The summer months and the warmer weather are coming to an end, which means it’s crunch time to get in the last of our outdoor runs, hikes and bike rides. Soon we’ll be forced to head back into the stuffy and intimidating gym with those who are far more experienced and in much better shape than us. The ‘rookie’ mentality in us makes us want to walk out the door before we even begin to workout.
Certified nutrition consultant and Hispanic weight loss celebrity Alejandro Chaban has provides 5 ways to overcome ‘Gymtimidation’ to ensure a positive workout experience. After achieving his own personal weight loss of losing 150 pounds and overcoming his “gymtimidation,” Alejandro knows first-hand the struggles of entering the gym as an overweight rookie.
- Problem – LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. You’re there and you have no idea how to use the machines or all of those weird balls. The only thing you see is all those expert people jumping from one machine to the next and you just stare at them with a confused look on your face without knowing where to start.
SOLUTION: Invest in one session with a personal trainer that can show you how to use the machines work and design a specific routine for you. Another option that’s cheaper is to go on You Tube and look for different video tutorials that show you how to work every muscle and even learn fun cardio routines to practice at home.
- Problem – COMPETITION. Getting to the gym the first few days and looking at the girl next to you and wanting to compete with her is a VERY bad idea. The only thing you’re going to do with this is feel bad if you can’t keep up with her.
SOLUTION: Don’t compare yourself to anybody. Your only competition is yourself. You don’t know the other girl’s story, what drives her and how long she’s been doing this.
- Problem – PUBLISH YOUR TRAINING. When we’re first starting we want EVERYONE to know what we’re doing and we share it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and every other way we can think of. This causes us to spend more time on our phones than actually working out.
SOLUTION: Leave your phone in the locker or use it only to listen to music. Stop telling the world you’re going to work out and just WORK OUT! I’m guilty of taking a few selfies here and there but I try not to and always tell myself FOCUS ALEJANDRO! At the end of the day if you don’t work out you won’t have any results to share.
- Problem – WRONG CLOTHES. This doesn’t mean that you should get the most expensive and trendy clothes for the gym.
SOLUTION: It’s about having the right underwear, pants, shoes and socks. This is important for you to feel comfortable, confident and to avoid injuries. I used to go to the gym with those huge heavy cotton shirts that were always 3 sizes bigger, when I saw myself in the mirror I got even more depressed and lost all my motivation. WATCH IT! It’s not about being naked in public LOL.
- Problem – SIMPLICITY. When you go to the gym try to take as less things as possible, I used to take a padlock, water, my phone, an ipod, a bag, towels, mi protein shake my wallet, a book and 40 different things. This just made me lose my focus and I always ended up losing stuff.
SOLUTION: Try to take as little as possible and leave everything in the locker.
Hopefully Alejandro’s tips will help you overcome your ‘gymtimidation’ so you can keep in tip-top shape!
It’s Time To Stop Hitting The Snooze Button And Start Hitting The Gym
I’ve never really been a morning person. But motivated by my growing waistline, I decided to start waking up early so I could hit the gym before the work. And let me tell you, it’s been challenging, to say the least! The first couple of days were pretty tough, waking up when it […]
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I’ve never really been a morning person. But motivated by my growing waistline, I decided to start waking up early so I could hit the gym before the work. And let me tell you, it’s been challenging, to say the least!
The first couple of days were pretty tough, waking up when it was still dark and cold outside, and convincing myself not to go back to sleep. “It’s way too early for this, just go to the gym after work,” I’d tell myself. But I tried that before, and life would constantly get in the way.
Here’s the thing.. In the morning, there is nothing to interrupt your workout plans. But after work, it’s easy to get derailed by happy hour with friends, dinner plans with the wife, or an an overdue report for work. Not to mention, most gyms are typically packed after work, which is never fun.
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Honestly, Rip It has been a game-changer for me, giving me a much-needed boost of energy to help me blast through my morning workout. I find myself leaving the gym energized and ready to tackle whatever obstacles come my way in the day ahead.
So what do you say, who’s ready to stop hitting the snooze button and start hitting the gym? Yes, the first few days (or weeks) will be a struggle. But trust me, it’s totally worth it in the long run.. especially when you’re all ripped looking come beach season and the babes are fighting for your attention.
Freeze The Fat Off Your Body With The Cool Fat Burner
Everyone wants the perfect body, but nobody has the time or energy to devote to getting it. Nowadays we’ve got such busy, hectic lives that we can barely find time for a decent meal, let alone the type of daily exercise needed to keep us in fighting shape.
But fear not, because there’s a new wearable device that will freeze the fat off of your body, with no effort on your part. Intriguing, right? Then keep on reading!
The Cool Fat Burner is a revolutionary piece of fitness clothing that fits over your upper chest. It comes with several special, reusable cold packs that rest against the skin, cooling it to temperatures that trigger specific biological effects that help you lose weight. It sounds like ridiculous snake oil, but it’s real. There’s science behind it – the science of cold thermogenesis.
The Secret of Cold Thermogenesis
Ever bang your knee and put a cold pack on it to reduce the swelling? Congratulations, you’ve already used cold thermogenesis. Everyone knows that cold therapy is legitimate, so why would it be any surprise that in addition to helping muscle recovery and having anti-inflammatory benefits, cold thermogenesis has a host of other proven clinical uses as well?
In this instance, using the Cool Fat Burner has been studied exhaustively, proving to have a positive effect on weight loss efforts. The key is in applying cold therapy to parts of your body that contain brown adipose tissue – also known as “brown fat.”
Exposing brown fat to cold therapy triggers its primary evolutionary function, which is to keep you warm. This is accomplished by burning white adipose tissue – otherwise known as the good old-fashioned tissue that accumulates as belly fat.
Shiver Your Way to a Leaner You
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The larger your Cool Fat Burner, the more packs it can hold, so they sell extra cold packs as well (along with the Cool Gut Buster, which targets your belly), ensuring that you’ve got everything you need to activate your brown fat and turning it into an adipose-burning powerhouse.
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How To Choose The Right Running Shoes
Most running shoes feel comfortable when you’re trying them on in the store, but the true test comes several miles into your run. Thankfully, specialty store like Road Runner Sports let you test out prospective shoes on an in-store treadmill, ensuring that you are 100% happy with your decision.
Whether you’re a experienced runner with your eyes on dominating your next race, or just getting started, it’s important that you choose the right running shoes. After all, you’re going to spend a lot of time in them, so you want something you really like. Here are some tips to get started:
Consider what type of surface you’ll be running on. Treadmills, roads or trails all require different types of running shoe features. How often and for how long you run is also an important factor when choosing running shoes. Those training for a marathon with early morning jogs will have much different requirements from the casual once-a-week runner. When in doubt, don’t be afraid ask a sales associate for help.
Take your weight into account when shopping for different cushion options for your shoes, because that’ll affect how your feet connect with the ground. Also, when trying them on, think about going half a size larger as feet can expand during any extended sports activity. Before taking your new running shoes for a longer jog, it’s important to break them in for a couple of days.
It’s important to not over-wear your shoes, so make sure you don’t use the same pair of running shoes for too long. Even though they may look new, regular running shoes should only be worn for 400 to 500 miles (3 or 4 months for regular runners). So take a look at your shoes and check if the midsoles and outsoles are compressed or worn. If they are, it may be time for a new pair.
The perfect running shoe is a determined by personal preference and the feel on foot. Experiment with variations in cushioning, size & width to make sure you find something perfect for your foot and how you run.
It’s also important to figure out what kind of runner you are. If you own a well-used pair of running shoes, you can check the wear pattern on the soles to help determine your running mechanics.
Based on my wear patterns, I found out that I tend to supinate, so I started buying neutral shoes that provide some shock absorption and some medial (arch-side) support. However, if you’re a running who exhibits mild to moderate overpronation, you’re better off with a stability shoe. Again, don’t be afraid to ask an associate for help, as they can look at your old shoes or watch how you run to help you choose the ideal pair.
And here’s one final tip – Try on shoes at the end of the day. Your feet normally swell a bit during the day’s activities and will be at their largest then. This helps you avoid buying shoes that are too small.
So what are you waiting for? Pick up a new pair of running shoes, and take advantage of this great weather we’re having!