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Cardio Crush Interval Training

By: Snap Fitness

Interval training has been around forever, but like most aspects of the health and fitness world, it has and will continue to transform.  Utilizing complex exercises that require an increased amount of energy allows the body to build full body strength and endurance. When these exercises are completed as a superset or in a circuit, it becomes a highly effective way to burn calories and lose fat.

 

Many times we overcomplicate workouts in the gym; when in reality, keeping it simple can be much more effective. This does not mean working at a rate that “feels” simple because this workout should push you to the max. It is important to give it everything you have for each exercise during the workout to achieve the best results.

 

Complete each exercise with a 45-second time interval and 20 seconds of rest before starting the next exercise. Rest for one minute after each full circuit.

 

This workout should be at least 15 minutes but no more then 20 minutes. Work hard to accomplish as many repetitions as possible or get as far as you can during the sprint of each circuit.

 

WORKOUT

 

Burpees: Start in standing position, move down to the floor and complete a push-up. Pull feet underneath your body and jump in the air. Land with soft knees and repeat.

 

Jumping Pull-ups: Position yourself under a bar so that you can grab the bar with arms fully extended. Once the time starts, jump in the air and pull your body up to the bar. Control the descent so the feet land and jump right back up.

 

Incline Treadmill Sprint: Keep the incline between a 7.5-10 -percent grade on the treadmill and sprint as fast as you can for the full 45 seconds.

Indoor Cycling 101: How to Set Up Your Spin Bike

By: Snap Fitness

When it comes to spin classes, the first step to a good workout is to properly set up your ride. Below are steps to ensure for a safe and comfortable workout. Be sure to arrive early and make adjustments as needed.

 

1.    Locate Knobs and Adjustments

Get familiar with the indoor bike at your gym by finding the knobs and testing the adjustments made by each. Typically you’ll find two knobs for handlebar adjustments, one over your bars to move them back and forth, and one under the handlebars to adjust the height. You’ll also typically find two knobs near your seat, one behind our saddle that moves back and forth, and one under your saddle for seat height adjustments.

 

2.    Adjust Your Saddle

First, adjust your bike’s saddle height for a comfortable ride. To determine the height best for you, place your feet on the pedals or in the clips and rotate the pedals until one leg reaches the bottom of your stroke. The extended leg should have a slight bend in the knee and should never be completely straight. Fine-tune your seat height to ensure your knees are staying parallel to the middle bar and not bowing outward.

 

Second, adjust the distance of your seat from the handlebars so that the top of your knee and the tip of your toes draw a straight line toward the floor

 

3.    Fine-Tune Handlebars

First, position the handlebars for a comfortable ride. Limit the strain on your neck and back by adjusting the height of the handlebars. Seek to keep your handlebars at the same height to your saddle. If necessary, raise the height of your handlebars for added back support.

 

Second, enhance your ride by tuning the handlebars distance forward or backward. Keep a slight bend in your elbow when riding, allowing for a neutral ride without having the reach for the bars.

 

4.    Tighten and Lock Knobs

Check to ensure all of the knobs on your bike are tight before you begin your ride.

 

5.    Dig in! Strap or Click in Your Shoes

If you are wearing cleats, fit them directly into the spin bike’s pedals. If you don’t have cycling shoes, use the “cages” on the pedals to strap in. Tighten the straps around your feet like a seatbelt, snug but not too tight. Now you’re ready to ride!

 

Ya Gotta Tabata

By: Snap Fitness

Similar to HIIT and circuit training, Tabata is a high-intensity workout that has fitness and weight-loss benefits. The interval-based model can be done in a short amount of time using your body weight (add light weights or resistance bands for a challenge) and a stopwatch.

 

Do 20 seconds of move A, then rest 10 seconds. Do 20 seconds of move B, then rest 10 seconds. Continue alternating between the pair of movements until four minutes are up!

 

 

 

Warm-Up

Jump rope or jog for five minutes.

 

 

 

Tabata One

(A) Jumping jacks – 20 seconds exercise / 10 second rest.

(B) Alternating backward lunges – 20 seconds exercise / 10 second rest.

Repeat above for four minutes.

 

Take a one minute break.

 

 

 

Tabata Two

(A) Jump squats – 20 seconds exercise / 10 second rest.

(B) Tricep dips – 20 seconds exercise / 10 second rest.

Repeat above for four minutes.

 

Take a one minute break.

 

 

 

Tabata Three

(A) High knee run – 20 seconds exercise / 10 second rest.

(B) Mountain climbers– 20 seconds exercise / 10 second rest.

Repeat above for four minutes.

 

Take a one minute break.

 

 

Tabata Four

(A) Burpees – 20 seconds exercise / 10 second rest.

(B) Bicycle crunches – 20 seconds exercise / 10 second rest.

Repeat above for four minutes.

 

 

 

Cool-down

Spend five minutes walking on the treadmill and stretching.

No Equipment Needed Circuit Workout

By: Snap Fitness

High-intensity cardio workouts burn calories fast! Simple movements done quickly can bring big results your way. Modify as needed and always remember to properly warm up and cool down.

 

Warm-Up

 

Start out with some easy stretching and light marching or jogging in place. Five minutes should be good for most individuals.

 

Workout

 

CIRCUIT ONE:

Repeat two to three times.

 

Jumping Jacks - One minute

High Knees - One minute

Burpees - One minute

 

CIRCUIT TWO:

Repeat two to three times.

 

Mountain Climbers – One minute

Side Lunges – Ten sets (Left side lunge and right side lunge are one set)

Jump Squats - 15 reps

 

Repeat each circuit two to three times. Allow yourself a one-minute break between each circuit.

 

Cool-Down

 

Five minutes of stretching.

Hop, Jump, and Move Workout

By: Snap Fitness

Before enjoying a glorious piece of carrot cake this Easter, knock out this hoppin’ workout! The only equipment you need is a stopwatch. Jump rope is optional.

 

Warm-Up


Complete one minute of each:

 

High Knee Skips

Lunge Skips

Lateral Bunny Hop

 

 

Workout

If you’re new to working out, aim for two sets of 20 reps. For a challenge, repeat these five moves three to four times for a calorie-torching workout.

                                                                                      

Toe-Touch Jumping Jacks: Give the classic jumping jack a boost by bringing your fingertips to the sides of your feet between each jack. Perform as many as you can in one minute.

 

Bosu Toe Touches: Moving quick (like a bunny!) alternate tapping your toes on the top of a Bosu ball. Time yourself performing this move for one minute.

 

Squat Jump: Switch up from the basic squat! Amp up your efforts between each squat with a lateral jump, raising both arms above your head. Squat it out for 30 seconds.

 

Side Skater: Tone your glutes, hamstrings, thighs and core with this plyometric exercise. Start with a small squat, jump sideways to the left, landing on your left leg. Without touching the floor, bring your right leg behind you to your left ankle. Reverse direction by jumping to the right and following through with your left foot behind your right ankle. Perform this move for 30 seconds.

 

Invisible Jump Rope: Get your heart pumping while shaping up those calf muscles! Jump it out for 30 seconds – with or without your jump rope.

 

Cool-Down

 

Slow High Knees: One minute

Stretching: Four minutes

Switch Up Your Cardio

By: Snap Fitness

Change is good. In fact, change is great - especially for those of us who exercise on a daily basis. By devoting a portion of the day to our health, we inevitably create habits. And while many of these habits help us stick to our regimens and goals, it’s important to integrate variations and substitutions whenever possible.

 

Creating alternate workouts for each day of the week not only decreases the possibility of boredom, it also allows us to build strength within the body as a whole while providing a refractory period - or recovery time - for overworked muscles. As they say: too much of a good thing is never a good thing. Balance is key.

 

With 10 minutes of cardio at minimum - as a warm up, if desired - weekly workouts can be easily optimized. Dedicate specific days for walking, elliptical, running, or biking, just to name a few. Lunges, jumping jacks, and mountain climbers all serve as great alternatives, too, and deliver unique benefits to the joints.

 

For a high calorie-burning workout, experiment with varying speeds and inclines on the treadmill. A little change goes a long way. When it comes to switching things up, the possibilities are endless - and fun! What’s your favorite cardio routine? Share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Benefits of Walking

By: Snap Fitness

Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that’s easy and suitable for people of all ages and most abilities. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can benefit you in many different ways. Here are seven reasons to take those extra steps and make walking a part of your healthy lifestyle.

 

Maintains a Healthy Weight

A good walk can help shape and strengthen your legs, give great definition to your quads, calves, hamstrings and glutes.  If your posture is on key you’re able to tone your abdominal muscles as well.

 

Reduces Your Risk of Heart Disease

Regular walkers are known to have fewer strokes and heart attacks, have lower blood pressure and have higher levels of healthy HDL cholesterol.

 

Increases Happiness

Getting active releases feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream, reducing stress and anxiety. 

 

Gives Your Energy

Walking is a great natural energizer! It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to every cell in your body, which helps you feel more alert.

 

Boosts Your Immune System

Walking regularly can lower your risk of macular degeneration, arthritis and even cancer by 50% compared to people who don’t exercise.

 

Reduces Your Risk of Diabetes

Thirty minutes of walking a day makes your muscles more sensitive to insulin. That allows glucose to do its duty inside your cells rather than pile up in your bloodstream.

 

Relieves Stress

If you’re looking to relive some stress, walking is a great option! Studies have shown that walking can benefit your mood and may even ward off anxiety and depression.

 

Ready to walk it out? Try this 25-minute run/walk treadmill workout to get started.

 

Five Moves to Get a Beach Bum

By: Snap Fitness

You’re not going to get the beach bum you want by sitting on the one you have.  Get up and make that booty work!  These 5 moves will build, sculpt, and lift your glutes in no time.

 

You'll need: A pair of dumbbells (8-10 pounds)

 

20 Dumbbell Squats

These squats are powerful little moves. Over time, increase reps and dumbbell weight to amp them up.

 Do It:

• Start with your legs hips distance apart and 8-to 10-pound dumbbells by your thighs.
• Squat down as if you were going to sit in a chair, keep your weight over your heels.
• Don’t forget to keep your chest up and your back flat.
• Press through your heels to return to starting position.

 

20 Explosive Lunges

This move gives you a deep stretch through your glutes while testing your balance and coordination.

 Do It:

• Stand with your feet together and your hands on your hips.
• Then lunge forward with your right leg.
• Jump up, switching legs midair, and land with your left leg in a forward lunge.
• Make sure to push off the floor with both feet.
• Your front knee should be bent 90 degrees and align over your ankle.

 

10 Kick Backs (Each Leg)

Kick back butt exercises are great for creating toned butt muscles. 

 Do It:

• Come onto all fours.
• Kick your left foot back and up.
• Make sure to keep your hips level.
• Switch to the other side.

 

20 Hip-Lifts

This is a great way to relieve tension in your lower back and work your butt at the same time.

 Do It:

• Lie on your back with your arms at your sides with your knees bent and your feet on the floor.
• Lift your hips toward the ceiling with one leg lifted.
• Squeezing your glutes and hamstrings at the top of the range of motion.
• Keeping your hips up, place your foot back on the floor and then lower your hips.

 

30 Second Squat Hold

 Do It:

• Go back to a squat position, hold for 30 seconds. 

 

 

If you stick to this routine you’ll get a beach bum before you know it. 

Five Moves to Get a Beach Bum

By: Snap Fitness

You’re not going to get the beach bum you want by sitting on the one you have.  Get up and make that booty work!  These 5 moves will build, sculpt, and lift your glutes in no time.

 

You'll need: A pair of dumbbells (8-10 pounds)

 

20 Dumbbell Squats

These squats are powerful little moves. Over time, increase reps and dumbbell weight to amp them up.

 Do It:

• Start with your legs hips distance apart and 8-to 10-pound dumbbells by your thighs.
• Squat down as if you were going to sit in a chair, keep your weight over your heels.
• Don’t forget to keep your chest up and your back flat.
• Press through your heels to return to starting position.

 

20 Explosive Lunges

This move gives you a deep stretch through your glutes while testing your balance and coordination.

 Do It:

• Stand with your feet together and your hands on your hips.
• Then lunge forward with your right leg.
• Jump up, switching legs midair, and land with your left leg in a forward lunge.
• Make sure to push off the floor with both feet.
• Your front knee should be bent 90 degrees and align over your ankle.

 

10 Kick Backs (Each Leg)

Kick back butt exercises are great for creating toned butt muscles. 

 Do It:

• Come onto all fours.
• Kick your left foot back and up.
• Make sure to keep your hips level.
• Switch to the other side.

 

20 Hip-Lifts

This is a great way to relieve tension in your lower back and work your butt at the same time.

 Do It:

• Lie on your back with your arms at your sides with your knees bent and your feet on the floor.
• Lift your hips toward the ceiling with one leg lifted.
• Squeezing your glutes and hamstrings at the top of the range of motion.
• Keeping your hips up, place your foot back on the floor and then lower your hips.

 

30 Second Squat Hold

 Do It:

• Go back to a squat position, hold for 30 seconds. 

 

 

If you stick to this routine you’ll get a beach bum before you know it. 

10 Interesting Facts About the Heart

By: Snap Fitness

As many of you know, the heart is one of the most important organs in the human body. Here are ten facts about the human heart that make it even more fascinating.

 

1. Your heart beats over 100,000 times per day.

2. Your heart can keep beating even if it is separated from the body because it has its own electrical impulse.

3. Every day, your heart creates enough energy to drive a truck for 20 miles.

4. Your body has about 5.6 liters (6 quarts) of blood. These 5.6 liters of blood circulates through the body three times every minute. In one day, the blood travels a total of 12,000 miles.

5. Your heart is actually located almost in the center of your chest, between the lungs. It’s tipped slightly so that a part of it sticks out and taps against the left side of the chest.

6. Your heartbeat changes and mimics the music you listen to.

7. The pressure created in the heart during a heartbeat is enough to squirt blood a distance of thirty feet.

8. Your heart will pump nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood during your lifetime, enough to fill 200 train tank cars.

9. In a 70-year lifetime, the average human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times.

10. A man’s heart weighs about 10 ounces, while a woman’s heart weighs approximately 8 ounces.

 

It's clear that the heart is a remarkeble organ and it's important we take care of it. That's why Snap Fitness has teamed up with the American Heart Association. Click here to donate to the AHA. 

 

Source:

Mercola, J. (n.d.). 11 Fascinating Facts About the Human Heart Infographic. Mercola.com.

Watson, S. (n.d.). Five Amazing Facts About the Human Heart. WebMD.

Topol EJ (ed). Cleveland Clinic Heart Book (2000) New York: Hyperion.

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