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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 Nutrition Tips
Be your own body fat calculator! Losing body fat begins with understanding how and why you store fat. If there were any flat belly diet that actually worked, every man would be strutting 6 pack abs and every woman wearing a size two dress. People mistakenly believe because I’m a Los Angeles Personal Trainer that I only work with people who are already a “10” striving to be an “11”. Not true!
Let’s lay some rumors about losing body fat to rest!
The Key to Sound Nutrition is Mastering the Basics.
Owner, AXIOM Health & Fitness
Everyday I work with people seeking the magic pill or some miracle to help them get the body they desire. I get bombarded with questions everyday about the best nutrition tips or how how to get the quickest results with as many short cuts as possible.
Well, to tell you the truth you must master the basics when it comes to nutrition and reaching the body you desire. It all starts with the proper mindset. You must know and understand that feeding your body with the right food, water, and supplements will get you the body you want. (more…)
posted in Strength Training Tips
You’ve heard your Personal Trainer say it a thousand times “eat more protein!” And whether you are a cardio queen who’s focus is weight loss and losing inches around the waist, or a hardcore bodybuilder who wants to add inches to his biceps, this is good advice. Protein shakes and meal bars are great quick fixes for on the go people but the best nutrition sources are real food. No trainer or nutrition supplement rep can deny that.
Sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of the day is come home from work and have to prepare yourself a good high protein meal. As prepared as we may try to be, planning out or making meals ahead of time isn’t always easy either. Here’s some great recipe ideas for a low maintenance and high protein meals using a crock pot or slow cooker. (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…)
Over the years much discussion and debate in the Fitness and Nutrition industry has revolved around the benefits of BCAA’s or Branched Chain Amino Acids as a supplement. I’m not interested in debating the merits of any specific supplement really, but rather share with you my personal experiences and those of clients.
What are BCAA’s?
Branched chain amino acids or BCAAs are nutrients obtained from proteins such as dairy, legumes, and meat. On a molecular level, 3 essential components leucine, isoleucine, and valine form a branched chain chemical structure.
Ummm, so what’s that mean? Basically this is protein in its simplest form, and these 3 amino acids are part of a family of 9 essential amino acids which the body cannot manufacture itself. (more…)
posted in Strength Training Tips
Rest is a crucial component to any well balanced weightlifting program. Some personal trainers will argue that it’s more important than the workouts themselves!
To understand the importance of rest when weightlifting you must first understand what’s happening when you’re pounding out those reps in the gym! When you’re working out in the gym, regardless of the muscle group or exercise, you’re actually tearing your muscle fibers. The added stress from the weightlifting that is being placed on the muscle is causing the neurons to be ripped apart into what is referred to as micro tears. After any weightlifting workout, it’s important to allow the body an adequate amount of time to repair this “damage” that has been done.
Your muscles do not grow from training or weightlifting. Your muscles grow from recovering from the weightlifting that you are doing! Therefore if you were to return to the gym the next day and train the same muscles again, your workout would be relatively ineffective, and could mean you are defeating the purpose of working out in the first place, because you’re breaking down these muscles again before they’ve had a change to repair themselves.
The harder you train your body or muscle group, the more rest that they will need to recover and grow. This is why many professional bodybuilders will not do whole body workouts, but rather focus on specific muscle groups each day.. to allow for proper recovery from each workout.
Some hardcore bodybuilders even take entire weeks off at a time evyer couple of months just to “shock” their bodies and break any plateaus they may have come to.
Getting restful and regular sleep cannot be overlooked when discussing the importance of rest when weightlifting. This is your body’s most “anabolic”state of being. In fact one of the main purposes of sleep is for the body to heal and recover from the day’s events and stress. During sleep your body produces large amounts of growth hormones which obviously can help your body burn fat, build muscle, and heal wounds. It goes without saying, that restful sleep also gives you more energy to work with the next day. More energy means more effort in the gym!
Don’t think of rest as slacking off from your weightlifting routine, but rather an important part of your overall bodybuilding or body composition goals. If your looking for the best weightlifting tips or fastest way to lose weight, you should also be looking for the best tips for getting a good night’s sleep.. because that’s when the body is adapting to the lifestyle changes you’re putting it through!