Get the most out of your workout (5 Tips)

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It sure would be great if any time spent in the gym delivered results, but the truth is that all workouts were not created equally. There are techniques for getting the most out of each exercise and by utilizing these techniques you’ll achieve quicker and more noticeable results.

Check out the following 5 Smart Workout Tips to avoid danger and to get fit fast:

Smart Workout Tip 1: Use Challenging Resistance

In order to get the most from each rep it’s important to challenge your muscles, and not to simply go through the motions. If you are able to complete 15 repetitions easily, then the weight is too light. On the flip side, if you aren’t able to perform an exercise through its full range of motion, and find yourself cheating on form, then the weight is too heavy.

The correct weights will feel challenging by your last few repetitions but won’t force you to sacrifice form.

Smart Workout Tip 2: Change Up Your Routine

You may have noticed that most people do the same exercises each time they visit the gym. Maybe you’ve been doing the same exercise routine as long as you can remember—if it isn’t broken then don’t fix it, right?

The truth is that exercise routines have expiration dates, and that is the date that they begin to lose their effectiveness. As a rule of thumb never use the same routine for more than 4 weeks.

Smart Workout Tip 3: Always Warm Up

Most people consider warm up time to be wasted time—they’d rather jump right into the heart of the routine. What they don’t realize is that a good warm up will allow you to perform at a higher intensity, which means greater results.

The point of a warm up is to increase your muscle temperature. This increases blood flow, muscle contraction and reduces muscle resistance. Your warm up should last 5-10 minutes.

Smart Workout Tip 4: Use Proper Form

Gyms are filled with people performing exercises with bad form. The two biggest reasons are that you aren’t concentrating on the exercise, or you’re trying to lift weight that is too heavy. Lifting with improper form almost always results in injury.

Take the time to achieve proper form, by doing so you’ll avoid injury and will reap the full benefit from each exercise.

Smart Workout Tip 5: Never Workout Alone

People who exercise alone are less challenged, less accountable and typically see fewer results. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Why rush to the gym if no one is there waiting for you? Why push yourself if no one is watching? Exercising alone is a recipe for disaster.

The best way to avoid injury and to see results is to work with me. I am passionate about seeing my clients achieve results by working out smart and without wasting time, energy and effort on mistakes.

Don’t know where to start when it comes to exercise? Let me help you!

Coach Rob

rob@coachrobj.co

https://coachrobj.fitproconnect.com/Consultation/

On Fridays We Flex!

fitnessfriday4I have been focused on the importance of never missing a Monday or Friday workout.  This is a GREAT article from The Daily Burn on the benefits of flexing on Fridays!  Fitting in a Friday workout before heading into the weekend will undoubtedly help you make better choices throughout the weekend.  Who knows, you may even fit in a long walk, hike with the kids, or weekend workout.  It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend for outdoor activities.  Let me know what you fit into your Saturday and Sunday! BAM!

Workout Wednesday – Synergy Openhouse!

On April 14th, we hosted our largest and most successful open house to date! We invited everyone we know to come try one or all of the many programs we offer here at Synergy and it turned into a HIGH ENERGY WORKOUT PARTY!

We had Roxanne’s Birkenstock, Valley Health and Nutrition, masseuses, Gina Ferretta and Melissa Moua, a taco truck, and tunes to keep the party going by DJ Special K!!

Now is a great time to check out the NEW SYNERGY, we have programs for everyone. One of the greatest benefits of these open houses is that you can try something new and you just might find the perfect program to change up your workout! I teach boot camps in the morning at 6:15 and 8:30, but we have classes and boot camps throughout the day. Come check us out and see how we can help you achieve your goals!!! BAM!!!

5 Obstacle to Fitness Success

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You want to be fit. You know how much you should weigh. You know your ideal pant size. You can even picture how great those skinny jeans will look.

So why aren’t you living life in your ideal body?

There are many complex reasons that make weight loss (or living a fit life) a challenge, reasons that go deeper than simply calories-in versus calories-out.

I’m talking about the life issues that get in the way of your success.

Read the following 5 obstacles and the solutions to unlock your best body ever.

1. You don’t want to be bothered. 

It’s in your DNA to avoid pain and seek out pleasure. Unfortunately this works against you when trying to get fit. In your mind, it’s painful (or at least uncomfortable) to deny yourself the tasty food that you crave and to exert yourself with exercise.

There’s a simple way to work around this obstacle: Find something painful about being out of shape to motivate yourself towards healthy eating and exercise. Focus on the negative impact your current physical condition has on your health, self-esteem and lifestyle. Convince yourself that the pain of being out of shape is much greater than the discomfort of getting fit.

2. You don’t want to wait for the good stuff. 

Just as you wish to avoid pain, you are also an expert in seeking out pleasure – namely food. This served the cavemen well, but these days it ends up as extra pounds around your waist and thighs.

There’s good news: extra calories are not your only option to stimulate the pleasure center of your brain. Find an activity or two that make you smile and indulge in those regularly.

  • A walk outside
  • A good book
  • A night out to the movies or theater
  • A spa day

You can also retrain your brain to crave the pleasure of exercise-induced endorphins. Talk about weight gain kryptonite!

3. You are crazy busy. 

Let’s face it, you work too much, commit yourself to too much and don’t even get enough sleep most of the time. The fast-paced way you live leaves you exhausted, stressed and hungry for comfort food. You even begin to feel too busy to take care of your health.

It’s time to reprioritize. Let go of your perfectionist standards and remove a few commitments from your schedule so that you are able to cook healthy meals, exercise and get a good night’s sleep. Remind yourself that taking care of your health is not a luxury – it’s a necessity.

4. You don’t deserve it. 

I don’t agree with it, but you sure act like you don’t deserve to live the good life in the body of your dreams. Take a moment to think back on all the times you have self-sabotaged your fitness and health efforts. If you don’t believe deep down that you are worthy then you’ll never give yourself a chance at a fit body.

I believe that you deserve to have a healthy body – and I urge you to dig deep down to uncover why you don’t. Once you conquer your feelings of unworthiness, getting on an exercise and healthy eating plan will be easy.

Take the time to take care of yourself. You DO deserve it.

5. You are afraid. 

You’re afraid to start because you just might fail, and wouldn’t that be embarrassing? You’re also afraid to start because you just might succeed, and change makes you uncomfortable – even if it’s change in the right direction.

When you decide to get fit you will need to go through a bushel of changes:

  • New diet
  • New exercise routine
  • New friends at the gym
  • New clothes
  • New self-image

Focus on all of the ways that getting fit will make your life better. Envision that better life everyday so that it goes from being new and scary to familiar and comfortable.

I want to personally help overcome every obstacle standing between you and the best version of you. Call or email today to get started on a program that will change your life and body forever…in a good way 🙂

Coach Rob

https://coachrobj.fitproconnect.com/Optin

rob@coachrobj.co

Duck Eggs

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This past week I had the yummy experience of trying Duck Eggs for the first time. I eat some many chicken eggs, that at the first thought of eating something different made my turn my nose up. Haha!!! My first actual taste was in a frittata that Lauren made for me. I was completely taken back (in a good way) by how rich and creamy they tasted. The duck egg has this buttery taste and a slightly thicker consistency. I was pleasantly surprised by how great they tasted.

Duck Egg Facts:

  • They have a higher (good!) fat content
  • Ducks eggs are higher in protein than chicken eggs
  • They also have a little bit more cholesterol than chicken eggs (again, this is a good thing!).
  • They also contain more vitamins and minerals- such as iron, B12, folate and vitamin A.
  • They are full of Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Duck eggs are quite a bit more than chicken eggs, but still not prohibitively expensive. Whereas the average price for a dozen chicken eggs is somewhere just north of $2 in the U.S., duck eggs will usually run you anywhere from $6 to $12 a dozen.
  • Since duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs, setting trays must be designed to accommodate their larger size. Eggs from common ducks like Pekins require 28 days to hatch. Eggs from Muscovy ducks hatch in about 35 days after setting.
  • Duck eggs keep for about 2 weeks if kept cool and for about 6 weeks refrigerated.
  • The size difference is just as apparent from the inside- the yolk is much larger in the duck egg than in the chicken egg. The shells of a duck egg are much tougher, and it can be harder to get a clean crack, but it also leads to a longer shelf life.

The two things that stood out for me was thickness of the shell and how much more creamier they were. If you’re an egg lover you must give duck eggs a try.

Yum,

Coach Rob

This is what changes with your health when you exercise

Sometimes I feel like a broken record.

You’re constantly hearing from me how important exercise is to your health and how so many of your health problems will improve or even disappear as the result of a consistent exercise program.

Why do I continue to give you the same lecture?

Because I’ve seen exercise change lives. I’ve even seen exercise save lives.

Here are the Top 4 Health Improvement Factors that come as a result of challenging, consistent exercise:

1. Your energy levels boost and you feel great.

I have noticed that most people don’t realize how bad they feel. They get used to feeling bad. Then when they start exercising they feel so much better. Your energy levels soar and you feel excited about life again.

2. Your muscles and joints feel better than ever.

You’ll notice a reduction in aches and pains once you’ve been sticking with an exercise program for a few weeks. That chronic muscle and joint pain that you’ve lived with for years may begin to fade. For some, joint replacement surgery is postponed. For others, arthritis pain is reduced.

3. Your risk of heart attack or stroke is reduced.

I like to remind my clients of this one, since it’s not something they can physically feel, but it’s the one that saves lives! Exercise has the power to remove two of the major risk factors that lead to heart disease: 1) physical inactivity and 2) obesity. Exercise also increases your good cholesterol (HDL) and lowers your blood pressure.

4. Your blood sugar levels are better controlled.

Clients of mine with type 2 diabetes see substantial benefits from exercise. Exercise improves the body’s use of insulin, and the related weight loss improves insulin sensitivity. For many, exercise becomes the natural, permanent antidote to their type 2 diabetes.

There are SO MANY benefits to exercise, why would anyone avoid doing it?! Typically it comes down to excuses.

• If you’re tired…exercise gives you energy.

• If you’re in pain…exercise alleviates your muscle and joint pain.

• If you’d rather stay in bed…exercise makes your sleep more restful.

• If you’re pressed for time…exercise improves your efficiency and extends your life.

• If you don’t know where to start…that’s where I come in.

Call or email me today and I’ll show you the fastest and safest way to reap all of the benefits of exercise.

It’s time you start enjoying all the benefits of exercise. Let’s do this!

Rob Johnson

559-213-7515

rob@coachrobj.co

Meet Ms. Relentless

Today’s blog is about perseverance and relentless commitment! Every client has different hurdles to jump when they embark on their journey to living their healthiest and fittest life. I recently asked one of my clients if she would write a blog for me and allow me to feature her as one of my Real Warriors and she said, “yes, but I don’t believe I should be chosen for this?” That’s exactly why I selected this client, who I will appropriately call, Ms. Relentless.

When you have an addiction no matter what you are addicted to you, you’re always fighting a battle in your head. My addiction is no Different than someone who struggles between drinking every day or maintaining a sober lifestyle. I am in a constant battle with my addiction to food and sugar.

I am successful in my career and spend far too many hours in the office, but unfortunately many careers demand this level of engagement and we focus on our careers instead of our health. About a year ago, I just got fed up with everything hurting, feeling achy walking up and down stairs, and being exhausted by the end of my workday. I was told by the doctor I had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and was pre-diabetic. It was time for me to change my lifestyle and invest in my health the way I do in my career.

Rob has helped me to see that wholeness and being aware of my actions is part of health, not just cardio and weights. While I have hated every workout for a year and am not where I want to be, I showed up and put in the work.

Ms. Relentless has a lot more to say so check back next week for more of her thoughts on winning her inner battles and the goals she has achieved in a year of showing up.