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Benefits from Splitting Daily Workout into 2 Sessions

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 13, 2010

This blog post is for those who are frustrated by the sense of not enough block time to achieve a thorough work out.  To those we ask, have you considered working out twice a day?  Bear with us.....read on. There are clear benefits for some of you Answer is Fitness members out there.

There are studies that suggest that two short intense workouts demand more energy than one long workout. This makes sense when you consider the benefit of recovery that affords the second "half" of your workout to engage fresh vice "tiring" muscles.  Of course you must consider two sets of warm-up periods, so this training method may favor those who warm up very efficiently.  But the bottom line is this. If you are not fully fulfilled by your current work out routine due to time constraints, why not try breaking them up?

Here are the reported physical and psychological benefits of split-workouts:

  • Shorter workouts--a sense of accomplishment not once, but twice a day.
  • Faster results--Chances are you will slightly more time in two-a-day formats.
  • Better sleep--this goes with that sense of accomplishment. You just may psychologically sense a stronger commitment to fitness.
  • Boost in metabolism--The process of heating your body positively effects metabolism.
  • Increased energy in the morning and evening--Raising your heart rate is a great wake up.   

When splitting up your workouts, consider prioritizing cardiovascular training first and resistance training second. It just makes sense to get max blood flow going early and to catapult you into the day fully mentally charged. Most will find split workouts require more energy, so consider new demands that this approach may place on your diet.   Honestly assess the daily adjustment in intensity and consider the effect on recovery time...adjust as necessary.  

We're not advocating two-a-days as a superior alternative to one-a-days.  We are surprised, however, when discussing the option of two-a-days, how many people respond that they simply had never given it consideration.  For some of you, it might make perfect sense.  

Cycling is a Great Exercise Workout

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Why is cycling a fun exercise? How can it help me reach my goal? Well, cycling for exercise is a fantastic, aerobic and relatively easy form of staying fit. Answer Is Fitness' group cycling classes (Club Arc) are a great way to get cardio into your routine. While cardio for most people is something they must tolerate before they reach their goal, this is a fun group activity you can look forward too. Thanks to the visualizations provided by an instructor or your own imagination, one day you may climb your way through the scenic Swiss Alps, and the next day you may repeat high-cadence, swift-spinning intervals on a flat track. As a group you all travel together yet don't even leave the gym. Perfect for when it rains or snows!

Cycling isn't weight bearing unlike running for example. This means there is far less stress and tension in your muscles and joints compared with weight-bearing exercises like running. It is a simple motion of the legs working round and round, and some co-ordination of your core stomach muscles. Cycling is a form of aerobic exercise, which means you aren't starving the muscles of oxygen if you continue to do it over a long period of time, so you can cycle long distances.

Aerobic exercise means your metabolism increases; that means there is more activity going on in your body. Raising your metabolism occasionally over a prolonged period of time will help you body become fitter and function better. Exercise also makes us release endorphins into our blood. Endorphins are a hormone which makes us feel happy and content; perfect if you're feeling a bit stressed after a long day work!

Answer Is Fitness offers many group exercise programs to get its members into fitness and excited about it. We humans are social beings and doing an activity like exercising is a lot of fun with others around. Not only do our group exercises help you stay motivated and reach your fitness goal, but it's a great way to meet new people and feed off of each-other in class.

Dealing With The Work Out Clothes

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 05, 2010

This summer has been a major inferno for most of the country. While we regret the heat has forced many of you inside more than you like, we are glad that you turn to climate-controlled fitness activities inside the Answer Is Fitness health clubs. Don't sweat it, things will cool off soon enough, however, we know that the heat has all of us sweating at unprecedented levels. We assume most of you are soaking through every tee shirt in your wardrobe, so it gives us pause to offer some good common sense hygiene tips:

  • Clean Out Your Gym Bag - When you leave gym clothes in your bag for days on end, a fermentation process begins to occur in which stink molecules multiply more rapidly. Removing stinky clothes immediately can prevent this fermentation process.
  • Wash Your Clothes As Soon As Possible - There are a number of suggestions out there for cleaning your clothes but, whatever method you choose, wash your clothes as soon as possible to avoid permanent funk.
  • Try Other Methods of Washing - You may have clothes that seem permanently stinky, as may be the case with sweat-wicking fabrics since they seem to hold onto odor more than cotton fabrics.
  • Soak your clothes in vinegar before washing them
  • Mix baking soda with your detergent
  • Try a specialty detergent

When all else fails; get new clothes. You may find that some clothes get more and more smelly, no matter what you do. Use that as an excuse for a new workout wardrobe.

While sweating is great for our bodies, it provides challenges on the hygiene front. We hope these few hints help out.

Answer Is Fitness Offers Exercise Programs For Seniors Too

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Have you repeatedly heard exercise is important for older adults, but don’t know where to begin? Well look no further, Answer Is Fitness, is committed to everyone's health and exercise routine,  and we offer a beneficial program for seniors! Many older adults feel discouraged by fitness barriers, such as chronic health conditions or concerns about injury or falls. Or maybe you’ve never exercised before, do not you may not know where to begin, or have an ongoing health problem or disability.  Are any of these keeping you from becoming more active?

The truth is that you can’t afford not to get moving. Exercise is the key to staying strong, energetic, and healthy as you get older. According to recent studies done in the United States exercising can help you manage the symptoms of illness and pain, maintain your independence, and even reverse some of the symptoms of aging. And not only is exercise good for your body its good for your mind, mood, and memory.

No matter your age or your current physical condition, you can benefit from exercise. Reaping the rewards of exercise doesn’t require strenuous workouts. It’s about adding more movement and activity to your life, even in small ways. Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness, there are many easy ways to get your body moving and improve your health. Check out our senior program for more details and get active!

Pilates Mat vs Reformer

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 30, 2010

Pilates is usually performed on a mat, sometimes called “mat work.” It’s convenient, inexpensive, and requires minimal space, so home exercisers should take advantage of the plethora of Pilates books and DVDs that are on the market. Several inexpensive accessories, such as balls, bands, rings and rollers, can help you advance your practice and get stronger and more sculpted from head to toe.

A Reformer is a resistance-based piece of equipment with a moving carriage that slides along a wooden or metal frame. Springs and ropes provide assistance and resistance and can be adjusted for your height and experience level. Exercises are performed lying down, sitting, kneeling or standing.

Working on the Reformer by yourself could be dangerous if you do not have the proper instruction, You’ll always have someone handy to help you with form and questions at Answer Is Fitness. However, if you want to do Pilates at home—mat or Reformer—it’s always good to take several classes with a certified instructor beforehand to familiarize yourself with the moves and the technique, which is very form specific.


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