Category Archives: Fitness

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

fitness, kyle, healthACTIVE REST DAYS: MOVE IT OR LOSE IT! If you catch yourself trapped in a series of chairs on your day off then you need to get up! Although your body needs rest, staying sedentary for too long will make your muscles feel stiff and immobile – which means when you get back into the gym not only are you likely to feel sore, you’ll be more apt to get injured. Try any of these intense to mild active rest options and keep moving.

  • Yoga on the Esplanade
  • Riding your bike along the Emerald Necklace
  • Roller blade around Castle Island
  • Walk the Freedom Trail
  • Hike the Blue Hills

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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.

Do you have a Dad bod

Dad BodRecently I’ve noticed a number of articles talking about “dad bods”.  Apparently it started when a Clemson sophomore wrote about the appeal of men with a “Dad Bod”; how freaking Freudian is that?

Dad Bod in the making

Dad Bod in the making

While I think that no matter what your body type, there is someone out there who will find you attractive. All the chatter on the web and personal blogs got me to thinking about the reality that I now have a Dad Bod too.  And while there may be many women (and men) who are attracted to guys who are starting to get soft in the mid-section, I still aspire to a more youthful and fit image of myself; chalk it up to vanity, personal insecurities – whatever.

I have to say that I think this whole Dad Bod thing is very Freudian and probably something more often embraced by heterosexual women.  I think gay men are more likely to have different expectations.  How else can you explain the gay communities obsession with iconic “Daddies” like Tom Ford, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, etc… and the inevitable “Daddy” dating sites like Daddyhunt.

Regardless, if you too are intrigued by the whole Dad Bod thing you can check out an article on Vox from last week called Dad Bod: What is it and why is everyone suddenly talking about itYou can also see if you have a Dad Bod I suppose by checking out this official Dad Bod chart.Dad Bod

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

absWhat body fat percentage is ideal for men?

That depends on what YOU want to look like – as I noted a couple of weeks ago, summer is fast approaching, which means the time to shed your winter weight is running out!

The bioelectrical impedance or skinfold analysis that you can get done by any trainer at most corporate gyms are dependable and cheap enough to give you an idea on where you are, and ultimately where you need to be.

-15% Body Fat is great, you will have defined arms, shoulder and pecs – but you are likely to have a bit of belly fat over your abs which means NO SIX PACK. Maybe a 2 pack, but definitely nothing to write home about.

-12-10% Body Fat is where your 6 pack should be poking through, at least the top 4 abdominals should be coming out to play. Arms, shoulders and pecs will be LEAN and ready for tank tops at this rate.

-8-6% Body Fat is when you are PRIMED for the pool and ready for anything. Though this is difficult to maintain, the looks you’ll be getting are well worth it.

Ultimately, it only matters what you want to look like – and a lot of people look AMAZING at higher body fat percentages. BUT if you are not where you would like to be, set some goals, talk to a trainer and or work out buddy and GET ON IT!

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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

fitness, healthExercise of the week:  The Hollow Body Hold

Do you want abs like a gymnasts? Try the Hollow body hold – it is an essential aspect of any gymnasts training regimen, in that it mimics the body position and basic core integrity needed for handstands and ring movements.

Here’s how to do it.  Start by lying on your back with your legs straight and hands over head – draw in your belly button and make sure your lower back is flat on the ground.

Keep your abs and butt tight – NEVER LET YOUR LOWER BACK “ARCH” OR COME OFF THE FLOOR – and lift your arms off the ground and reach like the picture and point your toes.

To make this more difficult you can lower your arms closer to the ground while maintaining contact with the floor on your lower back.

Try for reps or time for example, 15 reps x 3 sets, or try to beat my time of :45s!

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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

3 Perfect Days in BostonAre you feeling inspired by all the Boston marathon runners today?

Even if it isn’t exactly summer weather the sun has finally melted all of the snow that once encapsulated Boston and it is a great day to cheer on all the marathon runners.  I’m not suggesting that you run a marathon, but goal setting by training to perform well in a specific event is an amazing way to focus your training and stay motivated to get results.

Here are some well maintained jogging and biking paths along the Charles River.

Charles River Jogging and Biking Paths

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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

Summer Time in Boston

Much thanks to Jack Sparacino for sharing this summer 2014 photo at R.C.C.

Summer is fast approaching, which means that you can no longer hide your poor decisions from the world behind a winter coat. Expect to see all that pizza you ate and cookies you had around Christmas to make an appearance this summer – on your ass and belly. UNLESS you change your ways, repent for your edible sins, and beg for forgiveness from the food Gods.

Consider this your warning – Boston Pride is just 7 weeks away. I dare you to go try on your trunks from last year, how do you look? Unless you’re some sort of cold and calloused soul who doesn’t get butterflies from the thought of Donuts and Burgers – or Burgers with donuts as the bun… mmhh…. then you probably don’t look as good as you potentially could.  Imagine how good it will feel to be the fittest guy at the pool. You have 7 weeks so get to work.

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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 KyleBored with your gym routine and looking for some inspiration?  Be innovative and FUN with the way in which you play and exercise and you’ll want to do it more!

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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