No matter if you are trying to lose weight or clean up your eating, this is one tip that works for both.
Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats!!! Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Fats!! You see these three being talked about all over the internet and yes maybe even the television. Usually, it is someone telling you how much to eat of each one to help you reach the goal you are trying to achieve. Am I right?
That is not what I am here for today. I want to make sure that you understand the role that each one plays in helping you move your body and I promise to keep it simple and brief. So let’s get started.
So what is this eat more not less to lose weight concept?
Well, it’s not so much about eating more but about consuming the proper nutrition...not less nutrition. We all need to eat, and if you workout regularly you will need to eat more than someone who doesn’t workout. If you decide to go on some silly starvation diet you are telling your body you are in trouble and it will start conserving fat stores and start burning muscle for energy. This will cause your metabolism to slow down making it even harder to lose the fat your body thinks it desperately needs to conserve.
This is obviously the complete opposite of what we want to happen when we’re trying to shrink our waistlines. So how do we make sure we are nourishing our bodies properly? We do a little planning mixed in with some better decision making.
We want to be successfully pop out a squat and at the same time be safe about it, remember safety first. Check out some of my favorite tips that I use on my clients and for myself.
Check your form.
Take a picture or video of you performing a squat and really analyze yourself. This is something I will do with myself and my clients. It is a great way to see any potential issues that may need to be addressed or even to say, “great form” “good job”!!
Another step I recommend is running through a checklist in your right before you initiate and during your squat, okay actually with any exercise movement you do. Are my feet in the right position for my body? Is the bar or dumbbell positioned correctly for the type of squat I am performing? Do I have my core engaged before, during and after the movement? Is there any shifting going on in the feet or rolling of the hips during the movement?
Take your time.
This is not a race. If you are performing your squat in 2 to 3 seconds you are going to fast and risking compromising your form which can lead to injury. Does that mean you need to go so slow that a turtle is about to pass you? No! You do want some time under tension so your muscles can get the proper effect from the exercise. I like to do a 3 to 4 count down with a 2 count up, or an even pace up and down, dang there are times I will hang out at the bottom for 5 seconds but that is for another post.
Spread the crack.
That doesn’t sound right, does it? LOL! Imagine a crack in the floor that runs parallel between your feet. When you come up from the bottom position of the squat push down and out on the ground like you are trying to spread the crack open. This will help drive those knees out so they don’t cave in and I have found that it will help some of my clients not roll their hips as they come up and really initiate their glutes.
These were just a couple of cues/tips that I use with my clients and myself, there are so many more that you should know and I will go over them with you if you would like just send me a message and let’s talk.
My last blog talked about the health benefits to squatting. If you haven't had the chance to go over it, here is the link to it. That way I don't have to bore you if you really don't want to know.
Today I just wanted to demonstrate the typical squats you will see performed in different workouts and just a couple of little tips on setting yourself up for your squat, which you will find in the first video. So how about we get started???
Hi guys!! Welcome to my thoughts and just some health information that I hope you can use! Let me just state this now. I am not a writer, English major, or even a blogger, so there will be mistakes in here.