strength training

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! 

 

 

Spring Fever

Getting Outside

Hello everyone!  Spring is here, and the trails in Crested Butte and CB South are drying quickly and ready for another season of fun and adventure!

I did a trail run with my dog (#athenathebear) this morning, and it was incredible!  We ran caves trail over to wallrod cutoff, and down to cement creek road.  I was surprised to see the trail as dry today as it would be in the middle of summer.  When I was on the same trail a couple of weeks ago it was so muddy that I was walking at a snails pace, and came close on several occasions to falling off the hillside.  I was up to my ankles in mush and there was so much mud caked to the soles of my shoes that I had no traction what-so-ever.  It was quite the balancing act hike!                 

In addition to getting outside and soaking in the sun, regular gym workouts are still an important focus of my fitness regimen.  Lifting weights, swinging kettle bells and working on my core is helping me stay in tip top shape for crushing the trails on my mountain bike and feeling powerful running and hiking this season. I have been working out hard at CB South Fitness all winter, and there's no reason to let strength workouts and my training slide now, especially when I have never felt so strong or toned!

Four Seasons of Health and Fitness

I thought in this blog I would mention a few of the reasons why regular strength training is an important and healthy part of our routine – and not just in the winter season when it’s cold, but all year long.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Increases HDL - High Density Lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and decrease LDL - Low Density Lipoprotein (bad cholesterol).
  • Reduces risk of diabetes and insulin needs.
  • Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Lower high blood pressure.
  • Lowers risk of breast cancer - reduces high estrogen levels linked to the disease.
  • Decreases or minimizes risk of osteoporosis by building bone mass.
  • Reduces symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
  • Reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Decreases colds and illness.

STRENGTH BENEFITS

Increased muscle strength, power, endurance and size. Enhanced performance of everyday tasks. You will be able to do everyday tasks like lifting, carrying and walking up stairs with greater ease.

IMPROVE FLEXIBILITY

By working the muscles through a full range of motion, weight training can improve your overall body flexibility. Increased flexibility reduces the risk of muscle pulls and back pain.

LOWER THE LIKELIHOOD OF INJURY

Strong muscles, tendons and ligaments are less likely to give way under stress and are less likely to be injured. Increased bone density and strength reduces back and knee pain by building muscle around these areas.

CHANGE IN BODY COMPOSITION

Boosted metabolism (which means burning more calories when at rest). Reduced body fat. Your overall weight may not change, but you will gain muscle and lose fat. Over time you should notice decreases in waist measurements and bodyfat measurement.

INCREASE MUSCLE TONE

The conditioning effect will result in firmer and better-defined muscles.

IMPROVE POSTURE

The way you sit and stand are influenced by the health of a network of neck, shoulder, back, hip and abdominal muscles. Stronger muscles can help you stand and sit straighter and more comfortably. Improved balance and stability.

IMPROVE STATE OF MIND

As you begin to notice the positive physical changes in your body and develop a regular exercise routine your ability to handle stress effectively will improve. Weight training allows you to sleep better, i.e. fall asleep quicker and sleep deeper. Clinical studies have shown regular exercise to be one of the three best tools for effective stress management.

(Bullet points taken from - https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/trainingstation1.htm)

Wrap Up

My hope is that gym and community members will continue to strength train in addition to their outdoor time this spring and summer.  My husband, Andy, and I are happy to provide Crested Butte and CB South residents with a convenient place to exercise where members feel comfortable and confident while at our gym.  CB South Fitness has convenient gym hours and we’re open to members every day from 5 am – 10 pm.  Members easily scan their key card to get inside, and do their thing - whether it's a 15 minute targeted session or an hour long total body workout. 

Please contact us at 970.765.7009 if you have questions or if you are interested in membership.  We look forward to seeing you soon! 

-Kristin 

 

Training and Nutrition

Are You Ready For Winter???

We are excited to offer and promote CB South Fitness group training each week, and a FREE nutrition discussion on 10/24 at 7:15pm, BOTH ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 

Training is $30 per session and will focus on ski conditioning and strength & interval training.  Participants can join for just one training session or attend each week.  It's up to you! 

Please contact us for more information about either offering or about membership - 970.765.7009.

Thanks! 

Kristin

 

The Benefits of Training Year-Round

Greetings!  As many Crested Butte locals have noticed, this is day 2 of snow, sleet, sun, repeat (and that's "repeat"seven times per day!).  It's humid outside and very wet and sends chills straight through to your bones.  When you walk your dog you get pelted in the face with sideways snow while mud splashes up on the back of your pants from the muddy roads.  Days like today can make even the most motivated person want to snuggle under a warm blanket, sip hot cocoa, and mentally check-out for a while.  Ahhhhh...that sounds nice, doesn't it? 

The feelings we have this time of year can be challenging as we battle gray days and bizarre weather, and it's easy to forget the benefits of strength and cardio training when you are considering hibernation.  This article is to highlight several reasons why training year-round should inspire us to get to the gym and just keep moving! 

HEALTH

  • Reduces risk of diabetes and insulin needs.
  • Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Lower high blood pressure.
  • Lowers risk of breast cancer - reduces high estrogen levels linked to the disease.
  • Decreases or minimizes risk of osteoporosis by building bone mass.
  • Reduces symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
  • Reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Decreases colds and illness.

STRENGTH

Increased muscle strength, power, and endurance. Enhanced performance of everyday tasks. You will be able to do everyday tasks like lifting, carrying and walking up-stairs with greater ease.

FLEXIBILITY

By working the muscles through a full range of motion, weight training can improve your overall body flexibility. Increased flexibility reduces the risk of muscle pulls and back pain.

LIKELIHOOD OF INJURY

Strong muscles, tendons and ligaments are less likely to give way under stress and are less likely to be injured. Increased bone density and strength reduces back and knee pain by building muscle around these areas.

BODY COMPOSITION

Boosted metabolism (which means burning more calories in a state of rest). Reduced body fat. Your overall weight may not change, but you will gain muscle and lose fat. Over time you should notice decreases in waist measurements and bodyfat measurement.

MUSCLE TONE

The conditioning effect will result in firmer and better-defined muscles.

POSTURE

The way you sit and stand are influenced by the health of a network of neck, shoulder, back, hip and abdominal muscles. Stronger muscles can help you stand and sit straighter and more comfortably. Improved balance and stability.

STATE OF MIND

As you begin to notice the positive physical changes in your body and develop a regular exercise routine your ability to handle stress effectively will improve. Weight training allows you to sleep better, i.e. fall asleep quicker and sleep deeper. Studies have shown regular exercise to be one of the three best tools for effective stress management.

 

In closing, make it a priority to improve your personal health, and commit to training in the gym year-round.  After-all no one else will do it for you!!  

*Much of the content in this post comes from bodybuilder.com.

What's Your Passion?

Greetings!  This week while at the gym I was thinking about Spring and Summer and how my favorite activities are right around the corner.  Running, hiking, and biking to name a few (hence the CB South Fitness logo).

I certainly recognize that this area has unlimited possibilities for adventure that far exceed these three.  That is what makes CB such an amazing place to live - we can be active in a hundred different ways and never get bored!

That being said, we have some members that have their favorite workouts nailed down to prepare them for Spring, and then there are others who are doing the same series of exercises they have been for the last several months...maybe the last several years.  

Part of what's exciting for me as a gym owner is that we are able to help our members strength train and condition for outdoor activities that define them at their best.  Targeted exercises at the gym can help an athlete avoid injury, boost endurance, and if all goes well - impress themselves on the trail! 

In the coming weeks we will post workouts for members interested in doing more targeted training, as it pertains to their outdoor play.   CB South Fitness wants to be THE place that you go to workout.  We have the equipment to get the job done, a convenient location, and awesome hours (open EVERYDAY, 5am- 10pm).  I will post new workouts here on the updates page as well as at the gym on the bulletin board.  Keep a lookout! 

ALSO - Run Club is coming together and we have a new Facebook page to kick it off!  Please join the public group for CBH3 if you are a runner, and like to have a good time.  More information to come but that doesn't mean you shouldn't join the group ASAP!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/918866528289422/?fref=ts )

For those interested in a personal trainer, individual or group setting, we have you covered.

We hope to be the place you train and to help you succeed in your passion!

See you at the gym. 

-Kristin

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Stronger

Today, while working out, I started thinking about the progression of things since we opened the doors of CB South Fitness.  It had not occurred to me that during the weeks of opening the gym, and in making sure that things went smoothly for our members, that I was also working out more than I had in years.

A few weeks ago, a friend who is a personal trainer, put together a total body workout program for me.  For the first time in my life my workouts are organized, balanced, and I am doing them with more consistency than ever before (3x per week). From box squats, to Romanian deadlifts, bench press, and dumbbell step-ups (using the plyo box), bent over barbell-row, lateral pull downs, and a fun alteration to traditional bicep curls, my workouts stay interesting and most importantly, challenging.  I forgot to mention the best part - that each week I am adding 5lbs extra to my bar from the week before!  Adding weights in a progression is something that has never been part of my workout regimen, and I am so glad that it is now.  From bending over to pick up my 2-year old and feeling the strength in my back and arms, to how solid I am on my feet when I attempt to be the ultimate skier (notice I said “attempt”- I have a long way to go!), I feel better about everyday movements, and recreational sports, thanks to the dedication to my workouts.

Living in Crested Butte, there are a million reasons to be outside enjoying the beautiful winter wonderland that we all know and love.  But when time is limited, or you are looking for more than a cardio workout, get to the gym.  Even a 20-minute weight training session counts! 

For those of you that are not members, or have not been by to check out the gym, we have several posters on the walls with various exercises, stretches and movements so that things stay fun, and workouts can change regularly (if you want them to).  For some, this can mean adding new exercises to your ‘routine’ and challenging new muscle groups.  If you are up to the task, put together a workout sheet to help you track each exercise and weight, and then start increasing the weight slightly every couple of weeks.  Or at best, work with personal trainer, Tim Skafidas.  Personal trainers can build you a custom workout plan, to satisfy your personal fitness goals. We have an awesome local trainer at our fingertips, with 20 years experience, at a great price!  

In closing, I still have a long way to go, but each week the confidence builds as the weight increases, and I feel great!  

Happy Lifting.

*To inquire about training with Tim Skafidas please contact us and we will put you in touch, or you can check out the Training & Services page on our website!  Right now, 20% discounts on couples training sessions!

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CB South Fitness presents THE GT TRAINING SERIES with local pro trainer Tim Skafidas

This 8 week program is designed to get athletes of all levels in top shape for the Grand Traverse.  Package includes a 3-month membership to CB South Fitness, as well as group training sessions with 20-year trainer, Tim Skafidas!

The GT Training Series is designed for athletes looking to elevate their abilities and mix up their normal training routine.  Tim's training is efficient and highly effective for those with limited time.  The series will be open to all level of participants, and is not exclusive for Grand Traverse entrants.  This session will be for a group restricted to 10 individuals, with the first training starting Tuesday, January 17th, and the last ending Tuesday, March 21st.  

WHAT WILL THE PARTICIPANTS ACCOMPLISH

There are many ways competitors can train for an event as committing as the GT, most of which involve perfecting technique, and long hours skinning in preparation of the event.  As an athlete, if you want complete training before the Grand Traverse, then Maximum Sustained Power Workouts, in the gym at CB South Fitness, will help you achieve the most power and speed for the big day. Tim’s targeted training sessions will help members gain a competitive advantage, in less time, and with maximum efficiency. - CB South Fitness

WHO IS PERSONAL TRAINER, TIM SKAFIDAS

Tim Skafidas has had a passion for outdoor fitness and weight training starting at an early age. He has a degree in Exercise Science from Colorado State University, and worked as an intern at the Center for Sports Medicine in Steamboat Springs, where he studied physical therapy to gain knowledge in injury treatment and prevention.

In December 1997 he began his professional career in Personal Training and Wellness Coaching. After working at One to One Wellness in Jackson, Wyoming in 2003, Functional Training for sport performance became his passion.  Over the past few years Tim has been studying the latest proven techniques to maximize performance, fat loss, nutrition and advanced recovery techniques. Using Heart Rate Variability to aid recovery, faster workouts for fat loss, and super slow reps for strength, are just a few of Tim’s advanced training methods used for clients and for himself.  Focusing on “Trimming the Fat” in a client’s current workout and focusing on the right combination of exercise, nutrition, and recovery is his well-rounded approach that yields fast results.

Most recently in the summer of 2016, Tim won the Eddyline Brewery Trail Running Series in Crested Butte. Tim had minimal time for training, but his focus was precise, and efficient, helping him finish first in the series

WHY THIS TRAINING SERIES WORKS

Athletes typically train for endurance events doing "blended training sessions" combining weights and cardio. This is a good method for general fitness but not for endurance athletes. Competitors rarely fail in endurance events because "they were winded".  Blended workouts are too similar to cardio sessions to get maximum benefits; a serious endurance athlete needs a more targeted approach.

Maximum sustained power workouts are designed to maximize the power and/or speed an individual can sustain. This type of training conditions the resiliency and output of an athletes nervous system, more so than traditional cardio conditioning. These workouts are punchy and short but extremely efficient.

Tim says, “After finishing first place in a running series with minimal training volume, I can attest to the fact this method works.  My clients will progress by making their overall volume higher, and not by having ‘increasing to heavier weights’ the goal (unless it gets too easy).

The top Tour de France and Iron Man athletes use these methods, and I'm willing to show my clients my underground training technique to give them a competitive advantage during the race. You will maximize your time in the gym, training routine, and target the right muscles that will power you through a very successful Grand Traverse!” - Tim Skafidas

LOCATION

CB SOUTH FITNESS; 310 ELCHO AVENUE UNIT #1, CRESTED BUTTE SOUTH

SCHEDULE

One training session per week. Athlete’s commit in advance to one Tuesday or Thursday session each week at 5:30PM*

Jan. 31st & Feb 2nd (8 weeks out from GT)

Feb. 7th & 9th (7 weeks out from GT)

Feb. 14th & 16th (6 weeks out from GT)

Feb. 21st & 23rd (5 weeks out from GT)

Feb. 28th & Mar 2nd (4 weeks out from GT)

Mar. 7th & 9th (3 weeks out from GT)

Mar. 14 & 16th (2 weeks out from GT)

Mar. Saturday 18th & Tuesday the 21st (the week of the GT)

*Tim has recorded himself doing the exercises to email his clients after sessions. This makes it easy so that his clients don’t have to remember the sequence, and can reference his videos for proper form, while working out on their own.

COST

3 MONTH GYM MEMBERSHIP TO CB SOUTH FITNESS: $150.00 TOTAL OR $50.00 PER MONTH

$25 PER TRAINING SESSION; 8 SESSIONS = $200.00

WHAT DOES THIS PRICE INCLUDE

  • Unlimited, key card gym access from 5am - 10pm, everyday!
  • An all-inclusive 8 week program with Personal Training pro, Tim Skafidas (Tuesday or Thursday evenings at 5:30PM - member picks one of those nights every week that they want to train)
  • Videos of training exercises emailed to participants showing technique and form.
  • Information sessions with Tim.
    • Nutrition (date TBD)
    • Injury Prevention (date TBD)

**CB South Fitness members who are signed up for The GT Training Series have all the typical perks to membership that other members at CB South Fitness have, plus the training series, information sessions, and recorded videos outlined above! 

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Trainer Tim

Trainer Tim