June 06, 2016 / Category: Fitness Community

About the author: Deborah McConnell is the Training and Education Manager for Life Fitness Academy, the global training and education arm of Life Fitness.

If you usually choose Quick Start on your cardio equipment, you’re missing out on the benefits of the preprogrammed workouts. Try these workout options the next time you step on a Life Fitness cardio machine.

HIIT Workouts

If boredom or lack of time has prevented you from exercising, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is perfect for you. HIIT refers to exercise involving periods of intense exercise followed by periods of recovery that provide enhanced metabolic afterburn. When exercising at high intensities for short durations, you consume more oxygen. Elevated oxygen consumption continues to burn calories after you finish your workout. Post-workout calorie burn often lasts longer than the actual workout time, and because the body utilizes fat as the fuel to recover, body fat levels are reduced.

HIIT workouts also improve aerobic endurance in a fraction of the time compared to long duration, endurance style training. And HIIT is proven to improve anaerobic fitness levels. Having a high anaerobic capacity makes your overall functional capacity, as well as performance, much greater. 

Try this training on a treadmill with the Two-Speed Interval Program. Determine a low- and high-intensity workout level—for example: 3.5 mph (low intensity) and 8.0 mph (high intensity). Then decide how long you want each interval to last, by simply toggling back and forth between the two speeds. If you want to run for 30 seconds and walk for 60 seconds, you can alternate between those two speeds by simply pressing one minute. This is a simple and safe solution while executing a HIIT workout.

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June 03, 2016 / Category: Fitness Community

The LFA Trainer of the Month is designed to help you get to know the trainers behind one of the greatest educational resources at Life Fitness: Life Fitness Academy (LFA). Our June 2016 Trainer of the Month is Michele Sotak. Michele is an LFA Master Trainer based in Chicago. She has some great tips, tricks, and insider knowledge in store for you this month, including custom workouts, post-workout treats, tips for Life Fitness product usage, and more. Let’s get to know Michele.

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What do you do with LFA?

My job with LFA consists of traveling to facilities and training staff on Life Fitness products, which includes everything from how to maximize the state-of-the-art technology on the cardio equipment to proper usage of the entire line of strength training equipment. I’m also involved with video shoots for our YouTube channel, an exercise library which users can access for ideas on how to work out on our equipment. It’s truly rewarding to represent Life Fitness and Hammer Strength.

How do you spend your time when you aren’t working with LFA?

Outside of Life Fitness, I am an independent private trainer in downtown Chicago. I enjoy training a variety of people, including women who compete in fitness competitions, athletes, weight loss-focused clients, and older adults. Outside of work, I’m usually in the gym, dancing, or playing sports.

What’s your best-kept fitness secret?

My best-kept secret is that I eat healthy 95% of the time, but the other 5% I will reward myself with a nice treat. Chicago has a lot of great restaurants, so when I’m not whipping up a healthy meal at home, I’m out exploring the city’s spots.

What’s your favorite piece of Life Fitness equipment?

For training clients, the SYNRGY 360 system, especially in small group training settings. Everyone can train on it, from athletes to the deconditioned.

For personal workouts it’s the dual adjustable cable pulley (DAP). I can work every single muscle group on the DAP and conduct my entire workout on one piece.

Do you have a fun fact for us?

In 2009, I was a professional football player for a Legends Football League team as a kicker and wide Receiver. Also, I finished the Hot Chocolate 5K in under 20 minutes.

More questions for Michele? Tweet them to @LifeFitness with #LFAToTM and stay tuned—we’ll be hosting a Q&A via social media later this month.

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June 03, 2016 / Category: Fitness Community

We’re kicking off this summer with something new—the Life Fitness Academy (LFA) Trainer of the Month. If you’re not familiar with LFA, you’re missing out. LFA is an accredited resource for both Life Fitness and our customers. Comprised of certified fitness trainers from all over the globe, it offers a wide range of educational products including live, web-based and on-demand learning. Read up on LFA here.

So, where does the LFA Trainer of the Month come in?  In an effort to help you get to know the brains (and brawn!) behind LFA, we’ll be featuring a different trainer each month through the end of the year—and giving you access to their endless fitness knowledge. Have a question for one of our trainers? Tweet @LifeFitness with #LFAToTM, and we’ll work to get you an LFA trainer-approved answer.

In the meantime, see the team in action and check back next week when we introduce June’s LFA Trainer of the Month.

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