Fitness Friday – Couples who Workout together “work out!”

IMG_0233With February being the month of love, I am sharing some of the physical and psychological benefits of working out with your partner.   It has been proven that exercising with your loved improves your relationship. The close proximity of using them as your workout partner, the support, and the encouragement will all help deepen and strengthen your emotional and physical connection.     

I have included a couple quick tips from me and a link to a great article from “Psychology Today” on the benefits of sweating in the gym with your love. 

My advice when working out together is simple.  Assess your partner’s needs and take turns planning / leading the workouts.  I’m not suggesting you become your partner’s personal trainer, instead, make sure that you are aware of their goals and how you can best support them in achieving these goals.  A general understanding of what you are both trying to achieve will dictate the exercises that you will do.  If goals are different (and they will probably be) just talk through what each of you envision for the workouts.  Think of this as a new topic of dinner conversation, a nice relaxed talk about why you’re both hitting the gym.

Planning a workout is important, so now that you know what each other is looking to work on, take turns leading your workouts.  I always cringe when LK wants to do planks, because she can plank like nobody’s business, but I do them!  For me this works out well, because I’m challenged to do something that I probably wouldn’t spend much time doing on my own.  This is a prime example of how your partner will benefit from focusing on something you choose versus what they are comfortable doing at the gym.  Remember, you need to try something different to get different results!

Apparently psychologists agree, here is that link again for the “Psychology Today” article.  LK and I spend a lot of time together in the gym and maintaining an active lifestyle.  We hike, lift weights, ride bikes, run, and even cook together.  I am no psychologist, but I will say, it’s workin’ for me and my LK!

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Are Fall Favorites Failing You?

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It seems that once September first hits, people start drinking “Fall Favorites” and seldom think twice about taking the calorie hit.  Since the introduction of the “Pumpkin Spice Latte”(click link for calorie information) over 14 years ago, Starbucks has sold over 350 million of them.  Indulging in Pumpkin Spice Lattes, aka PSL, and other fall treats can have a negative effect on any eating plan.   With the average woman needing to follow a 1,500 calorie diet to lose weight, and a manPSL needing to follow a 2,000 calorie diet, using 380-500 of your daily allowance for a morning coffee is not a wise nutrition choice.

I have included a couple of links to help educate you on just how many calories a person can mindlessly ingest in a day.  This first article offers a good overview of how cutting liquid calories can have a positive result on your weight loss.  Stealth Assault on Health: Beverages Pack Calorie Punch.   Another resource, published in 2015, by the Center for Disease Control, titled “Rethink Your Drink,” offers a comprehensive list of calorie comparisons for popular beverages.  So the next time you are thirsty, make sure you count those calories, because they really add up!  Just drink water – BAM!!!

 

Plan of Attack for Our Mission!

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Weighted squat with #FresnoFitChef

In my business I meet with people of all shapes and sizes who are all at different levels of fitness.  A new client’s physical ability, exposure to physical fitness, and health has a direct impact on how our first training session will go. Have they ever work out before? Are they familiar with gym equipment? Are they dealing with any medical or health issues? Is the client looking to lose weight? Is the client looking to be a bodybuilder? Are they just looking for a new form of exercise?  After you Take that FIRST STEP! we need to determine our common mission and our plan of attack!

Now that we have discussed your personal history, goals, and any health limitations, we need to plan our attack on this new mission together.  I use our first workout to “test drive” my client’s body and assess your capability to move through an exercise session.  I do this by gauging how well you can perform the following moves Squats, Hinges, Push, Pull, and a Plank.

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Real Warrior #ChefBrizzle getting his PLANK on!

These movements are the foundation to the body, therefore, any weakness or limitation in these areas will give me tremendous insight as to where we need to start.  Everyone walks into my gym with their own goal in mind and these basic exercises are the best way for me to evaluate your current level of physical fitness and how to help you to achieve your mission.

Once we learn your body’s strengths and weaknesses, we need to document your starting point.  We will take several photos to we can chronicle your transformation; a frontal view, a back view, and one for each side, profile view.  It has been proven that when clients are able to visibly confirm their progress, they are more motivated to continue their fitness journey and often times increase their efforts.

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Documenting your starting point is key to seeing your progress and maintaining motivation!

This is your journey and I am here to educate you, cheer you on, push you, and help you!  We are on a mission TOGETHER!  BAM!!!

 

Transformation Tuesday! #CoachRobJsTT

Tony-Robbins changeThere are many ways a person can transform themselves.  Where do you want to focus your efforts? How do you want to transform your life? Spiritually? Emotionally? Physically? Yesterday’s blog, Monday Motivation – Tony Robbins, is proof that anyone can transform and create the life they desire.

Every day, I work with people who are focused on changing their lives, their health, and their bodies.  In order to make these changes a reality, they have to create a goal, create a plan to achieve that goal, and make a concentrated consistent effort.  A perfect example of a transformation and consistent effort is #FresnoFitChef, Barb!  BarbBarb is someone who has changed almost every aspect of her life to achieve her goals.  When she started her journey 3 years ago, she was a completely different person both mentally and physically.

If you Google “Transformation Tuesday,” over 40 MILLION results come up in less than a second!  This is an incredibly inspiring number and a great resource to see so many others taking control of their future.  A common piece of advice to help anyone achieve a new goal, is to surround yourself with like-minded people and those who have succeeded on a similar path.  I would love to see your transformation pictures!  If you want to share your fitness journey, show off your success, and inspire others, share your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #CoachRobJsTT!  I just might use it in a future Transformation Tuesday blog!

If you are ready to take control of your health and work on new goals, check out my philosophy on implementing change in your life.  BAM!!!

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