Wrapping up the year…

As we go into the New Year many of us are thinking of resolutions, goals, and new beginnings.

Whether you think 2017 was the best year or the worst year, always remember that you are the creator of your own destiny. You have every right to learn from the past. Pain and struggle are our most powerful teachers.

Make your goals concrete! Write them down. Every day try to do something that puts you in the right direction.

If your goal is to be healthy-start with the small goals. Start drinking more water every day. Cut out all empty calories for 4 weeks and see how you feel. Make a point to sweat every day. Load up on veggies and stay away from processed foods. GET BETTER SLEEP. Make your health the absolute priority in everything you do. The sum of all of these small things will lead to great results over time! Stay consistent!

Here are my goals for 2018 in case you wanted to know:

1) Get better sleep

2) Love myself more

3) Read a good book every month

4) Save more money by cooking at home more

5) Donate more time to charity

6) Do something terrifying that I know will make me a better person despite my fear

As always please know I am here for all of your health and fitness needs!

In DM FITNESS news-I have very few spots left for new clients in 2018. If you want to be on my client list, time is of the essence. Contact me to set up your free consultation today. 💪🏼

In Health….and HAPPY NEW YEAR! •2018•

Demi

Are you putting too much focus on cardio to reach your goals?

Are you putting too much focus on cardio to reach your goals?

Ask yourself:

What are my specific goals?

What am I doing to attain these goals?

Am I just doing cardio “to feel good?” i.e. ‘endorphins’

There are a TON more questions you should be asking yourself-but one thing I do talk a lot to my clients about is NOT overdoing your cardio. It truly does not matter how much weight you want to lose. Anything over 60 minutes a day is counter productive and will lead to overuse injuries, making you more susceptible to colds and upper respiratory infections because your immune system will be compromised from high levels of cortisol. If that sounded foreign to you: just think that when you do too much cardio your body gets stressed out (cortisol is released) and can make you weak in many ways. The repetitive nature of running, elliptical, etc can put pressure on your joints and ultimately cause an injury over time. You may get into the symptoms of over training, which is a legit illness that can last 3 months and it’s only cure is rest.

When you look at your body-think of it like a sculpture. Draw an outline of your body on a piece of paper if you must. Get out a pen and actually draw where you’d like to see improvements that make sense. I.E. narrower waist, rounder glutes, more defined shoulders, etc and add a weight loss goal if needed.

*Fun Fact:  I used to be a cardio addict. It also was the time when my body fat was very high and I had NO muscle definition.  Cardio truly can be an addiction: because we all know that runners “high” is legit. Fear not-you can break that addiction. Remind yourself that weight training does NOT make you bulky (unless you are male and train a certain way).  On the contrary-it shapes your body. Training with resistance makes you strong and injury proof.*

I will use one muscle group as an example here or else this will turn into a book. 🙂 Let’s say one of your goals is to have bigger and rounder glutes. Your plan of attack should include hip thrusts, squats, deadlifts, kickbacks, step ups, lunges, sprints….and about a dozen different varieties of all of these movements. (No matter what the goal-remember not to neglect other areas of your body of course in your training, just train your specific area of interest differently to attain your goal. This is why having a personal trainer is a bonus). Notice ‘sprints’ in bold. If you want bigger and rounder glutes, SPRINTING is your cardio. Along with sprinting on an incline, among MANY other variables. If you do too much steady state long cardio and your goal is bigger and stronger glutes, that cardio will eat that muscle that you are trying so hard to build for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and you will see minimum results.

 All this being said, EVERYONE is different, everyone has different goals, and everyone has different abilities.  Personal trainers that are capable streamline plans for each individual that they are training to make your goals a reality. Also-when you are trying to build any muscle, REST is critical for muscle recovery. If you are hitting that muscle every damn day with some sort of cardio-it will never get a chance to recover and get stronger (GROW), plus you MUST EAT EAT EAT the RIGHT way (usually more FOOD if you make the right choices: again this is why a personal trainer is a fantastic investment) if you want any muscle group to get strong and have some growth.

Now speaking of weight loss-this cardio principle still rings true! If you train INTENSE, add in some HIIT (high intensity interval training), and lift with absolute FERVOR, then your training session is pretty much all you need! In 30 minutes I can train a client and leave them dripping with sweat, which means their heart rate went up, which means THERE WAS A CARDIO ELEMENT to it, therefore they burned calories and will be burning calories long after the session is over (after burn effect) SO IN TURN …. they lose weight over time while getting strong. 🙂

THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS…actually THINK about your goals. Get specific! Do NOT chase skinny! Chase HEALTHY. Chase STRENGTH. Chase FUNCTIONAL FITNESS. You train hard in the gym so you can live with vitality outside of the gym and not injure yourself! Once you get in this MINDSET everything else “magically” falls into place. 😉

More questions? Feel free to contact me for anything. If you live in the Charleston area, I offer my first session at Exemplar Fitness for free. There are always corporate specials, hospital employee discounts, as well as veteran discounts to train with me personally.

I also offer a “Sweating for the Wedding” training package for Brides and/or their bridal party: 3 month and 6 month packages available.

In Health-Demi

Supplement or nah?

Supplement or nah?

Definition of supplement

  1. 1a:something that completes or makes an addition

    Some Synonyms: additive, addendum, addition, appendix, compliment, extra, option

Now that the definition is out of the way, I think you have a pretty good idea what a SUPPLEMENT IS. In what I’m specifically talking about today is naturally; dietary supplements to enhance your performance and/or natural well being and overall  health.

These include but are not limited to:

Protein bars, shakes, etc

Fish oil

Amino Acids

BCAAS

Pre-workout

Fat burners

The list goes on and on…

There is a REASON why I prefaced all of this with the definition of what a SUPPLEMENT is, which is what all of the above fall under. This is why:

TO ADD SUPPLEMENTS TO YOUR LIFESTYLE MEANS THAT YOU HAVE VERY SPECIFIC GOALS AND YOU HAVE A PLAN. TO ADD SUPPLEMENTS TO YOUR PLAN MEANS THAT YOU ARE ALREADY ON A HEALTH AND FITNESS PLAN AND LIVE THIS LIFESTYLE OR YOU ARE BUILDING NEW HABITS, AND AGAIN YOU HAVE A PLAN.

If it sounds like I’m yelling, I am.

Supplements are NOT for anyone who thinks they can take a pill, patch, shake etc *NO MATTER WHAT IS PROMISED TO YOU THROUGH FAKE MARKETING* and just continue on with your sedentary lifestyle eating whatever and thinking you will have any positive results!!!

If any supplements tells you, “All you have to do is drink this every day and you will lose weight without changing your lifestyle! or All you do is take this pill in the morning, and wear this patch and BAM a bikini ready bod is on the way!”

RUN FAR FAR AWAY WHEN YOU HEAR OR SEE THESE CLAIMS! Because that is all complete BS and they are just stealing your money. #FACTS

Now! On the flipside: there are some GREAT supplements out there, and I recommend certain ones to my clients all the time. There is even a shake I recommend to my clients and it’s the ONLY one I endorse because it helped me feel super healthy and supplemented my own weight loss journey where I  lost 60 lbs 3 times in my life.  Again: this shake didn’t make me lose the weight. It HELPED me and made me feel good in my fitness journey. Check it out here or not; it’s all good. Remember; supplements are to ADD and enhance your healthy lifestyle. Think of them like the cherry on top of your icecream (probably not the best analogy for a health and fitness blog but you get my point), supplements just make everything a little bit better and more enjoyable for you when used the right way.

I do recommend Shakeology to everyone if they are looking for a protein and super food drink to SUPPLEMENT their healthy lifestyle. Depending on the client in front of me, I will also recommend other products depending on their specific goals. It’s all very subjective and all of this is another reason why having a  personal trainer is so important.  It’s not just about your workout, but everything else you consume during the day that can make or break your results. All of this being said-there are a ton of clients who choose no supplements whatsoever-and that is completely ok as well.

**Remember-supplements are to ENHANCE your journey to a healthier and fitter you…they are NOT a quick fix, they are NOT just a pill you can pop and magically lose weight.  No weight loss patch will curb your appetite and therefore help you lose weight. It’s NOT going to happen. If there was a quick fix that worked-wouldn’t everyone on planet earth be fit and healthy?**

Truth is: you gotta work. You have to put in the TIME, blood, sweat, and tears. You have to be PATIENT, you have to be CONSISTENT. There will be ups and downs. You have to roll with it. That’s why it is called a JOURNEY. You will have set backs. You will mess up. It’s in these moments that define your character and how bad you want to live a healthier lifestyle. You simply just have to keep going. There is no magic ANYTHING…stay hungry, stay focused, do the work and you will see the results that you’ve always wanted.

As always, I am always here for your questions or concerns-if you’d like to meet up for a free consult in the Charleston area-just send me a msg via my contact tab.

In  Health-Demi

Details can make or break your sweat session…

Details can make or break your sweat session...

Sometimes, a singular success really does lie in the small details.

And the small but MIGHTY detail I’m talking about today is MUSIC.

I attached this photo collage above taken by the fabulous Abigail Marie photography because I wanted to illustrate this very point. In this photo shoot the memory still rings clear. The music was THUMPING, and I was simply dancing…it got me to loosen up and we captured some pretty rad images.

Yes-this is still a fitness blog. Bear with me. 🙂

“Research consistently finds that listening to music distracts athletes from their “bodily awareness” (read: discomfort). And a recent study found that not just listening, but controlling and creating music in time to one’s pace had an even more profound effect on perceived effort during a workout.”

This is straight up science.

Many of you reading already know this-you cannot bear to go on a run or to the gym without your favorite tunes in tow, and I am the same way! When you have your music lined up all ready to go, you’re workout is different. You feel motivated, stronger, and it can push you when you feel like you want to stop. Music is such a powerful tool!

One of the best things ever to happen to me besides this man being my boyfriend, was when he came out with his own music app. 🙂 Chris A.K.A DJ Rehab knows exactly what kind of music I like and he created me some amazing workout mixes under their very own section labeled “Workout Mixes” on his free music app that you can find in the app store under his DJ name.

The biggest thing with making new and healthier habits is building a positive mindset that aligns with your goals. If you can find ANYTHING that helps you on your fitness journey-USE IT. For me if I don’t have my music, I’m not going to the gym. It’s apart of my routine and gives me a positive mindset and motivation to get the job done. Sometimes having that “certain song” at just the right time in your workout when you are feeling like you want to give up is all you need to keep going and finish strong. It works for me. Anything that works for me, you better believe I’m going to share with you!

As always feel free to ask me anything. Wedding season is in full swing-so if you need some help getting ready for your big day; I’m here.

In Health-Demi

Move past your comfort zone

Move past your comfort zone

The only way to get better at anything is to do things you may struggle with, and then keep doing them. When you become great at those things, find something else to conquer. I believe this is what life is all about.

This of course can translate to all sorts of different ideas in your life. But of course I want to talk about the workout aspect of this.

Many people avoid HIIT (high intensity interval training) because they don’t enjoy the discomfort it can temporarily bring. Many women don’t lift heavy weight for fear of looking bulky. Many only do tons of cardio because they enjoy that endorphin rush it can bring, when in reality you NEED a strength training component in your life to be a well rounded athlete. Yes-you are an athlete.

These are just examples, but you get the point. Find things to do that you haven’t done before. Take a group fitness class, spin class, go do stadium sprints, do a solid hour of hypertrophy training in the gym (heavy heavy weight lifting!)…find what makes you feel a little “hesitant” when you think about doing it. THEN DO IT! Breaking up your routine with something new is a great and FUN way to bring some variety to your fitness and we all know variety is a key component to seeing and feeling results faster.

P.S. Have you voted for me for Best Personal Trainer in Charleston? If not: just click  HERE and scroll down to “Best Personal Trainer.” You will see “Demi Eliese Fitness” right at the top, click “VOTE” and you are good to go after you quickly verify your email address so the site knows you’re not a robot. I would be very grateful for your vote!

As always, feel free to ask me anything.

In Health-Demi

Tabata training

Tabata training

Tabata Training.

Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe not.

Those who do it or have done it will tell you, IT’S INTENSE.

It’s supposed to be. Tabata training is a form of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) that will leave you WASTED and sweaty. Whats great is that you will stimulate the EPOC effect (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) which means you’ll be burning calories long after the workout is over. Tabata burns a lot of calories and provides a killer full-body anaerobic and aerobic workout. Tabata training also improves athletic performance, improves glucose metabolism, and acts as an excellent catalyst for fat burning.

The definition of a Tabata is taking a movement, doing it ALL OUT for 20 seconds, then 10 seconds rest, then repeating 4 rounds. It may only technically take 4 minutes to do a Tabata.  If you are not gasping for air like you are about to collapse in your 10 second break-you didn’t go hard enough. Ideally, Tabata training should be done with one movement. So, if you choose a movement like front squats, or thrusters, or burpees, you do it at absolute maximum intensity for 20 seconds, take a 10-second rest, then begin again.

Another great thing, is you don’t necessarily need any equipment for this type of workout nor does it need to be that long-since it’s so intense. If you want to implement Tabata training, I advise twice a week. You can make the workouts as long or short as you want, heck I’ve seen people do hour long Tabata’s and I’ve done those myself-IT’S NOT EASY. And you can structure it how you want it.

EXAMPLE:

20 seconds mountain climbers, 10 second rest

20 seconds high knee jog, 10 second rest

20 seconds of burpees, 10 second rest

20 seconds air squats, 10 second rest

REPEAT as many times as you can handle. Switch up the movements every cycle if you’d like. Structure it out before you start the workout so you can keep the intensity UP.

As always, feel free to ask me anything. Also, don’t forget to vote for myself in the Best Of competition for Best Personal Trainer! You can vote HERE. Then just scroll down to “Best Personal Trainer” and click on “Demi Eliese Fitness.” Thank you!

In Health-Demi