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    Weight Loss Programs and Plans

    Healthy weight loss programs and diet plans aren’t always easy to find. A lot of weight loss programs promise fast results but are impossible to follow long term, leading to disappointment.

    The WorkoutBOX team understands that the best weight loss and diet plans focus on balance and moderation, offering quick yet healthy weight loss benefits.

    Let the professional at WorkoutBOX provide you with effective, healthy weight loss programs and the best diet plans to suit your needs and exceed your goals. We’ll show you how to be successful with your healthy diet plan, get fast results and continue to maintain that new body for a lifetime of satisfaction.

    Consider us your best weight loss program resource! Our Weight Loss Programs and Plans section will be updated on a regular basis, supplying you with knowledgeable advice and guidance. Be interactive and add a comment or question to the bottom of our posts! We want to hear from you!

  • Running vs. Cycling – which one wins?

    By Travis Steffen on Sunday, May 15, 2011 1 comment

    The question I address in this week’s Q&A was regarding the most effective mode of cardio. While anything is better than nothing, some modes offer you more bang for your buck. Find out which ones do and why:

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  • Flatten Your Belly and Boost Your Booty

    By Travis Steffen on Sunday, April 24, 2011 1 comment

    I got a pretty specific question from one of our Facebook fans, Amanda, who asked “how can I flatten my stomach, boost my booty AND increase my bust?”

    Well Amanda, here’s your answer!

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  • Workouts for Your Gender – Fact or Fallacy?

    By Travis Steffen on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 2 comments

    One of the questions I’m asked quite often here at WorkoutBOX is whether or not our programs are specific to women. It’s a valid question, and one that in my opinion is brought to light thanks mostly to marketing.

    So what’s the story? Should programs be designed for a certain gender, or is this simply yet another myth we need to bust?

    The answer may surprise you…

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  • 5 Simple Tips to Get You Started

    By Travis Steffen on Thursday, October 14, 2010 No comments

    This is one of those blog entries that answers some of the most common questions we’re asked here at WorkoutBOX.

    When starting a gym-based workout program, all those weights can look pretty intimidating. Don’t worry – this is natural, and should pass when you get some answers.

    How do I know I’m doing everything right?

    What weights should I be using?

  • The only way to get rid of that spare tire

    By Travis Steffen on Thursday, January 28, 2010 3 comments

    CB060675It’s among the top five questions I am repeatedly asked by clients. If I had a nickel for every time I heard it I’d be writing this blog while chillaxin’ in my private jet, piloted by John Travolta himself, on my way to a weekend shopping extravaganza in Milan.

    “How can I lose my belly?” “What can I do to get rid of my spare tire?” “What lower ab exercises will shrink my gut?” I know my answer never makes me popular but it’s the only honest one I can offer. You simply cannot spot reduce! In order to get rid of the flab on your midsection, you must follow a balanced, consistent and intelligent program of proper nutrition, calorie control and EXERCISE! I see you rolling your eyes and before you ask….there are no magic ‘muffin top’ pills, no fancy ab roller gadgets and no ‘break through metabolism stimulating, hormone regulating, fat melting, super power foods’ that are going to do it effortlessly for you. Enjoying the luxury of a flat midsection is earned through regular cardiovascular and strength training workouts coupled with a diet rich in nutrients designed to meet and not exceed daily caloric requirements. Bottom line.

  • How to own the body of a triathlete

    By Travis Steffen on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 2 comments

    Triathlon. An endurance event comprised of swimming, cycling and running in quick succession and varying distances. A physically and mentally demanding sport designed to test an athlete’s commitment, patience, pain threshold and passion.
    For me, it’s something that offers immense joy. It’s hard work, highly competitive and can be exhausting, while at the same time energizing, exhilarating, gratifying and thrilling. It is an independent yet socially supportive sport that requires self discipline, knowledgeable physical training and immense desire. The triathlon allows for ultimate calorie burning potential while building cyclist’s quads, swimmer’s abs and giving you a runner’s high. With all of that you can also expect missing toenails, chaffed thighs, a helmet head hair do and possibly meeting the occasional lake snake.
    In my mind the triathlon is really a metaphor for life. It can be long, it can be short, there will be joyful times and there will be agonizing times. Along the way you’ll see beauty and you’ll see pain. There will be uphill climbs and downhill coasts. Sometimes you’ll do better than you’d hoped for and sometimes you won’t. You can count on falling down or getting a flat every now and then, but you can also rest assured that someone will feel compassion and stop to help you. When it comes right down to it, the only one responsible for getting you across that finish line is you, but there are always friends and family lining the sidewalks, cheering you on.
    In the triathlon, the goal is all about time. Ideally you’ll need to swim, cycle and run your best times while also getting through the transitions as organized and quickly as possible. Aside from the exercise routine there really is a lot of organization involved in getting prepared for a race. While the swim, bike and run training is the meat of the program, triathletes also need to practice shedding the wetsuit as fast as possible, mounting their bike and changing shoes all while performing these things in the proper order so as not to get disqualified. This may explain why so many triathletes are Type A personalities.
    Triathlons come in many various distances. The most popular are the Sprint, Olympic, Half Iron and Ironman. The Sprint Triathlon (also known as the puke fest due to the short duration yet extreme intensity) consists of a 750 M swim followed by a 20 KM bike and then a 5Km run. Since the distances are short, the intensity is high and ideally all three events are performed at the highest level of exertion.
    The Olympic distance is the most popular and begins with a 1.5 KM swim, followed by a 40 KM bike and a 10 KM run.
    The half Iron is half the length of an Ironman with a 1.9 KM swim, 90 KM bike and 21 KM (half marathon length) run.
    The Ironman which is probably the most famous is also the longest starting with a 3.8 KM swim, 180 KM bike and 42 KM run which is a full marathon in itself.
    When it comes to choosing a length it’s basically just ‘different strokes for different folks’. Personally I am a fan of the Sprint triathlons because I like to go really really fast!! This distance allows me to put in a full, all-out effort for a short amount of time. The Olympic is also suitable for me because although you can’t go as hard as the Sprint, it’s faster paced than the Iron or Half Iron. The Iron and the Half Iron are extremely long and require an immense capability of endurance. Just imagine a 3.8 KM crowded open water swim immediately followed by a hot, long bike ride that equals the distance from Los Angeles to San Diego, all while sitting on a very small, hard seat. Once you’re done that, hurry up and change your shoes because you have a marathon to finish! Wow! That takes some serious passion and dedication. Yet if you talk to any Ironman or triathlete competing in any distance for that matter, they will likely tell you that they live for it! The training and discipline becomes a way of life, almost an addiction.
    Have you ever thought about it? It’s such a great sport and a true test of physical, mental and emotional strength. If triathlon is something you have ever considered doing, I highly recommend it! You’ll learn a lot about yourself and feel the intense confidence that comes with crossing that finish line! Most communities offer a Mini tri or a ‘Try a tri’ for beginners interested in getting their feet wet (pun intended). The Mini tri is usually half the length of the Sprint so it is short enough to see how the sport fits before committing too much to it. Keep it fun and try not to take things too seriously which is often easier said than done. Just focus on the completion and not the time on the clock. Check with your local running store, sporting goods store or athletic club for information on how you can get started in the world of triathlon!
    images1Triathlon. An endurance event comprised of swimming, cycling and running in quick succession and varying distances. A physically and mentally demanding sport designed to test an athlete’s commitment, patience, pain threshold and passion.
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  • Celebrity and Fad Diets Don’t Make Healthy Weight Loss Programs

    By Travis Steffen on Thursday, July 16, 2009 1 comment

    12imagesIf you flip through the pages of any tabloid magazine, it becomes shockingly clear by the emaciated frames in the photos that celebrity diets are often less than healthy. The majority of so called celebrity diets are usually nothing more than glorified crash diets, promising dramatic, albeit unrealistic results.

    It can be quite tempting to try these well marketed weight loss and fitness routines as every one of us wants to shed fat as quickly as possible. Fad diets often offer near impossible, yet very appealing promises. They may claim to provide you with Victoria Beckham’s waistline or Angelina Jolie’s slender physique in 2 short weeks but usually don’t deliver.

  • The Best Time to Workout for Weight Loss

    By Travis Steffen on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 4 comments

    i2magesOf course we know that committing to a well designed exercise routine plays a huge role in how effective our weight loss program is. The best weight loss programs generally recommend a combination of cardiovascular (see cardio exercises) and resistance training (see weight lifting exercises) at a minimum of 3 to 4 sessions a week.

    I am often asked what time of the day is the best time to workout. That entirely depends upon the individual. In order to reap optimal benefits from your weight loss exercise routine, you’ll need to schedule your workout for a particular time of the day when you know you will be feeling wide awake, energized and ready to focus entirely on the workout without interruption.

  • Sleep Plays an Important Role in a Successful Weight Loss Program

    By Travis Steffen on Sunday, June 21, 2009 1 comment

    Don't you wish you could sleep this soundly?

    Don't you wish you could sleep this soundly?

    An effective weight loss routine relies on a number of factors. An overall reduction in calories and a commitment to regular exercise are often the two main priorities of most weight loss plans. While obviously these are crucial factors, there are other somewhat surprising components that contribute to the success of a healthy weight loss program.

    Perhaps just as helpful in fat reduction is the quality and quantity of the sleep we allow ourselves. Even the best of the best weight loss programs will stall or perhaps fail if we don’t get adequate, restful sleep.

  • Choosing the Best Weight Loss Program that suits you!

    By Travis Steffen on Monday, June 15, 2009 1 comment

    Weight Loss Program

    With all of the weight loss programs and work out routines and plans out there, choosing the one that’s right for you can be difficult, not to mention confusing! If you’re looking for a safe yet effective weight loss program or fat loss workout, there are some qualities to look for and some red flags to avoid.

    A weight loss program should teach healthy behaviors that not only promote a reduction in weight, but also the ability to maintain the weight loss over time.