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On the Ropes in AbsoluteFIT

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT

Don’t be intimidated by equipment you haven’t used before — it’s fun to try new things!

We use a lot of different equipment in AbsoluteFIT workouts; some of it, you can tell what it’s for (e.g. dumbbells are pretty self-explanatory), and some of it is … not. Heh. But the trainers explain everything, they’ll show you the form, they’ll make adjustments based on your fitness level and experience, and — this is the best part — using all this new stuff, you never get bored.

Case in point: Watch my friend Fiona give ‘em heck* on the heavy ropes:

Did she know how to do that before a trainer showed her? No — but look how awesome she is at it now!

Get into the studio and pick up something weird today!

—Lydia M. 

*it’s heck because she’s Canadian, eh.

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.


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Gotta Start Somewhere

via – Lydia M., AVAC AbsoluteFIT Contributor

We’re doing the AbsoluteFIT challenge 2.0!

Friday night, we got together in the Cafe: a group of the people who are doing the AbsoluteFIT challenge. We learned what to expect, we got some kickoff advice and some schwag, and we got to meet our fellow challengers.

Each of us has our reasons — and I’ll be telling others’ stories in addition to my own. Each of us has our goals; mine include major changes in my nutrition situation. Each of us will be going for a personal best.

And me?
I’m gonna be writing about it, every step of the way, starting with … this: 

Work with me, people. And if you’re doing the challenge, share your thoughts — we can all do better if we work together!!

—Lydia M. 

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It’s a Great Time to do the ‘D’

Continuing on in our regular series “The Vail Blog” – A monthly discussion on the “ABC’s” of discipline in health, fitness and wellness.

via – Jackie Vail, Personal Trainer, Team AVAC®

jackie-vailThe Vail Blog – “D”

When creating a diet plan, we can learn a lot from the letter D. From dried fruit and nuts to vitamin D, make sure you are defining healthy choices on a daily routine.  A daily plan and determination will make the commitment for discipline easier to conquer!

A quick and easy idea for a snack is to have dried fruit and nuts available in your pantry. They are loaded with wonderful nutrients and a handful is perfect in offering controlled intake.

driedfruit.jpgWhen choosing your fitness routine try to include some time outside. Vitamin D through natural sunlight is a wonderful way to ensure you get the health benefits necessary for beautiful skin!

∴ A great explanation of Vitamin D and why it’s important for us.

Is dried fruit good or bad? A detailed article on this debate.

– Jackie Vail, CPT

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AbsoluteFIT Outside the Studio

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT @ AVAC®

When the going gets rough, ask your trainers for help! 

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There’s something really, really, bad wrong with my ankle — x-rays didn’t show a break, but it hurts and I can’t run on it, so of course I’m still going to AbsoluteFIT sessions (the trainers can work around any condition, believe me!), but I also want to keep training for my half-marathon without permanently ruining my body.

I happened to mention this to AbsoluteFIT trainer Jackie Vail, and she suggested water jogging, which I’d never heard of; then, after I’d checked it out online and realized I needed help, she graciously agreed to spend a little of her own free time to demonstrate some moves in the pool and get me started.

People — Jackie knows what she’s talking about! (You should go to the AbsoluteFIT sessions she teaches, plus she will school you one-on-one as a personal trainer). That was some workout! For the first time, I think I might make it to this race.

The takeaway: For anything fitness, health, or nutrition-related, you can rely on your AbsoluteFIT coaches — ask them today!

—Lydia M.

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.


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Helpful Tips to Use Next Time You’re on the Keiser

via – Jon Cebula, CPT, AbsoluteFIT Coach @ AVAC®

In the world of sports and fitness your ability to properly set-up your equipment is crucial to athletic success as well as longevity. Improper set-up of athletic and fitness equipment can quickly lead to injuries of various degrees. Today I would like to give you some quick pointers on how to properly set-up the Keiser Indoor Fitness Cycle found on AVAC’s fitness floor as well as in all of our Spin Classes.

Adjustments for Cycle Seat – Height:keiser-bike

  1. Stand next to cycle, close to and beside the saddle facing forward.
  2. Position the seat so that the top of the saddle (seat) is level with the top of the hip, the “Bump” (Iliac Crest).
  3. Once the height of the seat is set, tighten T-Handle screw on shaft of seat.
    • Cyclists Height:
      • 5’0 – 5’3: A – B 
      • 5’4 – 5’6: B – D
      • 5’7 – 5’9: D – G
      • 5’10 – 6’1: G – I
      • 6’2 +: J+  
  1. Check Alignment: At the bottom of the cycle stroke (6 o’clock position) there should be roughly 5-15 degrees of flexion in the knee.

Adjustments for Cycle Seat – Fore / Aft:

  1. Underneath the Cycle seat is a T-Handle screw, loosen screw to make adjustments to the fore and aft of the cycle seat.
  2. Located underneath the seat are numbers, similar to the lines on a ruler.
    • General Setting: #4
    • People with LONGER legs: #1-3
    • People with SHORTER legs: #5-6
  3. Check Alignment: With the crank at the 3 o’clock position, there should be a 90 degree bend in the knee.

These are the basic point to keep in mind when setting up your Keiser Cycle. If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact me via email at: jcebula@AVAC.us or grab me next time you see me on the fitness floor.

-Jon

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4 Ways Jackie Can Help With Your Discipline

Continuing on in our regular series “The Vail Blog” – A monthly discussion on the “ABC’s” of discipline in health, fitness and wellness.

via – Jackie Vail, Personal Trainer, Team AVAC®

jackie-vailThe Vail Blog – “C”

The letter C begins many words that lead me to have discipline. The first one is COMMITMENT. 

Commit to your weekly workout by scheduling each one ahead of time. Writing them down will keep you on track and give your health goals a completion date to hold you accountable.

Second and third are COURAGE and CONFIDENCE. Have the courage to believe in yourself and you will have confidence to know that you can try something new and can succeed.

Finally, why not add some CANTALOUPE to your food choices, it is loaded with vitamins A and C!

Looking for some great nutrition info? Click here.  

– Jackie Vail, CPT

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