FAQs – Exercise, Nutrition, and Fitness Classes
HOW MUCH SHOULD I WORK OUT?
There is a limit to how often and how hard you should push your body. It’s different for everyone and it largely depends on your fitness and conditioning level. It’s important that you gauge how you are feeling before, during, and after your workouts. Small-group fitness classes are very helpful for keeping track of this information and receiving support from other members and professional trainers.
In general, 3-5 classes/week should be within your range. But as always, we can modify the intensity and movement of any exercise to ensure that you can come as frequently as needed to reach your goals.
MY BODY HURTS. IS THIS NORMAL?
If you’re new to working out (or working out this hard or frequently), your body will be “sore” from what scientist’s and researchers call: delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). At The Movement Warehouse, it is our belief that this feeling is your body thanking you for using it. Regardless of our fitness level, we have all experienced this to some degree or another. The uncomfortable feeling that you have when you can’t sit on the toilet after leg day, or after your coworker talked you into coming to a fitness class with them, is really a necessary adaptation your body is making to become the new and improved you.
There is a very important distinction between being sore and being injured. If you experience acute/localized pain when you move, like a shooting pain in your thigh when you straighten your leg or a pinch in your shoulder when you raise your arm, that area may need further attention. Bring this up to your trainer for assessment before you begin your next workout, or see a medical professional.
Otherwise, suck it up. Eventually, your body will adjust to the soreness. Get off of the couch and into the gym so it will happen faster.
WHAT IS HIIT? AND WHY SHOULD I BE DOING IT?
High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is a type of workout that sounds like it will kick your butt, and it will. The benefits to this style of training are endless. Most importantly, HIIT workouts provide an INSANE calorie burn in a short amount of time. These fitness classes are perfect because you have much better things to do than spend two hours in the gym. HIIT workouts ensure that you are getting the most out of every minute of your time in the gym.
Our HIIT success speaks for itself and you don’t have to do it for long to feel the benefits; looser fitting clothes, increased strength, smaller numbers on the scale, more energy, and best of all, ANYBODY can do it! We tailor our workouts to your level of fitness. Whether you are a seasoned athlete, or you have never been in a gym before, you can succeed in our program. Not convinced? Check out our testimonials page to hear what our satisfied members have to say.
DO I HAVE TO CUT OUT CARBS TO LOSE WEIGHT?
No! But you do have to cut out some of them. And if you want to take it further, you need to regulate WHEN you eat them.
Try to choose foods like
- Sweet potatoes
- Oats (not granola with oats, just plain oats)
- Nuts and Legumes (think chickpeas, hummus, lentils, and peas)
- Vegetables (yes, they are carbs)
Try to Avoid
- Sugar, sugar, sugar. Technically, they’re just broken down carbs (frappachinos, M&M’s, etc)
- Processed foods (instant noodles, frozen dinners, granola bars, most boxed cereals, chips)
- White breads and pastas
- Fruit juices
- Beer (I know! Sacrilege in San Diego, the new hometown of craft beer. At least be aware of your intake)
If you’d like to know more about your nutrition and how it’s the most important part of weight control, contact us and set up your free consultation)
SHOULD WOMEN LIFT HEAVY WEIGHTS?
YES! Some days yoga and cardio just doesn’t cut it and if you have goals for fat loss or tightening up (who doesn’t?), maybe it’s time to try a different type of training. Weightlifting (aka resistance training) has be shown to burn more fat than cardiovascular exercise, and when paired together, the results are astounding. Try our HIIT fitness classes to see the results of this approach for yourself!
- Bulking = Myth
- Light weight, high reps for tone = Myth
- Improved physique = Fact
- Better sleep = Fact
- Improved confidence, mood, and independence = Highly Likely
So ladies, do yourselves a favor, push out of your comfort zone and lift something.
CAN I STILL DRINK ALCOHOL AND STILL SEE RESULTS?
Of course you can! You’re an adult (if you’re an adult), and we would never ask anyone to do anything that we wouldn’t do ourselves!
If you have a very specific time frame for your goal of losing weight or getting toned (i.e. wedding, tropical vacation, high school reunion), we might have to curb it a bit more and possibly change what you’re drinking (and what you do after you finish ::cough:: carne asada fries ::cough::).