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GET READY TO GET FIT! #2016

26 Dec

Your workout in the gym should be tough and challenging, but make it easy to fit fitness in your life with these 4 quick organizing tips.

Organize your fitness the night before-
1. Choose and pack a workout outfit, and any necessary toilettes, makeup, hair clip or elastic, sweat towel oh and don’t forget your running shoes and lock.
2. Prepare your morning coffee for the morning, set coffee maker timer 5 minutes before your wake up alarm. So your sense of smell will help wake you up with your alarm.
3. Bottle water in the fridge ready for morning use.
4. SET YOUR ALARM to wake up earlier to accommodate your workout time. Here’s a tip to wake up your mind & body. Have one of your favorite

If getting in shape 2016 is a goal of yours please follow me on Instagram & Twitter @craigramsayfit for more tips & exercise videos.

4 Slim Down Tips for any Special Event.

9 Oct

TIP 1.  Eat for fuel not for fun.  Watch the eating out.  If you do, sauce on the side, go for a lean meat with steamed veggies, always ask “no butter, no oil, as healthy as can be please”. You would be shocked at what junk a restaurant will put in your food for flavoring.  DO NOT skip your breakfast! Food before coffee.  Split your lunch into two portions, separate the feedings by 2 hours.  Cut the carbs in the evening. Eating 6 small meals a day will increase your metaboic rate and burn more calories throughout the day.  This is a good start.

TIP 2.  Workout to intensity.  Find your workout intensity, push through the discomfort.  If you are feeling the burn then you are doing it right. 40 mins weight resistance program, 20 mins interval cardio. 1 hour at the gym max!

TIP 3.  Add morning cardio.  After breakfast hit the  streets for a morning jog, or attack the stairs at your house.  Up quickly, down slowly, this is ideal interval cardio.

TIP 4.  Lemon your water.  There are so many benefits to putting lemon in your water.  Most important it burns more calories. Also relieves many digestion problems. Great for the skin with it’s anti-aging properties.  It can remove wrinkles and blackheads, Toothache or bad breath – Lemon water will help.  Tonsil issues, gargle lemon water frequently.  With it’s high potassium content, lemon water can help control high blood pressure.  It has been known to cure respiratory problems, breathing problems and helps someone suffering from asthma.  Lemons can treat rheumatism and arthritis as it’s a diuretic and flushes out bacteria and toxins.

TODAY’S TIP: SAY NO TO HIGH SUGAR “HYDRATING” DRINKS – LATER GATOR-ADE!

9 Aug

Hydration is essential to performance, safety and comfort during exercise. If it’s hard, long and intense, the more important it is to drink the proper fluids! Dehydration decreases your performance. Sweating will drop your blood volume which can cause the heart to work over time to circulate blood. These drops in volume lead to muscle cramping, dizziness, fatigue and heat exhaustion. Sport drinks are UNNECESSARY for anyone who is not training for a marathon or Ironman. It is impossible to deplete your body’s stores of sodium, potassium and other electrolytes during normal training. So if you are someone who is justifying drinking these high sugar drinks just because you are “hydrating” it is time to stop. This is not helping your body OR your waistline. If you have a fondness for fructose then try these simple solutions in a glass ( not plastic ) of purified or distilled, fluoride-free drinking water. Try a sprig of fresh mint with organic sliced strawberries. The oils in mint will aid in proper digestion, freshen breath and give you a glowing complexion and strawberries are sweet but very low in natural sugar. Or maybe organic cucumbers and lemons. Lemons in your water will burn extra calories just buy drinking it! Use sliced organic oranges and lime for a liberating libation. These are some of my favorite low sugar, complexion friendly mixes… so drink responsibly!

Today’s Tip: “THE WORLD IS YOUR GYM” – Clean House and Shape Up!

7 Aug

OK, let’s put a BOUNCE IN OUR STEP.  Get excited!  Just motivating your day with energy and enthusiasm will start you on your fitness path.

Do you have chores around the house?  Let’s try lunges and squats in between picking up those toys.  How about a dirty kitchen?  Let’s see how quickly we can clean up that mess.  Let’s do some calf raises while folding laundry.  We can play with the kids outside, like doing some jumping jacks.  How about walking your kids to school and jogging or speed walking back home listening to some of your favorite tunes?  Do you have stairs?  Climb them.  What about while watching some evening T.V.? Try stretching, or doing some couch sitting squats.  Turn your regular day into a fitness day.

Too many people, especially women, try and control their weight (size) by under eating.  This NEVER works. You may have a skinny body, but it will be an unhealthy one that is not capable of sustaining vital activity or longevity.  Eat your small portioned breakfast, divide your lunch into two small portions, and separate them by 3 hours. Eat your carb free dinner, and have 2 protein small snacks in the day.  This totals 6 times during the day you should be consuming food.  It works. Keep the portions down, but eat them often.

Don’t SCREW your workout by wearing a GLOVE

28 Jul

I have no love for wearing a glove during your workouts. Not only are they a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, they do not protect your hands from callousing. They kill your grip strength on pulling exercises and can add inches to already thick bars making it even harder. They can screw your technique.

The thickness of the gloves can make it difficult to keep the bar close to your wrist on bench and press leading to rolling of the wrists which causes injury. The only time I play it safe and wear a glove is if it’s freezing conditions or I have an abrasion so I don’t get an infection. If you are worried about rough palms then Brandon says, ” Get a manicure!” So next time you lift, do it bare!

Crunch Fitness Gym Etiquette Tips (reposted for the girl who refuses to put her weights away).

30 Jun

There is this girl who works out at Crunch Gym on Sunset that deliberately does not return her weights to the racks. Even when she is literally two feet away from them she will drop her dumbbells on the floor walk away and take her destructive attitude onward.  A Crunch trainer told me he didn’t mind what she was doing??? WHAT??? Any weight equipment left on the gym floor can be hazard, people injure themselves more from tripping over weights more often than they do from lifting them. So HOPEFULLY this girl or someone who knows her will share this (especially Tip 6) with her.

Tip 1: Avoid blocking the mirrors or standing in front of a dumbbell or other weight rack.
Tip 2: Unless you are Gold’s Gym Venice you should not be grunting and groaning like a wild beast. Release on breath, not vocal cords.
Tip 3: Share equipment & weights. Don’t sit on a machine in between sets. “Work in” with other gym members
Tip 4: Don’t rush around the gym. With all that heavy equipment, there is so much that can really injure you. move slowly but with purpose.
Tip 5: If you have the tendency to poopy at the gym (which can often be inspired by exercising) bring a small room spray or cologne sampler to the restroom with you.
Tip 6: Remove weight plates from a machine or bar when you finish with them, and be sure to put the weights back where you found them.
Tip 7: Wipe off equipment when you are finished, so you don’t “sweat out” your neighbor. Be mindful of others.
Tip 8: Use the lockers. Most gyms have a policy that gym bags cannot be carried around the gym. Gym bags and other comparable material can be potential tripping hazards.
Tip 9: Time manage your workout. Most gyms impose a time limit on using cardio equipment. If the gym is busy, limit your time on a specific cardio machine to 20 mins.
Tip 10: Leave your ego at the door. If you have questions, ask! Gym equipment can be very dangerous. Protect yourself by understanding how a machine works. Ask a gym representative to explain how to correctly use the machines.
If you are new member most gyms offer a complimentary personal training session. Communicate and ask questions with the professional trainer on how to use equipment you are not familiar with.

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“GREEN EXERCISE”???

11 Apr

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Working out at home or at the gym is wonderful, the benefits are endless.

Studies have shown exercise and physical activity performed outdoors in a green environment can boost mood and even self-esteem, and benefits can be seen with as little as 5 mins a day.

“Green Exercise” is physical activity/exercise that is executed in the presence of nature.  That means in a park, working in a backyard garden, on a nature trail, or other green spaces.

Walking, jogging, gardening, cycling, boating, fishing, horse back riding, swimming, and skateboarding are a few examples of outdoor physical activity.

It’s spring so get some spring in your step and get outside for some “Green Exercise”.