Want to shape up for the summer? Eat at home.

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In today’s fast paced world we consume over 30% of our daily calories away from home. These less-than-wholesome calories are accumulating around our waists and draining our bank accounts.

So why do we eat out and shun the kitchen? Simple: convenience. We don’t have the time to toil away over a hot stove. However, evidence is mounting that we are paying big for the so-called convenience of outside food.

Obesity related diseases are on the rise, as are the number of folks who are just plain unhappy with how their bodies look and feel. Cooking at home seems to be the first step in our road to healthier bodies.

Here are the top 5 reasons that you should starting cooking and eating at home…

Reason #1: It’s Good For You

Hyperprocessed foods are harmful to our health, and that’s exactly where you’ve been getting the bulk of your calories. Even restaurant food that contains fresh produce, chances are high that the produce is not organic, or local or non-GMO. Most of us are eating less than half of the recommended amount of fiber, fruit and vegetables, which eating at home could quickly change.

Simple meals made at home with fresh produce and organic meats or eggs are nutritionally superior to over-flavored, over-processed restaurant food. Not to mention the high calorie beverages and starters that so often accompany a restaurant meal. When you eat at home you take in more nutrient-dense calories that are higher in fiber.

Reason #2: It’s Far Easier Than You Think

Eating out so often has conditioned our concept of a meal to be one with complicated flavors and accompaniments. This misconception has made us fear the kitchen. But I urge you to reconsider.

Meals made at home need not mirror those ordered in restaurants. On the contrary, simple is better when it comes to home cooking. Plan your entire meal around a couple of pieces of fresh produce and a wholesome, lean protein. No need for complicated sauces or sides – these are where the harmful calories hide anyway.

Reason #3: It Costs Less

Fresh, simple ingredients do not cost much. Especially when compared to the cost of prepared meals.

Shopping the perimeter of the store is always a good plan. Here you’ll find the fresh produce, meats, dairy and seafood. Venture into the aisles for oils and spices to compliment the fresh ingredients.

Reason #4: It Is Preventative Medicine

In the US the annual health care expenses related to obesity is $150 billion, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Worldwide this number is over $1 trillion annually. These numbers are staggering, and sobering when you think of all the individual lives that are being negatively impacted by obesity.

Rather than waiting for you and your family members to experience the health risks related to obesity, start your own mission to cook simple meals at home and redirect your future. Remember the words of Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Reason #5: It Reduces Body Fat

Eating at home is also one of the best ways to reduce your body fat. Meals eaten at home contain an average of 200 calories less than meals eaten out. Let me tell you, a reduction in 200+ calories per meal will quickly translate to pounds lost!

Start today, and don’t be afraid to start small.

Pick one meal that you’ll make at home either today or tomorrow, and write down your simple menu and grocery list. You could start with the Savory Greek Waffle recipe below.

And let’s not forget the place that a challenging, consistent exercise program has in your quest for good health and a fit physique. My programs are specially designed to blast fat and to build muscle in all the right places.

Call or email me today to get started on a fat loss program that really works.

Coach Rob

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

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!!!

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.

Back to Basics with RED DOT Fitness

28827542_10214098527688449_934714619680565379_oIt is so rewarding to build and maintain business and personal relationships which offer you a chance to grow. Scott Howell has been a mentor of mine since my early days in fitness when I was a young trainer at Bally’s.

Scott is now the founder and CEO of Red Dot Fitness (think “laser focused”), in San Jose with his business partner, Catherine English (ak “CeCe”).

I recently reached out to Scott and he invited me to come see his training facility in San Jose, California. I was happy to join in on a staff development workshop that they were scheduled to have. I learned how to properly train the Shoulder as well as several other tips to promote optimal Shoulder function.

During my visit, I got exactly what I was hoping for and that was to re-stimulate the “creative juices.” I’m always looking for ways to enhance and get better and this was a perfect opportunity. With all the different trends and fads in my industry, it’s really easy to get lost in the weeds. My time with Scott and his team took me back to the basics! Scott encouraged me to revisit the basics of exercise science and the principles behind program design/ periodization. I took his advice and sure enough those juices began to flow. This was refreshing because it quickly eliminated that need to come up with that next flashy workout or exercise. I was able to come up with some strategies that were both productive and backed by tried and true science.

Back-to-basics

In this fast paced world of “right now” and the “shiny new object,” it’s super easy to get caught up chasing the “next big thing.” When that pressure hits, go back to basics and study the principles of your particular field or industry. Connect with the leaders in your industry so you can keep your finger on the pulse of what’s most important.

For success in any endeavor remember to Keep It Simple and Follow Sounds Principles, THE BASICS!!!!

Coach Rob

rob@coachrobj.co

 

 

Coach Rob Cooks!

The U.S. Weight Loss Market is Worth $66 Billion

IMG_1008Take just a moment to really think about that — 68 BILLION DOLLARS!  This figure includes online dieting, meal replacement products, frozen entrees, support groups with meal programs such as Weight Watchers and Nutri-System, and many other “nutrition-based items.”  Why not just learn to cook clean, healthy, and indulge in your guilty pleasures in moderation?

You don’t have to be a professional chef like Chef B-Rizzle, to learn how to make low-calorie, tasty, and enjoyable meals. Many of my clients have taken ahold of their nutrition by learning to plan and cook in a new way.  No one way of eating works for everyone.  Here are a few things you can try to baby step yourself into new healthy meals in your house without eating pre-made, over-processed “diet foods.”

I would love to feature some of your recipe successes on my blog or in my NEW newsletter! if you would like to SHARE your recipes and photos with me, please message me, text me, tag me and use #CoachRobCooks!  BAM!!!

You better EAT your vegetables!

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