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by Kent McCannposted in Boston
Boston Personal Trainer Kent McCann is the epitome of “practice what you preach.” He helps his clients reach their goals through his extensive knowledge of Health and Fitness, and with personal experience as well. A self-proclaimed “fat kid” Kent began his journey to a healthier lifestyle at an early age. He personally battled the yo-yo diet trap that claims so many people on their quest to improve their health and appearance. It was his junior year in college where he finally decided to work smarter not harder. (more…)
posted in Strength Training Tips
Machines versus Free Weights
Machines can be used as a learning ground, a smart device to teach you the proper execution of a particular exercise. The only disadvantage is that the rest of the body just sites there and waits for you to finish and move on to the next body part. You will make gains depending on how well rounded your workout is and how rapidly you move from one machine to the next, as well as the weight load you are using.
By using free weights, you enlist most of the body to assist you in the lifting and lowering of weight with most exercise. You have to recruit other muscles to help you lift the load for a single muscle group. Open and closed-chain exercises are what we are talking about here.
Open-chain exercise is just that, an open link of a chain, singular and unattached to the rest of the link system. This is what weight machines will offer. You sit on the machine and extend your legs against the weight affecting the quadriceps only, or you site on another machine and press against the bar that will exhaust only the shoulders. The key here is “only.” These muscles are working alone.
Closed –chain exercise closes that link and promotes the chain to work as a unit, with each link working collectively to carry the load. Therefore, the same muscles that were described above using free weights would require doing a squat. The squat involves holding the weight and stabilizing the body by contracting the middle of the body; as you perform the squat, the entire lower body (butt, hamstrings, abs, lower back, and the quads) benefits, not just the quads. You are getting more work done in less time. Whether you are a hardcore bodybuilder or a weekend warrior, try to get the most from your workout!
Give your body and your brain something to do together. You body will always look for the easiest way to perform (execute) an exercise. Your brain will help the body obtain the maximum benefits by developing your sense of postural balance and building stronger muscles. Don’t go for the quick fix. Focus less on the amount of weight your moving and more about how your body is moving that weight.
Weightlifting requires proper form and proper gym attire. Weightlifting Gloves are key to instill confidence and assure a solid grip. In addition comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement is essential.
posted in Fitness Tips
The best Pull Ups workout means focusing on proper form! Want that sexy “v cut back”? Throw some pull up reps into your back workout. This vid clip is a great example of different pull ups variations you can do in any gym. For tips on proper form, check out my previous post Best Back Exercises. (more…)
posted in Fitness and Nutrition Blog
Calories burned in Spin Class is among the highest for any aerobic class you may attend. Of course the total benefits achieved from spin class, also referred to as indoor cycling, are dependent on how much effort you exert. This afternoon I took a spin class after a 6-7 week absence and was reminded again how great it is as a fat burning workout. I’m going to quickly cover proper form for spinning as well as review how many calories are burned! (more…)
What you can’t see can hurt you! More often than not I see clients and gym goers focusing soley on what I call the show me muscles… or those muscle groups they can see while checking themselves out in the mirror! The back muscles comprise the largest muscle group of the body, second only to legs and training these powerhouse muscles is important to achieve an optimized and well defined body composition. Even more importantly strong back muscles can help alleviate common problems with posture and can help balance out the effects of over-training the chest muscles. (more…)