Friday, September 30, 2011

What to Wear to the Gym and to Buckhead's Best Boot Camp!

  While you are sharing this space with others who are hopefully getting as sweaty as you, there are a few things to keep in mind and a certain etiquette to follow.
We’ll go from bottom to top:

Shoes- any good running shoe should work well for most gym activities. If you are on a basketball or tennis court often you should think about purchasing a pair of specialized shoes. DO NOT wear open toed shoes (sandals), work boots, shoes with no support, etc.

Lower body- yoga pants, exercise pants, running shorts, regular shorts, basketball shorts are all good options. DO NOT wear booty shorts, jeans, slacks, PJs, etc. You might look ridiculous or just be plain uncomfortable. And if you think your pants or shorts may be baggy in the slightest, be sure to wear something underneath!

Upper body- women, unless you want all the attention of every man (and every woman) at the gym, avoid wearing only a sports bra. Tank tops are fine just not really low cut ones, as well as T-shirts (preferably an Instant Fitness “wanna new birthday suit?” T-shirt). Men, wife beaters, sleeveless, T-shirts are all acceptable. Avoid extra baggy shirts and clothes that can get caught in machines. Everyone should leave their job interview clothes at home if attending the gym.

Head- nothing is really necessary here, unless you need to hold you hair out of your face (headband). A hat would be fine if outside but you may not want it collecting all of your sweat and stinking up the place.
All in all, just try to be comfortable, modest, and flexible.
-Tony T
  Instant Fitness, LLC
 Atlanta's BEST Personal Trainer
 Lindbergh City Center

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Best Ab Workouts from Atlanta's Best Personal Trainer!

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If you want a six-pack, here are some great exercises you can do that will get you there. Be sure to use a different one every time you workout to promote muscle confusion and thus, faster results.

  1. Bicycle crunches -while laying on your back, bring your legs up, knees bent, move your legs in a bicycle motion. With your hands behind your ears, bring your shoulder-blades off the mat and touch the opposite elbow to knee. Repeat on other side.
  2. Jackknives- lay on the mat with arms and legs outstretched above and below you. Simultaneously bring your opposite arm and leg together in the air to touch your toes. Repeat on other side.
  3. Butt lifts- lay with your back on the mat and your arms at your side, palms facing the floor. Bring your legs straight up in the air. While using your palms to push slightly against the mat, lift your butt/legs straight into the air. Try not to rock back and for (don’t use your momentum to lift you), just lift straight up and down.
  4. Planks- Hold the “up” part of a push-up. Make sure your shoulders are back, your back is straight and not sagging, your head is up, you’re focusing on your abs, and that you are breathing. You can also do this on your forearms and on your side with forearm.
  5. Leg raises- in the captain’s chair with back straight and hands on the handlebar, lift legs and raise them, with knees bent, to your chest. Lower them down again, keeping knees bent. Do not swing your legs.

-Tony Tiamiyu

 Atlanta's #1 Personal Trainer
Lindbergh City Center

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Which Alcohol Should I Drink? Nutrition Tips from Instant Fitness

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Of course, it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while you are starting a new fitness regimen and a new nutritious diet, but there are some times where you are certainly allowed to enjoy yourself.
Like carbs, proteins and fats, alcohol is used for energy, but it is not essential and it is not stored in the body.
Alcohol is 7 calories per gram whereas fat is 9 and carbohydrates and proteins are 4 calories per gram. That being said, not all alcohols are created equal. A serving of alcohol is defined as any drink that has .6 oz of pure alcohol. This amount is found in:
  • 12 oz regular beer: 150 calories
  • 12 oz of wine/malt or spirit-based cooler: 210-230 calories
  • 5 oz wine: 100 calories
  • 1.5 oz of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor: 100 calories
  • 3 oz sherry or port: 130 calories
  • 9 3/4 oz malt liquor: 135 calories
So if you’re watching your calories, stick to wines and liquor, but be sure not to mix it with anything as that will increase calorie intake. Also, stay away from drinks that start with mixes (ie. margaritas) because they can be loaded with sugar. Also try substituting club soda for regular soda.
You may already know that women and men metabolize alcohol differently but you may not know why. Women have less water in their bodies, thus the concentration of alcohol in their bodies is higher. Also, the presence of food in the stomach allows for a slower absorption of alcohol. The time it takes for food to enter into the small intestine is the rate at which the alcohol will get into your blood stream.
So as a general health and safety rule, women can have one serving of alcohol a day and men are allowed 2. Be sure that you aren’t “saving” you servings for the weekend and then binge drinking, which is dangerous behavior.

-Tony Tiamiyu
 Instant Fitness, LLC
 Atlanta's #1 Personal Trainer
 Lindbergh City Center

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Instant Fitness' Gym Jargon

Do you understand everything you hear at the gym or from your trainer? Are you sure you understand everything you've heard about fitness? Read these definitions and compare them to what you thought previously. Hopefully they will give you more insight during your workouts

Fitness-the body’s ability to meet physical demands, composed of four components; flexibility, strength, muscle endurance, and cardiovascular endurance.
BMI- Body Mass Index- an index of a person’s weight in relation to height that correlates with total body fat content. (A person may have a low percentage of body fat, but a high BMI if he is muscular)
Body fat analysis (percentage)- The percentage of fat in your body. This is difficult to attain, but can be found by hydrostatic weighing, skinfold tests, bioelectrical impedance, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, and via the BodPod. Desirable measures for body fat percentages are 12-20 for men and 20-30 for women.
Overload-extra physical demand placed on the body. A principle of training is that for a body system to improve, its workload must be increased by increments over time.
Muscle endurance- the ability of a muscle to contract repeatedly within a given time without becoming exhausted.

Cardiovascular endurance- the ability of the cardiovascular system to sustain effort over a period of time
Aerodic- requiring oxygen; an exercise you can perform while still talking
Anaerobic- not requiring oxygen; a more intense workout (almost max level) you can do but cannot talk while doing
Target heart rate- the heartbeat rate that will achieve cardiovascular endurance for a given person; fast enough to push the heart, but not so fast as to strain it.

Reps- repetition; one complete movement as in a hammer curl
Sets- a group of reps.
Super Set-Two different workouts, back to back, with little rest in between. One set on each machine, then repeat.

-Tony Tiamiyu
 Instant Fitness, LLC
 Atlanta's #1 Personal Trainer
 Lindbergh City Center