AAT – Ep. 15: What Are the Best Exercises for Stomach Fat?

AAT – Ep. 15: What Are the Best Exercises for Stomach Fat?

Ask A Trainer: Featured Question of the Week

Belly fat – we hate it! But, how do we get rid of it? The answer isn’t as simple as a miracle pill or doing 50 crunches a day, rather, it’s a combination of things. LA Fitness Pro Results® trainer, Kayla V. explains further.


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Body Works Plus Abs: The Class You Have to Try

Body Works Plus Abs: The Class You Have to Try

One of the great thing things about taking a Group Fitness class at LA Fitness is that all of the equipment is provided for you. You don’t have to worry about bringing your own weights or exercise equipment – all you have to focus on is showing up and giving it your best for (approximately) 55 minutes. It’s all about focusing on your own body. Group Fitness is a great way to push yourself with the helpful instruction of our certified instructors. Plus, you’re surrounded by other motivated individuals who are just as excited to focus on their health and fitness.

If you’re new to Group Fitness, don’t be intimidated! Everyone was new at some point. Group Fitness instructors will help teach you proper form and technique. Group Fitness is a great way to get fit with friends and family members while in an instructed, regimented environment. For those new to the gym, as well as those looking to switch up their typical exercise routine, Group Fitness classes are a great place to start.

A popular LA Fitness class is Body Works Plus Abs – after all, who doesn’t want a more toned core? In this class, members can expect a lightweight dumbbell workout moving to the beat of the music. You’ll be burning calories as you flow through a variety of exercises to help sculpt and tone your body into shape! With continued attendance, members may notice improvements in muscle tone, posture, balance and strength. It’s a full-body workout that provides full-body results.

In order to get a deeper understanding of what to expect from a Body Works Plus Abs class, we interviewed LA Fitness Group Fitness instructor Kate N., who shared all you need to know before giving this class a go. Check out her interview below!

Q: Please give a brief description of your fitness background and what brought you to start teaching Body Works Plus Abs.

Kate N: I’m an AFAA certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. I teach various Group Fitness classes from Aqua to Yoga, and even step! I fell in love with teaching Group Fitness classes at LA Fitness. I was once a loyal participant of cycle classes at LA Fitness, and later, I found myself in the instructor seat.  It wasn’t long before I discovered Body Works Plus Abs and it quickly became my favorite Group Fitness class to teach.

Q: What is unique and special about Body Works Plus Abs over other Group Fitness classes?

KN: It’s a completely balanced workout that challenges you from head to toe! You target every muscle group while moving non-stop to the beat of the music. You learn technique while having a fun and energetic workout. Spectators of the class may not be able to see the challenge, but the participants can attest to its slow burn. It sneaks up on you throughout the class.

“…the participants can attest to its slow burn. It sneaks up on you throughout the class.”

Kate N.

Group Fitness Instructor, LA Fitness

Q: Would you recommend Body Works Plus Abs for all fitness levels?

KN: Most definitely! The beauty of Body Works Plus Abs is that we progress into each challenging exercise, which gives participants plenty of options to take it to their own personal best.

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Q: What equipment can a member expect to use when attending a class? Is there a specific dress code?

KN: We use lightweight dumbbells and an exercise mat. Simple and effective! Participants should wear comfortable fitness attire to move and sweat in.

Q:  If you could give one piece of advice to our readers, what would it be?

KN: Keep going to class! Consistency brings results!

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We Tried Sous Vide Cooking: Here’s What We Thought

We Tried Sous Vide Cooking: Here’s What We Thought

We Tried Sous Vide Cooking: Here’s What We Thought

Written By:

Candice Currie


Bienvenue dans le monde merveilleux de la cuisine sous vide!

That’s French for, ‘Welcome to the wonderful world of sous vide cooking!’ Never heard of it? Well, you wouldn’t be the first. For a while, sous vide cooking was primarily a staple of fine dining establishments, and it was almost unheard of to use this method of cooking at home. However, over the years, sous vide cooking products have become more accessible and more budget-friendly, so this fancy style of cooking can be done from almost anywhere – including at home!

What is Sous Vide cooking?

Sous vide, translated from French, means “under vacuum.”

An immersion circulator is set to the proper cooking temperature for the product you’re planning to cook. There are multiple sous vide products on the market, varying in price, depending on what you’re looking for.

Besides the immersion circulator, the following items may make cooking sous vide style easier on you:

  • A vacuum sealer
  • A large polycarbonate container
  • A cast iron skillet

*Various sous vide temperature and cooking guides can be found online. 

 


How It Works

Still unsure of how the sous vide process actually works? Let’s break it down.

Cooking sous vide style is almost liking boiling; except using a sous vide immersion cooker allows you to maintain a constant temperature for longer periods of time. This makes it easier to get perfect results without undercooking, or overcooking, the meat (or any other item you cook this way).

Simply take your cut of meat and place it in an airtight sealed bag. A vacuum sealer works great for this, but store-bought food-grade plastic bags work fine too, just make sure you get out as much air as possible.

The sous vide immersion machine helps keep the water at a steady temperature to ensure bacteria are safely destroyed.

You can choose to seal in the meat with a marinade, or let it cook as is and season after, if preferred.

Once the product is done cooking, toss it on a cast iron skill it at the end for a nice seared finish. You could also opt for finishing it off on the barbecue, or eat as is.

After the product finishes cooking and is removed from the water, it should be ready to eat. The presentation is up to you.


“It was my first time trying anything prepared sous vide and it surprised me how pink the well-done hamburger appeared to be.  Fortunately, it tasted perfectly cooked and was by far the juiciest hamburger I have ever eaten.  Every bite was succulent and the texture was exquisitely soft, that along with a little char from the torch for taste made it a very unforgettable burger.  I’m excited to see what Chef Tony prepares for us next time.”

- Charlie H.


The Benefits of Sous Vide Cooking

  1. The cleanup is minimal.
  2. The meat retains its juiciness.
  3. It’s great for those living active lifestyles, considering it’s a set it-and-forget it cooking method.
  4. It’s great for food prep! Prepare larger quantities of healthy meals in advance by batch cooking.
  5. It’s healthy! Sous vide foods are able to retain more of their nutrients and vitamins by remaining sealed in their protective bags.

Sous Vide Hamburger

Photograph by Penny Schroeder.

Behind The Scenes

The more research our team did on sous vide cooking, the more we had to try it out for ourselves. With all the great reviews online about how tender the meat was, it left us pining for some mouthwatering French-style cooking.

We didn’t know what to expect, but we were forever changed. It was delicious.

To further prove the point of how simple sous vide style cooking is, we did this from the convenience of our office space. Our cooking host, Tony F., decided to cook our team grass-fed hamburgers: sous vide-style.

The easy step-by-step process can be seen below.

Step 1: Immerse packaged meat into water and set proper cooking time and temperature.

Step 2: Un-package patties and sear for taste and visual presentation.

Step 3: Enjoy with friends!

Pictured from left to right, Charlie H., Tony F., Kham N.

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.


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AAT – Ep. 14: How Long Until I See Results?

AAT – Ep. 14: How Long Until I See Results?

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In today’s world we’re used to instant, unfortunately, that’s not how weight loss works. We sit down with Pro Results® trainer, Kayla V. who discusses what you should really be focusing on when looking for results.

Do you have a fitness question? Ask one of our certified Pro Results® trainers here! Your question may be featured in an upcoming Ask Our Trainer video.**

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Why Do People Get Stretch Marks?

Why Do People Get Stretch Marks?

What is a stretch mark?

For those unaware, stretch marks are long, narrow stripes on the body, normally occurring as a result of overstretched skin. They are typically a lighter shade than your skin color and are extremely common – but for many, they are still extremely unpleasant.

While stretch marks don’t themselves pose a health risk, they can act as a source of cosmetic frustration for men and women alike.

Let’s discuss what causes these pesky little lines.

The Causes

Stretch marks are “more likely to develop and become more severe where there are high levels of circulating cortisone, or when cortisone is applied to the skin. Cortisol, the stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands, is converted into cortisone. This weakens elastic fibers in the skin.”1

  • Rapid Weight Gain or Weight Loss
    • When the body gains a lot of weight, or loses it over a short amount of time, it can cause stretch marks due to the fluctuation of body mass.
  • Puberty
    • As if there wasn’t enough going on with the body during this time, teens may also get stretch marks from a rapid growth spurt.
  • Pregnancy
    • The amount of women who report getting stretch marks throughout the pregnancy process, or after birth, is astonishingly high – at least 50% of pregnant women get stretch marks.2
  • Medical Conditions
    • Certain medical conditions can lead to a decrease in the skin’s elasticity, while others can produce too much of certain hormones that contribute to rapid weight gain.3
  • Corticosteroids
    • Corticosteroid lotions and creams may decrease levels of collagen in the skin.4 This can cause a “weakening” of the skin, which may increase the risk of stretch marks.

The Solution

There have been some investigations into the benefits of certain creams, oils, and topical solutions. However, there is no high-quality5 evidence that they do much to treat or prevent stretch marks. There are a few natural things you could do that may help prevent the marks from occurring, but they are not guaranteed.

Try to maintain a healthy weight. This decreases your chance at rapid stretching of the skin, which may help prevent the marks from suddenly sneaking up on you.

According to Medical News Today, eating a balanced diet that’s rich in vitamins and minerals can help support the skin.6 Especially important are vitamins A and C, along with zinc and silicon minerals.

During pregnancy, aim for a slow and gradual weight gain over the 9-month period to avoid rapid stretching of the skin.

Try drinking six to eight glasses of water a day7 to keep the body well-hydrated.

!! FYI – Exercise and Stretch Marks

If you’re looking to bulk up, be careful not to do it too quickly. Try using lighter weights and higher reps to gradually build muscle without putting your skin at risk.8

What’s Really Important

Stretch marks are natural, and you shouldn’t feel ashamed of them. If they are bothersome, talk to your doctor and ask what he/she suggests.

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.


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