When Do You Workout Each Day? Does It Matter?

Personally I’ve always found that working out first thing in the morning works best. Though tough some days to do when I’m feeling sluggish or tired, exercise can provide me with a boost of energy to get the work day started on a positive track. Workouts that I put off to later in the day often never happen. It becomes less of a priority as the volume of work and personal responsibilities mount up throughout the day. But that’s my personal preference. Many find working out after work a stress reliever. So it’s all matter of personal preference, unless you have specific goals in mind.

Outside Magazine explains that you can get different results depending upon the time you choose to workout (see link below). If you’re goal is to lose weight then first thing in the morning is more apt to burn additional calories. But if your goal is to perform well on the tennis court, you’re better off playing towards the end of your day, 4-8 pm. This is the time the human body performs at its best.

http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/fitness-coach/Whens-The-Best-Time-To-Exercise.html

It all comes down to when we have time, the quality of the workout, and the particular goals you may have set for yourself. Next week Club Fit launches a new series of classes, HP 30, a 30 minute high intensity workout offered early on Monday, Wednesday, & Fridays at 6:30 & 7 am, later in the day on Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6:30 & 7 pm, and Saturday morning classes at 8 & 8:30 am. All classes are conducted in the Parisi Speed School. Class packages are available in sets of 12 or 24, or pay as you go, first class is free. Call 914 245-6993 for more information, or reserve a spot in your class time of choice, class size limited to a total of 6 participants.

HP 30 – the Ultimate 30 Minute High Performance Workout at Club Fit Jefferson Valley

Club Fit Jefferson Valley is launching a new time saving, result driven class, that delivers a high intensity workout through a focused and educated approach. Accelerate your conditioning without sacrificing technique, form, and safety. Workouts are taught, not commanded, through a closely supervised and thoughtful process that delivers a high energy and intense experience with a safe execution of all exercises and drills.

Our goal is to bring out the athlete in everyone, in just 30 minutes, several times a week. When it comes to calorie burning during exercise, research shows that HIT training (short, high-intensity interval workouts) burn more calories than longer, lower intensity aerobic workouts. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, not only are more calories burned in short, high intensity exercise, but cardiovascular improvements happen faster with something as simple as 30-Second Sprint Workouts than with long steady endurance exercise.

In an effort to meet the demands of your busy lifestyle these HP 30 classes are scheduled at 6:30 & 7 am every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 6:30 & 7 pm every Tuesday & Thursday, and every Saturday at 8 & 8:30 am. Classes begin the week of June 4th and will be conducted by Parisi Speed Coaches.

For more information contact Scott Lancaster at slancaster@clubfit.com

Are You a Tech Minimalist, When it Comes to Working Out?

We’ve all heard about thousands of runners giving up on wearing their running shoes. But have you considered giving up all your tech gear? Ipods, Smart Phones, GPS Watches are used by millions of runners and people in gyms. It’s become more unusual to see someone not plugged in while they workout. But is this best way to achieve maximum results and high performance goals? Studies indicate that you may want to unplug yourself and start listening to your body.

As a lifelong competitive runner and collegiate athlete I would never go out to train with something plugged into my ears. The focus that is needed when you train should not allow for distractions intended to entertain. As a matter of fact you would never go into a competition attempting to perform to your highest potential by deliberately distracting yourself. Is there a place for the use of music while working out? In my opinion, yes, if used appropriately. As a coach, instructor, trainer you can use music when you want the tempo to pick up or continue for longer stretches of time, but you better be prepare to provide the type of music that accomplishes that goal. On the flipside you also want to listen to your body. When working out all your sense are fully engaged, if something is not right, you want to be able to react accordingly. When you add tech devices to your training there is a good chance they may distract you from taking notice of what may be going wrong or what may feel great.

In HP 30 classes at Club Fit Jefferson Valley instructors will use music strategically to achieve a specific tempo (for example a slow build of rhythm as you warm-up) and no music when they want you to focus on how your body should be performing (athletic coordination drills).

If you’re training yourself or your out on your own running, biking, etc. devices that measure your progress (time, distance, location) can be important for immediate feedback and safety purposes. It’s a matter of personal preference, but if you’re trying to get the most out of your workout, tech devices can distract and prevent you from accomplishing your overall goals.

Do you use tech devices while working out? Would you consider cutting back and focus on listening to your body? Let us know your thoughts and how you use tech devices to workout.

Scott Lancaster
Parisi Director
Club Fit Jefferson Valley

Understanding Nutrition


 “If you give a person a fish, they will eat for a day

But teach a person how to fish, and they will eat for a lifetime”

Diet and exercise are two words that seldom go unheard. Just turn on your television, search the internet or read any magazine, and you will be inundated with advertisements or claims promising quick fix results. Unfortunately, nutrition and exercise are two very marketable concepts in today’s society. Many people are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle or lose weight, which has lead to an influx of information and gadgets for this “Industry” to capitalize on.

With all this focus, I want you to ask yourself, why is America getting fatter and becoming more unhealthy? Studies have shown that fifty five percent of Americans are overweight, and health problems have increased.

It is my intentions with this blog, to provide information that is reliable and useful. My philosophy is that “Knowledge is power”. This is not another quick fix diet and exercise sale that promises miraculous results and contributes to the statistics mentioned above. This blog is an informational guide for you to obtain practical applications and apply it towards your goals.

Nobody can get results for you. You fulfill this sense of achievement alone. People can provide you with the right path to follow, or unfortunately lead you the wrong way with fads and gimmicks created to influence you and make money. My goal is to provide you with information based on scientific and clinical principles that give you the tools to accomplish a wellness lifestyle change. Whether it is weight management, controlling diabetes, lowering risks of heart disease, or optimizing sports performance, I intend to empower you to empower yourself.

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Sincerely,

Mark T. Cuatt

General Manager

There’s a Club Fit for Everyone!

Club Fit inspires our members to get more out of every day.

It’s a place to work out and a place to unwind. It’s a place to play your favorite sports and a place to take charge of your health & well-being. It’s a place for kids of all ages and people of all levels. It’s a place to meet friends, socialize and indulge a little. With so much you and your family can do here, it’s a world apart from fitness as usual.

And it’s all right here, in a refreshingly relaxed, welcoming environment. From the moment you come in the door, our people know you by name, and our exceptional trainers and staff are always here to help.

There’s a Club Fit for everyone. What’s yours?