Posts Tagged ‘injury prevention’

How to Get a Flat Stomach!

January 15, 2011

In case you missed today’s “flat belly” workout and seminar, we missed you; but we had a great workout!  We barely had enough space to fit everyone in the fitness room AND the lobby!

We did an ascending ladder today, so look forward to doing more of those this month. J

After the workout, Dale Hall showed everyone the new BodyHelix wraps that we can use on our knees, elbows, thighs, calves, and Achilles tendons.  I’m liking the one I use on my knee, and it’s helping me during my workouts and my runs.  I never have had a wrap that I’ve worn before because none were comfortable enough to wear on a regular basis; but these are, and they don’t move!  Here’s Dale’s info if you need it.  Email: dale.hall@bodyhelix.com, phone: 704-641-4871.   Go through her to make sure you get the proper wrap AND the discount that you’ll receive, instead of having to pay shipping.

Then Ryan Danner of Carolina Performance and Wellness gave a great analogy to convey to us why we need to be using our foam rollers and “sticks” to take care of our muscles.  Ryan tells people who are hurt every day that you don’t start brushing your teeth when you get a cavity, so we shouldn’t start trying to take care of ourselves JUST when we get hurt.  Hopefully, we can all take 5 minutes a day to roll out any sore spots so that we can stay active (and keep coming to bootcamp. J)!  Here’s Ryan’s info.  I go to Ryan for any injuries or problems that I have with my knees or shoulder.

Phone: 703-541-7499, email: ryan@carolinaperformancecenter.com, and www.carolinaperformancecenter.com.

Jessica Hooks of Just Focus Massage and Wellness showed us how we can help any injuries that we do have by using “kinesiotape” to support/assist a weak joint or muscle.  A lot of athletes and weekend warriors are using kinesiotape to increase their performance and decrease duration of injuries.  I’ll be booking Jessica for a massage soon!

Here’s Jessica’s info.  Email: Jessica@justfocuswell.com. Phone: 704-299-2607, www.justfocuswell.com.  Remember, they have a wellness series that they’re getting ready to start, which would be a good addition to your workouts if you feel like you’re missing that component of your “wellness picture.”  She can tell you more about what each course or seminar is about.

To wrap it all up, I would suggest that 1)  everyone should employ a “self-care” routine and start using their foam roller or stick on a regular basis on any tight spots or nagging areas.  It only takes about 5 minutes a day!

2)  If you have pain that persists for more than a week (especially after you have started using your foam roller and/or stick regularly), use a professional such as Dr. Danner, who is able to work out tight spots using Active Release Therapy; OR go to someone such as Jessica Hooks who will be able to massage out tight areas, can tape up your injury, and also can provide wellness coaching if you’re interested.

3)  If you feel that you just need a little extra support on a joint or enjoy the feel of some extra warmth that the BodyHelix wraps supply, go to Dale Hall, and she’ll help you get the wrap that fits properly and suits your needs the best.

Read below for the 3 Things You Must Do to Have a Flat Belly!

1)       To reduce your belly fat AND tighten up your stomach, you need to have a strength training routine that is a FULL BODY routine.  You need to do high intensity strength training intervals that will ramp up your metabolism, get your muscles screaming, and your heart rate pumping!  Your full body routine should have at least one core exercise for every 5 exercises that you do, but most importantly, it should work your body in a very functional way that makes you move in all 3 dimensions just like you need to do in “real-life,” everyday situations.  Also, your core exercises should be bodyweight-supported abs exercises, not crunches or sit-ups! (Bad for your back and neck)

P.S.  If you’re in a Palisades, Tuff Girl, or Charlotte Corporate Wellness bootcamp, you’re guaranteed to be doing these things in EVERY workout!

2)      To reduce overall bodyfat AND bellyfat, you need to be adding high intensity cardio intervals to your routine in place of long, slow, boring cardio.  Intervals will help you get leaner my helping burn more calories, plus they can actually cut down your workout time AND strengthen your heart.  Intervals can actually decrease repetitive motion injuries because you can workout for a shorter amount of time but get even better results.

3)      The MOST important factor in getting a flat stomach is EATING RIGHT!  You heard me say today that “abs are made in the kitchen.”  I’m sure many of you workout-aholics have experienced this yourself, just as I have.  I have sabotaged my efforts many times by NOT eating well and rewarding myself with whatever I want to eat after a tough workout because I “deserve it” or have “earned it.”  However, this is NOT the way to make progress.  You need a calorie deficit to trim fat off of your body AND your belly, and you do that by a) eating lean protein and veggies, b) cutting out junk foods, processed foods, and sugar foods, and following #1 and #2 above!

Hope you enjoyed the workout everyone.  I’ll look forward to helping you get that flat belly that you want and achieving a higher fitness level than you ever thought possible.  Feel free to forward this to your friends and pass on this FREE invaluable information!

Julie “Tuff Girl” Sawyer

Fitness Director, Palisades Country Club

Tuff Girl Bootcamps, http://www.tuffgirlbootcamps.com

Charlotte Corporate Wellness, charlottecorporatewellness.com

803-984-0714

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Free Fitness/Health Seminar!

December 29, 2010

What: FREE Fitness Seminar
Come out to get equipped and motivated for the New Year!

When: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:00 PM

Where: Palisades Sports Complex
13417 Grand Palisades Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28278
803-984-0714

This seminar will feature some of the area’s top professionals in various areas of health and fitness including but not limited to the following:
Julie Sawyer, fitness professional and Hall of Fame Inductee, will be doing a 10-15 minute talk on the 7 Deadly Workout Sins to help people know what NOT to do when working out and how to get the most out of their workouts for 2011.
Dr. Brian Strump, Doctor of Chiropractic and certified CrossFit instructor, will be speaking on muscle tissue quality, trigger points, and injury prevention.
Cynthia Hill, nutritionist, will be speaking on The Invasion of High Fructose Corn Syrup to help people make better food choices for better health.
Dr. Steve Weston, M.D. and medical director of Azura MedSpa is also a possible speaker and is an expert on the latest anti-aging and skin therapy techniques plus hormone replacement therapy.
Come out and get loads of free information that will equip you to have the healthiest and fittest year of your life!

Top 10 Fitness Resources of 2010/2011!

December 28, 2010

OK bootcampers, here’s one more Top 10 list for you that you really need to know!  You’ve probably heard me mention some of these before, but these are some of my “go-to” resources or people that I use regularly.  Some of these are local professionals that I use when I need help with a particular issue and others are online, worldwide resources.  Each one of these people or resources are THE BEST in their particular field, and I highly recommend them/their services.

Top 10 Fitness Resources of 2010/2011!

1)       Best interval training music!  Workout Muse– The world’s leading custom interval training workout music!  You know well that this is one of my favorites.  We use it for bootcamp workouts so that I can help coach you, encourage you, and check your form, so that I don’t have to look at my watch!  I also use Workout Muse for my own workouts.  I have it on my smartphone and on my ipod, and it keeps me from having to look down at my watch.  A great way to do intervals and a great source of workout information!  To shop for workout muse soundtracks of your own, go to  http://tgbc.workoutmuse.com.  They have 2 free tracks there if you click on “music store,” then “interval protocols” and then “FREE.” (30-15 track and the 60-15 track)

Also, check out workout automator if you want a Done-For-You music track and workout to follow for a make-up day or when you’re on the road.

2)      Best supplements!  Prograde- All formulated by a registered dietician, these supplements are used and recommended by the country’s best fitness professionals.  Some of the most popular supplements include Prograde Protein (reduces sugar cravings, great protein supplement), Prograde Workout (after workout drink for adding lean muscle and recovering from a tough workout), Prograde Lean (great meal replacement, chocolate flavored), Prograde multi-vitamin, and Prograde nutrition bars (healthy protein bars that reduce sugar cravings…great snack made of organic ingredients).  To order Prograde, go to http://totalfitnessprograms.getprograde.com.

3)      Best/Most Online Fitness Info- Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training workouts.  Craig has hundreds of free workouts and videos on YouTube, and all of them are very good, so check them out!  Here’s one of his most popular called the “300” Workout. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggiYjRelWgc If you’d like to order one of Craig’s workout programs, go to http://juliedavis.turbulence.hop.clickbank.net

4)      Top liquid vitamin supplement/energy drink: I go with Vemma for a liquid vitamin or Verve for an energy drink with vitamins…not that I recommend energy drinks as a habit, but if you’re going to drink caffeine, this is one way to get a good source of vitamins and anti-oxidants.

5)      Top Workout Method-  Bootcamp! No surprise here.   This is one of the fastest growing workout methods/programs in the country.  Some are pretenders; there are all types of bootcamps, but Tuff Girl Bootcamps follows a top-notch, challenging but safe, programming model that the top bootcamp owners in the country are using.  If you want the most effective and most efficient way to improve your fitness, Tuff Girl Bootcamps will provide that programming for you.

6)      Best Way to Do Cardio- High Intensity Interval Training-  You’ve heard me talk about it many times.  High intensity interval training has been proven to burn fat 9 times faster than slow, boring cardio.  If you want to know more about how to do this type of cardio, we’re running an interval class for the new year at CrossFit Steele Creek.  We also give out a handout to all of our bootcampers on how to do cardio when you join the Drop a Dress Size program.

7)      Number 1 Piece of Equipment- (besides your own bodyweight)-  The kettlebell!  This “gym in your hand” is an extremely versatile too that is pretty easy to travel with and can provide a total body workout including core and cardio for great results in a short period of time.  Kettlebells can be purchase locally at Total Fitness Warehouse (803-548-5864).  Tell them Julie from Tuff Girl Bootcamps sent you, and you’ll get a 10% discount!

8)      Top Chiropractor/Health & Rehab Source-DC Brian Strump of Premier Health & Rehab.  Go see Brian at Premier Health & Rehab in Ayrsley to be pro-active in your health and to take care of your spine.  Your symptoms are only the “tip of the iceberg” when your body starts to talk back to you!  Brian can tell you more about why this is important, but he is the one who I go to regularly to take good care of myself.  (704-714-7770, http://www.premierhealthandrehab.com/)

9)      Top Physical Therapist-Rich Biggers at Focus PTF in Lake Wylie is considered one of the top physical therapists in the country.  Go to him if you need to do rehab before you can start a normal exercise routine.  http://www.focusptf.com/ (803-746-7800)

10)   Top Sports Injury Specialist- Ryan Danner at Carolina Performance and Wellness specializes in aggressively attacking injuries and then teaching you how to prevent them in the future and especially treats many runners/triathletes with repetitive injuries.  http://carolinaperformancecenter.com/ 704-541-7499.

Take advantage of these resources everyone, and let me know if you have any questions!  We will be having some of these guys speak at an upcoming event soon!