WHAT ARE MACRONUTRIENTS (MACROS)?

WHAT ARE MACRONUTRIENTS (MACROS)?

WHAT ARE MACRONUTRIENTS (MACROS)?

PROTEIN
Protein is essential for building muscle and repairing damage throughout the body. It is made up
of building blocks called amino acids. Some amino acids can be produced in the body and some
need to be eaten in food. Your protein intake should depend on your weight and activity. And
while getting in enough protein is important—more is not always better. Too much protein, and
not enough carbs and fats, can result in the body relying on protein for energy instead of using
it for gaining and repair muscle. Knowing your protein needs is key for reaching your weight and
activity goals.

CARBOHYDRATES
Simply put, carbohydrates provide energy. Quick energy carbs come from fruits, candy, sports
drinks, and processed starches, like white bread and crackers. They should be eaten around a
workout so your body uses the energy that they give. When you eat simple carbs and do not use
the energy they provide, the excess energy can be stored as fat. Slowly digested, or complex carbs,
have more fiber, which prolongs their release of energy and helps to keep digestion regular. Some
examples of complex carbs are whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and quinoa. These carbs are ideal
when activity isn’t in the immediate future.

FATS
The types of fats that we eat are important. Fats from plant sources like nuts, avocados, and
vegetable oils are excellent sources. Fats from animals have their place in a healthy diet, too, but
should be eaten in lesser amounts since they are higher in saturated fats, which can affect heart
health. When you eat fats is also important. You should try to consume fats in each meal since
they will help to keep you fuller longer. Fat shouldn’t be eaten right before or during workouts
since your body requires quick energy during those times.

How to Get a Total Body Workout Without Equipment

How to Get a Total Body Workout Without Equipment

 

Dumbbells, barbells, and weight racks are in the gym for a good reason, but it’s also possible to achieve a total body workout without the aid of machines or free weights. For those looking to workout without equipment, we put together this awesome guide to build a better you via sweat and perseverance:

Short Circuit Workouts

You can quickly ramp up your gym routine via the use of short circuit workouts. By doing exercises in a circuit with brief rest periods between each set, you can build cardio and muscle growth in your workout without equipment.

Between each circuit, our experts recommend a quick rest period of about two minutes. That may sound intense, but don’t be intimidated! If you find yourself unable to hit the desired number of reps in a particular set, you can rest-pause until you hit the target. In a rest-pause, you can take about 10-20 seconds to catch your breath until you have the energy to keep going and finish out.

Exercises for a Full Body Workout

So, what should you do during your short circuit? There are countless options for your circuit and you can mix things up based on your skill level, experience, and targeted areas. In keeping with the CrossFit tradition, these exercises will give you a total body workout, even if you choose to avoid the typical equipment.

Pushups and jumping jacks probably felt silly back in your Phys. Ed days, but they can be an integral part of your short circuit plan. Beginners – and even CrossFit veterans – often look to kickstart their circuit with 10-15 push-ups followed by jumping jacks until they hit the one minute mark.

These simple no-equipment exercises are a great way to get the blood moving for the rest of the workout. More advanced athletes may choose to dial up the number of push-ups or modify them into incline push-ups, but be sure to leave enough in the tank for the rest of the rigorous workout.

After that, you can incorporate spider lunges, walking lunges, hip thrusts, and crunches into your circuit. The number of reps in each set is up to you and you can fill out each minute with jumping jacks or similar exercises if you choose. Remember, once you’re done, it’s time to start back from square one after a quick two minute break.

Get The Best Workout Without Equipment From The Pros At Sweat Factory Crossfit!

It can be hard to stay motivated when working out at home or in the gym without the guidance of a personal trainer. Personal trainers at traditional gyms wind up being incredibly expensive, but sessions with the experts at Sweat Factory Crossfit will cost you a whole lot less per session.

To get the ultimate workout without equipment (and total body workouts with equipment), sign up for your free trial at Sweat Factory CrossFit today!

Focusing on Real Food Not Food Products

Focusing on Real Food Not Food Products

With sugar and fat being infamously known as “bad” foods, it’s no wonder that food companies create and sell foods listed as being sugar-free, light, low-fat, etc. They do this in an attempt to make you, the consumer, think these foods are healthier options by using popular buzz-words.

What do these terms mean? For a food item to be listed as “light”, “low”, or “free” of something, it has to meet a certain specification when compared to the regular product.

Here are the qualifications for companies to label their products with these buzz-words:

  • “Fat-free” foods must have less than 0.5 gram of fat per serving.
  • “Low-fat” foods must have 3 grams of fat or less per serving.
  • “Reduced-fat” foods must have at least 25% less fat than regular versions of those foods.
  • “Light” foods must have either 1/3 fewer calories or 50% less fat

However, most of these foods are processed snacks. You’ve probably seen them in the grocery store; they’re usually lurking in the middle section of the store, in the aisles with the crackers, chips, puddings, and sodas.

 

Here are some examples: 

 

The problem with these foods is that typically, by taking something out (like sugar or fat), manufacturers have to compensate by putting something else in. For example, the sugar in diet sodas is often replaced with artificial sweeteners which have been shown to negatively affect your metabolism, among many other health problems.

People often eat these foods in an attempt to avoid the calories, sugar, and fat in a food. However, what they don’t realize is that they are doing a lot more harm than good, and even if a food is free of something doesn’t make it healthy. A handful of nuts, for example, is definitely not fat-free; but it has many health benefits that make it well worth eating.

Just because a food is “fat-free”, doesn’t mean it’s guilt-free. Often, foods like this leave you craving and reaching for the real thing to satisfy your taste buds. We have seen many clients avoid fat like the plague because they think fat will make them fat. This is not the case. You want to incorporate healthy fats into your diet such as nuts, seeds, and avocado.

Instead of turning to these food products, focus on eating real, whole foods. This includes veggies, fruits, lean proteins, healthy sources of fat and whole grains. Eating healthy foods will keep you full and satisfied, as well as making you feel good so that you can tackle your goals!

Xomir Nadal

Xomir Nadal

6 Week Challenge Finisher
Xomir lost 12lbs and 3% Bodyfat.

What did she learn:
“I lost my mom and aunt to breast cancer within the last 11 months and I was very sad.
I found that I need to keep myself healthy because breast cancer runs in my family.
I also found the ability to go through life with a positive attitude, happy, and healthy. This definitely changed my life.”

Christopher Sallawich

Christopher Sallawich

Chris started a 6 Week Challenge last November. His results have been incredible. He has lost 44 lbs without losing any lean muscle and an incredible 21% Bodyfat.
He is now at 8.5% BF and is now on a maintenance program of 80/20. You ROCK Christopher Sawallich!

“I came to Sweat Factory after hearing about the 6 week challenge as a way to get my health back on track. I was in the worst shape of my life, and by far the biggest, growing into a size of clothes that I did not like at all. I could feel a difference in little things , like being winded when walking up a flight of stairs that I did not like at all, nevermind being so tired at the end of the day that I was looking to head to the bedroom by 7pm every night. My wife and I moved to Florida a few years ago to enjoy it, but although I was enjoying the food, I was too tired to enjoy much else other than the couch.

At this point I saw a a facebook post about the 6 week challenge and as a someone who had completed crossfit quite some time ago I was intrigued. I went and spoke with Clint and saw how much he cared about his members and the different mindset of the crossfit of old that used to be all about the score of the Rx workout without care of injury or form. With the Sweat Factory approach of the Fit Class, Level Method and truly scaled WOD’s, I knew Sweat Factory was a good fit for myself I signed up immediately for the six week challenge.

As I progressed through the challenge, I found that the diet was a key component. Through the initial education and documentation it gave good knowledge to get started. By no means was it easy, from someone who has a very mobile job, a diet has always been a challenge. Meal prepping for the week was key. Without that I wouldn’t of had anywhere near the success I had. The first few weeks was a challenge, but it soon became routine and I found better ways to do things while keeping a vey balanced diet with calories under control. I was now eating less calories in a day than I was previously eating just in lunch alone. The first two weeks of Fit class were pretty rough, but continued to push through and held myself to not missing any of the three workouts weekly. Some nights it was tough to get home form work and head back out to the gym, but just would not let it hold me back from going. The toughest part was getting to the box, but once I was there, the fatigue became a non issue. The hardest part is getting there.. I didn’t even let Thanksgiving and Christmas get in the way. I made all three workouts for all six weeks and stayed true to my meal prep all seven days of the week, even with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

After completing the Six week challenge with great results, I felt conditioned enough to move over to the Crossfit side while continuing my health dietary habits. I continued the three day habit of working out, until challenged by another member to remain nameless …..Cheryl…😛 to up my schedule. I’ve since been hitting the box 4 to 5 days a week and couldn’t feel any better. I’m up until late at night now, have much more energy during the entire day, and am enjoying hearing at least three times a day from others about how much weight I’ve lost. I was not easy by any mean, but the challenge was well worth it. Myself and now my wife have developed some real quality eating habits, I fell and look better, and I’ve met some really awesome people from the family that Clint and Maci have built.