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Trying To Lose Weight In A Specific Spot(Spot Reduction)?…..Nope, Not An Actual Thing

January 30, 2017

Written by: Melissa McAllister I chose this blog topic because I recently saw someone post something online about “targeting inner thigh fat”.  If only it was that easy, right?  If I do crunches everyday my belly fat will be gone….but sadly, it doesn’t work this way and here is why…. You can effectively tone areas of your body with strength training or those crunches I mentioned earlier, but fat loss is ultimately achieved by being conscious of the amount of calories going in vs. the amount of calories going out through exercise.  With dietary changes and exercises you will decrease body fat and increase lean muscle mass.   But here is the kicker…..when you decrease body fat, it is coming from all over your body not one specific spot(like inner thighs)  Our bodies are drawing from fat stores throughout our bodies to use for energy, not drawing from one specific spot. So, it is a myth that you can work out one area and lose weight there.  Like most good things in life, you have to work for it.   Work for it with mindful eating habits and dedicated workouts that have to become part of your routine.  I might...

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Signed Up For A 2017 Triathlon Yet? Or, Gulp, Are You Thinking About Doing One……

January 3, 2017

Written by, Melissa McAllister Have you signed up for one of Maine’s many amazing triathlons this Spring/Summer 2017?  Now is the time to start your training, race day will be here before you know it.  Nothing can compare to training on your own bike on the very roads and conditions of race day. However, with our Maine winter weather and lack of sunlight past 4 pm, it forces us to run on treadmills and swim in pools.  Now what about the biking??  If only there was a awesome new indoor cycle and fitness studio around….. In all honesty, you need to log those miles on those legs, just like you need to log those miles running and swimming.  Our Indoor Cycling classes provide a full 50 minutes of consistent/effective effort throughout the ride.  (No coasting on a stationary bike!!) Lots of hard intervals and endurance building will get you race day ready.  As your training program will have you biking and eventually doing brick workouts, this is the place to do it.  A triathlon is possibly one of the most challenging endurance activities you can do and good for you for setting your mind to it.  Now get in...

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