CSC BLOG

Are Morning or Evening Workouts more Efficient for Weight Loss/Muscle Gain

There has been a long debate between morning and evening workouts: which one helps you burn fat and build more muscle? Some people claim that morning workouts burn the most fat and evening workouts build more muscle, but is this accurate? The truth is the best and most efficient workout is the one that you actually complete…period. Whether it’s morning, afternoon or evening, the time of day you get to the gym should really depend on practicality. For example, when do you typically have free time? What is your sleep schedule like? Is your goal to de-stress or energize yourself?

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Maximum health benefits in minimal time

High intensity interval training involves short bouts of vigorous exercise (where your heart rate reaches 80% of its maximal capacity) followed by low intensity recovery periods (such as walking or stretching). Your heart rate has achieved 80% of its maximal capacity when you cannot speak more than a word or two without pausing to gulp air. We all know this feeling and generally try to avoid it because of the discomfort. In HIIT training, such discomfort is sought out in a controlled manner, leading to improved heart health. Short bouts of more intense running, jumping, or weight lifting will increase

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Motivation vs Inspiration- What gets you through your workout?

Earlier this week a client asked me, "what do you say to get yourself motivated to come workout?"  My short response to this question was something along the lines of, "I don't really need extra motivation, I really enjoy my own training and working towards my fitness goals."  The longer answer to this question, as a fitness coach and as a competitive weightlifter is the same: I don't really deal in "motivation" because I am playing at a bigger game, INSPIRATION!   To many people these words carry the same meaning but when we look deeper they are actually quite different.  Motivation involves me prompting the client.  Whether I am pushing them to

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What to pack in your gym bag

Finding the motivation and time to get to the gym can be challenging enough, but arriving only to discover that you forgot something is a total bummer! The best way to avoid this is to organize your gear and pack your gym bag the night before. Trying to pack everything you need while rushing out of the house in the morning is a total waste of time and a practice that is bound to result in a forgotten pair of socks, yoga mat, or protein bar. Organizing your gym bag before you head to the gym is a great practice

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Why EVERYONE Should do Pilates

Hello, Maria Barry here! As most of you probably know, I am the Pure Pilates and Group Fitness Manager at Commonwealth Sports Club, Boston. Over the last 20 years of teaching strength, cardio, yoga and barre classes, I realized there was one common factor preventing me from injury: the core strength I’ve developed from Pilates training. After speaking with clients, friends and members, all of whom work out in many different ways, I have put together a list of the top reasons to practice Pilates studio equipment and Pilates mat. 1.       It’s exercise while you’re laying down AND a great workout!

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It’s that time of year again…

It’s that time of year again- New Year’s resolutions and all of the weight loss challenges that come along with it. “Lose all of that weight this year, join this challenge, workout like crazy and starve yourself for this many days!” But is that a realistic goal? Is it a sustainable lifestyle once the New Year’s glow wears off? How many times do we see the weight come back on? Or lose interest after a couple of weeks? So what if this year instead, you commit to staying active through these crucial first few months. Commit to going to the

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Why Booties and Cookies Don’t Mix

Let’s face it, the holidays can be very challenging. Getting into the festive spirit tends to mean abandoning all notion of self-control and consuming insane amounts of sugar.  But you know what…? It’s OK!  The cookies are colorful and pretty, the punch looks beautiful and there is loads of candy, pies and all kinds of chocolatey treats at every party. So let your inhibitions go and give in a little! I gave myself just 24 glorious hours where I allowed myself unchecked treats including cookies, midnight snacks and candy all day long. I let myself splurge like this because I

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Understanding Supplements

The world of supplements is vast and confusing. Everywhere there are manufacturers claiming their pill will help you lose twenty pounds fast, boost your libido, help you gain more muscle, or reduce soreness and help you work out longer. There are so many products out there, all claiming to have the solution to our problems or be ‘the next big thing’ in fitness, it can be almost impossible to sift through them all and understand what is beneficial and what is snake oil. (more…)

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