Trainer Tip-Bulking Season – 5 Ways to Build Muscle, Not Fat

Lee’s Summit fitness friends, here is a repost from Titan Nutrition, Bulking Season-5 Ways to Build Muscle, Not Fat. Team PROformations Coach and Trainer, Robert Wichman, shares some insight on the topic.

We asked Titan Nutrition Athlete and contest prep coach Robert Wichman how he suggests going about a successful “bulking season.” Robert fired back five strategies to stick to for building quality mass in your off season, keeping you on track for the stage or beach next spring. Check out his 5 strategies here:

Don’t over eat

In the quest to add muscle in the off season, I see a lot of competitors eating calories way over what their bodies need, and can handle. This is typically a recipe for adding way to much body fat, which only slows down true muscle growth, from poorer blood flow, and nutrient delivery, to you muscles. This will only mean that you will have to diet harder, or longer, when it comes time to diet down for your next contest, or for summer, if you’re a non-competitor.

Increase calories slowly

Increasing calories slowly, in your off season is an important thing to do. If you find yourself adding in too many calories, too quickly, you are more than likely going to find that your body is storing many of those extra calories as body fat. By slowly increasing your calories, you’re going to allow your body to adjust to the increased calories, and use them to fuel muscle growth, and not just adding body fat. (chasing numbers on a scale) Keeping your metabolism running strong, is just as important in the off season, as it is during your contest prep, or leaning out phase, if you’re not interested in hitting the stage, but would still like to see a leaner physique.

Monitor body fat, and body composition levels

Keeping an eye on your body fat levels in the off season is a good idea, if you plan to keep yourself in what I like to call “Striking Distance”. Striking distance basically means, staying in a range where if you needed to, you could diet down with relative easy, by not needing to drop so much excess body fat. This will allow for a better show prep. You will not have to strip off as much body fat, and will not have to resort to extreme measures to pull off the necessary body fat by show time. You will also find that you are able to maintain more muscle during your prep, and find that you have a higher level of conditioning, that you may not have previously achieved. The method that I like to use for monitoring off season body composition, 1st and foremost, the mirror. The mirror is going to show you what you need to know. This is a visual sport, and touting arbitrary body fat numbers does not always translate to a stage winning physique. If you don’t see what needs to be seen, then it is not there. I do use the mirror in conjunction with body fat measurements, tape measurements, the scale, and photos (monthly in the off season). If you’re going to measure body fat, I find the Dexa scan to be the best, and most accurate method. You can also use calipers, and a bio-impedance (hand held, inbody, or scale that measures body fat)

Keep cheats to a minimum

While it is ok to have cheat meals in your off season. You want to make sure that you’re not undoing all your hard work, with too many diet deviations. We all want to be able to go out with friends, and go to family events, or dates with our significant other, and eat, or drink, as though we don’t have larger fitness, and physique goals. The way to still have a social life, and let loose from time to time, is to understand that cheats are the few, not the mainstay when it comes to your off season program. Make sure that you are planning your cheats around your clean eating, so that you don’t find yourself quickly sliding off track, from your nutritional goals. If you know that you’re going out on the weekend, make sure that you don’t load up your weekdays with unscheduled meals. I like to give my clients a set number of cheat meals per week, in their off season, and allow them to decide when they will implement them. Every body is different, so finding the right number of cheats that doesn’t throw you off your physique goals, is going to be dependent on how your body responds to your cheats

Have a plan

Having a plan in your off season is critical to being able to stay on track with your goals. If you approach your off season program all willy nilly, chances are, you’re not going to make much progress from show to show. I’m not saying that you need to be as strict as show prep, but you definitely need to have an organized plan with your nutrition, hydration, workouts, sleep, and supplementation. This is going to lead to systematic progress, and legitimate muscle gains leading into your next show. Think of it as creating a road map to where you want to go, and then you follow that map, until you reach your destination. If something comes up, that needs to be adjusted, you reroute, and keep your forward momentum towards your goal.

As always,

Lift Hard, and Train to Win!

Robert

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Personal Trainer Recipe- Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Lee’s Summit fitness friends, here is a healthy recipe for Pumpkin Protein Muffins.  Life Transformations Personal Trainers, in Lee’s Summit, share clean eating tips.  Enjoy as a complete meal on the go.  Make ahead and grab and go.  Need to travel, place some premade Pumpkin Protein Muffins in the freezer to take to your destination.  By the time you get there, they should still be cold.  Don’t give up on your goals when out of town or on the go…just plan ahead.

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

DRY INGREDIENTS: 

2 Cups Oat or wheat flourmolly-wichman-fitness-pumpkin-protein-muffins

4 Scoops vanilla whey protein

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

6 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 Cup Sugar Free Syrup or agave

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 Cup Liquid Egg Whites or

4 oz Unsweetened Applesauce

15 oz of 100% Pure Pumpkin

 

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 2 muffin pans with non-stick spray. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine and mix well. Distribute batter evenly into 21 separate muffins. Bake for about 30 minutes.

Trainer Recipe -Healthy Chicken Enchiladas

Lee’s Summit fitness friends, here is a personal trainer recipe for Healthy Chicken Enchiladas.  Life Transformations Personal Trainer, Molly Wichman, shares a clean eating recipe below.   Try out this quick and easy dinner.

INGREDIENTS

Cooked chicken (shredded chicken works best)molly-wichman-fitness-chicken-enchiladas

Tortillas (choose low carb, whole wheat, or corn)

Plain Greek Yogurt

Low fat cheddar cheese

Green Enchilada sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9×13 pan.

Take a tortilla, add 2-4 oz chicken, 1 tbsp. Greek Yogurt, pinch of cheese.  Roll tortilla and place seam side down in pan.  Repeat until pan is full.  Top with enchilada sauce , sprinkle with a little extra cheese.

Cover pan with foil, cook for 30 minutes (uncover for the last 5 minutes to let cheese melt.

*This is a great family friendly recipe.  Change to fit desired macro count.

Personal Trainer Recipe- Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Lee’s Summit fitness friends, here is a healthy recipe for Pumpkin Protein Muffins.  Life Transformations Personal Trainer, Molly Wichman, in Lee’s Summit, share clean eating tips.  Enjoy as a complete meal on the go.  Make ahead and grab and go.  Need to travel, place some premade Pumpkin Protein Muffins in the freezer to take to your destination.  By the time you get there, they should still be cold.  Don’t give up on your goals when out of town or on the go…just plan ahead.

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

DRY INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups Oat or wheat flourmolly wichman fitness pumpkin protein muffins

4 Scoops vanilla whey protein

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

6 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 Cup Sugar Free Syrup or agave

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 Cup Liquid Egg Whites or

4 oz Unsweetened Applesauce

15 oz of 100% Pure Pumpkin

 

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 2 muffin pans with non-stick spray. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine and mix well. Distribute batter evenly into 21 separate muffins. Bake for about 30 minutes.

Trainer Tip- Stretching

Lee’s Summit fitness friends don’t feel out of shape and sore. Here are some tips on stretching from Life Transformations Fitness Personal Trainer, Molly Wichman. Try it out!

Stretching… Just Do It

Did you know that stretching can be as important as exercise? It can be hard to add stretching into your daily fitness routine, but it does have many benefits.

Some of the benefits of stretching are increase flexibility and range of motion, improve posture, increase blood flow and reducing muscle soreness.

Here are some tips to help make stretching part of your daily routine.

Wait on your stretchmolly wichman personal trainer lees summit stretching

Your muscles should be warm before you begin to stretch. Keep your regular warmup before a workout. This should be something to get the blood flowing to your muscles. Stretch after the workout when your muscles are already warm. A brisk walk or swing arms in circles are great warmup movements.

Post Workout Stretch

Instead of trying to stretch your whole body after every time you exercise (unless you have time), focus on an area of the body each time. If you have tight muscles, then focus on stretching those muscles. However if you have time, try a full body stretch.

 

Here is an easy full body stretch that can take 10 minutes. Find a good area in the gym to stretch. I like the upright bike. You can adjust the seat to hip height.

Hamstrings- Place foot on seat, keep leg straight, lean forward to stretch, stationary leg is on floor.

Hips- Place foot on seat, bend knee so leg in in L shape, lean forward to stretch, stationary leg is on floor.

Quads- Stand facing away from bike, bend foot to glutes, hook toes on bike seat, lean backwards into stretch.

Shoulders- Hold onto bike handles with both hands, keep arms straight, lean forward will upper body is parallel to floor.

Chest- Hold bike handles with one arm, (arm away from body), keep arm straight and lean away from handle.

Back- Hold bike handles with one arm (arm in front of body), keep arm straight and lean towards handle.

Back- Bend knees, hold under bike seat with one arm, fall further into squat.

*While stretching, make sure the equipment is fastened to the ground or stable. Do not pull equipment on top of you. Always keep joints soft, not locked out. A good stretch is held for 30 seconds or more. Stretch at your own level, don’t push too hard.

Tips for Healthy Eating

Tips for Healthy Eating

Cook at Home– Fast food and convenience foods are usually filled with unwanted calories.  Plan ahead and take healthy snacks and meals with you.  Make healthy food convenient.Avoid hunger– Blood sugar dips when your body is hungry and causes “hunger.” Try to eat 3 small meals and 2-3 snacks per day to speed up metabolism by regulating blood sugar.Fats – Limit saturated and trans fats. Life Transformations lees summit Personal training lees summit 3113
Sodium – Extra salt is hidden in processed foods and snacks.
Sugar and Carbohydrates – Most Americans are consuming way more added sugars than the AHA recommends. Keeping tabs on what type and how much sugar you’re eating is an important part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Learn what the AHA recommends here.   Opt for whole wheat when possible.
Suggested Servings from Each Food Group – Many Americans unknowingly over eat.  Watch portion sizes and read food labels to prevent overeating and unwanted calories.
Alcohol– It’s important to limit alcohol intake.
Involve Your Family– Making healthy choices for yourself is great. Involving your family is even better.

WANT MORE INFORMATION:

Life Transformations Personal Training in Lee’s Summit is locally owned and operated.  Robert and Molly Wichman work together to share their passion for fitness and health with their clients and trainers.  If you want to join a fitness environment focused on “fitness,” then Life Transformations Personal Training is for you.

Life Transformations started Personal Training Clients in 2008.  We currently train clients at Anytime Fitness (316 NE 291 Highway, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086) in the heart of Lee’s Summit.  Don’t delay…come try a training session to meet your weight loss and health goals.

What to know more about Life Transformations Personal Training? .  Stop by to check us out or contact 816-217-2762 molly@lifetransformations-kc.com or robert@lifetransformations-kc.com.

Interested in sharing health and fitness with others, then contact us to schedule a trainer to do so.  Trainers are available for on site seminars for local businesses, weight loss challenges, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the local community.  Contact us today.

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Personal Trainer Tip

Molly Wichman, Life Transformations Personal Trainer in Lee’s Summit, shares Fitness Myths.

There are plenty of exercise misconceptions in the world, some of which may be holding you back from your best body. Do the following 5 exercise myths sound familiar?Life Transformations lees summit Personal training lees summit 13
1) You should make sure to eat before you exercise.
Experiment with what works best for you. Try training on an empty stomach and see how you feel. Then instead of going hungry, enjoy a small, nutritious snack about 90 minutes before you exercise. See how you feel after that.

2) Cardio is more effective for weight loss than weights.
Cardio alone is never as effective as a routine that also includes resistance training. Strength training is essential for building lean tissue, which increases your metabolism and decreases your body fat.

3) If you exercise enough, then you can eat anything you want.
Even if you exercise daily at an intense rate, your diet still matters. To top it off, most people overestimate how many calories they burn as well as underestimating how many calories they are eating. This can be a fattening combo.

4) For optimal fat burn, exercise longer at a low intensity.
Intensity matters when it comes to getting great results so do a workout that challenges you.

5) Unless you exercise often, exercise is a waste of time.
Research continues to prove that any exercise is better than zero exercise. So you can only exercise once a week? Do it. Any exercise is better than zero exercise.
Just remember:
· Be Consistent: exercise at least 3 times each week
· Be Challenged: keep your routine intense
· Be Patient: true fitness results take time
· Be Excited: find a form of exercise that you love

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Pro Deo Youth Center Giving Tree

Life Transformations Personal Training wants to thank all of our members and friends for their generous donations for this years Giving Tree to benefit Pro Deo Youth Center.

Local fitness businesses collect holiday donations for Pro Deo Youth Center

Each year Pro Deo Youth Center, located at 200 N.E. Chipman Road, allows local businesses and individuals to adopt a family for the holiday season.

This year some local fitness centers took it a step further.

Local Lee’s Summit fitness businesses Life Transformations Personal Training, Bodies Health and Fitness and Get in Shape for Women worked together to collect donations for Pro Deo.

Ornaments with a gift or item needed by the families were given to the businesses and the fitness members and clients helped bring in the donations.

“I know many of my fitness friends from the community donate their time to the after-school program at Pro Deo, so I thought we could all join together and help collect the donations,” said Molly Wichman, owner of Life Transformations Personal Training. “It’s great to work with the other businesses in our fitness industry to help out. I appreciate each fitness business that accepted my friendly challenge to see who can collect the most items for Pro Deo.”

To learn more about Pro Deo Youth Center or to volunteer, contact Ashley Nowell at 816-226-6806.

This is a repost from the Lee’s Summit Journal.  http://www.lsjournal.com/2014/12/24/123835/local-fitness-businesses-collect.html?sp=/99/100/

Let your fitness, weight loss and health survive the holidays

Lee’s Summit fitness friends don’t let the holidays be an excuse to waiver on your fitness, weight loss and health goals.  Here are some tips from Molly Wichman IFBB Fitness Pro on surviving the holidays.

Tips to help you and your waistline survive the holidays?

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many it also becomes a time for over-eating and weight gain. According to the National Institutes of Health, holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year. Over a lifetime, holiday weight gain can really add up. Following a few simple tips can help you and your waistline survive the holidays.

Holiday Parties

1. Limit to one-a-day

While you can’t control every situation, you can control how much food goes into your mouth. If you are constantly bombarded with holiday parties and displays of desserts or candies you can still effectively help prevent overeating and weight gain. One way is the one-a-day method. Allow yourself one small serving of a cookie or piece of candy each day during the holiday season. Remember that you may have to compensate for it later in the day by reducing your total caloric intake or by burning a few extra calories while exercising. If you aren’t confronted with holiday foods that day, just skip your one-a-day – but don’t compensate and double-up on your serving the next day.

2. Always plan ahead – Never go to a party hungry

Before you go to a holiday party, eat a healthy snack such as a serving of your favorite fruit, fat-free yogurt or a low-fat, whole grain granola bar. When you arrive at the party, you won’t be craving hors d’oeuvres.

If you’re going to a potluck dinner, bring a healthy dish to share such as a salad, veggie or fruit tray. This will ensure at least one healthy dish.

3. Be in charge of your party choices:

  • Small plate, please
    Be wise when choosing appetizers – a small portion of some appetizers may help you from overeating at dinner.
    Pick up a small plate, and stick with vegetables, but limit or avoid the heavy dips
  • Restrict your intake of crackers, chips, cheese. If you must have a deep-fried appetizer, eat only one small serving. Never go back for seconds. For dinner, fill half of your plate with salad and vegetables, then a healthy protein and carb/bread.
  • Avoid the sauce
    Avoid sauces made from cream or meat drippings. For salads, use oil and vinegar, vinaigrette or low-fat dressings..
  • Finish it off light
    The best low-calorie choices are fruit, Jell-O, pudding, an unfrosted mini muffin, shortbread cookies, ginger snaps or angel food cake. If you must have a dessert with frosting, butter cream, cream cheese, or chocolate chips, limit yourself to one small cookie or one thin slice of cake.
  • Watch the drinks
    Try to restrict your alcohol to one or two servings. Holiday punches; eggnog and holiday spirits are filled with hidden calories. Try a light beer or wine or calorie-free drinks such as water, unsweetened ice tea, hot tea or coffee.

4. Say No Politely

Many times you feel forced to eat foods because people keep putting it in front of you. Learn to say no politely, such as “No thank you, I’ve had enough. Everything was delicious”, or “I couldn’t eat another bite. Everything tasted wonderful”. You’ll find saying no isn’t so hard to do after all.

5. Focus on socializing

Healthy up your recipes

Practice Healthy Holiday Cooking. Preparing favorite dishes lower in fat and calories will help promote healthy holiday eating. Incorporate some of these simple-cooking tips in traditional holiday recipes to make them healthier.

  • Gravy — Refrigerate the gravy to harden fat. Skim the fat off. This will save a whopping 56 gm of fat per cup.

 

  • Dressing — Use a little less bread and add more onions, garlic, celery, and vegetables. Add fruits such as cranberries or apples. Moisten or flavor with low fat low sodium chicken or vegetable broth and applesauce.

 

  • Turkey – Enjoy delicious, roasted turkey breast without the skin and save 11 grams of saturated fat per 3 oz serving.

 

  • Green Bean Casserole — Cook fresh green beans with chucks of potatoes instead of cream soup. Top with almonds instead of fried onion rings.

 

  • Mashed Potato — Use skim milk, chicken broth, garlic or garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese instead of whole milk and butter.

 

  • Quick Holiday Nog — Four bananas, 1-1/2 cups skim milk or soymilk, 1-1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt, 1/4 teaspoon rum extract, and ground nutmeg. Blend all ingredients except nutmeg. Puree until smooth. Top with nutmeg.

 

  • Desserts — Make a crustless pumpkin pie. Substitute two egg whites for each whole egg in baked recipes. Replace heavy cream with evaporated skim milk in cheesecakes and cream pies. Top cakes with fresh fruit, fruit sauce, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar instead of fattening frosting.

 

(See Healthier Holiday Meals-Substitutions Guide)

Remember, the holidays are meant to celebrate good times with family and friends. Enjoy the holidays and plan effective strategies to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Achieving what you sought out for will give you one more good reason for holiday cheer! Happy Holidays! Resist temptation.

NPC Kansas City Schedule

NPC Kansas City Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness, Bikini, and Physique athletes…this is a great year to compete. The trainers at Life Transformations Fitness and Team PROformations are excited about the growing NPC Kansas City Schedule…how about you?  Jump on the program and be a part of the biggest NPC Kansas City year!

There are still shows on the 2014 calander

 

NPC Central USA Championships, October 4, 2014

Omaha, NE Contact titonej@aol.com

 

NPC Pink Muscle Fest, Saturday October 4, 2014

St. Charles, MO  Contact  mayhemmailbag@aol.com

 

NPC All Stars, October 25, 2014

Kansas City, MO  Contact mayhemmailbag@aol.com

 

NPC Battle of Champions, Iowa Pro Bikini, Saturday, November 8, 2014

Davenport, IA Contact  titonej@aol.com

 

NPC Grand Prix, Saturday, November 8, 2014

Midwest City, OK

 

 

NPC Chairman Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas Chad Nicholls thedietdoc@aol.com

NPC Chairman Nebraska  Rick Kasten  rickkasten@comcast.net Co Chair Jack Titone jtitone@aol.com

NPC Chairman Iowa Ernest Bea bigbea007@aol.com

 

www.npcnewsonline.com Contest Schedule, National Level Schedule, Rules

http://npcmidwest.com Promoter Jack & Ann Titone Contest Information

http://suitsbyamy.com  Custom suits and suit rental (male and female)

*Follow the shows and promoters on social media for updates

*Be a part of the most prestigious bodybuilding organization.