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Urban FitnessJim

by Jim Fantone, personal trainer

It’s just another day in the city. Not just any city though. We, here in New York City are fortunate to have opportunities on every corner and in every neighborhood for exercise.

First of all, we walk. A lot. I do anyway. It’s a choice to walk 20 blocks each way to my next client rather than take the bus or subway. If I do ride the subway, at the end of each ride is yet another opportunity. Subway stairs are notorious for taking your breath away. I see a set of stairs and I see quads and glutes in action! Take two steps at a time and I see extreme walking lunges. Man, that feels good. A little bit of cardio too. Just don’t stop right at the top please. Don’t get me started!
I find exercise everywhere. As I’m walking up Broadway toward home, I encounter people walking haphazardly across the sidewalk. My friend calls them Diagonerds. You know those people who seem to be angling to the left until you try to go around to the right, and just then they change tactics and begin to go to the right, right in front of you! Back and forth they go. Almost like they’re blocking for you. My take on this is they are my offensive line and I am a running back following my blocking until we get clear of the oncoming traffic (the tacklers) and then I don’t need them anymore and I shoot the gap and fly past them. Thank you!
With so many obstacles and challenges in a city like this, there is no excuse for not exercising. None! Use a backpack so your shoulders are even and the weight of your stuff is not hanging off to one side and get out there and move! Raining? Snowing? It just adds resistance to the exercise. Use the energy to navigate rather than complain. Let’s use our bodies the way they were meant to be used. Moving! You will feel better, guaranteed.

 

URBAN FITNESS

Urban Fitness Photo

It’s just another day in the city. Not just any city though. We, here in New York City are fortunate to have opportunities on every corner and in every neighborhood for exercise.

First of all, we walk. A lot. I do anyway. It’s a choice to walk 20 blocks each way to my next client rather than take the bus or subway. If I do ride the subway, at the end of each ride is yet another opportunity. Subway stairs are notorious for taking your breath away. I see a set of stairs and I see quads and glutes in action! Take two steps at a time and I see extreme walking lunges. Man, that feels good. A little bit of cardio too. Just don’t stop right at the top please. Don’t get me started!

I find exercise everywhere. As I’m walking up Broadway toward home, I encounter people walking haphazardly across the sidewalk. My friend calls them Diagonerds. You know those people who seem to be angling to the left until you try to go around to the right, and just then they change tactics and begin to go to the right, right in front of you! Back and forth they go. Almost like they’re blocking for you. My take on this is they are my offensive line and I am a running back following my blocking until we get clear of the oncoming traffic (the tacklers) and then I don’t need them anymore and I shoot the gap and fly past them. Thank you!

With so many obstacles and challenges in a city like this, there is no excuse for not exercising. None! Use a backpack so your shoulders are even and the weight of your stuff is not hanging off to one side and get out there and move! Raining? Snowing? It just adds resistance to the exercise. Use the energy to navigate rather than complain. Let’s use our bodies the way they were meant to be used. Moving! You will feel better, guaranteed.

60 is The New Sexy!

It is in the books!! Another successful intensive kickoff to a new year. This year is dedicated to getting older. That’s right, I’m lean-ing into 60! These photos are the culmination of three months of focused exercise and nutrition. This year was a little more challenging than years past, but even more satisfying.

I started the year at 149 pounds and 11.4% body fat. But who’s counting, right? Now I am at 140 pounds and down to 8.5% body fat.

It’s just a beginning, but if you really want to get into better shape as you get older, then you’ve got to be honest with yourself. Is your current plan working? If it is, then more power to you. Keep on being the inspiration that you are to those around you. If not, then let’s talk about training. If you’re in Manhattan near the upper west side, I would be happy to work with you one-on-one.

If you live in another area, I would love to work with you online. Just reach out to me by email at jim@fantonefitness.com and we can start creating your own 12 week fitness intensive that will transform your body, your health and your life.

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Lean-ing into 60

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140 lbs. 8.5% body fat

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60 is the New Sexy!

60 is The New Sexy

We all know by now that abs are created in the kitchen, not the gym. So don’t over-do it this year living it up on stuffing and pie. Or if your like me, and you wait all year to eat pumpkin pie, then I say live it up for the holiday and get back on the plan right away! Oh yeah and try working out every day!

Abs in the Kitchen

Abs are created in the kitchen!

We’re 12 weeks into 2017. Are you ready for Spring?

On January 2nd My body fat percentage was 11.4 and I weighed 150.6 pounds.

Not bad for a 58 year old man, right?

12 Weeks later after many Tabata drills and a clean diet, I am pleased to say I have accomplished the mission!

March 31st. 8.5% body fat. 140.8 pounds.

I did not starve myself, on the contrary, I ate 3 to 4 meals every day and occasionally I squeezed in a fifth.

So, in three months I dropped nearly 10 pounds and decreased my body fat by nearly 3 percent.

I’d like to point out that to lose weight in a healthy way, requires a healthy lifestyle. That means taking the time to eat right and exercise regularly.

And it’s fun!

That’s it! There are no quick fixes or special tricks to being fit. It takes work and discipline.

It’s not for everybody. Thanks for watching.

Jim

Ok, so you’re getting older. Aren’t we all?

Here’s what I think about getting older.

You have more life experience than younger people.
You’ve been where they are, they haven’t been where you are yet.
You get to do what you want.
You can change your mind over and over.
You realize you don’t know everything.
You realize nobody knows everything.
You realize you don’t need to know everything.
Even if you make mistakes, you get another chance.
With all that practice, you’re bound to get better.
There’s no better way to get more wisdom.
There’s more time to get in better shape.
It’s a great way to live.
And most importantly, you’re alive!
Do me a favor. Have some fun!

Fantone Fitness and The Vitamin Shoppe team up again for a fun filled Saturday!

Here we go again. We really had a blast this time! Takaya, Edwina and Albert were my gracious hosts at The Vitamin Shoppe this past weekend. We teamed up with Adrianne of West Side Pilates to discuss fitness, exercise and fun. We did it all, especially the fun part. 
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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 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

What would I do if I couldn’t fly?

August 25th, marks 54 years since I was born. I have learned to adjust my life to fit my growing needs. How do you like that for positive thinking? Anyway, on to the subject of flying. I have spent my life working out and playing. One of my favorite things to do is low-level flying. Low-level flying is flight without assistance. It still feels like flying but there is no need for aircraft. Frisbee throwing and catching, jumping over fire and running down mountains are a couple of ways I love to fly.

As I get more experienced, I find that I need maintenance in order to be able to keep my flight status. Three things have become a daily treatment for my physical health.

One, I stretch out on a daily basis This is something I have learned is necessary in the last few years.

Two, I roll out on the foam roller. The foam roller massages and releases my muscles and the fascia around them. This is critical to my flexibility.

Three, I use a Foot Rubz ball to massage my feet.

 

 

See FantoneFitness.com for more info or check me out on Facebook at Facebook.com/Fantonefitness for more info and a way to contact me.

Keep flying!

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!  

Slippery Saturday

It’s, Life on Life’s terms, so when it rains, don’t fight it. Get muddy! It’s fun. I have a tip for enjoying life. “Go with the flow.”  Visit Fantone Fitness on Facebook to see the video. Or just click on the photo.

T.G.I.F.F.

Thank goodness it’s Flying Friday! I got to tell you, I’ve been looking forward to posting this for a while now. After a day of rest on Thundering Thursday, I am ready to fly high into today’s workout. I feel as though I can leap over any obstacle in my path. Why? Because I try. That’s really all it takes. Go for it. Sometimes I notice I’m feeling afraid of an event or situation that I’m approaching. I’ve recently decided to turn things around on “Fear”. Here is my new idea. I’m going to use “Fear” to my advantage and every time I realize I’m feeling “Fear”, I’m going to remind myself that “Fear” stands for “Feeling Energized and Ready”. Done! So go out and have some “Fear” on me. Enjoy!

Flying high over fear!