90 Fitness Answers 04 – How Do I Raise My Metabolism?

90 fitness answers 04 - how do i raise my metabolismYou know those people that it seems like they can eat anything (and everything) and they don’t put on an ounce of fat?  Then there are those people who look at a bowl of pasta or a birthday cake and it’s like ten pounds magically appears.  If you’ve ever asked “How do I raise my metabolism?” then chances are you’re in the second group.

Let’s start by just defining what we actually mean by “metabolism”, to get on the same page.  Basically, the metabolism is all of your body’s processes.  Everything from powering your cells to repairing damage, replacing old cells, creating new ones, and so on all fall into this lump category of “metabolism”.  All of these things require energy, in the form of calories, to take place.  That energy can come from the food you’re eating now or it can come from fat or muscle stored on your body, which is past overeating that you did.  Of course, when people are asking this question they’re generally looking for ways to expend more energy and ideally have the excess come from the stored fat.

For the first group, there’s a handful of reasons as to why they may be able to just burn through food, not all of which are related to the metabolism, but for the sake of this post we’ll stick with those.  For the rest of us, here’s how to get that metabolism cranking and the fat dropping: Continue reading

Be Relentless Podcast Episode 36 – Building Healthy Eating Habits for Busy People

learn to eat better bangor maineNew podcast is up!

Today I’m going to tackle eating to support your body, WHILE still dealing with your busy schedule.  Beyond that, I’m going to go into not just a few tips and tricks (although they’re in there), but also how to build eating better into a HABIT, so it becomes automatic and sticks with you.

Look, we’re all busy.

Between work, family, travel, hitting the gym, and every other activity that life throws at us, you can find yourself eating on the run a lot. Sure, it’d be great if every meal was home-cooked, and you were able to prep everything… but that probably doesn’t happen.

So in this podcast I’m going to break down some tips on eating on the run AND how to make that actually a habit that sticks.

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Relentless Family Spotlight – Keith Weiland

relentless strength training personal training bangor maineThe hard part about having such a loyal and long-lasting gym family is that eventually life changes and people move.  So sometimes you lose great members because of a job change, relocation, etc.

Unfortunately, that recently happened with Keith.  He joined up with us several months ago and immediately brought a fire and personality to the gym like no other.  I’ve often said that the best part about Relentless is the soul of the community, and nobody latched right on to that like Keith.

We’re sorry to see him go, but wish him well on his new ventures!

Name:
Keith Wieland

How would you describe your situation before joining, and what did you want to change?
Getting older and realizing I was deconditioned. Desire to feel better, move better and improve my psyche.

What were you most apprehensive about?
My apprehension was mostly fear of failure.

What is one of the first things you noticed after starting?
That the staff were all very helpful and engaged even during the busiest times. Friendly banter was a great motivator for me personally. The “ribbing” was essential to my progression, Isaac, Rob and Patrick are masters of this art form.

bangor maine personal trainerWould you take a second to describe how you are now and what’s changed?
My motivation to stay fit has changed for life I believe. When I reflect on where I was when I started compared to now it’s surreal. The few days before I left town I actually had the gumption to challenge the 405 DL club. Though I didn’t get there I was glad to have even considered the challenge.

What would you say to anyone who was thinking of joining?
Just get after it and join Relentless!! You won’t regret it. I’ve been going since December and wish Relentless could relocate with me. I appreciate the men and women of Relentless and the men and women that put the effort in every day. I’m grateful for my time with Isaac and the crew! Thanks for crossing paths with me. Peace.

Looking to get started on your fitness journey?  Drop us a line here!

10 Steps to a Lean, Fit Body – Part 3

strength and performance training bangor maineTime for the third and final installment of the 10-Step Checklist To Build A Lean, Strong, and Healthy Body!

Building a lean, strong body doesn’t just happen in the gym and the kitchen. Today we’re going to tackle some of the “out of the gym” parts of the masterpiece-building equation. This is the often-neglected stuff that can make or break your success!

If you happened to miss Part 1, check it out here.
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10 Steps to a Lean, Fit Body – Part 2

nutrition counseling bangor maineWelcome back to The 10 Step Checklist For Build a Lean, Strong, High-Performance Body. This is part II, where we break down what you need to do at the kitchen and the table to get your nutrition on point into simple steps. If you missed Part I then you might want to check it out here.

4. Eat protein, and eat enough of it.

Of the three macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins), protein is probably the most talked about but also the most misunderstood.

Basically, protein is primarily a structural macronutrient in that you are made up largely of protein. While it can be used as energy to fuel you, doing so uses a very inefficient system and is a task better left to the carbohydrates and fats.

As far as how much protein do you really need? The answer is, as usual, “it depends”. If you listen to your average bro-lifter who gets his info from the bodybuilding magazines full of glossy, T&A-filled ads for protein powders… the answer is that you need something between a shit-load and the National deficit. If you listen to the random hippy in the health food store then you should be able to get all you need from broccoli. If you find the right hippy they may tell you that all you need to do is smell the broccoli. Trust me, they’re out there.

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10 Steps To a Lean, Fit Body – Part 1

relentless strength training bangor gym fitnessI’m going to break down building a strong, healthy body that has both “show” and “go” in ten simple steps..

Why would I do that? Because I’m tired of all of the conflicting, confusing stuff out there in the fitness world.

The truth of the matter is that if you want to build a lean, strong body that performs and looks the part it’s way too easy to get lost in the sea of information out there. Turn on the TV and you’ve got workout infomercials hitting you in the face. Click on the radio and you get blasted by ads hawking some stupid wrap. Heck, a single click of a mouse will see you be buried under a deluge of information. There’s basically no end to it. Quite frankly, it’s frustrating at best and maddening enough to throw your hands up at worst.

At Relentless we’re well known for being “BS Killers”. Sometimes that means that we’re a little blunt, but so be it. My clients hire my coaches and myself to cut through all the noise, kill the mumbo-jumbo, and get them great results without the stress and goose chases of having to hunt down and then figure out how to apply all that information.

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Relentless Family Spotlight – Angie Plummer

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Angie is one of our longest-term members here at Relentless!  In the time I’ve worked with her I’ve seen her become stronger, take on running (half-marathons!), and (most importantly) make HUGE strides in her confidence and excitement in life.  It’s been an amazing journey and we at Relentless are all so proud to have a little part in her story.  Get’em, Ang!

Name:
Angie Plummer

How would you describe your situation before joining, and what did you want to change?
I have been training with Isaac Wilkins since 2009. I was always overweight then lost 100 plus pounds on my own with diet and cardio excercise. With Isaac’s guidance it was to tone my body And put it through different exercises to work on where I hit a roadblock in my own fitness.

What were you most apprehensive about?
Lifting….I was under the impression I would “bulk up”.

What is one of the first things you noticed after starting?
I noticed how helpful the staff was and that I didn’t “bulk up”. I actually toned more and was taught the right way to do exercises so I didn’t risk injury.

angie plummer relentless strength training bangor maineWould you take a second to describe how you are now and what’s changed?
I live an active lifestyle now. Not afraid to do technically challenging hikes,runs, or certain physical activities because of the workouts at Relentless Strength. I am definitely stronger, but my confidence in my body is better as well. I know I can push my physical capabilities out of my comfort zone and I will be ok. My time at Relentless Strength has been empowering physically and mentally. I feel like I know more about the strength of my body.

What would you say to anyone who was thinking of joining?
Do it!!!!
Joining Relentless Strength has been a great choice for me. I was never an athlete, and now feel that do to the level of workouts that are created and we successfully do at Relentless I can easily see myself as more athletic. This gym will push you out of your comfort zone in a good way. Great gym, great staff, and great workouts.

Looking to get started on your fitness journey?  Drop us a line here!

Relentless Family Spotlight – Kyle Mitchell

Kyle mitchell relentless strength trainingKyle joined us through one of our challenges as a longtime runner who wanted to gain a little muscle and strength while STILL being able to put in a competitive 5-10k time.  Throughout his time here, he’s not only accomplished that, but he’s brought so much more to us with his great attitude, quiet sense of humor, and hard-working inspiration and support for others.

Name:
Kyle Mitchell

How would you describe your situation before joining Relentless, and what did you want to change?
Before joining relentless I did a lot of running to stay in shape. I always wanted to get stronger, but really struggled to do that on my own. I was always lacking a direction in any strength training I tried to do on my own. Any kind of lifting I tried to do would fizzle out within a few weeks.

What were you most apprehensive about?
I was most apprehensive about the whole thing really. It was taking a big step out of my comfort zone to message Isaac about starting. Let alone showing up at relentless and working out that first day. But Isaac and all the coaches really made everything a great experience and put me at ease about things right from the start.

What is one of the first things you noticed after starting?
Having never really done the gym thing, one of the first things I noticed was how nice and willing to help all of the coaches were. Also it was within a couple weeks of going I started noticing a lot of things getting easier in the gym that had been a real struggle at first.

kyle mitchell relentless strength training bottoms-up tguWould you take a second to describe how you are now and what’s changed?
Having been at Relentless for almost a year now, I can’t believe how far I have come. I feel like I still have a long way to go. But I love the process and still see progress in things week to week. I don’t know that I would have ever thought I could have come this far.

What would you say to anyone who was thinking of joining?
Do it! You won’t regret it. I really can’t say enough good things about relentless, all the coaches, and all the other members. Relentless is really an amazing place. They can help you no matter what your goals are and you will have a great time doing it.

Interested in learning more about how you can become a better runner through smart strength training?  Drop us a line here!

What It Means To Live The Relentless Lifestyle

relentless strength trainingOne of the most important things we try to impress upon people when they join Relentless Strength Training is that you’re not joining “a gym”.

Sure, we are a gym/exercise facility/personal training studio/athlete development center/whatever you want to label us as.  We actually prefer “Transformation Center”.

The reason we call ourselves a Transformation Center is because we aren’t just a place where you come in, have some great workouts, throw up a peace sign, and get a fist bump on your way out the door.

Instead, we are here to change you and help you become who you want to be (or more accurately to help you enhance and express who you probably already are) and take it to the next level.

We will help you learn and live your best self.  That’s what we mean by The Relentless Lifestyle.
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