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This Week's Ask Gilad: Getting Back Into Shape

Question: I have not worked out for years and I am going to start a workout program.  How long will it take me to get into shape?

Answer:

 I like to look at it as this: How fast will you get to the goal you set for yourself?  If you are committed to a program and really work at it, you can achieve noticeable results in 6 short weeks, good results in 12 weeks and excellent results in 6 months.  

 The most important thing to remember is to let go of the idea that you can accomplish your goal faster if you take a short-cut such as a crash diet or working twice as hard as your body can handle in its present condition.  In fact, those are two sure ways to put you right into the 'roller coaster club' of those who gain, lose, gain, lose and so on.

The fact is, if you work within your ability and if you implement slow and controlled changes that your body can adapt to, those changes will become comfortable and you will achieve incredible results.  

 


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This Week's Ask Gilad: Workout Recommendations to Increase Arm Muscle

Question:  I’m 60 years old and I'd like more muscle in my arms. What are you recommended workout programs for maximum benefit?  Thanks a lot.

Answer:

 Aloha, There are two of my videos that will give you a solution to working your arms and upper body and they target the lower body as well (fringe benefit)

'Cuts and Cures' from my Ultimate Body Sculpt series is one I would recommend and the other is 'Sculpt and Tone'. Both have excellent upper body workouts with light weights.

Good luck and be fit!  Gilad

 


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This Week's Ask Gilad: How Do I Find The Time To Exercise?

Question: I don't have enough time for exercise. Do you any suggestions to find more time? 

Answer:

 I don't know your schedule but I do not doubt that you feel the way you do.  

All we talk about is three to six hours a week - a minimum of thirty minutes every other day. Consider what all the incredible benefits of doing this are to your health, and making it easier for your body to get through the additional 132-165 hours of the week.  

 


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This Week's Ask Gilad: Low Back Stiffness - Best Types of Workouts

Welcome to "Ask Gilad" - a weekly blog written by Fitness Hall of Fame member Gilad.  Thanks for reading.

Question:  Hello, Gilad. Thanks for many years of fitness expertise and amazing workouts! I am 58 now, and for the last three years I’ve been feeling stiffness, especially in the lower back. My doctor thinks it’s arthritis. Do you think that I should stick to low impact exercise? I try to incorporate HIIT workouts weekly, but I’m concerned now about joint stress. Thanks for all you do! 

Answer:  

I understand you are experiencing joint pain, I think that for you right now low impact and workouts that stress form and correct execution of movements rather then intensity will be best for you. I think that the HIIT workouts might be to challenging for you at this point. I would also recommend that you look at adding a 'joint pain' supplement, from my personal experience it helps.

I take a product called Number 7 by Solgar and find it helpful.

Gilad

 


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This Week's Ask Gilad: Suggestions For Older, Fit Adults

Welcome to "Ask Gilad" - a weekly blog written by Fitness Hall of Fame member Gilad.  Thanks for reading.

Question:  Dear Gilad, I am 74 and have difficulty finding exercise DVDs.  The ones for seniors are too easy and boring.  (I have been working out for decades) but watching exercisers in their 20's is meaningless.  What do you suggest for older adults who are fit? 

Answer:

  Sounds to me like you are in excellent shape! But naturally at 74 we cant do what we did at 24 and I'll take the liberty to suggest that we wouldn't much want to either..

In regards to recommending home workouts for you I will suggest my Ultimate Body Sculpt series (3 DVD's) I think you will find all 3 workouts challenging enough without putting excessive stress on the joints and with me you know you'll have fun! give it shot!  Gilad

 


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This Week's Ask Gilad: Getting The Most From Your Abdominal Workout

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Question: I have gotten to the point in my fitness program where I am happy with the results I am getting in most parts of my body.  But I still have a problem area.  I can't seem to get the definition I want in my abs.  Any suggestions?  I want a well defined 6-pack! 

Answer:

The truth is that the abdominal muscles usually work in unison and it is hard to isolate specific parts.  However, different positions and angles can help shift the emphasis of the exercise to a specific part of the abdominals. 

Basically we divide the abdominals as follows: Upper abs, lower abs, obliques and transverse abdominals.  The transverse abdominals are the muscles that pull your belly button in toward your spine.  In order to get the most out of your abdominal workout no matter what angle you choose, always start the exercise by consciously engaging the transverse abdominal muscles by simply pulling your belly button slightly towards the spine, then execute the exercise while maintaining that posture. This simple 'trick' will help you get better results no matter what part of the abdominals you are going for!

 

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This Week's Ask Gilad: Advice for Post Surgery Weight Gain

Welcome to "Ask Gilad" - a weekly blog written by Fitness Hall of Fame member Gilad.  Thanks for reading.

Question: "I need help! I use to be able to do multiple VHS tapes of yours years ago. I have had a multitude of surgeries so I've stopped working out and as a result have gained 40lbs. I am now able to start a program of exercise & diet control. I can't work out vigorously but I can at least get my heart rate above my resting heart rate. What advice can you share?"

Answer: 

Best thing of course would be to start back up nice and slow. Let the body get back into the groove before you go to the next level and always take it one step at a time!

In regards to DVD's that could help you at this point I would suggest the 'Beginners Weight Loss and Toning Program', 'Sculpt and Tone' and even 'Step and Tone'. All are easy to follow and suited for the level you are describing here. Wishing you a safe and consistent comeback!  

  


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This Week's Ask Gilad: Why is rest so important?

Welcome to "Ask Gilad" - a weekly blog written by Fitness Hall of Fame member Gilad.  Thanks for reading.

Question: In your fitness programs, you always recommend getting plenty of rest.  Why is rest so important?

Answer:

 The three most important elements to your fitness program are healthy eating, a regular exercise program and REST!   Rest is often overlooked!

Making sure you get enough rest and a good night's sleep becomes even more important if you are exercising vigorously.

A good night's sleep is essential to our physical as well as mental health and positively affects our memory, creativity and overall well-being.
Many processes happen during our sleep time.  Growth hormone, which is essential for recovery and improving fitness levels, is released during our sleep. Melatonin which is known as the 'sleep hormone' is often taken to recover from jet lag.  Melatonin is released during sleep.  It is an important and powerful antioxidant that plays a crucial role in maintaining good health and helping to reduce cell damage.

So, how much sleep do you need?  The answer is that it varies from person to person.  The bottom line is that a good night's sleep is a powerful tool to help you maintain your health and fitness levels.  May you all have a good and restful night...!




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THIS WEEK’S “ASK GILAD” BLOG

Question: I like to work out with weights but afterwards I tighten up.  I need to work on my flexibility and I know that means stretching.  Do you have any tips for me about flexibility training?

Answer:

  The most important part of flexibility training is stretching each muscle within the limits of comfort.  Forcing a stretch, or over-stretching a muscle beyond what it can comfortably do actually causes the muscle to contract in order to protect itself from being torn.  This is the opposite of what you want to achieve.  You want the muscle to lengthen, expand and relax in a stretch.

Pay attention to your breathing as you stretch.  Don't hold your breath while stretching.  If you exhale and inhale rhythmically, trying to relax into the stretch, you will stretch deeper and further. 

Stay within the limits of comfort.




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THIS WEEK’S “ASK GILAD” BLOG

Question:  I just got the new Xcelerate-4 workouts and I love them all. How do I use these for best results? 
 

Answer: 

  I'm glad you like them. We got lots of good feedback from others too.  This is how I designed Xcelerate-4 to work and it could not be simpler: Do one workout per day for 4 days in this order: Volume 1,2,3 and 4. Take day 5 off and repeat. 

 

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