The Future of Fitness Is Through the Internet

July 13, 2011 by  
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We shop on the internet, we pay bills on the internet, we talk to other people on the internet why not increase your fitness on the internet as well?

While many of us have always thought of the internet as a very inactive part of our lives, there are more ways to use the internet to increase our fitness than ever before. Just run over to your nearest web browser to start the search for great fitness workouts.

One of the easiest ways to start bettering your body on the internet is through the various fitness websites. Some of these are sponsored by fitness personal trainers, while others are created by fitness magazines and other resources.

They can detail the correct ways of performing basic exercises or even set up programs that you can follow, based on your fitness goals. For example, Runner’s World magazine runs a website that gives everyone from beginners to advanced runners programs for running their next 10K or even marathon.

Online fitness resources are also found through a number of fitness website programs. Much like online weight loss programs, you can sign up with various sites in order to reach certain fitness goals.

Simply enter in the goals that you wish to achieve, and a trained fitness counselor can prescribe the right training program, based on your current fitness level (provided that you give them an accurate picture of this) and body type.

For a monthly fee, you can follow the program and report your results as the trainer adjusts the program when you’ve hit higher levels.

Fitness resources can also be found through the many DVD clubs that are now available. Certain monthly DVD membership websites allow you to request fitness DVDs for as long as you like, giving you the ability to test out certain DVDs before you buy them, or just switch up your routine from time to time. You can also find a number of fitness downloads that you can then load into a digital music player.

And of course, there are plenty of outlets for fitness training gear on the internet as well, helping to suit you up for any sport imaginable. You can find every kind of shoe or outfit for whatever sport or activity you wish to enjoy as well as all of the weight equipment you might ever need.

If you want to get in touch with other exercise and fitness enthusiasts, you can also find a number of message boards and interactive sites that allow you to converse with others that are trying to get into the fitness groove inspire and motivate each other along the way.

The Future of Fitness in 2015 and Beyond

July 13, 2011 by  
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What is going on all you fitness crazed braus and sisters? I do hope you are well

It is December and it is time for my annual fitness year in review.

Sadly, it seems that the fitness industry at large has not made any great inroads into providing a short term, long term or any term solution to our country’s large scale obesity epidemic that is not just a national crisis (oh yeah, it is a CRISIS on a freakin GRAND SCALE) but, a world wide catastrophy (Alright, officially a pandemic).

SCARY STUFF, MAN¦ SCARY, SCARY STUFF!

The sickening fact that our country has become through both poor nutrition (NOTE-no thanks to some real crap and far too long perpetuated information from the mainstream) and a lack of REAL EFFECTIVE exercise, (NOTE-i.e. GARDENING, even if it is ALL OUT, REDLINE, HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL WEED PULLING AND LAWN MOWING does not qualify as exercise) not only more fat, more lethargic and more sick and getting sicker; we have succeeded in passing down to our youth a new disease called TYPE II Juvenile Diabetes. Now, this is just straight up NUTTS!

Man, things have gotten screwed up big time! And, now we have to make things right. So, what I am going to do is provide some real positive upside strategies that, for lack of a better term, will be the fitness trends of 2014. These ideas will help both our youth and adult populations find what maybe better solutions to acquire better health and well being.

What is done is done. Now, it’s time to get this country back to being the STRONG & FIT nation we deserve to be!

Sound good to you?…Cool! Here we go

2014-The year we will finally get our fit together and GET. FIT. DONE.

Fitness Trend #1- Fitness Boot Camps Will Take Over One-On-One Personal Training

Hey, after this two year long recession who can afford a $60 one-on-one personal training session anymore? Answer=Very few.

Well, with problems comes solutions. And, the emergence of the fitness boot camp has provided the solution to the personal training problem. Boot camps are the HOTTEST thing going on in the fitness world right now! The boot camp model provides the ultimate win-win for both trainers and clients making one-on-one training virtually obsolete. Fitness trainers are better able to leverage their time because they can provide their service to larger groups and maximize profits. Fitness clients (boot camp members) are better able to access personal training services in a unique and dynamic team environment that provides great motivation, energy, social support & accountability for only a third or less of the cost of the average personal training session.

If you are looking to lose weight, look GREAT and feel better in 2010, do yourself a favor… save some of your hard earned $ and simply get better results by joining a local fitness boot camp.

This will be the best decision you will make ALL year!

Fitness Trend #2- Interval Training Will Give an UNDISPUTED Beating To Long, Boring Aerobics Workouts… A BEATING!

Why is High Intensity Interval Training gaining rapid popularity? Because it freakin’ works…BIG TIME!

It crushes endurance type training because endurance training (lasting 30-60 minutes or more)

focuses on volume of training. Here is a typical example: Your average runner will pound the pavement for the same amount of miles, at the same pace, over and over, day after day, week after week, month after month…beating down their bodies and getting less than exciting results from that investment of time and energy. They are burning off weight by wasting away muscle and destroying their metabolism at the same time. This method sounds like a poor ROI for someone who really wants incredible, long lasting results from their exercise program.

Now, bring in the power of HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training focuses on a much more substantial variable for productive exercise; and that is quality or intensity of training. HIIT works similar to resistance training in that it stimulates the body’s systems to maintain and even gain lean tissue. And gaining muscle is the key to a fat rippin, look better, feel better, BE BETTER METABOLISM!Hey, did you know that fat burns in muscle? More Muscle Faster Metabolism!

Put in yet another way-Unless you want to LOOK like the top 30 minute finishers at any marathon race, it is probably not a good idea to train like one!

If you want science behind this idea just look at these two landmark studies-

The Tabata Study and The Gibala Study

2014 is the year you will Ripp It Up with ALL-OUT-EFFORT type of HIIT work, and you will look better naked for it!

Fitness Trend #3- If We Want Improved Health, Performance and A Killer Body Then

We need to get rid of those unnecessary sugars in our diets!

This is not some kind of trendy, fad type of rhetoric. If anyone still thinks a high carb, low-fat diet works then they probably have not recognized the obvious devastation that this type of diet has caused.

Here is a very short list:

– 2/3 of our population is Overweight/Obese.

-Diabetes up 400% since the food pyramid of 1986 (Recommends lots of grains

and cereals, and low fat)

-A new disease Juvenile Onset Diabetes (another name for Type II Diabetes)

-Cancer diagnosis have gone through the roof! Highest rates in history.

Hey, what does a tumor FEED on? SUGAR! Hmm

-Cardio Vascular Disease (High carb diets stimulates the liver to drench the

the circulation with triglycerides and LDL’s)

-High Carb diets cause and support Metabolic Syndrome

-A recent John Hopkins University Study has changed the way doctors will treat certain cancer patients. By eliminating carbohydrates in cancer patients diets, oncologists have found it unnecessary to treat many types of tumors with toxic doses of chemo as well as radiation to shrink or, entirely eliminate the presence of these tumors.

Great books to read and establish a sound understanding of how our bodies REALLY respond to the foods we eat are:

The New Diet Revolution by Dr. Robert Atkins, M.D.

The TNT Diet by Jeff Volek, PhD RD.

Protein Power by Dr.Michael R. and Dr.Mary Dan Eades, M.D.’s

The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, PhD

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! READ!

Fitness Trend #4- Fitness Boot Camps For Kids? Yeah, Why Not!

Lets face it many of our school districts have limited or eliminated gym class based on budgetary or other B.S. reasons. The reasons are not that important as the fact that now we have a real issue of addressing the fitness of our youth outside the school setting. (Unless the kids are involved in sports at their school). No worries though, because of Youth Coach Brian Grasso and his International Youth Conditioning Association, there is now a growing trend of youth specific exercise programming in fitness facilities throughout the world. The IYCA has developed incredibly effective programming that is relevant to age groups ranging from 6-9, 10-12, 13-15 & 16-18. The programming takes into consideration the neural development of pre and pubescent kids so they can learn and adapt movement and exercise in appropriate developmental patterns. A real important fact with youth and exercise is this: Kids that are exposed to fun and effective exercise early on tend to continue with a healthy and fitness oriented lifestyle for LIFE!

To learn more please go to International Youth and Conditioning Association

Fitness Trend # 5- Fitness Anywhere & The TRX Will Rule The Fitness Roost

Man, I started using the TRX four years ago. When I was throwing the straps on top of the cable machine at our local health club, everyone was looking at me like I had 3 heads on my shoulders.

Well, four years later I have to say if you are not using the TRX, you are the odd man out!

Hey, If you have a chance to use THE MOST PROGRESSIVE & VALUABLE EXERCISE TOOL

the fitness industry has seen in years, JUST DO IT!

You may never go back to “machines again. http://www.fitnessanywhere.com/

Alright those are my Top 5 fitness trends for the next year.

Now, I want to close this up by asking- If I were to give you some real easy tips to follow (well, maybe not so easy in practice) for the ultimate, one-two belly fat burning punch for that kick ass New Year New Body You

Would YOU Follow Them?

a.Change your mindset about food

Eat Lean, hormone and antibiotic free meats;cage-free eggs;wild caught fish(salmon); raw veggies(e.g.BIG ASS SALADS); moderate amounts of locally grown and/or organic fruits; raw nuts and seeds; WATER¦WATER¦WATER;low-sugar whey protein powder (post workout); and Goof Off now and then. (Read TNT Diet by Jeff Volek)

Look for my book. It will be available soon!

b. Find a local KICK ASS TRX USING FITNESS BOOT CAMP and ENLIST!

c. Eliminate stress from your life as much as you can. Control whatever you can, and the rest well, is not up to you anyway, so just chill.

Follow these a b c’s and YOU WILL HAVE THE YEAR OF YOUR LIFE! I PROMISE!

It’s 2015 Baby! Time to Ripp It Up and GET. FIT. DONE.

You WILL Have an AWESOME Year!

The Future of Fitness

July 13, 2011 by  
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8 Ways the Personal Training Industry Will Change in the Next Decade

Increased acceptance of the link between exercise & health will create huge demand for exercise professionals.

The fitness industry, while still in its infancy, is changing at an accelerate rate. The next 10 years will be a crucial period, one where the importance of our industry will become widely accepted and increased pressures and demand for our services will force us out of our infancy and into childhood and greater maturity.

While that maturity will manifest itself in several positive trends, other negative trends will continue and even increase at the same time. Each one of these trends represents MAJOR OPPORTUNITIES for the personal trainer who is ready to meet them head on.

1. Prevention vs. Treatment- Doctors can heal you when you are sick, but a great personal trainer can prevent you from getting sick in the first place. Personal trainers understand this, and the world will too in the next decade. As much as 75% of our health care costs are due to preventable lifestyle related diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. Corporations and small businesses will continue to invest more and more in the health of their employees, while health insurance companies will continue to increase rewards for people who engage in healthy activities. This will create major opportunities for entrepreneurial trainers. Unfortunately, despite this increased focus on prevention and exercise, the rate of obesity will continue to increase until the commercial food industry is radically transformed

2. Health & Fitness Professionals Will Integrate- The number of personal trainer, doctors, physical therapist, nutritionists, massage therapists, and chiropractors who work together to provide comprehensive solutions for their clients/patients will increase dramatically. This increase will be driven by the fact that this trend is both good for business and great for the patient/client. Increased injuries, in particular chronic joint pain, will increase the number of lawsuits, as well as the demand for personal trainers who work with physical therapists and know how to train people post rehab.

3. Dramatic Increase in Exercise Related Injuries & Lawsuits, Creating Increased Pressure for Regulation- the explosion of group fitness and bootcamps, in particular ones with ineffective screening methods and a high intensity for everyone mentality, will result in an exponential increase in injuries caused by personal trainers and increase lawsuits. Coupled with the increased pressure from the public to make exercise take less time and an increasingly unhealthy/sedentary population, these injuries may reach pandemic proportions, which will increase the pressure on lawmakers to regulate the industry. The increased use of Exercise Games, such as the Wii Fit, will also increase the number of injuries people sustain each year while exercising, but also help some people get in shape while having fun.

4. The Rate of Obesity Will Continue to Increase- while 60% of Americans are already either overweight or obese, this number will creep up towards 80% by the end of the decade. This trend will not turn around until the commercial food industry is changed and proper nutrition, health, and exercise is made a priority in the lessons taught throughout the education system from Kindergarten through High school. The increased rate of obesity will result in new kinds of obesity lawsuits and new tactics by other institutions to curb the trend. These attempts will be, for the most part, ineffective. 434

5. The Number of Personal Trainers with Small Businesses Will Increase- due to the increased need/demand for our services, the primary role of a leading personal trainer will be that of educator, community exerciser, and consultant. To meet this demand, more trainers will become self-employed and start businesses, allowing them to create new and effective solutions, while making more money, without the constraints and restrictions of the existing corporate fitness powerhouses. More personal training only studios will go into business each year, and more personal trainers will be working full time and making a successful career in the industry (many trainers are part time right now). Most importantly, more personal trainers will team up with others in the technology industry to create effective tools and software to help keep track of their client’s goals, exercise routine, lifestyle, and diet, helping these trainers reach more people. Major opportunities abound, including the opportunity of making a career out of helping people change their lives for the better.

6. Childhood Obesity & Diabetes Will Continue to Increase Dramatically- children will become a critical population in need; the reduction of physical education programs, combined with the commercial food served in most schools (and everywhere else), will result in epic levels of childhood obesity and diabetes. This trend will be a major opportunity for personal trainers who want to make a difference. The critical role of daily exercise, not sports, for increased self-development, maturation, and health will become an integral part of any school that wishes to buck this trend, and savvy personal trainer will help schools integrate these principles into the foundation of their curriculum.

7. New Kinds of Competitions & Challenges- new kinds of races and competitions will increase over the next decade. While the increase in endurance and ultra-endurance races have already increased dramatically, the need for large scale community solutions for the average JOE will create the need for a great number and variety of lower intensity races and competitions. Personal trainers will use these competitions and other kinds of social events that take place outside of a gym to increase the commitment and accountability of their clients. These trainers will achieve great results with their clients.

8. More Fitness Coaches Who Are Not Personal Trainers- more non personal trainers will become involved in the personal training industry. Programs like Team Beachbody will increase the number of fitness coaches who serve the purpose of increase accountability and motivation, not exercise prescription, technique, or program development. These coaches will provide a great referral network for personal trainers.

I hope you are prepared to harness these trends and make a difference!

Take Fitness to a New Level!

July 13, 2011 by  
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If you answered YES to any of the previous questions, then a personal trainer could be right for you. They offer one on one training that can meet your specific needs. Whether you’re trying to get started, want to work on focus areas, attempting to maximize your results, want to to lose weight, or you just have questions a a fitness trainer can help!

If you already weight lifting, a trainer can give you advice on proper breathing, stretching, and rep techniques, or show how to get the extra burn out of your routine. As professionals a fitness trainer can give you dietary tips to optimize your food intake to maximize your muscle mass.

If you are trying to lose weight or fit in the old outfit in the back of your closet, a fitness professional can help with that too! They can assist you in modifying your diet to get the results you want and the food doesn’t taste bad. They can also assist in getting you started in the direction you want. Don’t know where you want to get started? Talk to a trainer and they can help discuss what your goals are and give you expert advice on how to meet them.

No matter your needs fitness trainers can work in home, to your needs, and on your budget, and the can flexibly work one on one with your schedule, so it doesn’t have to be time consuming. That’s right, it’s inexpensive! Stay slim while your wallet stays fat, and let the future or your fitness take flight!