Jump Start your Weight Loss – Take a Vacation!!

Welcome to 2012!

Whether it is a small amount of weight youd like to loose, or tone and decrease inches, or fit back into a certain pair of jeans, many people will vow to take on a resolution to lose weight and be healthier this year.

Well, what if you can do something to jump start that goal? What if you could learn how to eat and cook in the real world? What if you had the support and expertise of a staff committed to helping you get the most out of reaching your goals?

Look no further! Smart Workouts Fitness Vacation is an all-inclusive vacations for fitness and weight loss, set in the rich cultural backdrop of New York City!

Your stay includes hotel accommodations, a fully escorted daily activities, small group exercise classes, cooking demonstrations and nutritional lectures. You will learn how you can eat healthfully at fantastic restaurants, and build nutritional, healthy meals without having to cook all day. Youll experience all different types of exercise classes and enjoy NYC in a way that keeps you active; walking around a museum to hit a number of steps on a pedometer, ice skating, or rollerblading in the park. Even if you live in NYC, we offer a way for you to go on vacation and stay at your own residence!

Since we know that this is the time most people will resolve to try to reach their weight loss goals, weve decided to give a Special Winter Offer for the months of January and February only:

If you like Smart Workout on Facebook, you will receive the following discount:

  • $100 off a weekend booking
  • $150 off  a mid-week booking

or

  • $200 off a full week booking

However, in order to receive this Winter Offer, you must like us on our Facebook Page.

When you’re ready to jump start your weight loss for a new year, be sure to mention the Blog or Facebook to receive your offer.

Heres to a happy and healthy new year!

Fitness, Food and Weight Loss Trends for 2012

At the beginning of every year, the American Council on Exercise and the American College of Sports Medicine put out a report on what the leading fitness professionals believe will be the biggest fitness trends of the upcoming year. Similarly, nutrition councils and wellness professionals make their predictions for the same buzz around healthy foods and weight loss trends.

According to all things health and fitness, here is a quick look at what to look forward to in 2012:

FITNESS TRENDS

1.) Unique Training tools like the TRX Suspension Trainer. The TRX trend looks as if it will be skyrocketing through 2012. Some of our trainers here at Smart Workout have already fallen in love with this great tool, I work out with it all the time, says Senior Fitness Assistant Gillian Rinaldo. Clients really love the definition they get and it is easily one of our most popular classes.

2.) Small Group Training. The days of overcrowded classes where its easy to get lost are soon becoming a thing of the past. It looks as though in 2012, an increasing amount of gyms and fitness facilities are realizing what us here at Smart Workout already knew worked; Small Group Classes are more focused and produce results faster than larger sized classes.

3.) Zumba is a hot workout. In 2012, Zumba will not lose its hot status. This sexy dance class is the No. 9 workout requested by clients according to fitness professionals. At Smart Workout, we actually offer TWO unique Zumba classes!

WEIGHT LOSS/HEALTH TRENDS

1.) Weight Loss / Wellness Programs. More and more clients are asking for intensive weight loss programs and lifestyle coaching. At Smart Workout we offer both the Weight Loss Program AND our All-inclusive Fitness Vacations. Either program helps guide you through effective exercise, how to eat in the real world, and how a healthy lifestyle really is achievable!

2.) Whole Grains and Local Produce. More people are focusing on eating whole grains and are beginning to explore great new alternatives to basic breads and pasta. Grains like Quinoa, black rice, and Sorghum (a gluten-free African grain) are popping up in more grocery stores. Also expect to also see special local sections, where you can purchase fresh, locally grown produce from some of the more mainstream grocers.

3.) Strong is the New Skinny. It could be thanks to Michelle Obama and her amazing arms, or Jennifer Aniston’s killer Pilates body, but getting strong is a top priority for the client seeking a hot bod. The emaciated skinny girl look is not coveted the way it was in previous years. In 2012, a lean, toned body is sexy.

-Written by Sandi Partyka, Senior Fitness Assistant, CHC

References

Healthy Food Trends, Self Magazine

Top Fitness Trends for 2012

Fiber – Why its necessary for Weight Loss and a Healthy Body

You may have heard many of the benefits of Fiber; it keeps you fuller longer, it can help your digestive system work properly, and can assist in reducing cholesterol levels.

A recent study from India actually points to the the fact that the decrease of dietary fiber in more westernized diets of highly processed foods, can actually be one of the leading factors in the increase of obesity and the growth of type 2 diabetes throughout the world (You can read the full article here).

This study pointed out the facts that a diet rich in dietary fiber can have a huge benefit on the gastrointestinal tract, and if the increase of fiber is introduced into the diet in a gradual manner, many discomforts normally associated with increased fiber intake (such as bloating and gas) can be combatted.

In the Smart Workout Weight Loss Program, we specifically talk about the importance of Fiber and how it is a great tool to keep satiety when choosing your meal plans. Similar to monitoring the amount of fat grams, carbohydrate grams and protein grams you put into your body, monitoring how many grams of fiber in your daily diet can help put you on a successful path to weight loss!

Foods like oat bran and beans have anywhere between 10-17 grams of Fiber per cup. Even some delicious foods like raspberries, pears and edamame have anywhere between 4-9 grams of Fiber per cup!
So heres to the next meal with dark, leafy greens, oat bran or berries!

-written by Sandi Partyka, CHC, Senior Fitness Assistant

Body Part of the Month: Upper/Mid Back

If you are interested in maintaining proper posture, improving your body’s silhouette, or balancing the strength of complimentary or opposing muscle groups in your body, then working on your upper and middle back muscles is a must.  Strengthening the muscles of the axial skeleton (the head and trunk) plays a major role in proper function as well as outward appearance.  Three basic exercises will help to keep your upper and middle back in good shape.

Shoulder Shrugs:
Focusing on the upper back, shoulder shrugs will add strength there.  To begin, stand holding a dumbbell in each hand, letting your arms hang by your sides with your palms facing each other.

For one repetition, raise your shoulders straight up towards your ears, keeping your arms hanging down, and then lower your shoulders back down.  This works the trapezius muscles as well.  It is great for adding proper support for spinal alignment.

Bent over rows:
These target the middle of the back.  Holding a dumbbell in each hand, start from a standing position.  Keeping a bend in the knees hinge forward at the waist bringing your back closer to parallel with the floor (consult a fitness professional for proper alignment).  Allow your hands to hang beneath your shoulders and turn your palms towards the back.  Moving only at the shoulders and elbows, pull the weights up towards your chest, and then lower them.

The overhand grip pull-up will definitely challenge your middle back muscles.  Hang from a chin-up bar with your palms facing forward.  Pull yourself up until your chin rises above the bar and slowly lower yourself down for one repetition.  In comparison to using an underhand grip, as in the chin-up, the overhand grip will transfer some of the work away from the biceps in your arms and make your back muscles work that much more.  Substitute overhand grip lat pull-downs on a machine if you cannot perform this exercise with proper form.

Especially in men, the muscle groups in the upper and middle back often get less attention than others.  In your workouts, strive to make the strength of your muscle groups balanced and do not ignore your back muscles even though you may look at them in the mirror less than others.