Turning 60 years old (my birthday is October 2nd, 1959) is a big celebration for me as I look back 30 years ago. Most people show success stories with “before” & “after” pictures, by claiming success in using the latest fad or gimmicky products. Well I say, “good for them”, but how long does it last before they go back to old unhealthy habits and they have to start all over again.
There is no one magic pill, supplement or device that works alone, it’s a combination of a few changes in your life to fight back at today’s polluted, adulterated world. Most people know that and still buy the fake HGH gel that could never work! Remember this… there’s never just one component that gets you to your health & fitness goals, if someone tells you different, they’re selling you something!
In my images above, you see two “after” pictures of me, one at the age of 30 in 1989 and the other of me at 60 years old in 2019 (picture taken two weeks ago). Not a whole lot has changed physically, I do have a few more bodybuilding trophies and ribbons, even the car is the same color and type, just an updated model with more power and options like our bodies should be as we age.
Some people have a hard time staying on a “diet” or “fitness program” for just 30 days, try 30 years! What’s my secret? Three words… “Consistency, Patience & Time”.
Your metabolism, and your ability to regulate it, are vital to your fitness success. Whether your goal is to build muscle, lose fat, or improve your performance in a specific sport or event, you can’t do it effectively without understanding your metabolism and the effects training has on it.
What is metabolism? The Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science (Anshel 1991), defines metabolism as “chemical changes that utilize energy and result in tissue and compound building (anabolism) or breakdowns of substrates and release of energy (catabolism).” There are only three ways your workout can change your metabolism: 1) the workout session itself and the number of calories burned during the workout; 2), post-workout oxygen consumption; and 3) the addition of new muscle mass.
1 The Workout Itself
Muscle contraction requires energy (calories). The number of calories you burn during the workout is greatly determined by your exercise selection, intensity and weights used. You will burn more calories doing deadlifts, squats, or leg presses than you will doing bicep curls. Intensity and load also plays a large role in the number of calories burned during a resistance session.
2 Post-Workout Metabolic Effect
Intense weight training elevates your metabolism for up to 39 hours after your workout. Because of the intense weight workout, your metabolism has been stimulated to where you are now burning more calories while you are doing nothing.
When you train more intensely, you will deplete your carbohydrate stores and burn more fat during the recovery phase. As the training intensity increases, there is a proportionate increase in fat burning after the workout.
One study showed that 15 exercise sessions per month (50-minute sessions at 50 percent of oxygen uptake) could lead to an extra 2 plus pounds per month of fat loss, strictly from the elevated metabolism and extra calories burned – while doing nothing! That’s an extra 26 pounds plus, of fat burned per year.
3 Longer Term Metabolic Effect – The Addition of New Muscle
Another extremely important aspect of fat loss that occurs from training with weights is adding lean muscle to your body. Lean muscle is “metabolically active” meaning muscle burns calories even while doing nothing. So, the more lean muscle you have, the higher your resting metabolism and the more calories you burn each day while doing nothing. Studies have estimated that for each pound of muscle you add to your body, you burn another 35 to 50 calories per day. So, an extra 10 pounds of muscle will burn approximately 350 to 500 calories a day, or an extra pound of fat every 7 to 10 days, without making any other changes.
The addition of new muscle mass is the only way to permanently increase your metabolism because muscle is “metabolically active” because muscle burns calories at rest, so it is obvious that the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn in a day.
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Give the gift of health to your loved one this Christmas. We offer several options to please everyone on your gift list. See below for descriptions and purchasing information on all gift cards we offer. Your loved one will thank you!
Benefits of practicing yoga from improved flexibility, strength, muscle tone & balance to stress reduction.
10 Yoga Sessions
Price: $149 (sessions must be used within 30 days following gift recipient redemption) To purchase this gift card, please click here.
1 Yoga Session
Price: $20.00 (session must be used within 30 days following gift recipient redemption) To purchase this gift card, please click here.
GROUP EXERCISE offers many benefits such as exposure to a social & fun environment, a safe & effectively-designed workout, a consistent exercise schedule, accountability for participating in exercise.
1 Group Fitness Session
$10 (session must be used within 30 days following gift recipient redemption) To purchase this gift card, please click here.
Monthly Unlimited Group Fitness Classes (excludes Yoga)
Price: $120 (session expire 30 days following gift recipient redemption) To purchase this gift card, please click here.
60 Minute Massage
Experts estimate over 90% of disease is stress related and nothing ages us faster inside and out than stress. Regular MASSAGE THERAPY can do a world of good for stress reduction. Other benefits: faster muscle recovery after exercise, decreased anxiety, better sleep, more energy, and improved concentration & circulation. To purchase this gift card, please click here.
Perfect for the loved one to use for any service we offer (Personal Training*, Hormonal Balance*, Group Fitness, Yoga, Massage, Strawberry Laser Lipo, Fit N Firm Foods).
*Online redemption is unavailable for these two services. To redeem for these services, recipient must print and bring the e-gift card to The FIRM U.
No recovery time – walk out and go back to your day!
Non-invasive – no incisions, no surgery, no discomfort!
“Melts the fat away! I saw immediate results!”
The areas only authorized Strawberry Laser provider. The Strawberry Laser is completely non-invasive, completely non-surgical, and completely non-painful! FDA cleared for U.S. use, the Strawberry Laser has been successfully melting the fat and re-contouring the figures of millions of patients in over 30 countries for several years. When liposuction or other surgical body contouring procedures are less desirable options, Strawberry Laser treatments can yield noticeable, measurable results. Most patients will see a difference with their very first treatment session! We’ve grown accustomed to our patients being thrilled with the results – right from their very first session! The Strawberry Laser helps our patients reshape their bodies – without liposuction, without surgery! Why not trim down those annoying, trouble spots of bulging fat by melting them away?! For patients looking for a simple “walk in, walk out” alternative to surgery, without any restrictions or downtime, the Strawberry Laser is a safe, affordable, non-invasive option that can achieve very reasonable results. Most patients will achieve their goals with a series of 6 -10 treatment sessions – just two a week – within only about a month! Results may vary.
For both men and women looking to shrink down pockets of unwanted fat from their arms, back, sides, hips, thighs, or abdomen, this safe, time-saving, cost-saving treatment can be ideal. The Strawberry Laser can help with everything from love handles, to spare tires, to saddlebags, to muffin tops!
Please call (833) FIRMU-Up or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Not seeing results in your workouts? There may be many reasons…let’s look at a few:
You’re doing too much cardio or you’re only doing cardio. To improve the shape of your body, cardio is not the best option.. Yes, you will lose weight at first from cardio and fad diets, BUT, what you’re losing is water, not fat. This will leave you dehydrated and you’ll get headaches if you stick with it long enough. We’re not knocking cardio whatsoever. Cardio has its place, but if your goal is permanent fat loss, weight training is your best bet. At The Firm U, we use a Bio-impedance scale that measures water, fat and muscle weight in pounds. We can track your progress to keep you motivated and on track with your fitness goals. Most bathroom scales just measure total weight. With our scientific information, you can intelligently adjust your fitness program and permanently burn the fat weight.
You’re not training with weights. There is no metabolic effect after a cardio workout. When you burn 500 calories doing cardio (takes about an hour), that’s all you get. When you burn 500 calories with weight training, you not only balance your muscle and bone structure, you continue burning calories as your body repairs the breakdown and buildup of muscle, increasing your metabolic system. The result: FAT WEIGHT LOSS, not water weight loss. Muscle burns more calories at rest. We’ve got you covered with #1 below.
You’re diet needs to be cleaned up. You think you’re eating well, but you’re filling your body with inflammatory foods and disease-causing agents. We’ve got you covered with #2 below.
You could be insulin resistant or diabetic and not know it. If you have either condition, you’re only burning sugar for energy and never getting to fat. We’ve got you covered with #3 below.
Our Three Fitness Components & Solutions at The Firm U Cover all The Above
1. Weight Training. Train with our nationally-certified personal trainers. We have plans for everyone…1:1, couples, group.
2. Nutrition. Eat our Fit N Firm Foods for meals and enjoy a MariGold bar in between. Both are not only delicious and satisfying…they’re also made with only the highest quality ingredients and are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a normal part of the body’s immune response. When inflammation serves no purpose, it damages the body and causes disease and illnesses. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet reduces inflammation in the body; helps our bodies maintain optimum health; provides energy, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber and disease-preventing phytonutrients (healthy plant foods).
3. Hormonal & Weight Loss Blood Panel. This test is optional; however, it is also one of our greatest tools to fix that person that has tried everything. Our comprehensive lab blood test can detect many issues and conditions that may be getting in your way of losing belly or butt fat for good. It takes about a week to get back from our lab, our doctor reviews the results and addresses your situation with suggestions to get your hormones or other discrepancies to get you balanced.
It takes a deficit of 3,500 calories from your total caloric intake to burn one pound of fat. To lose one pound a week, you’d burn 500 calories every day doing about an hour of cardio for seven days a week to burn one pound of fat. With our program, you weight train 3 days a week for a one hour session and burn calories every hour of the week (168 hours), even at rest! We’ve just given you four hours back in your schedule. Imagine what you could do with an extra four hours a week. Important to remember… The Purpose of exercise is to not burn as many calories as you can in one training session, but to stimulate your muscles to burn calories when you’re resting! See image below….
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The FIRM U is a private personal training & clinical fitness studio located in the Spring, Tomball, Cypress, NE Houston area. Our main goal is to bring about meaningful, positive change in the lives of our clients.
9803 Spring Cypress Rd Suite 600 Houston, TX 77070 Call us: (281) 713-5700
MariGold Bars are gourmet tasting, extremely healthy, gluten free protein bars that we hand-craft and deliver fresh. MariGold Bars only contain the kinds of real foods that we like to put into our own bodies… without artificial ingredients, preservatives, excess sugar or chemicals.
Give these true-gluten free MariGold Bars a try and you’ll discover that it really is possible to “Treat Yourself Well!”