Finished 70.3 Miles of swimming, biking, and running in 6:16
November 14, 2012 // Category: Fitness Advisor
Everyone seems to understand the basics of losing weight: calories in versus calories out. However, we all have met those people that seem to eat whatever they want and don’t gain a pound. They claim, “I have a fast metabolism!” -- which may be true in your twenties and possibly your thirties but the quality and quantity of fuel you intake will build your body’s infrastructure (like it or not) to reflect these choices at some point over the years.
What is metabolism?
Metabolism is the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life. Translation: The amount of calories you need to breathe, eat, sleep and function on a daily basis.
How can I boost my metabolism?
October 31, 2012 // Category: Fitness Advisor
These days it can be difficult to determine what to believe when it comes to the best way to workout. Life Fitness Academy wants to help you debunk some of those scary exercise myths that can hold you back from getting efficient and safe results.
Myth #1: If I do 100 crunches every day I will get a flat tummy.
This is one of the most common misconceptions that we hear on TV and infomercials. You cannot spot reduce a specific part of your body. When exercising for fat loss, fat cells shrink from various parts of the body and it differs with each individual. The best option is to combine cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and a healthy diet.
September 28, 2012 // Category: Fitness Advisor
Should I be strength training to muscle exhaustion or failure?
Momentary muscle failure is the inability to continue an exercise in correct form. It occurs when an individual is exerting maximum effort against a resistance at that point in the exercise it is not moving. Despite the effort, the weight can no longer be lifted; which is when an isometric or static contraction is occurring.
Here are a few very important factors before training to momentary muscle failure. First, make sure your muscles are properly warmed up before starting a failure set. Second, it is not appropriate for beginners to train this way. Build proper technique, form and muscle memory prior to adding this type of training to your regime. Third, never sacrifice form to get an extra rep completed. The gain does not outweigh the risk. And lastly, allow adequate rest of 48-72 hours specific to the muscles that were trained.