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Shape Up In 2014: Tips On How To Stick To Your New Year's Resolution From Celebrity Trainer and 'Fitness Man' Anthony Truly [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
It's officially the New Year, which means it's time to put those New Year's resolutions into action. Losing weight and getting in shape is the no. 1 resolution made each year and while it's one thing to be motivated in January, often by March, gym crowds start to thin out with fitness goals falling to the wayside.
But this year is going to be different! Having helped sculpt the bodies of celebs such as supermodels Rachel Hunter and Beverly Johnson, actressesIsabella Rossellini, Susan Lucci, Jennifer Beals and Ricki Lake, singerCrystal Waters, Olympic figure skater and gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchiand rapper B-Plus of The Wu-Tang Clan (just to name a few), we chatted with veteran group exercise instructor and celebrity trainer Anthony Truly to help jump start your new fitness routine for the new year. Wearing a red and silver superhero suit to become his alter-ego FITNESS MAN, Truly's innovative approach, mixing grueling exercise routines with entertainment, has made his classes a popular fitness destination in New York City.
We caught up with FITNESS MAN after his Power Jam Cardio Class and Super Shred weight training class at New York Sports Club In Manhattan, where talked motivation tips, healthy eating habits and why walking the catwalk is just as important as doing crunches.
(Photo: Truly training the Columbia University Women's Rugby team)
How did you get into the fitness industry?
I was a principle dancer in The Tennessee Ballet and The Beale St. Dance Company in my hometown of Memphis. I came to New York in 1987 to be a dancer, so instead of waiting tables in between gigs I became an aerobics instructor at Living Well Fitness Center. I was an instant hit and fitness became my new craft as an artist.
The number one New Year resolution is losing weight and getting in shape. What are some tips you have for sticking with a new fitness routine in the new year?
First thing, start slow and ease into a new routine. You don't have to kill yourself to get thin. Hit the gym or workout just twice a week your first two weeks. On your third week add another day. As you start to feel stronger and see results add a fourth day. Never, I repeat never workout seven days a week. Remember rest is an important part of being healthy. You don't want to injure yourself or burn yourself out in the first month.
For someone who may have never worked out before, what are some simple starter exercises they can ease into?
Walking is the best starter for beginners. Whatever you age, walking is safe and easy. You can walk outside, on the treadmill or on the catwalk. Just walk honey!
Your classes are known for being high-energy and fun. What is your secret that keeps your clients coming back?
I push my clients to the max with hot music, fresh dance routines and comedy (celebrity gossip). The trick is to challenge them but not defeat them. It is a scientific fact that exercise is good mood insurance. If I can get them to laugh they will work hard and get results. Since I'm in the music industry I also give them an education in music. Every week we review a new CD like the new Lady GaGa "Artpop" and Britney Spears' "Britney Jean." I have the group rate new music on a scale from 1 to 5 dumdbells. This week we'll exercise and rate the new Beyoncé.
What are some of the biggest mistakes you see people make in regards to working out?
I keep an eagle eye out for hyper extension of the joints, locking the knees and elbows while working out. Not breathing, arching the back or doing abs without pull in the tummy. Beware.
Any at home workout tips for someone on a time crunch?
Yes, use your favorite workout videos, any home workout equipment, sit-up and push-ups are old favorites. It's best to use home workout routines as a transition to working out outside the home because sooner or later you will get distracted, particularly in New York City apartments.
Bad eating habits can be one of the hardest things to change. What advice do you have for eating healthier?
Diet is the number one obstacle for not achieving desired fitness goals. Start with small changes like not using salt on foods. Avoid lots of salad dressing. If you're eating a salad with lots of dressing, it's not low cal anymore. Try giving up something you think you can't live without. You will be surprise to know once you stop eating your favorite comfort food, you wont it crave anymore after the first three weeks and you'll see unexpected results. When Mayor Bloomberg started his war against soda in the city I said "How dare he? I like his nerves." BUT, when I gave up drinking soda, I got definition in my upper body I have never seen before and I never went back. Don't judge yourself too harshly. If you fall off your diet, so what, just start again. Loving your body where you are right now will make that much easier to go to the next level.
Any last piece of advice?
My final word is the best way to stick to a workout routine is to find a workout you enjoy. Yes, you're going to make it after all!
Want to work out with FITNESS MAN? To see his teaching schedule at NYSC and read his latest online comic adventure, check out Anthony's blog thefitandthefab.com
Trudog has been named the Fitness Instructor for the Columbia women's rugby team!
So! Since Emma and I have been talking about nutrition so much lately, I thought we were due for a fitness post. Everyone is different. Some people like to run, some people have an organized sport they enjoy, and others pick out home DVD workouts. My choice workout: different group exercise classes. I can't tell you enough how the classes at my gym (I'm currently a member of New York Sports Club,) keep me motivated.
First of all- they are taught by certified trainers, so to me, I feel
like I'm getting some of the benefits of a trainer without the personal training cost. Since I usually try to get to the gym about five days a week, I want to make sure everything I'm doing is with proper form so I don't overstress or injure myself. So, (unlike some of my classmates), I make sure to always pay attention to the instructor/trainer- and quickly adjust if they come around to help me with my form.
Another perk is the community of people that a class offers to keep you motivated. While I love the idea of a home dvd because it would save time and energy to get to the gym, I'm the kind of person that performs stronger in a group setting. I personally get bored without constant stimulation- I'm a multitasker. Hence, the loud music, other classmates, and fun class instructors tend to keep me bopping around. Also, I personally enjoy being around other fit, happy people. I've had friends express to me their hesitancy about being around others when working out- but in a class setting you don't know them personally- so don't think of it as a competition. Everyone there wants you to succeed as much as you do! And think about how awesome it will be to keep coming back to that class looking better and better every time, which
you will if you keep up the good work.
The other great thing about class is the VARIETY. It took me some time to figure out which ones I did and didn't enjoy, but I've started to figure out my favorite classes and can seek them out depending on my mood. If I'm a little cranky and need to blow off some steam I'll find a good kickboxing class. If I've been laying low and want to kick it up a notch I'll take sports circuit or cross training. If it's been a long week and my muscles are feeling sore, I'll settle into a yoga class. Gauging by my own body and mood is the key ingredient that keeps me in the gym 5 days a week every week. I never push myself, I know when to take a break, and I know what I'm in the mood for depending on what's been going on in my own personal life. An hour at the gym is only 4% of your day! And when is the last time you left the gym angry that you went?
I also firmly believe the instructor can make or break a class. I have a passport membership to my gym, so I've started to learn who teaches the best classes at my local gym clubs and I seek them out accordingly. Again, I choose them depending on my mood- some of them are a bit more in-your-face and others are calmer and in the background. It just depends on if I need that extra push or not. And you don't just have to find good instructors/classes at one particular gym like me! There are yoga, cycling, crossfit studios all around. See what's local that interests you. I hear soulcycle has themed classes by outfit colors and music themes- that sounds like SO much fun.
My personal favorite instructor is named Anthony Truly, TruDog for short. He teaches a cardio jam class that can always pull me out of my funk. It's a lot like a zumba class except with less variations and more specific aerobic dance moves (jumping jacks, knee-highs, kicks,) that are easier to memorize, which I adore because I'm a little lacking on the coordination department and felt like that always took away from my zumba workout. It's so high energy that the class flies by and then I realize I'm completely wiped, sore, and happy. The music is all fun, modern and classic pop like Lady Gaga, Madonna, P!nk, etc.
He also teaches an ab and body conditioning class that he helps move along with fun gossip and anecdotes... (This is particularly great when you're 20 rep's into leg-lifts and don't think you can keep going. You can distract yourself with his games like "which celebrity would play you in a movie?" and current events like "will Demi Moore or Ashton Kutcher end up paying more in the divorce?") I always leave trudog's class in a better mood- not only because of his fun workout plans, but because of his energy and good spirit. To me, that's the sign of a good instructor. If you're a NYSClubber, his full schedule can be found on his site at www.thefitandthefab.com. Also, a pretty glorious picture of him as a muscle merman can be found there as well... so I reccomend clicking either way.
TruDog's cardio jam may not be the class for everyone (although I would argue it is!)- but the point is that there IS a class for everyone. If you're just starting out, do it one step at a time. Trial-and-error is the only way I've found my favorite classes that I look forward to all week now. I'm not as much of a pilates or cycling girl, but some people swear by it. (And to be honest, again- it depends on the instructor. I once had a cycling instructor that kicked my ass and played perfect music for high energy and I frequented her classes.) There's no "right" answer- it's what works for you.
The last tip I'll leave you with is to try and vary your routine as much as possible. I generally try and aim for at least one yoga and body conditioning day a week, and the rest I vary with cardio classes and/or cadio workouts on my own. Sometimes it works out that I can't take a class for a whole week, which is fine. I do my own work on the cardio machines and/or with the equipment and weights. I also take what I learned in these classes into
either an empty classroom at the gym or outside if the weather's nice.
Aim to get some strength training, cardio, and stretching every week. (If you're doing this through class- try different classes, cycling, yoga, kickbox, conditioning, etc.) My personal goal is 5 days a week, but if it's a busy week, I don't stress over it. I get to the gym when I can/want, but sometimes a break is nice because then I'm itching to get back to work the next time I go. Find what works for you and make it happen- classes work for me, but not for everyone. It's all about making sure you're relieving stress with your workouts instead of causing more stress. That way it's something you want to do for life- not just for now!