Friday, November 14, 2008

Ask The Trainer

[Note: Submitted questions may be edited for length and clarity]

From Patsy: How do you get the intensity back in your workouts once you've lost it? I am still working out, but it's more going through the motion.

Sydney's Response: girl, maintaining the intensity is always a challenge. I suggest you remind yourself why you started on this journey. Recommit to your goals and, most importantly, try something new.

If you are using the treadmill try switching to the bike or stair climber. You can also try some new classes that your local gym offers.

Just keep doing something. When you do something new it tends to be more intense; especially in a class situation. It’s the nature of the beast. I love group classes for that reason alone.

From Dany: Hey Sydney! I met you in LA in August as one of the ladies that came out from Jillian's website. It's great to have you here to ask questions to!

I have problems off and on with my lower back. What exercises are good to do to strengthen the lower back?

Sydney's Response: Lower-back. UGH! CORE, CORE, CORE. The best way to strengthen your lower back is to strengthen your core.

I suggest you Google abdominal workouts, find a few you like and commit to doing them everyday. Yes, everyday.

At the end of 30 days Google another abdominal workout and repeat for another 30 days. You get the picture.

This will definitely help strengthen your back and abs.

From Susan: Dany, we have a couple of great abdominal workouts you can take a look at here on Catapult Fitness Blog:

Sydney Sloan is a Certified Personal Trainer based out of Los Angeles, CA. Sydney holds PT Certifications from ACE, NASM and is a Certified Maddog Spin Instructor.

If you're in the Los Angeles area and would like to schedule an appointment with Sydney you can contact her at

Sydney will be answering fitness questions on Catapult Fitness Blog. You can send questions to

Train hard; stay strong.



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6 Responses to "Ask The Trainer"
  1. Health and Fitness said...
    November 14, 2008 at 7:15 PM

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  2. Nicole said...
    November 17, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    For the TT exercises how many of them should we start off doing? I got that we should do the sequence three times, but not the number of each exercise::


  3. Susan said...
    November 17, 2008 at 3:17 PM


    Which TT program are you referring to? If it's the Sample TT Fat Burning Workout that you receive when you register for the Catapult Fitness Blog newsletter, the number of reps is listed next to each specific exercise.


  4. Nicole said...
    November 20, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Hi Susan,

    It was the TT ab workout in this post. I wasn't sure of the repetitions...


  5. Susan said...
    November 20, 2008 at 9:09 AM

    Gotcha Nicole. He's recommending 15 reps for each exercise, working your way up to 3 sets.

    Let me know how it goes!

  6. Michael said...
    November 23, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Very healthy, informative blog


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