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Travel and Exercise

Hopping in and out of planes is exercise enough, you say. But that’s not the kind of exercise that will condition your heart, make your reflexes and joints more fluid, keep your sugar levels in check or stop mood swings. Nor is it the kind of exercise that will make you euphoric after a good cardiovascular session. You need to counteract the effects of jet lag, artificial air in pressurized aircraft cabins and sky fatigue.

Travel isn’t always a bad thing for your exercise program either. If you’re used to a routine travel for business or for pleasure could be the best thing to shake things up a bit. Not all hotelsContinue reading

Do it Right to Avoid Back Ache

Back pain can be caused by a myriad of reasons and unfortunately many people inadvertently increase the amount of pain and damage by performing exercises improperly. While most exercise regimes are designed to decrease the amount of back pain, if proper attention is not paid to form, function and stance, you can easily do more damage, some of which cannot be rectified.

Abdominal Exercises
By far, these exercises are among the most improperly done and can seriously increase the pressure, pain and stress placed on the back if one is not careful. Because ab exercises are tedious and difficult, most people use their backs and necks when performing them rather than using their abdominal muscles as they should. Continue reading

Wise Investment – Using a Personal Trainer

trainerIf you’re looking for motivation and inspiration to keep up with your fitness regime it’s a good idea to prepay for a Customized Personal Training Program or for Group Training’s.

Paying ahead of time is incentive to stick it out because you’ll want to get full value for what you have invested. Along with the monetary investment there are other reasons to choose to work with a personal trainer. Personal trainers can help you to achieve your fitness goals faster and safer than if you worked on them on your own.

Finding a personal trainer should be like finding a doctor. You want to make sure they are certified, knowledgeable, understand your goals and have a personality that fits with yours. You have to feel comfortable with your trainer and trust them. Studio Fitness Trainers are focused on the strength of the client-trainer relationship. Our training’s and business on centered on the concept of Personalized Wellness which puts an emphasis on a comprehensive approach to health. Physical, emotional, mental, and behavior health all play a major role in success and progress.

The first step we take is a comprehensive 21 point Functional Movement Screen. The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. The five main areas below allow for an analytical approach to exercise program design.

Communication – The FMS utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.

Evaluation – The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis.

Standardization – The FMS creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance.

Safety – The FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform exercise so that realistic goals can be set and achieved.

Corrective Strategies – The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual FMS scores to instantly create customized treatment plans.

Our Programs will also make your workouts more fun and interesting by changing your normal routine. You will receive a new and progressive Customized Program every 4 weeks. We often get comfortable in our routine and it can become mundane but with your trainer their extensive knowledge in fitness allows them to develop more creative workouts which in turn motivate you to keep coming back. Using your trainers experience also creates a more effective workout. You will no longer waste time thinking of what to do when you go to exercise. Your trainer will already have your plan and set every minute of your Program so there is no time wasted.

Personal trainers also motivate you while you’re doing the exercises that they’ve prescribed. They can help to push you to keep going and help you adapt you exercises as you go to reduce the risk of injury and raise your body awareness.

Now it’s time to take your first step towards better health & fitness. Contact us today to set up an initial assessment with our Team. You have nothing to lose and better fitness to gain.

Greg Finch
(805) 776 3676

Technology and Weight Loss: The Smart Phone Apps You Should Be Using

Finding time to exercise isn’t just a chore; it can be downright impossible in today’s hectic world. Thankfully, the technological gurus we love are on it, and when it comes to weight loss, yes, your smart phone has an app for that. In fact, it has hundreds, if not thousands. While some of them are silly and others difficult to navigate, there are many that are fabulous, easy to install and user friendly so you can get a head start on a gorgeous, toned summer body. Check out these apps that have people talking and moving!

Know Before You Download
Not all apps are created equal so before you choose one, knowing what makes a great app is essential. Steer away from gimmicky apps that promise weight loss with radical (and ludicrous ideas)Continue reading

Fit at Any Age

Managing to stay fit at any age presents its own set of hurdles and challenges, particularly in our older years when metabolisms begin to slow down and our muscles, bones and joints aren’t as strong as they once were. Far too many people associate being fit with being skinny, but there are definitive differences between them, and this is never more apparent than during the later years of life. With age our joints, muscles and bones can become more sensitive and prone to injuries. Because of things like arthritis and osteoporosis, Continue reading

Breaking Through The Wall

We have all been there, you are deep into your workout, and suddenly you hit that wall. Your muscles are tired and you want to do nothing more than quit. This is the very point at which many people give up on their exercise, and yet, it is also at the point that you are going to get the most benefit from exercise if you just persevere. Listening to just a few tips however, will ensure that you break through that wall safely and continue pushing your body to get stronger and healthier.

One thing that many athletes have noticed is that playing ‘upbeat’ music helps them break through that fatigue wall. This will benefit you both during indoor workouts and outdoor ones. Just grab a pair of headphones, stick on your music player and listen away through your workout. There is just something about the music that makes our body tick. Continue reading

Training Intensity

One of the most important factors in any type of muscle and weight lifting training is intensity. Beginners to muscle and weight training should adhere adhere to low levels of intensity and progressively adopt new and higher levels of intensity as they experience the results that they are trying to achieve. Once you have achieved higher levels of intensity in your training you should always focus on keeping a consistent muscular development with this same training intensity, otherwise the results that you have experienced will start to deteriorate over the long run. Keeping an adequate balance of training intensity can be effectively achieved by practicing the following strategies and techniques.

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Too Busy To Exercise?

Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of time it seems to take to exercise?  Turned off by the idea of countless hours on a treadmill or elliptical?  With an already busy work and family life schedule, it’s hard to imagine finding any more time in the day for exercise. With small tweaks in your schedule you can fit in a little bit of exercise each day. That will make a world of difference to your health. Below are suggestions on how to break it down in different ways.Continue reading