Category Archives: Fitness

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Apple’s Leap into Health & Fitness

Apple Inc  has announced a new health-tracking app for mobile devices, and the company’s first major step out into the health and fitness category. The company says the new health app will help you make sense of your overall health trends by tracking nutrition, fitness, weight and monitoring your habits such as food intake, sleep cycle and hydration levels. Data will be collected and accessed by Apple Watch. Company officials promised that consumer privacy will be fiercely protected.  (The app is developed with input from Nike, and also the Mayo Clinic, who are supporting the data collection and reporting aspects of the software).

As a former Apple employee (and one of the first personal trainers in the U.S. to switch from paper to 100 percent digital record keeping), I believe the future success of personal trainers is going to depend on their curiosity, adaptability to new technology, personal service and ability to educate clients. With electronic record keeping rapidly becoming the new minimum of what is acceptable, this is a VERY exciting time to work in health and fitness.

A good graphical overview of HealthBook here:  http://9to5mac.com/2014/03/17/this-is-healthbook-apples-first-major-step-into-health-fitness-tracking/

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The Complete Beginners Guide to Buying Cross-Training Shoes

 

HEY SAM:  I am thinking about buying cross-training shoes to use in the gym. Is there anything specific I should look for in cross-training shoes?
~Bob, Los Angeles

As with men, it’s important to know that not every shoe is equipped to handle every need. Knowing the differences between these types shoes will help you get what you need, but moreover — prevent unnecessary injury! In terms of exercise, there are three kinds of shoes to be concerned about: running, walking and cross-training shoes. So what makes a cross-trainer a GOOD cross-trainer?

7 SECRETS ABOUT GOOD CROSS-TRAINERS:

MESH — The shoe needs to have some mesh fabric. Mesh in a cross-training shoe helps the shoe handle variations in temperature, as well as to be moisture-wicking, (pulling moisture away from your skin). Breathability determines whether your foot drowns in a pool of sweat, or glides along comfortably.

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FLEXIBILITY— One surefire way to developing unsightly corns is an inflexible shoe (especially in the toes). A good cross-training shoe should feel flexible. Does it bend in different directions easily? Does it allow your foot to move easily for movements like burpees and pushups? If in doubt, do a few in the shoes and see.  Continue reading

Looking Back at 2013

 

When you’re focused on moving forward, it is ever more important to take a moment to look back to acknowledge and say, “Actually, I did some cool stuff!”

And professionally, I did: from working with a wave of new Sam Page Fitness clients, to fundraising for AIDS Project Los Angeles.

From successfully launching “PocketSAM” my mobile app, to co-leading a new year’s climb up Mount Echo.

From consulting on the $15,000 studio remodel at the Hollywood Production Center, to training to become a certified executive protection agent.I’ve kept pretty busy!

But 2013 wasn’t just about professional milestones.

These past 12 months, I’ve been constantly reminded of the truly impermanent nature of … everything.

We are all in a state of transition, even our relationships.

Nothing is fixed or solid.

Everything is tentative — or as I prefer to think: “just about to become something!”

Really acknowledging this on a soul level — that nothing is static — has helped me become a more open-minded, easygoing human being.

I’ve grown more comfortable with ambiguity, and shifted my thinking to a space where belief (in anything) is not necessary or required for admission.

I’m more flexible, ready, aware & open to see what’s actually unfolding, moment by moment.

I’m a even a better listener.

These awakenings I attribute in part to a growing identification with Buddhism, developing a closer relationship to the nature of my own fear , and my fascination with practical neuroscience.

I’m profoundly grateful for this year, for my practice, and if you’re reading this … for you.  icon smile Looking Back at 2013

I hope that your happiness is increasing and your suffering is decreasing.

Be well this holiday season.

peace + love + lunges,

sam

Four Ways to Improve Your Balance

If you, or someone you love, has difficulty with balance, here are a few easy exercises which will help your confidence and prevent falling.  It’s important that you feel safe when you work on balance, so that you don’t fall. If your balance isn’t good enough, stand behind a sturdy chair.

  1. March gently in place, lifting only your heels off the floor. When that becomes easy lift the heels and toes off the floor very slightly as you march in place. As your balance improves, lift your feet higher off the floor.
  2. Raise slowly up on your tip toes, then go back on your heels. The knees are kept straight, but not locked.
  3. Step to the side with your right foot, then bring the left foot next to the right foot. Step to the side with the left foot, then bring the right foot next to it. Repeat several times. As your balance improves, take a larger step to the side.
  4. Stand up tall. Keeping your torso straight up and down, and your feet flat on the floor, bend your knees and hips slightly, sinking downward. Then straighten your hips and knees and stand back up straight. Repeat several times. As your balance and strength improve, bend you knees a little more. (If you have knee pain, stop the exercise.)  ~Sam Page

How to Tighten + Tone Your Inner Thighs

HEY SAM: Wondering if I could get some advice from you on the troubling “inner thigh” — I really want to slim my inner thighs, but they seem to keep bulking up.  I’m getting to the point of wanting lipo. Help me, buddy. ~James, Salt Lake City, Utah

I have found that repetitive motions, using only body weight, to be very effective in toning up the inner thigh. For example, try squeezing a very small rubber ball tightly between your upper thighs, with feet raised off the floor at a 90-degree angle. Perform 25-30 crunches, then drop your arms and neck back, and just pulse the ball with your upper thighs over and over again. You will begin to feel the inside of your thighs burn. Keep going for about 30 seconds past the “burning” point. Don’t use ankle weights. In fact, I recommend using only your own body weight and isometric movements.

Another tool you might like are a series of DVD’s from a fitness studio in Los Angeles called Pop Physique, which is all the rage among ladies here in Hollywood. The principles behind their uber-targeted workouts are to tone the stomach, inner thigh, transform your arms, and lift your butt. My friend Lisa treated me to a month of Pop Physique classes for Christmas. As a dude wearing dance tights, surrounded by 20-30 ladies, I found the PopPhys workouts in the Silverlake studio to be both challenging as hell, and fun. I’m sure the DVD’s capture some of this while offering a great workout targeting these areas!  ~Sam  

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