Tag Archives: gym tips

Crunches & Sit-ups DO NOT burn stomach fat

6 Sep

CRUNCHES AND SIT-UPS DO NOT BURN STOMACH FAT!!! I don’t care how many you do, the sit-ups and crunches will never work! Your Abs are there,  they are just covered by a layer of fat.  Let’s attack the Fat with proper cardio. The two best forms of cardio for this are: 1) Running, running requires motion from your entire body, every muscle is activated.  Running burns calories faster than any exercise out there. 2) Stairs, walking up stairs not only gets our heart rate elevated and burning fat, it also is a killer resistance training workout for our legs.  Which will boost your natural testosterone guys, giving you more muscle building, fat burning potential, and as a bonus boosting your libido.  It’s a win, win, win situation.

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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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A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR BABY…SELF?

7 Feb

This is an exercise out of the gym that does help your gym workout.

STEP 1 HERE IS THE TASK, FIND AN OLD PICTURE OF YOURSELF AS A TODDLER.

STEP 2 STARE AT THE PICTURE OF THAT BEAUTIFUL INNOCENT CHILD FOR A SOLID 1MIN.

STEP 3 ASK THESE QUESTIONS OUTLOUD AND ANSWER THEM OUTLOUD TO YOURSELF.

1. WHO IS THIS CHILD? WHAT DOES THIS CHILD LIKE? WHAT DOES THIS CHILD LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?

2. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE THAT LITTLE CHILD YOU FEEL WOULD PROTECT HIM/HER?

3.  TELL HIM/HER (OUTLOUD) SOME OF THE NEGATIVE, HORRIBLE THINGS YOU SAY OR THINK ABOUT YOURSELF (ANSWER OUTLOUD).

4.  TELL HIM/HER YOU LOVE HIM/HER AND WILL PROTECT HIM/HER.  EXPLAIN TO THIS CHILD HOW YOU WILL BE THERE FOR THEM.

WE HAVE TO START TREATING OUR ADULT SELVES WITH THE LOVE & CARE WE HAVE FOR CHILDREN.  THE SECRET TO YOUTH IS TO TAKE CARE OF OUR INNER CHILD.  LOVE YOUR INNER CHILD AND THE WORLD WILL BE YOUR PLAYGROUND, AND LIFE WILL ONCE AGAIN BECOME FUN.  TAKE THIS NEW ENERGY INTO THE GYM WITH YOU.  PLAY, PLAY PLAY!

HERE IS THE PICTURE I CHOSE TO USE FOR THIS EXERCISE.

THANK YOU FOR BEING SO VULNERABLE.

BABY CRAIG

BABY CRAIG

LUFTPAUSE

13 Dec

Do you listen to music when you workout?

Then listen to this tip!

Pay attention to when the singer takes a deep big breath in their musical phrasing.  Perform that with the singer and coordinate your exercise with the music.  All too often we forget to breath or restrict our breathing. Relax the jaw slightly (1/8th of an inch), this will relax the back of the neck muscles (watch your shoulders instantly relax), which will allow your diaphragm to work properly.  Now you are oxygenating your body providing you with the internal power for a dynamic workout.

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Sharing the Secrets. How my Ricki Lake “Bride” let the unhealthy weight go.

9 Apr

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May 21st is the air date of my reveal of the Ricki Lake Show “Bridal Bootcamp” Weight loss/health gain challenge.  Where my Bride “Jenni” will share her successes.  I want you to have the info on how she did it.  Having the tools, the workout program, nutritional info, and motivational support are all ingredients for a recipe of success!

I am going to be posting all the correspondence between Jenni & I.  Please note that these programs are designed around her relationship to food, her workout restrictions (wrist injury from baby lifting), and what I professionally and personally felt would provide her a lifetime of success.

That said you can benefit from this information, apply it responsibly, and remember, I’m available to create your own personalized programs via skype consultations.  Visit my website http://www.craigramsayfitness.com

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THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS FOR AB CUTS.

15 Feb

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