Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Beer, Beer, Beer

Hello All! I came across this interesting fact about beer the other day. Since, I've been known to consume a few pints of the good stuff I wanted to share this with you all. The old notion that "beer is all empty calories" isn't true. It's also a rich source of silicon, a bone-building nutrient that can help ward off osteoporosis. A study conducted by Charles Bamforth, Ph. D. at the University of California at Davis and his team revealed not all brews yield the same level of silicon content. At the top of the list was Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA. I can tell you from experience one of these beers will do you! It's an extreme bitter and high alcohol content of almost 9%. At the bottom of the list was the light beer category. So whether you like a darker beer with flavor or your old friend light beer remember that you are building bone density with every delicious sip. CHEERS, Trainer Todd

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Recipe of the week

Grilled Swordfish with Tomato and Cucumber Salsa
1 1/4 pounds plum tomatoes, halved crosswise
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
4 (8 ounce) swordfish steaks about 1 inch thick

Heat the broiler or light the grill. Coat the tomato halves with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Broil the tomatoes cut side down, until the skins start to blacken, about 10 minutes. Slip off the skins and put the tomatoes in a medium glass bowl. Add the cucumber, lemon juice, dill, and stir to break up the tomatoes to combining all ingredients thoroughly. Coat the swordfish with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Grill or broil the fish for 4 minutes. Turn and cook until golden brown and just done, 4 to 5 minutes longer. Serve with salsa.

Serves= 4
calories 339 kcal, carbs 8g, dietary fiber 2g, fat 12g, protein 46g, sugars 5g

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Recipe of the week

Watermelon and Feta Salad
2 pounds of watermelon, rind removed cut into squares
1 cup Greek feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup fresh mint leaves, cut into thin strips, or left whole
1 cup mixed baby greens

Lemon Olive Oil Dressing
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup extra- virgin olive oil

Cut the watermelon into large chunks. Place melon onto plate. Sprinkle the cheese, mint, and greens on the watermelon. Then make the dressing: Place sea salt and lemon juice in a jar with a lid and shake to blend. Add the oil and shake once more. Taste for seasoning, then add the dressing to the salad. The dressing will keep up to three days in the refrigerator. Serves four.
Calories per serving: 270 Carbs: 21g Protein: 7g Fat: 20g
Watermelon is a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant that may lower risk of developing certain types of cancer, cadiovascular disease, and macular degeneration. Pair the salad with a few slices of toasted French bread for lunch.
Recipe provided by Patricia Wells

Quote of the Week

"I have a few mantras ready for the rough spots in hard workouts and races. They are very simple messages like 'Be Tough', 'Breathe', and 'Relax'." - Bob Cooper

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer

We all need a little help with exercise sometimes, whether we're just starting out or we've been at it for a long time. Still, there are people who shy away from training, unsure of what they'll get out of the experience or whether it's worth the money. Take a look at just a few reasons people typically hire personal trainers and see if it's the right decision for you.

1. You're not seeing results

If you've been exercising consistently for several weeks or months and aren't seeing the changes you'd like, hiring a trainer may be a good choice. A trainer can look at your current program and eating habits and help you see where you could make changes to create more effective workouts. A trainer can also help you determine if the goals you've set are realistic for you.

2. You Don't Know Where to Start

Knowing how to set up a balanced schedule that includes all the activities you need to do can be confusing. The great thing about a trainer is that he can help you maximize your time while helping you stay within your own limits so you don't overdo it. He can also help you set goals and map out a specific schedule so you know when, how and where you'll fit in your workouts.

3. You're Bored with the Same Workouts

If you're an experienced exerciser, maybe you haven't considered working with a trainer. But it can be a great choice if you need some variety in your workouts. A trainer can bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to challenge both your body and your mind. Even if you just do a few sessions or meet every few weeks, you'll find it refreshing to have new workouts and new exercise toys to play with.

4. You Need to Be Challenged

If you're like me, you tend to slack off on your workouts sometimes, especially when things get tough. A trainer can motivate you to push past those self-imposed limits, encouraging you to lift heavier, go longer and challenge yourself more than you would on your own. You'll find it's very hard to slack off with a trainer standing over you, telling you to do!

5. You Want to Learn How to Exercise on your Own

Even if your goal is to create your own workouts and exercise by yourself, hiring a trainer for a few sessions can be a great benefit for learning the right way to exercise. This is especially true if you want to learn more about the muscles in your body, the exercises that target those muscles and how to do those exercises with great form. Just a few sessions can teach you a lot about your body and how it works.

6. You Need Accountability and Motivation

Trainers come with built-in motivation. Not only are you investing money into your exercise're investing time as well. There's nothing like a standing appointment to get your butt in gear for a workout. Not only that, a trainer provides some accountability so, even when you don't have a session, you know your trainer will be asking if you did your planned workouts. Just knowing that may make it harder to skip your workouts.

7. You Have a Specific Illness, Injury or Condition

If you have any specific issues like arthritis, heart disease, old injuries, etc., working with an experienced trainer (who works with your doctor, of course) can help you find a program to help heal injuries and avoid any further problems. It's also a great idea to work with a trainer if you're pregnant and want a safe, effective workout to keep you healthy and fit. Just make sure your trainer has experience with your issues!

8. You're Training for a Sport or Event

If you're training for a marathon, a golf tournament or some other type of sport or event, an experienced trainer can help you figure out what you need to do to stay strong without taking away from your other training. She can also help create a training program and map out a plan for the coming event. Just make sure she's experienced in the sport you're training for since not all trainers do sport-specific training.

9. You Want Supervision and Support During Workouts

Some people know how to exercise and they even know how to do the exercises correctly, but they like having a trainer around for support and supervision. If you're lifting very heavy weights or need someone to help with partner-type exercises, working with a trainer might be a good choice for you. He can spot you during workouts and help you come up with a good training plan for your goals.

10. You Want to Workout at Home

If you'd like to exercise at home but either don't have a lot of equipment or aren't sure how to use what you have, in-home personal training is an excellent choice. A trainer can show you exactly how to use what you have to get the best workout for you or she can bring equipment with her to give you a great workout. She can also make recommendations for equipment that will help you reach your goals.

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