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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

Wake up with Pilates at befitnyc!!!

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I am happy to announce that I will be up early every Monday from now on teaching a basic Pilates mat class at 7:00 am at befitnyc. If you’ve always wanted to try Pilates, now is your chance. It’s a great way to start the week and the New Year. Let’s get fit together. Go to befitnyc.me for a full class schedule.

Boot Camp Baby! Week 18

Boot Camp Baby!
You gotta check out this awesome crew we had at Boot Camp baby tonight! Way to go warriors. The crew, Nancy, Laura, DI AN A, Felipe, Deidre, Vidish and Maria!
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Boot Camp Baby! A retrospective.

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Bootcamp Baby!

6 weeks of Basic Training in Central Park. 12 workouts to get you started this Spring. Twice a week starting on Earth Day April 22nd. Tuesday evening at 6:30 and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Check it out on Facebook.com/FantonefitnessAction Reactionnuvision_action_image_storefront_12759351.jpg
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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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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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Images from Rebound

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Leo’s new body! From19.1% down to 11.1% body fat.

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” Master trainer Jim is the best trainer I have ever had, he gives full attention to all workout details through his extensive knowledge and positive energy. He is a role model and an inspiration to me. Thank you very
                                                                                      much, Jim !”
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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.

Leo, Before and After.

Meet Leo. Leo has gone from 19.1% body-fat, to 14.7% body-fat in just 10 weeks! He lost 8 pounds and took off 9 inches. This man is dedicated. We can all take a lesson from Leo. Call or text for your opportunity to transform yourself. 917-657-5489

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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 ?

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.

I love kickboxing

I just came from my kickboxing class at New York San Da. I love working out there! It’s a great functional workout that gets your heart rate up and makes you really sweat. So much fun too!

No kidding, I love kickboxing. That’s their website too. Check it out. Tell them Jim sent you. I love kickboxing.com

Get a free pair of boxing gloves too!

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.

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.

 

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