fat loss

Why I love Personal Training

Hey there!  

I have been thinking a lot lately about our weekly group personal training sessions with Tim and my own personal transformation since I started group sessions in October 2017.  For those of us who have been going regularly, the results really are incredible!

I wanted to quickly share some of the reasons why I love working with a certified personal trainer:  

1) A personal trainer holds you accountable. You want to make the gym today but there are about 20 things that come up before you get out of work. Having a trainer to meet you there is a great way to hold yourself accountable and make sure you don’t bail on yourself.

2) A trainer will make sure that your workouts are in line to how you are feeling. If your energy is low, or you feel tired, tell your trainer and they will adjust the workout accordingly. Alternatively, if you are feeling awesome, they can really maximize the workout for and you will probably accomplish more than you might have done on your own. 

3) A trainer will ensure that your workouts never get stale. Are you sick of the same ole' thing every time you go to the gym? Well working with a personal trainer will take care of that and you will learn the proper form for each new exercise. Your workouts will be fresh and fun! 

4) A personal trainer will help you maximize your goals. We all have different things we want to accomplish in our gym workouts. Some people are recovering from an injury, others want to lose fat, some want to tone and build muscle, some want to increase their endurance or are training for an event. Working with a trainer you will get the right workout to match your exact fitness goals. If you are not into going to the gym 5 or 6 days a week this is an excellent way to maximize your 2-3 days at the gym and get exactly what you want out of your training.

5) A trainer won't push you to do anything you do not feel comfortable doing. Personal Trainers love and value their clients. They want you to be able to move the next day (and not be cursing them from soreness). They will structure the workout to your needs and not have you do anything that you do not feel comfortable with. They have your best interest at heart. 

6) A trainer knows about a lot more than just lifting weights. Do not underestimate the value of a person who has dedicated their life to fitness, wellness, and overall health. Many trainers know about topics like nutrition, preparing for competition, stretching and recovery tactics, proper diet, supplements, gut health, and so much more!

As for me, I’m not a personal trainer, and I’d never worked with one until we opened CB South Fitness in 2016. Over these last 10 or so months, I see more and more value in working with Tim Skafidas, and it’s so cool how each workout is structured to meet my specific fitness goals, and he helps me get the most out of the limited time I have to spend in the gym. It really has been a game changer in my personal health and fitness journey.

For those of you interested in joining our weekly group training sessions, they are open to the general public. This means that you do not need to be a member of the gym to check it out. If you are planning to attend training, please email (playhard@cbsouthfitness.com) or call (970.765.7009) to let us know you will be joining. The cost is reduced down to $30 per session and we meet weekly.

Thanks so much for reading. 

Kristin King  

Month 7!!! 6-Pack (Abs) Project

Hello everyone,

I wanted to check-in as it has been a very long time since I wrote about the major lifestyle change that occurred for me starting on January 16th. The change started when I committed to reduce the number of carbs and sugar consumed in my diet, intensify my workouts, and get toned to the point of having a 6-pack abs for the first time in my life. I needed to completely change how I thought about food, and eat only to fuel my body in a healthier way.

Although I do not have the defined 6-pack abs that I might have had if I would have done this challenge in my 20’s, I have lost a significant amount of body fat (9 lbs to be exact - mostly from my abdomen and thighs), I've gone down a pant size, enjoy regular intermittent fasting (I eat between a shorter window of time), and have reduced my appetite significantly to the point where my body requires less food to perform and function throughout the day.

In the beginning of the blog for the #6packproject I pushed myself really really hard. I was super strict in what I ate, and I worked out more regularly at the gym. My ab workouts alone took some time, and were insane. I was on a mission. When I wasn’t seeing an immediate 6-pack after a couple of months I realized I had more body fat to lose than I realized. Now, after 7 months, and not being so strict on myself, the results are better than I could have imagined. The way I feel far exceeds any short term gains of getting a well-defined 6-pack in 2 months, and then ending this initiative. I’m not concerned I'll fall off the wagon and become a carb monster again.....because I am not very strict now, and I naturally make healthier food choices. It's a win-win - YAY! 

As some of you may know, my low carb / low sugar diet in January, turned into eating a strict Ketogenic diet in February What I have not shared is that now is more of the primal diet....and I am way more laid back about it. It feels as though in the last several months my body has gone through a “reset” which allows me to eat pretty much what I want within my new healthier framework.

What this means is that I eat my favorite things on occasion (ie. ice cream) the scale stays the same, and I feel great (instead of bloated and looking like I am 5 months pregnant). Don’t believe me? Ask Andy. My husband, typically follows my lead when it comes to meal prep and diet, and agrees that his body feels as though a “reset” occurred somewhere along the way. Truth be told, Andy never really sacrificed his 1-2 beers at night and he’s still reduced his body fat and kept the weight off. He was less strict than me from the very beginning, and does about a third of the strength training and cardio that I do each week! 

Below are some of my favorite things that have helped me in my quest to get stronger and stay lean:

-       My first meal of the day is between 11am and 12pm.  Skipping breakfast has helped me reduce my overall appetite, become fat adapted, and is contributing other great health benefits. (I have shared this before but I love this article! So much good stuff in here! https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-health-benefits-of-intermittent-fasting)  

-       I stay away from carbs and refined sugar. I eat way less bread. I do eat a half sandwich on occasion if it’s the only thing available when we are on the road or camping, but mostly I try and stick to higher fat, low carb meal options and stay away from carbs, sugar, and gluten as much as possible. Want to learn more about the negative effects of refined sugars? READ THIS - https://urbanremedy.com/top-10-reasons-to-avoid-refined-sugar/

-       When I eat chocolate (which I still do daily), I chose healthier chocolate options.  The chocolate chips we use are Simple Truth Organic 72% Cacao, when I make cookies, they are almond butter cookies with coconut sugar - no regular flour, no brown or white sugar. THE FLAVOR IS WONDERFUL - https://www.livewellbakeoften.com/easy-flourless-almond-butter-chocolate-chip-cookies/

-       My new obsession is Simple Mills. Their mixes are made with only 5-7 all natural ingredients. There are no preservatives at all. It’s amazing. The Simple Mills options typically have significantly less carbs than the normal way of eating these carb happy favorites. I am obsessed with the Simple Mills pancake mix. I ordered 3-packs of pancake mix and pizza crust on Amazon and you would have thought it was Christmas. The flavor is wonderful and I eat them guilt free! Their chocolate cupcakes are also wonderful. Again no preservatives just whole ingredients. 

-       I look at all ingredients when I am considering what to buy at the grocery store.  I dumped all of the Ken’s salad dressings we used to love back in January and only use olive or avocado oil and vinegar for salads. Primal Kitchen also makes some yummy dressings as well. 

-       The only oils we eat are avocado, olive oil and coconut oil. (check out why here - https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/healthy-cooking-oils#section1)

-       I eat more nutsthe healthy “fats”. I love cashews, macadamia nuts the most right now. I kind of overdid it on pecans and have been taking a break for a bit.

-       We eat wild caught fish and organic grass fed beef. We do not buy fish unless it is fresh caught. If you read up on the farm raised fish it is terrible for us and what I read totally grossed me out. Last week we bought grouper from a fish market in Denver to make fish tacos at home. Holy Moly, it was unreal!

-       Pinterest is a godsend! There are so many excellent recipes that are low carb, gluten free, dairy free, etc. You do not have to sacrifice flavor to eat healthy, just be willing to spend more time preparing delicious wholesome foods at home.

-       I eat dairy and don’t have any adverse effects from it.  I had a DNA test done in the spring and found out I am lactose tolerant (my body has no issues breaking down processing dairy – Yipee!). I love cheese and do not limit cheese from my diet.  I have recently started eating greek yogurt again as well. 

-       I’ve added intensity and heavier weight to my workouts. I see better results, it challenges me, it’s fun, and I burns more calories. I never get bored working out. Make it fun and it will never be "work" to workout ever again (hehe)! 

-       I run, hike, and bike as much as possible.  I make time for cardio and try to do most of it outside. There are so many benefits to keep your body in motion as much as possible (beyond the obvious benefit of fat loss). I still sit a lot while working at home on my computer but I’m aware that if I sit for several hours I need to get up and get moving. Even a quick walk with #athenathebear is better than nothing!

I probably could go on with this list for a while but I won’t…

These lifestyle changes are not hard to keep track of, and they come very naturally after 7 months. The weight I wasn’t necessarily trying to lose in January, came off naturally through mostly my change in my diet, has stayed off despite eating Ben and Jerry’s a few nights here and there, chowing on hot dogs, hamburger and avocado oil chips while camping, or drinking a beer or a couple of glasses of wine at night.

To wrap this up, I was the definition of a carbohydrate and sugar monster before this all started. With a little education and a new perspective about carbs, sugars, cooking oils, intermittent fasting, ultimately resulting in my body “reseting” (for this soon to be 37 year ole’ bod), I will be able to easily stay on track indefinitely, keep the weight off, and maintain a stronger physique than I have ever had in my life.  

If anyone want’s to learn more about my workouts or diet, please follow our Facebook page, Instagram, contact me on our website (www.cbsouthfitness.com), check out Mark Sisson’s book The Primal Blueprint, or his blog (https://www.marksdailyapple.com/) and learn more about many of the things I mention. Mark has some awesome recipes on his blog too!

Cheers to making our health and bodies a priority, and to making this summer count! 

Kristin

January 16th photo :P

January 16th photo :P

First time hiking Scarp Ridge 

First time hiking Scarp Ridge 

July 16th photo :) 

July 16th photo :) 

Hiking Whetstone mountain. a beautiful 12,500' peak we can see from the house 

Hiking Whetstone mountain. a beautiful 12,500' peak we can see from the house 

Simple Mills. My new obsession!

Simple Mills. My new obsession!

Family adventure hike up. Rode the CB chairlift down. 

Family adventure hike up. Rode the CB chairlift down. 

Early morning trail runs with my girl

Early morning trail runs with my girl

My version of "healthy" chocolate

My version of "healthy" chocolate

Blackened grouper for taco night! 

Blackened grouper for taco night! 

Celebrating 10 months of group training together!  CHEERS! 

Celebrating 10 months of group training together!  CHEERS! 

 

 

7 Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

What Is High-Intensity Interval Training?

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) involves short bursts of intense exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods. Interestingly, it is perhaps the most time-efficient way to exercise.

Typically, a HIIT workout will range from 10 to 30 minutes in duration.

Despite how short the workout is, it can produce health benefits similar to twice as much moderate-intensity exercise.

The actual activity being performed varies but can include sprinting, biking, jump rope or other body weight exercises.

One of the biggest advantages of HIIT is that you can get maximal health benefits in minimal time.

Below We Examine 7 Of Its Top Health Benefits:

1)    Burn calories quickly using HIIT.  30 minutes of HIIT could result in more calorie burn by 25-30% compared to other forms of exercise.

2)    Your Metabolic Rate is Higher for Hours After Exercise.  Several studies have demonstrated HIIT's impressive ability to increase your metabolic rate for hours after exercise.  Some researchers have even found that HIIT increases your metabolism after exercise more so than jogging and weight training.  In the same study, HIIT was also found to shift the body's metabolism toward using fat for energy rather than carbs.

3)    It Can Help You Lose Fat.  High-intensity intervals can produce similar fat loss to traditional endurance exercise, even with a much smaller time commitment.  They can also reduce visceral fat.

4)    You Might Gain Muscle Using HIIT.  If you are not very active, you may gain some muscle by starting HIIT but not as much as if you performed weight training.

5)    HIIT Can Improve Oxygen Consumption.  High-intensity interval training can improve oxygen consumption as much as traditional endurance training, even if you only exercise about half as long.

6)    It Can Reduce Heart Rate and Blood PressureHIIT can reduce blood pressure and heart rate, primarily in overweight or obese individuals with high blood pressure.

7)    Blood Sugar Can Be Reduced by HIIT.  High-intensity interval training may be especially beneficial for those needing to reduce blood sugar and insulin resistance. These improvements have been seen in both healthy and diabetic individuals.

How To Get Started With HIIT

To begin, you just need to choose your activity (running, biking, jumping, etc.).

Then, you can experiment with different durations of exercise and recovery, or how long you are performing intense exercise and how long you are recovering.

Here are a few simple examples of HIIT workouts:

·       Using a stationary bike, pedal as hard and fast as possible for 30 seconds. Then, pedal at a slow, easy pace for two to four minutes. Repeat this pattern for 15 to 30 minutes.

·       After jogging to warm up, sprint as fast as you can for 15 seconds. Then, walk or jog at a slow pace for one to two minutes. Repeat this pattern for 10 to 20 minutes.

·       Perform squat jumps as quickly as possible for 30 to 90 seconds. Then, stand or walk for 30 to 90 seconds. Repeat this pattern for 10 to 20 minutes.

While these examples can get you started, you should modify your own routine based on your own preferences.

THE CB SOUTH FITNESS HIIT CHALLENGE Pick your activity (running, elliptical, etc).  Complete your high-intensity segment for 15-30 seconds, get off the machine, and grab a kettle-bell or dumbbell and do an exercise (example: curls, overhead press, squat press, lunges, kettle bells swing, etc). Go back to the cardio machine and repeat high-intensity interval then do another exercise, repeat 6-8 times. In simple terms – Run fast, lift something heavy, repeat!

MOST IMPORTANTLY, HAVE FUN WITH HIIT AND LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!    

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-hiit