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Fuel Your Workout: 12 Best Foods to Eat in the Morning

 

Good morning Durham! Today we are sharing some health and diet tips approved by our personal trainers in Durham! The regulars at our private gym will testify that breakfast is an essential element of any workout regime! The infographic below shares 12 of the best foods to eat before you come get your workout in with our personal trainers in Durham!

 

We want to hear– What’s your breakfast of choice?

See you soon Durham! Keep moving!


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How Private Personal Training Is Getting Seniors to Lift Weights Safely

When senior Shirley Webb found she couldn’t get off the floor without help, she knew it was time for a change. People often think that as they grow older they aren’t capable of exercising, or even worse, think they should stop. In fact, the World Health Organization says that seniors aged 65 and over should be doing moderate exercise for 150 minutes a week, or alternatively, intense exercise for 70 minutes a week. Stretched out over a period of time, this mean as little as 10 minutes a day. 

Using The Method

With The Method, you’ll be able to get in a 60-minute training session. Our personalized training will benefit those like Shirley, and you too could soon be completing a 225-pound deadlift of your own. The Method will work as we provide you with a personal trainer at a private gym, allowing you to get the care and attention you need to practice good form when lifting weights. This is vital, as you could seriously injure yourself if you don’t have any guidance from professionals.

 

Find the Right Personal Trainer

Shirley actually credits her fitness trainer, John Wright, with her amazing turnaround. She says that Wright was able assure her that he’d be able to help when she thought there wasn’t anything she could do. Shirley goes on to say that her trainer watches her carefully, making sure her form is good to prevent any injuries occurring, and that she didn’t start off with heavy weights. She used lighter ones to raise her overall fitness level. This is the kind of training you’ll receive when practicing The Method at our private gyms with our personal trainers.

 

Pacing Yourself

When you’re working in the gym, you want to make sure the training you do is as effective as possible. Pacing yourself is the best way to ensure this, as you don’t want to strain yourself too quickly or pull a muscle. If you do, you’ll just set back your training, and you’ll have to begin again. Making sure you start with light weights is the best idea, allowing you to gradually work your way up to heavier ones as your overall fitness level increases. This slow, methodical, approach can lead to large improvements in performance over time, and greatly reduces the risk of injury from trying to train too hard.

 

Setting Goals

Setting goals is one of the best way to make sure you’re always pushing to become better. This doesn’t mean deciding that after your first week you should lift 300 pounds, but setting a more realistic goal. Shirley has said she’d like to work up to deadlifting 275 pounds, and that’s a realistic goal for her. 

The American Council on Exercising suggests you should be specific with your goals. For example, when you look at your reasons for wanting to start training, “get healthy,” is far too general. Make sure you get down to the root of your reasons for wanting to train, whether it’s losing weight, stop smoking, lift a certain amount. Making your goals measurable is also a great idea. Add a number to it so you can track it. If last week you could lift 200 pounds, make the goal this week to lift 225. With an attainable goal like this, you’ll feel fantastic when you hit it.


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Spring Fit Toolbox from Our Durham Personal Trainers

Are you ready to jumpstart your spring and summer training but not quite sure where to begin? Our personal trainers in Durham have rounded up their best tips and we’ve put together a handy link list for you to jumpstart your new fitness routine… Consider it your fitness toolbox from us to you! Best of luck and as always, come see us for personal training at our private gym in Durham by Duke!

 

Get the Scoop: BCAA’s

All About Rest Days

Carbs vs. Sugar

How to Get the Body You Want

10 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Belly Fat

From Our Durham Personal Trainers: Overtraining

How Irregular Eating Patterns Can Hinder Weight Loss

Want to Gain Muscle and Lose Fat? Eat These Foods

The BEST Foods to Eat Before Working Out


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The Basics: Cutting vs. Bulking

Many bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts turn to cutting and bulking to achieving their goals. While this isn’t for everyone and should be monitored by a health professional, today we wanted to share with you the basis of a cutting and buying diet.

The overall goal of cutting and bulking is to lower body fat and build muscle. When cutting, the objective is to lower your bodyfat to a desired level after a bulking (or gaining) phase. This method is sometimes frowned upon, especially for beginners and even intermediate individuals, as weight swings are not good for your body. Additionally, before attempting to cut and bulk it is essential that one learns what good nutrition is and also to have control their bodyfat levels.

If you do decide to do bulking and cutting, it’s key to remember that bulking without cutting is not going to help you reach your goals and will instead result in fat gain. Lastly, remember that each week or day that you have a 20% caloric surplus is a week that you need to cut at a 20% caloric deficit during the cutting phase.

No matter your health and nutrition goals and plan, remember the maximum amount an average adult can put on is about 10lbs of muscle gain a year. What is key, for all, is that you eat healthy, work hard, and feel good!

From our personal trainers in Durham… Keep sweating!


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Personal Training and Weightlifting in Your Senior Years

When senior Shirley Webb found she couldn’t get off the floor without help, she knew it was time for a change. People often think that as they grow older they aren’t capable of exercising, or even worse, believe that they should stop. In fact, the World Health Organization says that seniors aged 65 and over should be doing moderate exercise for 150 minutes a week, or alternatively, intense exercise for 70 minutes a week. Stretched out over a period of time, this means as little as 10 minutes a day.

With The Method, you’ll easily be able to fit in a 60-minute training session. The personalized training will benefit those like Shirley, and you too could soon be completing a 225-pound deadlift of your own. The Method will work as you will be provided with a personal trainer at a private gym, allowing you to get the care and attention you need to practice good form when lifting weights. This is vital, as you could seriously injure yourself if you don’t have any guidance from professionals.

Shirley actually credits her fitness trainer, John Wright, with her amazing turnaround. She says that Wright was able to assure her that he’d be able to help when she thought there wasn’t anything she could do. Shirley goes on to say that her trainer watches her carefully, making sure her form is good to prevent any injuries occurring, and that she didn’t start off with heavy weights. She used lighter ones to raise her overall fitness level. This is the kind of training you’ll receive when practicing The Method at private gyms with personal trainers who can inspire everyone, Read on to discover tips on how to successfully weigh tlift and train at any stage of life. 

Find a workout buddy

Webb said she decided to join her gym after going along to keep her 20-year old granddaughter company. Fitness experts say having a workout buddy and a workout group is a great way to stay motivated, pursue your goals, and have more fun while you exercise.

Choose a senior-friendly gym

Webb told ESPN she wasn’t intimidated at all by her first visit to the gym. The fact that the staff took the time to explain all the equipment to her and her granddaughter cemented her decision to sign up, she said. You’re more likely to go work out if you look forward to being at the gym, so choose a place that makes you feel welcome. There are more than 36,000 gyms in the US, so unless you live in a very rural area you probably have more than one choice nearby. Visit a few before you sign a contract.

Work with a patient and attentive trainer

Shirley Webb gave John Wright, her fitness trainer, lots of credit for being patient with her. She told ESPN that when he asked her to get down on the floor for an exercise, she told him she wouldn’t be able to get back up. Wright assured her he’d help her, and a great fitness partnership was born. Webb said her trainer watches her form carefully to prevent possible injury. An attentive trainer or teacher is necessary not only for weightlifting but also for low-impact workouts like yoga and Pilates where poor form can cause problems.

Start slow and pace yourself

Webb has been quick to remind people that she didn’t start out in “beast mode” but with light weights and a program to raise her overall fitness level. To get where she is now, she simply lifted slightly heavier weights as Wright introduced them. A slow and methodical approach can lead to big improvements over time without the risk of injury from trying to do too much, too soon.

Set realistic fitness goals

Webb has said she’d like to work up to deadlifting 275 pounds, and then maybe go for 300. For seniors who are new to fitness, she suggested more attainable goals – showing up and feeling better. “Go join a gym. You don’t have to lift heavy weights,” she told ESPN. “When I go to the gym and work out for an hour, I feel so much better than I did when I walked in.”


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All About Protein

Protein…We all know protein is necessary for building muscle and for overall health. Today we are going back to the basics (and a bit further) to share with you how much protein you need and why it is essential for every individual.



How many grams of protein do you need per day?
The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound. For active individuals, it is widely accepted that you should consume 1 gram of protein for every pound of body weight.



How much protein do you need to lose weight?
Increase your protein intake to increase fat loss and preserve your lean mass. One example of a higher-protein diet for weight loss is 1.4 to 1.5 grams per kilogram of body weight, which is close to twice the RDA stated above.



How much protein should you eat to build muscle mass?



Higher levels of protein intake, usually in the range of 1.2 – 1.5 grams per pound of body weight is commonly recommended when “cutting” to lose fat.



What are high protein foods for weight loss?<

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Choose protein sources that are nutrient-rich and lower in saturated fat and calories, such as:
Lean meats.
Seafood.
Beans.
Soy.
Low-fat dairy.
Eggs.
Nuts and seeds.


There you have it Durham gym enthusiasts!



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CAST YOUR VOTE: The Best Gym in Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again… Cast your ballot now for your favorite local businesses (and of course your favorite gym!) We appreciate your ongoing support!

 

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Spring into Fitness with The Method Gym in Durham

Ready to get back into the swing of things and shake off the winter blues? We know the holidays and start of the new year can be quite hectic and that sometimes our fitness goals are the first thing to go! To keep you motivated and up-to-speed, today we are sharing some of our latest and greatest blog posts from our Durham personal trainers!

Keep moving Durham!

 

Get the Scoop: BCAA’s

All About Rest Days

Carbs vs. Sugar

How to Get the Body You Want

10 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Belly Fat

From Our Durham Personal Trainers: Overtraining

How Irregular Eating Patterns Can Hinder Weight Loss

Want to Gain Muscle and Lose Fat? Eat These Foods

The BEST Foods to Eat Before Working Out

The WORST Foods to Eat Before Working Out

Happy February friends!


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