GS-FITNESS / CORE BOOT CAMP: 3 SLED CONDITIONING EXERCISES FOR FAT LOSS.

The outdoor season is upon us here in Newton, Ma.  That means one thing for the participants in the CORE Boot Camp program, it’s sledding season!  Here are three great sled conditioning exercises that are great leg and glute shapers ladies, as well as being a great exercise for fat loss conditioning.

The sled push is one of the leg and glute shapers I was talking about ladies.  The biomechanics of this exercise put the emphasis on the hamstrings and glutes.  Also if done in a set of 6-10 reps with 60-90 recovery it is by far one of the best fat loss exercises a person can do.

The sled drag is similar to the push.  This version allows for more power developed from the contra-lateral arm swing needed.  Like the push, when done at maximum effort for 6-10 reps there is no better way to boost metabolic rate and burn fat.

Last but certainly not least is the bear crawl/sled drag combination.  A miserably effective exercise for lower body strengthening and shaping and fat loss.

If you’re into summer sledding and fitness, we’ve got you covered at CORE Boot Camp in Newton, Ma.  Sign up for two free classes to try it out and start your journey to the best physical condition of your life today!

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GS-FITNESS / CORE BOOT CAMP 1 ARM BURPEE BROAD JUMP COMBO

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GREEN TEA FAT LOSS THEORY DEBUNKED, FOR THE MOMENT ANY WAY

Bodybuilders and recreational exercises alike are always looking for a fat loss edge when it comes to competing or just looking good in a bathing suit. In recent news green tea and green tea extract consumption has been touted as having that extra fat burning boost so many exercisers are looking for to elicit the desired results. In an article found on The New York Times researchers found that the consumption of green tea had no effect on weight loss. This study is weak in that it is only done for a one week period of time. It claims that at the end of the one week there was n increase in fat oxidation. Isn’t it possible that it takes the body longer to adjust and adapt the new stimulus? It also claims that there was enough of the fat burning component in a daily green tea or two or even the average amount of a green tea extract supplement. Leaving the door open for the possibility of a higher dosage being potent enough to potentially do the job? Until the next study done on this don’t rest your hopes on your daily Zen from Starbuck’s as the fat loss key to your success. Daily Tazo Zen green tea from Starbuck's

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GS-FITNESS / CORE BOOT CAMP: MEMEBR OF THE MONTH JUNE 2013.

John H. has been coming to the program for two years now, he is a working professional with three small kids and can’t find the time otherwise to stay active.  Our early morning class times are perfect for him.  He just completed the Tough Mudder competition on June 1st at Mount Snow I believe is where it was, hear his story.

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GS-FITNESS: ALWAYS CHOOSE THE LESS GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD OPTION.

For good health and weight loss.  Some foods appear to be healthy, and to a certain extent they probably are, but usually there is a healthier option available.  For example:  a turkey wrap with lettuce, tomatoe, dressing or condiment of some sort, avocado vs a grilled chicken salad with avocado, olive oil, walnuts and multiple green leafy vegetables.  The salad is the way to go for sure.  Deli turkey is a modified food, so is the wrap and condiment that might come on it.  Asking for no condiments is a step in the right direction, but ultimately to make the very best chocie for your health the salad is the better option.

Let’s compare two very popularly acclaimed health foods on the market, olive oil and canola oil.  Both claim to be heart healthy and contain healthy omega 3 fatty acids.  But, canola oil comes from a plant called rape seed.  Canola oil is a marketing name derived from Canadian oil.  It comes from the rapeseed plant whose other famous plant family members are broccoli and turnips.  To our current day knowledge canola oil is a result of the hybridization and genetic modification of the rapeseed plant to breed out it’s undesirable taste and hazards to health.  Oil from the rapeseed plant has been used for thousands of years in China and India and is known as the poor man’s cooking oil.  The oil contained long chain fatty acids (which are to be avoided) called erucic acid which was irritating to mucous membranes.  Consumption of the original rapeseed oil was associated with fibrotic heart lesions, known as Keshan’s Disease, as well disorders of the central nervous system, lung and prostate cancer, anemia and constipation.  It is said during the oil engineering process that both hexane (gasoline constituent) and heat are used to get rape seed plants to what is known as canola oil.  Hexane in the past has been linked to causing adverse health effects.

Olive oil is pressed from, olives.  They first are squeezed into a paste where the droplets of oil will be collected and bottled for distribution.  Extra virgin olive oil follows this path of production.  Olive oil is pressed at low temperatures and they do go through multiple pressing phases.  The oils that go through the first pressing phase are considered to be the most nutrient dense.

At the end of the day, consuming foods in their most natural forms that contain the health components that these oils have is the best route to take.  It is up to us as consumers to make the best decision with the information we have at hand.  Conflicting reports will be found on this topic, do research and see where the information is coming from before you decide.  Happy eating folks.

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GS-FITNESS: CORE BOOT CAMP NOW IN WESTWOOD, FITNESS BOOT CAMP AT IT’S BEST!

Citizens of Westwood, Norwood and other surrounding towns we are now in your area helping people reshape their midsections at 6am on M,W,F at the Islington Community Center.    Sign up through the Westwood Recreation Department.  http://www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/index.cfm?cdid=25311&pid=19935

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GS-FITNESS: 2 FREE CORE BOOT CAMP CLASSES COMING UP IN NEWTON, MA

Wednesday October 12th we are offering a free trial class for people in the Newton Highlands, Newton Center and anywhere Newton at 54 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands. The venue is called the Hyde Community Center and Park. Ideal for stay at home or part time moms.

Tuesday November 1st there will be another free trial class offered at 69 Tyler Terrace in Newton Center. On the field of the Newton Center playground. We will be inside at the hut if weather is poor. Bring a friend, tell a neighbor, challenge a co-worker to come with you and give it a try.

www.newtonmabootcamp.com

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GS-FITNESS: CORE BOOT CAMP IN NEWTON CENTER, MA. 10.6.2011

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GS-FITNESS: THE WEIGHTWATCHER’S TRAP.

Since 1997 Weightwatcher’s has helped a lot of people lose weight.  But weight loss seekers should remember that it is just that, a business.  I know too many people who have tried and have had success with the weightwatcher’s program.  Then they stop, they stop going to the meetings and they stop losing weight and start gaining weight back.  The typical point of concern is when all of the weight thas was lost is gained back.  The common next plan of action is none other than… follow the weightwatcher’s plan again.  Why would you try something that didn’t work the first time?  Temporary weight loss is easy to achieve to a certain degree and for the most part weightwatcher’s appears to be a short term fix for a life long problem for many.  Unless it is something that can be maintained over time it isn’t going to work.

Jared Vogel is a great example of someone who is on a yo-yo meal plan.  Google (images) Jared Vogel from the Subway commercials and you will find pictures of him at his heaviest prior to losing weight; you’ll find him at his thinnest after losing alot of weight; you’ll also find pictures of him in between the two.  His plan isn’t something he can consistently follow for a lifetime.

Weightwatcher’s has recently stated that there might be better ways to a permanent weight loss plan.  It’s taken them 24 years to finally change their philosophy.  It’s taken the fact that their business has been floundering in the recent years.  If they were still progressing as a business, there wouldn’t be any concern of the actual advice they were giving out. 

What is an example of something that will work over a long period of time?  What is the right lifestyle approach to losing weight? Great question.  The basis of all sound nutrition plans should be as follows:

Plenty of green leafy vegetables at every meal.  Nutrient dense, fibrous foods are essential for hunger control and nutritional value.

Quality proteins from animals, nuts, beans, fish and seeds.  If you can get healthy fats within your protein source you are killing two birds with one stone. 

Healthy, omega 3 rich foods/fats from flax, nuts, fish and other fruits and vegetables like coconuts and avocadoes.  These food items will satisfy huner and curb cravings for porcessed sweets and foods.

Meal plans don’t have to be boring to be healthy.  Here is a sneak peek at mine yesterday.

5:30am – Smoothie with real coconut, banana, plant protein powder, chia seeds(omega 3′s), walnuts mixed with alomnd milk.  This tatses fantastic and is filling.

10:30am – Grilled cod seasoned with olive oil and oregano with mixed green salad with sliced avocado, with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, pecans and black beans. 

2:00pm – Grilled turkey burger on an Arnold sanwich thin.  Topped with avocado, raw cheddar and mustard with lettuce and sliced tomatoe.  Another fantastically tasting dish, and healthy. 

6:00pm – Mixed green salad with chick peas, chia seeds, colored peppers, cucmbers.

8:00pm 3-4 squares of dark chocolate 85% cacoa.  Herbal/chamomile tea.

The fact that Weightwatchers allows for processed foods to be consumed leads to a dependancy on those types of foods.  The yo-yo approach is a fast track to both failure and a  depleted bank account.

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