Posts Tagged ‘The Palisades Country Club’

Tuff Girl Bootcamps owner teams up with Namaste Nation to support the Urban Farm Project

October 11, 2012

  I’m very excited to partner with Linda McLendon of Namaste Nation in supporting a great cause: educating people about better food choices and helping them obtain healthier foods close to where they live. 

   Here’s the information on our next charity bootcamp, one of two offered by Tuff Girl Bootcamps this month. All the details are on the flier.  I hope to see a lot of familiar faces there to support this project, and I hope our bootcampers will use this opportunity to invite their friends!

  Here’s the link, so check it out!  I’m excited to offer a great workout that is friendly for all people, even beginners, and to let more people see first-hand what we do in our workouts to help people flatten their stomachs!

http://www.supertrainerformula.com/tinyimages/1261/Palisades_Charity_Bootcamp1349973094.pdf

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Winners Selected for Transform Charlotte contest!

February 9, 2011

February 6th, 2010-Trainers Julie Sawyer and Jason Rhymer have just concluded their search to reward ten lucky participants a 3-month free package to their bootcamps.  Twenty-five hopeful contestants applied, spilling their hearts on why bootcamp would change their lives. Their essays were filled with readiness, motivation, and inspiration, as they all expressed aspirations of transforming their lives.

The Transform Charlotte contest was initiated by Sawyer and Rhymer to help numbers of Charlotteans improve their health in 2011.  Jason Rhymer of Rhymer Fitness said, “This contest gives us a chance to get back to the reason we became fitness professionals, to help change lives.  We look forward to meeting and working with people who never thought there would be an opportunity like this for them to change their lives.

Julie Sawyer of Tuff Girl Bootcamps wanted to start off the year by giving and inspiring.  “We’ve decided to make 2011 the best year ever by starting it off with the biggest fitness give-away we’ve ever done.  We hope that this will spark the interest of hundreds of Charlotteans to make positive changes for the New Year.”

After reviewing the entries, Sawyer and Rhymer have chosen 5 candidates each to reward 10 lucky contestants over $6000 worth of coaching and fitness programming.  The winners have been contacted and will be training from February through beginning of May.  Congratulations to these lucky winners whose stories have already inspired their trainers:  Debbie Francis, Nancy Russ, Rhonda Green, Wendy Smoliak, and Kathleen Adamson, all of Charlotte.  Congratulations also to Amy Barrow, David McKenzie, Edward Bailey, Joan Torres, and Cathy DuChemin, all SC residents.

For more info on these bootcamps, email Julie Sawyer at julie@tuffgirlbootcamps.com, or email Jason Rhymer at jason@rhymerfitness.com.

 

A workout that burns 9 times more fat!

February 9, 2011

In 1994, Dr. Tabata and some other Japanese researchers conducted a study with results that have forever changed the way fitness professionals program workouts designed to burn fat and boost fitness.

There were 2 groups in this landmark study.

Group 1 did steady state cardio for 60 minutes- the long, slow, boring stuff you see most people do at your local gym with no results to show for it.

Group 2 did high-intensity interval training for only 4 minutes on a bike, consisting of 20 seconds of maximum effort and 10 seconds of rest for 8 total rounds.

The researchers found that the interval group had greater fat loss and fitness results than the steady-state cardio group proving the merits of high-intensity interval training in providing maximum results in minimal time- a tenet that’s of the utmost importance for busy people struggling to fit a daily workout into their schedule.

Since then, the Tabata protocol has been used all over the world.

Some have applied it well, most people have not.

Here are the top 3 mistakes I’ve seen with Tabata training:

1.) Using straight sets of the same exercise:

In the study, elite Japanese cyclists perform the 20-10 interval on a recumbent bike and most of them weren’t even able to finish all 8 rounds (many crapped out after 6).

In other words, even world-class athletes are unable to do 8 straight sets of max effort bouts for the exact same exercise without huge drops in intensity – and thus diminishing returns.

The solution? Perform alternating sets of non-competitive exercises to keep intensity high.

Alternating between squats and push-ups or burpees and swings for example, will provide a better overall metabolic training effect that doing straight sets of just squats which will do more for local muscular endurance than anything else.

2.) Poor exercise selection:

As previously noted, in the original study the exercise mode of choice was a recumbent bike. Though cycling intervals are great, there are other ways to get the job done that provide a little more of a functional training experience.

Using tools like battle ropes, kettlebells, bands, TRX, med balls, and other classic bodyweight movements like push-ups, mountain climbers, and split squat jumps provide a bit more bang-for-your buck (and fun) than just sitting on a bike and cranking it in-place.

My 10 favorite Tabata exercises are as follows:

1.) TRX Squat Jumps

2.) Med Ball Slams

3.) Kettlebell Swings

4.) Battle Rope Waves

5.) Band Squat to Presses

6.) Stationary Running

7.) Mountain Climbers

8.) Burpees

9.) Push-ups

10.) Skater Jumps

Furthermore, in order to properly perform the original Tabata protocol, you will need to push yourself to the brink of exhaustion making it difficult to perform exercises with a high skill and speed component.

So people new to Tabata training should probably avoid using high skill loaded exercises like swings, snatches, and cleans and extremely taxing systemic exercises like sprints and shuttles.

Rather, opt for more entry-level bodyweight options like squats and push-ups to build confidence.

Remember, just like the great Vince Lombardi used to say, fatigue makes cowards of us all- and it also makes our exercise form look like crap over time 😉

3.) Lack of progression:

There are 3 basic ways to properly progress with Tabata training:

#1- Exercise Progression

This basically means gradually moving from a Level I (beginner) movement to a Level III (advanced) movement for the same exercise variation.

For example, if you were using burpees (or squat thrust), here’s how that progression might look:

Level I- Burpee

Level II- Burpee + Push-up

Level III- Burpee + Push-up + Jump

Each level integrates a new movement that makes the task significantly harder when doing the same interval protocol.

#2- Density Progression

The original Tabata protocol has a negative 2:1 work to rest ratio that is extremely taxing on your body’s ability to supply sufficient oxygen to working muscles without conking out (even when alternating between non-competitive movements).

But here’s how you can modify the work to rest ratios and gradually build up to this negative work to rest format without being too overwhelmed in the beginning:

Level I- 10-20 Tabatas

Level II- 15-15 Tabatas

Level III- 20-10 Tabatas

Rome was built in a day, so don’t try to become the Tabata master in your first attempt 😉

#3- Intensity Progression

Most people tend to get confused regarding what constitutes intensity.

In the past, I’ve had some people tell me that a 50-10 circuit training workout is really intense.

Now I know what they meant- that the workout was challenging.

Agreed!

And though they may be right when comparing that 50-10 workout to 60 minutes of slow running, the reality is that work periods longer than 30 seconds tend to involve more muscular endurance and provide more volume and less intensity no matter how hard you get after it.

On the contrary, work periods lasting 10-20 seconds long are ideal for developing maximum strength and power and are much more “intense” in nature.

Outlined below is the ideal intensity progression for Tabata training:

Level I- 20-10 Tabatas

Level II- 15-15 Tabatas

Level III- 10-20 Tabatas

Yes, you read that right- 10-20 intervals are much harder than 20-10 intervals because you can put forth a lot more effort during each shorter work period and with greater rest you are better able to maintain max strength and power output in each subsequent round.

Enter TABATA REVOLUTION!!

In essence, you will utilize the following 3-workout rotation each week for at least 3 straight weeks with at least 48 hours between sessions for best results.

Each day features a different work to rest ratio to allow you to experience the unique benefits of each protocol as outlined below:

Workout A- 10-20 Tabatas: Alternate between 10 seconds of maximum effort and 20 seconds of rest. Perform 8 total rounds followed by a 1-minute rest and transition. Repeat this 5-minute cycle 4 times for a 20-minute total body metabolic workout.

Workout B- 15-15 Tabatas: Alternate between 15 seconds of maximum effort and 15seconds of rest. Perform 8 total rounds followed by a 1-minute rest and transition. Repeat this 5-minute cycle 4 times for a 20-minute total body metabolic workout.

Workout C- 20-10 Tabatas: Alternate between 20 seconds of maximum effort and 10 seconds of rest. Perform 8 total rounds followed by a 1-minute rest and transition. Repeat this 5-minute cycle 4 times for a 20-minute total body metabolic workout.

Where 10-20’s allow for maximum strength and power output, 20-10’s work more strength and power endurance.

Think of 15-15’s as the ultimate Tabata “tweener” which also works extremely well for unilateral strength and power training as the extra 5 seconds of work is ideal for 1-leg or 1-arm movements that take more time to perform than there bilateral counterparts.

Lastly, the exercise selection we use is perfectly matched with each work to rest protocol. For example, exercises that require more skill and have a bigger set-up and transition time are best suited for 10-20 intervals rather than 20-10’s and visa versa.

Studies show that undulating periodization, where you change up the intensity of your workouts each day throughout the training week, provides for maximum improvements in both strength and endurance and that’s what you’re getting with TABATA REVOLUTION.

In fact, we call it undulating interval training and it’s the best way to get the most out of your interval workouts.

Do you have what it takes to join the TABATA REVOLUTION!?

We shall see 😉

Are you up for the challenge?

Get Heart-Healthy Workout!

February 3, 2011

“Get Heart-Healthy” Bootcamp Workout!

Come join us for a heart-healthy workout on Saturday, February 26th at The Palisades Sports Complex at 9 AM!  Julie Sawyer, Fitness Director at The Palisades and Owner of Tuff Girl Bootcamps, will be directing a 30-minute total body workout that will work your heart and firm up your stomach, hips, arms, and thighs. There is a minimum donation of $10 required to participate, and all proceeds will go to Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association’s social initiative to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

This workout is a family workout for those ages 8 and up and can be done by beginners as well as advanced fitness enthusiasts.  Come on out for this challenging workout that will show you how to get in the best shape of your life in 30 minutes or less!  Dress in layers for outdoor weather, and bring a water bottle.  A mat is recommended but optional.   Same day registration is available, but to donate online go to www.heart.org/charlottencgoredluncheon.  Those who donate online must print out their receipt and bring it to registration that Saturday.

Thanks for your contributions to the Go Red for Women campaign.  Report to the Palisades Sports Complex grass court (outside) on Saturday morning February 26th at 8:45 AM to register or check-in, and be ready to get your “sweat” on!

Palisades Sport Complex

13417 Grand Palisades Parkway

Charlotte, NC 28278

Contact:  Julie Sawyer, 803-984-0714 (M)

Attempting one of the world’s hardest pushups

January 29, 2011

OK, yesterday my friend BJ Gaddour of Workout Muse issued a challenge to all trainers to try a “level 6” pushup.  We normally show at least level 1, 2, and 3 progressions in our bootcamps whereas there are a couple of brave souls who may be able to try a level 4 or 5 progression.  This pushup called for the use of 2 kettlebells turned upside down AND 1 foot off the floor!

I thought I was up for the challenge but really wasn’t sure whether I could do it or not.  Once I tried, I realized it was even harder than I thought to keep my balance while bending my elbows for the pushup!  Many tries later, and one funny video later, I completed the pushup, going ALL the way down.  Whew!

Here’s the video in case you wanna see it.  It’s pretty entertaining and inspiring at the same time. 🙂

Don’t worry; we won’t be doing this one at bootcamp. 😉

Tuesday Health & Fitness Seminar Summary

January 21, 2011

Hi everyone!  If you missed Tuesday night’s seminar, I’ll give you a quick summary, plus I’ll be sending you videos as I get them.  We also have special offers from our speakers, so I’ll make sure you know about what each one is offering for those who attended and for our bootcampers.

1)       First off, I went over the 7 Deadly Exercise Sins and the 7 ways to “fix” those sins.  Just rest assured that you all are NOT “committing” any of these sins when you’re in our classes. J  I’ll be emailing you the full report, which was written by my friend BJ.  You’ll also receive the “How to Get a Flat Belly” blog, which some of you have already received; but we have many new campers on the list so bare with me!

2)      Cynthia Hill of FYI Cynthia spoke next on “Good Fats, Bad Fats, and Bellyfat.”  She sparked a lot of interest in her topic, and I hated to tell her that we had to move on!  Cynthia will be emailing me a special offer for the group, so stay tuned.  Go to Cynthia if you feel that you need individual coaching and encouragement to get you “over the hump” in your quest for fitness, health, and a flat stomach!   Her website is  http://www.fyicynthia.com/ Her email is cynthia@fyicynthia.com.

3)      Next Jessica Hooks came up and explained how kinesiotape can help support a painful joint and what kinds of pain and injuries kinesiotape is used for.  Jessica is a wellness coach and a massage therapist and owns Just Focus Massage and Wellness.  Go to Jessica for her great overall knowledge of how the body works, for a great massage, and for insight on why you have any pain that you’re experiencing.  Her website is http://www.justfocuswell.com/ and her email is jessica@justfocuswell.com.

4)      Lastly, Dr. Brian Strump, chiropractor and owner of Premier Health & Rehab, did a great talk and demo of how to use a foam roller and a tennis ball to work on trigger points, muscle tightness, and painful joints.  Brian is a great person to go to for optimal health, and is a great trouble-shooter in pin-pointing where pain is coming from and how to get rid of it.  His website is http://www.premierhealthandrehab.com/, and his email is drstrump@premierhealthandrehab.com.

If you’d like to hear the replay of Brian’s talk, it can be found on my YouTube channel, and I’ll give you the links.  Sorry for the inconvenience, but it’s 3 different videos; so watch them in this order.

Also bare with me because at this point, our video camera was out of space, and I had to resort to my Iphone! (It looks like I was drinking and videotaping. J)

Intro  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVaKusx_kIg

Middle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEBMVqK-txg (Meat of the talk)

Last  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36rrF2pUYfE (More about trigger points)

How To Get a Flat Stomach Summary

January 21, 2011

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

Shout-Outs to Amazing Bootcampers!

January 17, 2011

January has started off with a bang everyone, and I almost got so busy that I forgot to recognize a couple of our campers!  We have several people who are hitting some big milestones!

Number one, congratulations to Liz Page for completing ONE YEAR of bootcamp!  Good job Liz; she is the second camper ever to complete one whole year of bootcamp!

Also, we have a few campers who have surpassed their 9-MONTH mark and are going towards the 1 YEAR milestone!  Congratulations to Deb Segura, Kate Lemond, Mary Eberle, Beth McRorie, Elizabeth Roop, and Teresa Braswell for completing at least 9 months of bootcamp!

I’m also excited to recognize a few campers who have completed at least 6 MONTHS of bootcamp, and it has been such a pleasure to get to know you all!  Great job Carmen Rios, Betty Booth, Stacey Clements, John Spainhour, Brenda Peters, and Leah Daughtry for completing at least 6 months of bootcamp!

Lastly, congratulations to Krish Kesavarum and Donna Whinnery for completing at least 3 MONTHS of bootcamp! (Donna I could be off, and it could be closer to 6, so let me know if I’m wrong!  With me or not, I know you’re training like an animal. J)

Good job everyone!  Keep up the good work!  It’s that kind of consistency that will continue to give you better and better results.  Your fitness will gradually build, and you’ll see your body gradually changing over time.  Thanks so much for your support.  It has been such a pleasure to get to know all of you over the past year!

Julie

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

Top 10 Exercises of 2010!

December 28, 2010

Hi everyone!  It’s time for some key, fun information to wrap up 2010 that I thought you’d be interested to know. J

The following is a list of my Top 10 exercises from Tuff Girl Bootcamps.  These exercises are a mixture of the top metabolic (calorie-burning, total-body) exercises of the year AND a few of the “camp favorites.”  I can guarantee that if you compose your workout of a handful of these exercises, you will be in for a great metabolic workout!

Please feel free to share this email with friends and family.  This is a great time to share free fitness information!  Some of your friends may be more “ready” than you think to try something that they haven’t tried before, so pass it around!

I’ll be working on a video version of this tomorrow so that you can also share this with friends. J

Top 10 exercises of 2010:

10)  SLDL- single-leg deadlifts (with or without a dumbbell)-Everyone loves these because they KNOW that they’ve worked their rears the day after the workout!

9)  lunge with a twist-You remember these; it’s a forward lunge with your arms extended, hands clasped, turning towards your front knee

8)  pushup-row-Do these with or without a dumbbell, keeping your hips square, for a heckuva core  workout!

7)  Sumo deadlifts with a dumbbell with an optional jump-A great exercise to work your glutes and your inner thighs!

6)  squat-reach-jump-Maybe not the most loved exercise in bootcamp but definitely a great one for lower body and cardio!

5)  Pushup-side plank-These are probably a camp favorite because they break up those dreaded pushups and add some great variety (plus they work even more core)!

4)  Rotational lunges-  We just recently added these to our routine, and everyone had sore glutes the next day!  A good way to add movement in more than one plane or direction.

3)  Curl-to squat-to press-  A good metabolic, total-body exercise to use in your routine to keep things interesting!

2)  Spiderman mountain climbers-Good for the core, especially lower abs, AND hip mobility

1)  THE BURPEE!  I know you hate ‘em, but this exercise is great for your mobility, it’s extremely metabolic, and it’s functional!  Sorry, but the older you get, the better they are for you!

Hope you enjoyed The Tuff Girl Bootcamp Top 10 exercises of 2010!  Looking forward to building a new top 10 with you this year and helping you get fit and healthy in 2011!