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June 22, 2020
Are you totally underestimating the power of a good walk? Because I was. I’ve always enjoyed walks occasionally — but, since quarantine, I’ve been incorporating more walks into my week (almost daily). It’s been a nice new addition to my workout regime.
May 16, 2020
You just had a killer workout! You’re covered in sweat, you can barely catch your breath, and you’re smiling proudly! You went all out and are riding the endorphin high. One more great workout in the books! Or … could you have taken it a step further?
March 15, 2020
Your pre-quarantine schedule is probably way different than the life you’re living now. Some of you are working from home, parenting full-time, and making sure your tween is doing math lessons. (If that’s you, you’re amazing!) Exercise is probably down on the bottom of your to-do list, along with “regular showers” and “wearing real pants”. But self-care might be more important now than it’s ever been. We need to take care of ourselves — both mentally and physically — the best we can! And while exercise might not be a priority right now, here’s a few reasons why it should be.
March 11, 2020
Hands up if you've got an all-or-nothing approach to health. Meaning, if you can’t go all in, you don’t do it at all. I’ve been a personal trainer for 2 years. And believe me, this approach is really common. Unfortunately, it’s just not very effective. Here's how to change it.
January 26, 2020
I get it, yoga isn't everyone's cup of tea. But even if you're skeptical about yoga, you should give it a try. Yoga has real benefits. It's the perfect blend of deep breathing and physical movement. It’s equal parts calming and challenging. I’ve been doing yoga regularly for two years. Here's why I think you should do it too.
December 26, 2019
Around 80% of us with resolutions give up only a month and a half later. I’ll admit it: I’ve done that too. So a few years ago, I sat down and re-thought my strategies. There’s nothing wrong with a New Year’s resolution. There was a whole lot wrong with the kind of goals I was setting. Here’s some “New Year, New You” tips and tricks that worked for me — hopefully, you can use them to surpass those goals in 2020.
December 7, 2019
It’s okay to indulge a little during the holiday. Still, if you’re working on fitness goals — gaining even a few pounds can feel like a major setback. If you’re worried about undoing the progress that you’ve made, here’s a few tips to help you stay on track (without feeling deprived).
September 2, 2019
As a parent, I know it’s hard to find a little extra time to hit the gym or grab a run. That’s why I like to multi-task. Let the kids play — and work out at the same time. Playgrounds and parks are full of equipment you can use for a killer total body workout.
August 25, 2019
Here’s the thing: I don’t like running. For me, running is uncomfortable, sweaty and painful. Plus, it’s hard to breathe. So, what’s to like? At the same time, running is a good, high intensity workout — and a great way to get your whole body toned up. Plus, running feels like an accomplishment. So a few years ago, I made an effort to teach myself how to run. I was starting from absolute zero. Here's what I learned.
August 18, 2019
For me, the trick to managing cravings is to indulge in things that still fuel my body the right way. Case in point: apple nachos. Yes, you heard that right: Apple. Nachos. What are apple nachos, you ask? Click to find out. You'll thank me later.
August 2, 2019
If you’re not eating right — you’re shooting your fitness goals in the foot. That’s why I make sure that I start every day off with a healthy breakfast. Skip your daily trip to Jamba juice. This protein-packed smoothie is the all-star in my weekly breakfast roster.
July 19, 2019
I’m a mom of a 4-year old and 5-month old. And when you spend the day trying to keep your little ones entertained, or distract them from “decorating” the house with markers that you hope are washable or rushing from soccer games to dance practice — who has time for a workout? That’s why online training is a great option for busy parents who just don’t have a ton of time. I see it work for my clients every day. Online training sessions give them the flexibility to work a good workout into their busy lives.
July 11, 2019
During summer, people usually have more zucchinis than they know what to do with. Good for me, because I love zucchinis. They are low in calories, nutrient rich, and super versatile. I even use them for breakfast. These healthy, quick and super easy baked egg muffins are one of my favorite ways to put all those zucchinis to good use.
May 30, 2019
Working with clients as an online personal trainer, I get a lot of questions about go-to meals that are easy and healthy. Every white space on our calendar is filled so we find ourselves skipping meals or heading to the drive-thru, which can usually sabotage our exercise efforts. Here’s a favorite simple snack or breakfast you can make ahead in just a matter of minutes from one of our live personal trainers.
May 17, 2019
Dare we say we love deadlifts? Why do we love them? well because they are one of the most effective ways to grow and lift the glute muscles and offer those that sport these muscles, some serious power for other lifts. Unfortunately, doing this exercise wrong can really complicate your world, especially if you already have lower back problems. If you’re wondering why you're feeling shooting pain while you do this exercise or perhaps after you complete it; keep reading. In this article, we are going to discuss the top mistakes when it comes to the deadlift and how you can correct it. Let’s get to it.
March 26, 2019
If you’re like us, at the end of a hard day at work, it’s tough to want to eat right and workout. We all want to be healthier, but it’s so hard to find the time and motivation to get to the gym, do healthy shopping, and cook a healthy meal. Add in stress, and we want to sit on the couch and eat chocolate. Do you feel us?
March 5, 2019
Are you feeling a little rundown after spending all winter inside your home? Are you upset that you've packed on a little extra weight? You can get back into the groove of things again with an easy beginner workout. We'll provide you with a few basic exercises that you can mix up in your daily routine.
January 28, 2019
No matter how experienced you are with working out, proper form is essential to improve results and prevent injury. Improper form puts stress on the wrong parts of your body and can lead to serious injury that delays your progress for days, weeks, or longer. Always consult your personal trainer with any questions you have about form, and use this guide to perform the most popular exercises properly.
December 31, 2018
When setting weight loss goals we often take an unrealistic approach to achieve them. Frankly, it's not your fault. We live in a world bombarded with far too many empty promises when it comes to the health and fitness industry. Our goal with this article is to help you reconnect with realistic weight loss goals that will not only work but also keep you inspired on your journey.
December 4, 2018
The most desirable answer to the question - “is cardio necessary” depends on how you feel about doing hours of cardio training. Right? The problem is, there is no clear answer because it all depends on what you, the workout warrior, are seeking to gain.
November 7, 2018
Today’s society is incredibly fast-paced. We try to fit a huge to-do list into each day and when it comes to eating, it’s usually done on the go. While American’s are finally figuring out the benefits of eating breakfast, the tendency is leaning towards picking it up at the drive-thru instead of taking time to eat at home. Not only can this be expensive, but also extremely unhealthy with additional fats, carbs, and preservatives being used to prepare each meal.
November 5, 2018
If you’re new to the health and fitness scene, you’ve probably heard people talk or write about ‘macros.’ What exactly are macros, and how can they help you with your diet and weight loss plans? We’ll cover everything you need to know
November 5, 2018
When you’re on a diet and weight loss plan, it requires a significant amount of self- discipline and planning, especially in the beginning. Most diets require you to swear off alcohol if you want to keep losing weight. But alcohol is so ingrained in cultures around the world that it can be difficult or almost impossible to avoid it altogether.
November 1, 2018
Sometimes we overdo it when it comes to dieting. In this world of crash diets with severe calorie restrictions, people are intaking dangerously low amounts of food that help them lose weight but wreck their metabolism in the process, losing a ton of muscle mass and bringing their metabolism to a very low point.
October 2, 2018
Nowadays, people feel ownership over their lifestyles. People like to profess their preferences from the rooftops— “I lost 20 pounds on Atkins and it’s the best diet!” or “Dairy is the devil, once I cut it out of my life my skin cleared up, and I lost five pounds. I’ll never look at butter again!”
July 31, 2018
Alright, let’s get straight to it. On any given day, 40% to 50% of women around the world are trying to lose weight. Yes, you heard that right. As we speak, HALF of the female identifying population around the world are trying to lose weight. 50% of women worldwide are constantly striving to get smaller and, let’s face it, a lot of them are failing to meet their goal on a regular basis. So let’s finally answer the question, once and for all. How do you actually lose weight? Well, in part one of our weight loss series, we should first talk about calories.
July 10, 2018
Fitness and weight loss are hot topics nowadays. From Instagram to infomercials, trainers, dietitians, and Kardashians are offering products and plans to help you achieve your body goals. However, have you ever looked closely at these plans? Most of them are generic recipes that have been recycled over and over again. To achieve your goals, you don’t need some tired one-size-fits-all trick to get the job done. What you need is a customized fitness plan tailored to your individual needs, wants, circumstances, and goals.
July 10, 2018
In today’s world, carbohydrates, one of the most important macronutrients for your body, have somehow become the enemy. Everywhere you look see foods that are labeled “low carb” and diets that limit your carb intake, like Atkins and the Ketogenic Diet, have become all the rage. But here at Vitality Fitness Delivered, we have some news for you: carbs are friends, not foes! Carbohydrates aren’t just necessary for your daily life, they are actually necessary for weight loss as well.
July 9, 2018
Personal training has evolved a lot over the years. Gone are the days of joining a gym, paying an exorbitant amount of money for two sessions, scheduling those sessions a month in advance, and sleeping through them and losing all your money.
November 16, 2017
If eating healthy was easy, everyone would be doing it. Here’s a little secret: Eating healthy is easy! There are a lot of factors that challenge people on their journey to eating healthy such as time, preferences, traditions, and personal decisions. With this in mind it is important that people learn how to tailor their plates to their own preferences while building a nutritious meal. A great tool to make this a reality is Myplate. Myplate is a resource designed to depict how to create a healthy diet using the 5 food groups as the building blocks for designing healthier meals. It emphasizes the importance of all foods and beverages consumed as well as offering an individual tips and tricks to create a plate that works for you!
September 12, 2017
What is a fitness challenge? Fitness challenges come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. Yes, even colors! Challenges like Color Runs can be fun a way to set short term goals, get in shape, include your friends and family and get motivated! How do you pick one? From running a mile to running a marathon, doing a pushup to bench pressing your body weight, every challenge should have a good mix of pushing yourself both mentally and physically. If you’re the type of person who needs a group to get energized or motivated, then a group class might be the perfect challenge for you.
September 7, 2017
One of the questions I get asked most often by women over 50 is: How do I get rid of this belly fat? These women explain that they exercise and are not gaining weight but it just doesn't go away. It doesn't matter if they are thin or have a few pounds to take off, the fat settles somewhere in the midsection. Does this sound familiar?
August 15, 2017
“On the Chopping Block” is an idiom often used when someone or something is in serious trouble of being terminated. Metaphorically speaking, snacking often gets put on the chopping block due to a lack of healthy choices. To most, snacks mean quick and easy food. This usually leads us to something processed with little nutritional value. In an effort to avoid excess empty calories, many dieters forgo snacking, but find themselves starving and consuming excess calories during their main meals.
August 8, 2017
People over 50 years old come in all shapes, sizes and fitness levels, but there’s one thing we all have in common: We’re a long ways from 20. Seniors do not need to be jumping on and off boxes or doing jumping lunge squats. Why? The reason is obvious: We should avoid putting undue stress on our joints and focus instead on fitness that enhances our day-to-day lives.
August 1, 2017
It’s a good question with an answer that has remained rather vague until now. If you Google search “Online Personal Training” you are likely to get a few companies that sell subscriptions, and a few companies that will teach you how to become a personal trainer. What we are talking about here are the companies that offer online training to clients seeking exercise regimens by a professional personal trainer.
July 24, 2017
Myth: The more you sweat the more calories or fat you burn. Example: Using a Sauna to lose weight OR wearing a sweater in a hot gym while working out. Facts: Sweating is your body’s natural reaction to regulate its temperature and cool itself off. Why do some people think sweating leads to weight loss? You may have noticed after a particularly hard workout where you’re just drenched in sweat, or after you get out of the sauna, you may step on the scale and see you’ve dropped 5-10 lbs! The problem with this is it’s almost entirely water weight and dehydration. Being dehydrated limits your body's ability to function properly--cognitively and physiologically--meaning your body isn’t functioning to its full potential.
July 17, 2017
Myth: "Spot reduction,” or attempting to isolate fat loss of a specific area. The idea here is that you can remove or reduce subcutaneous body fat by performing exercises that focus on that specific area of the body. Example: Doing crunches to eliminate stomach fat. Facts: There was an interesting article published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that tested this theory. The study focused on working out the non-dominant leg over a 12-week period. They measured body mass, bone mass, bone mineral density, lean mass, fat mass and body fat percentage.
July 10, 2017
With the weather getting warmer we have thoughts of getting that “summer body.” But what do you do when all you want to eat is ice cream? Success rarely happens by accident so it’s always a good idea to have a plan. So here are *8* strategies you can use to help you succeed this summer.
July 5, 2017
Summer has arrived and the heat may have you dreaming of sunny days at the beach or lake. If you feel the need to drop a few pounds before slipping into your summer apparel, and fast, then keep reading. Losing weight fast can be done safely when the intention is to reach a very short term goal. However, you may find that many of these tips are effective at maintaining a healthy body weight far beyond summer.
May 3, 2017
By reading through our blogs, you have already learned that weight loss cannot simply be achieved by adding a pill or a beverage to your daily routine. However, there are many natural ingredients that can be incorporated into your diet to support a healthy eating and exercise program. A multitude of research has been conducted on the effect green tea has on weight loss.
April 6, 2017
It may still look like winter in your neck of the woods, however swimsuit season will be here before we know it. With the vision of beaches, lakes, and pools in mind, you may soon find yourself stepping on the scale more frequently to monitor your weight. If you have a weight loss goal for 2017 it is never too early to get started making a plan to successfully reach that goal.
February 23, 2017
Arguably the most important muscle in the body, your heart, is responsible for the transportation of nutrients throughout the body. Imagine your heart and cardiovascular system like Los Angeles Freeways. To arrive at any destination there are different routes to take throughout the county, but a person wants the most efficient and time saving route. Your heart is prewired and programmed for the fastest, most efficient route; but what happens when there is a blockage on that route?
December 1, 2016
It's that time of year when stores start playing Jingle Bells and everything is pumpkin spiced. Yes, the holidays are fast approaching and we'd like to share some tips with you to prevent holiday weight gain. Let's head into the new year as healthy and happy as we are now!
November 17, 2016
"How could hiring a personal trainer benefit me" is a common question among novice and advanced fitness practitioners. Whatever your goals or fitness level, there are several, undeniable benefits to incorporating a personal trainer into your routine. The following is a list of benefits that can you can expect to reap from working consistently with a personal trainer:
November 1, 2016
Excess of subcutaneous fat that lies under the skin can cause a "plump" appearance (Scott, 2014). Ab exercises can significantly improve muscular endurance, but strength training alone is not sufficient to reduce abdominal subcutaneous fat (Vispute, 2011).
September 20, 2016
It can be difficult to determine what is real, effective, and backed by extensive medical research when exploring weight loss techniques online. Many claims are based on limited research that create hype and false hope. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been touted online for it's many health benefits ranging from reducing dandruff and sunburn pains to assisting in weight loss. With such a wide array of health claims, it begs the question, "Can ACV truly help you lose weight?".
June 8, 2016
Refer someone who wants to try live personal training, and when they sign up, you get 10 sessions free! You can be a current member, or a new member. There is no limit of new signups or your credited free sessions! This promo comes only once per year, and it ends June 30th!
April 22, 2016
The benefits of regular exercise are extensive, but many seek the sole benefit of weight loss. Designing a weekly routine that provides maximum results in the shortest amount of time is the most challenging aspect. Above all, your exercise routine needs to include a balance between cardio and strength training for real weight loss.
April 5, 2016
With summer fast approaching, many of us find ourselves with some extra holiday pounds, but without any extra time! High Intensity Interval Training, otherwise known as HIIT, is a great way to promote weight loss, burn more fat, boost your metabolism, and save you time!
March 21, 2016
Yesterday you decided to hit the gym for the first time in a while. Today you get out of bed to find your arms are sore, your core is worthless, and your legs are dead. You think, "What did I do to myself?!" You practiced proper form and listened to your body. How could you possibly feel this sore? You are experiencing a normal physical reaction to strenuous exercise called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).