*My workout needs HELP!
Q: I work out as fast and hard as I can until I can’t go anymore.
What’s wrong with that?
A: Guess what — you are burning almost 100% carbs, which is why you feel so hungry afterwards. You also are not going to move off your current plateau if you don’t build your base. What you need is a heart rate interval exercise plan tailored to your current metabolic level.
Q: I work out on the treadmill and always stay in the “fat zone” printed on the treadmill. I can watch TV, do my taxes, read a book — what’s wrong with that?
A: If you rarely break a sweat, you’re exercising wrong too. Sure, you are burning about the number of calories in a granola bar every half an hour, but so what? If you were on a heart rate interval exercise program tailored to your current metabolic level, you would push yourself a little every few minutes — and after a few weeks, you will have a higher base. Your metabolism would burn more energy, even at rest. That’s where you want to be.
Q: I don’t have time for exercise. What’s wrong with that?
A: What you mean is, it BORES YOU and you don’t see results. You need to change two things. First, give a good exercise program about three weeks to have an initial impact (if you can go at least 3-5 times a week). Then, figure out something to keep you interested. For example, most New Leaf scheduled exercises make you change your heart rate every couple of minutes, and that is surprisingly interesting to do. Consider using a compatible sports watch or iPhone App if you want the whole experience.
The Assessment Experience!
Q: So I wear a mask and run or bike during an assessment, right? What is that like?
A: We will help you put on a very light, comfortable neoprene mask (which is brand-new and personal to you) which has a couple of tiny tubes coming out of it, attached to an analyzer. You also put on a heart rate chest strap and get comfortably situated on a treadmill or stationery bike while answering a few basic questions. Then, you will start running or spinning at a very easy rate. Every minute, the workload will get a little bit harder, until we get all the information we need.
Out of shape? No worries, you will be surprised how easy the test is — some people never get above a fast walking pace. That is how it is supposed to work. We can tell from the first readings what kind of exercise program to write for you, so that you can move up a level.
Average fitness level? You will run or bike for about fifteen minutes, building up to a strong workout pace. But it still isn’t that tough of an experience, and if you have ever had a cardiac stress test in a doctor’s office, you will think ours is a piece of cake.
- Elite athlete? You have the option to demonstrate your true VO2 Max. This experience will take you to the limits of your training experience and you are not likely to forget it. Once we determine your Max we will take you immediately to cool-down. But even if you only get to a sub-max zone in the test, we will be able to estimate your VO2 Max with very good accuracy
*Taken from New Leaf Fitness