This is probably one of the most common questions I get from new clients – What is the difference between training with the machines and training with the free weights. Some people say that machines are better and some say the free weights are better so lets clear the air. Machines are great for beginners to weight training because they allow you to soley focus on the one muscle group you are training. For example lets use the chest press. When you sit down at the machine you have a seat to sit on, a back support rest, and two handles that are fastened to the machine that will only move in the set correct range of motion. Now when doing the same exercise using the bench and barbell there is a little more involved. You are lying down, the bar will move in whatever motion you put it in and you are forced to use your abs to balance yourself, you must have enough strength and control in your arms to correctly lower the weight and press it back up. Definitely requires more coordination and balance. So with the free weights you are training the chest but your other muscles are also used as stabilizers. I train with both machines and free weights they are both great- but definitely start out on machines to learn correct form and positioning so that when you do move onto free weights you are using them correctly.
Carolyn was this years most improved cosmo – woman. She has shown outstanding drive, dedication and perseverance during this year’s camp. Good Job Carolyn – Stay Strong! And enjoy your shopping spree over at Max Muscle!
Our photographer bailed on us this year so unfortunately we didn’t get to capture as much camp on film as we would have liked to but the girls tolerated me taking some time away from instruction to get them to strike a pose or two for the camera! Next camp we will have a hired photographer to get some of the great shots we missed this time around!
Last week I was interviewed by the Panorama Editor – Jennifer Gokhman at the Lodi News Sentinel for a piece in the paper about my recent Fitness Boot Camp. Check it Out!
Boot Camp Interview
By Jennifer Gokhman
I would like to take a moment and thank Jed Green over here at our local Max Muscle in Lodi, Ca for being this years Beach Body Boot Camp Sponsor. Jed at Max Muscle donated a $100 Gift Certificate to this years most accomplished girl. Thanks Jed! We appreciate all your help and great products!!!
Happy Mothers Day to all you Fit Mammas! Keep up the good work! There is no greater gift to give your family than a Healthy Mom. From our house to yours Happy Mothers Day!
Last weekend we took off for the hills to enjoy some of this beautiful weather. Being located in Lodi is actually pretty awesome we have so many great places to go and visit that are literally right in our own backyard. Being the active outdoorsy people that we are and also having our four year old little girl we needed a get away that wouldn’t be too far to drive and would offer up hiking that the whole family could handle. We found Chaw – Se National Park, located in Sutter Creek, Ca off of old Highway 49.
The main attraction to the site is an old indian grinding stone, where hundreds of holes have been ground into a massive rock from grinding acorns from the surrounding oaks. In addition to the stone there is some of the most beautiful rolling prarie and hills to hike along – perfect place for a picnic. From Lodi I think it took us maybe 40 minutes – not bad for a day getaway! It offered great trails that had enough of an incline to be challenging, and of course if you want to run them you can really get a workout! Check this place out!