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Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

Kettlebell WorkoutEssential lift of the month: Kettlebell swing

The Kettlebell swing is a full body movement that is an essential component to any exercise regimen and fitness goal.  Primary muscles used: Glutes, Hamstrings, Lats, Rhomboids, and traps.

Benefits of adding the kettlebell swing to your regimen:

  • It is fun and puts a similar stimulus on your glutes and hamstrings as plyometrics WITHOUT the wear on tear on your joints.
  • Good for cardio, strength, and putting on lean mass.
  • Works great as a tool to perform with cardiovascular tabata training.

How to do it:

Realm health and fitness tips by Kyle- Start with a Kettlebell on the floor in a “football hiking” position firmly grasp the handle with both hands and feel the tension in your glutes and hamstrings while keeping your back flat.

- “Hike” the kettlebell back in between your legs and snap your hips forward in a thrusting motion to propel the kettlebell forward so you are standing tall.

-Ride the momentum of the kettlebell, and let it fall between your legs before swinging up in a pendulum like motion again.

-You should feel your hamstrings and glutes doing the work. If you feel any pain in your lower back or shoulder – stop.

Before attempting this exercise do more in depth research or consult a reputable personal trainer on how to attempt this lift. Listen to your body and DO NOT work through pain.

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 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

Realm health and fitness tips with Kyle

sleepIs a lack of sleep impacting your weight loss goals?

Two of the primary hormones that affect weight loss are Testosterone and Human Growth Hormone. These hormones are released in our deep levels of sleep that can only be reached with long period of sleep, and it is proven that people who lack sleep have much lower levels of these hormones.  Here are some tips on how to optimize your sleep.

- Sleep in pitch black, even a digital alarm clock light can interrupt sleep.

- Don’t eat too close to bedtime. The breakdown of food in our stomachs can be disruptive to sleep.

- Foam roll or stretch before bed. This will release oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin which will help you sleep better.

- Download a sleep monitoring mobile app too see how deeply you are sleeping.  These apps will show you when you are in REM sleep and your sleep activity for the whole night.

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.

 

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

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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.