THE SECRET WEAPON TO A REALLY STRONG CORE

THE SECRET WEAPON TO A REALLY STRONG CORE

We’ve all heard the phrase, “pick things up and put them down,” but what if we said….” walk with them first?”

We are talking weighted carries.

Why should we perform weighted carries?

To put it simply, they help you build and maintain that bulletproof body.

They give us the opportunity to meet a variety of situations that transcend into everyday life and they also work nearly every muscle in our bodies!

Carrying weighted objects helps to strengthen your core, upper back, and grip, develop shoulder and hip stability, and aids in fat loss too.

Why should this matter to you?

You carry things every day.

You will carry things all throughout your life.

A baby, groceries, a laundry basket, or your air conditioner into the window as a hot summer is approaching.

Adding weighted carries into your training makes life tasks easier, allows you to do more and keeps you functioning properly.

How do we perform these?

They can be held in an overhead position (this also gives you the benefit of shoulder stability!)

Front rack position (this also gives you the benefit of strengthening your upper back!)

Or by your sides in a farmer carry.

How far do I go? 

We suggest a heavier weight for a shorter distances

and more of moderate weight for a longer distance.

Yeah but I won’t get a stronger core from that, right?

WRONG.

Our core often referred to as the ‘midline,’ is the bridge that connects our upper body to our lower body. The BRIDGE.

As you carry anything, the core has to work to stabilize the midsection and not compromise, thus keeping you safe. 

Carries build the strongest cores. 

Want a better deadlift?

Carry.

Want to get a heavier back squat?

Carry.

Want to look better naked?

Carry.

We’ve been adding weighted carries into our programming more and more.

Why?

To strengthen your core, build that bulletproof body, and decrease your risk of injury and any setbacks in the gym or in life! 

And ultimately, giving you a stronger, healthier body!

Coach Clint

WHY WEIGHTLIFTING IS CRUCIAL TO GOOD HEALTH

WHY WEIGHTLIFTING IS CRUCIAL TO GOOD HEALTH

Everyone knows that weightlifting makes you look good, but what’s more important is how it makes you feel. Weightlifting is crucial to the health and wellness of the human body, especially when used in combination with proper nutrition. How exactly does lifting weights make such an immense impact?

Muscle Fights Fat

Muscles built through weight training improve whole-body metabolism. So, not only are you increasing your muscle mass, but you are also actively decreasing your body fat percentage as well.

Prevent Back Pain

The majority of people spend their days in jobs where they sit for prolonged periods of time, which then leads to back stiffness and eventually pain. Weightlifting will help to strengthen both your core and back muscles, in turn minimizing and eliminating any preexisting back issues.

Control Blood Sugar Levels

Whether you have diabetes, are at risk, or simply want to keep your blood sugar levels in check, weightlifting can help to regulate your blood glucose. Weight training encourages the growth of white muscle which uses glucose for energy, thus lowering blood glucose levels.

Fight Osteoporosis

With aging comes the natural loss of muscle and bone mass. However, if no preventative steps are taken to slow this process, bones can become extremely weak and lead to Osteoporosis. By consistently lifting weights, you are helping your bones to adapt and remain strong.

Move With Ease

When weight training, it is extremely important to have or develop body awareness to move effectively, efficiently, and safely. Learning how to recruit muscle groups properly while exercising helps to make everyday life tasks easier too.

Get Your Family Fit at Sweat Factory

Get Your Family Fit at Sweat Factory

Sweat Factory East – Factory Kids (6 – 10) with Factory Fit Bootcamp at the same time, Tues/Thurs 5:00 pm

Sweat Factory Crossfit – Factory Teens (10 -15) with a Crossfit class at the same time, Mon/Wed 6:00 pm

CrossFit training is immensely popular for adults and it’s becoming increasingly popular for kids. There’s a good reason for that – CrossFit workouts are fun, rewarding, and effective, which makes kids actually want to exercise.

Here’s why parents looking for CrossFit for Kids in Clermont should turn to Sweat Factory Crossfit:

CrossFit Makes Kids Want To Work Out

Let’s face it – a traditional workout can often feel like a chore. It’s tough enough for parents to find the motivation to go to the gym, but it’s even more challenging for kids who have a number of other options like video games, cell phones, or the ubiquitous “hanging out” at their disposal.

However, CrossFit at Sweat Factory flips the script on the traditional workout. Whether it’s a personal training session or a small class, every workout is fun, engaging, and rewarding. Kids may still grumble about cleaning up their room or taking out the trash, but CrossFit workouts they can look forward to having fun.

CrossFit Kickstarts a Lifetime of Healthy Fitness Goals

Children that take pride in their overall well-being from a young age tend to continue exercising through their adolescent years and into adulthood. Without that foundation, some may become complacent about their workout routine, which can lead to childhood obesity, low self-esteem, and other health problems.

At Sweat Factory, we believe that it’s never too late for adults to commit to a healthy lifestyle and transform into the best possible versions of themselves. We feel similarly about kids who are looking to learn about proper exercise – there’s no such thing as starting too early for parents who want to pave the way for their children to enjoy a lifetime of good health.

A Safe Place To Train

CrossFit, by definition, is a workout consisting of movements performed at a high-intensity level. But that does not mean your 12-year-old will be performing a 300-pound clean and jerk.

To ensure safety, parents in Clermont trust the experts at Sweat Factory to provide their kids with a fun and healthy experience in the gym. That means working up a bit of a sweat, but never working out too aggressively to the point of overexertion. Moms and dads who work out at Sweat Factory in will often choose to push themselves, but our world-class trainers maintain a fun and safe environment for every child who is just beginning to learn about proper exercise.

Sweat Factory: The Best Place For CrossFit for Kids in Clermont

Want to learn more about CrossFit for your child? Contact Sweat Factory by phone today at ((352) 272-5856, or by email at thesweatfactory@yahoo.com

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!

PROTEIN POWDER 101

PROTEIN POWDER 101

Both seasoned athletes and gym neophytes know that the cocktail of choice when working out is a protein shake. Lots of these powders are designed to serve different purposes, which means there are so many to choose from it can make your head swim, Phelps style. If you feel overwhelmed when shopping for a protein supplement, don’t fear, there are answers to all of your questions. Nutrition School is in session and your first class, Protein 101 will teach you all you need to know.

Why should you choose protein powder? Whether you are a gym rat or a couch potato you need protein. Protein is composed of amino acids, which are the fundamental building blocks of muscle proteins and enzymes, making it a crucial part of a daily diet. According to Men’s Health, protein also prevents blood sugar spikes and boosts the hormones that tell your body you’re full and should put the fork down. We believe that the biochemical mechanism responsible for preventing sugar spikes is gluconeogenesis. Basically, when a protein is broken down to amino acids, these amino acids can be used to make proteins such as muscle proteins or biochemically changed to sugars. This transformation is called gluconeogenesis.  What is interesting is that gluconeogenesis is a way to slowly adding sugar to your energy system without spiking sugar or insulin.

Protein powder can be a great way to up the health quotient to your favorite recipes. Bodybuilding states that whey protein is a good addition to your menu if you are looking to build muscle and lose fat. When you combine whey with a health regimen like a workout routine, this protein supplement can help pump you up with lean muscle and increase your strength, as well as help you maintain the hard body you already have. A study in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism stated that 35 grams of protein per meal is a target amount for a healthy diet.

You should always read the Supplement Facts information on labels  When choosing a protein powder, checking out the fine print is a smart idea. Finding a high-quality protein will not only taste better but offer you more benefits and a healthier shake. When weighing which kind to buy, whey comes out on top as far as nutritional value. The ‘biological value’, or the proportion of absorbed protein you get from your food, is generally higher with whey products. The other types of protein powders: casein, egg white, soy, hemp, and others are lower biological value. Furthermore, in the case of soy protein, there is the chance that you are getting protein derived from a GMO source. Be on the lookout for powders with a limited amount of added sugar and carbohydrates as well as little in the way of additives. Beware of the blends, suggests Oxygen magazine, powders that have “concentrates” or “solids” which can be hard on the digestive system and might cause problems like bloating or gas.

If you are using shakes to shed pounds, according to the Cleveland Clinic, choosing a powder with no added sugars or sweeteners is key.

When is the best time to throw back a protein packed shake? Some people use their shakes as a meal replacement, having one at the beginning of the day or as their lunch when they don’t have time for a mid-day meal. That said, protein powders shouldn’t replace real food, as a rule. Many bodybuilders and fitness fanatics like to imbibe before or after a workout. Some sip during their sweat session too. According to a study in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, there is a small window of time when a shake is optimal for your body. About thirty minutes after a gym session, these amino acids will have the most impact on your muscles, bringing you a bit of extra strength and muscle gain. It also helps to repair muscles and recover after exercise. For weight management, the Cleveland Clinic suggests a steady supply of protein at meals to keep you constantly satiated.

In the SFH supplement world, some powders are created to take before a workout. Fuel is a great option if you aren’t going home after the gym or you need something to get your get-up-and-go going before your exercise routine. FUEL contains coconut milk, which is a natural source of coconut fat. This is considered an energy fat burns quickly, providing a burst of energy rather than being stored as fat. FUEL is a fantastic way to get your energy revved without having a heavy meal sit in the pit of your stomach and weigh you down.

How can you mainline your protein powder in the most delicious way? Shakes are the most popular way of getting your powder boost. There are many recipes, from simply adding water or milk and shaking, to combining a variety of fruits, vegetables, nut butters, and ice and blending into a creamy, frothy frappe. Depending on your favorite foods, you can mimic the taste with different shake recipes. If you’re a fan of chocolate covered strawberries, try making a protein smoothie with chocolate protein powder and blended strawberries. If you like pina coladas, you can go for a run in the rain with your smoothie made from coconut and pineapple blended with vanilla whey protein powder.

There are other ways to get your amino acids in powder form. You can use protein powder like flour and make protein-rich pancakes, waffles, muffins, cookies, muffins and more, making those treats and sweets a little more nutritious. Maybe add some powder to your coffee for a protein-infused latte. Make a batch of quick overnight oats with added protein powder for a complete meal, which will hold you over until lunchtime. Using unflavored powder can also enhance your cooking. Adding a scoop to your appetizers, like hummus or guac, could mean you will fill up faster and dip fewer chips. Or perhaps sprinkle the powder in a soup or sauce you are making for extra oomph. The powder will be undetectable to the taste buds, but the addition of protein in your diet will be duly noted by the rest of your body.

HINGE VS SQUAT

HINGE VS SQUAT

HINGE VS SQUAT

Arguably the two most essential movements a human being can do, the hinge and the squat often get misunderstood. It is not uncommon to see people squatting when they should hinge and vice versa. In CrossFit, many exercises are built upon these two movement patterns. Even though they are simple movements, many people have trouble figuring out how and when to do which. So it is very important that we understand the difference between the two, both for your safety and for your efficiency.

Two things are necessary for correct implementation of these movement patterns: body awareness and mobility. You might have the knowledge of what is a hinge and how to do it but if you don’t know where your body is in space or have the mobility to go through the range of motion, it will be hard for you to perform the movement. If you are having trouble with squats, for example, awareness and mobility might be the issue, but it might also be that you are hinging instead.

THE DIFFERENCE

These two movement patterns can be easily distinguishable by this one rule of thumb: if the joint going through the biggest range of motion is the knee, you are squatting. If the joint going through the biggest range of motion is the hip, you are hinging.

Going a little further into it, hinging recruits primarily your posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes and lower back) while squatting is mainly done with the quads. Or think about it this way, on a squat, you bring your hips toward the ground vertically, on a hinge you bring your shoulders toward the ground in a forward motion. You will still bend at your hips during a squat, and you will still bend your knees during a hinge, but that’s not the primary movement going on.

A squat, a dip, a hinge, bending of the knees and lowering of the hips are all different cues. So when I ask you to bring your hips down when you are about to deadlift I do NOT mean “squat a little”. Or when you dip, you are NOT just “bending the knees”.

THE HINGE

The most basic movement we can relate to the hinge is the deadlift. Most of the times, when you are trying to move an object from the ground upward, you will be performing a hinge. Cleans, kettlebell swings, and high pulls are all hinging movements. Therefore, to maximize your efficiency on these movements, make sure that you are using your posterior chain when performing them.

THE SQUAT

The squat first has to be differentiated between the exercise and the movement pattern. The exercise “squat” is usually referred to a full, or partial, squat pattern done for reps or load. Front squats, air squats, overhead squats are all squatting exercises. “Squat” as a movement pattern refers to the act of bending at your knees while maintaining an upright chest. Wall balls and thrusters are movements that require a squatting pattern.

LIMITATIONS

So why do athletes have a hard time separating these two movements?

Let’s first look at the hinge. Many people end up doing a more squat pattern movement when they should be hinging because of body awareness. It can be hard for some people to know if they have a straight back as they hinge, so to overcorrect that they may keep their chest upright and squat down. Another option could be that their core isn’t that strong yet. So when they perform a hinge their back round. Again, to overcorrect that, they might keep their chest more upright so it will round less.

Regarding the squat, there are more factors at play. Ankle, knee and hip mobility play a big role in squatting. So, as athletes want to get lower in their squat and a joint, or multiple joints, is at its current full range of motion, they tend to bring their chest down to create the illusion of being low (or maintain balance). Another reason could be that their posterior chain is much stronger than their quads, causing their hips to come up first during a squat and turning the movement into a hinge.

Finally, a big factor limiting your movement could be the strength imbalance. Like mentioned above, if you are way stronger on one type of movement, it might influence you when you are trying to perform another pattern. Especially if you have gone through an injury and have been avoiding a certain range of motion for a while.

So if you are stuck in one of these exercises, make sure that you are performing the correct movement patterns. Also, make sure that nothing is keeping you from doing the correct movement patterns. And as always, if you have any questions on the form or how to improve your hinge, or squat, ask your Sweat Factory CrossFit coaches!

#chasinghappiness

Coach Clint