"True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united" - Alexander von Humboldt

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tip #2

So I was at the gym last night going about my business when all of a sudden this girl drops her weights from a standing position. Caught off guard by the unnecessary crash I look over to see what the issue was and sure enough this girl was fixing her hair. Her hair! Of all things to concern yourself with at the gym your appearance is not one of them. So this is my tip for everyone out there, especially for the ladies, sweat, sweat and after that sweat some more. If you leave the gym sweaty and gross and should not be seen in public you know you had a great workout. If you were like this girl however, checking and adjusting your hair every few minutes, looking at your reflection more than looking at the weights you have a problem. If you can go straight from the gym to a night out on the town you fail, but more importantly you have wasted your time and money at the gym. No one cares what you look like while your working out, it's not a fashion show, you're suppose to look gross, and in this instance sweat is your friend.

"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, 
while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it." 
- Plato

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Punch Away All That Rage!

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to be going right, people around you are getting on your last nerve, and all you want to do is rage and put your fist through a wall. Well if you’re like me then you have had many of those days. But not to worry, I have the perfect way for you to unwind and take your stress levels back to normal.

Boxing is a fantastic way to stay in incredible shape; you can build stamina, tone muscle and burn double the calories in half the time you would spend on a treadmill. It also allows you to release any negative energy you’ve been carrying around with you.

Now when it comes to participating in this sport I HIGHLY suggest working with a professional, they ensure that you follow the proper form and technique and make sure that you get the best workout possible while avoiding injuries.

A proper stance allows you to throw harder punches and get a better workout. Remember to stand with your feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent, stay light on your feet as you move around, and remember to NEVER lock your elbow when throwing a punch, this is a perfect way to get an injury.

Boxing sessions at my gym last half an hour, I know that may not seem long to you but when the average person burns 600-700 calories an hour running, I have burned over 1000 calories in half that time. You’re exhausted and you will hurt the next day, but when you’re leaving the gym your mood has changed drastically and everything that bothered you before has seemed to disappear.

"Breathing correctly is the key to better 
fitness, muscle strength, stamina and athletic endurance." - 
Dr. Michael Yessis

Friday, February 5, 2010

Tip #1

So along with providing you with information on various exercising activities I have decided to also give you any helpful tip I have along the way.

This first one comes to you not just from a sanitation level but one that also irritates and disgusts me on several levels...CLEAN YOUR EQUIPMENT!!! I can't tell you how many times I am in the gym and I see too many people use the machines, sweat like a beast, and then just walk away. Think that's bad? Not even, what's even worse is when the next user gets on and starts their workout...now that's disgusting! It's also how germs and diseases get started. A
few years ago Brock had an outbreak, it was a a type of flesh eating disease that started in they gym, and it was all from the combination of hundreds of dirty people not cleaning their machines after use, the combination of various types of sweat turned into this flesh eating disease - barf. It is because of these people that I clean my equipment before AND after I use them.

So please be wise, and for the love of everything that is good and pure in this world please clean your equipment!

"Fitness needs to be perceived as fun and games or we subconsciously avoid it." - Alan Thicke

Just A Regular Day

I’m sure everyone will agree with me that our Wednesday’s and Thursday’s are beyond crazy. They are wicked long and drain the life right out of you. Because of this I don’t normally go to the gym on those days which is why when Friday’s comes I’m there for quite a while making up for lost time.
When I arrive I do a light stretch to get my legs loose and then I hop right on the elliptical. My cardio is the one aspect of my time at the gym that never changes. My first 5 minutes I use as a warm up and stick to a light to medium level after that I increase to a high intensity and I stay on that rate for another 35 minutes. Once I reach 40 minutes I then do a 5 minutes cool down.
Stretching is extremely important, especially after cardio, it prevents lactic acid build up and your muscles from locking later on. My stretch usually lasts about 15-20 minutes and I use a gym matte to cushion my body from the hard gym floor.
Now onto chest and back! Because of my accident last Christmas I was told to take 1 year off before I could workout my back again, so I have been starting out slow and working my way back to my original weight use. For my back I use lateral pulldown and back row machine and a seated bench press for my chest at 30 lbs. for 4 sets of 12 for all.
I finish my workout with abs. An abdominal workout can be done
so many different ways but I have found the using an ab crunch machine works the best. Like with other weight machines you get to choose your settings, this allows you to add intensity to your workout and I find you get better results. I place my weight setting at 60.5 lbs. and do at least 120 crunches
So there you have it, the Jamie Kreiner Full Body Workout, I hope that it provided some motivation for you to join me and start your exercise adventure.

"Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness." – Earl of Derby