Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Mommy Makeover

April 1, 2010

Key to results is working smarter, not harder

How to get the most out of your time in the gym.

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But moreover, a personal trainer is specially educated to help you understand how to do exercises correctly, which optimizes results. Land equates personal training to bringing your car into the shop.

“I don’t know the first thing about working on my car,” he said. “But my good buddy Sam knows how to do that, so if I have a problem with my car I’m going to take it to him. Why? Because he’ll get it done faster and he knows what he’s going. Exercise is the exact same thing and people look at it differently and I don’t know why.”

And if personal training isn’t your thing, he said, Anytime Fitness offers a unique resistance circuit of machines to help you have great form and work at optimum speed. The gym has what Land calls the Red-Green Clock. It’s set up like a normal clock, sans the numerals. Forty seconds of the clock is shaded bright green and 20 seconds is shaded red. Members make their way around a 13-piece resistance circuit, doing work for the 40 seconds the clock is in the “green zone.” When the second hand hits the “red zone,” that means it’s time to stop, catch your breath and move to the next exercise. A full trip through the circuit takes 13 minutes, and Land recommends a maximum of three trips around the circuit. Toss in a warm up and cool down, he said, and you’ve got yourself a total body workout in less than an hour.

“It’s one less thing you have to concentrate on,” Land said. “So you can just focus on your speed, your form, your breath and your pace.”

Land said the system keeps the member’s heart rate up and doesn’t let him or her slack off while moving to the next station.

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