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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.

 

Loud Trainers

Trainer Talking Too Much

Do you know how loud you are?

 

Please don’t be the loudest trainer in the gym, unless what you’re saying is to motivate your client. I listened to a trainer today who was so annoyingly loud that I wanted to ask her to ratchet it down a notch. But she was so aggressively bragging about herself, I was pretty sure it would have caused a scene I didn’t want to subject my client to.

Anyway, we all share the space and common courtesy goes a long way in these tight personal training gyms. If you’re making noise cheering your client on, we will be much more understanding than if we are listening to you talk about yourself. It screams of insecurity!

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.

Boot Camp Baby returns…

P1060075Ok Boot Campers, it’s time to rise and shine. We are starting up again on Sundays at noon. Our first day at Boot Camp is Sunday, May 7th. We will meet in Central Park on the West side (enter at 85th street) in the Arthur Ross Pinetum. For those who don’t know it, the Arthur Ross Pinetum is just West of The Great Lawn and just South of The Reservoir. That’s where the swings and pull up bars are located.

As always, bring water and a good attitude! We will run, jump and Tabata our way into Summer.

Each Boot Camp Baby session is $30. Purchase all 4 Sundays in May for $100.

For more information go to Facebook/Fantonefitness.

or contact JimFantone at jim@fantonefitness.com or call 917-657-5489.

 

 

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

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?

 

Why workout?

Days like this! Exercise makes one feel better. Fact is there are many things that might make one feel better, but some are beyond our control. The weather for instance. Today it’s 60 and beautiful, a great day to get out and enjoy. Tomorrow, the prediction is a winter storm warning with a possible 6-10 inches of snow. Nothing you can do about that…NOTHING. So stop complaining about those things you have no control over and workout so you feel better. Take control of your happiness. Have a great day!feb-8th-60-degrees

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

Tabates specimen for trademark

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!

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.

BeFitNyc

The Next Level

KETTLEBELL KRAZE

Are you ready to take your fitness to the next level?

Sign up for a 5 week course of kettlebell and body weight exercise that will take you there!

The Next Level

Takes place at Rebound. A small private training studio on Broadway between 94th and 95th streets at noon on Sundays.

First class is one week from today October 26th at 12:00 pm.

Sign up is limited as it is a small space.

$150.00 for the course per person.

Contact Jim Fantone at 917-657-5489

Email-Jim@fantonefitness.com

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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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