Friday, October 4, 2013

Cindy's Top 5 Favs! Hey, It's Not Just Hype! But Pure Bull$hit!


Try saying that with your BEST "announcers" voice!

Oh man, I had such fun with this one! It was difficult to pick my top five favorites as I thought they were all hilarious, however there are some products on this site that I found downright piss me off a little.

Unfortunately it comes down to the obvious and very sad fact that people will try anything to lose weight that seems fast and easy.  You know, as opposed to a little willpower, some self-accountability and hard work.

It breaks my heart that for the amount of money people shell out for this type of crap, I, personally, could've helped them change their bodies, health status and enjoy a healthy lifestyle...and apparently, I could throw a little common sense in there - for free.

So without further ado, my top 5 from the site linked below, is as follows:

1) 5 hour energy drink - Yep, this is one of the ones that pisses me off.  If you are dragging butt by the afternoon and need to slam a little poison into your system to jolt it into working another two to three hours, I have an even better idea.  How about get to bed at a decent hour, EAT REAL FOOD, you know, fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and oh, wait for it... exercise! All of these things will naturally give you energy throughout your day.

2) "Marked" - What was he thinking? Mark?!?!  Hmmmm. (sad face) GNC? (I've heard it called "Got No Clue"). I agree with "Scooby" with this one as well. WHERE ARE THE STUDIES?  If the actual product is NOT on www.pubmed.gov, then I'm calling B.S., and so should you. Be smart people.

3) "Bio-Synergy Skinny Water" - Yes, apparently some folks really are that desperate... and, not so smart.

4) "Shake Weight" -  I just laugh and laugh and LAUGH at this one. I seriously cannot believe ANYONE in their right mind bought into this.

Okay, here I have to stop and tell you that for me, there was a FIVE WAY TIE for fifth place! I just could not pick one.

Anyone that knows me, knows how I feel about abs and the core in general. It takes honest, self-accountability and determination to get awesome abs and core strength.  First and foremost, you need to seriously get a handle on the nutritional part.  I've found that 95% of the folks I've worked with for weight loss over the past decade are doing it all wrong. But I PROMISE you, it is an easy fix.  It's much easier than having high cholesterol and high blood pressure and prediabetes right?  RIGHT?!!  Check out an oldie but a goodie from my first Youtube attempt: Abs on stability ball

5) On this awesome site that I have linked below you will find my 5th place five-way tie with these products:

(a) Ab Circle Pro (b) Ab Rocket (c) Six-Pack Shortcuts (d) Flex Belt and (e) Steam-O-Belt

So, after having a really great laugh at some of the promo videos from this site: Hall of Shame!, I have to ask you a question. Are YOU one of those people who bought into this stuff? I'm sure all of us knows someone who has. I personally do.

Anyway, here's what I've found.  At the end of the day, you get to spend your money however you choose. But there's a reason why these greedy money makers keep making and selling this stuff. There is a reason new "fads" are always coming out. And the answer is NOT because they work my friend.

I would urge you to stop yourself the next time you are watching their glossy advertising on the boob tube promising you a quick fix if you would only "Just Call Now" and buy their product.  It will not work. It never works.  Put your credit card away sweetheart.

There are personal trainers out there who care and are good at what they do.  Find one of those people. Someone who you gel with, who is in good shape, who walks the walk.  If you want a balls to the walls trainer, go find one.  If you want someone who shoots you straight, in a caring way, and teaches you, then find that person.  Look around.  Don't just pick one from the gym you go to because that's convenient. Watch what they're doing. Are their clients bodies changing to meet their goals? Could you do what they're showing you after you're sessions are met? Heck, I've had five people in one month come to me from another local gym because of the quality of training they saw at theirs.

Regarding these types of products however, please, please, PLEASE stop wasting your time and money.  It's time to get real and honest with yourself and then - get to work.  I'm right HERE if you need me or want to chat.

Hugs,
Cindy


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cheating At The Gym


Hey now! Yep, over and over again, I've seen it!  And sweetheart, I'm here to tell ya, it's time to stop.

 
            But I'm not talking about that.  I'm talking about the gym of course! The gym is a place where people frequently cheat themselves out of a good workout. In order to make your workouts more productive and efficient you'll want to avoid these following common exercise "cheats." Cutting corners in your workout cheats you out of money, time and results. What’s the point? It is not worth it!

            Many cheat without even realizing it. On cardio machines, cheating might look like locking your elbows while leaning on the handrails. In the weight area, it could be the use of momentum or a slight change in the angle to make your lift easier, and therefore, less effective. Then there’s that dreaded comfort zone, which is so nice and… well, comfortable!

            Here are some ways to identify some of those cheating ways. Let’s banish them forever!

The “Hold me Up”
When you start to feel fatigued on the treadmill or Stairmaster, it seems easy to reach for those handrails or the console. That’s because it is making it easier! I've seen people practically tip toeing on top of a very fast treadmill because they couldn't run that fast. "Running" this way while propping themselves up on locked arms! Hilarious, thanks for the laugh, but please stop.  Locking your arms and shrugging puts stress on your back, shoulders and neck and creates an unnatural posture that in time can cause muscular imbalances. Not to mention how you'd feel if you lost your footing and fell. Hmmmm...

The Fix:
Try for fewer distractions like reading, or watching television during your workout. Maintain good posture, get into the groove, looking straight ahead with your shoulders back. Touch the handrails lightly to maintain balance. But if you find yourself holding on for dear life, slow down until you regain some strength, then resume your tempo. Focusing on your posture will also help strengthen your back, abs, and shoulders.

Dude “Those Weights Are Too Heavy”
Some people think that lifting heavier weight means you’ll see results faster. When you swing your free weights around instead of using a slower, more controlled movement, you take the focus off the muscles you are working. Say no to momentum during a rep. Lifting too heavy of weights incorrectly can cause injury to tendons, ligaments and joints. Ouch! Tendonitis is never fun.

The Fix:
Keep your spine erect, body firmly planted and move only the muscles you are targeting while keeping the occupied joint in a fixed position. For example, while doing a bicep curl, don’t arch your back and shrug your shoulders.  Sorry, but you shouldn't be bending at the knees for a bicep curl to hurl that weight up to your shoulder. The only movement should occur at the elbow, and that should remain stable at your side.

The “Comfort Zone" (yawn...)
Day in and day out of the same workout, lifting the same loads and never challenging your body, can become tedious at best. Your body will only improve by gradually increasing your weight loads. You need to occasionally challenge your muscles with more stress for noticeable strength gains, along with mixing up the exercises for the same muscle groups. If you don’t test your limits, you won’t see or feel improvements.

The Fix:
Challenge your body a couple of times a week to go beyond your comfort zone. Push it honey! Try a new machine, slightly heavier weights or higher resistance to increase your level of exertion.

Look, the bottom line is we're all busy. So wasting time and not seeing results or worse, causing injuries, is just downright silly.

When you want to learn something new you hire someone to teach you that thing, right?  Want to learn piano or guitar? You hire a teacher.  Want your son to be a better pitcher? You hire a pitching coach. Want your kids to learn golf?  You get that pro at the range to teach them.

Whenever you find yourself in the gym and not feeling completely confident or comfortable in the weight area, then that my friend, is the time to hire a trainer.

I've had the pleasure of helping so many women and men (and yes, some teens) over the past 11 years learn this stuff.  It's awesome.  I would totally dig helping you as well.  I've got some good things going so check out my website here: (Full-Body Fitness). You don't have to live in Fishers to have me by your side through this journey!  Gotta love technology.

Love ya,
Cindy