Being a fitness trainer for over two decades, it’s my job to stay on top of all the latest fitness trends and workouts. From cardio, to weight training, to yoga and Pilates, I’ve tried it all and have worked many different exercise elements into my clients’ routines, depending on their individual needs and goals. But after all these years, there are certain workouts that have risen to the top of my list. HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is one of those methods.
HIIT is a combination of short, very-high intensity bursts of cardio exercise, followed by equal or longer periods of rest. For example, 30-60 seconds of sprinting, followed by a minute or two of walking. This type of training gets — and keeps — your heart rate up, and burns more fat in less time. HIIT is more effective than steady-state cardio because the intensity is higher. It speeds up your metabolism even more, helping you burn a maximum number of calories throughout the day.
Now, a HIIT workout is at the core of a really cool, cutting-edge fitness system called Vasper, which jams the benefits of over two hours of high-intensity exercise into a 21-minute session. That’s right — your body gets the equivalent of 2½ hours of continual exercise in a 21-minute, low-intensity interval workout. All of the benefits of a HIIT workout, in record time!
Vasper’s compression and cooling elements create the effect of a high intensity workout without the time, effort, and muscle damage it takes to get the same results with typical exercise regimens. It’s hard to believe that this technology exists, but it does – and it really works! Instead of feeling exhausted after a workout — like you normally would after many hours of exercise — Vasper leaves you feeling invigorated. Another great benefit? Because of how the Vasper machine works, you don’t experience the body aches you’d typically feel after an intense workout.
So how does this brilliant fitness system work? Vasper is based on three scientifically proven principles: compression technology, cooling and interval training. When all of these elements work together, the results are totally incredible. Each Vasper protocol is a 21-minute interval training session, displayed on a tablet that’s fully integrated with machine’s bicycle. The interval training involves a warm-up period, followed by a series of sprint and rest intervals, scientifically-proven to increase the efficiency of the workout.
The interval training sessions are totally customizable too, allowing for adjustments in duration, intensity, resistance, and speed. The pressure and cooling can also be modified based on a variety of factors including ability, comfort level, and performance. Heart rate monitors and a graph of power output is displayed on screen, so you can track your performance while you work out.
The compression technology is really cool! When you’re on the Vasper machine you wear special compression “cuffs” on your arms and legs, which safely compresses your muscles to build up lactic acid more quickly. This replicates the effect of an intense exercise session that would typically take a lot more time and effort.
Finally, the cooling feature of this awesome device helps fight post-workout pain. Keeping the body cool during a workout eases additional physical stress, and reduces existing pain and inflammation you may be feeling. So even though you’re doing the equivalent of a couple of hours of exercise, you won’t experience the usual aches and pains that come after all that activity.
Interesting in finding out more about this science behind this amazing fitness system, learn about all it’s health benefits, and where you can give it a try? Visit Vasper’s website for all the details, and follow all their latest news and research on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
I’m a fitness trainer, so of course, I think that staying healthy with good old-fashioned physical activity is the best way to go. You have to exercise and work up a good sweat to get the results you want — there isn’t an easy way around that! And we all know that besides the toning benefits you get from exercise, it’s great for energy, sleep, and mental clarity and well-being. Exercise is the gold standard when it comes to feeling great and improving your overall health.
That said, there’s been some very cool, recent advances in fitness technology that may allow you to forego some of those exercise efforts, while still providing an optimal body conditioning experience. A machine that can improve your body’s energy system functioning, while you sit comfortably in a pod and relax. Sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so too, so I decided to give it a try. What I discovered was an amazing, super-cool new wellness device that is creating a lot of buzz — it’s called CVAC.
In the CVAC™ Process, which stands for the Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning™, effort and workload are each varied and increased by using patterned sequential progression in amplitude of dynamic pressure changes to fresh air. I’ve gotten to know the super-intelligent team at CVAC, because I’m always eager to try new solutions that will increase my performance and my overall wellness. They have a ton of research and development behind their technology to prove that regular, rhythmic use of the CVAC Process can elicit some of the same benefits gained through traditional exercise.
So basically…you sit in a pod and relax for about 20 minutes while the machine does all this amazing work! It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned, professional athlete or if you are completely out-of-shape and unconditioned — people of all activity levels can utilize this cutting-edge technology.
The CVAC process provides the benefits of traditional aerobic and anaerobic exercise, without the joint stress and physical exertion that can be associated with it. So not only is it great for active people who want to decompress and re-energize, but it’s also a fantastic solution for people who are not conditioned and can’t engage in physical exercise for whatever reason. The machine creates an environment inside the pod where those who are sedentary can enjoy the same cellular conditioning benefits as those who are more fit.
For athletes and active people, you know and understand that working out improves your overall body fitness by increasing demand on your body’s energy systems. In CVAC sessions, your fitness is also improved by increased effort, but the challenges are provided by varied changes in air pressure. The body naturally adapts to this increased demand, which improves and accelerates fitness even more. One benefit that many CVAC users report is an improvement in the use of available oxygen, which could result in longer cardio workouts with less exhaustion. So, you can improve your performance and endurance naturally and faster by improving your recovery.
So, what happens during a CVACsession? You sit back and chill out in the CVAC Pod. As the pressure changes, there are changes in the temperature and density of the air, and there are periods of warmer air and of cooler air. One thing that’s important to note here is that you’ll need to clear your ears as the pressure changes (as you would in an airplane). In a CVAC session, air is drawn out of the pod, creating a low-pressure environment, and making the air thinner and cooler. Fresh, filtered air is dynamically returned to the pod, which varies the density of the air. So cool, right?
Want to find out more about the benefits of CVAC and find out where you can try it in your area? Visit CVAC’s website for more information about this amazing technology, the science behind it, and how it could up your wellness game!
There have been many popular and trendy workouts over the years, but a tried-and-true workout that has been proven to build and maintain lean muscle is called strength (or resistance) training. The main benefit of lean muscle gain is that it increases your metabolism — so the best way to boost metabolism and burn more calories at rest is to find a great strength training routine that works for you.
The overall term of strength training encompasses many different fitness routines, including bodybuilding, circuit training, power lifting, and isometric weight training. I’ve tried them all at one time or another, depending on what my fitness goals were at the time. And of course, I rely on this type of training when I work out with my celebrity clients. I always find a way to incorporate strength training into my workout sessions — it’s really that important for a strong and healthy body, you guys!
Another form of strength training that has gained popularity in the past few years is kettlebell training. A kettlebell is a free weight that has a handle attached to the top – perfect for swinging! You can use it to perform many types of exercises, including ballistic exercises that combine strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility training all in one. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it, actually, that using this small, simple piece of equipment can be such an incredibly efficient way to lose weight, increase your cardiovascular fitness and strength, and tone your body FAST.
My friends at Kettleball Kings understand the value of this miraculous fitness tool, so much so that they’ve dedicated all of their energy and passion into providing the finest kettlebells, accessories, and apparel. These guys love all things having to do with kettlebell training! They have a wide variety of kettlebells in different materials and weights to choose from, so both men and women can find one (or a set) that works for them. These guys know that everyone’s body and workout style is different, so they create products that truly accommodate everyone. They also have some really cool resources on their website and YouTube channel, for those who want to learn more about this type of strength training.
I don’t want to sugarcoat it, you guys — kettlebell workouts are definitely tough, especially if you’re not used to this type of exercise. But that’s what makes these workouts so effective! Because of the combination of strength exercises and high-intensity cardio, you get an incredible workout that specifically helps build and maintain lean muscle tissue. Which, as I stated before, will boost your metabolism, so you can effectively burn more calories.
As if an increased metabolism wasn’t reason enough to include this type of workout into your routine, here are a few more benefits of kettlebell training. Quite simply, it will increase your muscular endurance, as well as give you greater flexibility. Moderate to high reps using a light kettlebell, combined with rest, will help improve your endurance. Additionally, your butt, lower back, hamstrings, shoulders, quads, arms, AND core muscles will all be working hard during those kettlebell swings.
Generally, a successful muscle building training program will require you to lift weights two to five days per week, and complete up to six sets of multiple reps of each exercise. You should definitely check in with your doctor before starting a strength training routine, to ensure that’s a healthy exercise option for your individual needs. I also recommend consulting a fitness trainer before trying a kettlebell workout, to make sure your form is on point and you’re doing the exercises correctly. But with this type of consistent training, you will see increases in lean muscle mass — and all the benefits that come along with it!
So, if you’re looking to gain lean muscle and want to find out more about kettlebell workouts, the team at Kettlebell Kings has you covered. To check out all their awesome equipment, gear, and apparel, visit their website. And to stay on top of all that’s going on in the Kettlebell Kings community, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Being a fitness trainer and an active guy in general, I love the results I get from working out. Therefore, I’m always willing to make it a priority and put in the time. In addition to the coaching sessions I sweat through with my celebrity clients, I also work individual exercise into my weekly routine to keep the activity level high. If you want to take better control of your health and tone up that body, you need to work hard!
But what if I told you there was a super-cool, cutting-edge fitness system that squeezes in the benefits of over two hours of high-intensity exercise in just 21 minutes? You heard me right — your body gets the equivalent of 2½ hours of hardcore exercise in a 21-minute, low-intensity interval workout. It’s called Vasper, and it’s a fitness miracle machine!
How is this possible? Well, my very smart friends at Vasper did some exhaustive research and testing to come up with this magnificent fitness system. Vasper is based on three scientifically proven principles: compression technology, cooling and interval training. When all of these principles work together, the results are astonishing.
Vasper’s compression and cooling elements create the effect of a high intensity workout without the time, effort, and muscle damage it takes to get the same results with regular exercise. I know, I get it…it sounds too good to be true, but it really works! Instead of feeling tired and sore after a workout — like you normally would after hours of exercise — Vasper leaves you feeling really energized. And oddly enough, you never experience the body aches and pains you’d typically suffer through after a regular workout.
In fact, when I first tried the Vasper system, I was a little concerned because I was due to fly in the following 1-2 days — which we all know is exactly when the soreness that comes with a new workout sets in! I’m also pretty tall — so the thought of being scrunched into a small airplane seat for hours while my body was stiff and sore was not appealing. But amazingly enough, despite the intensity of that first Vasper workout I did, I never experienced a post-workout body slam later that week. I was truly amazed by that!
The compression technology is simply brilliant. Placing compression on arm and leg muscles while exercising at a low intensity has been shown to create the physiological effect of high-intensity exercise. So, when you’re on the Vasper machine you wear special compression “cuffs” on your arms and legs, which safely compresses muscles to build up lactic acid more quickly. This simulates the effect of an intense exercise session that would typically take WAY more time and effort.
The cooling feature of this amazing machine helps fight post-workout pain. How? Well, research shows that remaining cool during exercise allows blood oxygen levels to remain high, which makes exercising more efficient — and more pleasant, since sweating is also dramatically reduced. Keeping the body cool during a workout eases further physical stress, and reduces existing pain and inflammation. Sounds good to me!
What’s also great about Vasper’s research is that they were able to deduce how the technology impacts specific health issues and conditions. There is some interesting data showing that Vasper has positive effects on emotional well-being, sleep quality, overall energy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s symptoms, and senior health.
Interesting in finding out more about this incredible fitness system, the science behind it, all it’s health benefits, and where to try one? Visit Vasper’s website for all the details, and follow all their latest news and research on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
It all starts TODAY…come join the Cruise Control Fasting Revolution! I’m so excited to announce that my new book, The Cruise Control Diet, just dropped today and it’s now available wherever books are sold, so go pick one up!
What is Cruise Control Fasting? It’s my own spin on the popular process of intermittent fasting, which is a really powerful tool to transform your health. In over 20 years of being a fitness trainer and wellness expert, I’ve never seen anything more effective for losing belly fat…and there are a slew of other health benefits, as well.
What nutrition experts and researchers have discovered in recent years is that when we eat is just as important as what we eat. There is real, scientific evidence stating that if you follow the basic intermittent fasting principle of an 8-hour eating window and a 16-hour fasting window, you will lose weight…even up to a pound a day! So, what’s the catch? Those who follow a traditional program often feel totally ravenous during that window of abstaining, either early in the morning or late at night. Nobody likes that uncomfortable, empty feeling — which is where Cruise Control Fasting comes in!
With my new program, you can harness all the power of intermittent fasting and NEVER feel deprived or starved, because I found a way to cheat the fastwith healthy fats. Drinking delicious coffees and teas laced with fats like grass-fed butter, MCT oil, and heavy cream will keep you satiated in those morning hours, so you can successfully power through until your 8-hour eating window begins. And if you have nighttime cravings? You can enjoy sweet, sugar-free treats like my double chocolate mousse, to fill you up before bedtime without disrupting your fast.
And what about those two meals you can have during your 8-hour eating window? The world is your oyster…there are so many healthy options to enjoy. I have tons of recipes in the new book, but generally I recommend eating an anti-inflammatory diet consisting of 50% fats, 30% healthy carbs, and 20% protein. Tacos, burgers, pasta…there are lots of delicious choices, enough to please everyone’s palate!
So take my 28-day challenge, and see for yourself how automating your diet with Cruise Control Fasting and following a sensible exercise plan can help you lose weight, blast belly fat FAST, age and disease-proof your body, get better sleep, and have more energy. And the best part is you’ll never feel hungry!
I am so excited to announce that I have partnered with Yoyo Mats to create my very own Cruise Control yoga mat!
I am a huge advocate of using yoga as a form of fitness. It stretches your body, makes you set an intention for the day, allows you to forget about anything that’s not on the mat, gives you confidence, and is a good workout that allows you to get in tune with your body.
Aaron Thornton, my longtime friend and colleague, has made one of the most innovative yoga mats this world has seen.
You guys need a Cruise Control mat! Even if you don’t do yoga, it’s a perfect addition to your home if you need a space to do your Cruise Control workouts along with me at home. You can bring the “gym” or yoga studio to your home with style and the most advanced mat on the market. It is most definitely Cruise Control approved, haha!
If you’ve done yoga, you know how annoying it is to carry the mat to and from your home to the car to the yoga studio and back again. I roll it up and it rolls around in my car and then I have to re-roll it before i go into the studio and then after yoga I have to roll it all up once again to take it home. It’s a lot of rolling and re-rolling when I’m trying to be as zen as possible before, during, and after my practice.
Yoyo mats, has an incredible design that actually self roll. Can you believe it?! It will stay tightly rolled when you’re carrying it or leaving it in your car. It also will lay flat while you are practicing or doing your stretches or your Cruise Control moves, no curled up edges!
The Yoyo mat is made of an eco-friendly, skid-resistant top layer that provides superior grip even in wet and sweaty conditions.