Do You Need a Personal Trainer?

Personal Training at VOLT FITNESS

“Yo bro, I got this” says the obvious gym newbie trying to lift a dumbbell three times his body weight if he were standing in the gym, with nothing but sweats on, soaking wet. Clearly this is not the picture of wisdom and fitness.

Now most of us love going to the gym on our own or with a buddy to pass the time while we attempt to get these sacks of bones into proper shape, and the independence makes us generally feel great about ourselves. However, contrary to popular belief, these people who walk around gyms yelling, clapping, and looking good, actually know a thing or two that you don’t when it comes to getting into shape, safely, and efficiently.

VOLT FITNESS Client
I am the picture of perfect health and awesomeness!

(No that’s not me in the picture. It’s one of our amazing clients, David H.) So in my previous post I mentioned working at a gym but not working out at said gym. In the earlier days of my employment at VOLT FITNESS, I had a few responsibilities as we were the “new kids on the block” and didn’t have too many clients (this is now in stark contrast to today as we  are quite hopping — no, I’m not being paid to say that). So while I had some downtime, a few of our generous trainers were more than happy to give me a few training sessions. Let me tell you, those few sessions did wonders. Now that I have more responsibility than I could have ever imagined, inside and outside of VOLT, my time and the trainers times don’t align and alas, I am unable to take advantage of these wonderful people I am fortunate enough to call my co-workers (I love you guys!).

Why do I go into all of that? Because as I mentioned before, I started working out again and I honestly miss having someone tell me what to do. Let me just mention this is one of the few times I let people tell me what to do (am I right, ladies?). Why? Because they know their craft! I don’t know enough to get me healthy except from what I remember from our sessions. Plus, its always great to have someone to encourage you to go further than you want to go. We have friends that come along and tell us that but what happens when they don’t want to stay with you to go that extra mile? To push you through that one last rep? At the end of the day there is no better help than a professional. Don’t think you need or even want a trainer? Check out our video below and tell me what you really think afterwards. C’mon, click the video. You know you want to.

Until next time fitness friends!

-Jay

Get Fit Make Friends Have Fun!

VOLT FITNESS
www.voltfitnessusa.com

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The Cookout Conundrum

Burgers on a plate with american flags

Well it’s that time again. Summer is winding down, and for most of us, school is.. NEXT WEEK! Before we dive into the first day of school, we have one more big holiday to celebrate. It’s LABOR DAY!! The day where America is supposed to sit back, relax, and reflect on all of its hard work. For those who have to continue working on this day, we bow our heads in a moment of silence for you.

Ok, now that that is over… in good old American fashion, we celebrate the blue collar folks with parades, and cookouts. The newest inclusion, is shopping! Cha-ching! BUT THIS POST ISN’T ABOUT THAT. IT’s about the cookouts, and all that lovely lovely food.

So for those of us who are trying to stay in shape and watch what we eat, we’ve gathered a few tips on how to keep that slim figure slim.

Hot Dogs and Burgers on the Grill

How to NOT Overeat at the Cookout

Survey the Land

The smell of grilling sizzling meat is in the air, the warmth of burning coal seeps out from the grill. The hunter instinct in you comes alive! Your mouth is alive with anticipation and you’re ready to pounce on the first sign of food! Then you see it, out before you is a marvelous spread of hamburgers (angus beef, am I right?!), steaks, hot dogs, brats with onions, potato salad, macaroni salad, ribs. There’s silver tins filled to the brim with fried chicken, and molten lakes of macaroni and cheese. Before that a table has been set aside for nothing but finger foods. Bowls of potato chips tower above cans of fluffy white dip that sit along side plates covered in pigs-in-a-blanket. Your tongue, unbeknownst to you, has slipped out and you lick your lips, awaiting the moment those succulent morsels of expertly grilled and friend meat can get past your teeth and send you reeling into a world of euphoria! BUT WAIT! Your emerging waistline, awesome cholesterol and blood sugar are telling you to put the brakes on all of that. What do you do with all is presented before you in the promise land of grilled goodies?

  1. Stop and take a breath! Seriously! You don’t want your mind to go into hoarding mode where you grab the first thing you see and let your plate pile up to overflowing.
  2. Decide what you want to eat first and even limit yourself to two types of food at a time and give yourself the option to go back. This way you’re not denying yourself something awesome to eat, and you’re not bingeing.

Pick a Smaller Dish

Ok, now you’ve checked out the spread and your stomach is rumbling, yelling at you for sustenance! Looking around, you find the plates and reach for the biggest one, the plate that could double as a trash can cover or even the hub plate cover for a Hummer. It’s time to go in! HOLD IT! Your stomach may be yelling FEED ME but your heart is telling you otherwise; in fact it would like to continue beating for a few more years. So what to do?

  1. Pick a smaller plate. If you grab the salad plate, dessert plate, or even the kids plate (if all of these are available) you’ll prevent yourself from over eating. Your portions will be kept smaller just because you know the plate can’t hold that much.
  2. Big plates make your portions look smaller so automatically you go to fill it to the brim. Your best bet is to go for the smallest plate you can find. If that isn’t an option then (if they are paper plates) then use a small spoon or a clean eating fork to select your items.

Limit the Liquor

You’ve done it! You planned out what you’ll eat and even went for the smallest plate you could find. Now all you need is something to wash it down with. In your head, you’ve got a cold one sitting comfortably in your hand, or a bottle cozy, and in between each delicious bite of burger you’re washing it down with that cool liquid gold. But what do the hosts have on deck? Some beer, maybe a little vino…. some sangria? Before you decide to wash away the afternoon, keep these tips in mind so as not to make your body dunk on the nectar of the gods, and your body fat on every yummy calorie.

  1. Alternate your alcohol with water and/or a low calorie non-alcoholic beverage. The amount of alcohol you consume will play on your senses. It may tell you “you can handle a big plate, you’re a grown man/woman” or it will tell you “EAT ALL THE FOOD” and before you know it, you’re overeating and over indulging and the next day you’re writhing in anguish and guilt! So avoid all of that by mixing it up.
  2. If your host happens to provide glassware to sip yourself into the night, pick the tallest glass. It will trick your senses into thinking you’ve had more when you’ve really had less.

So there you have it! Your organs will thank you, your doctors will thank you, your loved ones will thank you. Most importantly you’ll be happy with yourself because you didn’t binge, you won’t be in agony, and you can continue on your self-improvement journey.

– Jay

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!
VOLT FITNESS
566 S. Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
201-857-3800
http://www.voltfitnessusa.com

Personal Trainers Tuck it in!

Tuck it in Tuesday with Jon and Sarah

More shenanigans at VOLT FITNESS, especially on Tuesdays! While some of us slave away in front of a computer, the trainers here have found a way to liven up the work week.

Trainer and clients tuck in their shirts for Tuesday.
Personal Trainer, Jon Marciani gets his clients in on the trend.
Tuck it in Tuesday with Jon and Sarah
Jon and Sarah, personal trainers at VOLT FITNESS, tuck it in for Tuesday!

The only thing we take seriously here at VOLT FITNESS is our clients. We make sure that they get the best of our services, the best of our knowledge and the best of our attention. We also love to offer the best products we can get our hands on. To that point, we are now offering Isagenix at VOLT FITNESS.

Isagenix offers health and wellness product solutions for weight loss, energy and performance, and healthy aging. The owners have tried it, the staff have tried it and even relatives have tried Isagenix and absolutely love it. Their meal replacement bars taste good. For real. There isn’t any chalky after taste and it does in fact make you feel good after eating it. Even the shakes are pretty tasty. All are included in the 30 Day Cleansing and Fat Burning system. Now to prove that this stuff works, you have to be very disciplined. Most products that are similar don’t require much work but Isagenix makes sure that you get to your goal in the safest way possible. Keep that in mind, because the next 30 days will not be easy! Then again, nothing worth while is ever easy.

If you’re interested in Isagenix from VOLT FITNESS (you can trust us) then go to voltfitness.isagenix.com and take a look around. Then give us a call at (201)857-3800 so we can take things from there.

Until next time, readers.

Get fit. Make friends. Have fun.
VOLT FITNESS
566 Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
(201) 857-3800
http://www.voltfitnessusa.com

Excuse our dust… literally.

"Hey everybody" "Norm!"

Things have been on the move here at VOLT FITNESS, and we’ve been amazed at how a few changes have made a big difference. What “wows” us even more, is that our client base has grown amidst the flying dust and numerous “wet paint” signs. When asked, what keeps you coming, most have commented that it’s the atmosphere in the gym. We’ve been told that the staff is friendly and quickly become like family. Clients don’t feel intimidated but motivated. They find a friend from the ownership down to the trainers. The writer of this post can attest to that. We do have something of a cheers atmosphere here.

"Hey everybody" "Norm!"
“Hey everybody” “Norm!”

Next reason, is our knowledgeable staff. Our trainers know what they’re doing. You won’t find any meatheads here, mindlessly yelling orders out to their clients. There is a trust built between the clients and their trainers. The front desk personnel has in fact seen a drastic change in many of the people who come through our doors and its not just a physical change they see. There is a confidence boost, there is excitement when the clients see their trainers and that same excitement is heard in the voices of the trainers as they great their next appointment with a hollering “WOOO!!! YOU READY?! LETS DO THIS!”. Occasionally some clapping accompanies the holler. (Get the image of a clapping gorilla out of your head.)

Gorilla Clapping
I mean it! Clear it out of your mind right now!

If the author of this post didn’t work here, they would join the gym themselves. In this person’s experience, gyms aren’t necessarily the most fun and inviting place to be. The tightly grouped machines, blaring club thumping music, the super cut absurdly fit members anointing the equipment with their glorious sweat, and the overly pseudo enthusiastic (or blatantly apathetic) staff members don’t exactly scream “please, come in and use us to drop some lard”.

Now I know many may read this and think “GYMS AREN’T SUPPOSED TO BE FRIENDLY THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE HARDCORE RAAAAAWWWWRRR (insert gym rage here)”; but if you’re just starting out and feel completely insecure (which many do, no matter what size, shape or level of fitness they are), none of that is encouraging. The rows of machines give the sense of a fitness factory, where the unfit rodents line up and mount the treadmills that are tightly packed together, and power the facility while doing their best to tune out the fact that there may be someone right next to them putting in double the amount of effort they are. Excuse me while I catch my breath.

Although this will sound like a catchphrase on ‘roids, VOLT FITNESS puts the personal touch in personal training.

Even with the advent of Small Group Personal Training, everyone still gets individual attention. The best phenomenon we’ve seen is that those who were once strangers, become friends in these small groups. Who knew? You can work with strangers and find friends as well as a great workout that wasn’t mass produced.

So if you’re in Bergen County, and need a gym where you feel free to get fit and would like to make some friends along the way, give us a call and come in for a free session. Or just come in to say hi.

Get fit. Make friends. Have fun!
VOLT FITNESS
http://www.voltfitnessusa.com
(201) 857-3800
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