Body Battle Fitness Presents: The Summer Series

    Summer is here and we got you every step of the way. Join us around various parks and studios throughout NYC July 16 thru August 31. 

Cardio junkies need your fast paced sweat....IGNITE will have start that fire from within.

We all need a place to breathe and release....join our complimentary community Body Battle Flow to start the week renewed.

Take you back to basics, where every rep is what counts. Body Battle Bootcamp classes will take you from who you were to who you are at the finish.

Sign up and locations below:
www.bodybattlefitness.com/class-schedule

Gladiators are #poweredbypride

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On Saturday June 24, Body Battle Fitness partnered with Equinox for a #poweredbypride event for its members, guest, and staff!

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    Over 90 attendees total sweat, moved, and joined by the message of pride, unity and love led by Equinox Instructor Lee Jimenez. A 10:30 AM Tabata class, 8 rounds of 4 min of work with 20 second intervals of maximum effort. Participants wore every color under the rainbow, fun props, and incredible energy filled the club at Bryant Park. The 11:30 AM Glow in the Dark Cycle class was nothing short of a packed out, beat thumping, rhythm ride that left the glass door and mirros melting off the walls. 

    Member's stayed hydrated and nourished by the amazing sponsors: plant powered nutrition from DrinkKoia , refreshingly delicious Chlorophyll Water from Verday , and healthy snacks from Kind Snacks

Jumping and why you should do it more often

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As summer begins to show its face, exercise enthusiasts both new and old are rushing to their local gyms for the quick fix to be summer ready. 

Taking it back to basics, one of the easiest and readily available exercises is jumping. 

Jumping even at a very moderate rate burns 10 to 16 calories a minute. Adding in a jump rope exercise into three 10-minute rounds and you're looking at 480 calories in half an hour. 

Below are 4 surprising benefits to jumping and why you should do it more often.

1. Increase Bone Density- The medium impact of jumping rope increases bone density, but isn’t as hard on your joints as running because the impact of each jump is absorbed by both legs.

2. Build Agility- Jumping rope every day for a few minutes or on the balls of your feet, body connects with mind to make "neural muscular adjustments" to keep you balanced, improving your balance and quickness/coordination by making your mind focus on your feet for sustained periods of time. 

3. Make it your own- Speed jumping. Chinese wheel jumping. Double dutch. Jumping rope moving around a room or crazy freestyle jumping using a step. There’s seemingly no end of ways to have fun with a jump rope.

4. Take it with you- How else to explain this… You. Can. Jump. Rope. Anywhere. We’ve seen videos of people jump roping on the beach, on top of mountains, on boats, in hotel rooms, and even on a 15 min lunch break. No excuses just start jumping!

6 Ugly Truths About Alcohol

Warmer weather has finally showed its face. Happy Hour, Rooftop Parties, and Sunday Funday Boozy Brunches will soon begin. Not to forget your summertime favorite margaritas, champagne spritzers, mimosas, and Bloody Marys will all be in attendance. Remember that summer body you worked all winter to get, well there are some counter-productive measures your libations are doing to your body.

Below are some tough but true realities that just 1 glass does to you and gets you further from your fitness goals:

1. Alcohol supplies only empty calories and offers no nutritional benefits. Alcohol is made up of sugars and carbohydrates that are metabolized in the liver and burned off first by the body. The body considers alcohol to be a toxin.

2. Alcohol actually slows down the process by which your body burns fat because it converts it into acetate, which is burned before any other calories. As long as you have alcohol in your body, you will not metabolize proteins, carbohydrates, or fats. The more you drink, the more alcohol must be metabolized before other calories, therefore, all other calories will be stored as fat.

3.Alcohol stimulates your appetite and reduces your will power. Alcohol not only slows down your metabolism, it actually makes you want to eat more of the foods you would not be inclined to eat if you didn’t drink. Because alcohol relieves your inhibitions, you make increasingly poor choices that undermine your weight loss goals and endanger your health. Alcohol impairs your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the foods you eat, so many people who drink too much, are malnourished. Alcohol also inhibits your body’s ability to make glucose and to maintain healthy levels within your bloodstream.

4. Alcohol suppresses lipid oxidation, with non-oxidized lipids being deposited into the abdominal region and stored as fat.

5.Alcohol slows down weight loss by suppressing the brain’s ability to know when to say enough is enough!

6.Alcohol also can cause poor sleep patterns, which by itself can cause weight gain in mature individuals. Sleep is imperative to good health. When you don’t sleep well, you make poor diet choices, you don’t exercise, and your metabolism slows down, too.

Fit Friends Friday @ Row House NYC

On Friday February 24, Body Battle Fitness and Row House NYC hosted 24 Gladiators on 24 Rowers to take their fitness to the next level together. 

On Friday February 24, Body Battle Fitness and Row House NYC hosted 24 Gladiators on 24 Rowers to take their fitness to the next level together. 

The night was filled with tons of goodies including healthy snacks sponsored by Kind Snacks and ZICO Coconut Waters sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company

The night was filled with tons of goodies including healthy snacks sponsored by Kind Snacks and ZICO Coconut Waters sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company

Those who know row and go beyond! Gladiators train together and have fun while doing it!

Those who know row and go beyond! Gladiators train together and have fun while doing it!

Setting up for Success

It’s a new year and you have your new found enthusiasm to get back into the gym. This is the first step towards your fitness goals. Let me help you with the next 5 steps to take you even further.

What are your fitness goals?

Are you starting a fitness program to help lose weight? Are you preparing for a marathon? Are you wanting to be stronger? Be clear in goals and choose the right programming that can help you progress, achieve, and stay motivated.

Create a weekly plan

Starting something is great, but seeing it through to the end is even greater. There are 7 days in a week and being meticulous with your time, purpose, and focusing on goals is essential to your success. Use a calendar, notebook, or a scheduling app to keep you accountable.

For example, Tuesdays being your leg day, Wednesdays are chest/back days, Thursday are cardio days, Friday thru Saturday rest days, and so on. Consistency and progression is key in any workout program.

Start low and progress slowly

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your body magically change overnight. Make the smart, honest, and realistic starting point in your fitness program that is right for you. If you're just beginning to exercise, start cautiously and progress slowly. Your success is not measured by the guy or gal who can dead-lift 330 lbs or bench press 200 lbs, everyone started somewhere and with time progressed to a stronger version of themselves.

Make your new habit into routine

Finding time to exercise can be a challenge. To make it easier, schedule time to exercise as you would any other appointment. Plan to watch your favorite show while on the treadmill, read while riding a stationary bike, or turn your weekly happy hour into a fun group fitness activity with your besties. Fitness is what you make it, so why not make it fun.

Allow time for recovery

Many people start exercising with frenzied zeal — working out too long or too intensely — and give up when their muscles and joints become sore or injured. I call this working out with an ego, which typically leads to failure. Plan time between sessions for your body to rest and recover. Performance is not simply measured by output but by the sustainability you can achieve overtime. Remember, athletes require less recovery time but only if you have learned how to properly recover.

 

 

Power of Protein

Working out hard….cutting carbs….eating less sugars…but still not seeing the results you want? Gladiators, ask yourself… “Am I getting enough protein daily?” Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Your hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. There also is a misconception of the correlation between protein in-take and “bulking” mass gainers. These are NOT the same. Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a "macronutrient" meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are needed in only small quantities, are called "micronutrients" Unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply. So the question lies in…”How much protein should you consume daily?” Depending on your specific fitness goals, body composition, and exercise programming a general recommendation is grams of protein equal to your bodyweight/ideal bodyweight daily. For example, if you weigh 165 lbs or 82.5 Kg (for my international gladiators) then your grams in protein would be 165 grams per day to sustain lean muscle mass and help reduce water weight.

Working out hard….cutting carbs….eating less sugars…but still not seeing the results you want?

Gladiators, ask yourself… “Am I getting enough protein daily?”

Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Your hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

There also is a misconception of the correlation between protein in-take and “bulking” mass gainers. These are NOT the same.

Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a "macronutrient" meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are needed in only small quantities, are called "micronutrients" Unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.

So the question lies in…”How much protein should you consume daily?”

Depending on your specific fitness goals, body composition, and exercise programming a general recommendation is grams of protein equal to your bodyweight/ideal bodyweight daily.

For example, if you weigh 165 lbs or 82.5 Kg (for my international gladiators) then your grams in protein would be 165 grams per day to sustain lean muscle mass and help reduce water weight.

My favorite analogy for those fearful of gaining weight by increasing their protein in-take. Think of a wet towel, it is heavy. Now wring out the towel and what happens it isn’t as heavy anymore. Your protein is the wringing out of your excess water weight…in conjunction of course with a balanced diet and exercise program. 

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Motivation was never something you learned from a textbook. It is learrned from those that inspire to take action and be greater...
— Lee Jimenez