Month: August 2014

The Concept of F.I.T. Reviews: The Rules

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This is perhaps one of my favorite part of The Concept of F.I.T.  I strongly believe that as consumers we need honest opinions, research, and ratings of products that are gonna help us achieve our goals or set us back. I hate spending money on shit crap that only set us back, both fitness goals and financially. Not to mention, there are great products out there from different walks of the health and fitness field that deserve the recognition it deserve. I am not really here to give just positive feedback on a product that is NOT going to BENEFIT you. I want to help you guys get the help you need in order to make smart buying choices and we take care the rest.

Here is what you will expect from The Concept of F.I.T. Reviews

  • Why”The Concept of F.I.T. will give you reviews that include not only whether the we give the thumbs up or down, but why. We might compare other similar products, just to be fair.
  • Fine Details– The reviews will focus on specific features of the product and the experiences with it. This might tie with the F.I.T. Media for video reviews.
  • Keep it straightforwardThe Concept of F.I.T. always try to keep all posts in an enjoyable length as possible, at least 100 words minimum, but 450 words max. Don’t you hate getting bored? 
  • Keepin’ It Real- That is why we are here in the first place. Can’t stress this enough folks!

 

Companies interested in sending us stuff for reviews can contact at: theconceptoffit@gmail.com

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A Tidbit Checklist to get started on your Workout Journey

Be Hardcore or bust!

Honestly, you can and remove things in this list to your liking, but I figure that if you want to work out, you need a few things. Things that will keep you in line, things that will make sure you do your part, things that…well you get the point. I will write a checklist of things that the TCOF(The Concept Of F.I.T.) would love to review soon enough. This list will get more extensive as time goes along.  Here goes nothing

Essential Gym Bag Essentials:

1) Sweatpants

2) Sweatshorts

3) Running Capris 

4) High Quality Socks

5) Well-Rounded Running Sneakers

6) Water Bottle

7) Deodorant

8) MP3 Player that Clips on

9) Sports Towel

10) Sport Headphones

11) Gym Bag

12) Face Wash

13) Disinfectant Wipes

14) Cell Phone

15) Heart Rate Monitor

16) Sandals

17) Odor Eliminator 

18) Interval Timer

19) Shaker Pro Bottle

20) Energy Bar/Post Workout Bar

21) Gym Gloves

22) Sweat Jacket

23) Running Gloves

24) Sunglasses

25) Bug Spray

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Home Gym Essentials

1) Medicine Ball

2) Stability Ball

3) Free Weights/Dumbbells

4) Yoga Mat

5) Ab Wheel

6) Pull Up Bar

7) Resistance Bands

8) Jump Rope

9) TRX or Insanity Workout Program

10) Punching Bag

11) Boxing Gloves

12) Gym Bench

13) Kettlebells

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Supplements:

1) Fish Oil

2) Krill Oil

3) Garlic

4) Metamucil

5) Ginger

6) BCAA

7) Creatine

8) Whey Protein

9) CLA

10) Vitamin D

11) Vitamin C

 

Will create the extended version really soon!

Circuit Training Beginnings

Example of Circuit Training.

Example of Circuit Training.

Some people go to the gym to blast fat (I personally think the gym is great if you go with dedicated people you can seek advice on certain exercise programs such as performing pull-ups) . Some people go on fad diets to shed off weight fast. And some unfortunate people take annoying fad diet pills and do weight loss surgery (the consequences to these methods are much higher, especially in gaining the weight back). For me, my first step in getting my life in order was Circuit Training, believe it or not. I occasionally went back to the gym for a month due to cold weather and boxing classes, but yes,Circuit Training got me going. I may not have my trophy abs, but I’m doing this without any help of supplements (Did tried Women’s ripped pack from GNC for 1.5 months)or fad diets (I did tried Paleo, but I still lost weight even with wheat bread and Greek Yogurt). Besides having the most amazing trainer, what is really made circuit training effective for me is the fact its is the combination of resistance training and High Intensity Interval Training/Aerobics to not only shred fat, but also build and tone muscles.

But here is the trick in Circuit Training, you are assigned to do prescribed exercises in a “circuit”, before starting all over again. For example, 15x reps of the following in order: Modified Pushups, Dips, Jump Squats, Walking Lunges, Bicycle Crunches and Leg Lifts.Try to hit as many Circuits within a given time frame. BTW, you are not really allowed to break during the circuits, especially if you need to grab water. Wait for your throat to get parched before taking a swig of water (DON’T drink alot or you will feel your stomach turn against you).  And yes, you get at least a minute (1) break before going to the next circuits. I was told that Circuit Training is the most effective weight lost regimen for women and with a near perfect diet (REMEMBER: 75%-80% of the effort is due to diet. Honestly, having a personal trainer, whether via online, Youtube, and/or personal trainer, will help you get to your goals faster than solely doing it by yourself. You will struggle with jumping lunges or any plyometric exercise at first, but if you give yourself at least 3x a week in doing this exercise, you will see the results much faster. 1 month to see the changes, 2 months for family and friends to recognize the changes, for the 3 months to see a significant change. So what are you waiting for, drop and give me….a circuit! 

The Concept of F.I.T. Thanks

The Concept of F.I.T. would like to thank the following:

Resources:

Information and References

  1. Fitness.com
  2. Womenhealthmagazine.com
  3. Bodybuliding.com
  4. Cutandjacked.com
  5. Bar Brothers (Facebook)
  6. Muscle and Fitness
  7. Muscle and Strength
  8. Bartisti

People

Theresa P. Armstrong (My personal trainer and mentor who  got me into fitness when I least expected it. Always admired her strength, success, and her amazingly humble personality and her devoted relationship with God.)

Marie Flounoy (Writing Mentor, Life Coach and Best Friend who never gave up on me, despite all the amazing, yet wacky adventures of our lives)

Gyms

Colosseum Gym

Something About Calisthenics

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I train with Circuit Training, Calisthenics, and Yoga, with a hint of gym. It’s like I see my body as not only a cooking pot of different forms of exercise in achieving my results, but why not make the gym anywhere I go?  Hell, I might be the crazy lady who would do pull-ups on the NYC subway trains or jump squats for my 5 minute break at my job. I will write a brief tidbits post on the mini difference between Calisthenics and Circuit Training, shortly. From what I know, though both don’t really use equipment to do the exercises prescribed, Calisthenics focuses more on achieving goals increasing your muscular endurance to perform more reps, increase your strength, increase your flexibility, and raising your metabolic rate for you to burn more calories. It goes very hand to hand to other fitness programs such as weight training, CrossFit, and Martial Arts. This form of exercise is also associated with Street Workouts, Bar Competitions, and my favorite, the Bar Brothers of Facebook with Lazar Novovic. Long story short, I just wanna do a lot of pullups, my first dragon flag, and muscles up and Frank Medrano and Lazar Novovic (Honorable Mention: Cornelia Ritzke) seems to be the first person in mind when I think of Calisthenics. The concept of pushing your body to achieve unspeakable strength, there’s something about Calisthenics that calls to me. DARE TO BEAT AVERAGE!

Here is a quick video to the introduction of Calisthenics by Frank Medrano, Enjoy:

David Barton Gym’s 5th Annual Block Party Review

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I attended the David Barton’s 5th Annual Block Party (8/28) a few days ago and I must say that for someone who often visited the Equinox gyms, I think David Barton did a pretty awesome job in convincing me to jump membership otherwise. The purpose of this event in my own opinion was to welcome both members and non-members to get an intimate experience with David Barton (in case you didn’t know, David Barton is known for its stylish and innovative atmosphere that helps your “forget the outside world” and get your pumped up before you ever step onto the treadmill or barbell.) The event (Astor Place in New York City) has partnered up with pop-up shops that offered giveaways, special discounts & tons of great takeaways for you to get ready for the next day or workout (or both). Some of the sponsors include ZICO Coconut Water, FIU by Uptown, EBOOST, Back Label and much more.

I had the upmost pleasure of meeting Kevin Kavanaugh, the President of David Barton Gym, who also not only made the event smoothly run with his staff, but also gave me good takeaways fitness/health tips including make your own food with wholesome ingredients and not worry so much on the calories counting on food that would pack the weight and find a workout that you enjoy the most in order for you to stick with it in the long run. I also had a great experience in my first tour around the gym and I must say I’m pretty sold not just because I’m writing quite a positive review for David Barton (The Concept of F.I.T. keeps it real for you, the amazing audience to get your F.I.T. on) but some of the things I believe its Concept of F.I.T. worthy. This David Barton gym comes equipped with a live DJ, colorful, ‘nightlife” themed workout cycling and free weight-rooms and the energy of great trainers that would motivate you to push that last rep instead of doing the workout yourself and not get much out of your time.

 Leave your 9 to 5 stressful job, the anxiety that you don’t look great enough, and your longing to belong somewhere with like-minded individuals and come to David Barton in Astor Place. For the rebels, the nerds, the subcultures, and the unique individuals, this gym gets you going and feels surreally at home. I hope to do more events with David Barton for more to come. Cons, nothing I can’t think of yet, so I might just have to join and figure that one for myself.

Overall experience 5/5

My Internship at Ashtanga Yoga

Eddie Stern and I

Eddie Stern and I

Wouldn’t you believe that I went from taking a class from Modo Yoga into doing a summer internship in Yoga? Remember, I only had one experience in taking one yoga class at Modo Yoga and that’s really it. Sure, I did met Yogis on my journey, but it wasn’t until I offered a chance to intern at a Yoga studio, why not LEARN Yoga instead of relying on apps or online? I have the privilege of interning with the Urban Yogis at Broome Street with Eddie Stern, one of the best yoga teachers as a Summer Intern Urban Yogi. The internship comprises of learning different poses such as Sun Salutations A and B, Tree Pose, Crow Pose to harder ones including the oh-so difficult handstand pose. For someone who boasts about great upper body strength, you need much more than arms to balance your body. (Disclaimer: I am really still working on my abs and want to see how far I can get there without any supplements, yet.). The second part of the classes are group discussions from the book, “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra. Each week, we would read at least one chapter to discuss our thoughts about what was read. I found the Law of Detachment to really hit home for me the most, especially as someone who is more into the Entertainment/Media industry of things. (In case, this is your first post you read from this post, I am a photographer, http://www.chiomaozuzu.com) Don’t expect the results of your labor to be automatically, everything really does happen for a reason.

For six weeks, I learned alot about myself and how I perceive my reasoning of what I am met to do. I mean, I don’t have the perfect body yet, but I am giving my best each day. And when I do, I still want to push myself to exceed amazing limits. Career wise, I may  not have the perfect job (and yes, I have done alot of red carpet celebrity portraiture) but I hope its something that embraces my talents and not only empower people but also give them enlightenment in the most entertaining way possible, as my “Dharma”. Yoga is something that I still consider a whole different ballpark. I never learn how control of my breaths, patience, and listen to my body when it comes to what I put inside my body. There are times where the people I surround myself or have to deal with on a daily basis throw me off balance and discourage my goals in both fitness and media, most importantly, my spirits and well-being. Its beyond the poses, “I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.” (By: Rumi).  I admit, dear Yoga, I don’t know why we met so many times before, but I like to get to know you better, you seem to touch my heart and I hope we can spend more time together.

Concept of F.I.T. is Mind, Body, Spirit.

 

My Fellow Yogis

When Yoga and I met the first time.

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This is an interesting post to me because I am still learning lots about Yoga, but I find the practice one of the most life changing experiences I had. Its not something I would not have got into on my own, until the opportunities to practice the discipline frequently hits me. It was a rainy day when I first tried Yoga for the first time at Modo Yoga in NYC and I love trying out new things so to speak. I was two months into my personal training in Circuit Training and I figured why not try Yoga. I mean, I have a clue that I need flexibility and balance, but never was the kind of person who remembers to breathe when I go into my workouts. I walked inside the hot room with my towel and black whitebeater shirt and lied down. I haven’t experienced hot indoors since the summer heatwave in 2008 and there was no electricity. I waited for my instructor to teach the class.Shit, I am sort of sweating here.

Surrounded by a sea of attractive bodies of people lying on the mats and doing their own thing, the instructor gave us some drills I am no where familiar with. To me, that is stretching. I can’t remember the name of the poses, but I know I was nowhere near the level of flexibility, as I suspected. I struggled to maintain my balance, no, to even catch up with the class as I continue to sweat out alot more. However, despite the fact I am new, I learn one thing from this experience, the stress and muscle aches I felt from my circuit training class were relieved. Knowing me, I done an array of sports that are bound to get you sore, especially cross country, track, karate, and rugby. For the first time, I am not competing to achieve a goal, I am pushing myself for me. Of course, I would get in a world of hurt if I try all the poses in haste and inexperience. I thanked the instructor for his time and asked for last minute advice. Something about patience, change, and growth was something I got out of him. This is not the last experience I have in Yoga. Next post is actually a followup. 

Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”  Caroline Adams