Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Get Fit with Frank: How to Take Your Fitness to the Next Level on the Road

Frank and Kathleen Monteleone / Courtesy broadway.com
28 days into our resolutions and most people have strayed from the path. The last remnant of the 2014 resolutioners figures to drop off by Valentine's day. It happens-work piles up in the office, family obligations arise, and many are forced to hit the road to fulfill these obligations.

Actor and hotelier Frank Monteleone knows all too well the challenges of staying in shape while juggling these obligations. Family duties and work opportunities have Frank routinely traversing multiple time zones. 

There's not always a gym nearby, nor do the ones nearby always have proper equipment. This can make it difficult to get in quality workouts, so Frank brings his TRX with him on the road and leaves nothing to chance.

"The TRX is the easiest all in one workout equipment anyone needs," says Monteleone. "I can literally find a place to hang it wherever I go--hotel doors, trees in parks, etc. I find that at least 2-3 TRX workouts a week will keep me conditioned and toned."

One of Frank's favorite exercises is the TRX burpee. The TRX burpee is a fun and challenging full body exercise that really torches calories.

"I can always tell where I am in my conditioning by how well I can handle doing burpees. Nothing will get you hitting your goals faster than throwing in weekly burpees."

Another Frank favorite is the TRX row into pushup. For more of Frank's favorite exercises, check out the Bob Wells Fitness YouTube channel.

Don't forget to check out Frank Monteleone in the upcoming movie, Focus, with Will Smith.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

How to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Work For You
   by Bob Wells, CPT, PES, CES

2014 is in full swing and gyms and health clubs around the world are crowded, full of resolutioners swearing, nay, resolving that this year is going to be different.

This is the year-2014-that they are going to achieve all of their goals, especially their fitness goals. This lofty aims are understandable, since there are few among us who don't want to look great-naked or not.

However, we know anecdotally and empirically, for that matter, that most will fail in this effort. Those with the sturdiest of resolves will only last until the middle of February and perhaps even into early March, before abandoning their resolutions for the comfort of the status quo. So, how do you keep from becoming another statistic?

The answer lies primarily in the setting of goals, and specifically setting S.M.A.R.T goals. Based on the model first used in the November 1981 issue of Management Review by George T. Doran, S.M.A.R.T goals refer to goals that are:

  • Specific-The goal should be more specific than general here. Eliminate any vagueness. Instead of resolving to lose weight, set a goal of losing 15 pounds. 
  • Measurable-The goal should have tangible criteria for progress, such as that of losing weight. You can use a scale to measure body weight changes, but simply resolving to get into better shape is not a measurable goal.
  • Attainable-The goal should be able to be accomplished. In our example of losing 15 pounds, it is certainly an attainable or achievable goal.
  • Realistic- This characteristic is similar to being attainable, but here the goal should consider lifestyle choices or limitations. You can certainly lose 15 pounds, but not if you have a bottle of wine and three desserts each evening. 
  • Time-bound-The goal, rather accomplishing the goal should have an expiration date. I want to lose the aforementioned 15 pounds by March.
Use these S.M.A.R.T goals to achieve great success in fitness and beyond in 2014. Good luck and Happy New Year!

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