Meet the New Kids:
In the fitness industry there is
always an "it thing.” Whether it’s an "it” exercise or an "it” piece of
equipment, there is always something new to stay on top of. As trainers, it is
our job to sift through what is simply a fad and what really is beneficial to
At the Sports Club of Novi we do
our best to stay with the times and keep up with the latest fitness equipment
technology. That being said, we have recently become one of few gyms to
incorporate the ActivMotion Bar.
This new piece of equipment can
benefit those of all fitness levels. It’s unique design and the level of
exercise difficulty allows all to get a great workout from this rather simple
tool. The ActivMotion bar is, as its name entails, a body bar. The
differentiating feature for this specific bar is the fact that it has an
instability built into it via the moving balls, shifting with the slightest of
movements. This type of disruptive training forces your body to use those
under-active muscles to effectively complete an exercise.
If you are curious about this new
addition to the Sports Club, ask one of our great trainers to show you all of
the great things you can do with one piece of equipment. It will change how you
look at the most simple of movements.
Beneficial or Harmful?
Losing weight and getting back on
track requires a lot of work and we, as humans, seek the easiest and timely way
of achieving these goals. Hence, the uproar about cleanses and detox diets.
Essentially, these diets last from
three days to a month, depending on which one you do. Majority call on you to
limit food intake and focus on an all liquid intake of either protein shakes or
vegetable/fruit juices. Some diets even require the use of laxatives and enemas
to "truly” cleanse the system. These diets claim to rid the body of the toxins
and regain balance of your system and boost your weight losing abilities.
That all sounds good and well, however, why mess with what
we are naturally designed to do very efficiently? Our kidneys, liver and colon
dutifully take on the task to keep our bodies free of toxins and impurities.
A poor diet can certainly make one
feel "clogged up” and lead to extra weight gain. The idea of being able to
change this by simply eliminating food intake and drinking loads of water is
tempting. It’s instantaneous! Be warned: it’s incredibly temporary and can come
with more negative side effects than positive. The extreme caloric deficit can
lead to weakness, dizziness, and fainting. The drastic change in consumption
can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, even muscle breakdown.
Yes, you will see a drop in weight
after attempting one of these diets but, it will most likely return as it is typically
water weight that you have lost. Now, for some, this might just be the mental,
feel-good, boost they need to take on a healthy lifestyle. Simply consider your
options before investing your time and money into a cleanse. Are there some
other changes you can make to make yourself feel better? For example, limit
alcohol consumption and increase your intake of minimally processed foods. And,
as always, don’t skip gym day.
Shamrock Shake vs.
Come March, McDonald’s release its
creamy, minty Shamrock Shake. Because it’s seasonal, and if you blink it will
be gone, you have to have one, right? But, before you down one of these, here
is something to consider: how does a 12 oz. Shamrock Shake compare to a Big
Mac? Which one do you think is worse than the other?
Nutritional Values (Small, 12oz. Serving)
Big Mac Nutritional
Obviously, neither one of these
would be a good "go-to” option if on the run, however, it does put things into
perspective. A liquid can pack just as much of a punch on your daily calorie
intake as a Big Mac. At the end of the day, the high sugar content and lack of
protein offered by the shake would lead me to choose the Big Mac (never thought
I’d say those words). The burger would lead to less of a sugar spike and
provide me with longer lasting energy for the same number of calories consumed.
Moral of the story? Nothing is as innocent as it seems when it comes to the
fast food world.
Sarah Hall, B.S.,