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Primal Over-Ride Teaser#3

THE ITALIAN FLAG

The flag of Italy (bandiera d’Italia), often referred to in Italian as il Tricolore

Taking care of your body needn’t be another arduous task on your daily roll call. Obtaining the body you want is more than exercise. It’s more than just eating right.It’s a mindset…a lifestyle of constant maintenance and learning. Armed with the right knowledge, tactics, tools, thought process,and determination, it really isn’t as hard as you think. Our mission at The Tough Spot Gym is to simplify the process by supplying the information you need to get the body you want and keep it that way. With that in mind Enjoy Primal Over-ride Teaser#3

 

500 M run with either a sand bag on either shoulder or bear hugged  or a  kettle bell

60 Pull-ups

60 Chin ups

300 M farmers walk with dumbbell weights / kettle bell or farmers yolk

60 Weighted dips use a weight vest or a  dumbbell between your thighs to add extra intensity

100 Push-ups real push up no knees on ground

60 Knees to elbow hanging from a pull bar

100 Sit ups not crunches

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Primal Instincts Teaser #2

THE BRITISH FLAG

The Untied Kingdom Flag – The Union Jack

Incinerate calories, matrix approved stamina, increase your endurance and full body strength. It is broken down into two Tough Spotter stages, the first stage is designed to prepare you, and the second stage burns calories, speeds up your metabolism, and develops stamina.

Tough Spotter Duration: 20 minutes

  • Spotter      Intensity:      Medium to High- Tough Spotters never go lower GRRRRRRR
  • Equipment: weighted vest,  heavy bag, logs, rocks, whatever your heart desires J!

Tough Spotter warm up

Run 3 – 5 minutes up a steep incline whilst carrying at least 30-35 lbs of weight / wear a weighted vest. Stay at 60% to 75% of your physical limit for warm up duration. The purpose of this stage is to get you warmed up and ready for Tough Spotter Stage #2.

Spotter Highlighted Tips: Improvise by carrying a weight behind your neck whilst walking up and down stairs, or even carry a heavy bag in each hand whilst stepping up and down onto a single step or bear hugging a heavy bag.

Remember! Stay at 75% intensity, don’t burn out! You can go Tough Spotter ballistic in the next stage.

Tough Spotter Stage #2 – Intense Interval Training

Set up a small circuit of 4 – 6 exercises. Now do each exercise one after the other at 100% intensity – with no rest in between 🙂 Each lap of your circuit should take no more than 3 minutes.

Incorporate some of these exercises:

  • Chin-ups or Pull-ups.
  • Pushups.
  • Presses – pushing a weight above your head or chest.
  • Sit-ups (not crunches).
  • Squats or Leg Raises.

Vary the exercises so you’re working as much of your body as possible

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Keep Those Curves Ladies & Work It Out

Katy 1 body defination

When you think of muscle you think of guys, but muscle matters for women too! Muscle = weight loss, All women should be looking to build a bit of muscle, both to look good and lose weight. If you have the basics of building muscle down but simply need a few more pointers to get you along your way, take a look at the following tips from Spotter Katy on advice for women who want to build muscle.

1. Push yourself. While you don’t want to workout too often, when you are working out, you want to make sure you cannot do one more repetition in a set because you are too exhausted. You want it to burn (this feeling is lactic acid stimulating muscle growth), leaving the next set harder to do.

2. With burn comes resistance, and with resistance comes stronger muscles and a more toned look.

3. Harness the big three exercises. The big three exercises when you build muscles include the deadlift, squatting, and the bench press. They should always be included in your workout plan in some fashion as they build strength.

4. Workout a few times a week. You should workout at a minimum of 3 times a week – that should provide more than enough exercise required by your body to build muscles. If you’re more advanced at lifting weights and have done it for a while, you have the ability to attempt maybe one or two more sessions a week – alternatively, if you’re new, start with 2 a week. If you haven’t got a workout, follow our site for workout ideas.

5. Keep it balanced, but limited. You want to focus on both cardiovascular workouts like running and biking while you try to build muscles. However, if you never want to do both extremes at once – for example, training to run a marathon while still lifting 5 times a week. It is great to mix cardio and strength training, but just don’t push each to the max at the same time.

6. Eat well (www.thepaleonurse.com).  The importance of nutrition in the fitness equation cannot be overstated.  Adopt a whole food, nutrient-dense diet that excludes all processed foods.

7. Measure body fat, not weight. If you are participating in a diet and weight loss regime and perform strength training, be sure to measure body fat – not your weight. If you’re actually gaining muscle, you will be gaining weight (pounds on the scale), even if you’re losing fat in other places on your body. Remember, weight does not equal size – it’s about how you look in the mirror, not how much you weigh!

8.  Consume healthy carbohydrates.  Instead of processed carbohydrates and grains, opt for starchy vegetables, such as sweet potatoes and squash.  Include some fruit in your diet as well.

9. Consume protein before and after workouts. Consume about 10 to 20 grams of protein less than an hour before training to help increase the muscle-building effect of training.

10. Shoot for the stars, but it might take a while. It takes a long time to send a rocket shuttle into space and to complete a mission at NASA — this analogy applies to your weight building efforts. You need to make sure to set systematic, reasonable goals for your muscle building program that you can track, progress, and meet overtime. It also needs to be said that genetic plays a role in building muscles – if your body wasn’t designed for a large frame, it’ll be harder to achieve.

Spotters, the bottom line, however, is that if you keep training you will lose weight, and you will also gain muscle and strength. It’s time for the women to get in the gym and start training with weights! Girl Power all the way Spice up your life!

If you need any advice about training with weights or muscle building for women email us toughspotgym@gmail.com  and we will answer you.


A Higher Calling

Talk around the water cooler seems to have shown that there could be the possibility to forge stronger, faster, and more enduring Tough Spotter Athletes through the use of hypoxia training. Tough Spotters always  obtain new techniques and training repertoires, mixing old & new & old & new again, one technique seems to be pushing out seemingly positive results at The Tough Spot Gym tadddaaaaa-”Elevation training”. Elevation training is a technique that was preeminently talked about in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. It was proposed that athletes in areas at higher altitudes, due to the lack of oxygen rich air, would have the competitive edge over others due to their abilities to more efficiently use the oxygen provided to them. Research has said that when an athlete is constantly exposed to this oxygen deprived atmosphere, their bodies would adapt in such a way to produce blood cells, hemoglobin, and hemocrit (oxygen carrying components). The lack of oxygen in high altitude areas also pushes the lungs to work harder therefore making them stronger allowing the athlete/person to draw in more air; more oxygen.


Unleash The Beast From Within

Training methods have changed dramatically in the last 10 years & for the better if I might say so myself. We are talking about unconventional training apparatus & routines, like heavy ropes, tyres, prowlers, rocks , kettlebells, sandbags, medicine balls together with body weight exercises. We at The Tough Spot Gym incorporate all the above to give our Tough Spotters a variety not to mention keep them on their toes. You might ask why I keep going on about this ? Because the results are there, research with trial & error have shown our body does not know muscle it knows movement. Unconventional training routines & workouts are usually known as caveman / cavewoman workouts. Let me elaborate a little on this in regards to using compound versus isolation exercises. Compound exercises are exercises that use more than one muscle group & run multiple joints in opposition to isolation exercises that limit one joint & one muscle group. An example of a multiple joint exercise would be the traditional squat, strengthening quadriceps,hamstrings, hip flexors & gluteus & working through the hip & knee-joint at the same time. A typical isolation exercise would be a preacher curl or dumbbell biceps curls that targets biceps & only moves the elbow joint. Even today still in gyms across our great nation we see the same thing day in day out an overweight guy walks on the treadmill for 4 minutes, then hits the chest press for a few sets, then he grabs the curl bar, stares into the mirror , then cranks out 2 sets of bicep curls. When he is done with that he grabs a squishy mat to do a few reps of crunches. If this sounds like you, you’re  in for a rude awakening ….. when you try our KATMA Strength & Conditioning Guide or take one of our group classes. You will learn to UNLEASH THE BEAST FROM WITHIN………


Cardio versus Strength Training for Weight Loss

weightlossThere are a lot of conflicting opinions in the health and fitness industry regarding which exercise modality is most effective for weight loss- cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise versus strength (resistance/weight) training. The weight loss law states that energy expenditure must be greater than energy intake in order for weight loss to occur. Of course, the importance of good nutrition in this equation cannot be overstated! But when it comes down to choosing which type of exercise will contribute the most to fat loss, which one is most effective?

A method of measuring energy expenditure is the amount of calories burned. When considering calories only, research shows that cardiovascular exercise burns more calories per hour than strength training. Accordingly, cardiovascular exercise is a very important part of a weight loss or maintenance regimen. Besides contributing to quick energy expenditure, cardio strengthens the heart and lungs and has numerous health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer, increased bone density, decreased stress, elevated mood and relief from depression and anxiety, less fluctuation in blood glucose levels, protective aging effects, and many more!

While it is clear that cardiovascular exercise burns more calories per hour, the amount of calories burned after strength training is higher. In scientific terms, strength training leads to a higher exercise post oxygen consumption (EPOC). This means that strength training will lead to a higher metabolism, or amount of calories burned to maintain normal body functions, for a longer period of time than cardiovascular exercise. While the metabolism remains elevated for 30-60 minutes after a cardio workout, it will increase for up to 48 hours after strength training. It is also important to note that muscle mass itself increases the body’s resting metabolic rate (RMR). RMR determines the majority of calories burned during the day, so the more muscle mass that you have, the greater the number of calories you will burn, even when you’re not exercising. Like cardiovascular exercise, strength training also has numerous health benefits, including increased bone density and reduced risk of osteoporosis, anti-aging effects, injury prevention, and immune system boosting effects, among many others.

When it comes to weight loss, both cardiovascular exercise and strength training are critical components. The amount, intensity, frequency, and timing of cardio and strength training may vary depending on your specific goal and your fitness baseline. When designing a weight loss program, it is also important to include all of the components of fitness- cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, and body composition.

At the Tough Spot Gym, our philosophy is that true fitness is about much more than weight loss!  We cultivate a comprehensive approach to fitness and health to help you become the best that you can be.


Doomsday Prepping Tough Spot Gym Style :)

Elevation Training Mask mimics the effects of High Altitude Training. When elite athletes want to improve their performance they go to high altitude levels to train. When they come back to sea level they perform much stronger, faster, and have increased endurance. Training Mask makes your work out more efficient allowing you to take your work out from 60 minutes to 20 minutes. From the average daily walker to the marathon runner, Training Mask appeals to every athlete &Spotter  who wants to improve their overall health and performance here at The Tough Spot Gym.