Obesity Beyond “Looks”

Obesity leads to ⠀
-Systemic inflammation⠀
-Insulin Resistance⠀
-Disturbances in the secretion and function of adipokines⠀

Not only does it create the aforementioned issues, but it puts you at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (when your body struggles to utilize glucose and produce insulin, and/or it’s inability to act in response to insulin production). Did you know that 90% of all diabetes cases are type 2? Did you also know that this is potentially avoidable with lifestyle modifications?⠀

Risk factors for developing diabetes include:⠀
-Certain Medication⠀
-Race⠀
-Hypertension⠀
-Stress⠀
-Age⠀
-Pregnancy⠀
-Family history (genetics) ⠀
-High Cholesterol⠀

For every 500 kcal of energy expenditure per week that comes from exercise, the risk for type 2 diabetes is reduced by 6%.⠀

Exercise also helps increase ones insulin sensitivity by improving carbohydrate metabolism and glucose tolerance from enhanced cellular uptake.

I challenge you to stop looking at obesity as someone who is “fat” and needs to lose weight to be “skinny” because that’s NOT the issue.   The issue is HEALTH.⠀

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Breaking Down Your Muscle Fibers

Every time I hear someone say an exercise targets fast or slow twitch fibers and have zero idea what they’re talking about, drives me crazy. While science is currently investigating I believe the last number I was told was 16 fiber types, the general teaching consensus is 3. Type 1, Type 2a, and type 2x. Fast and slow twitch in the science community btw is slowly starting to fade away because they realized thats not the best way of describing our muscle fibers. But for now, I put them into the blog explanation below:⠀

Your type 1 fibers are known as the slow twitch muscle fibers because they have the slowest firing rate, least amount of force production, and smallest circumference. They are however most resistant to fatigue and have the greatest aerobic efficiency of the other fibers.⠀

Your type 2a fibers are known as your fast twitch oxidative fibers because they have a fast firing rate, produce moderate force, and have a moderate circumference. As opposed to the type 1 fibers, your type 2 fibers fatigue rapidly because of the high force production and they aid in extended work at lower force output.⠀

Lastly, your type 2x fibers are known as the fast twitch glycolytic fibers and have the fastest firing rate of the 3 muscle fibers, the greatest force production, and largest circumference. They fatigue the fastest, but have the greatest creatine phosphate efficiency.⠀

Biagioli, Brian Dominick. Advanced Concepts of Personal Training. National Council on Strength and Fitness, 2012.⠀

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Exercise and Injury

If you’re new to exercise, I always say better too little than too much to start. As starting with too much leaves new exercisers more prone to muscle strains, muscle tears, and/or bone fractures.⠀

And if you’ve been exercising for quite some time and find yourself constantly with aches and pains resulting from your exercise. The problem is YOUR TRAINING….it’s poorly programmed…sorry to be the bearer of bad news. But you are not a badass for getting hurt all of the time and pushing through it.

Are you ready to move better and stop getting injured? DM me now!⠀

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Fitness Fads Driving Me Crazy

Right now if you ask me, Keto and high protein/low carb diet are on my list as number one most annoying trend about my industry, but coming into a close second might just be waist trainers…if you maybe want to tie my hatred for waist trainers with keto, wear it while you exercise.⠀

If your trainer lets you workout with one or recommends you get one…RUN, GET YOUR MONEY BACK, AND DON’T LOOK BACK. THEYRE DUMB. #SorryNotSorry I truly blame marketers for this bullshit, but shame on you if you’re a trainer and let your clients bring harm to themselves. As a trainer you should do your research, and I mean beyond google.⠀

Reasons Why Waist Trainers are DUMB AF:⠀
1. They just relocate your organs and squeeze them together⠀
2. They mess with your breathing by pressing too tightly on your rib cage⠀
3. That “skinny” feeling when you take it off, goes away after you drink water because the change isn’t real.⠀
4. Have you ever thought to yourself your waist is shrinking because you’re choosing to eat right AND exercise? (Hint Hint)⠀
5. If you are working out with them you are basically screwing up your posture by making those muscles weaker! The waist trainer takes the job of the stabilizers by turning those muscles off. YOU WANT TO STRENGTHEN THOSE MUSCLES NOT WEAKEN THEM⠀
6. Your brain is smarter than you and you unknowingly alters the kinetic chain of an exercise to adjust for the lack of range of motion⠀
7. Did I mention they mess with your organs?⠀
8. If you lose weight, while only doing that and not changing anything else…more the likely it’s due to increased sweat which can lead to dehydration⠀
9. They don’t make you lose fat⠀
10. THEY’RE DUMB⠀

Should I keep going? If you have one burn it. Just eat right and exercise correctly. There are no short cuts in this lifestyle…if it seems to good to be true it probably is…

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Fitness Terms Commonly Misused

Let’s define some words that I see getting misused far too often:⠀
Coordination: Being able to harmoniously perform a movement or how well your body parts interact in order to accomplish a movement.⠀
Speed: Ability to move the body OVER A DISTANCE in a given time⠀
Agility: Your ability to change directions quickly or generate a rapid movement⠀
Balance: How well you disrupt the forces that can disrupt stability⠀

This is important because i see people confuse speed with agility or agility with coordination all of the time. Even other personal trainers. When we understand what words mean we can then gain better understanding of the exercises and their purpose

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Stop Exercising For Aesthetics

STOP exercising for aesthetics as the #1 reason behind why you workout. Aesthetics DOES NOT equal physiology. It isn’t even quantifiable. You can’t tell someone how big their bicep should be the way you can tell them loaded plyometrics shouldn’t exceed 5% of your body weight. You can’t make a 6 pack mandatory for everyone the way you can make healthy body fat mandatory for everyone because we know that being at a healthy body fat decreases your risk of metabolic disease and more…where as abs simply depend on your genetic propensity to store visceral fat⠀

Exercise is NEVER an independent variable for aesthetics. You can’t get away with just exercising to get to your aesthetic goal. You MUST eat right and also take into account your genetics. Exercise + Nutrition + Genetics = “Aesthetics” ⠀

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Get LetlerFit in 75- 30, 45, or 60 Minute Workouts

I am so excited to finally announce the release of my newest guide!  15 Months in the making (7 months of testing workouts, 3 months for editing and shooting, and 2 months to put together), but it is finally done and I could not be any more excited about my biggest guide to date!

Get LetlerFit in 75-30, 45, and 60 Minute Fat Loss workouts is designed for the people who have an inconsistent schedule and cannot commit to a full blown product. This person may also have time commitment inconsistencies, which is why I put together this guide. This guide in clouds 75 different exercises that can be done at home (depending on your equipment access) or at the gym. You can choose from 25 different 30 minute workouts, 25 different 45 minute workouts, and 25 different 60 minute workouts. Every workout is designed with fat loss in mind and can have you burning calories for up to 24 hours post workout! Each workout costs you $.66!!!

Equipment used: Dumbbells, Your Body, Barbell, Resistance Bands, Kettlebells, Boss Ball, Medicine Ball, Stepper, and Stability Ball

Start Burning Fat Now!

 

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2018 Blog Goals

Last year I would have bursts of blog productivity followed by dry spells.  It was also my first year really focusing on my blog so for this year I made several goals for the blog this year.

  1. Create more valuable posts.  I feel like lat year sometimes I would post just to post.
  2. Continue to educate people about real fitness, but to also make fitness fun
  3. Be more interactive with those who comment, I always read, but sometimes do not respond.
  4. Be more consistent!
  5. Continue with my main goal: Empower other women into fitness.

If you have any blog topics or suggestions, I would LOVE to hear!

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New Month, New Collection

So pumped to be bringing in the last month of 2017 with a NEW LetlerFit collection just in time for the holidays and your new years fitness goals!!

What better way to stay motivated going into 2018 than with these beauties?!

LetlerFit Watermelon Shorts:  If you didn’t know, we are based out of Miami so these shorts were inspired by our summer weather 365 days a year

LetlerFit Pineapple Shorts: Be a pineapple.  Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside

LetlerFit Pastel Palm Shorts:  Beachy vibes with a fun, feminine, pastel vibe

These new shorts are VERY Limited Edition!  Once they sell out, that is it for that style.  Believe me when I tell you we get way too many emails about people waiting too long and regretting they didnt up their gym wardrobe game on time…LOL!

Tell us what you think!

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7 Pieces of Common Fitness Advice that are Completely Wrong

I did another one of these posts a while back, but today I wanted to bring you a different set of Fitness Myths:

  1. Fasted Cardio is Highly Effective:  Numerous studies on this matter are inconclusive on whether or not the benefits to fasted cardio outweigh the risk of glycogen depletion, light headedness, catabolism etc.  Eating the correct nutrients before your workout is what give you energy, contributes to fat loss, and makes for a more effective workout.  Fasted cardio makes you think you’re working harder but its because your rate of perceived exertion is increased due to your body running on fumes.
  2. Anyone can excel at whatever sport they want:  Actually we are all born with specific muscle fibers.  Elite sprinters probably won’t be seen winning a marathon…different fiber type composition.  Baseball pitchers probably won’t be seen winning gold as an olympic lifter.  Get your feet wet in a variety of sports and your body can tell you, which sports it was best meant to play, but not everyone is physically capable of becoming an olympian and don’t beat yourself up over it!
  3. Push through injuries:  The common walk it off mentality is AWFUL.  Sharp shooting pain is how our body signals us something is not right and unless you’re fighting in a career altering match or running in the finals at the olympics, injuries are not something you should just “walk off.”
  4. Avoid Cardio to Make Gains:  While excessive cardio is not good for the gains, we should all be doing some form of cardiovascular as the immunological, improved performance, increased recovery, and sooo many other benefits.
  5. Go 100% Every Single Day:  Our body NEEDS rest, for some it’s in the form of active rest, but it is considered rest nonetheless….if we expect our body to perform at 100 everyday there is no time for your muscles to repair and grow.  Not allowing for proper recovery also increases stress levels in our body which can lead to gut inflammation and illness.
  6. Squats Are Bad For your Knees: Bad form is bad for your knees.  Squats are an incredibly effective compound exercise, I use them often for even my elderly clients.
  7. Ab Exercises are What Give you Abs:  Did you know some people with 6 packs don’t do a single crunch, russian twist, or sit up? Shocking I know.  While those exercises may contribute to enhancing a reduced waistline brought on by clean diet…they are not necessary.  A heavy squat, properly lunge paired with a medicine ball rotation, even a bent over row are highly effective exercises for your abs.  Genetics and diet go a longer way in improving the appearance of your abdomen.

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