Many people struggle to battle obesity and a sedentary life because they can’t afford to pay for an expensive membership or they are intimidated by confusing fitness machines and limited knowledge how to use the equipment. Well, two men are trying to remove those obstacles. Mitch Menaged and Sam Lucente have worked with the design company NewDealDesign to create a new kind of gym that can be set up anywhere in half a day and includes equipment that uses only your body weight.
The Nationnal Fitness Campaign (NFC) court was created in consultation with a number of personal trainers. The intent of the court is that it will be paid for entirely through corporate sponsorship and made available to the public at no charge. Corporations will have the ability to place billboard ads around the mobile facility to cover costs and maintenance.
NFC courts are starting to pop up in different parts of the US. San Francisco already has a few in a number of locations throughout the city.
It’s obvious from the unique design that the trainers consulted in the project had experience and knowledge of multiple body weight exercises and were also inspired by the TRX Fitness System.
On top of that, the materials of the gym had to be durable, light and reliable to build the facility that would ensure it could withstand the outdoor elements while being light enough to put together in any location.
Having said that, this is one gym where you may want to opt for changing and showering at home.
Back by popular demand, MissFitChick is once again offering the New Year Revolution Workshop for Women in Regina.
Taking place on January 19th, the workshop will provide attendees with all the knowledge and information they’ll need to look and feel their best for life. Also included as part of the workshop is an eight week program to get you on your way.
Details of the workshop are as follows:
When: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Where: Arcola East Community Centre – Regina, SK
For $149, the MissFitChick Beach Body Workshop includes:
- 3-hour workshop to teach you the fundamentals of fitness and nutrition
- A workbook with information covered and room for personal notes
- Initial assessment
- Workout plan
- Eating guide
- Detailed and broad grocery list
- Food diary
- Prizes and much more
These workshops have always been a fun and supportive environment and feedback has always been great. This is a great way to make sure that this year’s New Year’s Resolution to finally get back in shape is the last time you have to make that resolution.
Space is limited to to ensure your spot, be sure to sign up today.
More information, including how to register, is included on the Workshops page.
Planet Fitness, the US based chain of fitness clubs, has created a Facebook app that allows fans of their page to give others on Facebook or Twitter a virtual pat on the back.
This allows their members to spread that much needed encouragement to others as they work to reach their fitness goals or even their life goals.
Messages can be simple with users selecting pre-written messages, or they can allow for complete customization including the ability to upload photos along with your message. Anyone is able to visit the Pat on the Back generator.
However, Planet Fitness will not encourage grunting in their gyms as it is famous among fitness enthusiasts for their policy of no grunting in their gyms, as was highlighted in this news story.
In spite of this strange policy, it’s good to see Planet Fitness find new ways to create a support system for their members.
I’ve said it often on this site, smoothies are an easy and convenient way to get in a healthy meal that includes the macro and micronutrients you need for a healthy eating plan.
Here is a fun smoothie recipe that I like to have after a workout or even first thing in the morning. It has a little bit of everything, including whey protein to digest quickly, antioxidants found in the cherries, healthy fats found in the almonds and a great taste to help it go down great.
By the way, don’t let the 18g of fat mislead you. Those healthy fats have plenty of benefits in helping you reach you fitness goals.
1 cup of vanilla whey protein
10 chopped cherries (pit removed, of course)
Ice and water
I like to take the almonds and grind them in my magic bullet, which is how I make all my smothies. Add the protein and then the remaining ingredients and blend.
Calories – 384
Fat – 18g
Carbs – 31.4
Protein – 31.4
Here’s a smoothie that will give you a boost of energy to get your day moving, while giving you the carbs and protein needed after going throughout the night with no caloric or nutrient intake.
The whey protein will digest quickly to limit a catabolic state by ensuring your metabolism continues to chug along at a fast rate (that’s a good thing). Whole grain oatmeal will provide complex carbs to give you energy for a long period of time while the banana and berries will provide nutrients needed for daily function.
This smoothie also works well as your choice for your pre workout meal because it’s easy to make, portable, convenient and it’s easier to know exactly what your macros are when putting it together.
In a blender or Magic Bullet, combine the following until smooth:
1/3 cup of oatmeal
1 scoop of whey protein
1/4 cup of skim milk
1 cup of coffee
Calories – 318
Carbs – 46 g
Protein – 29 g
Fat – 4 g
Whether you use this recipe or not, just remember that your first meal of the day or your pre workout meal is a very important factor of any fitness eating plan.
If you could use some help with reaching your fitness goals, Under Armour Women may have a new feature that helps you along the way.
Under Armour “What’s Beautiful” is an online source that’s part social network, part workout journal and part contest. Put in their own words, it was launched as a movement to take back sport, starting with a competition to help redefine the female athlete.
Like any effective fitness plan, you start by declaring your goal. From there, Under Armour provides users with challenges, which users can write about or upload video. You can view other pages of other women and they can view yours. The site includes guest trainer workouts and tips for sparking motivation. Based on activities of users, an eventual winner will be picked to become the face of Under Armour Women. Under Armour prizes will also be distributed throughout the contest.
Check out the video for more detail:
In the last couple of years, there have been a number of campaigns and even press that seems to promote the notion that chocolate is an excellent post-workout nutritional option. This particular notion has primarily been pushed by various dairy associations in an effort to sell more of their product, which is why they exist. However, as much as I encourage the consumption of dairy and milk in one’s eating plan, it’s important to note that chocolate milk is not a healthy option.
The primary concern that myself and others have with chocolate milk is the abundance of sugar. In just an 8 oz cup, you are consuming 29g of sugar. In a 16 oz bottle, that’s 58g of sugar. To put that into perspective, a 12 oz can of Coke has 39g of sugar.
Now, I’ve often said that post-workout, it’s important to consume whey protein and simple carbs as soon as you can. Technically, chocolate milk does have both, but there are many, many better options to meet your nutritional needs to help you recover from your workout. In particular, there are many options that don’t have the abundance of sugar that chocolate milk contains, not to mention the fat.
So on one hand, if you have no other option for post-workout, then chocolate milk is certainly better than nothing. In saying that, it’s far from the best option and will limit your ability to reach your goals due to the abundance of sugar.