.

  • Free app download.
  • Membership to my private Facebook page.
  • Access to a bunch of workouts all with HD video, descriptions and pictures.
  • Fill your calendar with workouts in the app.
  • Customize workouts. Switch out exercises from my library of over 100 exercises.
  • Ask me fitness/nutrition questions.
  • Be a part of a community.

Click here to learn more!

How To Schedule Online Workouts with M Factor Online Training

 

 

“Those who fail to plan, plan to fail”

Hey everybody, Coach Mike here. This may be the number one reason people fail to achieve their goals.

And we just can’t have that. Especially during the holidays.

If you are a member of M Factor Online Training you will be happy to know it only takes a few minutes to plan your month.

And it may be the most beneficial 5-10 minutes of your workout week.

That sounds like a big statement but trust me on this.

So let’s get to it.

 

Special Announcement: I am setting up the first month for all new members. After you sign up, let me know what you want to work on and what equipment you have/days you can work out etc… and I will program a month of workouts for you.

 

 

 Important Point #1: Always know what workout you have planned.

If you don’t have a plan you are going to either skip the workout or wing it.

I can spot an improvised workout a mile away and they never are pretty. I used to train a client at a private club. As we were training, I would see people wandering aimlessly between the bicep curl machine and the treadmill. Kind of like a Walking Dead. Except they weren’t killing humans, they were looking for ways to kill time. I am not sure which is worse!

My online training includes a bunch of workouts that are already designed for you and they are in sequence. All you have to do is drop them into the calendar.

Hint: Until you get familiar with the warm-up and cool-down exercises, include them in your calendar.

 Important Point #2: Plan the week, don’t go day by day.

Sit down at the same time every week and plan out what you are going to do. As you will see in the video, when you schedule a workout ahead of time you activate the reminder system. This way you get a notification everyday that you need to workout. Pretty cool!

Also, planning your workouts ahead of time will help you build mental discipline. The more you hammer into your head the idea of having workouts at set times, the more likely you are to do them.

That being said, things will come up from time to time. if that is the case, just tap on your workout and reschedule it. No worries.

 Important Point #3 :Do what you can, not what you think I want to see.

  • Did you know I can see your calendar?
  • Did you know I get a message when you either complete or miss a workout?

Well, now you do. So don’t program a ton of workouts on weeks when you are going to be running around like crazy.

This is your workout. I understand that some weeks are more hectic than others. I would rather have you put in fewer workouts and complete them than put in a boat load full and miss most of them.

Success in fitness is based on completed workouts not missed ones!

Final Important Point: Ask questions!!!

Let’s be honest here. I do have a bunch of clients so I am not waiting around for someone to email me a question. But on the other hand, if I don’t hear from you I have to wonder what is going on. You are not bothering me if you have a question or concern. I want to hear from you.

I feel my online training is the best online personal training out there but it doesn’t work unless you use it.

There are no silly questions.

I will always have time to answer your questions and will do whatever I can to make sure you are successful.

 

So watch the video and take time to set up your month.

You can’t mess anything up so go for it.

Not a member?

Check out my online training here.

Workout of The Week: Superset Madness

Workout of the Week #1 Superset Madness

Are you in the mood for a hard workout of week?

A Workout of the week or WOW is not for the weak.
 This one is from my online training program and it is a doozy.
I am going to give you an idea what to do based on screen pics.
Members get this on their phone with HD video and a full description of each exercise.
Oh yeah, it is only $10/month. Click here for more info.
First off, you need an interval timer.

What is an interval timer you ask?

Basically the interval timer keeps you moving. Work on the ding and stop on the next ding. Don’t worry about counting reps, just go for it.

For some of my workouts I build a timer inside the program so you can click and go.

This workout of the week is simple, yet hard to add a timer in so you will have to download a HIIT (high intensity interval timer).

The good news is that they are free to download.

The other good news is that they all work the same.

You want to program the number of sets.

In this case you are doing 3 sets of 2 exercises, then taking a break.

So we are talking about 6 sets.

Program work time.

Beginners start with 40 seconds, intermediates use 45 seconds and hardcores use 50 seconds.

Program rest time

Beginners use 20 seconds, intermediates use 15 seconds and advanced use 10 seconds.

The workout explained

The workout consists of 4 mini circuits. Do each circuit 3 times then move on to the next.
Your first group of exercises is dumbbell presses followed by squats.
Then you have alternating lunges and dumbbell rows…get it?
 
This is a sample of the workouts I do with my clients and the workouts you can get on my online training program.
If you are a member, you can go in and substitute exercises with my exercise library which has over 200 exercises.
My online training features a free smartphone app download that has HD videos and a built in timer that will show you what exercise to do and automatically switch to the next one.
workout of the week
 

Pretty cool for just $10/month. Check it out at http://mfactorfitnessandnutrition.com

Summary

Online training

Exercise Descriptions

The actual workout on your smartphone includes HD video and a Built in Interval timer.
You also have the ability to customize your workout by substituting exercises.
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Online personal training

To learn more about how to become an M Factor Fitness Online Member Click Here.

Interval Training Now Available on M Factor Fitness Online Personal Training!

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M FactorFitness Online Interval Training!

 
Well, to be honest we had interval training before but it was clunky. You had to switch from my app to your HIIT timer. Not the ideal situation.
 

But check out what you can do now!

 

INTERVAL TIMER. The advanced interval timer features a countdown timer for each individual exercise, and a timer that counts down the rest of the total time in the workout. The timer incorporates the exercise videos right into the workout, so I can create a highly customized interval routine by being able to specify the exercise duration and rest time.

 
The video for the next exercise becomes available as you go through the workout. If you click to watch the video, the Interval Timer will pause until you’ve finished watching the video, then it will automatically resume.
 

VOICE-OVER. Need to know which exercise is coming up next? Let your device tell you! The voice-over feature will announce the names of the workouts and the time left on the clock, so that clients no longer have to keep looking at their mobile app to follow the interval workout.

 

Still ridiculously cheap at only $10/month.

 

Ready To Get Back In The Game?

Am I really the last person you want to see?

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I always joke I am the last person people call when they want to get in shape. And that is because you will try everything else before thinking about hiring a personal trainer. We are getting older and our bodies change. We are not as invincible as we were in our 20’s. This means it is harder to get in shape and harder to lose fat. Harder but not impossible.

Have you tried…

  • Dvd’s
  • Bootcamps
  • Boxing Gyms
  • Rec Centers
  • Chain Gyms

They just don’t seem to work anymore, do they?

 

Ladies

  • You need to put some pressure on your bones. Lifting weights is the best way to prevent or delay osteoporosis.
  • Getting stronger is the best way to regulate your hormones.
  • Getting stronger is fun.
  • Getting your muscle back is the best thing you can do to increase your metabolism.
  • Increase your metabolism and you burn more calories at rest. (and you can drink that extra glass of wine without guilt!)
  • Forget about diets and learn to eat like an athlete.
  • Get the things that have gone south going north again.
  • Turn some heads.

Gentlemen

  • Lifting weights increases testosterone. More testosterone = more fun.
  • Women don’t like moobs.
  • Your waist should not be bigger than your chest.
  • You will be able to tuck your shirt in.
  • Go buy that speedo you always wanted. (okay, maybe not.)
  • Get ready to turn some heads!

The bottom line is this. We are all getting older. But getting older doesn’t mean you have to look and feel old!

Now that you have gone through the stress of work, kids and building a life it is time to have a little fun.

And you can’t have fun if you can’t bend over and tie your shoes.

So here are 2 ideas.

My Online Personal training starts at just $10/month. Click here to learn more.

So Get ready To Turn Some Heads! Here Is Your First Step

Contact Me

I offer in home and online personal training. This is customized training directed at achieving your goals. I offer a free 30 minute consultation and would love to talk with you. Just fill out the consult form and I will be in touch with you. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Podcast 3: Circuit and Interval Lolapalooza!

 

Episode 3: Circuit and Interval Lolapooza!

 

 

Hey, Michael here. Think you know circuits and interval training? Well, I certainly hope you do but I bet I can give you a couple ideas you have not thought of. My job is to give you at leat 1 good piece of information you can use to get in better shape.

Learn what the difference is and how you can adapt any circuit workout to your needs. After we beat the interval circuit topic to death I also dip into cross-training.

Included as a bonus: Why you should proudly wear your Cannibal Corpse or Hello Dolly t-shirt proudly.

Resources

Free 5 Day Fat Loss Video series: http://mfactorfitnessandnutrition.com/free-5-part-fat-loss-video-series/

Website: www.mfactorfitness.com.

Blog : http://mfactorfitnessandnutrition.com/blog/

Podcast: http://mfactorfitness.podbean.com/

Online Training start for $1: http://mfactorfitnessandnutrition.com/online-training/

Get a free jug of Protein powder: http://mfactorfitness.getprograde.com/workout-free-trial.html

RBT Bands – Looped bands for speed and power training.

 

Post 96: An Upgraded Walking Circuit

Walking around the block doesn’t have to be a passive activity. Want to learn a circuit that will torch fat, tone muscle and work your cardio into overdrive?

Of course you do. you are on my blog page which means you are a workout warrior.

Well all right then, here it is.

Upgraded walking circuit

 

Now if this is freaking you out, I posted an easier walking circuit workout here.

But don’t freak out. You can do this. If this is still overwhelming do this.

  • Reduce the number of reps per exercise.
  • Replace any exercises that aggravate injuries with ones that don’t.

Want to make it more difficult? Like I had to ask.

  • Time yourself and try to beat your previous time.
  • Increase reps on each exercise.
  • Walk faster between exercises.
  • Find some hills to walk up.

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I Hope this is a workout you put in your list of favorites. Let me know what you think.

Cheers,

Michael
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Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |
 

An Ugly Kettlebell Circuit For Legs

 Ready to get ugly?

Choose your weapon. 45, 55 or 70 pounds of pure fun!

Choose your weapon. 45, 55 or 70 pounds of pure fun!

Kettle bells circuits are, in my opinion, the best type of circuit you can do. They are unforgiving. If your form starts breaking down, you will pay for it. So unlike other types of circuits,these demand your full attention.

This is an ugly, ugly circuit for those of you who want to blast your legs. I have no idea why I was so mad at my legs that day. Oh yeah, I remember…I wanted to make them bigger and stronger. And this is how you do it.

Now, if you don’t have kettle bells, you can do this circuit with dumbbells. The only exercise you will have to replace is the swings. You can substitute 5-10 burpees or maybe do some pull-ups, rows or push-ups.

What you need:

Kettlebells.

I use 35 lb and 45 lb. ( I know it is cooler to use KG’s but what can I say, I am an American,. You should use a weight that will test you. remember, this is training not show off time. Kettlebell training should be a thing of beauty. I want nice controlled, smooth movements that work to transform your body into a single unit. Don’t be jerky or spasmodic and the most important rule of all….

If you can’t keep your form intact you are using too heavy a bell.

If you feel this in your lower back you need a lighter bell or you need to work on your form.

Take breaks if you need to. I don’t want your form breaking down because you think you need to work to the bell.

Interval Timer

Here is a sample of hiit timers. Most have a free version that will work just fine.

Here is a sample of hiit timers. Most have a free version that will work just fine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interval timer- If you don’t have one on your phone, download one. They are free and they work great. Just go to your app store and search for HIIT (high intensity interval timer). Go to settings and you will see an area for sets, high interval and low interval. The high interval is the work period and the low interval is the rest period. The names may be different depending on what app you download but you are smart and I have full confidence you can figure it out.

Suggested interval settings

Set the sets for 9.

50 seconds work and 10 seconds rest. Advanced

45 seconds work and 15 seconds rest. Intermediate

40 seconds work and 20 seconds rest. Beginner.

 

Exercises:

1. Kettlebells Swings- nice smooth swings.

2. Deadlift- use your legs and touch the kettlebell to the floor if you can.

3. Romanian or stiff legged Deadlift holding 1 Kettlebell. Stand on your left leg and hold kettlebell in the same hand. Do this exercise slow and deliberate. You may want to use a lighter weight for the first set as this really stretches out the hamstrings.

4. Romanian deadlifts Right side.

5. Front Squat- Use one Kettlebell and clean it to your left shoulder. Rack it there and squat.

6. Front squat right side.

7. Lunges Left leg. Hold either one or two kettlebells and step into the lunge and back with your left leg.

8. Lunges Right Leg

9. Kettlebell Swings

Let me know what you think.

Contact Me

I offer in home and online personal training. This is customized training directed at achieving your goals. I offer a free 30 minute consultation and would love to talk with you. Just fill out the consult form and I will be in touch with you. I look forward to hearing from you.

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