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WonderMom Can Do Anything!

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT blogger

AbsoluteFIT keeps you strong, even in your dotage — tell that to the kids!

Kids — sometimes they underestimate their parents.

One of my most treasured childhood memories was the steaming summer afternoon when I was twelve, and my fifteen-year-old brother and two of his friends — all nearing six feet tall, with wingspans to match — challenged my mom to a 3-on-1 game of basketball. They saw a 35-year-old 5’5” mom of three; practically an old lady, surely no match for them.

Long story short: The 1966 high school state semifinals bball champ absolutely smoked those boys — burnt their weak game to the ground! It was glorious!

My own kids are still young enough that they think I can pretty much do anything, but they were somewhat skeptical when I said I could jump two-footed onto something as high as their beds. They tried it themselves several times and said it was impossible. Well:

Take that, young whippersnappers! I’m going to keep doing AbsoluteFIT, at least in part because I want to keep blowing their minds for decades to come.

—Lydia M.

www.avac.us/AbsoluteFIT

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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Warning: AbsoluteFIT Can Be Habit-Forming!

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT blogger

AbsoluteFIT is one of those habits you’re glad to have.

You know I mean that in a good way, right? Heh. OK but just look at this:

That’s the MyFitnessPal app on my phone — I’ve logged 65+ days in a row (starting when I was on the AbsoluteFIT Challenge 2.0), which I think I can now call a genuine habit.

Food-wise, it keeps me honest, and so far, it’s helped me lose 11 pounds with remarkably little effort. And that’s INCLUDING a food category I’ve created in the app called “blowout” — that’s how I log things like my awesome, high-calorie Mother’s Day (breakfast in bed, big lunch, favorite dinner cooked by my husband and topped off by lots of wine and cake). It’s dispiriting to break feasts like that into their component parts, so I just … don’t. I’ll just be like — “blowout, 3,500 calories.” And the next day, I’m back to the usual detailed logging.

Exercise-wise, it’s a thrill to see how many workouts I’m getting — those “calisthenics” are how I categorize my AbsoluteFIT workouts, which I average four per week. You get credit for other stuff too, like walking, biking, or playing “Magic Power Rangers” with the kids, so jot that down too.

Want to replace some current not-so-good habits with better ones? No better time to start than right now …

—Lydia M. 


How I Lost Almost 50 Pounds

Alex Pamboris recently smashed his weight loss goal in under 6 months under the guidance of Marcy Poindexter, AVAC® Certified Personal Trainer!

Contact Marcy at Mpoindexter@avac.us and learn how she can transform you too!

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A Tale of Two Quizzes

Turns out, “I eat pretty healthy” is just, like, my opinion, man. 

At the beginning of the AbsoluteFIT Challenge 2.0, we were all asked to complete two quizzes — one about our physical activity, and one about our nutrition situation. I thought I was a pretty healthy eater, in general, in that I don’t eat a lot of junk and I do hit most of the major food groups most of the time. But get a load of these:

See, I’m doing great with the exercise — yay me! But as you can see, I am woefully inadequate in the nutrition department. I don’t eat nearly enough vegetables, my plate doesn’t have enough color, I eat too much processed food. A person could despair of this, or — a person could take copious notes at the nutrition session led by AVAC’s own Laura Hsu, and put the things they learned into practice.

And that’s what I’ve started to do — I’m eating fruit three times a day, I have a crisper full of things like carrots and spinach and cabbage (which, yes, I’m incorporating into my diet), I’ve cut way back on sugar, I’m vindicated in my love of pickled and fermented foods (Laura says they’re good for your gut) … it’s a work in progress that’s definitely working, and I have the support I need to keep learning how to do this better.

What are your challenges? How are you working to get more nutrition into your life?

—Lydia M. 

www.avac.us

 


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A Challenging Week, Indeed!

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT Challenge 2.0 Participant

I’ve eaten more spinach this week than in the last year. You?  

   

AbsoluteFITness Challenge 2.0 Update:

OK, first the good news:

  • One week in, the needle has already moved on the scale.
  • I am pleasantly sore from all the workouts.
  • I wouldn’t say I have more energy yet, but I’m sleeping better.
  • I have a sense of accomplishment, and it really feels good!
  • The teamwork among my fellow challenge participants is awesome and makes things so much fun; I never knew it would make this much difference, but it does!

Now the not so good news: I AM SO TIRED OF TRACKING MY FOOD ALREADY.

I am glad that this challenge is for 28 days, which I’m hoping is enough time to change my routines and make a habit of this, because right now? I just … do not like doing that. But it’s the only thing that keeps me honest: Why didn’t I have a second beer the other night? Because I’d have to put it in the tracker. Booooooo.

Challengers and anyone else working toward a goal: How are you doing?

—Lydia 


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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Here I Go Again … and AbsoluteFIT Is Coming With Me!

How do I get myself into these things … and why AbsoluteFIT is my secret weapon. 

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I tend to put my Bad Idea Jeans on in the doldrums between Christmas and mid-January … that’s when I came up with the idea of doing a half-marathon four years ago (when I was a spring chicken of just 39), and apparently, I’m doing it again.

Yes, all that running, all that training, all those tiresome schedules and disgusting Gu packets and waist-belt water bottles … again. But this time, I’ll have a major advantage: It’s both a part of, and a beneficiary of, my AbsoluteFIT journey!

I’m so much fitter this time around than when I started last time, though I’m four years older. I’m stronger in my legs, core and back, not to mention my arms and chest. I’ve got more endurance and drive, more confidence that I can do this and no matter what my time, it’ll be fun.

And this time, I won’t just be running — I’m going to balance it all out with AbsoluteFIT. Pilates on my no-run days (just took an awesome Essential class with Jenny Jones today — can’t WAIT to go back!), and either Strength & Endurance, Boot Camp, or Core on my “cross-train” days. I love how flexible AbsoluteFIT is — I can always make it work for me, and I’m looking forward to leveling up as I get ready for this race.

What are you doing this spring, and how can AbsoluteFIT help you achieve your goal?

—Lydia M. 

www.AbsoluteFIT.com

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.