7.777 KILO CALORIES

How many kilo calories, make one (1) kilogram of fat. It could be a great quiz question, but it is definitely a number you will never forget: 7.777 Kilo calories. That is a pile of calories that cannot be ‘burned’ as quickly as people would like.

 

The energy deficit you need to organise in order lose this fat simply takes time. Then again, it is the best argument to hit the gym or start moving  and exercising elsewhere. Because, whichever you look at it; the higher you are able to make your daily energy need, the more deficit you will create.

 

Just eating wisely is a good start and an important foundation; however, to speed up the burning of any excess fat, you really need to workout and get in shape. For instance, to develop some muscle mass that will help you burn these extra calories now and in the future.

 

Although there are many roads to weight loss, dieticians and weight consultants will generally start with modest goals. To lose (just) 2 kilo’s per month is a proven and achievable goal. That results in losing a pound per week and demands a deficit of less than 600 kilo calories per day. So no crash or low calorie diets to follow.

 

Actually regular and  substantial workouts and a serious plan (for instance with a Personal trainer) are a guarantee of losing weight. Slowly but surely!


ONE POUND (LB) PER WEEK

There are many criteria to measure weight loss. The most direct one is (whether or not you have lost?) Weight itself (1). Another benchmark obviously is your Fat percentage (2). These percentages of ‘Normal’, ‘Too high’ and ‘Much too high’ not only differ in (three) age (categories) but also in gender (Women are allowed to have more fat). 

 

Lastly, the value of your Visceral Fat (3) is important. This so-called organ fat is often described as ‘Dangerous fat’. The normal range (0-9) is equal for men and women.

 

This guy (33) clearly has some weight to get rid of. Following the post ‘7.777 Kilo calories’ he was able to lose this achievable goal of one pound (lb) per week. After 10 weeks he actually surpassed the 5 kilo’s we were hoping for. He recorded 6,6 kilograms of which 3,3 was fat and consequently 25.580 kilo calories. His Visceral fat score dropped 1 value point which was supported by 5,5 centimeters less around the waist.

 

With more cardio for a higher energy need, he surely would have been able to organise a bigger energy deficit (and more weight loss). However, to start your long journey to healthier stats, this is really encouraging and an effort you can sustain in the long run.


WHY WE PLANK?

Some people love it and some hate planking. However the benefits are numerous. Not only in terms of muscles used, but also concerning (to mention a few) strengthen your core, increasing metabolism, reducing back pain and giving you better posture as well as improving balance.

 

Planks come in all forms or variations, but always address – more than just the abdominals (Obliques) - a lot of different muscles. Like doing crunches, the more and longer you do it, the better you will get at it. And quite quickly! With regard to endurance, beginners should last up to 30 seconds, intermediates up to a minute and advanced plankers up to at least 90 seconds


HOW MUCH PROTEIN?

Anybody will extract energy from fat and carbs,stored in your body as glycogen. With weight training or during HIIT, but also when simply you get up from a chair, this glycogen is instrumental.

 

The third macro nutrient Protein will not provide you energy, but is crucial in your recovery and muscle growth. The number of protein your body requires needs attention.

 

Too many people visiting gyms do not get the minimum amount needed per day. The general Dutch advice (by ‘De Gezondheidsraad’) is set at just 0,8 grams per kilogram body weight.

 

However, when you regularly subject your body to strength training, you will really need to increase your daily protein intake. Your body will surely and ultimately physically benefit from an amount between 1,5 en 2 grams protein.

 

Some will suggest your ‘body weight times 2,2’ (grams). This is based on the so-called ‘Thermic effect’ of food in general and protein specifically. This effect refers to the number of calories bodies need to digest, absorb and store protein. Since this can lead to 20% of the original intake, some people will decide to take more protein to actually have the net amount required.       

 

Bottom line, for someone at 80 kilograms of body weight and seriously working out, a daily dose between 120 and 160 grams protein is sufficient to support your efforts, muscles and body.

 


WHY HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINER?

World wilde research has shown over and over again why people in general do not set goals in life. The findings are familiar to us all; we do not like to fail or disappoint ourselves! Therefore schools and teachers are instrumental in keeping students focused to pass exams and getting the education, diploma’s and degrees. When people set goals themselves, we encounter all kinds of challenges. Think of the New Year’s resolutions. Often it is ‘quit smoking’ and ‘getting fit, move more’ but after a few weeks the famous excuses dribble in. Having ‘no time’ and finding other pressing urgencies make people first delay and ultimately forget the ambitious plans.   

 

In gyms, goals are frequently not specific and hardly realistic. The program is too general (probably too Google-ish) and miss an essential personal touch. Unfortunately the majority of trainees lack an understanding of training techniques. Not only with free weights but also in using machines. 

 

To succeed and enjoy physical training you need to invest time and effort. The beginning is always easy and promising. Whatever goal you choose, without qualified coaching 85 to 90% of trainees will likely do not progress to their potential and finally drop out. Behavioral change does not happen overnight anyway. Professionals claim it takes at least 3 months to change; in this case into a happy, comfortable gym attendee.

 

Personal trainers are perfect partners in guiding you through this process. Not only to start, short term but also in the long run.

 


DYNAMIC VERSUS STATIC CONTRACTIONS

The DYNAMIC contraction of your muscles consists of 2 parts. 

 

First of all, the ‘Concentric’ contraction. In order to provide strength, the muscle shortens. When you do a Biceps Curl, you will see the muscle work and more or less pop up. Many trainees will subsequently drop the weight for the next repetition. However, you’d better lower the weight slowly. Actually in this ‘Eccentric’ contraction, you always (try to) RESIST the weight. Not necessarily in slow motion but always in a controlled fashion. In this second contraction the length of muscle used will increase in the process. This approach contributes more to important goals such as Hypertrophy, muscle definition and endurance.

 

Another effective contraction is the STATIC version; also known as the ‘Isometric’ contraction. 

 

You simply hold the weight in a certain angle you choose. The combination of the two contractions is a great work out. Especially in the example of the Biceps Curl, Guaranteed you will feel your lactate acid ‘arriving’.

 


THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER

How much fluid (in percentages) do you need to lose before you get thirsty?

 

The answer is just 2%. You probably do not realize it but before your thirst shows up you already suffered some performance loss. 

 

Therefore drinking water (and never drinks with sugar/carbs; let alone energy drinks) is essential during all kinds of training; for cardio-vascular as well as weight (resistance) training. The deficit of 2% of fluid can occur quite quickly. So protect yourself and make sure you keep on drinking while training. Even when you are not thirsty yet!

 


THE PROBLEM WITH ENERGY DRINKS

The idea that the intake of energy drinks prior to or during exercising is beneficial is - however understandable - in fact totally false. Since weight training certainly demands effort, trainees think this extra energy will give them that little bit extra to push or pull; perform the number of repetitions as well as produce the amount of kilograms. 

 

What you are actually doing is confusing your body. In some cases with lightheadedness, excessive sweating and shakyness as a result. These (so called ‘Hypo’) symptoms should make you think! You are then suffering a sugar shortage; medically a ‘Hypoglycemia’, 

 

Why does this happen? With weight or resistance training your body will be EXTRACTING energy from the stored glycogen in your body. These reserves are based upon the carbs (sugars) you have been eating. Drinking energy drinks at the same time will make the your body ABSORBING carbs. These processes are opposite and therefore possibly leading to this unpleasant Hypoglycemia.

 

You should not only be careful with these energy drinks. Also ‘innocent’ food like a currant bun (‘Krentenbol’) has been the cause of someone almost passing out during a work-out. Of course, after training some energy drinks can be instrumental in supplementing the loss of carbs but never overdo it. In your normal diet there will be plenty of carbs to stock your body for the next training.

 


FULL SMILES AFTER FULL BODY TRAINING

Although we have room for 8 trainees; when just 2 ladies turn up, it’s just as much fun, sweat, effort and satisfaction. It’s probably the reason why these ‘Early birds’ are smiling from ear to ear. See you at the next session …

 


THE LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURNS

(‘De wet van verminderde meeropbrengst’)

One of the (many) reasons why people stop training is ‘disappointment’ or rather ‘having wrong expectations’. What happens? The first phase of training is always rewarding. That is if you train correctly and regularly of course. A major challenge in itself! The body will jump to the occasion and the progress will be very noticeable. At one point, everybody will find, growth is not a linear process. 

 

You simply cannot develop (let’s say) 10 You simply cannot develop (let’s say) 10 kilograms of muscle mass each year. Imagine how you will look in 5 years time? You are bound to slow down; even if you fully master weight training. The human body, eager to be tested and contested, will ultimately resist too big a change.

In the end, the longer you train, it will get harder to progress in the same fashion. The good news is, what you have literally built up is there to stay. Unless you quit training …

 


‘GIRLS (NOT) JUST WANNA HAVE FUN’ ...

... THEY WANT TO GET FIT!

These power women embraced a circuit Core session like there is no tomorrow.

24 exercises times 16 reps plus: each and every time followed by working the abs.

In other words: 30 minutes action packed with 48 sets.

HATS OFF & TAKE A BOW


AMRAP

Part of going to the gym is getting to know the terminology. However words are not enough. ‘Range of motion’ sounds logical but what does it actually mean when you are performing a Biceps Curl, a Bench Press or a Side Raise. The famous and sometimes feared High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) also offers some interesting abbreviations.

 

To start with AMRAP; ‘As Many Repetitions As Possible’ in the given time. The more rounds the trainer will let you go, the less repetitions you are likely to do. Another one is EMOM: ‘Every Minute On the Minute’. Here you execute the same number of repetitions per minute but because of your increasing fatigue you will need more time to finish your set, and subsequently have less time to recover.

 

The best way is to simply join our free HIIT classes and experience the effort and thrill of being able to succeed. Just like these two participants did. Because no matter AMRAP or EMOM: You got to get DOWN to push UP!