The world of fitness is full of misleading advice, broken promises and disappointment. Have you ever wondered why? The world of true fitness and the fitness industry are two very different things. Sounds confusing right? It is, it’s designed by the fitness industry to be that way. Now that they have you confused, they can sell you a product to fix you. Sounds great, right? Except it NEVER works. I said NEVER!. That’s right, it never works. You can’t get fit simply by using a product. All you will do is waste your money. I know first hand, I did it for years. I’ve done the dirty work so you don’t have to.
The only way to get in shape is to exercise regularly and eat in a healthy way. I am going to repeat that, but not here. I will repeat that to every client and everyone who asks me about getting in shape. Forever! The fitness industry and the supplement industry are just that. Industry. They are selling supplements. They are selling fitness. Remember back when I said you can’t get fit by using a product? Well unless the industry is selling you workouts, you won’t succeed buying their product. If on the other hand they are selling you workouts and instruction, motivation and expertise, then you might succeed.
Which brings me to my point. Spend your money on INSTRUCTION, MOTIVATION AND EXPERTISE! A good personal trainer can change your life! You might think I’m a bit biased being a personal trainer myself. So maybe I am. I have been training people for over 20 years. I know not all trainers are the same. And not every trainer will change your life for the better. Find one with many years of experience. Make sure they are certified and have CPR training and liability insurance. That is critical. Any trainer who doesn’t meet these few requirements, isn’t in business as a trainer. They are part of a fitness industry that is ripping you off.
If money issues keep you from working with a trainer, don’t give up. Negotiate. That’s right I said it, negotiate. A real fitness professional will want you to workout with him or her rather that turn you away because you can’t afford it. When it comes to getting fit and money, there will always be issues. Don’t get caught up in the supplement world thinking you can buy fitness there, you can’t. Do yourself a favor and take care of yourself. Spend you hard earned money on a personal trainer who truly wants you to get fit and stay fit for the rest of your life!
Fantone Fitness Fun Fitness Facts
What is it all about? I am Jim Fantone and I am here to sort it all out for you. I have spent most of my life experimenting with my body. Yes, I have done the footwork so you don’t have to. Cook, mechanic, restaurant manager, social worker, army sergeant, karate student, personal trainer, business owner. Did I forget anything? Oh yeah, father, husband (twice), and actor. My life as a guinea pig.
My evolution has been a fun journey, but I didn’t always think that. The one thing I know from my life experiences is “I make the best of everything”.
Fitness. This has got to be one of the most challenging aspects of life. We want to look like super models but it just doesn’t seem to work out that way (pun intended). Why is it so hard to have a six-pack? What is the elusive ingredient to losing weight? How do “they” do it? Well, if you’re reading this, maybe, you’re ready for the warm firm facts.
Fantone Fitness Fun Fitness Facts!
#1. “Your stomach is about the size of both of your hands held out in front of you cupped together like a bowl. It’s your body’s fuel tank. It is the right size for your body. In a car, if you overfill your gas tank, it will spill out on the ground, wasting the gas. In your body, the fuel doesn’t spill out. The body saves it as FAT!” Make sure you’re not over-filling your tank.
#2. If you want to get in shape, take some time every day to do something physically challenging. Every day! That could be going to the gym, going for a run, riding your bike, yoga, aerobic class, push-ups, walking lunges, jumping jacks, toss a frisbee, or chase your cat or dog around. The key is to do something “Every Day”. Yes, every day. You can play every day, it’s OK.
#3. People always ask me “how do you get a six-pak?” The truth is everyone has the six-pack muscles. They are already a part of every body. You couldn’t move properly without them. The problem isn’t in the muscle, it’s in the “stuff” that’s covering the muscle. You guessed it, “body-fat!” So the goal is to reduce body-fat between the skin and those lovely abs. How to do that? Ahh, the million dollar question. If I had a buck for every time…anyway.
Here’s my “plan”. That’s what I call it. Time to get back on the “Plan”
Eat clean. Eat real foods, not processed. Soda is processed, get used to drinking water. Just do it! Eat single ingredient foods like vegetables, fruit, lean meats, eggs or egg whites. Eat nuts and seeds in moderation (and if you can’t do moderation, leave the nuts alone). If you are vegetarian, you know where to get your protein. Eat foods as they come from nature, not scientifically engineered products. And do not add salt! You’ll get used to it. You know this stuff. You keep hearing it over and over, but you don’t want to believe it. Well, it’s true. Eat healthy and exercise at least moderately, and I guarantee you will lose body-fat. If you do, those lovely six-pak muscles will be working their way to the surface. Maybe slowly, but one day, Pow! There they are. You’ve got a six-pack. If I can do it, so can you.
Fantonefitness Fun Fitness Fact #4
Love handlesare from loving junk food. Crunches won’t affect them. Only a better diet will. Oh yeah, and some exercise to burn calories will help too. Keep it simple.
Have a plan of what you’ll eat today. Don’t wait until its a last minute decision and you end up eating “Fast Food”. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Eat healthy.
Fantone Fitness Fun Fitness Fact #6
After your workout is the best time to eat a high quality meal. Your body is craving nutrition. Eat within 1 ½ hours after your workout for the best results.
Action creates energy!
The best way to feel more energetic is to burn more energy. Sounds crazy but those of you who exercise regularly know that during times of consistent exercise you feel more energy. Try stopping for a week or two and you’ll feel a slower pace and less energy. Go back to your exercise routine and you’re back in the groove, feeling better in a matter of a couple of workouts.
So, if you’re feeling down for any reason and you want to get back to your old self, get back to the gym. Go for a run. Play Frisbee in the park. Anything that gets your butt off the chair and your feet on the move. You know it’s true. All you got to do is DO IT!
Every action has a reaction. Get yours.
Rest and recovery.
Most people run themselves ragged. I like to rest whenever I can. I believe that rest and sleep are the one thing we take for granted that can have a huge impact on our health. If you’re a busy person and you must work many hours each day, I feel for you. That’s not my style. I work just a few hours each day and still I need my beauty rest.
Rest helps your body repair itself. At the cellular level you need recovery. This is not a preference thing. Some people say they only need 4 hours of sleep and they are just fine. Well they may feel fine for now. If that becomes a regular pattern they run the risk of lowering their immune system as well as their metabolism. In order to function properly, the body needs rest. Sleep is best, but I find even just sitting or lying down for a while allows my body to recover.
I am usually very energetic but sometimes I just feel a little less enthusiastic about getting up and getting going. That is a sign for me to take note and get a little more rest than usual. One has to learn how to hear what the body is saying. All of your aches and pains are telling you something. It may not be a big deal, but it is important to get to know when you should pay attention and adjust your activity, and when to just be aware. When you are feeling tired, you are tired and to ignore that on a regular basis is asking for trouble.
Learn to listen, listen to learn.
Come and join the fun and get a good sweat on! Fantone Fitness can work out anywhere. We don’t need fancy equipment or machines. You are the ultimate machine. Boxing, kettlebells, Pilates or bootcamp. All done at home or outside in the park. Oh man, I am ready for summer! What are you waiting for? 917-657-5489 0r email@example.com. Visit Fantone Fitness on Facebook too.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting the Vitamin Shoppe with Fantone Fitness and Monique Marco. We had fun, a protein bar and a shake and some exciting fitness discussion. Tune in to see when Fantone Fitness and The Vitamin Shoppe will hook up again. Until then…enjoy the weather!
Meet Leo. Leo has gone from 19.1% body-fat, to 14.7% body-fat in just 10 weeks! He lost 8 pounds and took off 9 inches. This man is dedicated. We can all take a lesson from Leo. Call or text for your opportunity to transform yourself. 917-657-5489
One day at a time is a life saver. I don’t have to know how everything is going to turn out. I just have to breathe. I don’t really have to do that! It just happens. Wow, that is all I do, just breathe. If I do nothing else then I am still OK.
The great thing is, I don’t have to do anything. Nothing has the “have to” prefix, for me. Absolutely nothing! If I think I have to do something, I just change the wording for a more positive result. For example, if I think “I have to do something”, being mindful, I am aware I’m thinking that and I stop and make an adjustment to “I want to do it”. It works! I know what you’re thinking. What if I really, REALLY don’t want to do it? Guess what? I just don’t do it. Problem solved. I know there are people reading this who are thinking that it is unreasonable to just “not do” something that might be very important to me so I say again. The other option is to change the wording to, “I want to do it”. It works. It’s really not that complicated.
Either I am able to change the wording to create a more positive feeling, or I don’t do it. The key is to be mindful and vigilant so I can catch myself in the moment. One Day at a Time!
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
If you’re up for it, I teach a Pilates Mat class at the Paris Health Club on Monday mornings at 7:30. So, you really have to be up for it, and you have to be on time. Anyway, we get the week started with a basic mat class that will warm you up, strengthen your core and make your muscles reach for new levels of long and lean. Not to mention sweat and moan and groan! Join us. And don’t forget to check out Fantone Fitness on Facebook.
A friend recently commented on my Facebook page, saying that it was cool, and working out looks fun! Who would have thought? I would! Of course working out is fun. I get to move my body in an excited way to accomplish different activities all the while increasing my heart rate and respiration, sweating up a storm and expending calories and energy. That sounds like…well fun! Anyway, that comment made me realize that not everyone thinks working out is fun. So, check out these pics of fun workouts. I hope you are inspired to get out on this Fun-day Sunday and work out too. remember, it can be fun!
Thank goodness it’s Flying Friday! I got to tell you, I’ve been looking forward to posting this for a while now. After a day of rest on Thundering Thursday, I am ready to fly high into today’s workout. I feel as though I can leap over any obstacle in my path. Why? Because I try. That’s really all it takes. Go for it. Sometimes I notice I’m feeling afraid of an event or situation that I’m approaching. I’ve recently decided to turn things around on “Fear”. Here is my new idea. I’m going to use “Fear” to my advantage and every time I realize I’m feeling “Fear”, I’m going to remind myself that “Fear” stands for “Feeling Energized and Ready”. Done! So go out and have some “Fear” on me. Enjoy!