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Post 93: Mindset: Do I Have What It Takes To Get You In Shape?

Do I have what it takes to get you in shape?

The idea of this blog comes from Natalie Sisson of the Suitcase Entrepreneur. I am taking part in the 30 day blog challenge. Why? Well because this blog has been patchy and sporadic at best and I need to get better at it.

So as I am reading day 2, I came across this. Hopefully Natalie doesn’t mind if I share the following on the importance of mindset.

Starting a business is quite possibly one of the most challenging moments of your life. Running a business and your life from the road is another challenge altogether.

“For the first few weeks and months you will likely question everything you thought you knew about yourself and whether you’re cut out to be an entrepreneur and a world traveler.

This is a natural state to be in. Be prepared to be in that state for at least the first year as you test what works and find out what you’re capable of.

It’s also something you should embrace. Putting yourself out there to create products and services that help others and make an impact is not meant to be easy.

You’re changing the world remember and that takes guts, persistence, massive amounts of self belief and determination – all of which will be tested on a regular basis.”

Great advice for me but also great advice for you.  Building this blog (and podcast?) to the next level is going to test my limits as a business owner and writer. I am going to do my best to build and offer quality content that is actually going to help you. But I know I can’t do this unless it is fun.

Since we are starting from scratch, I would like to change the above quote to make it fit the person trying to get back in shape.

Starting a fitness program is quite possibly one of the most challenging moments of your life. Staying fit while running a business and having a personal life is another challenge altogether.

For the first few weeks and months you will likely question everything you thought you knew about yourself and whether you’re cut out to change your diet and complete the workouts.

This is a natural state to be in. Be prepared to be in that state for at least the 3 to 6 months as you test what works and find out what you’re capable of.

It’s also something you should embrace. Putting yourself out there to sweat, ache and change your physical body and mind is not meant to be easy.

You’re changing your world remember and that takes guts, persistence, massive amounts of self belief and determination – all of which will be tested on a regular basis.

If you have this mindset, how can you not succeed?

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So how about we make a deal.

I am going to do my best to keep you on track and have fun doing it.  All I ask from you is to let me know what you need. My goal is to 250 subscribers to my newsletter by the end of the year. If I can continually add people who are interested in my blog we will have a community before we know it. That is my end goal.

How cool would that be!

So let me know what you need to stay on track with your fitness goals and I will help any way I can.

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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. |

 

Post 65: Good Workout Music Part One

I may be hypersensitive to this but bad music really bugs me. Even worse is hearing bad music when you try and workout. I don’t know what it is but I find it supremely aggravating.

The advent of Walkmans then Discmans, now IPods has surely solved a lot of issues surrounding this. You don’t have to be subjected to other people’s bad taste in music.

But what if you have bad taste in music? Well my friend, Mike is here to help. Not that you have bad taste in music but maybe you don’t play the right music when you workout. This can affect the quality of the workout.

Warning: Any statements you are going to read are not based on any scientific facts and have no evidence backing them up other than the fact that I think they are true.

Example, I like Neil Diamond but I am never going to listen to him while swinging kettlebells. I guarantee you there are people in the gym right now listening to ” Sweet Caroline” and trying to move iron. It won’t work. neither will listening to “Journey’s Greatest hits” or “Abba” or American folk songs. Listen to that on your own time, not gym time. That kind of pop music has been shown to increase estrogen production and dramatically reduce available testosterone.

I will put forth the proposition that you need a little metal in your life. Now some guys secretly like metal and won’t admit to it because they think it is weird or childish. They liked it in high school but now they are mature and have responsibilities so they listen to Dave Matthews. Nonsense. Dave Matthews is crap. Some people may say they don’t like it because of the screaming. Maybe. Some will say it is noise. Perhaps. But I am not asking you to listen to it for pleasure. I am asking you to consider listening to it to put a little rocket fuel in your workouts. Get a little aural testosterone in your ears.

If you are still reading this, then I hope you are at least considering my idea. To help you , I am breaking the metal genre down into a couple segments with some band suggestions. Hopefully these are some bands you may actually like outside the weight room after a few listens.

1. German Metal- Nothing raises testosterone quicker than an angry German shouting in your ears. ( Fact )
Rammstein- Magnificent Industrial metal.
     Pick any cd, you won’t understand it anyway unless you speak German.

Accept– Classic Metal
I would recommend the last two albums, Blood of the Nations and Stalingrad although most people will be more familiar with the older stuff. The newer stuff is thrashier.

Kreator- German Thrashmasters. Loud and fast. They are a contender for best thrash band ever.

Industrial Metal

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. |

Beginning Kettlebell Training for Women

When They Get Big, You Should Name Your Kettle Bells

Yes you should name your Kettlebells when they get big. Here is a 45 pound, 55 pound and 70 pound bell.

KettleBell Training For Women

I found a great article by Lauren Brooks on www.Dragondoor.com.

Let me just say this, if you get intrigued by kettlebells and what they can do for you, there is no better resource than Dragon Door.

P.S. On the right hand side of this blog is an ad for Onnit. Check out the cool primate and demon kettlebells they have. Really cool.

I have always been of the mindset that if someone goes through the bother of writing a great article, I would rather promote it and give the writer credit than doing a re-write and claiming it is my idea.

This month my blog seems to have a theme of convincing women to lift heavy to lose fat. So here is another article and it is a great one. Even if you are a guy, pay attention to the ideas.

So after decades in the United States, Kettlebells have suddenly become the “cool” thing to do. That’s the good thing.

A Kettlebell workout may be

  • The most demanding workout you ever do.
  • The best cardio workout you ever do.
  • The most functional workout you ever do.

And that is saying a lot.

In addition

  • You don’t need a lot of space.
  • You don’t need a lot of equipment
  • You don’t have to learn a lot of movements.

Isn’t that awesome.

But don’t be fooled by cheap imitations.

My Quick Kettlebell Rant

Anytime you get a system that really works, marketers start rubbing their little ratty paws together to try and water it down. It is no different with kettlebell training. Instead of learning from people that specialize in this sport, you see the “celebrity” trainers with their own kettlebell workouts. You know who I am talking about. “Biggest Loser” coaches, “Cardio Bunnies” and others. I have seen a couple of these “workouts” and I noticed a couple things.

  • They have no understanding of kettlebell training.
  • They lack technique.
  • They basically substitute a kettlebell for a dumbbell. So you end up doing exercises that a kettlebell person would never do.
  • They introduce little bitty 3 and 5 pound kettle bells. Some even made of plastic!

You should avoid these “Celebrity Coaches” like the plague anyway but please avoid them when it comes to kettlebell training.

Plastic 3 pound kettlebells ? Really?

A Word of Caution:

When you learn kettlebell movements, you are creating a lot of force with the bell. Control the forces generated and your lower back and joints will become bullet-proof.

Screw around those forces will mess you up. So please learn from a professional. Look for the RKC designation.

P.S. I don’t have the designation and I wouldn’t pretend to be able to show you how to do all the moves. I will teach my clients the swing but that is about it.

Listen to Lauren, She knows what she is talking about.

Enough of my soapbox. here is the article and here is the link.
http://www.dragondoor.com/articles/the-need-to-train-like-a-man-especially-if-you-are-a-woman/

The Need to Train Like A Man, Especially if you are a Woman

Lauren Brooks, RKC
March 9, 2006 04:08 PM

Come on ladies! Are you sick of watching men do pull-ups and you can’t even do one? I know I was!

As a fitness coach I stay current with the latest developments. I am always looking for workouts to stay in shape that are not only effective, but also fun. Since most of my clients are more concerned with having a lean physique than with developing real strength, it’s been a challenge to convince them that training for strength is an excellent way to become leaner.

Many women have the illusion that if they even glance at free weights, they will end up looking like Arnold’s long lost twin sister. As a result, women flock to aerobics classes and exercise machines every year with the hope of discovering the holy grail of fat loss.

I do not have to tell you what the end result is.

Think I am being too harsh? Go to an aerobics class today and take a mental note of the class. Now go back in a month and take a look at the results. See what I mean?

Results that are noticeable do not come from just cardiovascular exercise. Make no mistake about it, the best way to get a lean, sexy, and a well defined physique is with heavy weights and low reps. Why? Read the rest of the article to find out.

I am also going to go over what I believe is the most effective form of weight training for women and what it did for me. By the time you get to the end of this article, you will be over the irrational fear that lifting heavy weights makes women bulky. You will have a plan of action to develop a body that is super strong and conditioned. The body you have always wanted. Lets get started! Many woman who insist on training with light or medium weights and doing many reps end up building Sarcosplasmic Hypertrophy: bloated, soft and useless muscle. Proper strength training leads to gains in Myofibrillar Hypertrophy: strong and dense muscle. Using lower reps and heavy weights is the best way to achieve the lean physique.

Moreover, you will actually have strength that works; strength that will let you achieve that pull up you’ve always wanted. And don’t worry, most women do not have the testosterone levels to achieve the big bulky muscles. Men have 10 to 15 times the amount of testosterone women posses. Men still have to work very hard to put on muscle. In order to build big bulky muscles you have to have the right amount of testosterone levels, an increased caloric intake, and a regimen that includes lots of volume. Lots of volume can mean 5-10 sets per exercise. So what is the best way to develop real strength? I am firmly convinced it is kettlebell training. When I discovered kettlebells, I was hooked immediately and stopped training with dumbbells and machines. After training with only kettlebells 2-3 times a week for 10 weeks, I lost about 4-5% of my body fat. I am 5’3 and was 118 pounds with 18% body fat. Now I’m 114 lb, much stronger and more conditioned and have a body fat of 13%.

I look better now than I did in college. I was amazed and so were my clients and other trainers; they begged me to teach them what I was doing. The first kettlebell exercise I start my clients with is the swing. The SWING is the foundation of Russian Kettlebell training. It teaches (a) the hip thrust that is powerful and explosive, (b) compressed breathing, and (c) how to generate force quickly. This exercise gives you the skills necessary to excel in all Kettlebell lifts. Spend a lot of time perfecting your swings. Here is how to get started: Most women start with an 8kg weight and men with a 16kg kettlebell. Some women can start with a 12kg. (Exercise descriptions adapted from the Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certification manual.)

  1. Take a natural squat stance making sure your knees are aligned with your ankles
    1. Keep your head up and looking straight forward
    2. Keep a straight back- even when bending forward from hips
    3. Sit back rather than dip down
  2. Keep weight on your heels during swings until the top of the movement; you may shift your weight on your entire foot if that feels more comfortable.
    1. Maintain your balance at all times.
    2. At the bottom position, you should feel your hamstrings stretch.
  3. Explode the hips while keeping your arms straight and loose. The power comes from your legs not your arms. (Do not try and muscle the swing). Keep your shoulders down.
  4. Lock out the hips and knees at the top position. This is where you develop the power to swing the kettlebell.
    1. Squeeze the glutes tight every time you thrust
    2. Brace your abs to protect your spine.
  5. Your breathing should be a power inhale to your abdomen in through the nose at the bottom of the swing. As you snap your hips you let out a little fast breath bracing your spine (like you would with power punches)

Start out by doing 3-5 sets of 15 swings with a lighter bell. When you can do this without overtaxing yourself, move on to a heavier kettlebell. If your seeking to get your heart rate up this is for you. If you are doing the swings correctly your glutes will be sore the next day.

There are many variations with swings you can do once you get it down. There are two-handed swings, alternating swings, double swing (if you have two kettlebells; take a wider stance for this or say bye-bye to knee caps), walking swings, high swings, and so much more. Here are four other exercises you can add to your workout once you feel ready to move on.

The TURKISH GET-UP is an excellent exercise for shoulder stability, flexibility, and resilience. This is a very slow drill. Keep in mind to breathe shallow and keep your abs pressurized through out the set.

  1. Lie on your back and press the kettlebell (KB) in the air
    1. Elbow must be locked through the duration of the set
    2. Keep the handle at the base of the palm and your wrist tight
  2. Roll to your side and sit up keeping your eyes on the bell
  3. Use your free elbow to prop yourself up and get on one knee
  4. Carefully stand up
  5. Slowly reverse the movement and return to the floor (keeping your eye on the KB at all times)

 

The CLEAN is not only an exercise but a safe means to get the KB’s to your shoulders for other drills. Get in the same stance and pick the KB off the floor as you would for a swing.

  1. Keeping your arm loose: the KB is lifted with your hip thrust.
  2. Keep your elbow in and quickly flip your elbow under when the bell has almost reached your shoulder. Do not pull with your arm or try and cheat curl it up to your shoulder! The power is from your hip thrust.
  3. Right before the KB has landed on your forearm, quickly dipping your knees and getting under it will take away the impact.
  4. When returning the KB to the bottom position, keep your arm very loose. Swing it back between your legs and repeat.

 

The FRONT SQUAT is an outstanding leg strength, back, abs, and flexibility developer. This is by far the most practical of all squatting movements. It can be done with one or two KB’s.

  1. Clean the kettlebell and let it rest in the crook of your elbow
  2. Take a breath through your belly before descending
  3. Squat down as deep as you feel comfortable. Pause for 2 seconds
  4. Pressurize your abdomen and straighten out
  5. Push steadily through your heels as you ascend back to the top position

Hint: Never release all the air in your abdominal cavity at one time

The ONE-LEGGED DEAD LIFT is a great exercise that strengthens the hamstrings, glutes, and is important for both athletic power and back safety. It will teach you the very valuable skill of overall tension and staying tight.

  1. Have two KB on the ground side by side with enough room for your foot to fit between them.
  2. Grip the ground with your toes and keep the muscles around your ankle and on the bottom of your foot tight.
  3. Hinge over at your hips with a semi-squat and grab the KB’s. (Eyes are looking straight).
  4. Tense the glute of the loaded leg and brace the abs for that imaginary punch.
  5. Staying very tight throughout the body, push straight down with your leg and squeeze the bells off the ground.
  6. Try to maintain a straight spine. Do not attempt to recover lost balance by fidgeting; this could injure your knee.

 

Here is a sample program to get you started with the five exercises you just learned. Just to keep it simple for beginners, I would recommend 1 minute rests between each set. If you become very fatigue to where you lose your form, I advise you to stop immediately or go down to a lighter weight. If you are looking for higher intensity do one set of each exercise without stopping, then take a 1-2 minute break after all are completed and repeat 3-5 times.

Monday
One Arm Clean 3×6 on each arm
Front Squat 3×8
Two Arm Swing 3×20

Wednesday
Turkish-Get Up 2×3 per side
One-Legged Dead Lifts 3×5 per leg
One Arm Swing 2×15 on each arm

Friday
Double Clean 2×5
Double Front Squat 2×5
Turkish-Get Up 2×3 per side
Alternating Swings 3×15 per arm

So there you have it. Real strength and power exercises with weights for women and men that will get you that lean physique and real strength. Don’t be surprised if your athletic performance improves after 4 weeks of adding this type of training in to your life.

There are endless possibilities of fun and extremely difficult things you can do with kettlebells. Last important thing is to always play it safe! While its good to push your body to the limits, it’s imperative to know when you are over exerting yourself. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at Lauren@SoCaltrainer.com. References:
Zatsiorsky,V.(1995) Science and Practice of Strength Training. Human Kinetics.
Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certification Manual About the Author Lauren Brooks is a fitness and strength trainer in San Diego, CA. Lauren earned her B.S. in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Fitness, Nutrition, and Health from San Diego State University. Lauren Brooks is Certified by American Council on Exercise and Russian Kettlebell Challenge. She is available for online nutrition and program designs as well as private and group sessions. You can contact her at Lauren@socaltrainer.com or go to www.SoCaltrainer.com

 

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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 49: How Are You Going To Feel At 50?

For this concept to work, please feel free to put in an age you are going to be. For example, to get the best use out of this article it won’t help if you are 55 and think about age fifty. I need you to look ahead. Those 49 and under use the title. Those over 50 use ” How are you going to feel at 70?”  This is a post about looking ahead, so take a minute, I will wait for you and get the correct title in your head.

Good? Good.

This is important because I was training a client the other day. Remember I am actually a fitness trainer not a wannabe fitness dude. He is training hard to get in shape for his 50th birthday. Like a lot of people in life, myself included, he is very hard on himself. Hard on himself for letting himself get out of shape. And that is not a negative in my opinion. I am the first to beat myself up when I miss workouts or my eating goes out the window. Nothing wrong with a little self-hate. It tends to keep things in perspective. It keeps us all humble.

Back to the story.he was getting down on himself for not getting in enough workouts. ” Fair enough but what did you think you were going to look like at 50?” I asked. “” I thought I would dead” he laughed.

“Did you ever think you would be busting out jump squats and push-ups at 5:30 in the morning?”

” No way, I should be bald, fat and tired.”

 And this is the point. When I was young, 50 was old as hell. 30 was old but 50????
That is ancient. Growing up I thought 50 meant:

  • Certain parts of your anatomy stop working.
  • You grow hair everywhere but where you need it.
  • You fall asleep watching Jeopardy.
  • You watch Jeopardy.
  • You consciously eat extra fiber.

So this was a revelation to me. I am still doing everything I was doing at age twenty. Well, not staying up all night and drinking massive amounts of beer but that is another story. That is for the young. What I mean is that as I have grown older chronologically, I still feel the same on the inside. And that I attribute to weightlifting. At 47 I am stronger than I was in high school. I can still do whatever I want and not have to worry about getting injured.

This is the gift I try to bring to all my clients. Sure you may stress about some bra fat or saddlebags but look at the big picture.

    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 33: Weblog Thursday Night- A Workout For the Weary

    It seems like some of the common myths about personal trainers are that we are in such great shape that we never get tired and that every workout is world class. Well, I hate to burst your bubble but I am more like you than this mythical creature of legend. I have kids, a wife and a demanding job. Well okay, it is a great job and a lot of fun but nevertheless getting up at 4:30 am every morning wears on me. As the week goes on I get tired and worn out too.

     Thursday seems to be the worst. My plan on working out is to have the big ones on Saturday and Sunday. During the week I try to get in what I can. So in any given week it is about 5 workouts with weights and 3-5 runs. This is doable. During the weekday, I am not too concerned about the length of the workout, as long as I get something in. Thursday was such a case and this is what I am going to talk to you about.

     I preach about continuity. Depending on the muscle group, atrophy starts 48-72 hours after the last workout. This scares me and it should scare you. In other words, the muscle you have been working so hard to get tone, starts regressing into flab after 48-72 hours. So as important as letting muscle have time to rebuild, you can’t give it too much time off or you lose your gains. Put it this way, one workout a week just isn’t going to do anything for you. Usually I break my workouts into 3 parts:

     Day 1 Chest and Back

    Day 2 Arms and shoulders

     Day 3 Legs

    Day 4 Off

    I add runs of 2-3 miles in wherever I can.

     Thursday is a tough day for me. I managed to get a run in late in the afternoon. As luck would have it, life stepped in my way for a while. I picked up the kids, worked on dinner and did all the family things I needed to do. At 7:30 pm the last thing I wanted to do is look at weights let alone lift them.

     But this is a critical lesson I have learned over the years. ” Don’t blow off workouts!”
     So I see this extreme tiredness and lethargy as a challenge. Most people would watch tv and go to bed but I don’t want to be average. I know that no matter how crappy the workout will be, it will be better than doing nothing. Plus it is another victory over that lazy voice I have inside my head that I seem to always be at war with.

    ( As I write this, it is Friday night at the voice is telling me I can always write this blog another day. Hah, nice try lazy voice. This is getting done tonight.)

    So here is what I did. I am not here to tell you it was a mammoth workout. It was pretty wimpy but is was all I could do, so there. I know a number of you always find yourself in this position and it is to you I am directing this.

    5 rounds- take your time. Just get it done.

    1. Squat and Holds against the wall with an exercise ball. One Minute hold, then squat.

    2. Rows dumbbells. 15-25 reps

    3. Push-ups- as many as you can.

    4. Knees to elbows 50 or so.

    Repeat.

    Again, this is something to do when you really don’t have the energy to workout. This is a great way to stretch the muscles out and give them a little work. Even three rounds is going to work. Do what you can but never give in to that inner voice.

    Hey, have you enrolled in my free M Factor Fitness University yet? Go to http://www.mfactorfitness.com and enroll now. You will get a great free E-Book, Absolutely Abs and you will be on the fast track to getting a PHD in workoutology.

    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. |

    Post 31: A Crazy Way To Maximize Your Set

    This is something I did with my clients this morning and I thought I would share it with you. When you train clients in their home you have to be creative with workouts. The is a technique that I use a lot. It is based upon the pre-exhaust technique that Joe Weider takes credit for but I believe Arnold actually was doing it before that. It also uses super sets and isotonic training. Anyhoo, these techniques are a way to fire off an insane number of muscle cells, leading to a more complete and quicker failure at the end of the set.

    Is this something you want to do? Yup. Now this is not for beginners and it is certainly something you don’t want to do every time you train. But remember this, the more muscle fibers you can activate, the faster you will get in shape and the muscle will grow. So for ladies, you will get tone and strong faster and men, you will get stronger and bigger faster. M Factor students will recognize that this happens because women have more estrogen and men have more testosterone. Right? Right!

     Work these combinations into your next workout.

     Group 1: 25 side squats each side.  ( One foot on a step or bench )
                   Squat and hold against a wall 30-60 seconds then squat as many reps as you can.
                    Leg Curls with an exercise ball.

     Repeat 3-5 times and remember to change up your foot position each time ( normal, sumo or plie and narrow stances )

     Group 2: Dumbbell Flyes on a ball or on a bench   10 -15 reps
                    Push-ups  – as many as you can on toes, then as many as you can on your knees.
                    Need a little extra oomph? Add a set of dumbbell front raises after the push-up
                    Need more? Add some dumb bell kickbacks after the front raises.

                   3-5 rounds should cook the muscles.

    Now here is what I need you to do.

    1. Try it out.
    2. Let me know what you think.

    If you are in my area, I am ready to help you with your fitness goals in person. If not, let me help you over the Internet. Sign up for my free emails and E-books and I will make sure you get the body you want.

    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. |