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.

Deborah McConnell

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.

Deborah McConnell

September 25, 2012 / Category: Fitness Advisor

Change up your strength training routine and try out a kettlebell.  A kettlebell is an ancient Russian exercise tool that is increasing in popularity for fitness enthusiasts. Shaped like a cannonball, it’s a cast iron weight with a handle. The kettlebell allows for ballistic movements and swinging motions you can’t do with traditional weights. Not only are the moves functional, but the dynamic nature of the swinging motion will increase your heart rate and burn some serious calories. 

Many trainers will tell you that no single other tool can do it better. Kettlebells can replace barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, and even cardio equipment.  Choose the proper size kettlebell where you are able to complete eight to ten repetitions per exercise.  

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