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Sunday, May 19, 2013

8 Tips to Get Fit For the Summer. from the Nation's Fitness Experts

This week, I reached out to fitness experts. I asked them all "What's one tip to get fit for the summer? I received many great responses from some fitness trainers based around the country and beyond. 

 If you want to lose weight, gain muscle or both, I suggest you take a moment and review these tips the experts offer to get fit this summer. 


Mike Nicholson - of Phlex Fitness


 GET FIT TIP: "Although I'd advise that you make fitness a lifestyle as opposed to a seasonal occurrence. Here [is a tip] to help get you started with getting in shape for the summer and for the rest of your life. 
Figure out what fitness goals you want to achieve. This can be definition of the body or decreased body fat. Notice I didn't mention weight. Reason being is that all too often individuals put emphasis on loss of weight as gauge for their fitness success. When in fact if you are exercising and eat a proper diet you can lose body and thus inches but body weight can increase. Remember that muscle weighs more than fat.

BIO: Several years ago, when a friend was unable to recognize a photo of him due to his weight gain, Nicholson vowed to get back in shape – but was frustrated by the traditional workouts he once enjoyed.On a whim, he took a hip-hop dance class at his local gym and after just a few classes the instructor, impressed by his dancing ability, encouraged Nicholson to try out for an opportunity to teach at the health club. Today, the Columbus dance fitness guru is gaining new students in droves.

Jason Maxwell - of

GET FIT TIP:"Start taking fish oil.  Don't even think of it as a supplement.  Think of it as food.  Everyone who takes fish oil will get their money’s worth. Why? Increased fat burning. In 2007, researchers analyzed a total of 324 men and women between the ages of 20 and 40.  When compared to a control group, the groups who supplemented with fish oil (or had an increased diet of fatty fish) lost 1kg more weight in 4 weeks.
Also, the ingestion of fish oil regulates the pathways in the brain that influence our emotions, and most importantly, our motivation. If motivation is optimized, we'll be that much more likely to stick to diet plans (and other goals in life).
Take 1tbsp of liquid fish oil if you are under 20% body fat and 2tbsp if you are over 20%."
BIO: Mr. Maxwell grew up in a small town less with less than 3500 people. He struggled with his weight growing up and while attending Ryerson University in Toronto he learned how to stop being "skinny-fat" by becoming obsessed with fitness and nutrition. More recently he began doing personal training, online coaching, and writing. 


Shon Grosse - of
GET FIT TIP: Add a program of short sprints to your current program. A few reasons why:Sprinting can control body weight by increasing insulin sensitivity and fat ozidation.Sprinting utilizes and develops your posterior chain musculature (glutes and hamstrings)more effectively than steady state jogging/ running.Sprinting results in increased growth hormone release, which in turn leads to better sleep, decreased body fat, improved lean muscle development and improved energy.Warmer weather during the summer months makes sprinting more comfortable and may decrease the risk of muscle strain. "
Mr. Grosse holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, with Athletic Training emphasis from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University. Prior to settling in Southeastern PA, Shon served as student as well as graduate assistant athletic trainer for Penn State University Athletics, working with multiple NCAA champions as well as future professional and Olympic athletes in football, wrestling, as well as track & field and men’s lacrosse. 

Shon has been published in The Physician and Sports Medicine, ADVANCE for Physical Therapists, the EliteFTS website, as well as Men’s Health.


 Juan Carlos Santana - The Institute of Human Performance
GET FIT TIP: "The body you want is at the doorsteps of you mouth.  Diet is the most important  component of body transformation since you can't exercise a bad diet away.  Look at bodybuilders – what are they obsessed with and keep a closer tab on – THEIR DIET.
Santana is currently the Founder and Director of IHP, his state-of-the-art training facility in Boca Raton, Florida. IHP provides an unparalleled training environment for elite athletes including World Class Tennis Champions, NFL and MLB players, World Champion Brazilian Jujitsu and mixed Martial Arts Fighters, numerous NCAA Division I teams, and hundreds of nationally ranked teen hopefuls from a broad cross-section of sports disciplines.

A graduate of Florida Atlantic University with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Exercise Science, JC is involved in several ongoing research studies with several universities and on his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology.


Nick Tumminello of

GET FIT TIP:"...Do "push-aways": Push away the beer, push-away the high-sugar foods, and push away from the table once you've eaten enough to feel satisfied, not so full you have to loosen your belt. 
Put simply, it's no secret that exercise is not only important for improving health, but also for helping to improve the way you look. However, if you're trying to look better for summer, you're not going to be able to out-exercise a poor diet. So, add some extra "push-aways" to your regular routine and it'll help you workout for offense instead of defense."
BIO: Nick Tumminello is a Personal Trainer and Fitness Educator in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He's also the author of the "Strength Training for Fat Loss' DVD.


Mike Geary - from The Truth About Abs
GET FIT TIP: "Despite what you'll hear from extreme vegans, extreme raw foodists, and other believers in "extreme" types of diets that eliminate entire portions of the historical human diet, the human digestive system evolved to eat a mixture of plants and animal foods (yes, we evolved as omnivores), as well as a mixture of raw food AND cooked food."

BIO: Mr. Geary is the owner and author of and several other popular fitness and health websites.  He's authored the internationally best-selling eBook, The Truth about Six Pack Abs. Currently, The Truth about Six Pack Abs is the #1 ranked Abdominals eBook in the world (as ranked by with over 539,000 readers in 163 countries to date.


Mandy Ingber -

GET FIT TIP: Start wearing clothes that fit, and don't wait to change in order to feel good in your body. You can love your body into shape today. Write 3 things you are grateful for about your body daily. Drink 3 liters of water per day. Move for 30 minutes daily: walk, spin, yoga (any modality will work). Eliminate processed foods and sugars, and opt for fresh, whole foods. When you eat foods that look like what they are, and that are from the earth, you can't go wrong. 

Mandy Ingber is a fitness and wellness expert, speaker, producer, instructor, and the author of Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover, which is available online where books are sold. Visit Mandy's website or follow her on Twitter @msmandyingber or Facebook Mandy Ingber's Yogalosophy.


Marc Lebert of Lebert Fitness 
GET FIT TIP: "My tip would be - Think about the end result- that awesome body, how it looks in a dress, how the legs feel when running strong and how amazed your friends are at your transformation. Think of the things that excite you! Then you will actually want to do the process. And every time a set gets tough or you are too tired to go to the gym after work- remember that amazing, strong and fit you. IMAGINATION is the key- it drives your “willpower”.
BIO: Marc is a Certified Personal Trainer and proprietor of Personal Strength Fitness Inc. training clients in their homes, corporations and at his fitness club, Fitness NATION in Mississauga(Ontario, Canada). Marc has his BA in Psychology and is a Certified Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner. Marc is a published writer and international presenter, running educational courses and motivational seminars around the world and makes regular TV appearances. 

Do you like these tips? Got some of your own? Leave them in the comments below.

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