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Ashley Graham is a REAL woman. I can’t believe what’s considered plus size is a US size 8. The modelling industry is basically saying that more then half of the world is plus size. I guess I fit into that category because the tops I buy at Lululemon are size 8. I have broad shoulders and larger boobs which I feel look feminine and strong.  
Even though we are not standing in front of an agent we are standing in front of the world. Putting ourselves on display by posting photos on social media for others to comment on. Whether by writing comments or saying it to themselves we are constantly judging others. I have heard women describe other women as “the fat one” or “the anorexic looking one”. Labelling. It honestly makes me sad to hear this. 
There is too much pressure to fit into a mold and some women are not strong enough to think otherwise. They think if they look a certain way that it’s considered beautiful. Meanwhile, psychologically you are spiralling out of control just to make yourself look a certain way. So when will you know you’ve reached your ideal image of what you want to look like? The answer is you won’t. If you’re so caught up in making yourself look a certain way you will constantly be cutting yourself up. 
STOP!!
STOP having this unhealthy looking image in your mind. 
The fitness industry is notorious for posting half naked selfies. No body fat, no thigh gap, big booties, abs, big boobs, skinny arms, a ton of makeup. A lot of what’s on the internet is so unrealistic. How about embracing that you have some rolls, that your thighs touch and jiggle when you walk, that you look healthy and strong. As long as you’re keeping active, fueling your body with healthy food like fruits and veggies, and not sitting on your butt the whole day, then you are thanking your body for all that it does for you. 
The human body is an amazing thing and we all come in different shapes and sizes. This applies to men too. Accept your body for all of the amazing things it does for you. Be proud of your legs that take you places. Be proud of your round bum that helps you to sit and stand. Be thankful of your midsection that helps you to stand or sit straight. Be proud of your strong arms that allow you to lift your kids, clean your house and drive. Your body is responsible for more then just “looking good”. Embrace who you are, what you’re capable of doing. You are you and that should be enough. No expectations, no judgement. 

Watch Ashley Graham at TedX here

My client and I have been working together for 2 months to get her ready for her trip to Greece. We started working out twice a week and then for the 2nd month we increased it to 3 times per week. In 2 months she has lost 30.2 lbs, 4.7% body fat, 14.5 inches and her BMI has gone down by 5. OUTSTANDING RESULTS!!!! Dedication and proper nutrition are what made this happen. I can’t wait to share the before and after photo.

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Check out these photos that are a year apart.  What a huge improvement.  Phil is my husband but also one of our clients.  He has been following Fizzique programs for a few years now and he just keeps improving.  His goal is to gain weight because he was very skinny growing up.  It was difficult for Phil to put on weight but not any more.  Under the supervision of Fizzique he has changed his eating habits and workouts and clearly the results are working in his favour.  What a huge accomplishment in 1 year.  As you can see by these photos progress takes time.  There is no quick fix that will have permanent results.  It is a process so accept it and enjoy every moment of it without stressing out.

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If you’re like many people out there it takes all of your will power to get off the couch, out the door, drive to the gym and complete a 1 hour workout.  What if I told you that you could accomplish the equivalent to a 60 minute workout in only 4 minutes and in the comfort of your own home with NO equipment.  I swear I’m not crazy or lying.  It’s called Tabata training and it’s a High-Intensity Interval workout.

Tabata training was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo.

Dr. Izumi Tabata and his team conducted their research on two groups of athletes. The first group trained at a moderate intensity level while the second group trained at a high-intensity level. The moderate intensity group worked out five days a week for a total of six weeks; each workout lasted one hour. The high-intensity group worked out four days a week for six weeks; each workout lasted four minutes and 20 seconds (20 seconds of work:10 seconds of rest).

What they found was that Group 1 had increased their aerobic system, but showed little or no results for their anaerobic system. Group 2 showed a larger increase in their aerobic system than Group 1, and increased their anaerobic system by 28 percent.

In conclusion, high-intensity interval training has more impact on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems.

Now do you believe me?  Let me explain how the workouts are completed.  A true tabata workout is doing 20 seconds of work with a 10 second rest and repeating this for 8 rounds.  You are performing the exact same exercise for all 8 rounds and the exercise should feel very challenging right from the first second of the work phase.  It should not gradually get challenging.  I want to challenge you to try this so you can experience what Group 2 from the study went through.  Complete burpees for all of the work phases and ensure you take 10 seconds of rest in between each set.

20 seconds work (burpee)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (burpee)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (burpee)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (burpee)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (burpee)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (burpee)

10 second rest

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This would be extremely challenging and perhaps boring for the regular fitness participant so that is why most instructors and trainers will tweak the workout to include 2-4 exercises.  This way you’re working mutliple muscle groups to achieve a full body workout.  Here is an example of a tabata workout with a mix of exercises.  Once you’ve tried a true tabata try this and see how you feel.  Chances are this one will feel a bit more attainable.  It should always feel challenging and not like a walk in the park.

20 seconds work (push-up with knee tuck)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (side plank hip dips)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (pop jacks)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (split lunges)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (push-up with knee tuck)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (side plank hip dips)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (pop jacks)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (split lunges)

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As you include these types of workouts into your week you may notice that you’re able to do more.  Perhaps more reps within the 20 second work time or the ability to add a challenge to a specific exercise.  What you will experience is EPOC (Exercise post-oxygen consumption).  This is the oxygen consumption above resting level that the body is utilizing to return itself to its pre-exercise state.  Increasing the amount of oxygen consumed and working anaerobically during a workout (doing HIIT) will increase the amount of calories you burn at rest.  This will occur up to 36 hours post workout.  Who doesn’t want to burn more calories!

(disclaimer) Consult your physician or health care provider before beginning any type of fitness program.  If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath stop immediately and make an appointment with your physician or health care provider.

 

My client is a superstar! In 1 month she has lost 12 lbs, 4.3% body fat and 9.25 total inches. We have been training twice a week and will be increasing to 3 times a week for the next month so she can gear up for her trip to Greece. She has been on point with her nutrition and gives me 100% every session which is clearly working based on these results. We have also introduced boxing in her workouts which she loves (who doesn’t love punching and kicking their trainer?!)

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As a personal trainer and fitness professional it’s so important to measure your client’s progress. Each month I take my clients measurements to make sure they’re staying on track. It’s a great way for the client to stay accountable to their goals and for us to chat about how we’re going to keep the momentum going.

This is a male client of mine who is working extremely hard and the results are clearly paying off. In just 2 months he has lost 20 lbs, 6.1% body fat, 8.5 inches and 2.6 BMI.

This is proof that hiring a certified personal trainer pays off. We get you the results and work with you every step of the way. One on one attention and the right fitness and nutrition plan to ensure you get the results you are striving for. It’s not an easy process and it does take work but the results are worth it…..and so are you!

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Often times I hear negative talk. I hate my stomach, I hate my legs, I hate my hips…etc. Treat eating healthy and working out like a part time job and you’ll start to notice results. Plan your meals and book appointments for your workouts. So many times we get on with our day and by the time we think about doing a workout it’s 9pm and you’re ready for bed. 
Often times too I see posts saying, if I don’t see results quickly I get discouraged. Sometimes it’s not just about the number on the scale. There are so many goals you can set for yourself besides a target weight. How about being able to do a specific exercise, or running 5K. Celebrate your small accomplishments instead of focusing on your end result. You’ll end up driving yourself crazy and potentially being discouraged and then stopping all together. What sets fit and healthy people apart from unhealthy people comes down to a few things: will power, acknowledgement that they need help or appointments in their calendar in order to do their workout (ie. Personal trainer or fitness class) and prepping a week in advance what your meals and workout schedule will be like (plan, plan, plan). Nothing happens over night and it is not normal to see gigantic results in a week or so. Generally if a program has you drop around 6-10lbs in the first week it’s not a program that will help to keep the weight off. Chances are you will gain it all back and then some more because most programs cut your calories a ton and you end up basically starving your body. Then when you get off the plan and start eating real food again you end up gaining it back and then some because your body will hold onto the extra calories because it doesn’t know when you’re going to “starve” it again. Stop doing quick fixes and start PLANNING!!!! Focus on your small successes throughout your journey and have fun. Make small changes every week or so to get you to your end result. Don’t just jump in doing 5 days/week of workouts when you have been sedentary for a few years. Gradually get back into it. You’ll notice greater results if you focus on 1 small change at a time then trying to change everything at once. 

Small progressions=success

To get you started on your journey I would like to offer you this free motivational image that you can share with your friends, use as your computer, tablet or phone wallpaper.


Once you can stop putting yourself down for all of your “imperfections”, creating a realistic goal plan and focusing on your small accomplishments will you truly start to be happy, positive and see results. 

Have a fit day!

I decided to post how we rank our fighters. These are the fundamental criteria we use to rank our fighters and determine who is the champion at the end of the month.

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We spend a great deal of time observing our fighters and building on all 5 areas. Over the past 2 weeks we have had 4 new fighters join us. They have literally blown me away with their progress. We are very strict when assigning rankings and they are off to an amazing start. Serious title contention in the very near future. Notice the ‘C’ beside the first person.  That means they were champion last month and the rankings below are their contender ranking.  We rank our fighters weekly and at the end of the month, the fighter with the highest average score is declared the champion and the winner of that month’s giveaway. This is one of the many ways Fizzique Fighter MMA distinguishes itself from other kickboxing classes. We also have a communal playlist. So if you want a song or two added to our workout track to give you that extra motivation, we will do it. We’re all about begin fit, healthy, having fun and growing our family. Fizzique Fitness…..It’s a Lifestyle.

 

Motivation.  Confidence.  Self-worth. Transformation.  Happiness.  Better mood.  All of the things you feel or achieve when you workout.

You’re willing to spend your money on gimmicks and products that may help you drop the weight quickly but it doesn’t teach you how to keep it off for good.  Stop taking advice from someone that doesn’t have a college or university degree or any formal type of education surrounding health and wellness.  You only have one body and as far as we know, one life.  Your health is not something to experiment with.  Just like you wouldn’t ask a friend to perform a dental surgery on you, why would you turn to a non-certified, uneducated individual for health and wellness advice?  Even a massage.  Would you trust your friend to give you a massage or would you see the assistance of an RMT?  The art of personal training is methodical and scientific based.  It’s a health science for a reason.  As someone that has graduated from an elite fitness and health program I am educated on the anatomy of the human body (I performed a bell ringer just like an RMT or Chiropractor would have), biomechanics, workout periodization, special populations (aging, prenatal, injuries, diseases, etc.), various fitness assessment testing, fitness appraisals and how to read an ECG test just to name a few.

I am not just a personal trainer who you see for 60 minutes and then don’t hear from me again until our next session.  I am your coach, cheerleader, friend, therapist and psychologist.  I will never put you down and will never make you perform an exercise that is unattainable or could make you susceptible to injuries.  I always have an open line of communication to check-in.  I like to see how you’re feeling, chat about your meal planning and what type of exercise you are doing when I am not with you.  I create monthly plans to keep you on track.  There are so many options to keep you moving forward.  No two people’s workout plans will ever be the same.  That’s the beauty of having a personal trainer in your corner.  Trainers are there for YOU.  We aren’t there to get our own workout in (that should be part of our own work/life balance), we are there to help you succeed every way possible.  I will not allow you to make excuses (because those never got anyone results) and will always make sure I continuously motivate and cheer you on to success.  I am not here to make you feel bad or devalue your worth.  Everyone, both men and women, are entitled to feel their best. You didn’t get to where you are by working out 5 times a week and eating fruits and vegetables all day.  I know that’s quite blunt but it’s the truth and the faster you can realize what you need to do in order to change (with my help) the faster you will see results.  Somewhere along the line you lost your drive to be something better, to lead a healthy lifestyle.  You lost who YOU were.  Let’s find that old you together and re-identify your self-worth.  This is a lifestyle change that will forever change your entire outlook on life.  It’s the most wonderful feeling when you notice results and feel accomplishments for small things in your daily life that you couldn’t do before.  Yo-Yo dieting or trying every new fitness trend DOES NOT WORK!  Let’s realize that now so you can start fresh and start making permanent lifestyle changes.

You may think that personal training is a luxury but let me put it to you this way.  Your life  is the most important luxury you can own.  EVERYONE (including personal trainers) needs a Personal Trainer.  I’ve personally had one and it was the greatest investment I made.  That’s not to say that I can’t put a stellar program together and see results.  I love having the guidance of a knowledgable professional that is going to motivate me for that hour.  I like having the appointment in my calendar because it makes me feel in control of my daily life instead of fitting it in when I can and perhaps forgetting about it all day until it’s far too late to get a workout in.  Whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain weight, train for a race, train for a specific sport or are stuck with your routine, have plateaued and need a challenge, EVERYONE needs a personal trainer.  Re-allocate that budget you would’ve spent on gimmicks and trendy workouts to hiring Fizzique Fitness.  We will not only provide you with a fitness program that will transform your body but we will teach you what you need to do on a daily basis to ensure you achieve your goals.  At Fizzique Fitness, we change lives and make you stronger everyday.  You can invest in your health now, or you can pay for it later.  Either way, it’s going to cost you.

I’ve got a secret and it’s how to burn fat!  Watch the video to see what you can do to keep burning fat even after you workout.

 

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