Here are 6 tips she shares when looking for a fitness program that gives you the most bang for your time:
Tip # 1 It must be goal oriented. Knowing that a fitness program is designed to help you reach your goals is critical to how fast you will get results. For instance, if you’re goal is weight loss and the program you joined is designed for body builders who want big muscles, chances are, you will not reach your goal or you will not like how you will look. Make sure to be upfront about your fitness goals and ask if the program you’re looking into supports your goals. Better yet, ask them for proof they have helped people with similar goals as you have.
Tip #2 It must include strength training. . The first exercise most people do when starting an exercise program is running. While running has many heart benefits, strength training should be a priority for overall health especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Muscles are active tissue which means they burn more calories. Research has also shown that people who perform strength training workouts burn calories up to 36 hours after their workout. In addition, a strong core which can only be developed through strength training is a must for performing daily activities such as walking, getting out of bed/car, carrying a baby, etc.
Tip # 3 It must include nutrition coaching. There’
Tip #4 It must increase your cardiovascular endurance. “Improving cardiovascular endurance does not always have to involve running,” says Dornier. You can increase your cardiovascular endurance by performing strength training exercises that target multiple joints like squats, lunges, push ups, etc and perform them right after another with very little rest. This helps keep your heart rate up during exercise which makes your heart stronger. Doing exercises this way can only take up 20-45 minutes which saves you time because you are doing cardiovascular and strength training exercises all in one effective workout.
Tip # 5 It must provide you support and accountability outside of the workout sessions. To be a smart consumer, you have to ask for more value for your time and money. When you hire fitness trainers, make sure they give you all of the above plus support and accountability even when you are not working out with them. If you meet them 3 times a week for one hour, you want them to keep you accountable the rest of the time. This accountability and support can come in the form of checking food journals, providing motivational messages, and fitness assessments.
Tip #6 Have fun! A fitness expert in fitness and lifestyle makeovers, Anna Dornier has been helping local residents love exercising again and teaching them how to eat foods that nourish and satisfy them. Her bootcamp and nutrition clients get support from each other and her staff at Transform FX Fitness Studio in downtown Concord.
East Bay residents can find out more weight loss tips and strategies and information on Transform FX Fitness programs and services at http://www.transformfxfitness.com
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At Transform FX Fitness Bootcamp, we challenge our members to train like athletes and take them out of their comfort zones all while enjoying their workouts and their food choices. While we keep our workouts challenging, people can work at their own pace that corresponds to their fitness levels even though they may find that their physical performance improves during the first week of bootcamp. A good fitness program is something that you would constantly enjoy doing but would still challenge your body so that it can make the changes that you are looking for.
Besides the fat burning workouts, we also offer nutrition coaching and support which is available to all our members, However, our 24 Day Challenge nutrition program is available to non-members who wish to jump start their weight loss efforts and develop life long healthy eating habits to maintain their progress over the long term.