Category Archives: Fitness

YOU AND YOUR TRAINER: IT’S A WIN WIN PARTNERSHIP

traintwo  This week on the blog, instead of writing about fitness and fashion, I feel compelled to write about fitness and how it relates to me personally. In sharing this with you it is my hope that you will see exercise and your relationship with your trainer as so much more than just a means to getting into a pair of pants or ready for a family reunion.

Life is not always sunshine and roses – you know that. A lifetime of ups and downs can sometimes leave you feeling beaten up and , sad and maybe like you have no sense of control. I know this has been the case for me, but as far as I can look back the one thing that has kept me from giving up has been exercise.   In all seriousness, no matter what the crisis was, working out has always made me a stronger person physically and mentally and I always felt better after a workout. I felt so adamant about this that I was always encouraging friends, relatives etc. to use exercise as a tool to not only look better but to feel better.   It eventually became clear to me that this was the career for me and frankly, I’m very good at what I do…. because I BELIEVE in what I do. As a trainer I want the best for my clients, I want them to succeed. I leave them feeling great and am happy for them ; high-fives all around! If they are having a bad day, working out with me will be a bright spot because they did something good for themselves and for that hour were in control of their life. When life is chaotic, that bit of control can be just enough to help someone get through the day. In fact, I believe in the exercise-client-trainer relationship so much I hired my own trainer. When I am finished working out with my trainer I feel accomplished, happy and….sweaty!!! All good things! And one of the best realizations is that There is a bond between trainer and client. Each person wants to do the best for the other. An inner strength can pop out of nowhere because you want to do your best and succeed, and that goes for both parties. Working out brings confidence and confidence can get you through a bevy of stressful situations, as I know all too well.

Time to get a little personal, and I’m not doing this to generate sympathy, I’m sharing this because my workouts, my trainer and that little slice of control has been THE thing that has helped me to keep my head up. This year has left me with 2 deceased dogs, a loss of a home and, oh yeah, a soon to be ex- husband….he somehow landed at the end of this sentence (wink wink) . I never saw this coming and there were many times I thought “How can I even work and encourage and be enthusiastic for my clients? How can I function without knowing where I will live and what will become of my life?” The truth is that my clients were the reason I got through it! My clients were my biggest supporters who made me feel important and worthy – I was helping them and that in turn helped me. And the decision to move my body every day, even when I didn’t want to get out of bed, helped me to make sense of what was happening. I was able to see the bigger picture. I took my tired self and started hiking again and getting stronger. A fire was lit and I made it work. I can thank my trainer and my clients for that (and of course my wonderful friends and colleagues). This is a work in progress, but I know for a fact that exercise will keep me on the right track. We have all faced adversity and will continue to do so, but the moral of this story is that if you believe in yourself and your abilities, you will be able to conquer the obstacles and that the best medicine is to take care of yourself by moving your body every single day. When you have a trainer in your corner you know that there is always going to be someone who does believe in you. When life is hitting you hard don’t run in the other direction, instead run through the obstacles! Keep moving and your head will clear and you will be able to make decisions. Speaking of running, we will talk sports bras soon !! HA And don’t forget to high-five your trainer!!!

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SHOES: THE FOUNDATION OF A GREAT WORKOUT

Shoes - Blog  By: June-Ellen Ottoson, Trainer – Fitness Propelled,  AFAA Certified

The shoe options for working out can be a bit overwhelming, but it is definitely worth taking the time to find the shoe that is right for you. Your feet are so important and they take a beating every day, let’s face it, unless our feet are in pain we usually don’t give them the credit they deserve for getting us around! Wearing the wrong shoe while working out can eventually lead to problems that will be painful or prevent us from working out, which in turn, will lead to other problems. I have come across the “wrong” shoe many times while training individuals, where being off balance while working out or feeling like a particular activity such as stepping up on a bench seems scary, but that can have a lot to do with your shoe. Wearing shoes that are worn out or ill-fitting can make your workout seem daunting.

shoesYou don’t need to overspend and get the trendiest shoe or the shoe that your favorite athlete favors, you just need to find the shoe that fits your particular tootsies! Check for stores in your area that will actually watch you walk and analyze what type of feet you have. Flat feet vs a high arch will need a different type of shoe, a runner vs a walker needs a different type of shoe. And cross training needs a shoe with good support and traction. Our feet change with time so what might have worked great before can be causing pain now. Slipping around while trying to lunge and balance is distracting and takes away from your workout. Working out gives us confidence and a good shoe will do the same. So take stock of your training shoes and if “the shoe doesn’t fit”, do yourself a favor and get a great fitting pair that fits your feet and your personality!

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Fitness Hues for the Blues: Are you choosing the right colors for your workouts?

By: June-Ellen Ottoson, Trainer – Fitness Propelled, AFAA Certified

pic -1  It has been said that color affects so many of our emotions. Study after study has been done to see what colors make us hungry, what colors evoke anxiety and how they work in restaurant and home décor. The same principles apply to your fitness attire. If you are feeling drab and unmotivated, then donning some drab gear is not going to make you feel like busting out some squats with vigor…it is going to make you feel slow and not shake the mood. All black workout clothes are a popular choice because they produce a slimming effect, and black can be a powerful choice as well, but if you are only choosing that shade to make you feel slimmer you might want to add a burst of color that brightens you up. Yellow, for example, can add a little sunshine and make you feel excited about working hard. Red is a bold color and can provoke feelings of strength. Blue is strong and can boost confidence and a feeling of power. Green is a color that can make us feel calm and is a great and popular choice for yoga. A colorful headband or hat is also a good choice, even down to your shoes and water bottle!!! Amp up your workout with an amped-up attitude and some color.

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6 Must Include Total Body Medicine Ball Exercises

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

In our exploration of multiple pieces of equipment to use while adopting a more #Functional approach to training, medicine ball exercises are an excellent resource. Available in varying sizes and weights, these weighted spheres can help improve muscular power and sports performance. Medicine balls can be thrown and caught making for explosive movements that can improve overall athletic ability.

When choosing the correct medicine ball weight, pick a ball that is heavy enough to slow the motion, but not so heavy that control, accuracy, or range of motion loose control. Set a goal of 10 to 15 reps—or as many as you can do with good form.

Below are @fitnesspropelled 6 total body #MedicineBall exercises.

1) Squat with overhead press

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Stand with feet together shoulder width apart, holding a medicine ball in front of the chest in both hands. Lower down to a squat and on the return to a standing position reach the medicine ball straight overhead into a military press. Repeat.

2) Lunge with a twist

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  • Engage your core, standing hip width apart with shoulders relaxed. Holding a medicine ball a few inches in front of the chest, step forward into a lunge with the right leg. Extended arms, reach the medicine ball to the right, rotating the torso at the same time. Maintain the lunge and return to center. Come to standing, then lunge with the other leg (and rotate to the left this time).

3) Rolling push-ups

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  • Start into #High-plank with a medicine ball under one hand, and lower the chest toward the floor to perform a push-up. Return to #high-plank and roll the ball to the other hand. Repeat.

4) Wall Pass

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  • Find the nearest med ball-safe wall. Stand about 3 to 4 feet in front of it, holding a medicine ball with both hands. Get into an athletic stance, with a slight bend in the knees, and the core engaged. Bring the ball to the chest, and firmly throw it at the wall and catch the ball on its return. Repeat at a steady, yet quick pace.

5) Triceps extensions

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  • Stand in a comfortable stance, with the core engaged. Hold a medicine ball in both hands with the arms extended overhead, inner arms grazing the ears Bend the elbows, lowering the ball behind the head until the arms form a 45-degree angle. Squeeze the triceps to straighten the arms, bringing the ball back to the starting position. Repeat.

6) Roman twists

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  • Sit on a gym mat holding a medicine ball in both hands. To start hold the medicine ball out in front of you with straight arms. Twist the torso to the left and then to the right, reaching and planting the medicine ball on the floor toward each hips side. Repeat.

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References:

25 Must-Try Medicine Ball Exercises – BY NICOLE MCDERMOTThttp://greatist.com/fitness/25-must-try-medicine-ball-exercises

3 Challenging Core Stability Exercises on the #Bosu

2By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

In order to define our abdominal structure we have to challenge it. Emphasizing challenging core stability exercises on the #BOSU balance trainer is an excellent way to achieve such abdominal definition. Utilizing a #BOSU ball provides a versatile piece of fitness equipment that can be a great addition to any home gym. Developed in 1999 by David Weck, #BOSU stands for “Both Sides Up” or “Both Sides Utilized.”

With a flat platform on one side and a rubber dome on the other (resembling half an exercise ball), it can help you improve your balance and flexibility, sharpen your reflexes, and reshape your body.

As described in the featured article by the Health & Fitness Advisory:1 “The domed side is used for aerobic exercises and athletic drills, and when the BOSU ball is inverted, it becomes a tool for balance training that can be used by almost everybody.”

In the eighth video of our series of abdominal exercises on the #Bosu balance trainer, this video emphasizes the incorporation of supine stability exercises paired with an abdominal isotonic exercise .

Fitness Propelled’s 3 Core Stability BOSU Ball Abdominal Exercises

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE_eIs7d260

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Fitness: Dress for the Occasion

ye (1) By: June-Ellen Ottoson, Fitness Propelled, AFAA Certified

Working out is a great lifestyle and having the right attire makes it that much better! Below are a few fashion suggestions to enhance your workout experience:

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Having been a trainer for over a decade I have seen a lot of “loungewear” being translated into “activewear,” and it doesn’t translate very well. It might sound cozy to work out in pajamas, but an overly-casual outfit can make for a sloppy workout. Oversized T-shirts and baggy shorts can make it hard for the trainer to observe, and, if needed, to correct your form. Outfits that are too big and baggy can get in your way of performing exercises such as push-ups, planks, any twisting motion, etc. As trainers we want you to succeed, and the right outfit can make a very big difference.

Fitness Fashion vs Fitness “Flashin”

I firmly believe that working out gives one confidence and a feeling of accomplishment. There is an abundance of workout wear for every “body.” Showing off one’s accomplishments from their hard work and dedication should be appreciated. But from time to time we see a little too much of people’s “assets.” A fitness garment should be allowed a little “wiggle room”…it needs to get the job done with you and not distract you. A lot of “adjusting” can waste some serious energy J

Expensive vs Not Expensive

The great news is that there is workout gear for every budget! You can find all the popular attire, Adidas, Under Armor, etc. at TJ Maxx or Marshalls if you don’t mind looking a bit. You can also find anything on Amazon.com. I like to mix a good top with a lower priced short/sweats and vice versa. Fitness fashion is fun and can be worn both to work out in or to go practically anywhere. The moral of this blog is that fitness is a fabulous thing and so should be your fitness aesthetic. You are an individual whose workouts and fashion are who you are, not someone else, or an ad on tv promoting the “latest and greatest” thing to wear or way to achieve your goals. Have a great workout !!!

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Include these 5 Functional VIPR Exercises into Your Workouts

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

Exercising options and varieties have never been more full of options. Creating new and diversified exercise programs are becoming the norm as people are consistently seeking new ways to achieve their optimum levels of fitness. With all these options, comes exploration, so in this article let’s do a quick exploration on what #ViPR training is. #ViPR (“Vitality, performance and reconditioning”) is that rare thing: a seemingly faddy piece of equipment that actually works. “With the #ViPR, every exercise can become a core exercise, a balance exercise and an agility exercise,”. #ViPR is a round looking hollowed tube with two hand grips on one side and one long hand grip on the other. There are no attachments and it allows for optimum movement sequencing.

Below are Fitness Propelleds 5 #ViPR exercises to get you excited about including #ViPR training to your exercise regimen. 3 sets for 30 seconds per exercise with a 1 minute rest per set.

Squat with ViPR through the legs

11-11-2  Holding the ViPR with a shovel grip horizontally in front of you, descend into a squat with the ViPR through your legs. Then, stand and drive the ViPR vertically upward to the start point. Repeat.

Squat into a double-forward drive

22-12-2  Holding the ViPR in a neutral grip, horizontally in front of you, descend into a full squat, lowering the ViPR to the floor. Stand up and step forward into a dynamic lunge, driving the ViPR forward on the same side. Return to standing and repeat the drive on the opposite side.

Front squat to overhead press

33-1  With a shoulder-width overhand grip, bring your elbows forward so your palms are facing upward and the ViPR is resting on your front shoulder muscles. With a neutral spine, lower yourself as if sitting in a chair behind you. Keep your elbows high as you lower until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Pause then push back up to a standing position and perform an overhead shoulder press.

Lunge with lateral rotation

44-14-2  Keeping your chest up high and back neutral, rotate your torso and then return to a upright split stance, repeating all reps on the same side before alternating legs.

Core rolling ViPR plank and press-up

55-15-25-3  Laying the ViPR on the floor vertically, place one hand on the end of the cylinder and one on the floor while in the plank position. Make sure to place the hands under the shoulders. Roll the ViPR underneath the opposite hand, hold again in the plank position for 10 seconds and then do one (super slow) press-up.

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