Spring Into Fitness

Tone. Define. Tighten. These are the words that most all of us mutter to ourselves at some point before the pool weather arrives. Yes, it is April in Colorado and could snow again in a second, but the cherry blossoms, greener grass and beautiful 70-degree weather we have been enjoying are here to remind us that summer is right around the corner.

Quick. Imagine yourself running outside in shorts and a tank top. Or relaxing by the pool soaking up that vitamin D. Does this make you feel excited or anxious? If the answer is the latter and you’re not feeling ready to be the confident version of you that you should be this summer, now is the perfect time to amp up that motivation, refocus and hit some set goals. Those cold winter nights may have lowered motivation and given way to delicious comfort food, but now is the perfect time to spring back into fitness.

lose weight this springOur personal trainer David Nutting dubbed the “transformation specialist” has designed an effective body blasting metabolic circuit program to help you do just that. His class uses a unique method of training to help you tone, define and tighten your core, legs, arms and shoulders using challenging exercises. Expect hard and satisfying workouts that will make use of suspension training, BOSU balls, weights, medicine balls, intervals, and more. Expect workout homework and tips to keep you motivated and accountable. Get the results you want and feel excited instead of nervous about the approaching change of season.

Spring into Fitness starts April 13, at 8:00am on Mondays and Wednesdays. To learn more click here or register by calling 303-770-2582 x274.

 

Fat Loss Tips: The Untrustworthy Glycemic Index

glycemic indexHow can it be that a slice of whole wheat bread has a glycemic index of 72 and a Snickers bar has a glycemic index of 41? For those of you who follow the Glycemic Index (GI) Diet, I hope I have your attention. For those of you who do not, the Glycemic Index Diet is one in which you choose foods based on how quickly their carbohydrates enter your blood after being digested.
Low GI = 1-55
Medium GI = 56-69
High GI = 70 and higher

Strawberries have a GI of 40. This means that if you eat 50 grams of carbohydrates from strawberries (three cups of strawberry halves), your blood sugar level would be elevated 40% of what it would be from consuming 50 grams of glucose.

There are several factors that are involved in the amount of carbohydrates that are available to our organs and tissues, post digestion. The amount of protein, fiber, fat and overall nutrient density affect the rate at which the carbohydrate molecules enter our bloodstream. It is not just about how quickly the food is digested, but also the readiness of digestive enzymes; how quickly amylase can access the carbohydrate molecule in the small intestine to break it down.

As you can see, following the Glycemic Index as a primary means for weight loss, diabetes prevention or stubborn fat loss might not be the best way to go. Instead, choose raw, whole foods. Foods that are high in fiber, protein and healthy fat are not only going to keep your blood sugar level in check but will also help with energy and stubborn fat loss.

Need additional information or other nutrition tips? Visit GATC’s Nutrition Services page or email Kristin at kristinb@greenwoodatc.com

Kristin Burgess, GATC R.D.

WEIGHT LOSS

Losing weight is as much about mindset, changing behaviors and staying motivated, as the actual diet and exercise portion. Here are a few tips to help keep the motivation rolling pound after pound and the motivation to change your lifestyle behaviors to keep the weight off for life:

1. Set realistic goals that are achievable

  • Set your long term goal first but without a date. For example, lose twCalendarenty pounds.
  • Set short term goals second. Get the calendar out and look at each week as an opportunity to lose two pounds
  • Some weeks you might lose one, some weeks you might lose three and some you might not lose any. A realistic, attainable goal for most people is six pounds a month.
  • Set dates. For example: by October 1, I will be at blank weight, by October 15, I will be at blank weight, etc.
  • Think about life activities and events, such as vacations, weddings, etc., and take these into consideration when looking at the calendar and setting your short term goals.
  • Each five to six pounds is a short term goal.
  • Focus on hitting the particular short term goal that you are in rather than thinking ahead about long term goals. Think “It’s only five pounds. I can do this.”
  • Reward yourself when you hit each goal with treats such as a massage, a pedicure, new pair of shoes, a round of golf, etc.

2. Go slow

  • Work on one lifestyle change per week. It’s okay if it takes longer! For example: choosing iced green tea at Starbucks instead of cream/sugared coffee/latte.
  • Work on the most significant first: such as eliminating or limiting alcohol, soda, diet soda, white/enriched foods or sugar and baked goods.

3. Expect setbacks

  • Learn from setbacks.
  • Take note of how they made you feel. For example: how did it feel to eat half a cake? Too full, sick, awful, low energy/lethargic. The next time you are in a situation where cake is presented, remember how you felt last time you ate too much cake and choose to not do it again.
  • Life isn’t perfect so don’t expect your weight loss journey to be.
  • See challenges as setbacks not failures.

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  • Join a support group or find a family member and/or friend to confide in.

5. Be patient

  • The biggest diet motivation breaker is not losing the amount of weight you think you should in the time you want.
  • Plateaus are going to happen so expect it. There may be weeks of no weight loss.
  • If two to three weeks go by with no weight loss, shake things up a bit. Add ten to fifteen minutes of cardio; if you’ve been consuming a lot of carbs, cut back; if you’ve been short on veggies, get more in; add fat; take away calories; add protein; meet your water needs.

Keep these tips in mind and they will keep you rolling from short term goal to short term goal, all the way to your long term goal!

Visit GATC’s Nutrition Services webpage to read about our programs and services.

Kristin Burgess, GATC R.D.

Why Is Hamstring Flexibility and Strength So Important?

yoga_stretchOur hamstrings do so much and keeping them healthy takes some work. Hamstrings bend and straighten our legs, so if you are sedentary, you may have weak or tight hamstrings from poor posture and suffer lower back pain. If you are active and engage in sports, you need strong and flexible hamstrings for optimal performance. The hamstrings are at high risk for injury because they cover both the knee and the hip joints. If they are weak or tight, they are vulnerable to strains or tears during exercise. Strong, flexible hamstrings help increase speed and range of motion for runners, cyclists, swimmers, basketball players and tennis players. Stretching your hamstrings also increases blood flow to these muscles and improves your flexibility. One of the primary excuses I hear from people about not starting a yoga program is the biggest reason why they should! “I am not flexible so I can’t do yoga. I can’t even touch my toes.” Starting a mindful yoga practice will improve the health of your hamstrings and so much more! A few hamstring exercises will help, but an hour yoga class will warm you up, prepare your body and mindfully stretch and strengthen your hamstrings.
Still skeptical? Send me an email or give me a call. I would be happy to help you start a yoga program that fits your needs from our schedule of more than 30 classes per week.

Marda Zechiel, Yoga Manager

There are so many different yogurts out there! Which do you choose and why?

Chobani, Dannon, Yoplait, Activia?

Do you pick one with low sugar? Low fat?  Organic?  Greek?  High in probiotics? Or do you look for all of these? There is no perfect yogurt, but there are a few close ones. Here are my tips, in priority order:

- Organic is best
yogurt
– Avoid sugar substitutes: aspartame, acesulfame potassium (or acesulfame K)
- Avoid food dyes and colorings
- Choose one with less than 15 grams total sugar in 6 ounces
- Stick to 4 ounce servings to get the most nutrition with the least amount of sugar

Do you have other questions about making the best food selections? Check out GATC’s Nutrition Services.

Kristin Burgess, GATC R.D.

Fruit and Veggies: More DOES Matter

shutterstock_106456802_resizedEat a veggie THREE times a day and eat them in LARGE quantities. Don’t worry about portion sizes and getting a certain amount of cups in a day. Who is going to count six cups in a day? Just eat them three times and a lot of them!

Eat a fruit THREE times a day.

Think simple: don’t chop, cut or cook if you don’t want to.

Plan ahead and take them with you.

A few easy ideas:
Mix a teaspoon of ranch dressing or guacamole in a sandwich baggie with two handfuls of raw broccoli
Baby carrots or an apple and a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter
1/4 cup ricotta cheese plus a pear sprinkled with cinnamon
Red bell pepper – eat it like an apple
Baby greens for lunch with your favorite protein
Steam a bag of frozen veggies for breakfast and dinner

Fruit fits anywstockvault-healthy-eating119775_resizedhere! Give up your bread, tortilla, pasta, rice, potato, cereal, pancake or waffle for fruit!

 

 

Questions about getting more fruits and veggies into your diet? Check out GATC’s Nutrition Services.

Kristin Burgess, GATC R.D.

Meet Aubree Allison

It’s time to introduce you to the heart and soul of Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club: our amazing staff.

Meet Aubree Allison, one of our nationally certified personal trainers.

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7 Things You Might Not Know About Aubree

Why I Became a Trainer: I had a friend who was overweight and who wanted to start working out. I created workouts for us to do together and I was inspired by how quickly her body adapted and by how much better it made her feel. I have such a passion for helping people reach their fitness goals and realize their full health potential.

Favorite Workout: I enjoy any solid leg workout.

Book/Movie That Inspired Me: Tuesdays with Morrie. That book felt so close to home for me when I had a nursing patient in college with ALS. It really inspired me to live a happy life because our time here on earth is far too short.

Favorite Weekend Activities: I love doing anything active with my hubby, Royce and our puppy, Burton.

Things That Keep Me Motivated to Stay Active, Fit and Healthy: My coworkers do an amazing job of keeping me motivated to stay fit. I also love how my body feels after workouts and after eating delicious healthy meals.

If I Were Not a Trainer, I would Be: A chef. I love cooking.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Food: Thai food… followed by ice cream!

Greenwood Tennis Club Grand Re-Opening and Renovation

Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club is excited to announce a new renovation and grand Re-Opening of the Tennis Club on December 3, 2014, 6:30pm.  The upgrade and expansion will improve the lobby, expand the locker rooms and social space, and create new outdoor space.

GreenwoodTennisClub_2According to Paula Neubert, President and General Manager, the upgrades will include a new entrance, lobby, reception area and a vestibule with specialized filter system to minimize the clay between the courts and the lobby. New expanded locker rooms will be added with wet and dry vanities and more lockers.

We are very excited to roll out an expanded observation deck and social area. A new outdoor deck will reveal mountain views and the additional space will be available for team parties or just cooling down outside after a match. This renovation will give our members the warm country club feeling they are looking for at Greenwood.

Greenwood Tennis ClubRon Steege, Greenwood’s Director of Tennis was just elected to the Colorado Tennis Association’s Board as the District Representative on the Intermountain Section Board. Ron is an industry leader who has extensive involvement in both the USTA and USPTA. According to Ron, “This expansion and upgrade is exactly what our membership wanted. Greenwood Tennis Club will continue to be, the place to play clay in the Denver area, now our facility will be the premier facility for members both on and off the court.”

Since 1995, Greenwood Tennis Club has been home to seven indoor clay courts in a fully air conditioned space and five outdoor hard courts, four featuring ProBounce. Greenwood Tennis Club is the USTA-recognized Tennis Facility of the Year with top USPTA Tennis Professionals and award winning tennis programming for youth, teens and adults. Greenwood Tennis Club has been recognized by Tennis Industry Magazine as “Facility of the Year,” Colorado Tennis Association as “Organization of the Year,” and recently by Shape Magazine as “Best in Tennis.” Greenwood Tennis Club is located at 5757 South Quebec Street in Greenwood Village.  Visit us online at www.GreenwoodATC.com or call 303.770.2582 to schedule a private tour.

Has Holding on Gotten Out of Hand?

upperCVIOne of today’s popular fitness sayings is “go hard or go home.” This obsession with intensity tempts us to do whatever it takes to up the ante and could potentially make our workout less safe and less effective. This mindset shows up in all forms of exercise from weight lifting to cardio. In a cardio setting, it is not uncommon to see the stair stepper or treadmill running at top speed. Speed must equal the most effective workout, right? This level of speed has its place when done in good form. However, all too often the stair stepper and treadmill are running at full speed with individuals rounded forward and holding on for dear life in order to maintain speed. The treadmills are revolving fast, really fast, with pounding that is notably loud. While the spirit of working hard exists, what impact does poor form and posture have on the body and are results and efficiency achieved? So much of our day is already spent in front of a computer or in a chair rounding our bodies forward. We wouldn’t hit the start button if we weren’t after results. It has been found that continuous light handrail support during exercise reduces physiologic responses to exercise up to 6%! Aerobic benefits are reduced and suboptimal benefits from exercise are seen. In order to take in more oxygen, burn more calories, increase the heart rate and decrease the chances of injury, you must use your core. This means climbing the stairs and running on the treadmill without bending forward or handrail grasping even if it means slowing down. To increase the many benefits of submaximal exercise on the treadmill or stepper, let go and stay light on your feet. You might have to turn your iPod down to hear yourself. Standing tall requires you to use all of your senses and core muscles, balances your muscle recruitment and keeps you aligned. All in all, don’t feel bad if you have to slow down to let go. Studies show you will benefit!

Adding activities like Pilates or yoga to your exercise routine can enhance your balance, strength, coordination and flexibility; tapping into those important core muscles and  preparing your body and your mind for the rigorous demands of daily life.

Sara Talbert,
Director of Pilates

New Class at GATC – Insanity

INSANITY_POSTER_GUY_STARTING-NOVIf you have been paying attention to the buzz in the fitness world, you may have heard of INSANITY. This revolutionary, cardio-based, total body conditioning program is now at GATC!

Created by American fitness trainer and choreographer Shaun T, Insanity uses MAX interval training techniques to get you a leaner, more muscular body in a short amount of time. This program delivers results by varying the cardio-centered exercises to literally work your body from head to toe.

People will warn you before you embark on your Insanity fitness journey to prepare for the hardest workout of your life. Ever. The program brings your heart rate to its max, keeps it there for a while and then slows it back down by giving you 30 seconds of precious rest. It is designed for all fitness levels, with modifications provided for a safe, challenging and results-driven workout.

If you’re looking to achieve some insane fitness results with great music and positive energy, join us on Mondays in Studio 1 from 5:30-6:20pm.