Kelli Calabrese is an international fitness, nutrition and lifestyle specialist, who was also twice named “Personal Trainer of the Year.” She agreed to answer a few of our most pressing fitness questions and share the newest fitness trends you’ll be seeing soon.
DD: Is it possible to reset your metabolism, and if so, how?
KC: Metabolism can be reset by: Increasing sleep to seven or more hours a night, Detoxification from environmental and consumed toxins, exercise, hydration with water, Stress Management, and management of blood sugar.
DD: What is the best type of workout to burn fat?
KC: High intensity training using intervals of rest and recovery.
DD: Why do some women have such a hard time losing weight?
KC: Lack of motivation and support, which makes incentive programs like HealthyWage so valuable. Other factors include misinformation about nutrition, sedentary lifestyles, not enough strength training, chronic stress, inadequate sleep, imbalanced hormones and poor hormone receptors, diets too high in sugar and processed foods, and poor thinking and unbelief that results are possible.
DD: Can you work out to build a better butt or bust line?
KC: You can do lower body strengthening exercises such as squats and lunges as well as cardio bursts such as jump lunges, 180 jumps and burpees. For the chest you can do push up, chest flies, chest press, and then boxing moves.
DD: What is more important diet or exercise for losing weight?
KC: Diet is more important for losing weight. Exercise is more important for maintaining weight lost.
DD: Is it important to vary your workouts and why?
KC: Yes. Your body gets used to your workouts, and they need to be continually challenging by changing the exercises, weight, and speed, range of motion, speed of motion, order, time and modality.
DD: What tips or techniques do high performances athletes use that an average woman can incorporate to amp her work out and meet her fitness goals?
KC: Have a meal plan. Have a coach or person to be accountable to. Have a goal such as an event/competition to work towards and work on mental conditioning.
Top new fitness trends:
Health club facilities are now looking beyond just the exercise component of fostering a healthy lifestyle. In addition to personal training staff, today’s progressive health clubs are boasting on-site nutritionists and other allied health care professionals therapists and even psychologists. These value added services holistically address all areas of a member’s life that impact their overall well-being, health, and happiness. Engaging and assisting members in this comprehensive way maximizes member results, retention, and referrals.
Kicking Members Out
For outdoor fitness, that is. Some health clubs are utilizing their external real estate to promote fitness activities al fresco. Club owners are realizing that many people get bored with the indoor offerings – even depressed or deterred – so they are offering running and cycling clubs, parking lot boot camps, spin classes, and more.
Weight Loss Wagering
Diet contests and weight loss betting programs, like those offered by HealthyWage.com, and are exploding in popularity as both individuals and employee groups from coast to coast “diet for dollars.” More than 4,500 health clubs nationwide now serve as “weigh in locations” for HealthyWage.com contest participants, with many opting to also purchase a club membership as they shed pounds with their eye on the $10,000 team prize. This financial weight loss incentive approach is so effective; Fortune 500 companies nationwide have integrated such program into their corporate wellness initiatives to benefit both employee groups and their own bottom line.
Clubs Go Retro
Nostalgia evokes emotion and emotion drives action. With this in mind, throwback 80's fitness classes, in which participants dress in period-inspired spandex and leg warmers and do aerobics to music by Michael Jackson, George Michael, and the like, are bringing the neon headband sporting, leotard-wearing enthusiasts to health clubs in droves. Originating in hipster 'hoods like LA and NYC, this 80s fitness craze is sweeping the nation, proving to be a fun, creative and a totally awesome way to attract new members – and keep current members coming back for more.
Social Media Stimulation
From small boutique gyms to large national chains, health clubs are tapping the social media sphere in innovative ways to stay connected with current and prospective members. Informative and engaging Facebook fan pages rife with workout strategies, success stories, and special product offers; up-to-the-minute Twitter announcements, training tips and topical tweet feeds; online virtual fitness coaching; un-lockable specials on Foursquare; VLOGs (video blogs) and a myriad of other social networking strategies are helping health club purveyors better connect with the marketplace – informing, motivating, and helping them thwart those momentary chocolate cravings like never before.
In an effort to get members integrated to all areas of the health club and its services, at the time of registration some clubs are giving new members a card with goals to complete for a prize. The goals can include trying fitness classes, completing a personal training session, meeting certain staff members, and using specific areas of the fitness center. This gives members the opportunity to experience all the club has to offer before getting pigeon-holed into only one or two areas like Nautilus machines, or heading right for the spin bike studio. The idea is that the more people the members meet and services they experience firsthand, the more connected they will feel to the club and more likely they will be to try – or at least tell friends about – all of the club’s offerings.