Why The Gym Sucks For Fat Loss

Pretty much everyone that I have worked with and helped lose fat hate gyms. Most people have tried joining the gym on several separate occasions during their lives. And the vast majority of these people either gave up and cancelled their membership, or barely ever went.

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Does this sound like you? If so, is it your fault or the gym’s fault?

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I’m not saying that gyms won’t work for anybody. However in my experience of working in a gym (many years ago now!), very few people achieve any real fat loss results at the gym. This may sound crazy, but it’s honestly the truth. Here’s why;

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1/ Equipment Imbalance

There is fat far too much ‘cardio space’ compared to free weight and bodyweight exercise space. Cardio is not the best way to burn fat, yet the set-up of gyms suggests that it is. There is space for dozens of people to use the cardio equipment at the same time, but only space for a few people to be on the mats at the same time. It should be the other way around!

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2/ Mirror Overload

If people are trying to burn fat, the chances are they are at least a little bit self-conscious. However gyms have mirrors literally everywhere. So not only do people end of looking at themselves and getting depressed, they end up looking at other people and comparing themselves and getting even more depressed! This sort of environmentis not conducive to burning fat and quickly leads to cancelled memberships.

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3/ Not Enough Time

This is the most important factor. People simply don’t have time to consistently got through the whole ‘gym experience.’ The average gym user spends 2 hours a day in ther process. By this I mean Read more->

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This entry was posted on January 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm and is filed under cardio, weights. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

 

 


Kettlebells For Fat Loss – Are You Missing a Trick?

Kettlebells are becoming more and more popular nowadays. Personal Trainers are using them with their clients, more and more gyms have them, and more people in general are using them.

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So how good are they really for burning fat? And are you missing a trick if you aren’t using them?

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If you haven’t seen kettlebells before, let me give you a quick run-down. As you can see from the picture above they are similar to normal weights, but with the handle on top of the weight making for a totally different piece of equipment.

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It is often argued that kettlebells are better than free weights. The theory is they require more stabilising muscles to come into play to control the lift and therefore work you harder. The other selling point is that they give you a more varied workout.

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For someone that has exercised consistently over many years, with a combination of weight training and bodyweight training, I would agree that kettlebells can add something extra to their workout.  For these people kettlebells can add some much needed variety into their program.

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But for the average person that exercises to try and lose weight I don’t believe kettlebells are the answer. They area lot more difficult to use and control than free weights. And in my experience as a trainer most people looking to lose weight don’t have that much experience using free weights, so are in no way ready to move on to kettlebell training.

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Injuries can easily occur for people trying to use kettlebells when their bodies are not ready for them. Anything from a strained lower back to a broken wrist.

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This entry was posted on October 26, 2010 at 7:49 am and is filed under weights, Workouts. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

 

 


The Secrects Behind 'Toning Up'

Apart from ‘weight loss,’ ‘toning up’ or getting ‘toned muscles’ is the most common fitness goal. Men and women alike want to know what exercises and what food they should be eating to achieve toned figures and physiques. So what’s the secret?

It’s important to clear up what ‘toning up’ actually is to begin with. The idea that muscle actually ‘tone up’ is a myth. You either build lean muscle or lose lean muscle. Don’t panic ladies, what I am about to advise you to do WILL NOT make you big or bulky. It will give you the ‘toned’ effect. But it’s important to understand what you are actually trying to achieve, and that’s to build lean muscle.

Firstly you must lift weights and/or do bodyweight exercises. This could be anything from doing traditional free weights in a  gym, or simply doing press-ups, squats, etc at home.  Doing these sorts of exercises on a regular basis, as opposed to doing cardio, will allow you body’s muscle tissues to break down and build back up stronger and leaner, giving you the ‘toned effect.’

Secondly, you must eat a high protein diet. So poultry, fish, etc, should make up a proportion of every meal you have. For the same reason as above, it will aid your body to build and sustain lean muscle. This will not only make you look more toned, but allow you to burn more fat also.

Today’s Takeaway - ‘Toning up,’ or more accurately building lean muscle, is a straightforward combination of correct nutrition and correct exercise.

To grab your copy of Rob’s Free Report ‘Cheat’s Guide to Fat Burning From Home – Simple 5 Step Plan,’ plus 2 other great free gifts, click here; ‘www.homeworkoutsuccess.co.uk/free-report.’Read more->

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This entry was posted on February 10, 2010 at 10:19 am and is filed under Home Exercise, nutrition, Uncategorized, weights. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

 

 


One Thing You Must Do To Get Lean – Build Muscle

So many people I work with are taking totally the wrong approach to fat loss and getting lean physiques.

Cardio, cardio and more cardio seems to be the answer for most people. But in reality building lean muscle is the number 1 most important factor in anyone’s fat loss journey.

The more lean muscle you have the faster you metabolism works and the quicker you burn fat. It’s really is that simple! Muscle burns fat super-efficiently.

But please don’t think building lean muscle means you are going to have great big muscles and look like bodybuilders. YOU WON’T! This won’t happen ladies, please believe me when I say that.

Doing weights in the gym is one way of achieving this, but by no means the only way. You can do resistance exercises at home without any equipment whatsoever that will build lean muscle. Search the site and click  the link at he bottom of the page for examples of how.

Today’s Takeaway – Building Lean Muscle = Fat Loss. Simple.

To grab your copy of Rob’s Free Report ‘Cheat’s Guide to Fat Burning From Home – Simple 5 Step Plan,’ plus 2 other great free gifts, click here; ‘www.homeworkoutsuccess.co.uk/free-report.’Read more->

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This entry was posted on November 23, 2009 at 8:41 am and is filed under Home Exercise, resistance, weights. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

 

 


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