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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.

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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: Get Out Of Your Fitness Rut

Posted By bectemp on Aug 29, 2008 at 9:00AM

Fitness Friday by , ACE, ACSM, Personal Trainer/Fitness Specialist

Are you in a fitness rut? Overcome your end-of-summer plateau...

The beginning of the summer was bikini bootcamp. You were probably quite diligent about hitting the gym or hitting the pavement, but as the summer winds down you may be finding it more difficult to maintain that routine. You don't have to slide into your size zero bikini anymore so what's your motivation?

Here are a few ways to get you out of your rut:

Set a new goal: Ditch the must-be-fabulous-in-bikini mindset to a more specific goal such as a certain weight, body fat percentage, or lifting and/or cardio accomplishment. Make it as specific as possible. Also outline the steps you need to take to get their (i.e., increase cardio time or speed, increase weight, sets or reps)

Change the Scenery: Many of us spend the summer running our butts off, which if you don't particularly love the activity in the first place will eventually get monotonous. Also, it is advantageous to cross train to prevent injury and work different muscle groups. Monday, I ran outside. Tuesday, it was the stepmill and rowing machine at the gym. Wednesday, arc trainer or get the idea. If you've been trapped in a gym all summer, as the weather cools off, find a park near your house and do a body weight workout consisting of running, pull-ups, push-ups, squats, lunges, and ab work.

Analyze your diet: Spending countless hours in the gym may pay off somewhat, but to maximize your results you need to be eating appropriately as well. It's 70% nutrition, 30% exercise. Seek out a certified dietitian. Keep a food journal. Make sure you are eating smaller meals more frequently.

Add a supplement: "Which one?" is the real question. There are aisles and aisles of fat-burning, muscle-building, to-good-to-be-true bottles of expensively priced things that I can't even pronounce. I have always struggled with swallowing pills so I like to keep it as simple as possible. New research has come out declaring a small, controlled amount of caffeine before a workout can help aid in fat loss. It also boosts dopamine which could make your workouts more tolerable. Add in a carnitine supplement, which is an amino acid that is required to transport fatty acids to mitochondria during fat utilization, and you are ready to reach new fitness heights.

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