AAT: Ep. 21 – What Are the Best Machines for Chest, Arms, and Abs?

AAT: Ep. 21 – What Are the Best Machines for Chest, Arms, and Abs?

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LA Fitness Pro Results® Master Trainer, Stone T., gives his expert advice on which machines best help train and target the chest, arms, and abs. Get ready to get swoll.


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A Taste of Tryst in DC

A Taste of Tryst in DC

A Hello From Tryst DC! 

Tryst is turning 20 this year! We’ve been bringing people together over great food and drink in the nation’s capital for two decades.

Tryst stands in the center of the nation’s capital, in stark contrast to the suburban culture and coffee chains that proliferate the country. No, our silverware doesn’t always match and we don’t have 75 different kinds of pre-made caramel-nilla-frapp-a-ccino-supremas or 64 flavored vodka martinis. What we do have is outstanding, specialty coffee, craft cocktails, and a commitment to being the city’s ‘third place’. The Greeks have tavernas; the French have cafes. DC has Tryst – a place that helps define ourselves and the community.

Q: Fast-casual dining is often thought to be less healthy than home-cooking, but I’d disagree. What are some of the healthier options Tryst DC offers that diners can enjoy guilt-free?

Executive Chef Kevin Eckert: The thing that separates Tryst from other fast-casual restaurants is that we use small batch recipes and that nearly everything on the menu is cooked from scratch.  Every day we are making soups, pesto, granola, and frying our own chips not to mention the daily selection of fresh baked goods.  I believe that this makes a big difference in the result of the quality of the end product and allows our customers to eat guilt-free.

Q: I assume that with an eclectic menu, the drinks offered at Tryst DC are just as artfully crafted. Do you have a favorite drink you feel pairs well with the featured dish provided?

KE: We take our bartending and barista crafts very seriously. I like to eat the Chia Seed Pudding with a masala chai latte.  Cinnamon and cardamom are naturally sweet flavors that taste amazing without the addition of a ton of sugar and I find that refreshing.

Q: What would you like our readers to know about food and nutrition?

KE: Balance is key. Diet is part of a healthy lifestyle. It should be easy to eat well every day but we shouldn’t feel guilty for enjoying things occasionally in moderation either.

Q: If you had to include one constant ingredient to every dish you created from here on forward, what would it be? Why that ingredient?

KE: Mung beans. I can’t get enough of them lately. They are packed in nutrition and versatile. They can be sprouted and eaten raw or sautéed, work great in stews especially with curry, and can be soaked and pureed and made into a dosa. Hard to go wrong.

Q: Coffee or tea?

KE: Both!  It depends on the time of day. I will always start my day with a cup of hot coffee but as the day goes on I like to switch to tea, especially an iced green tea when I need an afternoon pick-me-up.

Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity. 


Tryst DC is located at the following location:

Tryst

LA Fitness North Bergen

Distance to closest LA Fitness: 1.8 miles to Washington DC – Connecticut Ave. LA Fitness


Tryst Chia Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Chia Seeds
  • 4 cups Almond Milk, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon, ground

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent lumps.
  3. Portion into bowls and top with fresh berries, granola, banana and coconut flakes.

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Member Spotlight | From Broken Foot to Completing the Chicago Marathon

Member Spotlight | From Broken Foot to Completing the Chicago Marathon

At the young age of 29, Lewis C., of Atlanta, GA, feared he may never walk properly again. After a tough tumble down a flight of stairs, Lewis was confined to crutches for a week and a boot for 7 weeks, after learning he had broken his fifth metatarsal in his right foot. He was unable to walk, let alone work out. Being confined to having his foot elevated 12 hours a day, Lewis was quickly gaining weight and noticed his overall demeanor began to change. It was a long, and rough, 7 weeks.

Maybe it was being confined indoors, maybe it was the lack of exercise– whatever it was, something ignited in Lewis over these 7 weeks. With a broken foot, and a rough recovery, Lewis decided he was going to run the Chicago Marathon in celebration of his 30th birthday. Lewis was determined to not let the injury define him or make him lose sight of his fitness goals. After all, he had always been committed to fitness in his adult life and was active in sports like swimming and track when in high school.

The Training Begins

After a sufficient recovery period, Lewis began his training program in June of 2017, five months after his foot injury had occurred. Lewis  knew he needed a place to train and realized the incredible resources offered at his local LA Fitness. With the proper equipment he was able to condition his legs, core and overall body for the race. He paired indoor and outdoor running, along with the assistance of his LA Fitness coach, Lisa, and was able to get the job done in an unbelievable 18 week training period.

Lewis successfully crossed the finish line in Chicago, Illinois, on October 9th 2017.


An Interview with: Lewis C.

Q: Have you always been in shape? 

Lewis C.: Like most people I have had weight fluctuations due to inconsistent eating habits brought on by a job in the airline industry with variable hours. Since 2007, I had more or less worked out 5-6 days a week and do my best to take protein supplements regularly. It’s what keeps me sane, I have to get a workout in and LA Fitness has been the best gym experience I have had since I joined in 2016. I have been to and worked at many other health clubs and the resources included in the LA Fitness membership are vast. I didn’t know it until I really needed people to help me execute the extensive cardio conditioning required for training for your first marathon at age 29.

Q: Have you learned anything about yourself since joining LA Fitness?

LC: Yes. That it’s OK to not know something and ask somebody for help. LA Fitness has staff and members from all walks of the active world: former athletes, current ones, trainers, beginners, body builders, etc. that all have a perspective and voice you can use as a resource and pool to get new fitness ideas, completely change your life, and smash the snot out of goals you never thought possible. I never dreamed I would actually go through with running the Chicago Marathon last October until I finally just paid the registration and bought marathoner shoes.

Also, I think people think running a marathon is an individual sport. It is really a team sport, which I learned, as I had to rely and lean on all different perspectives and advice and change my way of thinking. That’s where LA Fitness is more than just a gym to me; it’s a blackboard where new and dynamic fitness goals are conceived and executed.

Q: How has living an active lifestyle changed your life?

LC: I have had great health and happiness in my 30 years, which I think is primarily due to my staying active. I am the kind of person who needs structure and a tangible goal to reach and a place where I can ask questions of like-minded people. My father always taught me “to be one, ask one”. This is where the structured training plan of a marathon challenged me and a place like LA Fitness nurtured my curiosity and helped shepherd me through the process.


Future Goals

Lewis is back to training 6 days a week in an effort to be in his best shape by summer 2018. With travelling also on the horizon for Lewis, including a trip to Budapest in May, and Shanghai in July, with his best friend Michael, Lewis joked that since he’ll be in a lot of pictures he looks to “LA Fitness to keep [him] camera ready 24/7.”

Lewis’ next big fitness goal is to complete an Ironman race by his 40th birthday.

A Special Message 

Lewis would like to recognize his LA Fitness trainer Lisa, and member services representative, Yolanda, who Lewis credits as the reason he joined LA Fitness.

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 program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

Member responses have been edited for length and clarity.


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AAT – Ep. 20: What Are the Best Exercises for Hips?

AAT – Ep. 20: What Are the Best Exercises for Hips?

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LA Fitness Pro Results® Personal Trainer, Kayla V., shares some insider trainer tips on the best exercises to help strengthen the hips.


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Understanding Functional Fitness

Understanding Functional Fitness

What is Functional Fitness?

Cardio and strength training usually dominate fitness talk, but what about the often-overlooked concept of functional fitness? At its core, functional fitness is really about focusing on building your body so that it can better handle everyday tasks such as bending over to tie your shoes, playing catch with your dog, or chasing after your kids without the added exhaustion, aches or pains.

Real Life Samples

Let’s think about this from a practical standpoint. Our daily habits cause us to turn, twist, bend, climb and lean to get things done. We’re using our whole bodies, so why not focus on exercises that use multiple muscle groups? Isolated weight training is great, but it doesn’t always help prevent strained backs or pulled muscles.

Exercises like kettlebell squats are a great way to stimulate a real-life scenario – you’re bending down (squatting) using your lower body, and at the same time picking something up (great with the added weight of the kettlebell) using your upper body. Try forward lunges with a twist to help work the lower body, upper body and help stabilize the core. Bent over rows can also help with upper and lower body strength. Bosu balls can also help aid in stability training!

Think about which muscle groups are actively being engaged when performing your desired exercise. If it feels like a move that mirrors real life movements, most likely you’re engaging in functional fitness.

The Benefits

To put it simply – fewer aches and pains! Less strain on your body, less worries about not being able to perform day-to-day activities and more confidence in moving around with a stronger body. If this all sounds like what regular or “normal” exercise does to improve the body, you’re right… sort of.

Functional fitness focuses on movements, rather than muscles.1 In your ordinary day-to-day routine, chances are you’re not doing an activity that focuses on the same muscle repeatedly. Think of lifting a semi-heavy grocery bag, similar to a bicep curl. Sure, you may do this a few times, but realistically you’re not going to be standing in your kitchen doing biceps curls with your grocery bags.

Depending on age and activity level of your life, the functional fitness exercises you’ll want to focus on will vary. If you’re uncertain what’s right for you or where to begin with this type of training, reach out to a representative in the personal training department.

Another alternative is sending your fitness related question to us for a chance for it to be one of our featured ‘Ask A Trainer’ questions on our LA Fitness YouTube channel or Living Healthy blog!

A better life starts with a decision that you deserve more for yourself. LA Fitness is here to help, and functional fitness is a great way to begin your training for the everyday!

Sources:

  1. Roberts, | BY: Amy, and Amy Roberts. “What Is Functional Training and How Can It Benefit You?” The Beachbody Blog, 20 July 2017, www.beachbodyondemand.com/blog/functional-training-benefits.

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