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There is so much around HIIT these days! It certainly is the best way to lose weight but that doesn’t mean you should do it everyday. Like anything your body needs time to recover. Doing HIIT everyday is not a way to lose weight faster. When you perform a HIIT workout you are spiking your heart rate for a set amount of time and then allowing it to recover and repeating this cycle multiple times. This results in EPOC or the afterburn (burning calories up to 36 hours post workout). EPOC stands for Excess Post Oxygen Consumption which is an increased rate of oxygen intake after the workout. During the workout you are working at an oxygen deficit. Your body needs to make that oxygen back which results in more calories burned post workout. HIIT workouts are typically shorter in length then steady state cardio which makes it a great way to fit a workout into your busy lifestyle. This style of workout taps into your anaerobic system. Whether using body weight exercises or machines, you can achieve a HIIT workout.

Let’s use the treadmill as an example. You can do a preset interval program but what I have found with my clients is that this doesn’t burn nearly as many calories as the program that I provide them. You also don’t need to be a runner to do interval training. Any fitness level can take part in a HIIT workout. I’ve created programs for people that are only able to walk on the treadmill and they burn anywhere from 400-600 calories per workout. That’s not including the amount of calories they will get from the afterburn. Calorie burn is not the only benefit for HIIT training. It also helps to train your heart. Overtime your resting heart rate will lower which means you’ll have to work harder on your intervals to achieve the same results. It’s a great way to measure your improvement and fitness level.

There is still benefit to Steady State Cardio. Using the treadmill as an example again, this would entail walking or running at the same speed for a longer period of time (like 20-40 minutes) which uses our anaerobic system at first but as time goes on you end up tapping into your aerobic energy system. This type of cardio takes longer then HIIT training but still comes with many benefits. The number one benefit is conditioning our most important muscle, our heart. Steady State Cardio helps to lower your LDL (low-density lipoprotein or ‘bad’ cholesterol), improve metabolism, keep blood sugar levels under control (by increasing your muscle’s ability to utilize glucose) and improve your sleep, just to name a few.

So which one should you do? The answer is both. They both have benefits that will complement your energy systems and results. HIIT training should never be done more then 3 times a week. You want to give yourself a day of rest in between each HIIT workout. Therefore, if you still want to do some kind of activity, complement your HIIT workouts with a steady state cardio workout. Alternate between the two so you get the best results for your heart, mental health and body function.

Here’s a FREE HIIT Treadmill workout to try the next time you go to the gym. E-mail back or post in our Facebook group if you liked it and how many calories you burned.

Here’s the FREE treadmill program again!

 

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

20 seconds work (burpee)

10 second rest

20 seconds work (burpee)

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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.

 

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.

 

I came across a quote the other day that said ‘I have get to workout’.  Having to workout and GETTING to workout are 2 different things.  Just changing 1 word in your vocabulary can make your outlook on life and goals seem different.  We all have goals but changing your frame of mind is what will help you achieve and conquer them.  Let’s not take movement for granted.

FIT MOMS & KIDS Bootcamp begins next Wednesday!
Register today!
alexis.talledes@fizzique.ca
416-737-5208

Ladies without kids are welcome too!
Come get fit, stronger and healthier outdoors for the month of August.

Take advantage of our very affordable FIT PASS for $100 which allows you to attend all of our classes (morning and evening).

Our classes are intense but can be modified for those that have injuries, limitations or are just starting out. We are certified, insured and trained to deal with every type of population.

WE ARE FOR EVERYONE!

No matter your what your fitness level is you will surely see results. Lose inches, burn calories and get stronger!!

Get ‪#‎strongereveryday‬ with our classes!

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Isabel joined the Mission:Slimpossible challenge and was eager to get started.  She was committed to attending 3 nights a week as often as she could and emailed me whenever she had a question or wanted to know what more she could do to see results.  I loved receiving her emails and finding out that her kids were getting in on the at home workouts and holding her accountable as well. People like Isabel are why I love what I do.  Doesn’t make excuses and keeps reminding herself that it takes time to see results.  She knows quick fixes don’t work and true weight loss takes time.  Congratulations Isabel on your success with the program and I look forward to seeing you in the next session.  Isabel lost 5 inches, 4.6 lbs and 3.5% body fat.
Here’s Isabel’s story.
I am a mother of 3 and i have struggled with my weight for the last 6 years. My youngest are only a year and a half apart. I had no time in between to lose any weight from my second pregnancy and after my third I had what felt like 3x the extra weight that I had before even having any kids. Everything I have tried has only been temporary.  The most effective way I was loosing any weight was going to the gym, but that didn’t last long. There was no motivation to go. Sometimes i was hearing myself say I can always go tomorrow and then it turned into a week and a week into a month. With such a busy life I gave up going to the gym and the pounds came back. Taking the kids from soccer to karate to swimming I had no time for myself so I would sometimes skip meals or eat late or eat on the go. I got to the point where I had to make a choice; make the change for the better for myself or keep going downhill and feel miserable.
I saw all the great reviews online for Alexis’ bootcamp and decided to give it a try. Why not? What did I have to loose? A couple of pounds is better than nothing. I had to start somewhere. I did the slimpossible challenge with the meal plan and loved it!! I lost pounds, lost inches and felt great about myself. I felt motivated all the time. Every class is different. My favourite was the kickboxing. I made myself accountable to go and met a great group of ladies. The meal plan is simple and easy to do.
I also have Alexis’ workout DVD which I use 3x a week. The 10 minute workouts are awesome and help me to keep the weight off.
This has been a great experience and I can’t wait to start another session.
isabel

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