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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

Fantone Fitness and befitnyc team up to bring you the very first ever, Tabates!

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What is Fantone Fitness?Tabates ™

A turbo-charged fusion of basic Pilates exercises and the

Tabata Protocol!

Tabates combines core and alignment with high intensity

interval drills designed to give you a complete workout.

Using the Tabata Protocol we will fire up both your aerobic

and anaerobic systems while we strengthen your core and

much more!

Join Jim at befitnyc on Monday mornings at 7:00 am for this boot camp style Pilates class!

Facts and Myths about Fitness. The Fitness Industry vs Real Fitness

The world of fitness is full of misleading advice, broken promises and disappointment. Have you ever wondered why?  The world of true fitness and the fitness industry are two very different things. Sounds confusing right? It is, it’s designed by the fitness industry to be that way. Now that they have you confused, they can sell you a product to fix you. Sounds great, right? Except it NEVER works. I said NEVER!. That’s right, it never works. You can’t get fit simply by using a product.  All you will do is waste your money. I know first hand, I did it for years. I’ve done the dirty work so you don’t have to.

The only way to get in shape is to exercise regularly and eat in a healthy way. I am going to repeat that, but not here. I will repeat that to every client and everyone who asks me about getting in shape. Forever! The fitness industry and the supplement industry are just that. Industry. They are selling supplements. They are selling fitness. Remember back when I said you can’t get fit by using a product? Well unless the industry is selling you workouts, you won’t succeed buying their product. If on the other hand they are selling you workouts and instruction, motivation and expertise, then you might succeed.

Which brings me to my point. Spend your money on INSTRUCTION, MOTIVATION AND EXPERTISE! A good personal trainer can change your life! You might think I’m a bit biased being a personal trainer myself. So maybe I am. I have been training people for over 20 years. I know not all trainers are the same. And not every trainer will change your life for the better. Find one with many years of experience. Make sure they are certified and have CPR training and liability insurance. That is critical. Any trainer who doesn’t meet these few requirements, isn’t in business as a trainer. They are part of a fitness industry that is ripping you off.

If money issues keep you from working with a trainer, don’t give up. Negotiate. That’s right I said it, negotiate. A real fitness professional will want you to workout with him or her rather that turn you away because you can’t afford it. When it comes to getting fit and money, there will always be issues. Don’t get caught up in the supplement world thinking you can buy fitness there, you can’t. Do yourself a favor and take care of yourself. Spend you hard earned money on a personal trainer who truly wants you to get fit and stay fit for the rest of your life!srpa2cropped-nuvision_action_image_storefront_12759352.jpgIMG_4882

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 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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Get off your butt!

Action creates energy!

The best way to feel more energetic is to burn more energy. Sounds crazy but those of you who exercise regularly know that during times of consistent exercise you feel more energy. Try stopping for a week or two and you’ll feel a slower pace and less energy. Go back to your exercise routine and you’re back in the groove, feeling better in a matter of a couple of workouts.

So, if you’re feeling down for any reason and you want to get back to your old self, get back to the gym. Go for a run. Play Frisbee in the park. Anything that gets your butt off the chair and your feet on the move. You know it’s true. All you got to do is DO IT!

Every action has a reaction. Get yours.

 

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Rest and Recovery

Rest and recovery.

 

Most people run themselves ragged. I like to rest whenever I can. I believe that rest and sleep are the one thing we take for granted that can have a huge impact on our health. If you’re a busy person and you must work many hours each day, I feel for you. That’s not my style. I work just a few hours each day and still I need my beauty rest.

Rest helps your body repair itself. At the cellular level you need recovery. This is not a preference thing. Some people say they only need 4 hours of sleep and they are just fine. Well they may feel fine for now. If that becomes a regular pattern they run the risk of lowering their immune system as well as their metabolism. In order to function properly, the body needs rest. Sleep is best, but I find even just sitting or lying down for a while allows my body to recover.

I am usually very energetic but sometimes I just feel a little less enthusiastic about getting up and getting going. That is a sign for me to take note and get a little more rest than usual. One has to learn how to hear what the body is saying. All of your aches and pains are telling you something. It may not be a big deal, but it is important to get to know when you should pay attention and adjust your activity, and when to just be aware. When you are feeling tired, you are tired and to ignore that on a regular basis is asking for trouble.

Learn to listen, listen to learn.

Rest and Recovery

Totally awesome chocolate balls!

Here’s a recipe I just made to rave reviews.

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Totally Awesome Chocolate Balls!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pecans (plus 1/2 cup, separate)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons organic cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt

How to:

  • Start by placing 1/2 cup pecans in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Put in a bowl and set aside
  • Place remaining pecans, pitted dates, almond butter, cocoa powder and salt in the food processor and mix until the consistency of dough. If necessary, add a little more almond butter
  • Shape the dough into balls (1 inch in diameter) and roll in chopped pecans
  • Refrigerate (they freeze well too)
  • Makes 15 to 20 balls.

 

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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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 and Rebound at The Vitamin Shoppe! We’re neighbors.

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 Sunday and join in on the fun.

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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!  

Spartan Sprint,Tuxedo Ridge, New York June 2nd, 2012

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.

 

Fantone Fitness at NBC Universal Health Fair

Spartan Sprint

Spartan Sprint

6/2/12

Ok, so I just did the Spartan Sprint, in Tuxedo, New York this past weekend. That was fun! I can say that now, but there were a few times I questioned my decision, although you’d never know it if you saw the video (and you will), as usual, I was very upbeat and can be heard shouting encouragement to other racers. If you know me, you know that I am also using that encouragement to keep myself going too.

My good friend, Susie Q went with me and we had two more team members there that I ran into coincidentally as I was running the course. It was mostly running up hills and none of us trained for that. We were all walking some of the time and just taking one step at a time to get through some of the obstacles. The two toughest challenges by far for me were carrying the Spartan sandbag up a giant hill that seemed to go on forever. I don’t know the weight of the sandbag, but it felt like 20 pounds. The hill took a full 6 minutes to climb, but it felt like a half an hour. Going back down was relatively easy compared to the climb up. The other killer obstacle, and I do mean killer, was the barbed wire mud crawl. On hands and knees in the rock filled mud, under barbed wire uphill for what seemed like an hour, but was actually about 20 minutes. The rocks hidden in the mud were of all shapes and sizes and we were just grinding into them with our knees and elbows the whole time. Well, not the whole time. Someone figured out that one could roll up the hill and that gave our boney knees and elbows a much appreciated break. That crawl was tough!

There were some really fun challenges too. I loved the rope climb, the wall climbs and the cargo-net obstacles. There were many chances to get dirty and I love crawling in the mud! We dragged concrete and old tires around. We clambered over and under wire and wood, and trekked through a beautiful landscape that I made sure everyone within earshot took note of. Oh man, I loved it!

All in all, it was a great challenge and looking back on it, I’m glad it wasn’t easier. It always makes you feel good to reach deep down inside and find the strength to accomplish something that at times seems impossible. The Spartan Sprint did that for me this weekend and I for one, am better for having done it. I’m already looking forward to the next one. Anyone want to join me?

The Spartans

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