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are-weights-or-cardio-better-videoThe age-old question in fitness: lifting weights or doing cardio. People will argue cardio is best for burning fat and strength training is best for building muscle. Depending on your fitness goal or how long you have to work out, one or the other may be better. Read on to see our fitness experts weigh in on both!

Paul's Advice

"Depends on your goals.  You will not want to expend much of your energy on a treadmill if your goal is add or tone muscle.  If you are looking to lose weight, before or after won’t necessarily matter just more personal preference."

Lisa's Advice

"Both cardio and weight training individually are productive. However, workouts that include short cardio intervals with lifting weights of an appropriate weight and number of repetitions provide maximum benefit."

Stephanie's Advice

"If you only have five minutes, lifting weights is better because your muscles will continue burning fat even after you have left the gym."

Ziba's Advice

"While both are extremely important in changing your fitness and body, I am a big fan of cardio because I love to eat! If you want to see big changes, aim for four to five hours of cardio a week. My fave: Dance cardio!"

About the Experts

paul-schultz-headshot-new-year-new-you

Paul Schultz is General Manager of Retro Fitness in Carol Stream. He brings 11 years of business experience as an Accounting Manager from Bank of America and has been involved with competitive sports and physical fitness most of his life. Paul’s business and management background combined with his love of fitness will be key as Retro Fitness looks to expand in the Chicagoland area in 2014.

 

 

Lisa-Payne-Photo-FINALLisa Payne is a health and fitness expert in Chicago specializing in personal training. She is a fitness writer for Demand Studios, Today's Chicago Woman magazine, CheekyChicago.com, and on her own blog Paynefully Fit. Lisa is also an adjunct professor in exercise physiology, a brand ambassador for LARABAR, and works with Kate Hudson's athletic company "Fabletics".

 

 

Stephanie-Mansour-Photo-FINALStephanie Mansour (aka Step-It-Up with Steph) is a Body Image & Confidence Coach for women, as well as an in-home personal trainer, yoga, & Pilates instructor. She's been featured on CNN and TV stations across the country for her holistic approach to women's health & fitness. Get her free guide to have more confidence and feel good about your body here.

 

 

Ziba-Photo-FINALZiba Sarabia Lennox has over 20 years of dancing, choreographing, and performing experience. She has seven years of teaching dance and setting various productions. After a professional ballet career, Ziba’s passion for dance expanded into teaching ballet form conditioning, dance boxing, cardio dance and private lessons.  She is Pilates and NETA certified and her classes are about driving results and maximizing each individual’s potential, while celebrating the gift of movement and music. Ziba is the founder of MaZi Dance Chicago, which is MaZi’s performing group.

 

 

sore-muscles-vs-an-injuryYou’ve been consistent going to the gym and you may have hired a personal trainer, but after a day or two in the gym, you are in pain after working out. You’re not sure whether it’s an injury or just part of getting stronger. So, how do you know when to see a doctor, rest, or keep working out?

Our fitness trainers share their thoughts on how to tell the difference between sore muscles and an injury.

Paul's Advice

"Muscle soreness is typically most intense 48 hours after exercise and is felt in the belly (middle) of a muscle. The muscle typically feels tight as well. Pain that is closer to the joint or feels like a sharp stabbing pain could be a sign of a more severe injury."

Lisa's Advice

"If you experience pain one to four days after a tough workout, it's likely muscle soreness. However, if the pain extends past one week, you may have a muscle strain or possible injury. Seek medical help if ice and rest do not cease the pain after one week."

Stephanie's Advice

"If it's an injury, it occurs at the joint and you will most likely hear a popping noise at the onset. Muscle soreness will most likely go away after a few days."

Ziba's Advice

"Being sore is your body telling that you've worked hard, are changing your muscles, and to keep it at! Once you get into a routine you will crave the soreness!"

Marisol's Advice

"Stay away from the gym if you experience sharp, pinching, or sudden pain. Your bones shouldn't hurt."

About the Experts

paul-schultz-headshot-new-year-new-you

Paul Schultz is General Manager of Retro Fitness in Carol Stream. He brings 11 years of business experience as an Accounting Manager from Bank of America and has been involved with competitive sports and physical fitness most of his life. Paul’s business and management background combined with his love of fitness will be key as Retro Fitness looks to expand in the Chicagoland area in 2014.

 

 

Lisa-Payne-Photo-FINALLisa Payne is a health and fitness expert in Chicago specializing in personal training. She is a fitness writer for Demand Studios, Today's Chicago Woman magazine, CheekyChicago.com, and on her own blog Paynefully Fit. Lisa is also an adjunct professor in exercise physiology, a brand ambassador for LARABAR, and works with Kate Hudson's athletic company "Fabletics".

 

 

Stephanie-Mansour-Photo-FINALStephanie Mansour (aka Step-It-Up with Steph) is a body image and confidence coach for women, as well as an in-home personal trainer, yoga, and Pilates instructor. She's been featured on CNN and TV stations across the country for her holistic approach to women's health and fitness. Get her free guide to have more confidence and feel good about your body here.

 

 

Ziba-Photo-FINALZiba Sarabia Lennox has over 20 years of dancing, choreographing, and performing experience. She has seven years of teaching dance and setting various productions. After a professional ballet career, Ziba’s passion for dance expanded into teaching ballet form conditioning, dance boxing, cardio dance and private lessons.  She is Pilates and NETA certified and her classes are about driving results and maximizing each individual’s potential, while celebrating the gift of movement and music. Ziba is the founder of MaZi Dance Chicago, which is MaZi’s performing group. 

 

 

Marisol-Photo-FINALMarisol Sarabia co-founded MaZi Dance Fitness in 2009 after years of continuing her own research and training in fitness. This took place following her performing career.  Marisol is also founder of Gift of Movement with the RIC. You too can dance and get involved by messaging MaZi on Facebook or visit MaZi Dance Fitness.

 

 

dont-be-annoying-at-gymThere is etiquette for everything you do in life, including when you enter the gym. While we have always been used to doing certain things in our lifetime, maybe others find it rather rude or annoying. If you’re new to the gym scene, here are a few things to keep in mind regarding gym etiquette. Our fitness trainers advise these tips on how to avoid being annoying at the gym.

Paul's Advice

"Rerack your weight after you are done. Wipe down equipment after use. Allow fellow members to work in with you on a certain piece of equipment. Don’t slam weights! Dropping is understandable sometimes, but no one needs to slam them down. Don’t hog a piece of equipment."

Lisa's Advice

"Gym etiquette can be a sensitive topic because what some may consider gym-appropriate, others may not. When in the locker room, try not to take up the whole sink area. Don't leave your razors or products in the shower. Also, use a towel when sitting down after a shower."

Stephanie's Advice

"Don't be a loud, gabbing gym-hog! You may have your music blaring loudly with your headphones, so make sure you're not yelling to the person next to you (they can hear you). Similarly, don't take up an entire section of the gym for an excessive amount of time. Get into your space, get the exercises done, and get out of your space."

Ziba's Advice

"Your trainer has invested a lot of time and energy to give you the best workout! If you need to leave early, let them know before class. If you have questions or comments, wait until after a group class to have a discussion, so you don't disrupt the class flow." 

Marisol's Advice

"Keep these tips in mind. No cell phones. Be on time for classes or training sessions. No outside sneakers. Bring a clean pair and wear them only in the gym."

About the Experts

paul-schultz-headshot-new-year-new-you

Paul Schultz is General Manager of Retro Fitness in Carol Stream. He brings 11 years of business experience as an Accounting Manager from Bank of America and has been involved with competitive sports and physical fitness most of his life. Paul’s business and management background combined with his love of fitness will be key as Retro Fitness looks to expand in the Chicagoland area in 2014.

 

 

Lisa-Payne-Photo-FINALLisa Payne is a health and fitness expert in Chicago specializing in personal training. She is a fitness Writer for Demand Studios, Today's Chicago Woman magazine, CheekyChicago.com, and on her own blog Paynefully Fit. Lisa is also an adjunct professor in exercise physiology and is a brand ambassador for LARABAR, and works with Kate Hudson's athletic company "Fabletics".

 

 

Stephanie-Mansour-Photo-FINALStephanie Mansour (aka Step-It-Up with Steph) is a Body Image & Confidence Coach for women, as well as an in-home personal trainer, yoga, & Pilates instructor. She's been featured on CNN and TV stations across the country for her holistic approach to women's health and fitness. Get her free guide to have more confidence and feel good about your body here.

 

 

Ziba-Photo-FINALZiba has over 20 years of dancing, choreographing, and performing experience. She has seven years of teaching dance and setting various productions. After a professional ballet career, Ziba’s passion for dance expanded into teaching ballet form conditioning, dance boxing, cardio dance and private lessons.  She is Pilates and NETA certified and her classes are about driving results and maximizing each individual’s potential, while celebrating the gift of movement and music. Ziba is the founder of MaZi Dance Chicago, which is MaZi’s performing group. 

 

 

Marisol-Photo-FINALMarisol co-founded MaZi Dance Fitness in 2009 after years of continuing her own research and training in fitness. This took place following her performing career.  Marisol is also founder of Gift of Movement with the RIC. You too can dance and get involved by messaging MaZi on Facebook or visit MaZi Dance Fitness.

 

 

prepare-for-personal-trainer

You've decided to finally get on the healthy train this year. You've been looking around at several gyms in your area, but you think you've finally found the one. Perhaps you know you won't be able to convince yourse8lf to go to the gym every day, so you hire someone to inspire you. So, after picking a gym and hiring a personal trainer, what should you prepare for on your first session? 

Paul's Advice

"The first personal training session is typically used by the trainer to evaluate a prospective client on their goals and fitness level. During this session a client should learn: their current body fat %, body weight, body mass index (BMI); benefits of resistance training and workout progression; proper exercise technique on a few exercises; how weight loss occurs."

Lisa's Advice

"Your very first training session should be fairly basic. A good trainer with break things down into simple movements in order to see how your body moves. It's important to establish which muscle groups are strongest and weakest, so that they can build a plan based off of your individual body."

Stephanie's Advice

"Expect for the session to be slower than usual and for there to be an emphasis on form."

Ziba's Advice

"In your first personal training, it's all about assessment. You want to define your goals and get a clear idea of where you're going and how you're going to get there, as well as the time and effort it will take."

Marisol's Advice

"Our first training is all about getting to know you (an assessment). We will definitely want to know what you are after and how I am going to help you get it."

About the Experts

paul-schultz-headshot-new-year-new-you

Paul Schultz is General Manager of Retro Fitness in Carol Stream. He brings 11 years of business experience as an Accounting Manager from Bank of America and has been involved with competitive sports and physical fitness most of his life. Paul’s business and management background combined with his love of fitness will be key as Retro Fitness looks to expand in the Chicagoland area in 2014.

 

 

Lisa-Payne-Photo-FINALLisa Payne is a health and fitness expert in Chicago specializing in personal training. She is a fitness writer for Demand Studios, Today's Chicago Woman magazine, CheekyChicago.com and on her own blog Paynefully Fit. Lisa is also an adjunct professor in exercise physiology and is a brand ambassador for LARABAR, and works for Kate Hudson's athletic company "Fabletics".

 

 

Stephanie-Mansour-Photo-FINALStephanie Mansour (aka Step-It-Up with Steph) is a Body Image & Confidence Coach for women, as well as an in-home personal trainer, yoga, & Pilates instructor. She's been featured on CNN and TV stations across the country for her holistic approach to women's health and fitness. Get her free guide to have more confidence and feel good about your body here.

 

 

Ziba-Photo-FINALZiba Sarabia Lennox has over 20 years of dancing, choreographing, and performing experience. She has seven years of teaching dance and setting various productions. After a professional ballet career, Ziba’s passion for dance expanded into teaching ballet form conditioning, dance boxing, cardio dance and private lessons.  She is Pilates and NETA certified and her classes are about driving results and maximizing each individual’s potential, while celebrating the gift of movement and music. Ziba is the founder of MaZi Dance Chicago, which is MaZi’s performing group. 

 

 

Marisol-Photo-FINALMarisol Sarabia co-founded MaZi Dance Fitness in 2009 after years of continuing her own research and training in fitness. This took place following her performing career.  Marisol is also founder of Gift of Movement with the RIC. You too can dance and get involved by messaging MaZi on Facebook or visit MaZi Dance Fitness.

 

 

what-to-look-for-in-a-personal-trainerMany people wander into a gym and don't have a clue where to begin or who to talk to. There might be books, videos, and podcasts, but there is nothing I can recommend more than hiring a personal trainer to start an exercise program. Here are some thoughts from fellow fitness experts on how to pick a personal trainer.

Paul's Advice

"Try them out! Most personal trainers will provide a complimentary fitness assessment and personal training session. This is their time to prove to you that they are a fitness professional and can help you achieve your goals. You will soon be able to find out if the trainer you are working with is someone you will want to invest your money and time with in the future. Some questions to ask yourself are:

  • Is the trainer understanding me and my needs and capabilities?
  • Is the trainer passionate about helping me?
  • Is the trainer focused on me during the training session?
  • Does the trainer teach me execute exercises correctly?"

Stephanie's Advice

"First, ask yourself if you need simply a personal trainer, or if you also need a life coach, wellness coach, and food coach. If so, look for someone that utilizes many modalities with clients. But, if you are looking for just a personal trainer, look for someone who has the body that you want."

Ziba's Advice

"Do one session to gauge your chemistry and to get a feel for their energy as a trainer, motivator and mentor. Someone might be a great for your friend, but not for you."

Marisol's Advice

"You should pick them based on their expertise. Know what you are after and who can help you get there.  Sometimes it's someone's energy that you need."

Achour's Advice

Achour believes you should ask the following questions of any trainer you are considering:

  • Do they have a proven track record?
  • Have a lot of other people reached their goals using this trainer?
  • Do they have a lot of customers? 
Is the trainer friendly and supportive?
  • Does their personality vibe with me?
  • Do I feel comfortable?
  • Do I feel like they take responsibility for helping me reach my goals?

"Bottom line is, if you want to build a house, you should seek the expertise of an architetct. If you want a better body, start with a personal trainer."

 About the Experts

paul-schultz-headshot-new-year-new-you

Paul Schultz is General Manager of Retro Fitness in Carol Stream. He brings 11 years of business experience as an Accounting Manager from Bank of America and has been involved with competitive sports and physical fitness most of his life. Paul’s business and management background combined with his love of fitness will be key as Retro Fitness looks to expand in the Chicagoland area in 2014.

 

 

Stephanie-Mansour-Photo-FINALStephanie Mansour (aka Step-It-Up with Steph) is a Body Image & Confidence Coach for women, as well as an in-home personal trainer, yoga, & Pilates instructor. She's been featured on CNN and TV stations across the country for her holistic approach to women's health and fitness. Get her free guide to have more confidence and feel good about your body here.

 

 

Ziba-Photo-FINALZiba has over 20 years of dancing, choreographing, and performing experience. She has seven years of teaching dance and setting various productions. After a professional ballet career, Ziba’s passion for dance expanded into teaching ballet form conditioning, dance boxing, cardio dance and private lessons.  She is Pilates and NETA certified and her classes are about driving results and maximizing each individual’s potential, while celebrating the gift of movement and music. Ziba is the founder of MaZi Dance Chicago, which is MaZi’s performing group. 

 

 

Marisol-Photo-FINALMarisol co-founded MaZi Dance Fitness in 2009 after years of continuing her own research and training in fitness. This took place following her performing career.  Marisol is also founder of Gift of Movement with the RIC. You too can dance and get involved by messaging MaZi on Facebook or visit MaZi Dance Fitness.

 

 

 

Achour-Photo-FINALAchour Esho is a professional boxer that became a gym owner and nutrition enthusiast. His gym, FLO Fitness & Martial Arts, offers a wide range of classes including Crossfit, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Women’s Bootcamp.

 

 

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