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Post 85: Fat is Your Friend

There I said it and  I stand by it. Fat is indeed your friend. We owe our existence to the fact that our bodies have learned to convert excess calories to fat.

It all starts back here.
caveman diet
caveman diet
How often do you think this guy ate? How many calories did he expend in search of food?
You see we take for granted the luxuries of modern life. One of the greatest luxuries we have is plentiful food. We didn’t always have this. In fact, up until a 100 years ago or so, people ate as much as they could because they never knew when or where their next meal was coming from. 

Commercial farming, refrigeration, or the ability to transport food was primitive at best.
Yet we survived. Why? Because the body is very adept at taking excess calories ( energy ) and storing them for use later on. Fat is nothing more than stored energy. If you have fat, you are carrying around a bunch of batteries strapped around your stomach or butt. ( I couldn’t find a picture of that or a model who would pose, so just use your imagination).

Fat is your plan B, nature’s attempt at preventing death by starvation. So give fat some credit.
In the last century, being fat was a sign of wealth. In many cultures today, the more fat you carry, the more prestige you have. People couldn’t afford to expand their waistline. Think about that. Now everyone obsesses about how to shrink it.
So what are you going to take away from this? I say get to know your fat levels. They can really give you a ton of information about how your body is functioning.
  • If you are working out hard and doing your cardio and you still can’t lose fat, your nutrition is off. Most likely you are not eating enough. When the body doesn’t get enough calories it holds onto fat. This is called “Starvation Mode”.
  • Or your levels of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids are off. Chances are you are taking in way more Omega 6 ( corn oil etc… ) than you need to and you are suffering from the inflammatory effects of this. ( Google the research on fat ratios )
  • If you perform bodyfat measurements ( which you should be doing ) you will be able to see your fat vs. muscle ratio. Remember, nature doesn’t care how chiseled your abs are, nature’s only concern is survival.
  • Eat enough protein and take in enough quality calories and you body will naturally start dropping fat. All diets do is regulate the amount of calories you take in and how they are distributed. Some diets do this better than others. Diets higher in protein will help you keep muscle and lose fat although this is a basic generalization. Don’t get too crazy with this, aka Atkins, but use common sense. Starvation diets will achieve their scale weight loss by losing a combination of muscle and fat. This is bad because as your scale weight shrinks, your body fat percentage can actually stay the same. Protein calories should be 25% to 40% of your total calories.

We have a friend of the family who is in her 40’s. Weighs around 130 and is tall. She wears a small dress size. I know what you are thinking, ” Ooooooh I would love to look like her!”. Are you sure? She had a body fat percentage of over 30%! 

In other words 39 pounds of fat on a small frame. In other, other words, not enough muscle to support the skeleton. I tried explaining this to her but like most people, she went on eating salads and starving herself to fit into her dresses. Eventually her metabolism was run into the ground, immunity shot and her weight ballooned up. Why? Preservation. If the body is not getting enough calories, it went into freak out mode. The one way to fix it is the one way she will not accept and that is to eat.


The lesson here: Don’t freak out about fat. When you body accumulatates it, your body is sending you a message. You have the diagnostic tools to control it.
Now go workout and burn some fat!
Michael Medvig
M Factor Fitness

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.

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Post 55: Making Personal Training Affordable

You probably have thought about hiring a personal trainer at some point in your life. If not, I bet you are thinking about it now. Times are hard and most people don’t have a lot of extra cash left over at the end of the month, so you may think that you can’t afford a trainer. 
But maybe you can. Let’s look at a couple scenarios. First off, people hire me because they are usually getting older and can’t seem to lose fat or they want to tone up. The older you get, the harder it is to get in shape. When you are young you can stay up all night, drink beer eat pizza and never gain a pound. As you get older you just can’t get away with the same indiscretions. So you need a plan for both working out and nutrition. That is why you need me.
In a perfect world three workouts a week will almost ensure success no matter what you do when I am not there. But it can get pricey. 12 workouts a month runs $631. Three workouts a week will get you in a good groove and reduce the amount of workouts you do on you own. It is a great way to learn new exercises and get results fast.
Two workouts a week is also effective. Now you are talking about $400/month. I have clients that do well with this. You need to be motivated to do at least one workout per week with weights along with your cardio without me. Do that and you won’t have any problems.
Once a week is also another choice. Now we are talking about $210/month. Honestly this can work work well if you are experienced and motivated. If you are a newbie or unmotivated this almost never works. It is extremely hard to retain the information you need at one hour a week. One workout a week will not make a difference in your life unless you put in another 2-3 weight workouts and 2-3 days of cardio. Experienced athletes can do this because training is second nature to them.
One idea is to start off training 2-3 times week and scale back once you get comfortable with the exercises. The will greatly imporve your chances to succeed. I can’t speak for other trainers but my clients can always call or text me with questions. I am always happy to help anyway I can.
Another great way to bring down the cost is find a friend to exercise with. The cost for two people for an hour is $70. ( $35 for each person ). Three people and now the cost is $23.33 per person. That is cheap. Do it this way and you will also have your built in support group.
At this point the thrifty reader will think about comparing rates and going with the cheapest. Trainers with cheap rates do it for a reason and I think you know why. As a certified Master trainer I catch heck all the time that my rates are too low for my certifications. It is true I have never raised rates. part of that is because I want to make training affordable for those that aren’t wealthy. That is also why I do these blogs and publish exercise routines. I want to make fitness accessible for everyone. I would be suspicious if any well qualified trainer charges less than $45/hour.
So I hope this helps. As always if you have questions, give me a shout.  
 
Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com 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. |

Post 50: 3 Common Weight Loss Myths

 Here is an interesting article from the guys at Prograde about detoxing your fat cells.

Disclosure
I am an affiliate of Prograde Nutrition so click here to find out exactly what that means.

The big question that personal trainers struggle with is the client that just doesn’t lose fat as expected. I am not talking about the client who you know doesn’t do the cardio and doesn’t follow nutrition recommendations. I am talking about about someone who seems to be doing everything right yet they are still not getting the results they should.

I trained a client in Castle Rock a few years ago. She was in her mid thirties, two small kids and wanted to get in shape. She was a runner and had an athletic back ground. Her body fat was in the high twenties. This should have been a great success story.

  • She busted her butt on the workouts.
  • She was in great cardio shape and she had above average strength.
  • She was running on the treadmill on non-workout days.
  • She was enthusiastic.
  • There was no indication she was sabotaging the training in any way.
  • Her life did not seem to be overly stressful.

Yet the results were minimal. There had to be something else going on. This is why I am open to the idea of hormone imbalances and the effect they can have on fat cells. It is a medical fact that your hormones get thrown out of whack when you have children, so it is possible that certain hormones may end up staying at the wrong levels afterward.

The problem is that getting tested for this stuff seems to never be covered by insurance. and it is pricy.
 This article is based on the research by Dr. Mike Roussell. Click on the end of the article and you will be taken to a video that explains fat detox in detail and offer for a fat detox program. As with everything I offer on my blog and website, it is fully guaranteed so you have nothing to lose.

Three Common Weight Loss Myths – Debunked

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

Fifty years ago, adding physical activity and changing your diet were all you needed to do to lose weight and keep it off.

However, flash forward to today, and the same formula for weight loss does not hold true.

In fact, today there are many other factors which contribute to weight gain, and why for millions of people worldwide, it is much harder for you (and them) to lose weight.

Chronic inflammation, which is low-level inflammation that is present in your body and could signal the start of many different disease processes, is on the rise and could be the leading cause for dysfunctional fat cells.

Dysfunctional fat cells, research suggests, could inhibit your fat cells’ ability to secrete powerful hormones.  These powerful hormones could be the key to helping you lose weight.

By not secreting these hormones, your body may have a harder time using stored fat, which could prevent you from having a lean and tone figure.

Today, we have debunked some of the common myths associated with your fat cells.

Myth #1: Your Fat Cells Are Just A Storage Unit – FALSE

People once thought of fat cells as pockets where fat from food goes – allowing for storage of fat to be used for energy later.

Now, however, research suggests that your fat cells are, in fact, alive and metabolically active.

Your fat cells, commonly known as white adipose tissue, could be the largest endocrine organ in your body.

Just like your thyroid and pancreas, your fat cells release many different hormones, which directly impact your weight loss success.

One hormone in particular, Adiponectin, could help you lose weight and keep it off.

However, research shows that being overweight could cause your fat cells to slow the secretion of Adiponectin and other key hormones, which could make it even harder for you to lose weight.

Chronic inflammation, which is low-level inflammation and is always present in your body, could cause your fat cells to become dysfunctional, therefore altering their ability to release powerful weight loss hormones.

Myth #2: Your Fat Cells Can Burn Off – FALSE

Your fat cells shrink but they do not burn off.

This means that during exercise, or cases of extreme fasting, your fat cells release stored fatty acids for use as calories (energy).

This could help to shrink the SIZE of the fat cells.

However, by overeating, there is an influx of calories which your body tends to store as fat.

And this could increase the size of your fat cells.  However, when your fat cells are at full capacity, they send a signal to smaller, undeveloped fat cells, to divide and take on more fatty acids.

This could create more fat cells to store extra fatty acids.

Myth #3: What You Put in (and on) Your Body Can Slow Fat Loss – TRUE

There are a lot of factors involved when you are trying to lose weight now, than there were 50 years ago.

Exercise and diet do play a role in your body’s ability to burn stored fat; and this could enhance your fat cells’ ability to secrete hormones, causing you to lose weight.

However, there are certain environmental factors which need to be considered when you are trying to lose weight.

Today, there are more hormones and antibiotics injected into livestock which, once eaten, could alter the hormone levels in your body.

Plus, there are also hundreds of chemicals that you are exposed to over the course of the day, which could also alter your hormone levels and lead to weight gain.

Certain chemicals act as endocrine blockers and potentially could alter your ability to gain lean mass by throwing your hormones out of whack.

This could increase the storage of fats from your blood, making it harder for you to lose unwanted belly fat.

Optimize Your Fat Burning Potential

Research suggests that your body could have toxic fat cells, which could limit your fat cells’ ability to secrete powerful weight loss hormones.

Toxic fat cells could also increase your risk for developing heart disease, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.

However, by losing weight and altering your hormone levels, you could have the ability to transform your fat cells, making them happier and healthier for years to come.

NEXT: Discover How To Detoxify Your Fat Cells >>

http://mfactorfitness.detoxyourfat.com/common-myths.php
Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com 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. |

Post 32: Workout: Circuit Total Body

 I have no idea on how to name these. It is Friday and I am tired but I want to give you some ideas for your workouts this weekend. I will probably come back to these posts and give them a name that is a little more descriptive but for now here you go.

 This one is part of a workout that went really well this morning. You need the following:

  • Exercise ball
  • Bench
  • Dumb bells

 Remember, this is a circuit so go from exercise to exercise quickly. Take a break at the end of the cycle. We are working on building muscle and upping your cardio. Don’t cheat yourself. Go fast and go hard.

I am working on taking pictures of the exercises to help you out if they are unfamiliar. Until then, if you aren’t sure about an exercise, google it. I will try and be descriptive. 

  1.  Split Squats- 25 each leg.
  2. Bench press with dumbbells- pick a weight you can do at least 10 reps with. Do as many as you can.
  3. Ab Crunches with feet on ball- at least 50. 
  4. Front raises with a dumbbell on your knees. If you do this right, you will feel it in your shoulders and core. Pick a weight that you can do 10-15 reps with. Again do as many as you can.
  5. Bicep curls on your knees with dumbbells- since you are on your knees, keep the core engaged as you do curls. Pick a weight you can do 10-15 reps and rep it out.
  6. Squat and hold against the wall- sumo style. This is feet wide apart and toes out. Beginners should hold at least 30 seconds. Advanced people should aim for 1-2 minutes. after the time expires, immediately do as many squats as you can to finish the legs off.
  7. Push-ups- as many as you can. If you start on your toes, move to your knees to get more reps in.
  8. Reverse Crunches- as many as you can. try to hold the crunch at the top for a second.
  9. Front raises- same as number 4.
  10. Bicep Curls- same as number 5.

 End of cycle 1. Repeat 3-5 times.
 remember to stretch as least 10 minutes at the end of this. Let me know how this works for you.

Also, visit me at http://www,mfactorfitness.com and enroll in my free M Factor Fitness University class.
As an incentive i am offering the Absolutely Abs E-Book by Dr. Fred Hatfield free. This is one of the best books period about working your abs and nutrition. Get on this and I will talk to you soon.

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com 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. |