portable workouts


1. Be consistent:
We live at the speed of instant gratification where we want what we want, and we want it NOW. For many of us it’s an all-or-nothing mentality, when it comes to working out. But remember, we didn’t get out of shape overnight and so we can’t get back into shape overnight, but it will happen if we’re consistent. Keep your commitment to yourself. Ink in your workout time on your calendar and schedule exercise consistently throughout the week.

2. Be intense!
HIIT it hard! Studies show that intensity beats duration for short and long-term results every time, so engage in HIIT or High Intensity Interval Trainer. We love HIIT because it definitely gets results while saving time. Some of you have shared that you really enjoy getting into the zone with your favorite cardio for a while as your mind clears and brain relaxes. If this is you, super! Being a “cardio queen” is vastly better than being a couch potato J. In which case if you dedicate just 50% of your workouts to high intensity and heavier sessions, you will see definite improvement. Just remember, safety first and if you’re not sure about something, ask a the staff at your gym; they’re there to help. How do you know if you’re intense enough? You should be finishing your sets almost to failure and feel that burn.

3. Eat Healthy:
Yes, sigh, diet does matter and there’s no magic pill or supplement. Even the most dedicated fitness buffs won’t look the way they want to look if they don’t also moderate the quality and quantity of food intake. Approximately 80% of fat loss results will come from your diet. You can train until you are blue (or red!) in the face but if you are consuming more than you are burning or choosing empty calories then the proof’s in the er… pudding.

4. Be Patient:
Patience is key. You will get the results you want if you stay consistent, eat healthy and give it all you’ve got when working out. Give yourself a chance: at least 4 weeks of consistent effort for measurable results. Ultimately fitness is a way of life. Make it yours. You will not regret it.

My Trainer Fitness books and 6-packs are organized for a different workout every day, making it easy to be focused and effective in your workouts. Get in, get out, get results with your personal trainer to go. But whatever exercise you choose, get moving. It’s your life. Own it.

Business travelers often feel challenged to keep to their fitness routine and cleaner eating while on the road. But a few simple tips from www.MyTrainerFitness.com can help you create travel routines that keep you feeling and looking good and less travel-weary.

1. Commit to Yourself
Do not leave your health and fitness to chance or whim. Decide it’s a part of your life and not optional, and fulfill your promise to workout. You would not think of missing a meeting with an important principle, so treat yourself with that same respect.

2. Plan Your Workouts
You schedule your important appointments and you don’t miss them. So, schedule your workout time into each day, then keep the appointment. Part of planning means surveying WHERE you can workout in addition to when. So check out the gym at your hotel or the area outside if you’re going running, then plan the what, when and where.

3. Pack Accordingly
Be sure to pack workout clothes, sneakers and of course your workout plan, such as http://www.mytrainerfitness.com books or 6-Pack cards. This keeps you focused, efficient and effective. Frequent travelers keep a bag packed by laundering and re-packing their travel bag so it’s ready to go.

4. Eat Clean
Clean eats to support your fitness lifestyle will help you to make the right choices while you are away. For snacks, pack some raw nuts or nutmix, or travel-friendly fruit, such as apples, and a few low sugar/carb protein bars to keep from indulging in junk-food. You can also find all of these at most airports and gas stops these days. For meals, decline the bread basket, (ask them to not leave it at the table so you won’t be temped to fill up on these carbs). Seek out salad bars, but avoiding the pre-mixed varieties with lots of fatty mayonnaise and dressings, and order the heart-healthy or “Lighter Fare” and lean items entrees generally found everywhere these days, including most fast-food places. Chances are it will be delicious, and you’ll feel better afterward.

5. Make Up Your Mind
If you follow the first tip and commit and have made up your mind to stay fit and healthy during travel, it gets progressively easier. There’s no energy wasted equivocating on what you think you might want to have or how you may feel too tired to work out. Similarly, when you make up your mind to eat clean you realize that to indulge because it’s there, is not a good enough reason to break the contract with yourself.

If you try this on your next trip, whether business or vacation, we’re betting that at the end of it, you’ll be very glad you did. Let us know, and please share your travel tips.

So, you thought you would wear that little black dress from last year to your anniversary dinner tonight. However, after looking in the mirror it doesn’t seem to fit quite as nicely as it used to. 😦   Off to the mall…. again.

Of course a woman needs a new and fresh outfit now and then, but I’m speaking to those times when we try on an outfit we already own for a special occasion, only to end up disappointed that it doesn’t look or feel good. So we feel bad, panic, then rush out to spend hours looking for something new that often ends up in the back of the closet. Consider how much time and money we spent in this pursuit!

Try this: instead of going shopping, go to the gym or plug in your favorite workout DVD or My Trainer Fitness workout card and give yourself a solid and intense workout, drinking lots of water. Eat light and healthy today, high protein, low carbs, and ample vegetables–lightly cooked; salads, with little to no dressing, and low-sugar, high-fiber fruits for snack. Do NOT starve and skip meals, just eat light, lean, clean and healthy.

If you try this simple approach, I’m betting you’ll be a pound lighter tomorrow and already feel better in your skin and in that outfit. You will feel better about yourself; more confident and back in control of your life.

Prescription: Repeat the next day, and the next…

The power is in your hands. You are in charge, you can affect the change you’re seeking, and, it’s only a workout away!!!

To Your Victory!

Note: My Trainer Fitness workout cards place the power of the professional in your palm. Or, if you prefer a DVD at home, we recommend, Metabolic Effect’s DVD for the best results in the least amount of time.

When the “My Gym Trainer” book series came out last winter, we received a lot of feedback from men and women who wanted a version to do at home, since not everyone has a gym membership. We loved the idea and recently launched our “My Trainer Fitness for at Home” 6-pack! It’s a great DIY fitness booklet containing 6 at-home workouts, each containing both cardio and weight training. Days 1 & 4 provide lower body exercise, while Days 2 & 5 work the upper body and finally, Days 3 & 6 hit those core muscles (abs and low back) for a complete full-body workout in 1 week. Of course, just like the MGT books, you can space out the workouts and only exercise 3x/week and then you would not do the same workout twice over a 2- week period. One of the best things about the 6-pack is that EACH WORKOUT IS ONLY 30 MINUTES. And anyone can commit to 30 minutes a day, especially at their house, even in their PJs! J The workouts are easy to follow too! You only need 2 sets of dumbbells (1 heavy, 1 light; how to choose is outlined in the pack), a chair and a mat. Each workout consists of 2 circuits, each of which last 15 minutes. Simply follow the circuit of exercises through as they are laid out, moving quickly from one exercise to the next to get a great cardio, as well as strength workout and boost the metabolism all day long. Start your day off right with a MTFAH workout in the morning before work to stay revved all day! Here is an example of what you can expect:

Purchase your MTFAH 6-pack for only $10 at http://www.MyTrainerFitness.com