Friday, April 27, 2012

Build Bigger Back Muscles with Instant Fitness

Building your back muscles is important to your health. It will prevent you from getting back injuries in the gym, at work, and as you get older. You’ll be able to hold better posture, and, let’s face it, a buff body looks better when all parts are ripped!
Men are usually more focused on their back, but women need to focus on it too. Although they may not go as hard on this area, they still need to build muscle to help the overall fitness of their bodies.

Three main areas to focus on:
Lats, Traps, and middle/lower back

For Latissimus dorsi, there are two workouts you can do:
Lat pulldowns, and pull-ups
For bigger traps:
Power cleans, overhead shrugs, barbell shoulder shrugs, farmer’s walk
Middle-Lower back:
Any form of a row, back extensions
Remember, any exercise that works all of these muscles at the same time is great, too!

Tony T

Instant Fitness, Atlanta's #1 Personal Trainers

(404) 941-4348

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Healthy Recipes by Instant Fitness

Smoothies are a great way to get fruits and veggies into your diet in a fun and tasty way.
They can be a great meal replacement or side dish. Try them as a dessert and even freeze them in popsicles for a great summer treat!

Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Banana Berry
1/2 banana
1/2c frozen mixed berries
1/2c water or skim milk
squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Protein shake
Banana Berry shake + 1-2 scoop(s) protein depending on your requirements*

Tropical Kale Smoothie
1/2c frozen mango
and/or frozen pineapple
1/2c water
lime juice
fresh mint
1c fresh organic kale

*Underweight men trying to build muscle should do 2 scoops. Women, stick to one scoop (~25g protein). Talk to your trainer or nutritionist to get specifics

Cherry Vanilla
1/2 banana
1/2c frozen cherries
1/2c Light vanilla soy milk
1/2c ice

Some things to keep in mind: Yes, smoothies can be a good meal replacement, especially when trying to lose weight. But you need to be cautious of how many calories you're throwing into the blender. For instance, one medium banana is about 100 calories, 1/2 berries is about 40, milk-- 45, so on and so forth. Adding one scoop of protein will double the calories of  the Bananaberry shake, but will make it a complete meal. If you're trying to gain weight, add foods like natural peanut butter and oatmeal to your shakes.

The takeaway: Sneaking fruits and veggies into your diet is a whole lot easier with smoothies. Stick to serving sizes of fruit, but definitely get creative and have fun with your food!

Tony Tiamiyu
Instant Fitness Personal Training

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Instant Fitness shows you how to get LEANER without getting BUFF

Ladies! Listen up! You can get lean and toned without getting bulky and buff!
To do so is simple. 
For weights: You should be able to do 30 reps but the last ten and last 5 reps of each set should be difficult. Difficult to where you’re pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Do 2 sets of 30 reps
For your workouts: Don't be afraid to work the whole body! You aren't maxing out your muscles, so they can recover faster than those who want to look like 50 cent. Hit all the points: hamstrings, quads, back, shoulders, biceps, triceps, and abs (upper, lower, and obliques).
For cardio: Yes, cardio. If you want to get leaner, you'll need to kickstart fat burning. Start off your workout with cardio, and mix it in between muscle groups. You can do jumping jacks, mountain climbers, sprints, jogging, jump rope, line jumps, fast step ups, etc.  Start workout with 3-5 minutes cardio warm-up and mix one minute intervals between your muscle groups. If your heart rate isn't getting up there, do 3 minutes between muscle groups.
Keeping these three things in mind will definitely get you on your way to a leaner body. If you want more information, or want to learn more about your health, schedule a free fitness assessment and we'll show you exactly how it's done!
-Tony T
Atlanta Personal Trainer
Instant Fitness
(404) 941-iFIT(4348)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ask Instant Fitness: How do I control my portion sizes?

So you've been wondering why you haven't been able to lose weight despite your best efforts to get to the gym and watch your intake. What's the problem? Oftentimes, it's the portion sizes you're consuming. So let's talk about it.

To get used to the recommended portion sizes, first, take just one or two weeks and measure everything you eat. This way, you'll get a good idea of how much to portion out, and how many calories you're consuming per portion size. You probably wont have to measure much after this.

Second, check the nutritional information on the back of packaged food. Hopefully you aren't eating too much processed food, but if you are, make sure you know the calories per serving size.

Secondly, you can reference serving sizes to other objects to help you remember. Here's a great sheet to print out and put on your fridge. There's also a wallet-size version so you can have it on you all the time!

-Tony Tiamiyu
Instant Fitness
Atlanta's Best Personal Training
(404) 941-iFIT(4348)