4 ways to get shredded for summer

4 ways to get shredded for summer

With summer coming up quickly you may be panicking and asking yourself how on earth you’re going to get your body looking great for the backyard cookout or the beach volleyball tournament. Hopefully, you’ve already started preparing but if you don’t have a solid plan you could be in trouble. If that’s you, keep reading to find 4 great ways you can shred body fat and look great for summer! Cut the Junk Food There’s no question that the number one barrier to getting a body built for the beach is eating habits. No matter how hard you’re working in the gym, if you don’t clean up your diet, the results you see will be minimal to none. Anyone can workout for an hour a day, the differentiator is what you do with other 23 hours. Foods like pizza, french fries, onion rings, and fried chicken will tank your progress because those empty calories will just store in your body as fat. In order to look shredded, you need to have a very low body fat percentage so eating foods that store as fat is just working against you. Another thing that’s pretty easy to cut out is soda which is high in sugar and lacking in any nutritional value. Low Weight High Reps Once you’re committed to eating right, then you can visit your gym strategy to see what you can do to tone those muscles. While lifting heavy will increase muscle size and strength, it isn’t the best way to tone your muscles and make them pop. As we said earlier, the key to getting shredded is...

5 Reasons Why Your Workout Isn’t Working

It can be frustrating and depressing to work out regularly but just never see the results you’re looking for. Whether the scale won’t budge or you don’t seem to be getting any stronger, don’t let lackluster results push you into giving up! There are a few reasons your progress might be stalling out, and they’re fairly easy problems to fix. 1. You’re Not Working Hard Enough If you’ve gotten into a routine of running an easy 3 miles on the treadmill and then calling it quits, your body may simply not be working hard enough to keep building muscle. We see this a lot with the elliptical, too — someone gets used to just using the same program three times a week and after a while, their progress tapers off and then stalls out completely. The solution? Switch it up! Don’t rely on those old standbys. Take new, more challenging classes. Up the incline on your treadmill or choose a totally different program on your elliptical. Lift heavier weights. Just switch it up! Once your body is used to a certain workout routine, you need to work a little harder and keep your body guessing as to what challenge it will need to meet next. 2. On the Other Hand, You Might Be Working Too Hard If the end of Spin class makes you feel like you can’t even get out of your chair for the rest of the day, that extra-tough workout may be doing more harm than good. Especially for those who take multiple classes in one day, pushing yourself too hard could lead to exhaustion, insomnia, or your body...

Why Hire a Professional Commercial Gym Designer?

Sometimes it pays to hire a professional for important jobs; a personal trainer to help you achieve your weight loss goals, an interior decorator to renovate your home, a licensed contractor to build your home, and you find an expert to help you choose the perfect vehicle to fit your lifestyle. All of them are professionals in their respected fields and want to help you get the best bang for your buck. And so does Balance Fitness! We’re available for you when you want to start your newest renovation in the gym. What is the current look and feel of your gym? How is your equipment set up? Is your gym warm and welcoming when a member walks in, or is it dark and dreary? All of this is significant when you consider designing your gym. Instead of trying to manage a gym and tackle the worry of redesigning it, relax and let the big dogs do it for you! 1. We Do The Work For You Who wants to be in charge of something they don’t have expertise with? There’s nothing wrong with learning, but a professional can do the work in half the time you can and take the stress off your back. Not only do they understand the importance of design, but also they know how to make the most of the space in the gym for all hours, especially rush hour. 2. We Can Change the 2D Vision to 3D Do you already know what you want but have had a hard time executing it? Call Balance Fitness today! Professional gym designers turn your vision...

What Exactly is Interval Training?

It seems as though there is always a new “must-do” workout routine going viral within the exercise communities, so it can be hard to keep track of exactly how each of these workouts are supposed to help you. For example, recently you may have been hearing all about interval training but maybe you’re still in the dark on what exactly it is and what it does for your body. Interval Training Interval training, or high intensity interval training (HIIT), is alternating portions of your workout between high intensity aerobic activity and lower intensity aerobic activity. Aerobic exercises can be anything from running to cycling to swimming meaning that regardless of your passions and preferences you can find an HIIT workout that works for you! You can go from sprinting to walking, cycling full speed ahead to gently pedaling, or swimming with all your power to doggy paddling and no matter what the constant motion at varying intensities will give you a great workout with noticeable results. How do you Know if you should Start Interval Training? Of course different workout routines help people achieve different goals. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, you should more seriously consider HIIT if your goals are to: Burn fat without losing muscle Improve your cardiovascular health Boost your metabolism naturally Increase your stamina Improve your cholesterol HIIT is also great if you don’t have access to gym equipment, can’t dedicate a substantial amount of time to exercise, or are bored with your current exercise routine and are looking for an ever-changing challenge. Whether you’re new to the exercise game and aren’t...