If you’re doing workouts that push your VO2 max (your body’s ability to take in, transport and use oxygen during a workout), you will see the biggest decline after taking time off.
You’ve worked your tail off in the gym for weeks or maybe months to prepare for a vacation – so now what? Often we feel we only have two options, let it all go or stay in deprivation mode, which no one wants to do on a much needed break from the daily routine.
I do it constantly. “Oh please,“ I say as the class embarks on the last 5 minutes of abdominal work, “I’ll do that on my own when I get home.”
Today at Accelerate we did a “running clock” workout. There were three blocks, with 3-4 exercises that had to be performed in a certain amount of time. The blocks seemed to get consecutively more challenging, which is probably the point if you’re working your tail off (which we were). A few things stood out today.
Busting the Myths about Overtraining and Recovery Last week on Instagram, we profiled a member @aliciaerrero who came to Accelerate one month ago. At that time, she had been consistently taking classes at Orange Theory Fitness 6-7 times per week. Orange Theory is promoted as a high intensity interval training workout that lasts 60 minutes. … Continue reading Efficient Training and Recovery
What (if anything) scares you the most about moving to Seattle? This is the furthest I’ve ever been away from my family. It’s scary to go to a brand new place and star over, not knowing what to expect. I knew I would regret at least not trying, and so far, I could not be … Continue reading Sunday’s Instructor. Meet Earl.
At Accelerate, one of our special areas of focus are specialty classes for groups of co-workers. These sessions often start out as a one-time opportunity to build camaraderie and teamwork, but evolve into something more consistent as members experience the benefits.
Can you perform the same workout over and over and achieve the same results? The short answer is no. At some point in training, your body adapts and you need to change the landscape. The National Institute of Health consistently publishes research on the topic of adaptation and many of the studies tell us similar … Continue reading What Research Says About the Human Body and Adaptation
Yesterday, I had the privilege of exhibiting at the Starbucks Health & Wellness Fair, a 2-hour event at Starbucks HQ. The event showcases some of the companies in Seattle offering health and wellness options for partners (employees) of Starbucks. I noticed at the event there are two major buckets of fitness options: corporate-run boutique studios … Continue reading The Benefits of Small Group Training
The Kettlebell swing started gaining traction in the U.S. in the early 2000s. The exercise has been popular in countries like Russia, Australia, Brazil and New Zealand for much, much longer. When done correctly, the swing can sculpt your backside from your calves up through your glutes (and everything in between). Unfortunately, it is such … Continue reading Form clinic: the Kettlebell Swing