Training Innovations recently held a fitness equipment orientation class for the residents of Del Webb Mirehaven. Our personal trainers Ken Alcocer and Kayla Anderson showed the residents the proper way to utilize the fitness equipment at the Sandia Center and how to incorporate health and fitness into their everyday lives. Continue reading
Training Innovations is proud to announce that we will be helping the residents at the Del Webb community to reach their health and fitness goals. Del Webb Mirehaven is a gated, active adult community located in a beautiful area of Westside Albuquerque. A big thank you goes out to Angela Manzanedo for helping to make this possible. Continue reading
Best Post Workout Meal?
A question often asked by my personal training clients is…what is the best post workout meal? This is a tricky question to answer because the answer may vary depending on several variables. What are your fitness goals(are you trying to build more muscle, or lose fat)? What was your perceived amount of exertion during your workout(A leg workout is going to be a lot more challenging than an abdominal workout). Consuming the right nutrients post workout is essential for muscle recovery.
What Happens To My Muscles During a Workout?
When working out, we are actually breaking down our muscles and using up glycogen stores for fuel. This results in your muscles being very depleted of glycogen and protein after your workout. It is important to start that rebuilding process as soon as possible after an intense workout. This way your body can replenish its glycogen stores and repair and regrow those muscle proteins(thus enhancing recovery). Eating the appropriate balance of carbs and protein after your workout decrease muscle protein break-down, increases muscle protein synthesis (growth) and restores glycogen stores which enhances recovery.
To replenish your protein post workout, I usually have my personal training clients drink a protein shake. If you’ve just worked out with one of the personal trainers at Training Innovations, it’s highly likely that your body is very depleted and you need something that is going to get into your system very quickly. So you want to consume something that is going to be fast acting, like a high quality whey protein. Not a steak or a hamburger. The same thought process applies when it comes to post workout carbohydrates.
Some good fast acting carbohydrates I usually recommend to my clients are Cream of Rice, Honey Nut Cheerios, and the flavored packets of oatmeal. Yes I said flavored packets. But isn’t that too much sugar? The answer is no! You actually want an insulin spike post workout to help shuttle all the nutrients into the muscles. Now this doesn’t mean you can go crazy and have a stack of pancakes smothered with a ton of maple syrup. But a little bit of sugar post workout is actually gonna be beneficial. For more information on the best post workout meal, how to lose weight, or if you’re frustrated with your current level of fitness and looking to hire a personal trainer, contact us.
Training Innovations would like to congratulate Lisa Leydig for her outstanding performance at the 2017 OCB Natural New Mexico bodybuilding, fitness, figure, physique, and bikini contest held on July 15th at the South Broadway Indian Cultural Center. Lisa took 2nd place in a very competitive open figure division. All the hard work and dedication is definitely paying off. Congratulations to you Lisa for a job well done.
Build A Better Back
I’m sure you’ve seen that one individual that cracks a joke and nobody laughs. Then another individual cracks the very same joke and everybody laughs. I’ve always said it’s not the joke, but instead the delivery that causes the laughter. The same can be said about weight training. Two individuals can perform the same exercise and get very different results from the exercise. It’s not the exercise that counts, but instead how your perform the exercise that will determine the results you get. With several years in the personal training and fitness industry, I have witnessed hundreds of fitness enthusiasts performing exercises incorrectly. They spend hours upon hours in the gym doing every exercises they’ve read that their fitness idols perform, only to fall short of their fitness goals. Poorly-performed exercises are unproductive. Not only will you see limited to no results, but without proper control and form, you leave yourself at risk for injury. One of the most commonly incorrectly performed exercises I see in gyms is the one arm dumbbell row. This exercise is great for developing a stronger, more muscular back when performed correctly. But in order to perform this exercise correctly, there are a few things you need to think about.
(Now keep in mind, this particular exercise can be done by either placing one knee on a weight bench or bent over using the dumbbell weight rack for support. I am describing the latter version in this blog)
Performing the Standing One Arm Dumbbell Row Correctly
The first thing you need to think about is foot placement. Proper foot placement will ensure that you have a solid base and will eliminate extraneous body movement. Plant both feet firmly on floor about shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, squaring up your hips. Tighten your abs as you bend over at the waist to about a 70 degree angle. The second thing you need to think about is hand placement on the Dumbbell rack. Make sure your hand is firmly place against the rack and your supporting arm locked to prevent any forward and back movement. Keep the back arched throughout the movement to ensure a complete contraction in the muscle. The third thing you need to think about is to initiate the movement with the muscle you’re trying to work. Start by contracting your lat, then lead with your elbow, pulling the dumbbell back and up towards your hip. Contract your lat hard at the top of the movement. And hold the contraction for 2 seconds with every rep. Lower the weight slowly back down to the starting position. This is one rep. Repeat 8 to 15 reps before switching sides.
What You Want to Avoid!!
Avoid excessive body movement, rounding your back, and using momentum to get the weight up. For more information on losing weight, health and fitness, or nutrition plan designed specifically for you, or if you’re looking to hire a personal trainer, look no further contact us today and watch your physique transform!
Are there Hidden Sugars In Your Food?
The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. And the American Heart Association recommends that the consumption of added sugar not exceed 6 teaspoons daily for women and 9 teaspoons daily for men. You can see how all this added sugar is the main culprit when it comes to major causes of weight gain. It is also the main culprit in type 2 diabetes. Now you may be thinking that because you have a tendency to select “sugar free” foods, you are ok right? Wrong! Don’t fall victim to the “hidden sugars in your food effect”! You may not see it, because it’s often cleverly hidden under a different name!
The FDA has certainly acknowledged and tried to define the term “added sugars.” This term refers to sugars that aren’t naturally occurring in foods(like fruits). But it is up to us to investigate and learn all the various names for sugar. And more importantly, how much of it we’re actually putting into our bodies. You see they’re even disguised to sound somewhat healthy, corn syrup, brown sugar, honey, brown sugar syrup, dextrose, and fructose. Sugar also masquerades under names like fruit juice concentrate, glucose, invert sugar, modified food starch, and maltose. Trying to figure out what percentage of calories these sugar substitutes represent in a packaged food product is almost impossible. It would be like scoring a concert ticket to Michael Jackson— it’s pretty much…..impossible!
The reason for this is the FDA has refused to add an “Added Sugars” line (in grams). The line should sit within the “Sugars” section on the nutrition facts label. Instead, added sugars are only mentioned in the ingredient list. And only in decreasing order by weight, not by percentage of calories. Of course food production companies have discovered this loophole and are now taking some extreme liberties. Not only are they using some of those disguised sugar synonyms in the ingredient list, but they’re also using several of them in a single product.
Added sugars are added sugars. No matter what you call them, they continue to have a negative effect on your body. They make food sweet and make you fat. By dividing the total amount of added sugars into three or four different sugar names instead of using just one type of sugar, companies are able drop their added sugars further down the list; the less the weight, the lower the rank on the ingredient list.
Why should we let this concern us? Because a diet high in added sugars usually equates to lower levels of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients. By displacing fiber, vitamins and minerals, and other protective nutrients, added sugars may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure and other health problems. For more information on hidden sugars in your food, health and fitness, losing weight, getting in shape, working out, or if you’re frustrated with your current level of fitness and looking to hire a personal trainer, contact us.
Exercises to Build Your Biceps!
In a previous blog, I shared with you three exercises to build your biceps. However, it doesn’t end with just those three exercises. Following the same conventional exercises forever doesn’t just get monotonous, it can also lead to stagnated growth of the muscles. To make the changes you’re looking for and improve your physique, some out-of-the-box thinking may be required. Like every muscle, the biceps need new stimuli to evolve. This means getting creative with your workouts. Being a competitive bodybuilder and personal trainer has forced me to incorporate many tricks to help my biceps grow. And those same tricks have helped me avoid plateaus. Here are three bicep exercises I like to incorporate into my routine that I also share with my personal training clients.
1. Drag Curl:
This is one of the best exercises to build the biceps. This exercise can be performed with either a barbell or dumbbells and either seated or standing. Start by angling your upper body slightly forward, keeping your back flat. With your arms extended downward you’ll bend your elbows a little so they are behind your body instead of keeping your elbows in line or slightly in front of your body like a traditional bicep curl. Then you “drag” the weight up your body allowing your elbows to travel behind your body until your biceps are fully contracted. Then lower and repeat. A good rep range for this exercise would be 6 – 12 reps. You’ll find the drag curl to be easier than standard bicep curls, allowing you to use more weight(thus increasing muscle fiber recruitment).
2. The Preacher Curl:
This is a great biceps exercise due to the fact it stabilizes your elbow against a preacher bench, isolating your biceps ensuring they are the muscles doing all of the work. Grab a dumbbell or barbell and place the upper arms on top of the preacher bench or the incline bench. Slowly lower the weight until your upper arm is extended and the biceps is fully stretched, then tense the biceps to curl the weight up until your biceps is fully contracted. Lower and repeat. A good rep range for this exercise would be 8 – 15 reps. I would recommend to perform this exercise toward the middle to the end of your workout to ensure the muscle is thoroughly warmed up, due to the intense stretch it places on the biceps
3. Standing Cable Curls:
This is a great movement t0 provide constant tension to the biceps. Standing up with your torso upright, grab the bar with a either a wide or narrow grip. Keeping your elbows close to your sides and either parallel with your body or slightly in front of your body, curl the weight up while contracting the biceps. Do not swing it up as you will be taking tension off of the bicep. Lower and repeat. A good rep range for this exercise would be 10 – 20 reps.
With all the hype on building bigger biceps, it’s easy to forget that they are a small muscle group. So if you try to use too much weight when training them, bigger muscles can easily take over. This is often the root cause of slow progress with biceps development. The other problem is having a poor mind-muscle connection with the biceps, and failing to immerse this specific area with enough blood and trauma to force growth. For more information on exercises to build your biceps, trimming the fat off your waistline, improving your physique, or if you’re frustrated with your current level of fitness and looking to hire a personal trainer, contact us.
Meal Prep Made Easy!
A healthy lifestyle does not happen overnight. Now I know what you’re thinking…..cardio, weight training, duration of the two, what to train when. Oh no then there’s nutrition!!!!! What do I eat, when do I eat it and how much do I eat?? Well I’m going to simplify things for you a bit. This simple rule I am going to share with you is as easy as 1-2-3. Now of course this rule is one that comes with modifications depending on your fitness goals. However, the concept remains the same. It is the thirds rule. The next time you sit down to have your meal, take your plate, and divide it into thirds. Fill 1/3 with protein, 1/3 vegetables, and 1/3 carbohydrates. Simple as that. As previously stated this rule is made to be modified depending on your fitness goals. The modifications will be in the types of protein, carbs, and veggies you consume. For a more detailed selection that is going to fit your individual needs and fitness goals, visit a certified specialist in fitness nutrition like myself. I will develop a plan that is specifically for you that will get you the results you want. We will take a closer look at what you need in your diet to live that healthy lifestyle and get you in your best shape ever. We will discuss what and how much you need of the following….
Protein: Protein is going to help you burn fat, build lean muscle mass, and help with muscle recovery. Protein is an essential component of every cell in the body. Protein choices may consist of grass fed beef, chicken, turkey, salmon, tilapia, and bison just to name a few. Now some of these proteins are leaner than others and depending on your fitness goals, would be better paired with certain carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy. When you take in carbs, your body breaks down the sugars and absorbs it into your bloodstream. At this point, it becomes glucose. Your body needs glucose to have the energy to do everything from breathing to weight training. I’m sure you have heard of simple carbs versus complex carbs, both have their benefits. Again, depending on your fitness goals, there is a place in your meal plan where they fit in perfectly. Brown rice, sweet potato, basmati rice, oatmeal, select cereals, and yes, even bread can be great sources of carbohydrates.
Vegetables: Vegetables keep the internal systems in perfect condition. The consumption of vegetables takes care of your digestive, excretory, and skeletal system, as well as blood pressure levels. With a diet rich in vegetables, you benefit from abundant amounts of antioxidants that prevent diseases like cancer, cardiovascular problems and strokes. Moreover, vegetables deliver ample amounts of vitamins, including folate, vitamin A, vitamin K. Fill 1/3 of your plate with collard greens, asparagus, spinach, kale, a salad that includes cucumbers, celery, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Just beware of the creamy fat filled dressings. Some vegetables contain a great deal of natural sugars which aren’t always the best to choose from. I usually don’t recommend, peas, carrots, corn and even certain types of squash could be considered starchy vegetables.
When you follow the Thirds Rule, you will have a balanced meal with all three macronutrients that are essential for a healthy lifestyle. There you have it my friends, the rule of three. For more information on nutrition, a meal plan that fits your individual needs, fitness goals, and body type, or if you’re looking to hire a personal trainer contact us.
Training Innovations would like to congratulate Jennifer French for her outstanding performance at the 2017 Mr. New Mexico/Mid-USA bodybuilding, fitness, figure, physique, and bikini championship held on June 10th in the Kiva auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Jennifer took 2nd place in a very competitive novice bikini class A division. Not bad for her first time ever competing. Congratulations to you Jennifer for a job well done.
Burn Body Fat Efficiently By Using Cardio!!
Doing Too Much Cardio
Korbie, I do 60 minutes of cardio a day and that’s just in the morning. How can my weight be staying the same? I like to mix my cardio up, so it’s never the same thing. I might do a spin class one day, then body pump the next, then maybe a hot yoga class… These are some of the things I’ve heard from my personal training clients regarding what they did with cardio before coming to see me. Are you too falling victim to the overly obsessed cardio craze? What many people fail to understand is that there needs to be some kind of structure to your cardio routine in order to burn body fat efficiently. Two common mistakes that I see people making frequently when it comes to cardio is starting off with too much and engaging in random cardio.
1. How Much Is Too Much?
That’s right….You read it correctly. There is such a thing as starting off with too much. You see, we humans are the most adaptive creatures on this Earth. Our bodies get used to extended exercise, using oxygen and energy more efficiently, resulting in diminishing returns in fitness and fat loss. After this adaptation occurs, the only other option to continue to burn fat is to increase your expenditure. What does this mean? Chronic Cardio-can you picture yourself doing 2 hours of cardio a day to make that scale dip in the desired direction? Don’t make this mistake and start off with too much leaving little room for progression. Each person’s fitness goal is different, therefore, the cardio duration for one individual may not be the ideal prescription for you.
2. Random Cardio will Result in Random Fat Loss!!
I go to a spin class on Monday, body pump on Tuesday. And I do lunges, planks, and burpees at the park with my girlfriend on Wednesday……That is what I call random cardio because it’s impossible to track. Using cardio as a tool to burn calories requires a plan. Once that plan is developed you then proceed to execute the plan. I often compare cardio to finances. Input vs. In order to get control of your finances you must know your income vs. how much you’re spending. Well, the same concept applies with your cardio. To burn belly fat, you must know what your consumption is, calorie intake, and know what your expenditure is, calories being burned. With random cardio you have no idea how much you are actually expending, the intensity of the cardio and so on.
If you’re looking for more information on how to burn body fat with cardio or if you’re frustrated with your current level of fitness and looking to hire a personal trainer, contact us