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Feburary 2010 Arlington Biggest Loser Contest

BIGGEST LOSER CONTEST RULES

Cost: $FREE
$2000 in Prizes

Here’s what you’ll get…
Free Online Fitness Training Tips
Detoxification Program and Eat The FitHealth Way healthy eating plan
Consistant Lifestyle Coaching

Here Are The Rules:

  • Must commit to the program.  Your individual dedication to this challenge is a prerequisite to the program.

  • Must workout three to six times per week for the month.  Listen to your body and know your limitations and adapt to the pace that suits you but work HARD. Know the difference between not wanting to continue and feeling pain or true muscle exhaustion.

  • Must weigh in and take measurements weekly.

  • Must strive and work out to the best of your ability.

  • Must journal your own progress.  Set a goal; and journal your progress whether it is a progress or set back. The process for creating effective goals and monitoring them will be provided to contest participants,

Age Group:
18 Years of age and over.

Grand Prize: THIS PRIZE IS WORTH THE BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS!
This will only go to one person that has lost the most percentage in weight overall.

  • Free Gourmet Dinner in your own home for up to 8 of you and your local friends and family (valued at $999.00)
  • Free 2xJumpStart personal training package (valued at $720.00)
  • Free $300 in FitHealth gift cards

  • And the best prize of all … all those pounds and inches you will lose!

Time Frame:
6 Weeks to a new you. It takes 21 days to form a habit and 21 more days to reinforce that habit so it’s unbreakable. Contest ends 6 weeks from the start date.

These 42 days will allow you to deal with real world struggles while learning to become healthier with health and fitness as a number one goal.

Start Date:
Febuary 1, 2010 and March 16, 2010 to give you more time to get ready and prepared!

Pre-Registration And Sign-up Date:
Starts Now! This gives you plenty of time to get your mind ready for change. We hit the ground running on the first! To sign up send your contact info to CoachCharles@fitHealthUSA.com. Be sure to include the following details Copy and paste the below into your email so you don’t forget to provide any information:
Contest Start Date:
Full Name:
Cell Phone:
Email:
Notes:

Payments Made By:
Cash, Check or Credit Card

No payments are required for this contest. Donations can be made out to FitHealth. Donations go to support our program of free personal training. At least a dozen people will be able to benefit from this program this year.


Amount of Workout Days Per Week:
(3 to 6 Days Per Week) …… 20 minutes to 1 hour per session. However you may workout up to 2 hours per session without breaking the rules!

Weigh In:

Once a week …on Mondays, Initial weigh in is documented and all other weigh ins are tallied and calculated weekly. Totals are based on (% percentage loss) not pounds loss and your measurements lost!

Get started now, send an email to CoachCharles@fitHealthUSA.com

Note: Prizes will only be awarded if at least 50 contestants participate and complete the contest (not current fitHealth Clients).

Eating the fitHealth Way

The basic protocol: Eat healthy 6 days a week. Eat some of the things you enjoy on the seventh, but not a wagon load.

1. Eat 3 meals a day and 2 snacks.

2. Divide your meals into one third healthy fats, one third healthy proteins and one third complex carbohydrates.

3. No dairy, no simple carbs, no juices, no soft drinks, no alcohol

4. No whites: no white rice, no white bread, no regular pasta

5. Eat only 100% whole grains, brown rice, steel cut oatmeal instead of processed grains

6. Eat 3 to 5 servings of fats, proteins, vegetables and fruits

7. Seek dark green leafy vegetables to replace dairy for your sources of calcium.

8. Olive oil is the oil of choice for cooking. Pressed flax seed oil is recommended for adding omega 3 fatty acids to meals.

9. Drink lots of water: squeeze lime or lemon for taste

Sample Meals:

Breakfast, keep it simple. Always eat breakfast. If you don’t your metabolism will slow down. Eat high fiber and remember to always have proteins with your breakfast. Proteins and fats take 3 to 10 times longer to digest than simpler carbs typically found in cereal or waffles. Fiber not only keeps you feeling fuller longer, but it will keep your bowels moving. If you are constipated, try adding more fiber to your diet (fruits and beans work well). Here are a few breakfast choices:

1. My favorite – a fruit smoothie, follow this link for a full description

2. If you like cereal, then eat steel cut oatmeal (available in bulk from Whole Foods or Giant and other grocery stores by the name McCanns Irish Oatmeal). Add a table-spoon of Flax Seed Oil (available at fitHealth Arlington Personal Training Gym). Then cut up some fruits like half a banana or some strawberries or blueberries as you like. Then add almonds or walnuts.

3. A couple of times a week, 2 eggs and veg make a great breakfast. I personally like a modified western omelet: olive oil, 2 eggs (omega 3 eggs), green and red peppers, onion, garlic, crushed red pepper, ground pepper and a bit of salt (add asparagus if you have it)

Snack (mid morning, mid afternoon) choices:

1. Handful of nuts

2. Medium sized fruit

3. Half a handful of nuts and small fruit

Dinner choices:

1. Salad: choose mixed greens or other salad greens but not iceberg lettuce as a base. Get your fats from sources like hard boiled eggs, avocado, olive oil (not regular dressings) and nuts. Proteins from egg whites, nuts, small portion of chicken, pork or steak, or medium portion of fish.

2. Fish dish: such as salmon on bed of brown rice and side of mixed veg

3. Best option for chicken, beef or pork: grill it! Then mix with a serving of vegetable and dessert of fruit

Lunches: keep it really simple: make extra servings at dinner time and pack them for lunch the next day. Therefore healthy dinner equals healthy lunch!

Coach Charles

Why do I have to brace my abs all the time?

What are the goals of resistance training?

1. To get stronger

2. To burn calories

3. To build additional functional muscle that will burn more calories all the time

4. To increase flexibility and balance

5. And to improve our appearance by toning muscle.

It’s most efficient to reach these goals by lifting the heaviest weights or applying the greatest resistance you can currently handle for sets and reps. But to do it without hurting yourself. And the by product of this is a flexible, balanced and strong body that can perform better doing all tasks we can perform as humans.

Bracing your abs and core has the immediate benefit of protecting your spine from injury. There are probably more back pains across the country than any other ailment. You hear about back injuries all the time, everywhere you go. Bracing your abs works better than wearing a weight belt (which most people want to wear so they can lift more) because it provides an internal brace perfectly fitted to your frame rather than an external brace which would never be perfectly sized for you. And if you lift weights limited to what your internal brace can handle, you are much less likely to hurt yourself as you might in a moment’s in attention with a weight belt. And remember the weight belt only helps while you are wearing it, while the stronger braced abs are with you at all times, protecting your spine should you need them, even in rare instances of falling down the stairs or in a car accident. That car won’t wait for you to put on your weight belt before it hits you!

So at a basic level the internal brace is beneficial to you at all times, from improving your posture to being able to take a punch from a bad guy. But there are other benefits as well. As you brace your abs, you pull into play your other core muscles. As they get stronger and you learn how to move and breath while holding them tight , your ability to generate power in any sport you may play will be greater. Your golf swing will be faster allowing you longer drives and with less pain or likelihood of damage to the spine, your tennis serve will be faster allowing you more aces, your karate punch or kick will land with more force, your ability to get off the line of scrimmage and avoid a tackle at family Thanksgiving day football games in the backyard will greatly improve and so on for all sports. Even doing things as simple as checking your blind spot while driving or putting a heavy suitcase into the trunk will get far easier.

So we train the core in all resistance movements. As it gets stronger, your life will change. You’ll feel more like a kid. Running up and down stairs won’t bother you anymore. Getting into and out of a chair may have caused you to decide not to do some things in the past because of the effort involved. No longer. Things like that won’t bother you at all anymore. And you will likely begin to see yourself participating in more athletic oriented events that you subconsciously avoided in the past.

To Your Health!

Coach Charles

Shouldn’t I Run??

The following article is for those that want to lose weight (specifically fat). If you are running for competition, training for a 5K / 10K / 10 miler, etc., I would have completely different recommendations for you as I used to be a competitive runner myself. However I would still recommend training as I describe below until you have reduced your fat content to near athlete levels before beginning a serious running program (one that required you to run significant miles each week) as less carried weight will put much less stress on your joints, and we can do many other things to improve your cardio capacity in between. So if you are a man, you shouldn’t start running long distances if your gut measures 37 inches or a woman with a gut over 32 inches around. Build significant strength around your joints first. Build in extra muscle mass to aid in the absorption of the pounding stress first.

But Shouldn’t I Run On My Cardio Days …

I get asked questions about running all the time. 6 days a week you should be doing some type of workout. The body needs daily exercise. However it is good to give the body one day per week of near complete rest so that you can push yourself harder during the next week and there is also the added benefit of breaking the pattern so that it is more difficult for the body to adapt and reach a plateau. So with the idea that doing something is good, doing more is better, and the more difficult it is, better still but limited to your current level of conditioning and strength / endurance. This is important so that you don’t over train and cause the body to reduce it’s calorie burn and enter a healing only mode where you just don’t have any energy. Go hard, but as part of a program! You can’t go hard all the time. Take breaks, change it up.

Perhaps the most frequent question about I get about running is when I tell people they should be walking at a brisk pace 3 days a week (three resistance training days, three cardio days). “Shouldn’t I be running on those days?”

Well let’s look at your goals and time commitment to answer that question. Then let’s take a look at the underlying assumptions that prompt questions about running. The number one goal of my clients is to lose weight and tone up as quickly as possible. And most of my clients really don’t have more than 30 min to an hour each day to devote to working out. If you have 3 or 4 hours of time each day you can devote to working out, I would have different advice for you.

Now let’s take a look at the underlying assumptions regarding why running seems like such a good thing to do, especially when doing more is better, and harder still is better still. When you see a long distance runner (athletes competing at distances greater than a mile such as a 10K or a marathon) on TV winning the race, whether it is a man or a woman, they are always thin. When you meet a thin person, they frequently speak about their daily runs. When you walk into a traditional gym you see a lot of people running on the treadmills. For the last several decades, running has been highly publicized as a great way to lose weight. So why don’t I recommend it on your cardio days?

Let’s take a deeper look at distance runners and compare them to sprinters. You may only pay attention to runners during major world events such as the olympics, but think back to the impressions you are left with after watching these world class athletes. While both types of runners are certainly thin, one group has less body fat and looks much healthier. Which group has less body fat? Is it the long distance runner, the one that runs 5, 10 or 20 plus miles every day and rarely if ever lifts weights? Or is it the sprinter that probably never runs more than half a mile at at time for warm up, while running many sprints or intervals and lifting large, very heavy weights. Without thinking about it, most of my clients subconsciously believes that long distance runners have lower body fat. But they quickly see that world class sprinters actually have the lower body weight. Distance runners are thin to looking sickly as they have lost all their upper body muscle so that their bodies can efficiently fun long distances while burning as few calories as possible. Their bodies are lopsided in their development, toned legs, stick arms and bony chests. At first sight, they appear to have very low body fat percentages, but as you look closer, you realize that you can’t tell how low it is, but you assume it is lower than yours. However would you believe they have 2 to 3 times the body fat of their sprinter cousins? They need more fat to be able to sustain their bodies over long distances.

Sprinters on the other hand have nicely muscled and balanced bodies. Their upper bodies are built in proportion to their lower bodies. And you don’t have to guess that their body fat percentage is low, it is obvious. Their skin is taught against powerful muscles. Their stomachs do not protrude in front of their chest. It’s not uncommon to find these athletes to have only 3, 4 or 5 percent body fat. And since they have so much more muscle as a percentage of their body weight, they find it far easier to avoid getting fatter. Remember more muscle raises your resting metabolic rate (muscle burns more calories than fat all day long).

And now the point that really drove this home for me (for I too used to believe that running was the answer to all my weight loss needs, but I never go for a run anymore, haven’t in years). Every year I see the coverage of famous marathons like the Boston Marathon. The winners are all rail thin (none of my clients seem to think this is an attractive look – men with bird chests and women without boobs!). But if you look at the folks that finish in the last third, they are all FAT. How is this possible, I used to ask myself. It really befuddled me as I know what it takes to train the body to the level where it can run 26.2 miles straight. You see I used to run 5 to 16 miles every day (well at least 6 days a week). And even at that level of training, I was not capable of competitively running a marathon. However when I stopped running I put on a ton of weight. But I digress. How does a person remain fat that can run 26.2 miles straight? How in the world is this possible. Well, initially the person training for such a long distance will lose weight. But quickly they hit a plateau, and more and more running is offset by the body becoming more and more efficient with it’s energy consumption until the runner reaches a plateau. Week by week goes by and the body achieves more and greater endurance. And so the body becomes so efficient with it’s consumption of energy that it can run 26.2 miles while staying fat. Of course many people cut their calories while doing this, thus thoroughly confusing themselves.

In fact I have clients that have done mainly cardio workouts for 2 years and gotten fatter the entire time. When I switched them to strength building resistance workouts, the results were immediate. Body fat went down.

So if you are interested in quick weight loss that won’t be permanent go for long runs and burn a bunch of calories. However if you want to lose this weight forever, you need to build muscle while allowing the body to rest between intense workouts with brisk walks or tennis or similar activities that are not at a steady state running level of exertion.

I know some of you will ignor my advice because you have simply had too many years of brain washing about the huge benefits of running long distances, including getting fat to burn away (I’m sure you have heard that you have to have your heart rate beating in the target range for 20 minutes to burn any fat – perhaps, but intervals and building muscle works better because this raises your resting metabolic rate, not just during the workout such as with a long run – you only burn calories for a short time after a long run, but after an intense resistance workout, your calorie burn may be increased for up to 48 hours). So if you must run, then do intervals where you sprint for 30 sec to a min and walk for 30 sec to a min. But some of you will ignor that and just run. If you are going to do this, then only go for runs once a week. Then pay close attention to how hungry you will be, and how often you will want to eat simple carbs.

When’s the best time to run? Do interval runs right after you finish your resistance training workout, not before. This will intensify the workout. Then walk the next day.

Now for other benefits of not running long distance. Just think of all the shin splints, knee aches, ankle aches and hip aches you will avoid.

In conclusion, to reach your goal of losing weight, complete 3 resistance training sessions each week and walk at a brisk pace 3 other days each week. If you must run, run intervals. And it’s best to do them on the days you do your resistance training.

To you health!

Coach Charles

A Real Fruit Smoothie Meal

Fruit Smoothie Morning Meal: (you can change it up as you like)

4 strawberries (leave green leaves on)
half a banana
4 globe grapes (leave seeds in)
a few slices of fresh pineapple
tablespoon of pressed flax seed oil (trader joes)
one scoop protein powder (or one serving depending on powder) – (If you can’t find a protein powder you like, you can substitute whole soy beans (called Edamame) or simply skip the powder and separately eat almonds or other nuts or even a couple of egg whites for your protein)
water to taste (start with 2 or 3 oz)
ice to taste (start with 4 to 6 oz)

This should make 14 to 20 oz. Start with about 16 oz as a serving size. Add or subtract based on your hunger needs during the morning.

Ice cream: (again you can change this up as you like)
6 strawberries (the ripest ones you have)
one banana (the ripest ones you have – I buy the special old bananas the grocery store is almost giving away in the paper bags – I get them at Giant – they don’t have them all the time – the most ripe are really sweet)
3 to 4 oz milk
If you aren’t using frozen fruits, add twice the ice of your ingredients to 3 times (your non pro blender is likely to have problems with lots of frozen fruit or lots of ice though, so you may have to settle for looser consistency than I can make with my Blendtec)
Then I like to add some nuts to taste (at end if you don’t want them to be microscopic)
And sometimes I add dark chocolate chips for a real chocolate taste
And I add the 100% cocao (no sugar) gives nice dark color
You could always just add nuts on top, or chocolate chips on top or chunks of fresh fruit. Experiment, you will find what you really like.

Additional things you can do to concentrate the taste. Instead of ice, freeze milk in ice cube trays. Now you get the same higher level of frozen thickness but no water to dilute taste.

I used to do this a lot. Now I only do it every once in a while. I pretty much stopped craving ice cream at night after I started getting better nutrition in my diet and these full body exercises. The body needs the nutrients. Ice cream while still tasting good to me, can give me intestinal trouble now. It’s like my body is trying to tell me that isn’t good for me!

Coach Charles

FitHealth Fitness Program Phase 1 Workout

FitHealth Fitness Program Phase I Workout

This is the initial workout FitHealth Fitness Program members complete. It is always advisable to consult your doctor before starting a new fitness or nutrition program.

Required Equipment:

FitHealth Fitness workouts require the following equipment. All items can be purchased at Dicks or other sporting goods stores.  If you are inclined to run all over town for good deals, Craigslist can be a good place to find exercise items, but there is no guarantee that they will have everything you need, when you need it.

•    Stability Ball 55 cm for shorter folks, 65 cm for average height men, 75 cm for folks over 6 ‘ or 6’ 1” (it really depends on how tall your legs are – you should be able to sit on top of the ball with a significant bend in your knees so that you can easily keep your balance with your feet on the floor). The salesperson should be able to help make sure you get the right size.
•    Medicine ball – I recommend most people start with a 4 – 6 lb ball. Get the kind that bounces (made of rubber).  If you have a soccer ball or basketball in good condition that will hold your body weight, that will work until you find the medicine ball you want.
•    Dumbbells – 3 pairs, ideally a light pair, a pair heavy enough to challenge you and a pair you would consider heavy at your current strength level. So you might have a pair of 5’s, 10’s and 20’s OR 10’s, 20’s and 30’s
•    Resistance bands – Dicks has a package of three bands in one with an attachment to work with doors – “Ultimate ProGym in a Bag.”  I recommend this one or purchasing the ones from http://www.ironwoodyfitness.com/ they have light ones for doing things like pull aparts and face pulls and heavy duty ones that you can use to support part of your body weight to do assisted pull ups.
•    Pull up bar – they have several different kinds out on the market. I recommend the kind you can get that hangs from your doorframe without having to install it. That way you can easily remove it from the doorframe when you are finished with your workout. Iron Gym is a popular choice.

The FitHealth Fitness Program Workout Phase I:
If you cannot complete this workout within 45 minutes to an hour, you should start with the FitHealth Fat Loss Program Phase 1 Workout (http://fithealthjournal.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/fithealth-fat-loss-program-phase-i-workout/). Do not be embarrassed by your current state of fitness. It is what it is. These exercises will challenge your current level of mobility, balance, flexibility and stamina. However if you do not push yourself a little further each time, you will not force your body to make the necessary changes that will result in greater strength and greater burn of calories throughout the day. This workout should be completed 3 days a week. The other days you should walk 30 min. And take one day per week completely off to allow your body to rest and recover.

VIDEO COMING SOON

The Warm Up Exercises** (7 to 10 min):
These exercises will take your body through a full range of motion and bring blood to all the muscles in your body in preparation of more strenuous movement.
1.    Box Squats x10 (sit back onto the edge of a chair or box, knees 90 degrees)  (BW)
2.    Alternating Forward Lunges/ Reverse Lunges x 5L/5R* (BW)
3.    Alternating Reaching Lunges x 5L/5R (BW)
4.    Knee or Full Push ups x 10 (begin with hands on floor or on dumbbells from the knee, progress to from the toes and progress to hands on stability ball) (BW)
5.    Pull aparts x 20 – 25 (light to challenging resistance band)
6.    Reclining Leg raise on floor or bench x 12- 15 (BW)
7.    Face pulls x 20 – 25 (light to challenging resistance band)
8.    360 degree medicine ball circles – ball overhead, circle to one side while bringing ball directly between your feet to about 4 inches off the ground, continue circle as you rise out of squat to fully standing position with ball overhead, x 10 -15
Note: If you feel like you are going to pass out or throw up at this point, you are not ready to move to the next part of the warm up yet.

The Warm Up Movements (25’ progress to 100’ for each movement):
These movements will challenge your nervous system to create new muscle memory movements and improve your overall mobility. Best performed outside.
DO THIS:
1.    Ride bike, march in place, jump on rebounder (mini-trampoline) or jump rope for 3 to 5 minutes then progress to:
OR DO THIS not both (3 to 7 min):
1.    Forward jog up, jog backwards back (50’ progress to 100’)
2.    Forward skip up, skip backwards back
3.    High knees on the way up, turn around, forward facing butt kicks back
4.    Shuffle facing one side on the way up, then facing same side shuffle back in opposite direction (crouched position like guarding someone in basketball – lateral movement)
5.    Walking lunges up, turn around, accelerate into sprint, then decelerate to stop on way back
Note: If you feel like you are going to pass out or throw up at this point, you are not ready to move to the workout yet.

* 5L/5R means 5 reps left side followed by 5 reps right side (start with weak side)
** Roll out with medicine ball if needed before, always at end
** Mobility if needed – rotate all joints through full range of motion with assistance of chair or some other support as needed.

The Workout – Conduct 3 to 5 circuits with 30 sec rests between exercises and a 2 min rest between circuits.

1.    One arm dumbbell snatch squat x 3-5 reps L/R, explosively lift dumbbell from ground to straight overhead, resist dumbbell with lat muscle as you lower dumbbell to shoulder, squat down, then lower dumbbell from shoulder to ground, that’s one rep. Variation – leave dumbbell in raised above head position, then squat. Then lower dumbbell to ground.
2.    Reclining Bar Row x 5 -8 sub max reps (stop one or two reps before muscle exhaustion), Set up pull up bar and tall chair. In reclining position, grip bar and place heels on chair. Pull chest up to bar.
3.    Knee or Full Push Ups (one hand on block or thick phone book, one hand on ground – progress to one hand on ball and staggered hand placement) x 3 – 6 reps, then switch hands, change grips and hand positions with each circuit (e.g. widely spaced hands push ups verses hands close together “diamond” push ups or one book offset verses thick phone book)
4.    Two handed dumbbell swings x 15 – 20 reps, dead lift dumbbell, bump dumbbell out from hips and allow dumbbell to swing back between your legs as if you were going to hike pass a football, then keeping back flat and abs braced, begin swing from hips moving forward and standing straight up, dumbbell should swing through the air as if attached to ropes (just finger tips grasping the top section of the dumbbell – you are NOT lifting the dumbbell with your hands, the momentum created by your hips and standing up propels the dumbbell into a swing up to about your chest height).
5.    Burpees x 8 – 10 reps. From standing position, squat down and place your hands on the ground next to and outside your feet. Thrust your feet back into a plank position, do one push up, then jump your feet back to between your hands and then jump up and clap your hands above your head. That is one rep.
6.    Superman, hold 30 to 60 seconds. While lying on the ground with arms and legs stretched out, raise and hold both arms and both legs at the same time.
7.    Pull Aparts – 20 – 25
8.    Stability ball crunch x 15 – 30 reps. Progress to holding medicine ball on chest. Progress to adding twist to movement.
9.    Grip – grab and hold the top of your dumbbell off the ground for as long as you can hold it. While gripping, try to crush the top of the dumbbell with your fingertips.

Post Workout Recovery (5 to 10 min)
10.    Roll out – place medicine ball on ground and then get on top of the ball. Roll out all muscle tissue (not bone). This will feel strange at first, but will reduce soreness and formation of knots in the future. The point pressure from the ball is just like getting a massage. Treat it as such.
11.    Stretch out your body. Ensure that your hamstrings and spine are completely stretched out. Other key areas include your thighs, chest and shoulders.

Coach Charles

FitHealth Fat Loss Baseline Workout

So you are finally ready to get rid of the fat permanently! Well you came to right place. FitHealth Fat Loss Program members start with this workout. Use common sense and enjoy. It’s always recommended that you consult a doctor before beginning any new workout or nutrition program.

FitHealth Fat Loss Baseline Workout

Required Equipment:

The FitHealth Fat Loss Baseline workout requires the following equipment if you will be doing additional workouts at home outside of our gym workouts or are on the FitHealth Distance Coaching Program. All items can be purchased at Dicks or other sporting goods stores. If you are inclined to run all over town for good deals, Craigslist can be a good place to find exercise items, but there is no guarantee that they will have everything you need, when you need it.

• Medicine ball – I recommend most people start with a 4 lb or 6 lb ball (it’s just a few dollars more). Get the kind that has some bounce (made of rubber) not the sand filled version that does not hold it’s shape and is covered with leather (typical old school version – very useful for throwing and catching, but not as useful for stability work). If you have a soccer ball or basketball in good condition that will hold your body weight, it will work until you find the medicine ball you want.
• Resistance bands – Dicks has a package of three bands in one with an attachment to work with doors – “Ultimate ProGym in a Bag.” I recommend this one or purchasing the ones from http://www.ironwoodyfitness.com/ they have light ones for doing things like pull aparts and face pulls and heavy duty ones that you can use to support part of your body weight to do assisted pull ups.
• Pull up bar – they have several different kinds out on the market. I recommend the kind you can get that hangs from your doorframe without having to install it. That way you can easily remove it from the doorframe when you are finished with your workout. Iron Gym is a popular choice.

The FitHealth Fat Loss Baseline Workout:
Do not be embarrassed by your current state of fitness. It is what it is. And the only way you will know you are improving is to compare against your initial capabilities as you complete the workout. So write down in the exercise log how many reps you do for each exercise. These exercises will challenge your current level of mobility, balance, flexibility and stamina. Therefore you may need to allow yourself to gradually build into the complete workout, rather than doing the complete workout one time and getting so sore and stiff for the next 5 days that you decide to give up on your goal of losing the fat. However if you do not push yourself a little further each time, you will not force your body to make the necessary changes that will result in greater strength, mobility and additional calorie burn throughout the day. This workout should be completed 3 days a week and take 35 min to an hour. The other days you should walk 30 min. And take one day per week completely off to allow your body to rest and recover. Watch the associated video to learn proper technique.

The Warm Up Exercises** (7 to 15 min):
These exercises will take your body through a full range of motion and bring blood to all the muscles in your body in preparation of more strenuous movement.
1. March in place x 1-3 min
2. Medicine ball overhead press into squatting ball slam x 6 – 12
3. Static Standing Lunges x 1L/1R* hold 10 – 15 sec
4. Straight Arm Plank – arms fully extended – hold 10 – 15 sec
5. Pull Aparts x 10 – 25 (light resistance band)
6. Reclining Bent Knee Raise on floor or bench x 8 progress to 15 (BW)
7. Standing Medicine Ball Twist x 5L/5R
Note: If you feel like you are going to pass out or throw up at this point, you are not ready to move on to the actual workout phase.

* 1L/1R means 1 rep left side followed by 1 rep right side (start with weak side)
** Roll out with medicine ball if needed before, always at end
** Mobility if needed – rotate all joints through full range of motion with assistance of chair or some other support as needed.
The Workout (15 to 25 min)
Complete each exercise as part of a circuit. Do exercise 1, followed by exercise 2, then 3, then 4, then take a one minute break and start the circuit over again with exercise 1. Begin with one full circuit, then progress to two – five circuits.

1. Standing Resistance Band Row – 8 to 12 sub max reps (stop one or two reps before muscle exhaustion), pull resistance bands against pole, door handle or closed door with correct attachment)
2. Standing Resistance Band Chest Press – 8 to 12 sub max reps
3. Bear Walk. Face down on hands and feet and walk across the room. (10’ – 20’)
4. Crab Walk. On the way back turn over so that you are facing the ceiling and walk back on hands and feet keeping hips raised and butt off the ground. (10’ – 20’)
5. Half superman– 8 to 15 reps R/L, progress to full superman held for up to 60 seconds. The half superman is done while laying on your stomach, hands out stretched out above your head. Raise opposite arm and leg, keep leg straight. Full superman is raising and holding both arms and both legs at the same time.

Post Workout Recovery (5 to 10 min)
1. Roll out – place medicine ball on ground and then get on top of the ball. Roll out all muscle tissue (not bone). This will feel strange at first, but will reduce soreness and formation of knots in the future. The point pressure from the ball is just like getting a massage. Treat it as such.
2. Stretch out your body. Ensure that your hamstrings and spine are completely stretched out. Other key areas include your thighs, chest and shoulders.

Coach Charles

The 9 Secrets of Permanent Weight Loss

There are 9 Secrets to losing your excess body fat permanently. Our FitHealth System Program addresses them all:

Your Balance

Your Flexibility

Your Core Strength and Lean Muscle Mass

Your Endurance

What You Eat

When You Eat

Your Coach

Your Personal Accountability

Your Wellness Buddy

Your Balance affects you in many ways you may not even be aware of. For instance, you may not play sports with your friends or coworkers because you are not steady on your feet. Be honest with yourself, if I invited you to meet me for a pickup soccer game this evening, is your first thought “that sounds like fun.” Or is it, “no thanks I might get hurt, fall down, twist an ankle or a knee”? And as we age, falling becomes an even bigger problem. The newspapers and internet articles chronicle of older folks that fall down flights of stairs, getting into or out of tubs or even into or out of bed. Things that they must do every day become dangerous when their balance is not as good as it should be. Test your balance now. How long can you stand on one foot? Can you stretch your right thigh by pulling your foot up behind your leg while standing still on your left foot for 10 to 15 seconds? Even though you may not be in danger of losing your balance and falling down a flight of stairs at this point, how many more years do you think it will take before your current balancing ability deteriorates to the point where that could be a problem? Our FitHealth Program will teach you how to improve your balance and how to keep it for LIFE.

Your Flexibility affects many facets of your daily existence. Our body is a highly adaptable organism. Over time, as you have lost strength and mobility, your body has reacted by shortening your muscles to allow your body to continue to move with less strength. And depending on the type of work you do or how you spend your pleasure time, your body probably has sets of muscles that are significantly stronger than the muscles they interact with. This causes you pain and stiffness. It also causes your skeletal system to fall out of alignment. In sever cases this results in considerable pain because your nerves get pinched. Some people treat these symptoms of pain by going to see a chiropractor. Many of these same people then complain that they have spent hundreds or thousands of dollars to achieve only short term relief from their pain. Then they feel “ripped-off.” Well I can tell you why the pain came back so quickly. It is because your stronger set of muscles gradually wrenched your bones back out of alignment (this may not be true in cases where actual bone damage or loss of cartilage, etc. has occurred – I am only speaking to the cases where muscle weakness allows the bones to move out of alignment). Here’s a quick test. Is the chair you hate to sit in truly uncomfortable or are there other people that can sit in that chair for hours without seeming to mind the lack of comfort? Think back 5 or 10 years ago. Would that chair have been so uncomfortable back then? Can you comfortably touch your toes and hold for 10 to 15 seconds? Well you will be able to when you complete our FitHealth Program, and you’ll be able to do it for the rest of your LIFE.

Your Core Strength and Lean Muscle Mass directly impact you on a daily basis. Manual labor gets a bad rap in our society. When I was growing up, I used to hear things like, “you better do well in school or you’ll end up digging ditches for the rest of your life.” That always sounded funny to me. After my grandfather retired, he dug a lot of ditches well into his 70′s. He had a big fresh fruit and vegetable garden in his back yard. Working in this garden kept him strong and limber well into old age. And even though he had lots of health issues from poor diet, I think this work he did in the yard, as well as his daily walks kept him alive into his late 80′s. So my experience in life is that manual labor can keep your body young and healthy so that it doesn’t adapt into an inflexible organism that has balance problems. What does manual labor do for you? Whether you are digging ditches, painting houses, wrestling with auto-body parts, hauling trash or stacking shelves, you are constantly moving your body through a full range of motion which exercises your core muscles and builds strength throughout your body. While most people tend to lose muscle mass as they get older, those that have physically demanding jobs may actually increase muscle mass throughout their lifetime. Almost all movement from the body starts from your core. If your core muscles are weak, other muscles must do more of the work and you will be more likely to get injured. Do you have chronic back pain? Is the only exercise your abs get in the morning when you put on your pants? These two things are definitely related. As you lose more and more core strength, you will experience more frequent aches and pains throughout your body. And because lean muscle mass burns many times the calories that fat burns (muscle can burn anywhere from 30 to 150 times the amount of calories the same amount of fat burns), we want to have more lean muscle and less fat hanging from our bodies. So if you have lost 5 pounds of muscle during your adult life, and put on 50 pounds of fat, it’s no wonder that you are continuing to gain additional weight each year. And yes your slimmer, fitter friends can eat more than you and not put on any weight. It’s because they have lean muscle mass in their bodies that forces their metabolism to burn more calories all day long, even while they sleep. How’s your core strength? Can you press your hands into the arms of your chair and lift yourself up with your feet straight out in front of you (we call this the “L” seat)? Our FitHealth Program will help you build a solid core and replace the muscle mass you have lost so you can enjoy eating again (not to mention all the money you will save not having to hire someone to work in the yard for you). You will build highly functional strength that you can use in everyday situations like putting luggage into your car or picking up bags of mulch. You’ll be happy to know that activities like rough housing with the kids and reaching across to pick something up will never be a problem for you again.

Your Endurance impacts so much of your enjoyment of life. Have you noticed when you are tired, you get cranky and everyone’s IQ around you drops? Have you noticed your patience frequently disappears? Perhaps these things happen at the end of a long day of work, and yet your boss still needs your full participation at the meeting? Or perhaps you are run down just when you are getting home to say hi to your loving spouse and energetic kids? And you may notice that in recent years, you are feeling run down more and more often. You may have run or walked in 5K races to support charities like the March of Dimes, but now a long walk for you is from the car to the entrance of Walmart. Well it will only get worse unless you do something about it. Your endurance is impacting everything from your manners and performance at work to your sex life. That all stops now. The FitHealth program is designed to transform your body through specific exercises and changes to your diet. You may never want to run a marathon, but surely you will enjoy being able to get the most out of every day because your endurance allows you to stay at the top of your game mentally and physically all day long. So if you ran up and down your stairs 5 or 6 times in a row, do you have a heart attack or do you sit back and smile because it feels good to feel the blood coursing through your body and you feel ALIVE!

What You Eat impacts you just as directly as the fuel you put in your car. How would your car’s engine run if you put in 25% refined sugar for every gallon of gas? Probably not too well. So what do you think happens to your body when so much of the fuel we give it is based on refined sugars? We feel good for a few minutes and then we crash, so we eat more sugar based foods. To keep going, I remember a time when I ate at least one donut at the beginning of my corporate meetings. It gave me the energy to pay attention, or so I thought. Of course I had to eat a bunch of mini chocolate bars and other candies throughout the meetings just to stay awake. I never could understand why I was so hungry all the time. Certainly I was getting enough calories … it’s not like I was exercising or doing something that required so many calories. Do you know anyone that has had a similar experience? But the refined sugars aren’t just in cakes and candies, they are in our soft drinks and just about every packaged food product you can buy. If you ignore the front of the package and pick up just about any packaged food, you will see that one of the first ingredients is sugar, high fructose corn syrup or some other sugar term. Now you can see that on the package, and perhaps decide not to eat the contents, but just imagine what the food is like when you eat out. The server doesn’t bring you a bunch of packages for the foods they prepare, they just prepare foods as we like to eat them … lots of saturated fats, salt and sugar (the three big ingredients that are slowly killing us). With the FitHealth Program you will learn what foods to eat so you can put the fuel into your body it will need to heal itself. You will find foods that you will like to eat and are healthy for you. Yes they exist! This isn’t a diet program, it’s a program to help you make good food choices that you will enjoy eating for the rest of your life.

When You Eat can have nearly as great an impact to your life and your daily enjoyment as what you eat. Here’s a quick quiz: How many times per day should you eat? What is most important to eat early in the day so you won’t be so hungry in the late afternoon? What can you quickly eat that tastes great and is good for you so you won’t over eat at dinner with friends? Should you skip breakfast? What happens to you if you skip breakfast? How many extra calories do you have to burn off each day to lose a pound of fat in a week? Did correct answers to these questions come easily to mind? If they did, do you do what you know you should do? (If not, see coaching below.) The FitHealth Program will teach you all you need to know about when to eat so that you can ensure that once you lose the excess body fat, you will never have to experience getting fat again.

Your Coach is the most important person in your life. That’s a bold statement. I’ll stand by it because if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. And your FitHealth coach is the person that is going to give you the tools to get your health back and keep it for the rest of your LIFE. Your coach will lead you along the path, help you set appropriate LIFE Goals, motivate you to reach your LIFE Goals, teach you nutrition and fitness skills and hold you accountable for your actions (read what you eat, when, and if you are exercising). Most importantly, your coach will lend you strength when you are weak. Your coach will be there to provide a solid foundation until you can completely support yourself. Our FitHealth Coaching is included in the FitHealth Program. After you complete the program, we recommend you stay with coaching as this is your LIFE, and you deserve to stay fit and healthy for LIFE.

Your Personal Accountability has failed you. That’s why you’ve waited so long to permanently fix this problem. But that’s all changed now. You have made the decision to do whatever it takes to transform yourself into a fit and healthy person. The FitHealth program will teach you to put into place a personal accountability system that will work for you. And by having a coach who will be strong for you when you are weak, should your accountability wavier, your coach will be there to back you up.

Your Wellness Buddy selection will have a dramatic impact to your daily life. You may not realize it, but many people in your life may not want to see you make this change for the better. Make your choice carefully. Both you and your buddy can go through the FitHealth Program together. We are a social people and you will find your time much more enjoyable if you have someone that you know to spend this time with. As both of you lose weight, become stronger and more flexible, you will develop a bond that can only be created by teammates or partners. It is a bond that will last for life. Who do you know that desires to transform their body into a state of fitness and health?

Do you think this stuff really makes a difference? Check out the About Page for pictures of me before I figured these 9 Secrets out!

Coach Charles