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Shed Fat In Less Time With Cardio Accelerations

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Many of us wonder about the most efficient way to burn calories and shed fat during our workouts, in less time. We’ve grown accustomed to boring steady state cardio, like walking on the treadmill, or going at a moderate pace on the elliptical for a given period of time. But it is unrealistic for the average person to spend that hours in the gym.

Cardio accelerations are a must when I train my clients. The method is simple. Instead of resting (or procrastinating) in between your lifting routine, some form of aerobic exercise is completed in between every single set. So for example, on shoulder day, I will take a client through lateral raises and then spend 30 seconds to one minute performing an exercise that will get the heart rate pumping –  jumping jacks, jogging in place, or burpees are great options and can be done right in place. Meanwhile, shoulders are fully resting during the accelerations which allow my clients to be ready to lift just as strong for the next set.  Once that heart rate is up our bodies will better produce blood flow and oxygen to our veins, making for better gains.

When you add it all up, those 30 second to one minute accelerations will equal a 20-30 minute cardio session. That means you can finish both your cardio and weight training at one time. It’s multitasking at its finest!

If you haven’t already, check out the video above with my five favorite cardio acceleration exercises: jump squats, mountain climbers, jump rope, box skis, kettlebell swings!

I highly suggest implementing some form of cardio accelerations into workouts. This technique is no joke. It will have you drenched in sweat, but feeling strong and pumped up by the end of your workout. So instead of scrolling through Instagram or chopping it up with your buddies in between rest periods, let’s keep our bodies in constant motion!

Charnee smith is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She motivates people each day who want to lose weight, get stronger, or simply want to feel better. Charnee has a B.A in Media Studies and Production from Temple University. She currently lives in Philadelphia and is transforming her own body to compete in her very first fitness competition.

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How To Do The Barbell Hip Thrust…

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Are you struggling to build bigger glutes?

Check out my video to learn about the 4 cues you must use with the barbell hip thrust in order to perform them with excellent form and maximize your gains.

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Michael B. Jordan Gained 15 Pounds of Muscle for Killmonger Role

Wallace Has Come A Mighty Long Way!

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Killmonger, Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan

Erik Killmonger is a very powerful character in Marvel’s Black Panther. The supervillain, played by Michael B. Jordan, along with his dominating spirit and his pain, was just as important to the story line as the evolution of T’Challa. While there’s generally an antagonist in films (spoiler alert coming if you haven’t seen the film) – we didn’t find Killmonger to be so much of a villain after all.

Corey Calliet is the man behind Michael B. Jordan’s gains, and arguably another person who contributed the overwhelming success of the movie. The celebrity trainer, seen now on Revenge Body on E! helped Jordan bulk up, as well as help other stars like Angela Bassett, be at peak physical condition for Black Panther. Calliet has worked with Jordan in the past, most notably for Creed and the Fantastic Four reboot.

Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger, Black Panther

Photo: Men’s Fitness

“When you see him, you need to be scared, you need to be intimidated. We don’t want the nice, young-looking Michael,” Calliet said in an interview with Men’s Health Mag. He also describes his training style to that of an artist taking a chisel to a block of marble. “I’m talking about sculpting a body, not just conditioning it to be fast…I wanted to make his shoulders look better. I needed his upper chest to pop. I needed his back to tell a story. I wanted his back to look like a globe, like a map.”

So how did Jordan get his gains?

Jordan’s Black Panther Workout

To make Calliet’s vision come to life, Jordan was doing two to three workouts and eating six meals a day. To sculpt his chest and back, Calliet had the actor going back to basics — with a lot of weight.

“[We did] a lot of old-school bench presses, lat pulldowns, deadlifts — nothing fancy, just really contracting the muscle,” Calliet says. “We lift heavy — a lot, a lot of times.”

Get more details on Calliet’s training with details with Jordan here .

 

 

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5 Reasons People Quit Going To The Gym

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1)  I don’t have time to workout

It takes 21 days to develop a habit. Diligently plan out the next 3 weeks, incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily regimen for 3-4 times a week. Make having an active life intentional. Put it on the same level as having lunch or getting sleep. As you work-out, it will soon become a non-negotiable, similar to eating and sleeping.

2)  It’s Too Crowded And People Watch Me

The gym isn’t the only option that will help you reach your body goals. There are various in-home regimens that you can following YouTube or your favorite social media fitness professionals. Fitness is doing more movement than you did the day before. Lunch break walks, morning workout routines, and bike rides all support your desire to have an active (and private) lifestyle.

3)  I’m Not Losing Any Weight

Getting the body you desire requires a lifestyle change. Oftentimes we believe workouts are enough, but eating and sleeping are also main components for weight-loss. Fat is burned during your body’s recovery stage and muscle building process. As you work out, obtain 6-8 hours of sleep to maximize gains. Clean eating cannot be overlooked, a high protein-low carb diet is key. We have to break our traditional mindsets of consuming 3 meals a day and get accustomed to eating 6 times a day. Eating 6 times includes 3 meals along with 3 snacks, which can also include smoothies and shakes.

4)  No One Will Know If I Quit 

Accountability is vital to starting a new workout routine. Identify a workout partner. If you can’t find one, write a contract with yourself. Sign your contract and hang it somewhere so you can see it everyday. Knowing you have a commitment to yourself or your partner will help you form healthy, weight-loss habits.

5)  I Just Hate Working Out!!!

You may hate the gym, but everyone loves a good reflection in the mirror. Everyone wants to add years to their life and working out does just that. You have to ask yourself every day, “does my lifestyle add years to my life or subtract them?”Medications and hospital bills can become very expensive so prevention has to be the focus. Remember: the healthier we are, the better the reflection we have in the mirror.

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