Speeding up your metabolism in the morning

Posted on 11/04/2013

A lot of people have been asking us here at the Fitnessgarage for tips and ways to lose some weight outside of working out. Well, dieting plays a key role in our ability to lose weight. According to scientists in Germany and Canada, when you roll out of bed in the morning, drink 16 ounces of chilled H2O (the volume in a typical consumer bottle) this will raise your metabolism by 30 percent : That same study found that the metabolic boost lasted for up to 90 minutes after people took their last sips.

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Two great reasons to keep moving!

Posted on 10/10/2013

Here at Fitnessgarage we can give you at least two great reasons to keep moving!

1. Improves or maintains memory, slows Alzheimer's, and more:
A recent Japanese study shows that combining Aerobic + Strength + Balance exercises into a training program may improve memory in people. So you'll notice we have modified our classes to include all three types of exercise. Other recent research shows that one of the best ways to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's through lifestyle changes is to just be physically active on a regular basis, two to three times per week: walk, bicycle, swim, life weights, stretch, and tone.

Suzuki, T., Shimada, H., Makizako, Takehiko, D. Yoshida, D., Tsutsumimoto, K., Anan, Y., Uemura, K., Lee, S., and Park, H. (2012) Effects of multicomponent exercise on cognitive function in older adults with amnestic mild cognitive impairment: a randomized control trial. BMC Neurology 12:128.

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2. Helps prevent weight gain
The holidays--Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving, Christmas and more--are almost here and many of us find ourselves eating more than we'd like and gaining weight. Well, worry no more! Increase your attendance to our classes. or schedule private training sessions, and you'll fight that weight gain! Get an early start to prepare for the next few months.

USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines Iowa

Posted on 06/26/2013

Sanya Richards-Ross Usa olympic 400 meter runner

Natash Hastings Usa olympic 400 Meter runner

Ashton Eaton Usa olympic Decathlete

Lashawn Meririt Usa olympic 400 meter runner

This past weekend, Fitnessgarage owner Hideshi Okamoto and his assistant Igor Seriba were at Drake stadium in Des Moines Iowa, covering the 2013 USA Track and Field Championships. Hideshi atttended the track meet for media purposes and conducted interviews for japan's TBS telecast. Hideshi also recieved acknowledgement by several colleges for his coaching. With his knowledge of body mechanics, Hideshi was able to analyse ways in which certain runners could improve their running form.  During interviews, several athletes gave Hideshi predictions and insights on how they felt about their upcoming races, specifically the 2013 IAAF World Championships which will be held in Moscow, Russia August 10-18. Igor, took the oportunity to learn from many olympic caliber athletes by watching and analysing their movement. He also got insight from some well-known olympic athletes on their training methods, which he will certainly be sure to apply in his workouts at the Fitnessgarage. Overall, both members of the Fitnessgarage had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the event and look foward to sharing some of their experiences with you.

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