Category Archives: Fitness

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Stay on Track When You Travel

When traveling, time matters. Schedules are precise, and often packed to make every second count. In my 10 years of training high level entertainment executives, I’ve observed that the VERY top producers also know that sleep, exercise and  nutrition (SEN) are among the most important “meetings” they take in any 24-hour period. Continue reading

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Apple Takes a Bite at Health + Fitness

With iOS 8 firmly in place, and the new phones announced, Apple Inc  has taken another step into the health and fitness category. The health app makes sense of your overall health trends, tracking nutrition, fitness, weight and monitoring habits such as food intake, sleep cycle and hydration levels. Data will be also be collected 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 HealthBookhere:  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