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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.


The Formerly Impossible Becomes … Possible!

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT Blogger Extraordinaire

I used to think I couldn’t do a thing like this, either. 

Before AbsoluteFIT, I could not have imagined myself doing this — a plank-jack (like a jumping jack, but on the floor, starting from a full-extension plank), on gliders, with a pushup, and a knee tuck in between each pushup. What nonsense to even suggest it — I can’t do THAT!!!

Well:

That’s Marcy’s voice you can hear on the video, yelling at me — she’s motivational, our Marcy! Heh. But look — I’m doing the move! And although there’s just one in the video, we did a whole bunch of them that day. You get stronger when you do AbsoluteFIT, y’all — you impress the heck out of yourself on the regular. You’re like, “How are those my arms??? MY ARMS!!!”

Get in the studio, y’all — it’s time to impress yourself.

—Lydia M. 

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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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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 


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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