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3 Ways to Optimize Fat Loss & Accelerate Fitness Results

Marcy Poindexter, Team AVAC®

Most Effective Workouts

Exercise is essential to losing weight – and keeping it off.  There are tons of ways to get your heart pumping, but here are three types of workouts that will optimize fat loss and accelerate your results.

via Men’s Fitness

HIIT – If you want to be a calorie-burning machine, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the key.  This means pushing yourself during short bursts of your workout session so you’re exercising at close to 100 percent of your maximum heart rate (MHR) and then recovering at a lower intensity of roughly 70 percent of your (MHR).  These intervals can range anywhere from 20 seconds to two minutes, depending on your level of fitness.  Figuring out your MHR is simple – just subtract your age from 220.  So if you’re 35, your MHR is 185 beats a minute.

HIIT training is one of the best ways to enhance your afterburn, which means you will not only burn calories during the workout, but long after the workout is over (this is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC).  And you don’t just have to be on a treadmill to engage in HIIT training:  You can perform intervals on any piece of cardio equipment (such as a bike, or rower, etc.,) or incorporate intense exercises like jumping jacks, mountain climbers and high knees into a 30-minute strength-training routine.

Resistance TrainingWhether you’re using your own body weight or free weights, strength training (a.k.a. resistance training) rocks because, like HIIT training, it’s one of the fitness techniques that accelerates afterburn.  That’s because after a tough resistance-training workout, your muscles are hard at work rebuilding themselves, burning up to 100 calories a day in the process.  Be sure to do reps of those push-ups, triceps dips or dumbbell presses until the point of fatigue.

via ACE

PlyometricsAn advanced fitness technique best described as jump training, plyometrics consists of explosive movements than can significantly increase your strength, speed and endurance.  Athletes have used this type of training for years to maximize their performance, but anyone can reap the benefits of this high-intensity exercise, which increases your metabolic rate for hours afterward.  An example of plyometrics is a squat jump in which you squat down and spring upward out of the squat so your entire body leaves the ground.

-Marcy

Schedule a personal training session with Marcy Poindexter.

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Thwarting Your Genetic Destiny, the AbsoluteFIT Way

via – Lydia M, AbsoluteFIT blogger at AVAC®

Again with the batwings … 

We gotta talk triceps, so many women’s faaaaaaavrit subject.

Armwise, my genetic destiny, as I’ve mentioned here before, is Batwing City, USA — aka bingo wings, aka my beloved grandmother’s bequest to me (whether she wanted to give them to me or not). But AbsoluteFIT changes you — you still have the body you were born with, but you CAN make improvements or adjustments.

The cover pic is me doing tricep pushups — GOSH but they’re difficult, and I can’t do a single one at full extension (they’re all from the knees). But here’s another angle that works ‘em:

Now, that’s not slo-mo. That’s just me making an Exercise Face while I do TRX rows really slowly, working chest, back, upper arms, and core all at once. Never a wasted second on the TRX, y’all.

Wanna come in and learn how to do these yourself? Sign up for a workout today!

—Lydia M. 

http://www.AbsoluteFIT.us

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.


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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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! 

with-jackie

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.