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Gilad:

Do I have to be in super good shape to attend your Fitness Adventure Camp?

 


Answer:

As some of you already know our next fitness camp at the Kalani Oceanside Retreat on the big Island of Hawaii is scheduled to take place from the 6th to the 13th of June, 2015 and preparations have already started to make our 6th yearly camp the best one ever! Over the last 5 years at camp I have had a chance to meet, work, spend time with and get to know people from various countries, age groups and fitness levels who come to camp to work out with me in person and participate in the many other activities we offer in the course of the week. The Kalani is a wonderful location to have this event because it is secluded and away from the distractions you might otherwise find in a big city. It is a true get-away and people that come to visit us get a lot more out of the experience than just fitness. Friendships are created and many experience a sense of empowerment. What is truly intriguing is that we get participants of all fitness levels and everyone is welcome! We've had participants as young as 18 and as old as 80! Some are already fit, others are beginners and some have injuries and other health issues. Although the daily schedule is a full one including two daily classes with me, everyone is in charge of his own schedule and can pick and choose the activities he/she want to participate in. My attitude at the camp is very similar to the one I project on my TV shows, "No one is left sitting on the couch and no one will be left behind!


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Gilad:

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:

Often I hear from people who have a specific 'problem area' they want to work on and many times it is the mid-section or the abdominals. I am asked if it is possible to strengthen a certain part of the abdominals such as the lower abs, or the obliques (love handles). 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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Gilad:

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 roll 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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Dear Gilad:

I have been doing your exercises for the past 30 years. They are great and no fuss, no muss.

Which cardio and strength DVD's of yours do you recommend for a 66 year old male (my husband) on high blood pressure medication? Of course he will check with his doctor first but he exercises regularly. I think a good cardio and strength DVD would be good as long as not too straining.

Appreciate the time you take to answer this question which I'm sure many would appreciate as well.

- Laurette

 


Dear Laurettte,

There are 3 DVD's that I would like to recommend to your husband. I'm assuming he is in fair shape since you mention that he is exercising regularly.

'Cuts and Curves' for overall toning, 'Interval Training' for cardio and toning and 'Phenomenal Abs and Core' for the mid section. I believe these would work for him and of course he can always take it at his own pace and build up to the whole workout if he finds it too challenging at first. 
All the best! - Gilad




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Gilad:

What would be a good alternative to push ups and triceps dips for good arm "definition" and toning?" I recently injured my elbow ("tennis elbow") and it is painful to the joint to use my body weight. Thanks.

- Tommie R.

 


Answer:

How about this:

The best alternative that would put less pressure on the joints is to use
weights for resistance. When using weights you are in control of the amount of weights you are using and are able to better control your movement and form and work around the injuries.

Supine dumbbell or barbell press would be good alternative for a push up to target the chest muscles and overhead triceps extensions would be a good exercise for the back of the arm & the triceps.


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Dear Gilad:

What is the best way for me to set realistic and achievable goals? I'm having trouble getting motivated and starting up again (I'm in my late 50's).

- Barbara S.

 


Answer:

First identify the health and fitness goals you want to achieve. Then, identify the lifestyle changes you can make to achieve those goals. Be sure that your lifestyle changes are not ones that seem impossible to you.

Remember, you want to build success into your program. Here are some samples of clearly defined goals and lifestyle changes that could help you achieve these goals:

Goal: I want to exercise more than I do now, which is only twice a week.
Lifestyle change: I will set aside three weekday mornings where I will get up 45 minutes earlier to do a Gilad workout, walk or jog . I will also exercise one hour on the weekend.

Goal: I want to cut down on snacking so I can lose a little extra weight.
Lifestyle change: I especially like to have snacks at night, so I will save my snacking for the evening and I will switch from potato chips and corn chips to a bowl of fresh fruit and a couple of whole wheat crackers

I recommend that you work on only one goal at a time. Making one lifestyle change at the time and succeeding at it will be far more motivating than trying to do everything at once. You could become overwhelmed and discouraged.


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Dear Gilad:

What would be a good alternative to push ups and tricep dips for good arm "definition" and toning?" I recently injured my elbow ("tennis elbow") and it is painful to the joint to use my body weight. Thanks.

- T.R.

 


Answer:

The best alternative that would put less pressure on the joints is to use weights for resistance.

When using weights you are in control of the amount of weights you are using and are able to better control your movement and form and work around the injuries. Supine dumbbell or barbell press would be good alternative for a push up to target the chest muscles and overhead triceps extensions would be a good exercise for the back of the arm the triceps.


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Dear Gilad:

I was training regularly and making progress but after a while I fell off the wagon and now I am very discouraged with myself. What should I do?

 


Answer:

GET BACK ON THAT WAGON!
It is never too late! Keep in mind that everybody falls off their program from time to time. We are all only human... The good news is that when you start back up again the benefits kick back in fairly quickly. It is a simply a matter of starting up, being consistent and giving it time.


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Dear Gilad:

Hi Gilad, For consistent weight loss, what is your recommendation for working out? How many days a week, for how long and what kind of exercise - cardio, strength, both? Any other advice on losing weight would be appreciated. Thank you - you're the best!

Dee 


Answer:

The best advice I can give you is to start my Quick Fit System which is available right here on the Collage web site.

The system which includes 7 workouts ranging from 20-40 minutes each, breaks down the perfect balance between cardio and toning exercises and comes with my "Eat Right Now" nutrition guide that will help you shed off those extra pounds without deprivation!

The training guide is based on 6 days a week with one day for rest. The program is a 12 week program and its progressive getting a little more challenging from week to week. It also has a maintenance program to keep you in motion after you complete the 12 week cycle. We also have a support system for Quick Fit System users on Face Book


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Dear Gilad:

I have used your videos since 1984 and have always loved your wonderful sense of humor and great cueing. Some of the exercises that you have within your DVD's at this time of my life ( 64 but still on top), that I cannot do, I find myself repeating the ones that I can, especially in some of your Ab and Lower Body Toning Segments and aerobic workouts. I am hoping I do not have to be able to do every single one to receive the rewards I hope for. What are your comments?

Joyce 


Answer:

I always recommend that people adjust and modify their workouts based on their current shape, fitness level and injuries. You are doing the right thing by adjusting the workout to your level, it is the smart thing to do!


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