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Realm health and fitness tips with Kyle

Realm Health and Fitness Tips by Kyle

Bored with long strenuous sessions on the treadmill? Try Tabata.

Tabata training is based on a 1996 study performed by Izumi Tabata where participants performed 20 second bouts of intense cardio, followed by 10 seconds of rest. This showed to be more effective at gaining anaerobic capacity than a steady cardio (the energy system used in strength training) and improved participants Vo2 max (fat metabolization potential or endurance).  Today this is practiced in group fitness rooms and gyms across the country because IT WORKS. It is also a fun and effective alternative to monotonous treadmill sessions.  Here are a couple variations to try and enjoy!

This can be done on a rower, recumbent bike, or treadmill. Try the following sequences based on your fitness level. Use a timer and be strict on the work and rest periods. The “work” period should be challenging and hard to maintain, while the “rest” period should be considered “active recovery” or something easy to maintain.

Beginner  One minute of “work” 2 minutes “rest”

Intermediate  30 seconds of intense “work” 30 seconds of “rest”

Advanced  45 seconds of “work” 20 seconds of “rest”

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

BosGuy’s latest obsession: fitbit

health and fitness wearableIndustry reports suggest that 10 million units(valued at $3 billion) of wearable technology like my fitbit will be sold in 2014.

I’ve had my fitbit for about six or seven weeks, and I can understand the appeal of these devices.  I really like how it helps me track how active (or inactive) I’ve been during the day.  I’m not certain how accurately it predicts my steps, but I use it as a baseline nonetheless and like how it tracks my runs along the Charles River. I don’t know that I’m fully realizing the potential of the device and would love to talk to someone who has a fitbit.

Do you have a wearable device like a fitbit or Jawbone?  Do you like it?  I wonder if I’ll still like the device as much when winter returns and getting outside is neither pleasant nor practical, but I’m hooked for now.  Below is a screen shot from my iPhone. FitBit Screen

Out-Fit Challenge Boston: Dirty never looked so good

Out-Fit Challenge Boston LGBTOut-Fit Challenge is the first ever national LGBT Mud Run.  After launching successful events in Chicago, Miami and New York City in 2013, Boston joins New York City, San Francisco and Reno as part of the 2014 Out-Fit Challenge.

Boston’s Out-Fit Challenge will take place at the Amesbury Sport Park on Saturday, October 11th.  This event will sell out so be sure to mark your calendar, start your training and register today.

Out Fit ChallengeAfter you finish the 5K (15+ obstacle) course, you’ll want to hang around for the after-party, which includes DJs, free beer, body contests, drag queens and mud covered go-go boys.

Boston Out-Fit Challenge | October 11 | Info & Registration

For more photos click here

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

realm fitness tips, kyleSummer is a time for us to give our ovens a break and to fire up the barbeque. Here are some tips for making some delicious (and nutritious) summer barbeque sides, main courses, and desserts.

Sides:

Realm Health and Fitness Tips from KyleDON’T: Serve potato chips, corn chips, french fries, macaroni salad, or any other greasy and fried food products. These are high in calories, have minimal protein and nutrients, and will likely leave you feeling bloated after you eat them.

DO: Take advantage of in-season produce and go to your local farmers market and pick up some of your favorite veggies for grilling.  Season them with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and some grated Parmesan for an unforgettable side. Throw some fennel, turnip greens, chopped apples, and dried berries in a bowl with a splash of balsamic for a refreshing salad.

Main course:

Realm Health and Fitness Tips from KyleDON’T: Serve low quality or processed meat, high carb pastas, or provide buns and bread for fillers.

DO: Serve high quality red meat, chicken, ground turkey or fish. Red meat is often demonized but is high in protein and gives your body the good fats you need, it can also improve your vitamin D uptake, and is packed with B vitamins, and iron.

 

 

Deserts:

Realm Health and Fitness Tips from KyleDON’T: Serve cake, cup cakes, and pies.

DO: Get creative and natural with your desserts, try to avoid refined sugars and stay away from flour.

Make the most of the season’s fresh fruits and make a fruit tart, dark chocolate covered strawberries, or some vanilla bean ice cream mixed with berries.

 

 

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Free fitness options check out Boston’s Emerald Necklace

Emerald Necklace bike and running pathsInspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write a week long series about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city.

Since today’s suggestion is intended as an activity for tomorrow (Saturday), I’m going to suggest an option that can be done at your leisure – when it is most convenient for you.  Tomorrow consider taking a bike ride, walk or run along Boston’s beautiful emerald necklace; a string of six parks that includes: Back Bay Fens, The Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park.

Depending on where you live you can pick the most convenient portion of this string of parks to run, walk or bike.  You may download a map of the Emerald Necklace, here.

Bootcamp Friday mornings in Christopher Columbus Park

Christopher Columbus ParkInspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write a week long series about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city. Thus far, I’ve talked about a variety of workout options around the city.  But I’ve yet to talk about the many options in Boston’s North End.

For example, did you know that every Friday there is a free Boot Camp in Christopher Columbus Park? The class runs from 6:30 – 7:30 AM so set your alarm clock a bit earlier than usual and head over to the park. You can read more about free work out classes hosted this summer at Boston parks here.

Free yoga classes each Thursday at Frog Pond

Yoga ClassesInspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write a week long series about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city. Thus far, I’ve talked about a variety of workout opportunities in Allston, the Financial District and along the Esplanade. If those locations are not convenient for you – perhaps you’d find this weekly class (every Thursday) at Frog Pond in Cambridge more to your liking. Every Thursday from 6:00 – 7:15 PM free yoga classes are hosted.

More classes are offered each day if this is a convenient location in Boston for you.  To check out the full calendar of activities peruse The Boston Parks Fitness Series here.

Free work out suggestion along the Esplanade

Charles River Jogging PathInspired by an article last week in The Boston Globe that shared some of the many great outdoor fitness classes offered around Boston, I thought I’d include a week worth of suggested free fitness classes you might want to try.  If the November Project morning workout on Monday wasn’t of interest or if you weren’t able to get to the Tuesday morning or evening classes in Post Office Square, perhaps you need an option that you can choose at a time that is convenient for you.

Consider throwing on a pair of walking / running shoes to go for a walk or run – or perhaps even a bike ride along Boston’s Esplanade. First established in the early 1900s, this popular park now includes bike / running paths along the Charles River for you to enjoy.

Years ago a popular Charles River bridge map was created to let individuals map out their workouts; a full loop from the Museum of Science to Mount Auburn Street is just over 17 miles.  So grab your running / walking shoes or a bike and head out tomorrow to take advantage of the beautiful park while the weather is so nice.

Deck of Cards workout every Monday

Free work out, health, fitness, Boston fitness

Source: November Project

Inspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write (again) about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city. Starting tomorrow, the ever so cool – November Project – hosts their Monday morning Deck of Cards Workout. The way it works is they flip through a deck of cards doing situps when they turn over a red card and pushups when it is a black card; the value of the card is how many you have to do.

The workout starts at 6:30 AM in Boston.  Details about the workout can be found on their website, here.

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

Real health and fitness from KyleEssential lift of the week: Barbell front squat

The barbell front squat serves as one of the best exercise to train and challenge your core strength, while simultaneously building up your glute and quads.

The barbell front squat works the following muscles: Glute, Hamstrings, Quads, Lats/rhomboids, Anterior shoulder and Core.  Key points to remember:

Keep your core braced
Keep your knees out (not forward or bowing in)
Feet flat
Elbows up
Chest up

 

While performing this or any other movement always listen to your body and do not work through pain. Seek the help of a local personal trainer or do more research and practice with  friend. It’s always helpful to have someone watching you and “seeing” faults that you might not be able to feel.

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

realm health and fitness tips from kyleTired of the monotony in your gym routine? FOCUS!

Goal setting is a quick and easy way to stay on course, if you have a deadline or an expected FOCUSED outcome we tend to stick to the program. This can come in many forms, such as losing a set number of pounds before a vacation or preparing for a marathon. The more friends you have involved in the activity or weight loss pact, the more accountability you have. This will allow you to have a support net, and someone to hold you accountable in case you want to skip a workout.

I’ve included some popular, minimal commitment, maximum fun runs in the Boston area you may want to check out and join with friends:  The Zombie Run, The Spartan Sprint and Tough Mudder.

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

Realm health and fitness tips from KyleBulletproof your morning

Can butter be the answer to unlocking your true potential? To the delight of butter lovers everywhere there has recently been an onslaught of mainstream news corporations citing a study that suggests saturated fat has no correlation with heart disease. This is a complete paradox to what has been nutritional “common knowledge” for the past 50 years.

Dave Asprey from www.thebulletproofexec.com takes this a step further in suggesting that butter may actually be GOOD for you. For the past few months I have been experimenting with his concoction of coffee, butter, and MCT oil that he deems “Bulletproof coffee”.

The practice is nothing new and is still common in many other countries but is now making a comeback in the U.S. as a means of clearing “brain fog,” giving sustainable energy, controlling inflammation and stimulating your body’s fat burning potential. MCT oil, in recent studies was proven to promote weight loss, and butter is rich in butyric acid which has been proven to ease inflammation in the gut (better nutrient absorption) as well as increasing insulin sensitivity. The proposed concoction does set you back roughly 400 calories but keep in mind that not all calories are created equal.

Recipe:  How to Bullet proof your coffee

Here is the full study: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

Realm health and fitness tips from KyleFarmers Markets make for a good day

I recently took a trip to the local farmer’s market and walked away with a lot more than just groceries. It was great to get outside and walk through the market. My skin was warmed by sunshine and the place smelled of fresh vegetables, roasted nuts, and flowers.  I interacted with vendors and discussed the origin of the foods they were selling, which as we are slowly learning is very important (Grass-fed vs. Corn-fed Beef; Farmed Fish vs Wild-caught Fish).

I was not tempted by microwave dinners or ice cream, but was presented with food as nature intended. I ended up walking away with more and spent less than I do at the grocery store, with this robust feeling of well-being that isn’t possible under fluorescent lights.  Find your local farmer’s market here: Boston Area Farmer’s Markets.

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

 

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series starts tomorrow

Boston Parks Summer Fitness SeriesBoston Parks is launching their summer fitness series tomorrow in Post Office Square with classes Monday thru Thursday starting at 7:15 AM and in the evening at either 5:30 or 5:45 PM depending on the class.  This year, bootcamp, yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and yoga barre will all be available.  For more details check the Norma B Leventhal Park page, HERE.

Starting tomorrow evening free Bootcamp and Zumba classes in Christopher Columbus Park will be hosted 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Additional free fitness classes are available at places like Sterling’s Patio near Faneuil Hall, City Hall and The Rose Kennedy Greenway.

You can look into these and other free fitness classes around Boston by visiting the Boston Moves for Health Calendar as well as Boston Parks Summer Fitness page.

DIY Fitness: November Project

I first wrote about the November Project in early 2013.  Started by Brogan Graham and Bojan Mnadaric, they have created a grassroots fitness movement that provides everyone an affordable alternative to gym memberships by hosting free early morning workouts three times a week in Boston.  Over the past year, the November Project has spread to 17 cities.  Their message is clear:  Fitness should be fun, it is better with a team and all you need to do is show up.

While it might be a tough sell to get up early in the morning during the bitter winter months for some outdoor training, now that the weather is more agreeable (at least in theory) perhaps you’d like to learn more about this very social group that champions personal responsibility for one’s fitness and health.  More about The November Project – including times and locations of their workouts – can be found here, november-project.com.

BTW – The next workout is tomorrow. Set your alarm clock. Details here.