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Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

Learn About the Science of Burning Fat

By Jennifer Sage On May 9, 2014 No Comments

fat-cell-comicFitness professionals must learn the science behind what they are doing and teaching. That is why I like to share articles I find that will help your understanding of physiology. Please read this article by Dr. Len Kravitz posted in Ideadfit. It’s called the Science of Fat Burning. While it is quite short, and to read more about the physiology of burning fat, it gives you a good understanding of  how fat is stored and mobilized and what happens when it reaches the muscle where it will be used as fuel for muscular contraction.

Below is an excerpt. Click on the above link to read the full article. TIP: Read the highlighted words (Fat, calorie, athletic performance) for even more great information.

Fat may seem like the enemy of civilized people—especially sedentary ones. Yet we cannot live without it.

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Calories Burned While Cycling…But Should Calories Be Important?

By Jennifer Sage On January 3, 2014 7 Comments

beyond-pedaling-IC classBicycling magazine just posted an article on how calories work. The article is really too short to explain much at all, but I do like the following:

Your Garmin says you torched 500 calories. You decide you deserve an extra slice of pizza. But you’d have burned nearly 70 calories parked on your chair during that same hour. So your ride probably dispatched closer to 430. “People overestimate what they burn,” says Stephen Secor, PhD, of the University of Alabama. The real amount also depends on factors like body composition and fitness level.

It’s one of the reasons why so many people overestimate the amount of calories they burn in a cycling class, then go have a venti caramel macchiato at Starbucks afterwards as a reward, then wonder why they never lose

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Need Instructor/Trainer Input For New Weight Loss Motivational App

By Jennifer Sage On June 12, 2013 No Comments

how to lose ten poundsDr. Haley Perlus is a longtime contributor to ICA with a specialty in mental toughness. She was also a contributor to the Indoor Cycling Summit. Earlier this year I interviewed Dr. Perlus about her new e-book, How to Lose Those Last Ten Pounds. To learn more about the book and to find out how you can earn up to 75% commission for referring your students/clients, click here.

Dr. Perlus has a new project, and would like your input. If you are an instructor and/or personal trainer who works with students/clients on weight loss or improving fitness, perhaps you have some ideas you can share with her.

The product is a weight loss motivation app that tracks BMR and calories, and provides mental toughness tips and videos to motivate individuals

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Is Yoga a Fat-Burner?

By Jennifer Sage On March 3, 2013 No Comments

Yoga is such an amazing complement to cycling. I love what it does for my body in terms of alignment and flexibility, not to mention the mental benefits of relaxation and immersion into the breath. It’s a beautiful discipline with many benefits.

But a cardiovascular workout it is not, and anyone who tells you so is misinformed. Even Bikram, or other hot yoga classes in which you are bathed in a pool of sweat and can feel your heart rate in your chest during much of the class, are not going to burn many more calories than you would walking during that time. Martica Heaner, Ph.D., a Manhattan-based exercise physiologist and nutritionist, and an award-winning fitness instructor and health writer, has examined the claims that yoga is a fat-burning exercise in Click here to continue reading



Should Doctors Advise Overweight or Obese Patients About Weight Loss?

By Jennifer Sage On January 31, 2013 2 Comments

As teachers of one of the best ways to improve general fitness and to lose weight, Spinning instructors/indoor cycling instructors are an important link to help millions of people in the world improve their quality of life. Many instructors I know take the next step to become educated as health coaches, personal trainers, and nutritional experts in order to help even more people. The number of success stories from instructors, trainers, and students I’ve heard is overwhelming. Sure, there are many who fall through the cracks, who never come back, who fail to lose weight, but that does not mean we give up or stop inspiring.

But what about the medical community? What is their obligation to counsel overweight or obese patients to lose weight and/or improve their diet? I’ve got a

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6 Reasons Why Biking Can Help You Lose Weight

By Jennifer Sage On November 12, 2012 2 Comments

Bicycling magazine has published a good article on how bicycling can help you lose weight. Most of it is spot-on and emphasizes the fat-burning ability of aerobic exercise like cycling.

An example is their reason #3: Trains muscles to burn more fat.

Cycling, especially long, steady rides, builds hundreds of thousands of capillaries in your legs, which means you can deliver more oxygen-rich blood to your working muscles. Your mitochondria—the fat-burning furnaces in your muscle cells—also get bigger, so they can use the increased influx of oxygen to burn more fat and produce more energy.

Most of these we can extrapolate to our students in our Spinning® classes. But I want to stress something that is extremely important if you’re going to pass on this information and this article to your students.

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