ALL New Stuff…..

Well….hello there….

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IF you have followed the blog at all, then you will notice my absence as of late. To be real, it was a myriad of different reasons.

First, I did have surgery and decided to actually take some downtime.

Second, I was truly questioning why I do what I do and if it matters at all in the grand scheme of things (jury is still out on that one).

Third, I was working to try and fill in the gaps of training, so to speak.

While first and second will be saved for another day, I’m going to share a little of the third with you now.

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I have been truly bogged down by the fact that a lot of people who come for help don’t get very far. Truth is, it felt as though there was a part missing…..let’s say, a spoke from a wheel wasn’t there. So, it made it very difficult for us to get anywhere. So I began to research other areas of expertise and talk with other trainers who have been successful at making their client, well, successful. The answer came again and again: an online training platform.

If you’re like me and you don’t dig technology all that much, then the thought of online training can seem daunting. The fact is, in today’s fast paced environment, you need something that will stay a step or two ahead so you can focus on life and not be overwhelmed by workouts. This online training platform can be held in the palm of your hand and is as easy as checking in on Facebook so everybody knows you’re handling your business ;)

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I have teamed up with TRAINERIZE to offer plans to help you reach any goal. Since my specialty is Corrective Exercise, this can be used in conjunction with your current training program. The app itself is extremely user friendly and you can track your progress in-app so you can see exactly where you’re headed, whether you want to lose fat, gain muscle, get stronger, be quicker, or simply move through life with less pain. You can see it all and track it all here.

It’s also simple to set up and doesn’t keep you bound to JUST seeing your trainer on certain days/times.

Start by checking into Pricing and available Schedules (online only option is available). Then, you will receive a message from your trainer to confirm a time for training that week. You have the option to see your trainer face to face 1-2 times per week, depending on your goal and schedule. For example, Olympic lifters usually see me once per week to focus on mobility and flexibility. Fat loss clients usually opt for twice per week. Once established, you will also get training programs uploaded into your app. These program will be personalized for your goal and lifestyle. This way, you know exactly what to do and can keep track of your workouts in-app. Your trainer can keep track as well and is informed of workout consistency. This creates an accountability that will propel you forward DAILY.

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I’ve also added meal planning capabilities to the app (all plans are done by me, not generic) so you can choose to add that option OR simply opt to get your nutrition in line while staying with your current trainer or training program.

Important Notes:

  • ALL face to face sessions are semi-private.
  • Private training sessions ARE offered, but are priced differently and not available for purchase in-app.
  • Meal planning is priced separately and requires a brief Q&A with your trainer.
  • You are totally allowed to switch times during the week, but must let your trainer know.
  • All plans are month to month and must be cancelled NO LATER than 2 weeks prior to next billing cycle.
  • Specialty training, such as MMA and Sports Performance, are also offered in a group setting.

This allows you to finally have the tools you need to reach THAT goal and start setting new ones. So, check out the app today, pick your program, get in a group, and start seeing and feeling results within a week!

In Person Training VS Online Training

well HELLLLOOOOO there!

It has been forever since I’ve shared a post with you, and I apologize, but I’ve been a little bit BUSY.

Once you’re all caught up on that, you’ll be happy to know that living the majority of my life in a gym has really helped to inspire what I hope will be incredibly helpful posts.

So let’s dig in to today’s post and hash out the benefits of different types of training.

One of the biggest issues facing training today is that it has been cheapened by its own. Trainers who deal under the table and use fitness facilities without expecting to pay has driven facility pricing up and the professionalism of training down. This is a pattern that professionals like myself are trying to fight.

So, how do you know if you’re getting a GOOD personal trainer?

Well, for starters I would recommend being a bit more picky when choosing your personal trainer.

Think of your personal trainer as a part of your medical team. Would you go to just any old doctor off the street? Your trainer should be chosen with care.

Once you have established how to pick a trainer, the question may then be if you should hire an in-house trainer at your local gym or an online trainer. And here is where it can be tricky….

Training is not regulated. Anybody can open an online training business and call themselves a personal trainer (or worse, a celebrity trainer).

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One BIG upside to hiring an in-house trainer is that most gyms require a national certification and they make sure trainers keep up with continuing education credits.

So, when you looked in to that online trainer who charges over $100 a month, did you research their credentials? Do your homework and keep yourself protected.

Another issue with training is what I believe to be the BIGGEST thing an in-person trainer can help with: FORM.

A hands on trainer can help make minute adjustments that lead to better muscle recruitment which will in turn help you reach your goal faster. These adjustments need to be made in person, cause I don’t care how awesome you think you are, Skype won’t cut it when you need to truly make adjustments. Hands on adjustments make all the difference in the world AND help to prevent injury.

In house trainers can also help you to track progress more effectively. PLUS, if you struggle with getting workouts in, an in-house trainer is a great way to set up that habit. My clients are given homework to complete each week and I ask them to check in with me at the gym, even if they don’t have an appointment that day. This ramps up the accountability factor we all need.

Are all trainers created equal?

Absolutely not!

I am blessed with a staff of trainers who are willing to continue to learn. A lot of trainers are only willing to go as far as the money. A good trainer will give you more than you paid for. A great trainer will depend on science to blow theory out of the water and help you reach your goals faster than you thought possible.

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So, how do you pick a trainer?

Do your research.

If a trainer is dealing underhanded and unwilling to pay a gym to train there, they won’t be fully committed to you either. An online trainer should be researched just as carefully and make sure you’re not simply looking at pictures……you can get those anywhere.

Seek out referrals for a good trainer in your area OR check out ideafit.com for a listing.

Is training cheap?

I wouldn’t trust it if it were. Good training will encompass the entire lifestyle, so it should take a chunk of time out of the trainers schedule. Consider this when looking at trainers. Also consider the fact that the better and more experienced the trainer, the more expensive they will be.

When it comes down to the nitty-gritty for training, you are paying for far more than that 1 hour session. If you’re lucky enough to get a trainer/nutritionist combo, then you should be getting plenty of nutrition education along with strength training, exercise sequencing, cardio workouts, flexibility training and core work (every day with me is core work). This is why training should be considered an investment. If your trainer doesn’t take your investment seriously, find another trainer.

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Training is a great way to get results, stay injury free and develop a love for fitness…..IF you find the right fit.

Keep on moving,

Michelle

 

 

Want to train with me? New services offered.

You’ll see a lot more happening around the site in the next few weeks. I’m opening up some new services I have been working on so that YOU can reach your personal and physical goals.

Check out what’s coming SOON:

ONLINE PERSONAL TRAINING

This is designed for those who either can’t get to me, can’t get a spot, OR find themselves ready to prod their own hiney out of bed and get it done! If you’re in that last category, then we have something in common: awesomeness :)

What does it include?

  • Macronutrient calculation and meal planning help individual to YOU and your goals
  • Macro adjustments as needed
  • Strength training plans adjusted to suit your goals AND your current abilities and facilities (no gym, no prob)
  • Cardio/conditioning programs for body fat loss
  • Tips and tricks

Who is it for?

  • Competitors (novice and experienced) looking for an edge and fresh concepts
  • Athletes needing conditioning, strength and nutrition for their sport
  • Youth athletes seeking and edge to a scholarship
  • Athletes who have struggled with injury and need help getting back on top of their game

Need more info? Email me at michelle@michellecfitness.com

Cost varies based on the length of training.

 

SPECIALTY DIETS

Feeling low on energy ALL THE TIME?

Having trouble focusing?

Do you feel the need for a nap right after you eat?

Struggling with achy joints?

Did you know that even a small food intolerance OR yeast buildup can cause these symptoms and many more?

I can help guide you through getting to know what could be plaguing you in a safe and effective way.

Each case is handles individually and I do also work with doctors. Email for info: michelle@michellecfitness.com

 

QUICK DROP

What is it?

This program is designed for a guaranteed weight drop, as fast as SAFELY possible. I utilize the highest of safety standards and stay in contact with each individual to make sure it is done correctly.

Who is it for?

Those in need of cutting weight quickly for a sports or insurance related issue (known as making weight). Nothing over 20 pounds on this one :)

Those who need a plan laid out and easy to follow. The QUICK DROP plan comes with easy to follow meal plans and effective workout plans to increase results.

Need more info? Shoot me an email michelle@michellecfitness.com

Cost is $250 for 4 weeks

 

21 DAYS TO HOPE

Are you truly desperate to lose weight?

Do you just not know where to even start?

Do you think, or have you been told, that surgery is your ONLY option?

All you need is 21 days to start changing the habits that put the weight on! You can do this, because others have.

In just 21 days, here’s what you’ll see:

  • Increased energy
  • Lower body fat
  • Water weight loss
  • Less bloating
  • Fewer gastrointestinal issues (acid reflux, gerd, IBS, etc.)
  • You’ll learn how to ditch the negative thoughts
  • You’ll find hope

Why wait? Get started by sending me an email and let’s talk about your goals! michelle@michellecfitness.com

 

Skype Sessions

These sessions are an hour in length and can cover any area where you feel you need a little more guidance such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Muscle gain
  • Proper exercise sequencing
  • Proper recovery
  • Supplementation
  • Nutrition
  • How to hush the negative thoughts that hold you back
  • How to embrace your changing body
  • How to get your family on board
  • How to handle haters
  • Special subjects for trainers as well

BRAND NEW 30 DAY GROUPS!

Want to get a trainer, but money is a little tight?

I am now offering 30 day challenge groups for Weight Loss and Muscle Gain (2 separate groups) that make your goals affordable and within reach.

Email now to get on the wait list michelle@michellecfitness.com

New groups start October 20th.

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NOW is the time to take it to the next level!

Michelle

 

 

 

 

Fun Friday is BACK!

 

National Nutrition Month: Super Easy Mexican Chicken

This is a throw and go crock pot recipe. If you don’t have a crock pot GO GET ONE (really, it’s like a $20 investment).

INGREDIENTS:

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained (I use organic, but that’s a personal call for you)

3/4 cup low sodium salsa (you can make it fresh, but that would take more than 10 minutes)

onion powder

Ms. Dash seasoning of choice

1 pablano pepper (seeded and chopped)

Handful of cilantro (I chop mine roughly)

6 corn tortillas, sliced or chopped or just torn up

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1 can low-sodium non-GMO corn kernels (or you can strip them off the cob in like 2 minutes or less)

DIRECTIONS:

Cut chicken into chunks…throw EVERYTHING in the crock pot (no water please). Turn on high and go workout for a while :)

If you’re going to be gone ALL DAY, turn to 300 degrees and let it cook SLOW.

BOOM!

That’s it. Easy as can be and the family LOVED it. Leftovers keep great (always a plus for working moms). I serve with side salad just because it makes me feel good about myself :)

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National Nutrition Month: ALL about Calories

Today’s video explains what calories are and how to make them work to your advantage.

For extra help with your nutrition check out the NUTRITION tab.

National Nutriton Month: Nutrition Label Reading

Who ARE those cute blondes?!?! :)

Fear not, it’s just my daughter and me from a couple of years ago. Label reading hasn’t changed, so get up to date on your most powerful health tool.

Need help with your nutrition? Click on the NUTRITION tab to see how I can help YOU :)

 

Transformation Tuesday: Bikini Comp Cardio

As previously pointed out, the features on the blog work whether you’re planning to strut your stuff on stage or at the beach. You can be close to your goal, exceeding it, to just starting and these tips and tricks will help you to see results faster without the detrimental inflammation….so, let’s get on with it shall we?

CARDIO

First off, cardio does serve a purpose (I am a self-professed iron addict) in that it helps to strengthen the most important muscle you own: your heart. I’m talking about your actual beating heart here, not the one that goes aflutter at the site of your special somebody. Your heart is a necessity to your very life and should be cared for accordingly. Cardio can also help strengthen the lungs (also pretty important if you enjoy living and breathing on a daily basis) and increase blood and oxygen flow to the skin, therefore increasing your rosy glow. For all of its benefits, cardio can also be quite misunderstood…

Cardio does not help you shed massive amounts of weight, nor does it help keep your skin tight during all the weight loss. It won’t keep you burning ample amounts of calories and does not burn fat for fuel, unless you are running a marathon…once a week. So, in the pursuit of tight glutes, perky pecs and awesome arms, where does cardio fit in, if at all?

When you’re looking to change the SHAPE of your body, you need to pick up some weight in order to drop weight. Lowering all over body fat and building up lean muscle can create a more aesthetically pleasing (and far higher functioning) physique. You do need cardio though (for the whole heart and lungs issue), so how do you go about cardio without tearing up what you have taken weeks to build? It’s not in the length, but rather the style.

If you’re seeking to round out shoulders and glutes whilst simultaneously shrinking your waist (more power to you!), then your cardio need to be a bit different from a simple run on the treadmill. Cardio programs consisting of 30-45 minutes of intense work targeted to your goals can help you reach them faster. Plyometrics are a great way to burn extra fat and sculpt muscle at the same time. If you have knee or back injuries, forgo until your doc has given you the all clear. sprint intervals on the treadmill (some people just refuse to get off of that thing) work great for lifting and toning and ample rear view. For those of us slightly less fortunate, GET OFF THE TREADMILL! And step on to your new best friend: THE STEP MILL. KNowing your body proportions will enable you to prepare a cardio workout that will kick your butt AND leave it looking better at the end of the day.

Treadmill and elipticals should be used in interval fashion for best results. Warm up for 3-5 minutes then follow the simple 1:2 ratio for beginners, 1:1 ratio for intermediate, and 2:1 ratio for those who seek death :)

  • 1:2 Run as fast as you can for 1 minute, rcover at a light jog or walk for 2 minutes and repeat for 20 minutes.
  • 1:1 Run as fast as you can for 1 minute, recover for 1 minute and repeat for 20 minutes.
  • 2:1 Run as fast as you can for 2 minutes, recover for 1 minute and repeat for 20 minutes.

If you’re not up to a minute, translate 30 seconds into thte equation (your mom told you that you would use math one day). Work your way up to longer intervals and longer times if you like. Remember that your effort in the gym will be reflected in how you look and feel everyday.

Step one today if to figure out what you have to work with: are you looking to lean out a little or a lot? What needs to lift up and what needs to tighten up?/ Cardio should challenge your endurance every time you step up to it, so make it something that you know will change you in some way, then attack it!

Here’s to your good health!

 

Michelle

 

Rockstar Training

 

Benefits of Proper Training: Knowing HOW TO Reach Your Goals

“Why do you train?”

It’s a common, yet confusing question. Each of us have slightly different goals when it comes to training. This is why we must approach training (and choosing a trainer) with a glass slipper approach: one size most definitely does NOT fit all….

COMMON TRAINING QUESTIONS:

What’s more important, cardio or weights? Honestly, there is a scientific theory based on how the body works and then there is one’s own knowledge of how their own body works. The muscles of the body are particularly designed to move the skeleton of the body. If the muscles atrophy and are no longer used, we can no longer move, period. While some of us may think the muscles are designed to help us look good in bikinis or fill out our jeans….they actually serve a more functional purpose. In order to gain strength (I’m not talking size at this point) we must place a certain amount of pressure upon the muscles in order to force them to adapt. The absolute GREATEST thing about being human is that we have been created to adapt. In order to create the needed pressure for the aforementioned adaptation we need some resistance training. Here is where it can go haywire for some: resistance training and body building are NOT the same thing. Training for muscle growth is vastly different (in both training and nutrition) from training for fitness, overall health and better strength. What would I consider resistance training for our purposes?

  • Weight training (obviously)
  • Resistance Bands
  • Exercise ball
  • Body weight exercise
  • TRX/suspension training
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Barre
  • Dance
  • Kickboxing
  • Boxing
  • Martial Arts

Honestly, I’m sure there is more but these examples will suffice for our purposes. These activities all help to build lean muscle and therefore allow the body to burn at a more efficient rate, meaning you’ll have a higher metabolism. Various workouts, such as kickboxing, dancing, body weight, etc. can actually help with cardiovascular health as well as maintaining and building lean muscle and are favored among those strapped for time and seeking more efficient workouts. So, where does all the confusion come in? In my opinion, it’s due to far too many opinions being thrown out there…..

One thing that is always remarked upon is weight training and women. I hope at some point we will get over this, but alas, we have not. Weight training will not make you BULKY. Women lack the needed testosterone to get super big. As a matter of fact, the women who compete in body building (the huge muscles) have to work far harder at gaining and maintaining muscle growth of that capacity. Nutrition and supplementation have to be spot on 24/7 and these athletes devote their lives to growth. Which is why people like me tend to lean towards bikini comps :) Case in point:

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So, the pic on top was taken at the tail end of a cardio rush, where I was simply doing cardio (running, kbox, etc) with no weights. The pics on bottom were 4 weeks later(2 weeks and 2 more weeks) after I picked up heavy weights again. See the point? Now, here’s the rub: weight work brilliant FOR ME. They happen to be my go-to and when I’m prepping for pictures, a show or even just the water park, I stick to weights and have minimal cardio. This is my gig nad by challenging and listening to my body I have found what truly works. It’s backed by the exercise science and my routines are pretty old school. I don’t throw in all this super crazy stuff….I lift things up and put them down LOL!

THE WEIGHT LOSS FIX:

What I always try to remind my clients is that our goals are not the same. My goal at times is to put on muscle and drastically cut fat. Theirs can be that the doctor told them they have to lose 50 pounds stat! These are 2 very different goals and should be approached differently. When you are just beginning a weight loss journey consider this: just move it. I really don’t care the type of cardio weight loss clients choose, it just has to be done consistently. I know Fitness Magazine had an article about how HIIT training can cut body fat faster, but I also know from experience that jumping repeatedly with over 200 pounds on your frame is not an activity you will keep up with! So, when you’re at the very beginning, JUST MOVE! Now, once you start to get your footing and you’re very focused on nutrition (water and greens will get you anywhere you want to go), start adding resistance training in order to bump up the metabolism and keep the skin tight.

MOTIVATION:

Here’s the deal with the M word…it is short-lived, but necessary. Where do I find motivation? EVERYWHERE! I can find it in past pictures (I mean, if my body did it once it can do it again!), old pics (AH!, I don’t want to go back THERE!), YouTube videos, magazine articles, movies, etc. I also keep plenty of fit friends in my circle and all up on my social media. When I decided competing would be in my future, I started gaining friends who were already doing what I wanted to do. That’s a key component to constant motivation right there. So think of your life a little different. I may not get paid big bucks to keep my booty in shape for a movie, BUT I train like I do…..so I’m ready when the call comes ;) Change your perception and make good choices on who you surround yourself with on a daily basis.

Now we’re moving forward, but I warn you not to get distracted and lose momentum! Think like a freight train, not a kitty cat….

Much fit love,

Michelle