June 25, 2017

The 4 Things you need for Weight Loss Success

As we approach our 8th Birthday of Body Fix Boot Camp on Thursday I often get asked how we have “survived’ so long. When I first started up I was the only Boot Camp around. Since then several have popped up and disappeared whilst we not only survive but thrive.Weight Loss inch loss

I put the success down to our clients, after all we only supply the tools they do the hard work.

When it comes to getting results I believe that there are 4 key reasons for our success with weight loss clients.

1. Correct Nutrition
I get really frustrated as I scroll through my facebook news feed at the number of crazy fad diets, so many pyramid sales diet shakes on the market now and other extreme diets. I don’t believe in fad diets and have met so many people that have suffered the yo-yo effect after doing them. They have lost a decent amount of weight, mainly water and glycogen weight and gained it back plus more because of the damage the fad diet has caused to their metabolism – soul destroying.
Our 4 week Transformation plan isn’t based on fads. Clients can lose 14 lbs in 4 weeks with sustainable healthy eating and eating plenty of food, no starving the body with us!

2. Effective Workouts
Another popular facebook badge of honour seems to be that of the cardio queen who has just completed back to back classes for 3 hours at the local gym.

The key to workouts for fat loss is to work smart and not long. Overwork and over exercise leads to burnout and injury. You must do the right workout that’s suited to you and your goals, but also not some of the crazy over the top high intensity stuff that whilst it gets you sweaty and feeling like you’ve worked out actually places strain or stress your body so it “shuts down” and does not help you gain the results you want.
Body Fix workouts are designed to burn fat without sending your body’s systems into panic mode, the aim is to get the most “bang for your buck” in other words the best results in the shortest time.


3. The best support network
The biggest factor for creating positive change is surrounding yourself with the right people. This is the step most often overlooked. Without the proper motivation and accountability it’s easy to slip.
When you work in a group setting with like-minded, supportive people like in our 4 week challenge you feel motivated to not only let yourself down but also not let your fellow challengers down.

4. Lifestyle change = Maintain results
You are not changing just for the short term. The goal is to change your life to make a positive transformation and change your attitude and approach to food and exercise. In our 4 week Transformation Challenge we help our clients lose 14 lbs and then in our continuation program help them continue to make progress and maintain their results for life.

We have lots of new improvements coming to the plan in 2016 keep up to date with them at www.bodyfixbootcamp.co.uk Our Next 4 Week Challenge starts on 4th January 2016 – If you drop 14lbs on it you get a new body and we reward you with a Spa day! Double win!

What is “core” training?

In a recent feedback survey for our Boot Campers the number one thing that people wanted to do more of was “core work”. It was my fault as I listed it as one of the options without really ever explaining what “core” was. DH before and after website

So in the wider world Core gets used to describe the abdominal area , people think of sit ups , six packs and flat stomachs.

This is where things get confusing…… to start with you could do sit ups all day long every day but unless you have a low enough body fat % you wont see the toned abdominals below. In fact we NEVER do sit ups in Boot Camp. Why? With me being a sports therapist as well as a PT I have studied Stuart McGills work and he has proven to me beyond reasonable doubt that Sit ups , crunches…. whatever you want to call them put you at an extremely high risk of injury. The pressure that goes through the disc when doing them can often exceed 2000 psi , that coupled with the fact that people seem obsessed with doing 100s at a time means that you are creating repeated stress in your lower back in a classic injury movement.

Does everyone that includes sit ups get injured? No, of course not but I work on a risk and reward basis and there is no benefit to your average person training for health doing sit ups yet their is a significant increase in risk. Sure if I was training a thai boxer or athlete that required abdominal flexion for their sport we would probably chuck some in but not for your average recreational exerciser.

So what is core training and what do I program in Boot Camp?

1. Stability

As it would suggest you hold a static position for a challenging amount of time, Plank, Hip Bridges and Bird Dog are the ones that immediately spring to mind.

2. Dynamic Stability

In these exercises you will hold a stable position whilst moving your arms or legs . Examples are mountain climbers, renegade row, leg walk outs, elbow to knees, spidermans, dead bugs.

3. Strength

It always annoys me if I train in a big gym and I hear a PT tell a client that they are about to do core stability work and then bust out the ab cradle for some sit ups. (never EVER use an ab cradle) Sit ups are core strength not stability.  Strength exercise would be things like the McGill curl up, Turkish get ups.

Of course I have only looked here at what would be considered core specific exercises, look at a squat your core muscles work hard to maintain a straight posture, add a weight to that same squat and the core muscles work double time. Y Lunges would be the same and of course the clean and press.

To summarise, training your core muscles is important, not for a flat stomach but for injury prevention and because its an important link in the chain of how your body works.

BUT

If its a flat stomach you desire then a focus on good nutrition and big muscle group exercises for maximum calorie expenditure is much more important.

Hope this helps.

Mark

P.S. Check out Daves 8 week PT before and after pictures and have a guess how much and what core work we did in that 8 weeks of 2 x 45 minute sessions per week!

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Cardio or Resistance – What works best for Fat Loss?

When it comes to fat loss, most people plan to start on a program of cardio and dieting. Resistance training is just an afterthought – often mentioned as a way to “tone”after the fat is lost. Resistance training, however, can burn just as much, if not more, fat than cardio.

Don’t get me wrong Cardio can shrink you down size wise but it does just that: it reduces both your fat and muscle. You end up smaller but soft. Most people however, want to increase muscle tone while burning off fat.

While cardio burns calories and fat when you’re performing it, high rep resistance training has what is known as high EPOC or “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption.” This is another way of saying how long your metabolism is elevated after exercise has finished.

Studies show that a well-designed resistance program can elevate your EPOC/ metabolism for up to 38 hours after the workout. In other words, you continue to burn calories long after training stops. Whereas once you stop cardio, the calorie burning stops virtually immediately.

Resistance training coupled with diet and cardio burns fat far more than cardio and diet alone. And guess what its those exact principles that we design our Boot Camp programs on.

Our next Camp starts on 1st June for Mornings and 2nd June for evenings and you can see all the info on session times here http://bodyfixbootcamp.com/find-your-nearest-camp/riccall-boot-camp/