Check out my most recent article in the Neighborhood Trainer August newsletter!

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.

 

Leaning Into 60. Finally it is here!

60 Is The New Sexy! Well, that’s what I’ve been telling myself all year. It’s a good example of my approach to life. I want to lean into it, rather than fear it.

Today is the 60th anniversary of my birth. That’s right, I have now been alive for 60 years. Man, I am amazing! Wooohoooo!

I spent a good part of my life fearing things. Basically everything! That makes for a rough road! As a result of getting sober in 1979 I have a new lease on life. Aside from a four year relapse in the early 2000’s I have spent most of my adult life working on a change of attitude.

Now, I like to live in the present moment. It makes life so much easier but not only that, it’s more fun! So, one day at a time, I have managed to stay alive for all of these 60 years and for that I am grateful.

All of that being said, I think staying physically fit is so important to enjoying life. I don’t fear aging, rather I look forward to it. There is always something new to learn. I am wise because of my age. I am experienced because of my age. I am leaning into 60 because I know I will continue to get better with time.

How’s that for sexy!

 

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!

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. And 59 is Fine!

It’s time to get “Back on the Plan” If you know me at all, you’ve heard me say that over and over. That’s because 90 percent of the time I eat clean. There are a couple of times during the year when I go off the plan and eat what I call junk food. For me this means cookies and ice cream, pumpkin pie and cake. If I ate like this all the time I think I would be very unhappy. I don’t eat like this because I want to feel good and look good. I believe that as one gets older one can still look good. That’s why I intend to continue to exercise and eat well. I plan on looking good when I hit 60! It’s just 7 months away.

This first photo is from just before Christmas. I was eating clean and felt good!

Pre Christmas Weigh in

Pre Christmas weigh in. 140 lbs-9.5% body fat

The second photo was taken on January 2nd after I had my yearly holiday binge. I wanted to document my weight and body fat to help me stay on track and to motivate me to stay fit and healthy.

January 2nd Back on the Plan

January 2nd. Back on the Plan 149 lbs.-11.4% body fat

So here we go! Back on the plan! If you would like to learn more about how to change your habits and change your health and appearance, I encourage you to reach out to me or any personal trainer and invest in yourself. You will feel better and look better too. Fitness is a lifestyle.

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!

I don’t exercise!

 

 

NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION.

How old are you? You don’t exercise? Say that again! Have you been living in another country?

I am a 58 year old man, living in Manhattan. New York City. United States of America.

I do not follow politics, I’m not religious. I live alone and I like it. So what do I do?

I work out. I stretch and breathe and meditate regularly. I cook and eat healthy foods. I’m still learning the saxophone and guitar. I love to sing. I try to mind my own business. Basically I take care of the only person I am truly responsible for. Me. Selfish? I should hope so.

Did you say you don’t work out? What do you do?

 

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.

 

Why Personal Training?

Working one-on-one with an experienced, qualified, focused fitness professional is a life changing experience. You get undivided attention from someone whose primary purpose is your development and success. You will learn the reasons for every step you make. You will understand why some things work and why some don’t. You will be motivated and pushed beyond anything you could have previously imagined. Simply put: you will get results like never before.I am a certified fitness professional holding three certifications. American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and Pilates Institute of America (PIA). I am an Army Veteran. I have spent my whole life learning about fitness and getting in better shape as I get older and more experienced. If you want to go from where you are now to a much better version of yourself and get in better shape and get younger as you age, then I have some insights to help you accomplish this goal.Tabates specimen for trademarkFantoneFitnessReboundP1030466P1060080

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!

Boot Camp Baby is Back!

Here we go! We’re at it again.
We’re moving out! We’re moving in!

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Oh here we go, we’re at it again. We’re moving out, we’re moving in!

We are starting Boot Camp Baby again on May 5th and running through May 31st.

6:30 pm on Tuesday evenings and 12:00 noon on Sundays.

Sign up. Commit, and get fit.

917-657-5489

jim@fantonefitness.com

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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

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

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

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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Decision

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

Often attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, upon further investigation, it seems it was actually written by, William Hutchinson Murray. I don’t care who wrote it, I LIKE IT!

I’m on a roll!

What is the foam roller for?

Well, it’s funny you asked. I was just using mine and I thought “How do people do without some sort of massage treatment on a regular basis?”

My own personal exercise routine and active lifestyle, require a good amount of stretching and massage in order to keep me flexible. It’s not only for feeling good, but for functioning effectively on a daily basis.

A few years ago, I was diving for a Frisbee when I pulled something in my neck. I slammed the ground really hard, but that didn’t seem so unusual to me until the next day. I woke up to some tingling in my fingers and a real pain in the neck.

As soon as I could, I got to the doctor who sent me for an MRI. Upon reading the MRI, I discovered that I had some bulging discs in my neck. A few muscle relaxers and some anti-inflammatory medicine quickly took care of the pain and tingling. Another visit to the doctor and I was reassured that the bulging discs had been there for a long time and it was actually good luck to have had the minor injury resulting from the Frisbee dive, because now I knew what was going on in my neck.

The end result was that I had to take some time off working out. Each time I returned to my workouts, I was OK for a while, but as I got stronger and began lifting more and more weight, I began having back spasms and constant pain. I was feeling sad and wondering if I was going to have to find another profession.

As a last resort, I went to a sports chiropractor and learned a very valuable lesson. The treatment I received was based on massage and stretching. I had a revelation! I needed to stretch!

And so began a new chapter in my life. Stretching and massage with the foam roller became a part of my daily routine. Relief was immediate. I purchased a foam roller and instruction book on Amazon. It was life changing. Now, as part of my daily routine, I stretch and roll. It’s a nice way to relax after a workout or just wind down at the end of the day. I’ve even incorporated rolling into my daily meditation, but that’s another story for another time.

Do yourself a favor and click on the roller on this page and begin a new chapter in your own personal self- care. Enjoy.