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The Doctors are joined by celebrity fitness trainer Jennifer Jacobs, who debunks some common fitness and exercise myths and also shares important tips on how to get rid of your back fat and overcome a weight loss plateau.
Should You Avoid Having Sex the Night before Working Out?: Jennifer says this is fiction. She explains sex will not hinder your performance the following day. She does say having sex just hours before a workout could affect your workout.
Is Warming up Better Than Stretching before a Workout?: She says this is a fact and notes it can improve your performance during a workout. She says to aim for 10 minutes of warming up.
Will Training Every Day Produce Better Fitness Results?: Jennifer notes this is fiction. She tells The Doctors, "Recovery is essential," noting strength is built on the days when you are not working out. She says it is better to train less with more purpose in order to gain more results. She recommends 3 days of strength training, 3 days of cardio and 1 day of rest.
Does More Sweat Mean You Had a Better Workout?: She calls this fiction, noting that everyone sweats in different ways and in different amounts. She also notes, in general, men sweat more than women. She says your workout goal should be your body feeling fatigued and craving rest, which is a sign of a good workout.
What Can Be Done to Get Rid of Stubborn Back Fat?: Jennifer says it is not possible to "spot reduce" and says someone who is looking to address back fat should do a full-body workout (along with proper nutrition) using exercise resistance bands (See Jennifer's back fat workout moves!).
• Place the band on outside of your wrists. Split your stance, off the heel
• Rotate thru your torso below your neck and above your lower back. • Rotate and up. Press your shoulder blades down as you rotate towards the back leg. Elevate them.
• Make sure your ribs don’t flare out. Draw your ribcage down and towards your hip. Exhale on the down, inhale on the up.
How Can You Jumpstart Your Weight Loss When You Hit a Plateau?: The celebrity fitness trainer says plateaus are common and most people encounter one. She recommends to first look at what your current workout plan includes, and then modify it to increase the intensity, number of reps and then add something new to your workout. She says it's important to also reexamine your nutrition and make sure you include rest and recovery in routine. (Check out Jennifer's workout that may help you get over your plateau!)
• Place both feet shoulder width apart on the band. Using your hips, bend slightly at the knees and keep a neutral spine.
• Stand all the way up and keep gaze down at the floor.
• Then start to lower down by pushing your hips back, like your pushing open a door with your butt.
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