Enviable Abs – What’s the Secret?

So you want the secret to enviable abs? Well, get in line. So does everyone else. It's puzzling that something so desirable is completely elusive for most people. Especially when it IS fully possible for you to dramatically shape up your waistline. Yes, you. Y-O-U. My clients routinely lose weight and transform their bodies. You can do it too. I'm going to end the mystery for you now, once and for all. So forget everything you've heard about how to get flat, toned abs. The true secret to great abs is a winning combination of fat burning cardio, resistance training and clean eating. That's it: Exercise and Eating. Simple enough, once you understand how to do it. Your Exercise Routine: An effective exercise routine includes intense cardiovascular training with effective resistance training. Are you doing this? Sorry, but walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes isn't a fat blasting routine. And neither is a leisurely 20 minutes on the elliptical machine. Cardio … [Read more...]

Quick Tips – Don’t Ever Give Up!

I'm not going to sugar coat it. The truth is that lifestyle changes aren't easy to make and that change won't happen overnight. There's a good chance that you'll have occasional setbacks. But don't even think of giving up! If you never give up then you won't fail. Each day is a new chance to start over. Begin each day with the resolve to make your new healthy lifestyle a priority. Results will soon follow. … [Read more...]

Here’s the secret to enviable abs…

A toned, lean stomach is the ultimate sign of a fitness plan that's working. It's also one of the hardest things to achieve. Maybe you've given up on your abs after doing thousands of crunches only to see zero results. I honestly don't blame you. It's time that you forget everything you've heard about how to sculpt your abs. The truth is that crunches simply won't give you a six-pack. Ever. Doing crunches with the hope that it will turn your midsection into a washboard is to operate under the most widely held fitness myth. I'm talking about the spot reducing myth. Here's the truth: training one area of your body will not specifically burn fat from that area. Even those who have heard that spot reducing is a myth often still train as if it is true. So here's the hard truth that you need to face: Doing crunches will not magically make your tummy shrink, it will not cause your muffin top to melt away, and it will not give you washboard abs. Only a reduction in body fat … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Fluffy Egg White Bisquits

Here's a great recipe for low carb biscuits. It's gluten free and uses flax meal and egg whites to create a soft, fluffy texture. When striving towards a fat loss goal it's important to limit the amount of bread that you eat, due to all the simple carbs. This recipe is a great way to enjoy some bread while still maintaining your clean diet. Servings: 20 Here's what you need... 2 cups blanched almond flour 2 cups flax meal 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 Tablespoons raw honey, melted 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 8 egg whites Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a medium bowl combine the almond flour, flax meal and baking soda. Mix well and set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Mix the honey and oil into the flax mixture, then quickly fold in the egg whites. Be careful not to over mix the egg whites, so the fluffiness remains. Use an ice cream scooper to drop mounds of the batter on prepared … [Read more...]

Quick Tips – Your Reason Why

Why do you want to exercise and get into great shape? Grab onto the first answer that came into your mind. That is your unique reason why. Your reason could have to do with weight, size, shape, strength, appearance, health, function or longevity. Or it could be about something completely off the wall. Hey, it's your reason and there are no wrong answers. This reason is your motivation. It's the thought that you need to return to whenever you're feeling discouraged or want to give up. Remind yourself of it often. Write it down and put it where you will see it everyday. If you just don't quit then you're bound to succeed. … [Read more...]

The Best Way to Get Fit

Talk to 10 people and you'll get 10 different opinions on the best way to get fit. One will tell you to attend an aerobics class. Another will swear by jogging. Yet another will tell you that dance and biking worked for them. The truth is that there's really only one effective way to get fit. Before I get into the details, it's important that we agree on the definition of 'fit'. Too often skinny is mistaken for fit, and that's not what you should strive for. When someone is skinny, but has very little muscle tissue, they aren't truly fit. Here's why skinny doesn't equal fit: Their body fat percentage will be higher than ideal—even though you won't see a lot of fat on them, if their muscle percentage is low then fat percentage will be higher. Their resting metabolism will be low, since little muscle is present to burn calories at rest. Their body won't be functionally strong, which will lead to injuries and frustrations. So how does one get truly fit? It's this … [Read more...]

The Junk Has Got To Go

Today I'm going to dole out a little tough love, so brace yourself and know that this is for your own good. It's time that we had an uncomfortable little talk about a very important issue... That junk food in your house. You know the stuff that I'm talking about. The ice cream jammed into the back of your freezer. The packaged cookies that you say are for the kid's lunches. The candy stash that's leftover from the last few holidays. Those bags of crunchy, salty snacks in your pantry. The bottles of soda that you know you shouldn't drink. And the list goes on... Here's the bottom line: If you eat junk food then you'll get fat. Junk = Fat. Now I know that you have justified the presence of junk food in your house, so let's walk through these justifications and I'll shine some truth on it for you. 1) It's For The Kids: This is the oldest excuse in the book when it comes to keeping junk food in the house. It's flawed for many reasons, namely because you know you eat some … [Read more...]

The Domino Effect

Ever notice how one seemingly insignificant poor decision snowballs into another, then another, then another? Let me give you an example... Monday morning at 6am your alarm starts blaring. Instead of getting right up and arriving to your scheduled workout on time, you hit snooze and arrive 10 minutes late. During the workout everything feels extra heavy, so you put down your weights and grab something lighter, thinking that it's just going to be one of those days. At lunch you add a side of chips to your usual chicken salad and grab a diet soda instead of water. During your afternoon break the vending machine calls to you, but you settle instead for another cup of coffee laced with sweet creamer. In the caffeine and sugar induced buzz that follows, you call your honey and announce that instead of eating that sensible dinner at home you guys are going out to your favorite restaurant. After dinner you decide to settle in with some ice cream and a movie instead of taking the … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday – Healthy Mini Muffins – Cleveland Fitness

Need a quick breakfast or snack item that won't erase that awesome workout you just did this morning? Whip up a batch of these gluten and sugar free mini muffins and stock your fridge with the perfect on-the-go snack. Servings: 24 mini muffins  Here's what you need: 1/2 cup blanched almond flour 1/2 cup flax meal 1 Tablespoon coconut flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 eggs half of a ripe banana, mashed 1/3 cup coconut crystals 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup, grade b 1/4 cup coconut milk, canned, full fat 2 Tablespoons almond butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted 1/2 cup golden raisins 1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan with coconut oil. In a medium bowl combine the almond flour, flax meal, coconut flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In another medium bowl combine the eggs, banana, coconut crystals, maple … [Read more...]

Quick Tips – Pack Your Snack

How tempting will that vending machine or drive thru be if you have a home-packed snack ready to go at the first sign of hunger? Not as tempting, that's for sure. Make it a habit to pack wholesome, energy-inducing snacks with you each day and watch how quickly your fitness results start to show. … [Read more...]