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Post 57: Sports Nutrition Training at M Factor Fitness

 First off, I have to apologize for not being more consistent with the blog. That must be one of the most over-used excuses for bloggers but it is sincere.  It has been a crazy summer. In addition to my full schedule with clients, I was working on another certification for sports nutrition through the ISSA. This was in addition to the one I have from the NFPT, which sounds crazy because a certification is a certification. In reality, the ISSA course was light years ahead in the scope of detail and application, so I am glad I took it .I read books on nutrition all the time but there is something about paying for a course and being under a deadline to take a test that really makes you focus on learning not just reading.

The course was written by Dr. Jon Berardi, who has his own sports nutrition program, Precision Nutrition. As time permits I plan on taking more courses through him as he seems to be on the cutting edge of fat loss and the art of retaining muscle. Believe me, sports nutrition really is just nutrition. It is about eating for energy, muscle and strength retention and fat loss. Isn’t that the goal of everyone?

But what does that mean for you? Better information, better implementation and that means better results. So all my clients have a 42 page coursebook, and worksheets to keep them on track. This has been one area I have wanted to upgrade with my people so it is going to be interesting to track the changes.

As a pretty rock solid rule of thumb for all nutrition systems:

  1. Read the manual.
  2. Ask questions 
  3. Plan your food
  4. Log your food

You will have success.

But this is same for any nutrition program. The Precision Nutrition program isn’t revolutionary but it is truly cutting edge science so I am looking forward to seeing more success with this.

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 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. |

6 Simple Ways to Lose Fat

6 Simple Ways To Lose Fat

Easy To Make Meals

Don’t make nutrition difficult. Everyone wants to know how many calories to eat, what to eat, when to eat, etc…

And really a lot of people take what is a simple and basic concept and turn it into a logistical nightmare.

Please don’t go down a rabbit hole with this stuff.

Smart marketers will fill you head with results from biased studies and make it seem like you are never eating clean enough.

That is all that is is. Just marketing. Ways to stress you out and take your money.

1625669_10152251693626873_1893053374_nSo with that in mind, here are 6 quick rules to follow to lose fat.

Follow this and you will keep your muscle and burn fat.

1. Make everything you eat count.

I am talking about nutrient dense food. Natural food. Everything you eat should help your health. No diet drinks, no chips, no regular sodas…you know processed food versus natural. Don’t eat junk.

2. Give yourself 1 day to eat whatever you want, whenever.

All day. Amazingly enough you will never gain weight doing this. Some call this a “Cheat” day, others call it a “Free” day. Whatever you call it, have fun doing it!

3. Eat a protein and a carbohydrate every meal.

A sandwich made with whole grains and meat is perfect. Chicken breast and rice. Lean steak and potato.

4. Eat often. 5-6 smaller meals or just eat when you are hungry.

Both work. ha! See what I did there. See which one you are better at doing. If it works, problem solved.

5. Never get that feeling of being famished or stuffed.

Ride that line of being borderline hungry. Not hungry but almost. This may take a little getting used to but it is always a sign you are eating the right amount of calories.

6. The more exercise you do, the easier it is to burn fat.

A long slow walk will keep muscle and burn fat but man, is it boring. A better alternative is just to workout as much as you can. Of course you would expect me to say that but hear me out. A 30-40 minute workout with weights followed by a fast walk is an awesome way to increase your calories expenditure.

The Weight Loss Equation

The basic formula (which works 99% of the time) is burn more calories than you take in to lose weight.

But let’s add a couple things to this.

  • You should take in slightly (200-300) calories less than you burn to steadily lose fat. Your body needs fuel to repair itself.
  • This only works if you are taking in the proper number of calories from the start.
  • If you have a history of starving yourself with diets, this won’t work well for you because your metabolism is messed up. If this is the case, you need to increase your caloric intake along with exercise until your metabolism balances out.
  • Eating out and eating processed foods will artificially bloat your calorie count.
  • Artificial sweeteners will also give you false signals of when you are hungry.

So you may have some homework to do before this simple formula starts working but give it time.

Bonus Tip:

For a natural detox, try making the majority of your food water-based. Salads, fruit, vegetables, soup etc…

The water and fiber will flush your system out.

 

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Post 47: Full Body Circuit Workout #3 Squat Jumps

 Here is a great circuit that is total body with heavy emphasis on the legs. it doesn’t require a lot of equipment so it is perfect for in home training.
Equipment needed:

  • Exercise ball
  • Dumbbells for Rows and bicep curls. Substitute band rows or chin-ups if you want.

As with all circuits the idea is to move quick.

  • Form doesn’t have to be perfect but at least 75%.
  • Substitute any exercise that aggravates any old injuries.
  • Up the intensity by timing each round. Try to beat your previous time.
  • As you get stronger either increase the reps or add weight.

 The Jump Squat Circuit

1. 25 Alternating Lunges
2. 12 Jump Squats
3. 25 Leg Curls – Lying on your back with the exercise ball.
4. 25 Reverse Planks.
5. 50 Bicycle Crunches
6. 25 Leg raises
7. 25 Bicep Curls
8. 25 Rear bench dips.
9. 25 Side Crunches each side
10. 25 One arm rows each side.
11. 25 Push-ups.
12. 60 Knees to elbows
13. 1 minute squat and hold or chair pose, then 25 squats.
14. 50 one legged calf raises.

Repeat 2 more times for a great workout.

Have fun, let me know what you think.

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 45: Day 2: Meditation Challenge 10 Minutes

So the first day went so well, I decided to up my time to ten minutes. Now if there are any guru-types out there, please feel free to point out any mistakes I am making with this. Ten minutes is a lot harder than five. One difference is that I meditated about 8 pm about a workout and a shower. The thinking behind being that I should be relaxed at this point. I am not sure how the time of day plays into all this but just as I analyze workouts, we will test this out and see what effect it has.

Counting down from 100. Obviously I had more time to play with. The first attempt I ended up in the forties then the wheels came off. For those of you who didn’t read the first chapter of this, I am trying to train my mind to count down from 100 to 0. A number for each breath, no hesitation or screw-ups or you have to start over. This is the idea.

After the first attempt, everything fell apart. I couldn’t get past 90 the next couple of times. Then near the end I forgot to start counting again. i am telling you, it is harder than it appears!

One interesting thing of note: When I started, images would pop into my mind but they would be outside the numbers, kind of on the fringes. This time the images were designs and characters but they would appear wrapped around and poking out from the numbers. This is the other thing that happened. I started seeing the numbers clearer. Nice white, stylized numbers.

Again, I have no idea what this means, i am just reporting it. The plan is to stay with ten minutes for a while until it gets a little easier to control my wandering mind.

Afterwards I did feel a little calmer and refreshed even though the session ended in total chaos.

You guys should try this. Do it and let me know what you are experiencing.

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 44: Day 1: Meditation Challenge

Day 1 went smooth enough. 5 minutes of meditation. My plan here is to ease into this. Five minutes did not seem long enough to really settle in so I am going for ten minutes today. I did seem to emerge from this a little better focused and maybe a little energized. We will see what happens today.

My method is pretty simple. I read this on the web years ago and it has always stuck with me. You sit in a comfortable position and try to count from 100 to zero. This is much harder than it sounds. In fact, you should try it. The idea is to anchor and focus your attention on one thing. The analogy that meditators use has to do  with elephants. When Indians use elephants in a parade, they always have them hold something in their trunk. This prevents them from stealing food as they walk down the parade route.

So the countdown is my way of focusing. When I did this consistently, I actually did get to zero a few times. The basic rule is simply this: if you mess up and forget where you are in the countdown you have to start over.
if you do get to zero, you just hang out there for a while.

 Remember, I am just a knucklehead trainer not a guru. I am open to comments and recommendations

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 43: New Videos On My Website

Do you know what the hardest part of personal training is? Nope, not getting up at 4:30. Nope, not working until 7 pm. Finding time to workout? Nope. Give up?

Making videos. Man this stinks. I have been reading that it would be wise to have videos up on my website, M Factor Fitness. It does make sense. Having video helps the potential client get a feel for my personality and how I train. An easy way for someone to get to know me.

Theoretically until you have to actually shoot the video. Then it gets ugly because I am not a natural actor. In fact, there really are two things I don’t like doing.
1. Being in front of a camera for pictures.
2. Being in front of a camera for videos.

So I could mess with the videos for the rest of my time here on earth and I would never be happy with them. I decided that I might as well throw something up there just to have it. Is it good? I hope so. The idea is pretty simple. I just want to spend a few minutes on each page of the website to introduce the page and give you some information about my training.

If possible, I would like some feedback on what you think. Because, let’s be honest, I am going to probably
need to redo it. I am hoping that the more I do this, the more comfortable I become. Kind of like when you see actors in their first movie and now.

If anyone else has some funny stories, let me know because I am filled with trepidation with these videos. Now be nice. No need to make fun of me, let’s keep this constructive.

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 41: An Interesting Meditation Article

Many people think of M Factor Fitness as a personal training website, which it is but I would like it to be more than that.  When I think of fitness there are many terms that come to mind, energy, size, strength, low body fat etc… But some terms that also come to mind such as confidence, sense of calm and  peace of mind kind of get lost in the shuffle. That is a shame because that is also a benefit of a fit body. Sometimes…..
 That is where a discipline such as meditation, Tai Chi and yoga come into play. Even I, your fearless leader, have to admit that I am not at peace with the world and this would be a nice thing to have. It seems that I have to fight for my own training time, let alone have time to sit and basically try and do nothing. So sitting around tends to lose every time.
But this is the point. By sitting still and having the reflective time you are better able to get in everything else in line. Wouldn’t you like a little more peace of mind? 
Now this is easier said than done. As I write this, I am frantically thinking about how I am going to get everything in. I need to start meditating, that is all there is to it. You should join me! After all, this is an interactive blog. It has been so long since I have meditated, I am not sure what it feels like. I think they would probably say that is feels like nothing but since I am doing nothing now, it should feel different….shouldn’t it?
Check out the article below. It is from Dahn Yoga and it presents a challenge. Can you feel all three signs that you are meditating? I know they would probably say that is is not a challenge but a journey. I hear you but I would love to be able to sit and meditate without feeling antsy, falling asleep or just distracted. It is time to claim my piece of the universe.
 I make this promise to you, I will try and meditate every day and as soon as I feel any of these signs I will let you know. I hope five minutes a day is enough for this. I should ask Shar about this. My hope is that five minutes is enough to at least get some feeling of inner peace. We will see. Who is in on this? Don’t be a weeny, you need this!
Send me a comment if you want to try this and I will make a list of people and we can figure this out.
Are You Meditating Now?
January 2nd, 2012
Three easy ways to know if you have reached a state of meditation

According to scientific research, the benefits of meditation are so numerous that it is actually difficult to list them all. For starters, though, meditation stabilizes brain waves into alpha waves, reduces oxygen consumption by 16 to 17 percent less than normal, improves blood circulation, and decreases stress levels.

However, for Dahn Yoga practitioners, it is not even necessary to measure results in the laboratory because those who focus and follow instruction well in their classes will experience immediate physiological responses.

How do you determine, then, if you have reached a state of meditation? In fact, there are three responses that indicate this state of mind, and they are easily determined during or right after your Dahn Yoga class.

Firstly, sweet saliva pools in your mouth. This phenomenon occurs when you are relaxed and the water energy in your spinal cord and brain flows smoothly.
Conversely, anyone with nervous tension can probably remember having a dry mouth. This means that your mind was not able to maintain a meditative state and that water energy doesn’t flow well in your body and brain. In fact, the incredible taste of the tea after class is due to the sweet saliva in your mouth produced by the Dahn Yoga exercise!

Secondly, your head becomes cool and your lower belly becomes warm. This is the effect of Water Up Fire Down, a phenomenon in which water energy from the kidneys circulates upward to the head and fire energy from your head and chest flows downward. This same phenomenon also brings warmth to your hands and feet.

Thirdly, a smile spreads across your face. This means that idle and negative thoughts and emotions have decreased and you’ve reached a positive state of awareness. This is reflected in your smile after Dahn Yoga classes—a smile that is purely natural and authentic because it bursts automatically from your heart without thought or judgment.

If you have experienced these conditions after a Dahn Yoga class, it means that you did indeed enter a meditative state. These three ways of checking the state of your mind and condition will be a helpful reminder for you to bring focus and energy back to your body, your dahnjon, and your smile!

— Lynn Moon

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 40: Fast Friday Workout

I am right in the middle of two appointments so forgive me if this is quick and to the point. This is a great workout if you have about 20 minutes and need to hit the entire body. Do this as a circuit and only rest after one round is complete.

 As always, do as many reps as you can. Push hard and keep your heart rate up. If you don’t have some of the equipment listed, get creative and substitute. If you can do it for a pizza, you can certainly do it for a workout. ( it is Friday after all ).

Equipment :
 Bench
 Light Dumbbells for flyes
 Pull Down machine or chinning bar.
 Heavy dumbbells for rows.

Exercises: Do in order and don’t take too much time going from exercise to exercise.

1. 25 Alternating lunges
2. 25 fast squats.
3. 25 Ab circles
4. 25 Leg Raises
5. Flyes on a bench- as many as you can.
6. Close grip bench press using the same dumbbells. As many as you can.
7. Push-ups – as many as you can.
8. Pull-downs or chin-ups- as many as you can.
9. One arm rows- at least 25 each side.

Take a short rest and repeat. for 3-5 rounds or for as much time as you have.

if you are feeling good, time each round and try and beat the previous time.

There you have it. Try it and let me know what you think.

Have a great weekend!

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 37: 10 Things about M Factor Personal Training

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.               `