Total Gym’s 4-Week Belt Tightening Workout: Week 2

Chisel Your Back and Eat Clean To Look and Feel Slimmer

Welcome to the second week of men’s workouts that are designed to help you burn fat, become stronger, and create a healthy lifestyle using your Total Gym. If you’re sick of having to loosen your belt to accommodate a growing potbelly, read on to learn how you can improve and get ready to move!

If you missed week one, please review it first here.

Why A Four Week Series?

That’s how long to it takes to create a habit. Positive psychologists are telling us that habits are much more powerful than willpower when creating changes. For example, when is the last time you had to talk yourself into brushing your teeth? You just get up and do it without thinking. Hopefully after this four-week series you will be working out regularly without having to think about it.

Workout #2 – Back and Biceps

This week’s video focuses on all the important muscles in your back. I will include the lower back, mid back and my favorite muscle group to work recently, the upper back. Why? So many things in daily life pull our head and shoulders forward. Constant computing and texting as well as driving can wreak havoc on our posture. A great way to counter this is by strengthening the muscles of the upper back so a confident, upright posture becomes more natural. Then, we’ll pump up the guns with some good bicep exercises.

Eating Clean

Reaching your healthy weight goal starts with eating clean. This means trying to eat as few processed foods as possible. What does that mean? I’ll use breakfast as a perfect example.

If you grab a box of cereal, even a so called healthy cereal like Wheaties or All-Bran, and you look at ingredients you will see about 30 items. You will also notice that about 90% of these ingredients you won’t recognize or be able to pronounce! This is an example of a highly processed food. Your body can have a hard time figuring out what to do with these foreign ingredients and chemicals.

In contrast, look at the ingredients on the round container of Quaker Oats. You know, the one with the picture of the gray haired man on the front. Ingredients: 100% oats. That’s it!

This is an example of a clean food and your body knows exactly what to do with this to use it as fuel. You can start shopping at the healthier grocery stores that have all the grains in the big bins. Because they’re not packaged, you can be assured that they are clean foods that your body will appreciate.

To wrap it up:

  1. Stay committed for three more weeks until the power of habit kicks in.
  2. Watch the video for this week’s workout.
  3. Start to be aware of the types of foods you’re putting in your body.

Until next week, Total Gym team. Keep moving that body!

JayDee Cutting III, MBA

JayDee Cutting III, MBA is an Educator for the American Council On Exercise and holds 12 fitness certifications including Pilates, yoga, personal training, lifestyle and weight management. JayDee is a Total Gym master trainer and spokesmodel since 2004. He lectured and taught wellness at Rancho La Puerta Fitness Spa and is featured in over 10 fitness DVDs and over 40 fitness television programs. He developed his own Coregolf Fitness Program and founded the NiceDogYoga Company. His mission statement is: “My passion is inspiring people to enhance their lives through wellness, creating healthier, happier, higher qualities of life.”

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