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Ooodles of Zoodles!

Laura Hsu, AVAC Nutritionist


Are you looking for a fun way to get more vegetables into your diet (and less refined carbohydrates?) Check out this video of me making zucchini noodles, or zoodles!

“Zoodles” is a nickname for zucchini noodles, or spaghetti-like strands made from spiralized, raw zucchini and other types of squash. Zoodles contain no flour or wheat whatsoever and are very low in both calories and carbohydrates. Try them for yourself!

If you’re interested in more tips and strategies for sustainable ways to eat healthier, join me for AVAC’s upcoming “28-Day AbsoluteNutrition Challenge.” It’s the perfect way to Ditch the Diets once and for all and jump start your way toward better health!

The Nutrition Challenge runs from August 4th through September 1st. Contact Laura Hsu at (408) 596-0379 or at lhsu@avac.us for more information and to register by July 28.


Get Your Nutrition Make-Over!

  • Do you need a nutrition make-over?
  • Are you tired of restrictive diets that don’t last or are hard to follow?
  • Does the idea of having a coach work with you personally on recipe planning, eating strategies and support sound amazing?

If so, then AVAC’s 28-Day AbsoluteNutrition Challenge is for you!

Dates: August 4 – September 1, 2017

Laura Hsu, AVAC’s nutritionist, is leading a 28-day program to provide strategies, education and motivation for eating better. You will learn why eating whole foods is important and why sugar is damaging during two informative presentations.

Participants in the challenge will also get:

  • 4 weekly one-on-one nutrition consultations
  • 4 weeks of meals plans and recipes
  • Food guidelines & a healthy shopping list
  • An AVAC transformation journal for tracking food intake and exercise
  • Custom challenge T-shirt
  • Fun prizes for the three highest point winners
  • Access to 2 AbsoluteFIT classes each week

The program is customizable, so if you have food allergies, are following a specific type of diet, or have a health issue, Laura can create a meal plan Specifically For You.

Join us for a fun, supportive and motivational opportunity to break free from bad habits and learn a healthy and sustainable way of eating. Please contact Laura at lhsu@AVAC.us if you have any questions.

Spots are limited! Be sure to register by July 28th.

Visit www.avac.us/ANC for more information.

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Hawaiian Vibes with a Bit of AbsoluteFIT

via – Lydia M, AbsoluteFIT Blogger @ AVAC®

I’m missing the studio (a little) but the beach is pretty great as an alternative – and check out that muscle definition! Fearless in a bikini at 43, y’all – that’s AbsoluteFIT. (Don’t worry, I wasn’t actually working out – just had my kid take a quick side-plank shot for drama’s sake. Back to lounging – aloha, everybody, and I’ll see ya the day after I get back!)

–Lydia M.


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.


Schedule a personal training session with Marcy Poindexter.


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. 


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.