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Fitness Friday: Better Workouts With Better Duds

Posted By bectemp on Sep 12, 2008 at 9:00AM

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Better Workout With Better Duds by , ACE, ACSM, Personal Trainer/Fitness Specialist

I've said it for years: Every time I come home with my Nike bags full of shoes, shorts, and tops I can't wait to test drive them on the treadmill. Feeling the part can increase caloric burn during your gym time. As much as you would love to invest in that expensive pair of Louboutin's you've been drooling over for weeks, it may be in your body's better interest to add to your fitness wardrobe instead.

Get the 411 on what you need for your gym bag:

Just like your business attire, you need some basics for your gym bag. It's always safe to invest in a great pair of high quality Lycra pants or capris in a dark color if you are just beginning your fitness/fashion quest. Navy blue and Black are most popular.

Express your personality on top but make sure workout tops are conducive to just that: working out. You will want to focus on how hard your pushing yourself not what's falling out or creeping up, although, it is okay to show off your assets and hide what you're at the gym to improve.

Strong back: Opt for a racer back tank-top.

Arms with a little extra jiggle: Reach for a sleeved shirt made of dry fit material. It will reduce motion when pumping your arms and creates a barrier between the skin to lessen likelihood of a rash.

Lastly, the most important piece in your gym bag are the shoes. Don't be stingy when it comes to price. Be willing to spend anywhere between $50-$120 for a good pair. Do your research on your own or with some help. If you know your arch, width, and gait, get online and find shoes that will be most comfortable and supportive to your shock-absorbers. No clue? Many cities have multiple sporting goods and clothing stores that provide gait assessment. You will walk out knowing if you are a pronator or a supinator and have the shoe to match. Grab a pair of cotton/lycra blend ankle socks while you're shopping. They make legs look their best. Anything higher could give your ankles a bulky appearance.

Of course, don't forget to update your iPod with new songs to get you pumped up.

Shopping Online:

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Express your creativity

For the winter months

Liven it up with some color

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Jamie Temple, ACE, ACSM, personal trainer/fitness specialist specializes in in-home training in the Indianapolis area. Email .

FItness Friday: Fitness Tip du Jour

Posted By bectemp on Aug 21, 2008 at 6:39PM

picture of pretty blonde girlFriday's Fitness Tip by , ACE, ACSM, Personal Trainer/Fitness Specialist

It's the last thing you want to hear on Friday, but here's another reason to keep those abs strong: You will be less hungry!

You heard me correctly. The tighter your abs, the less hungry you will be.

There's a little known hunger-causing hormone called Neuropeptide Y (NYP) that is produced by abdominal fat.

Until a recent study by Dr. Kaiping Yang and his colleagues at the Lawson Health Research Institute affiliated with The University of Western Ontario it was believed that NYP was only produced by the brain.

NYP sends signals to the individual that they are constantly hungry. So turning off the production of NYP by strengthening your abs will make you less hungry.

Keep moving,

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Fitness Product Review: Dynamic Kettlebell Workout

Posted By bectemp on Aug 12, 2008 at 12:00PM

headshot picture of pretty blonde girl with green backgroundFitness Product Review of Dynamic Kettlebell Workout by Jamie Temple ACE, ACSM, Personal Trainer/Fitness Specialist

Every time you power up your lazy-box (aka television) there is yet another fitness or diet-related product comin’ at ya. Ironic, right?

Unfortunately, we don’t get the benefits of exercise through just sitting on our cushioned rumps and contemplating lacing up our Nikes. (Side note: that may actually elevate endorphin levels slightly but won’t help with weight loss or toning.)

Enter, kettlebell.

Shaped like a cute, little handbag but slightly heavier depending on how much of your life you keep in your purse ;)

I have used the kettlebell with clients at previous gyms. They are usually old, rusty and hiding in a dark corner of the gym. But, lately these little guys have been gaining much exposure for their benefits and have tossed their old look in the ‘dirty towel hamper’ and replaced it with vibrant colors and easy to hold handles.

Working with the kettlebell is great to increase power, speed, strength, and even cardiovascular capacity. Yes, it will get that heart rate pumping. I popped in the dvd to try a few simple moves and exercises. Heart rate monitor check: Nice. I can probably shave some minutes off my cardio routine for the day.

I recommend incorporating the kettlebell exercises into your strength routine so you are combining power moves with strength moves…work smarter, not harder. I think we all agree on that.

WHERE CAN YOU GET KETTLEBELLS? The Iron Core powered by GoFit line of kettlebells and instructional DVD, "Kettlebells The Iron Core Way" are now available in all Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, Paragon Sports, Sports Chalet, online at, and at other leading fitness retail stores, starting at $29.99

Here are a few ways to incorporate the kettlbell into your workout for lean legs, amazing abs, and a bikini bootie:

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Start with your right hand on the kettlebell. Step back with your left leg into a lunge position- knee bent behind you. Remain upright- your upper body should not fold over. Keep your chest up and your shoulders back. Pass the kettlebell from the right hand to the left, outside the leg underneath to the left hand. Stand back up on right leg and repeat by alternating to the other side. You can also finish your reps with one leg and then switch legs.

picture of woman working out with kettlebell
Stand with feet parallel, shoulder width apart. Shift your weight to your left foot. Immediately turn the right foot out and rotate the left thigh bone right by pivoting on the heel. Place the right foot flat, and shift about 80 percent of your weight to it. Continue pivoting until the left knee is tucked behind the right knee. Finally, sit back and down so that your hips sit directly over, but not on, the heel of your left foot. Reverse.

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Raise one leg so it is out straight and perpendicular to you. Then fold back and down until your calf hits your butt with the foot flat on the floor, then stand back up. Try not to let the extended foot touch the floor as you stand.

Stay moving,

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Fitness Friday: Nintendo's Wii Fit Machine

Posted By bectemp on Jul 25, 2008 at 11:10AM

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Fitness Friday: Nintendo's Wii Fit Machine is brought to you by ACE, ACSM, Personal Trainer/Fitness Specialist

The global obesity crisis continues to expand as more adults and children are becoming overweight. As part of an effort to combat obesity, there is a new entrant in the Battle of the Bulge: the video game industry led by Nintendo's Wii Fit Machine ($574).

The video game industry has long been seen by its critics as one of the enablers of the "couch potato" moniker, but Nintendo's Wii Fit series has brought a more physical side of gaming -- exergaming! This is not your child's Nintendo either. Wii Fit Machine can be played by all ages.

picture of the Wii Fit box with four kids doing different exercies
The Wii Fit Balance Board is a piece of hardware that senses your motion and brings it to life onscreen with the use of avatars. The game allows the players to log time doing aerobics or yoga, as well as balance and strength exercises through use of the Wii Fit Balance Board. Many of the games allow players to set goals according to a timeframe and chart their progress by keeping track of their body mass index (BMI)

The system already has skiing, yoga, and exercise games, but in the works is "Active Life: Outdoor Challenge" which will promote physical activity by having the player imitate activities such as log rolling, jumping rope, and river rafting.

Jillian Michaels, fitness trainer, (Coach of NBC's Biggest Loser) has also partnered with Wii to produce an exercise game.

So call your nearest electronics store -- to make sure they have it in stock -- and RUN and buy a Wii Fit Bundle this weekend. I promise you that it's a fun way to get fit.

Stay moving,

Other exergaming choices: Xbox360 and Sony's PS3

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Fitness Product Review: Pilates Abs Workout DVD

Posted By bectemp on Jul 22, 2008 at 10:00AM

picture of pilates abs workout dvd with a picture of ana caban on the front performing a pilates move

Can Pilates Abs Workout DVD give you a better workout than a formal class?

Reviewed by ACE, ACSM, Personal Trainer/Fitness Specialist.

Pilates Abs Workout DVD ($12.99) focuses on your core to develop strength and flexibility. Ana Caban instructs you on the basics of Pilates, concentrating on your abs.

Pros: Curls, leg raises, circles, and swan dive will give you a basic Pilates workout. Having a general knowledge of the basics before taking a formal class prepares you for a safer and better workout.

Cons: If you are beyond the basics, this DVD would be too elementary for you. You will need a more difficult DVD to get a great workout.

Let me know if you have any fitness DVD suggestions.

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