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Getting Back On Track

September 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

So you took a break from your fitness routine this summer. You ate, you drank, you relaxed, and ate some more.

Well, now it’s time to face the music.

As you look in the mirror after a summer of less-than-healthy eating… Your body is puffy and bloated. Your joints are achy. Your clothes feel tight.

Maybe you are feeling that way right now.

Here’s how to get you back on the fitness fast track.

1) Find Your Focus

Summer happened. You ate things from the “never eat these” list, you drank more that you should have…but now it’s over.

Draw a line in the sand. You’re back now so the bad eating stops now.

If you’re serious about your fitness goals, then the past few weeks were the exception, and not the rule. Don’t beat yourself up for letting loose. Simply get back up, dust yourself off and get focused.

2) Get Hydrated

While summer days can take on many forms, the end result is most often dehydration and water retention. The only way to restore your balance is to get hydrated.

Your first priority in getting back on track is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Start with a tall glass of water in the morning, and carry a water bottle with you to sip throughout the day.

Don’t add any artificial sweeteners or stimulants to your water – these will sabotage your hydration efforts. For flavor, add sliced fresh fruit, herbs or vegetables to your water, just like at the spa.

3) Cleanse Your System

For your first few days getting back on track I need you to be extra picky about what you eat. Stick with only whole, real foods like fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Whole, real foods will help to restore balance and block out cravings.

Don’t eat any packaged foods for the next few days. This means no snack foods, processed meat slices, dairy, baked goods or alcohol.

Try the recipe for Creole Chicken and Green Beans below – this is a wonderful, whole food dish.

4) Get Some Rest

As relaxing as summer days are, most end with the feeling of exhaustion. Make catching up on sleep a priority over the next few days.

When your body is low on sleep, it becomes easier to make poor eating choices. You’re also less likely to get back into your workouts if you don’t give your body a chance to rest.

Aim for getting a full 8 hours of sleep each night.

5) Jump Back Into Your Exercise Routine

It’s time to sweat out all those indulgences. So lace up your shoes and put on your favorite gym clothes. When you start your first workout, ease in slowly. Take the time to warm up and stretch your muscles before powering up to a solid 30-minute routine.

I have just the exercise plan for you – one that will not only help you recover from your summer but will help keep you motivated and going strong in the future.

If you haven’t joined yet, now is the perfect time for you to start. Together we will get you to your goals with my results-driven method.

Simply call (813) 571-3700 or email Rob@RobZFitness.com today to set up your first workout.

 

Oh the dreaded plateau…

July 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 
Oh the dreaded plateau…
 
You’ve been working hard on your fitness game and it paid off. The pounds started to drop! And then one day your results stopped. You keep putting in the same effort without any sign of improvement. 
 
You’ve hit a frustrating plateau. 
 
Or have you? Before you blame a fitness plateau for your lack of results let’s critically consider the following:
 
1. Your Diet: It’s human nature to begin to slip on your nutrition after a few weeks of stringent diligence. A small treat here, and a bite of something there, and before you know it you’ve fallen back into old eating habits.
 
If your results have stopped then take the next few weeks to track your nutrition and hold yourself accountable for every bite. 
 
2. Your Workouts: If your nutrition has truly stayed on point then your workouts could be the problem. Are you slacking on the final few reps? Have you reduced your overall intensity in the gym?
 
Did you skip a few sessions last week? Before you blame a plateau for your reduced results take a really hard look at your effort in the gym.
 
Rededicate yourself to pushing as hard as you can. 
 
3. Your Sleep: This is a tough one for so many people, but you simply must be getting adequate sleep in order to lose fat and develop muscle. Your body needs close to eight hours of sleep each night in order to recover from your workouts and to maintain balanced hormone levels.
 
Getting to bed on time is vitally important to your fitness results. 
 
If you have tackled the three steps above and still don’t see the number on your scale moving in the right direction, then move on to these next plateau-busting steps…
 
4. Track Your Efforts: It’s time to get meticulous with tracking your fitness efforts, from exactly what your workouts consist of, to exactly what and when you eat in order to constantly improve.
 
Make it your goal to outdo yourself every day.
 
If you’re constantly performing better today than you were yesterday, then your plateau will quickly become a distant memory. 
 
5. Track Your Results: Simply checking your weight on the scale is not a thorough enough measurement for your progress. Start tracking additional metrics for change. Take your measurements.
 
Have your bodyfat tested. You can always call us and we will take them for FREE.
 
Take pictures of yourself weekly. It’s important to be fully aware of how your body is changing as a whole unit, not just the number on the scale. You may be surprised to find that your body fat has been dropping while your weight has stayed the same. 
 
See me for additional strategies on breaking through your fitness plateau.
 
Together we will get you on a program that will melt fat and expose shape and definition.
 
Call (813) 571-3700 or email Rob@RobZFitness.com today set up your free fitness evaluation to join the family.
 
Together we will get you into your best shape yet!

Forget the Past

July 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Forget the Past

 
 
Please resist the urge to let past failures get you down.
 
I don’t care how many times you’ve tried and failed to transform your body; what matters is that you’re motivated NOW, so let’s grab that momentum and get moving!
 
The ONLY way to reshape your body is with the hierarchy of a (1) healthy diet, (2) the right weight resistance workouts and (3) cardiovascular exercise.
 
There are no shortcuts!!
 
This is the winning combination that will see you throughout your walk to your fitness goals.

4 Worst Breakfast Items

July 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Don’t get caught eating one of these 4 things for breakfast:

 
 
Breakfast pastry: muffins, doughnuts, bear claws and croissants sure taste good with coffee, but all those refined carbs are going to cause unwanted weight gain.
 
Granola Bars: watch out for the breakfast bars that claim to give you fiber, vitamins and minerals. Check the number of carbs and sugars on the back of the label – most contain the same sugar as a pastry.
 
Cereal: here’s another popular breakfast item that has tons of sugar lurking beneath its surface. Only eat cereal that has no added sugar and that contains some protein and healthy fat.
 
Drive Thru Breakfast Sandwich: don’t even think about heading to the drive thru for a quick breakfast sandwich. Instead grab a hard boiled egg from home to enjoy on your commute.
 
Healthy eating is only half of the fitness formula.
 
Eat a healthy breakfast and then come workout with me.
 
Call (813) 571-3700 or email Rob@RobZFitness today to get started on a fat loss program that really works.

Keeping The Weight Off

July 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 
 Well It takes dedicated hard work to drop a significant number of pounds. But afterwards it’s incredibly easy (and frustrating!) to find those pounds creeping back on.
 
Maintaining fat loss is certainly possible, however it does require that you remain vigilant with your healthy routine.
 
During the coming days I will share with you 5 secrets to maintaining your amazing body transformation for life. Think of these as your own personal lifestyle rules and stick with them at least 90% of the time to keep your body healthy and hot.
 
Hot Body Secret #1: Don’t Eat Just To Eat (know your limits)
 
There is no place in your healthy lifestyle for mindless snacking. I’m talking about a tub of popcorn at the movies or a bag of chips in front of the TV. All the calories ingested from mindless snacking have to end up somewhere…and that somewhere is around your waist or on your thighs.
 
Snacks are fine when you are aware of how much you’re eating in order to balance it with the rest of your meals for the day.
 
Need help with your portion sizes then give me a call so we can sit down together to map out a plan that is right for you. Call me at (813) 571-3700 or drop me an email at Rob@RobZFitness.com

Exercise Makes You Feel Better

June 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Exercise Makes You Feel Better

Pick Up Your Workout Intensity

June 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

You’re Getting What You Put In

Have you ever noticed how two people can do the exact same fitness routine for a period of time and one will have breathtaking results while the other looks the same as when they started?

Why is that?

It’s frustrating when you are the person going through a fitness routine without seeing dramatic results. Might make you look for a reason outside of yourself to blame, such as genetics.

In reality, the thing holding you back is something that you have complete control over: it’s the intensity with which you exercise.

Intensity is something that’s difficult for the outside observer to measure but is felt within your body as you go through the motions of an exercise.

  • It’s how hard you push yourself to go as heavy and as quickly as possible.
  • It’s picking up a weight that feels hard to handle.
  • It’s putting a boost behind each stride as you run.
  • It’s resisting the urge to simply go through the motions.
  • It’s outdoing your efforts from last time.

Now I understand the urge to put out token effort in your workout, going through the motions while cutting corners along the way. We all have days when the weights feel extra heavy and our energy stores feel depleted, and those days will naturally be less intense.

However, when low intensity workouts are your norm, you simply won’t ever achieve the results that you’re hoping for. And this is something that you completely control.

So, as you go into your next workout, think about the intensity that you’re bringing. Are you pushing yourself with each rep? Could you go heavier? Could you be faster?

Fight the urge to be comfortable while you exercise. There’s plenty of time throughout your day to feel comfortable, just not while you’re working out.

Does this make sense?

Attack your next workout with 100% intensity and set a new standard for yourself to continuously push to become stronger, faster, leaner and more fit.

You’ve got this!

And if you’re not yet one of my awesome clients then call (813) 571-3700 or email Rob@RobZFitness.com today set up your free fitness evaluation to join the family. Together we will get you into your best shape yet!

Mediterranean Salad

June 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 
Here’s a salad recipe that serves as an entire meal. It’s filled with fresh ingredients that increase your fiber count for the day. The simple dressing tastes fantastic. Add a grilled chicken breast to increase the protein in the dish and enjoy leftover for lunch the next day. Enjoy!
 
What you need: Serves 8
 
For the Dressing:
 
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 
1 teaspoon garlic, minced 
½ teaspoon Dried Oregano 
½ teaspoon sea salt 
¼ teaspoon black pepper 
¼ cup olive oil 
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
 
For the Salad:
 
8 cups Baby Arugula 
1 cup cooked quinoa 
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed 
1 heirloom tomato, finely chopped 
½ cup celery, minced 
¼ cup fresh scallions, thinly sliced 
¼ cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
 
Instructions
 
1. Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar. Close the lid and shake until fully combined.
 
2. Combine the salad ingredients in a large salad bowl. Toss with the dressing and serve immediately. Enjoy!
 
Nutrition
 
One serving equals 196 calories, 8g fat, 25g carbohydrate, 262mg sodium, 1g sugar, 4g fiber, and 7g protein.

POWER of Habit

June 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The POWER of Habit

 
It’s pretty clear that the habits you adopt will shape who you are. 
 
What are your habits?
 
Do you eat the same thing for lunch, go through the same exercise routine, and fall into bed at the same time each night?
 
Or maybe you’ve made a habit out of eating something sweet before bed, avoiding the gym, and staying up as late as possible. 
 
When it comes to your fitness, the two habits that define you are your eating and exercise habits. In fact, everyone that you know who is in great shape has dialed in these two important habits. 
 
If you aren’t happy with your body, then simply adjust your eating and exercise habits. 
Here’s how to adopt a habit:
 
Here are some healthy habit ideas:
 
1) Decide on the ONE habit that you would like to develop. It’s tempting to pick up 3 or 4 healthy habits but choosing just one new habit is realistic and doable. 
Here are some healthy habit ideas: 
  • Do not eat after 7pm each night.
  • Bring your lunch to work instead of eating fast food.
  • Exercise 4 times a week after work for 45 minutes each time.
  • Only eat fruits and veggies as your afternoon snack.
  • Get up early and exercise for an hour each morning.
  • Workout with me 3 times a week. 
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2) Write your new habit down on paper. Also include your 3 main motivators for developing this new habit, the obstacles you’ll face, and your strategies for overcoming these obstacles. 
 
Here’s an example: 
  • My new habit is to work with a personal trainer 3 times each week. 
  • My 3 main motivators are 1) to feel confident in my bathing suit this summer, 2) to have more energy, and 3) to fit into my skinny jeans. 
  • The obstacles I will face are 1) not having the energy to go to my session after work, 2) not having enough money to pay for sessions, and 3) not having my spouse’s support. 
  • I will overcome these obstacles by 1) doing my workouts before work instead of after work, so I have more energy, 2) cutting down on frivolous spending to ensure that I can afford it, and 3) asking my spouse to join me so we can get in shape together. 
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3) Commit fully to your new habit, in a public way. This could mean posting it on social media, or simply announcing it at the dinner table. Put yourself in a position where you’ll be embarrassed to give up on your new habit. 
 
4) Keep track of your progress. You could keep a detailed journal or simply make a check mark on each calendar day that you successfully exercise your new habit. 
 
Once your new habit becomes second nature, usually in about 30 days, feel free to add a second habit by going through the same steps. 
 
I’d love for my fitness program to become your new healthy habit! Call (813) 571-3700 or email Rob@RobZFitness.com now to reserve your spot.

It’s Grill Time

June 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s Grill Time

 
Looking for something delicous to grill that won’t derail your weight loss goals?
 
Look no further than the produce and meat section.
 
Use beaf, poultry and a variety of veggies on you kebabs
 
Onions, bell peppers, eggplant, carrots, asparagas and zuccini are all great options to throw on the grill along with your protein – and they can all be eaten guilt free.
 
Have a great rest of the week!
 
 
Rob Zulkoski

Had A Bad Week

June 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Once in a while you are going to have a bad week. Your nutrition will be off, your workouts will be weak, and your head will not be in the game.

That’s OK.

 

Remember that you are human, and that sometimes your body needs a little break. The key is to take care of yourself in that moment, to not let yourself stray too far off your fitness plan during the time of rest, and to then get yourself back on track this next week.

Many people allow a bad week to spiral into a bad month, or even a bad year. My hope for you is that you’re able to give yourself time to rest and then quickly get back to your program in full force, rested and ready to get at it!

Let’s kick off this coming week right.

I believe in you!

Egg Omelette

May 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Egg Omelette

Prepared a few omelettes for the next couple of days. After cooking cut in half.

Ingredients for whole omelette:

– 10 egg whites (4 yolks)

– 2 tablespoons of onion

– 2 tablespoons of diced mushroom

– 2 handfuls of spinach 

– 1/8 cup of fat free cheddar cheese

– Black pepper 

 

Memorial Day

May 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Remember What Others Have Done For You

Wil Ayres

May 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 


 

This is Wil Ayres (18 yrs old) and he has trained at RobZFitness for the past month and is down 11 pounds already on the scale. But we all know the scale isn’t the REAL indication of success. Wil has actually lost 13.5lbs of actually body fat and increased his lean weight tissue by 2.5lbs and his clothes are already fitting so much better. In fact, Wil is down 1.58″ in his chest, .38″ in his arms, 1.5″ around his hips, 1.75″ around his waist and down 1.00″ at his thighs.

Overall Wil is down 5.3% body fat which is pretty amazing since our clients averages are usually between 3-5% per month. Not bad for such a young guy.

Wil has worked out extremely hard during his first month and I have to give him a ton of credit for working out very consistently. Not everybody will put in that effort but the ones who do get better results. You have to eat well and train hard both with weights and cardio.

We can help you get started and get results like Wil but I need for you to call me at (813) 571-3700 or drop me an email at Rob@RobZFitness.com. Let us help you set up your fitness plan with us.

Call today and set your FREE FITNESS EVALUATION first to get started.

 

Weaver Jones

May 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

After 5 months of training at RobZFitness Weaver Jones has lost 51 pounds of scale weight and lost 14% body fat. Weighing 277 pounds the day after Christmas 2017 Weaver is now down to 226 pounds.

He has lost 7.25″ in his upper body, 1/2″ in his arms, down 5.58″ in his hips, down 5.38″ in his waistline, down 3.00″ in his thighs and down 1.00″ in his calf. Weaver’s body fat ranking has also improved from 1% to 32%.

He is projected to be in better shape than 75% of men at his age in two more months. Can’t wait to see this guy by the end of summer.

Besides feeling better and having more energy his blood pressure is much improved and is no longer taking any more medications. Now he has to worry about is buying new clothes.

If you’re interested in seeing results like Weaver you need to join us at RobZFitness. Call us at (813) 571-3700 or drop us an email at Rob@RobZFitness.com.

Lacrosse Workouts

May 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RobZFitness – Lacrosse Workouts

We are currently offering three time slots for Lacrosse Workouts this summer starting on August 14th at 3:45 or 4:30 on Mondays/Wednesday and at 4:00pm on Tuesdays/Thursdays.

Each workout will be 45 minutes long.

The entire two month cost is $200.00 by check to RobZFitness or $206.00 by paypal and must be paid in full before the workout program starts.

Once you are signed up text Taylor to schedule your days and times.

For any questions please call the studio and ask for Taylor or Rob at (813) 571-3700.

 


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Getting the most out of your workout

May 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 


It sure would be great if any time spent in the gym delivered results, but the truth is that all workouts were not created equally.

There are techniques for getting the most out of each exercise and by utilizing these techniques you’ll achieve quicker and more noticeable results.

Check out the following 5 Smart Workout Tips to avoid danger and to get fit fast:

Smart Workout Tip 1: Use Challenging Resistance

In order to get the most from each rep it’s important to challenge your muscles, and not to simply go through the motions. If you are able to complete 15-20 repetitions easily, then the weight is too light. On the flip side, if you aren’t able to perform an exercise through its full range of motion, and find yourself cheating on form, then the weight is too heavy.

The correct weights will feel challenging by your last few repetitions but won’t force you to sacrifice form.

Smart Workout Tip 2: Change Up Your Routine

You may have noticed that most people do the same exercises each time they visit the gym. Maybe you’ve been doing the same exercise routine as long as you can remember—if it isn’t broken then don’t fix it, right?

The truth is that exercise routines have expiration dates, and that is the date that they begin to lose their effectiveness. As a rule of thumb never use the same routine for more than 4 weeks. In our training studio almost every workout will be different from the previous one.

Smart Workout Tip 3: Always Warm Up

This one always drives me crazy! Most people consider warm up time to be wasted time—they’d rather jump right into the heart of the routine. What they don’t realize is that a good warm up will allow you to perform at a higher intensity, which means greater results. Don’t EVER skip your warm-up.

The point of a warm up is to increase your muscle temperature. This increases blood flow, muscle contraction and reduces muscle resistance. Your warm up should last 5-10 minutes.

Smart Workout Tip 4: Use Proper Form

Gyms are filled with people performing exercises with bad form. The two biggest reasons are that you aren’t concentrating on the exercise, or you’re trying to lift weight that is too heavy. Lifting with improper form almost always results in injury.

Take the time to achieve proper form, by doing so you’ll avoid injury and will reap the full benefit from each exercise.

Smart Workout Tip 5: Never Workout Alone

People who exercise alone are less challenged, less accountable and typically see fewer results. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Why rush to the gym if no one is there waiting for you? Why push yourself if no one is watching? Exercising alone is a recipe for disaster.

The best way to avoid injury and to see results is to work with us. We are passionate about seeing our clients achieve results by working out smart and without wasting time, energy and effort on mistakes.

Don’t know where to start when it comes to exercise? Let us help you!

If you aren’t yet one of our prized clients then let’s do something about that. Feel free to reach out and call us at (813) 571-3700 to get started on an effective exercise program.

28 Day Back to School Meltdown

May 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

New Challenge starts

Monday, September 10 – October 6

Lose 8-12+ pounds in 28 Days by joining our Back to School Meltdown Bootcamp Challenge #2 and start to transform your body for a lifetime.

You can guarantee to burn calories and lots of them…

You can now lock in your spot right now.

This training program is fast paced, strength and interval training style. Each participant is motivated in the outdoor and indoor environment to excel beyond current levels of fitness.

It’s proven results that brings everything together AND allows each person to be challenged beyond their fitness level and creates faster RESULTS!

And I know your want FAST RESULTS right?

Sign up now (below) before you forget.  Spots will fill up quickly!

Our three classes will start at 5:45am (Bootcamp), 8:30am (BodyPump), and 7:00pm (Bootcamp). I must also tell you that you should sign up right away after reading this to guarantee your spot.

It’s pretty amazing really… Read more

Wild Blackened Catfish

May 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Any caveman would be proud of this catch! Wild caught catfish is delicate and flaky, with loads of flavor. Catfish contains healthy fatty acids, provides complete protein, is a source of vitamin B-12, and is low in mercury. Pair it with dark leafy greens and some fruit for the perfect caveman meal.
Servings: 4

Here’s what you need…

– 2 teaspoon olive oil
– 4 fillets wild caught catfish
– blackened seasoning (try Cajun’s Choice)
– 1 lemon, sliced

1.  Preheat oven to 350. Lightly oil a glass pan.
2.  Coat the catfish fillets in the olive oil. Generously apply the seasoning to both sides of each fillet.
3.  Line the fillets in prepared pan, and top with sliced lemon.
4.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, until flaky.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 107 calories, 3g fat, 120mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, and 20g protein.

How to quit junk food

February 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Giving up Junk Food

Junk food tastes annoyingly good. There’s a reason for this – the food companies actually formulate each bite for maximum craveability with a specialized balance of sugar, fat and salt.

But while junk food tastes like another…it’s detrimental to your fat loss results.

Wondering what exactly classifies as junk food? You’re in good company, especially these days as many junk foods are being deceptively marketed and packaged as healthy choices.

Here’s the rundown on what classifies as junk food:

  • Junk food has little to zero nutritional value
  • Junk food is processed and packaged
  • Junk food is high in sugar, fat and salt
  • Junk food is high in calories
  • Junk food is rarely eaten out of hunger
  • Soda pop, convenience foods, packaged snacks, frozen treats…

4 Steps to Quit Junk Food

Imagine being 100% free of junk food for the next 30 days. How would your weight improve? How would you feel? How many empty calories would you save yourself from? Now let’s take some action!

Step #1: Get Rid of It

Step one is simple: get rid of all the junk food that currently resides in your home, office and car. Go through with a big garbage bag and toss anything that remotely resembles junk food. Remember, junk food is stuff that is high in empty calories.

Step #2: Stock Up on the Healthy Stuff

Don’t worry, you aren’t going to starve now that your junk food has been cleared out. Step two is where you go to the store and stock up on delicious, nutritious foods that will take the place of the junk food. Nuts, seeds, fruit, veggies, hard boiled eggs, meatballs, and hearty salads or burrito bowls (like the recipe below) are great items to have on hand. You’ll eat less of these healthy snacks, since these aren’t empty calories, but rather nutrient-filled calories that satiate.

Step #3: HALT!

When the next craving strikes you, tell yourself to HALT! This word is actually a handy acronym. Ask yourself, “Am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired?” If you’re hungry then reach for one of the healthy snacks from step two. If you’re angry, then explore the issue and seek resolution. If you are lonely, then reach out to a friend, instead of reaching for junk food. And if you are tired then make the time to grab a nap or get to bed early to catch up on sleep.

Step #4: Stick With It

The first day that you go without junk food will be the hardest day. The second day will be a smidge easier. The third day will be even easier than the second…and so on.

The fact is that your taste buds adjust to the foods that you exist on. When your diet is filled with junk foods then that is what your taste buds will crave, but as you shift to a diet that is filled with fresh, nutritious foods then your taste buds will forget all about that old junk food. Stick with it, one day at a time, and you will break free from the grip of junk food addiction.

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