Latest & Greatest Fitness Tips Hot Off the Press – First of 2 Part Series

I just attended the International Personal Training Summit in Seattle this last weekend and wanted to share with you some of the highlights from the event.  I hope that at least one tip will resonate with you and inspire you to reach for your Personal Best.

Kravitz2Dr. Len Kravitz on Exercise Conditioning:

  • The biggest difference been sedentary couch potatoes who were lean or those obese was not diet or sleeping habits but actually their NEAT, or non exercise activity thermogenesis. Obese sedentary people sit 2.5 hours more per day than those who are lean and don’t exercise. So if I can’t get you to go to the gym, for god’s sake just get up off your butt more, park further away, go to the furthest bathroom at your office and take the stairs more. It adds up! Your life depends on it.
  • Resistance training increases your resting metabolic rate by 100 calories per day making it easier to lose weight. The true fountain of youth!
  • During menopause your RMR drops by 100 cal per day making exercise critical to manage your weight.
  • Vary both your resistance training and cardio training into easy, moderate and hard days. Lift heavy sometimes and other times lift lighter and work on endurance. Sometimes go hard and fast and other times long and easy.

Pete McCall on Exercise and Anti-Aging:

  • No more than 3 high intensity workouts per week or your immune system gets thrashed’.
  • The best thing about Zumba is getting people to move their hips to help prevent stiffness as we age. Hula hooping is good for that too’
  • ‘No one ever says I’m going to the gym to get smarter today but that’s exactly what you’re doing. Working out keeps your brain sharp!’
  • ‘CrossFit is great. Zumba is great. Running is great. Yoga is great. Cycling is great. Weight lifting is great. But doing the same thing 6-7 days a week is not great. Mix it up. Cross train for a balanced body.’
  • Pete Mccall‘Great trainers don’t have clients do the same movement patterns over and over again but change the movement patterns so they are strong and mobile in all planes of movement’
  • Do heavy weight lifting to load and stimulate the contractile component of muscle and couple with faster, low load, more plyometric training to load and stimulate the elastic component.’ Best of both worlds.
  • ‘Aerobic exercise 2x/week decreases risk for dementia by 50% and risk for Alzheimer’s by 60%’ Amazing! Move your body people!

These are some of my favorite tips from some of the most respected fitness professionals in our industry. I hope you can take something from these tips and use it in your everyday life. Bottom line though….is (like Pete says) MOVE YOUR BODY!!!

Tune in next week for the rest of the my favorite tips from fitness industry leaders!

Sherri McMillan, M.Sc. has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for over 20 years and has received numerous industry awards including International Personal Trainer and Fitness Presenter of the Year. She is the author of five books including “Go For Fit – the Winning Way to Fat Loss” and “Fit over Forty” and is the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs.  She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver and can be seen running, hiking or cycling with her two children, Brianna and Jackson.  She can be reached at or Note:  As an avid Columbian reader, you can redeem a 2 week pass at her world-class training studio to help get you started.  Contact 360.574.7292 for more details.  

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 33 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver, the founder of WHY Racing Events & WHY Community, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at

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