Why Cardio Alone Doesn’t Cut Fat

Here is a nice little article explaining why just a cardiovascular exercise routine doesn't shed the fat like expected.  Especially when you over do the cardio and don't balance it with a strength training regimen.   Simply put, your muscles regulate your metabolism.  When you burn too many calories and don't have enough muscle mass, your body starts breaking your muscle down for energy.  For the full article from elitefts.com click HERE.

12 Misconceptions About Fitness Trainers

Here is some great insight into the world of a personal trainer courtesy of rateyourburn.  There is more to a career in fitness than meets the eye, but the bottom line is all good trainers do it for the love and a genuine passion for helping their clients look and feel their best.

1) They're the exact same person in and out of the classroom.
2) When they're not teaching, they're just chilling out.
3) They care about your...
4) They're single.
5) They're wearing pricey workout clothes, so they must be making good money.
6) They must remember you from a class you took a month ago.
7) The instructor is the strongest person in the room.
8) They would judge you if they knew what you ate/drank last night.
9) Waking up at 5am "comes naturally" to them.
10) This is just a hobby, right?
11) They're probably too cool to want to know you outside of the classroom.
12) They're so awesome/popular that it probably won't mean anything to them to get one more positive review.

For the full article click HERE.

It's Spring, Time To Get Outside!

Spring has finally sprung, so take your workout back outside.  Active Brooklyn is offering one-on-one personal training as well as group fitness classes in Fort Greene and Prospect Parks.  

We are offering an early bird spring special for one-on-one personal training at a flat rate of $50/hour.  Forget paying gym dues, we will come to you and give you an effective and safe workout at a location that is convenient for you, whether it is at your local park or in your home.  Get in early and book a time slot before they all fill up! 

Our group fitness class in Prospect Park is still going strong, now in its 3rd season!  Starting on May 1st we will meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Lincoln Road entrance to Prospect park at 6am.  If you are an early riser and like to work out first thing in the morning come join us.  We have a good group of various abilities, so no matter if you are a seasoned pro or just looking to get back into working out we got you covered.  Think Boot Camp without all of the yelling.  The cost is $180 for a month.  

If you are interested or want more information about one-on-one training or group fitness in the park feel free to contact us at:


Get a Workout Buddy!

A workout buddy is hugely helpful for keeping motivated, but it's important to find someone who will inspire, not discourage. Make a list of all your exercise-loving friends, then see who fits this criteria:  Can they meet to exercise on a regular basis? Are they supportive of your goals? And last, will your bud be able to keep up with you or even push your limits? If you've got someone that fits all three, make that phone call.

By the way, a personal trainer makes a great workout buddy, so give me a call and schedule a free session today!    347-915-4586.

Resistance Band Training

I recently ran across a webpage about how resistance band training can increase power.  Band resistance is an ascending resistance which means that it gets harder the further you go in the range of motion.  This allows you to get a head start on your motion, ultimately leading to a quicker reaction time.  By the laws of physics Power = (Force x Distance) / Time, so the faster the time, the greater the power.  

For the full article from resistancebandtraining.com/ click here.

Are You Doing Situps Properly?

Situps are designed to strengthen your abdominals. They're one of the few exercises that'll autocorrect your posture. When you perform a situp correctly, you feel complete engagement of the abdominal muscles. However, when you perform it incorrectly, you'll feel it elsewhere but your abs or not at all...

Read the full article at: livestrong.com

High Intensity Anaerobic vs. Aerobic Exercise

So the question is, does anaerobic exercise burn more fat than aerobic exercise?

Anaerobic exercise is exercise in which oxygen is used up more quickly than the body is able to replenish it inside the working muscle. As a result, muscle fibers have to derive their contractile energy from stored substrates like Glycogen, ATP, and Creatine Phosphate. Weight training and sprinting are examples of such an activity.  Basically high intensity, short bursts of exertion.

Aerobic exercise, also called cardiovascular exercise, is physical activity which raises the heart rate to around 60 to 85 percent of the heart's maximum heart rate for an extended period of time, usually twenty minutes or longer. Basically medium to medium/high sustained exertion.

A study a few years back had athletes doing six-second bursts of all-out cycling. After 10 to 15 sets of this, it was found that an unheard of amount of free fatty acids were broken down from fat stores within the muscle. It begs the question why, during an anaerobic activity that clearly utilizes glucose as a fuel, why is so much fat being broken down?

The answer appears to be that the exercise component which is six seconds long is using glucose, and however long the recovery component is, that’s when you’re burning fat. If you add all these intermittent periods together you are primarily burning lactate and fatty acids.  If you want to lose weight, lose body fat, and get ripped, it appears that intermittent bursts of high-intensity activity followed by rest periods is a better way to go than aerobic exercise. Traditional thinking is that if you wanted to burn fat you would have to do long, slow, distance activity.  People are now starting to think that in fact it’s the other way around and that during really brief, intense intermittent bouts of strength, speed and power-related exercise, you can burn even more fat.

Read more at builtlean.com.