Lean-ing Into 60- My Article in The Neighborhood Trainers April Newsletter

JamesLean-ing Into 60!

Everybody is getting older. Obvious, right? Not everybody is getting older in 
the same way. Also, obvious, right?
Yes, I think so. There are those who are telling you about how they’re getting older all the time! They are actually complaining about it. When they forget something, they say something like “my mind ain’t what it used to be”, as if anything is. You might hear “Oh, I’m getting fat in my old age”.
Yet, there are others who are embracing their evolution.
Exercising consistently and eating right. They are sharing their wisdom with the world instead of whining about getting older.
Getting older isn’t an option, enjoying it is.
I say lean into it! Like everything else, if you make the best of it, you feel better about it. It’s the same with getting older. You must try to enjoy it in order the feel better about it.
How do you do that? The money question. It’s an attitude change. That’s all. Choose to do it. Go ahead, try. Say it with me. “I love getting older”.
It is a choice. I exercise every day. I eat small healthy meals.But most of all I choose to lean into getting older rather than fight it.
 
I exercise every day. Unless I don’t. But rather than planning to exercise once or twice a week, I plan to do it every day! Then, when I miss a day, I don’t have to beat myself up about it and give up. I just resume the next day.
Say it with me, go ahead. “I exercise every day!” Don’t worry about it if it’s not true yet. Just exercise today and you’re off to a great start. Lean into it!
By now you’re starting to notice a trend. It’s all about attitude. Replace your old thinking with the new. By old thinking, I mean the old phrases and figures of speech that you use without even thinking about whether they are true or not. Instead of complaining about the weather, try enjoying it. No matter what it is. Go ahead, try it. Say it with me, “I love this freezing rain!”
If you’re willing to try this approach, I think you’ll find it exhilarating and full of possibilities. It can free up your mind and your day from all of the self-defeating habits that you aren’t even aware of.
It can open you up for something new. Like Lean-ing into 60! Or if you’re younger than I am, leaning into your own beautiful future! Try it!

Game Changer- 60 is The New Sexy

60 is The New Sexy podcast. This one’s called “Game Changer” see more #anchor.fm/jim-fantone

Posted by Fantone Fitness on Monday, April 16, 2018

 

GettingOut of Your Own Way- 60 is The New Sexy

Getting Out of Your Own Way by Fantone Fitness. #fitness #fitnessfun #nyctrainer #workout #exercise #healthymind #mindbody

Posted by James Fantone on Sunday, April 29, 2018

 

2016 New Year Revolution

Well, I did it! From January 1st through March 25th. That’s exactly 12 weeks of Tabata drills, and Paleo diet. It can be done. I started out at 12.8% body fat and ended up at 8%. I was 148.8 lbs. on January 1st and now I’m hovering at 140 lbs. This morning I was 139.8 lbs.

The first pics are today and following them are some I’ve taken over the last 3 months so you can see the progression.

 

befitnyc is opening it’s doors on January 5th 2015!

That’s right people, it’s time to get back on the plan. Let’s make 2015 the year we get fit and stay fit. Join us at the Vitamin Shoppe Sunday, January 4th to promote the grand opening. Fantone Fitness will be at the Vitamin Shoppe on Broadway and 92nd street from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. We will be giving out passes for free classes and talking about getting fit with some fun fitness pro’s.

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Fantone Fitness Fun Fitness Facts!

Fantone Fitness Fun Fitness Facts

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What is it all about? I am Jim Fantone and I am here to sort it all out for you. I have spent most of my life  experimenting with my body. Yes, I have done the footwork so you don’t have to. Cook, mechanic, restaurant manager, social worker, army sergeant, karate student, personal trainer, business owner. Did I forget anything? Oh yeah, father, husband (twice), and actor. My life as a guinea pig.

My evolution has been a fun journey, but I didn’t always think that. The one thing I know from my life experiences is I make the best of everything.

Fitness. This has got to be one of the most challenging aspects of life. We want to look like super models but it just doesn’t seem to work out that way (pun intended).  Why is it so hard to have a six-pack? What is the elusive ingredient to losing weight? How do “they” do it? Well, if you’re reading this, maybe, you’re ready for the warm firm facts.

Fantone Fitness Fun Fitness Facts!

#1. “Your stomach is about the size of both of your hands held out in front of you cupped together like a bowl. It’s your body’s fuel tank. It is the right size for your body. In a car, if you overfill your gas tank, it will spill out on the ground, wasting the gas. In your body, the fuel doesn’t spill out. The body saves it as FAT!” Make sure you’re not over-filling your tank.

#2. If you want to get in shape, take some time every day to do something physically challenging. Every day! That could be going to the gym, going for a run, riding your bike, yoga, aerobic class, push-ups, walking lunges, jumping jacks, toss a frisbee, or chase your cat or dog around. The key is to do something “Every Day”. Yes, every day. You can play every day, it’s OK.

#3. People always ask me “how do you get a six-pak?” The truth is everyone has the six-pack muscles. They are already a part of every body. You couldn’t move properly without them. The problem isn’t in the muscle, it’s in the “stuff” that’s covering the muscle. You guessed it, body-fat!” So the goal is to reduce body-fat between the skin and those lovely abs.  How to do that? Ahh, the million dollar question. If I had a buck for every time…anyway.

Here’s my “plan”. That’s what I call it. Time to get back on the “Plan”

Eat clean. Eat real foods, not processed. Soda is processed, get used to drinking water. Just do it! Eat single ingredient foods like vegetables, fruit, lean meats, eggs or egg whites. Eat nuts and seeds in moderation (and if you can’t do moderation, leave the nuts alone). If you are vegetarian, you know where to get your protein. Eat foods as they come from nature, not scientifically engineered products. And do not add salt! You’ll get used to it. You know this stuff. You keep hearing it over and over, but you don’t want to believe it. Well, it’s true. Eat healthy and exercise at least moderately, and I guarantee you will lose body-fat. If you do, those lovely six-pak muscles will be working their way to the surface. Maybe slowly, but one day, Pow! There they are. You’ve got a six-pack. If I can do it, so can you.

Fantonefitness Fun Fitness Fact #4

Love handlesare from loving junk food. Crunches won’t affect them. Only a better diet will. Oh yeah, and some exercise to burn calories will help too. Keep it simple.

Fantone Fitness Fun Fitness Fact #5 Plan to Succeed.

Have a plan of what you’ll eat today. Don’t wait until its a last minute decision and you end up eating “Fast Food”.  If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Eat healthy.

Fantone Fitness Fun Fitness Fact #6

After your workout is the best time to eat a high quality meal.  Your body is craving nutrition. Eat within 1 ½ hours after your workout for the best results.

Fantone Fitness is at it again. The Vitamin Shoppe, that is!

Come on out and have a protein shake with Jim Fantone of Fantone Fitness.  This Saturday at 92nd street and Broadway is the intersection of fitness and health. Fantone Fitness and Rebound will be at The Vitamin Shoppe, 2478 Broadway at 92nd street from 11:00 pm til 2:00 pm. Come on out and see what’s new in The Vitamin Shoppe and visit with some fitness pro’s. Ask questions about nutrition, supplements and exercise. Curious about personal training? Well here is your chance to ask the experts. And if you like, we’ll check your body fat percentage, and discuss ways to improve your health.

Jim Fantone owner of Fantone Fitness has been training in New York City for over 20 years. Fantone Fitness has teamed up with Rebound, the upper west sides prime boutique personal training studio, located just 2 blocks from the Vitamin Shoppe, just above The Manhattan Diner. So if you’re interested in getting a trainer and working out to your full potential or just have some fitness questions, come out on Saturday and join in on the fun.

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Fantone Fitness in action at home!

Come and join the fun and get a good sweat on! Fantone Fitness can work out anywhere. We don’t need fancy equipment or machines. You are the ultimate machine. Boxing, kettlebells, Pilates or bootcamp. All done at home or outside in the park. Oh man, I am ready for summer! What are you waiting for? 917-657-5489 0r jim@fantonefitness.com. Visit Fantone Fitness on Facebook too.

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Spring time Savings!

Spring has finally arrived! If you’re like me, you’re thrilled. So I am offering a Spring into Spring special for any returning clients. If you purchase a package, I am offering not one, but two complimentary sessions to get you restarted and re-energized for this Spring/Summer season. Just give me a call or email or text to let me know if you are interested. 917-657-5489, jim@fantonefitness.com

I hope to see you soon. Happy Spring!Frisbee Catch

Vitamin Shoppe Fun!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting the Vitamin Shoppe with Fantone Fitness and Monique Marco. We had fun, a protein bar and a shake and some exciting fitness discussion. Tune in to see when Fantone Fitness and The Vitamin Shoppe will hook up again. Until then…enjoy the weather!2013-03-02 11.20.42

Fantone Fitness Fun Fitness Facts

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Fitness, workout, weight-loss, nutrition, diet, cardio, exercise.Fantone Fitness

What is it all about? I am Jim Fantone and I am here to sort it all out for you. Yes, I have done the footwork so you don’t have to. Cook, mechanic, restaurant manager, social worker, army sergeant, karate student, personal trainer, business owner. Did I forget anything? Oh yeah, father, husband (twice), and actor. My life as a guinea pig.

My evolution has been a fun journey, but I didn’t always think that. The one thing I know from my life experiences is I make the best of everything.  That is another story which you can read about if you are interested in an autobiography about me.

For now, we will talk exercise. This has got to be one of the most challenging aspects of life. We want to look like super models but it just doesn’t seem to work out that way (pun intended).  Why is it so hard to have a six-pack? What is the elusive ingredient to losing weight? How do “they” do it? Well, if you’re reading this, maybe, you’re ready for the warm firm facts.

Fantone Fitness Fun Fitness Facts!

#1. “Your stomach is about the size of both of your hands held out in front of you cupped together like a bowl. It’s your body’s fuel tank. It is the right size for your body. In a car, if you overfill your gas tank, it will spill out on the ground, wasting the gas. In your body, the fuel doesn’t spill out. The body saves it as FAT!” Make sure you’re not over-filling your tank.

#2. If you want to get in shape, take some time every day to do something physically challenging. Every day! That could be going to the gym, going for a run, riding your bike, yoga, aerobic class, push-ups, walking lunges, jumping jacks, toss a frisbee, or chase your cat or dog around. The key is to do something “Every Day”. Yes, every day. You can play every day, it’s OK.

#3. People always ask me “how do you get a six-pak?” The truth is everyone has the six-pack muscles. They are already a part of every body. You couldn’t move properly without them. The problem isn’t in the muscle, it’s in the “stuff” that’s covering the muscle. You guessed it, body-fat!” So the goal is to reduce body-fat between the skin and those lovely abs.  How to do that? Ahh, the million dollar question. If I had a buck for every time…anyway.

Here’s my “plan”. That’s what I call it. Time to get back on the “Plan”

Eat clean. Eat real foods, not processed. Soda is processed, get used to drinking water. Just do it! Eat single ingredient foods like vegetables, fruit, lean meats, eggs or egg whites. Eat nuts and seeds in moderation (and if you can’t do moderation, leave the nuts alone). If you are vegetarian, you know where to get your protein. Eat foods as they come from nature, not scientifically engineered products. And do not add salt! You’ll get used to it. You know this stuff. You keep hearing it over and over, but you don’t want to believe it. Well, it’s true. Eat healthy and exercise at least moderately, and I guarantee you will lose body-fat. If you do, those lovely six-pak muscles will be working their way to the surface. Maybe slowly, but one day, Pow! There they are. You’ve got a six-pack. If I can do it, so can you.

Fantonefitness Fun Fitness Fact #4

Love handlesare from loving junk food. Crunches won’t affect them. Only a better diet will. Oh yeah, and some exercise to burn calories will help too. Keep it simple.

Fantone Fitness Fun Fitness Fact #5 Plan to Succeed.

Have a plan of what you’ll eat today. Don’t wait until its a last minute decision and you end up eating “Fast Food”.  If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Eat healthy.

Fantone Fitness Fun Fitness Fact #6

After your workout is the best time to eat a high quality meal.  Your body is craving nutrition. Eat within 1 ½ hours after your workout for the best results.

Now Is The Only Time

Now is the time for preparation. Now is when I get ready for next summer. Did ya’ ever notice that every year, people start to get in shape in the spring, only to give up before they get there? Can you relate? Here’s why. It’s too late to get in shape in the spring! One must already be in shape in the spring to enjoy the spring…and summer! That’s it! That’s the secret. It’s very discouraging to work out and try to get in shape while you really want to be out in the park or at the beach showing off. So every year people start to think about working out in the spring and by summer they give up. Don’t be a statistic. You’re smarter than that! 917 657 5489 or jim@fantonefitness.com.

So, now that  you know the secret, you know something else. NOW is the time to get in shape for spring! You’re welcome.

Sexy September Sale!

Ok, did another summer go by with you in “less than perfect shape?” Well the problem with getting in shape for summer is that it starts “NOW”

So let’s get together and work out. I am offering a complimentary workout session to let you feel the burn before you have to pay the price!

Contact me for more information at jim@fantonefitness.com or call or text me. 917 657 5489

There are so many reasons to do it! Are you ready ?

Sunday Fun-day

A friend recently commented on my Facebook page, saying that it was cool, and working out looks fun! Who would have thought? I would! Of course working out is fun. I get to move my body in an excited way to accomplish different activities all the while increasing my heart rate and respiration, sweating up a storm and expending calories and energy. That sounds like…well fun! Anyway, that comment made me realize that not everyone thinks working out is fun. So, check out these pics of fun workouts. I hope you are inspired to get out on this Fun-day Sunday and work out too. remember, it can be fun!  

Stretch out strap

Wow, I would be seriously hurtin’ if it weren’t for my stretch out strap. There is no better way to get a hamstring stretch than this. Unless you have a trainer do it for you. This simple inexpensive tool has many uses, but hamstring stretching with it makes it worth ten times the cost. Scroll down and click on the picture at the bottom of the page and get yours. You’ll thank me for it.

Have a Heart!

What are you doing?

No, seriously, what are you doing when you’re working out?

Are you counting calories? Are you putting in your minutes on the elliptical? Are you watching television or reading a book?

If you’re not happy with the results you’re getting from your workouts, maybe the answers to these questions can shine some light on why.

I think there are several reasons for working out.  I for one, happen to feel better when I exercise. I actually enjoy it.

Not everyone does. Am I right? I can feel the earth shake with the millions of nodding heads.

So, if you don’t love working out, then why do you do it?

Because you have to? Not true. Then why?

I think it’s because you want to be and feel better. You want to look better. You want to live.

That’s the reason we all work out. To live. It is a life or death proposition. A quality of life proposition.

Now back to the original question. What are you doing?

You are using your mind and body to move through life in an effective manner. You walk, run, and pick things up all the time.

So, working out must cause you to be better at these things in order for it to be effective.

I like the analogy of your body being an automobile. After all, both have motors and pumps to keep them moving. Both have fuel that is drawn in and circulated to the necessary places in order to drive them forward (or backward). Both create waste and exhaust. Both can be highly tuned or poorly maintained. Each car or body is just a bit different too. One thing is for sure, if you don’t take your vehicle for a drive on a regular basis, it will not function at its best!

So, what you are doing when you exercise is taking that vehicle out for a test ride. You are pushing the motor past what is a comfortable cruise, to a higher level of activity so that when you want it to take you somewhere, it is ready.

The next question is how you know if you are getting what you need from your workout. I will tell you it is not necessarily about calorie expenditure. Although, weight-loss can be achieved by a caloric deficit, unless you are keeping track of your caloric intake, it doesn’t make much sense to count calories while you are exercising. In fact, if you’ve done this you know that can be very disappointing. A half hour in any moderate treadmill or elliptical workout might result in a 300 calorie burn. That’s going to be less than 1 pound per week if you do it every day.

That, combined with a 200 calorie daily decrease in calorie intake will result in exactly 1 pound weight loss per week,  if you do it every day. Most people are never going to be that specific. Most people are not that disciplined.

If we get back to the mission of keeping your body tuned up and ready for anything, then we must talk about functional training. You will need to get your heart rate up to a certain percentage of your heart rate max. In order to do that you must know what that is.

In order to monitor it, you will need a heart rate monitor. Ahh, we finally come to the point. A very valuable tool in your fitness arsenal is a heart rate monitor. A worthwhile investment especially considering they are relatively inexpensive. There are very few items in this world as valuable as this device and as cheap! A heart rate monitor consists of a chest strap (transmitter) and a receiver that you wear on your wrist, just like a watch.

Buy a heart rate monitor today. You will be able to calculate your max heart rate and determine at what percentage you should work.

A minimal effective exercise heart rate begins at about 60% of your max. This is a safe way to start. As you get conditioned to exercise, you will be able to work at a higher rate and experiment with different types of cardiorespiratory challenges. Remember, if you don’t challenge your body to work, it will become deconditioned. A deconditioned body is much more likely to fail when you need it the most i.e. running for a bus, chasing you kids or having sex.

On the other hand, a fit, conditioned body can do just about anything you want it to.

Heart rate monitors are, as I mentioned not too expensive in the grand scheme of things. You can get one for as little as $30 or spend hundreds if you want the bells and whistles. If you get seriously addicted to exercise and monitoring your progress, you can pick up a heart rate monitor that will track your workouts on your computer and print out graphs and charts showing you progress. In the beginning it might be better to keep it simple and spend anywhere between $30 and $100.

Buy one, learn to use it and begin understanding your body and the real reason you work out. Keep your motor tuned.

If you’re confused and need help, hire a trainer to help you sort it out. Even one training session with a fitness pro can teach you what you need to know about your heart rate and how to monitor it. You are worth it.