Local Trainers Favorite Tips For A Beach Workout

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(credit: latrainer.com)

If youre looking for ways to test your strength, get fit or just break from the norm in Los Angeles, here are a few tips from celebrated personal trainer and Mr. America 2004, Jason Kozma. Get out and enjoy some of the areas most-enduring landmarks and stretch your physical limits at the same time.

Mr. America 2004, is a trainer of trainers. Over the course of his career, he has not only educated other fitness trainers, but coaches and professional athletes all over the country. Among the services he offers to clients are private training both online and in person, and nutritional and fitness consultations both at his Santa Monica location and at clients homes. Kozmas signature Eight Weeks to a New Body program is among the most effective individual training options in L.A. These are his hands-down favorite recommendations for getting fit this year.

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(credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Weight lifting at the new Muscle Beach

On the southern end of the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Angelenos can enjoy Mr. Americas personal favorite local activity. Public weight lifting is available just a block north of Washington Boulevard. Use the weights for both heavy weight training and the metabolic conditioning routines you need the most this time of year.

Related: Golds Gym To Survive Google Expansion[1]

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(credit: Joan Simmons)

Santa Monica Stairs

Located at Fourth and Adelaide in North Santa Monica, these steep stairs are a great way to get exercise at your own pace. Kozma recommends a repetitive run or walk up and down this famous landmark. When you reach the bottom or top of the 175 steps, stretch and do body-weight exercises for added benefits. With one flight each of wood stairs and concrete, even the experienced hiker will challenge his or her strength.

Related: Best Spots For Cool Cardio In LA[2]

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(credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Run The Dunes

In the winter, the city protects the sand from being washed out to sea by strong, negative seasonal tides. The annual dosing of the shore creates dunes at Santa Monica and Venice Beach that are optimal for an intense, low-impact workout. Run, jog or walk the dunes in the brisk SoCal winter, and enjoy the view.

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(credit: latrainer.com)

Santa Monica Rings

If youd like to stay on the shore for more activities, the old Muscle Beach still has its charms. Head over to the rings for a varied workout. You can try a few pull ups, knee raises or just swing, slowly testing your core strength. As Kozma points out, Just swinging from ring to ring is enough of a workout for a regular person. If youre strong enough, you can lift yourself up to the pike position.

Hiking at Los Liones or Temescal Canyon (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

(credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

Los Liones Trail West Sunset Boulevard and Los Liones Drive Los Angeles, CA 90272

Temescal Canyon 15601 W. Sunset Blvd. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Los Liones is a simple but intense trail as it is completely uphill. It reaches only about a mile before breaking off into other destinations. Adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier, make sure you arrive bright and early to avoid crowding in the parking lot. Kozma also recommends the popular nature lovers trail at Temescal Canyon. The lush foliage helps block out the sun all day, while the steep trail offers a moderate challenge.

Jason Kozma Burn Fitness 1315 Third St. 4th floor Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 772-5105 www.latrainer.com[3]

Danielle Farve is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com[4].


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    Is There An Online Site That Gives Free Workout Tips? I’m looking for a site that gives free workout tips and tips on getting abs. I don’t need a so-called “quick trick” that will supposedly get me a six-pack in 2 days. I just want tips on how to work out and what to eat to get in shape.

      • HealthNut
      • January 13, 2013

      If you want to stay in shape, you need to adopt healthy eating habits and make exercise a part of your daily life.

      How to start?

      Choose exercises you enjoy according to your fitness level. Aerobics exercises move the muscles fairly continuously and strengthen the heart and lungs. Examples of such activities are brisk walking, jogging, aerobic dancing, swimming, badminton, cycling and football.

      If you have not exercised for a long time or just started, start slowly and increase gradually over a period of 3 to 6 weeks.

      For those who are above 35 years old, overweight, or have medical problems, you need to check with a medical doctor before you embark on an exercise programme.

      Frequency or How often?

      Exercise for at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week or more

      Intensity and duration?

      Do exercise until you perspire and breathe deeply without getting breathless. You should be able to talk or whistle while exercising.

      Do warm up and stretch for at least 5 minutes before exercise. Also not to forget to cool down and stretch after exercise.

    • XP
    • January 13, 2013

    Can I Have Some Good Workout Tips? Hey could I get some good workout tips. I’m medium built but i want to be lean and fit. I also want to tone and shape my legs a lot. Please tell me if you have any good tips!

      • HealthNut
      • January 13, 2013

      Yes,visit the following sites for fitness.You may not need a full-fledged diet right now, but you can still incorporate some slim-down strategies into your daily life.

      Eat breakfast. Studies show that eating breakfast is associated with keeping weight off once you’ve lost it.

      Fill up on low-cal foods. Start every meal with the items on your plate that are lowest in calories. By the time you get to the other foods, you won’t be so hungry, possibly decreasing your total intake.

      Begin with soup. Starting lunch or dinner with a broth-based, vegetable-filled soup will curb hunger so you’ll be less tempted to eat higher-calorie foods.

      Arrive fashionably late. Without as much time near the buffet table at parties, you’ll eat less.

      Divide your lunch. Afternoon snacker? Cut your lunch in half: have part at mealtime and the other half later in the afternoon.

      Swap mustard for mayo. A tablespoon of mayonnaise has 100 calories, compared with 10 calories for a tablespoon of yellow mustard.

      Duration of Exercise
      You may not be exercising long enough. The rule of thumb is cardio for 30 minutes, three times per week. If you really want to reach your goal, try five 45-minute cardio workouts per week. That sounds like a lot of exercise, but remember this is in order to meet your goal, not necessarily maintain it.

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    Can You Give Me Some Workout Tips On Buns? I have a big butt and I don’t know how to lose the waight. Can someone help me out? Can you name some workout tips that might work for me?

      • HealthNut
      • January 13, 2013

      I suggest you eat bread buns for lunch daily. the buns will give your butt a boost in self confidence. it will then want to sit more and you will make more biscuits. dogs love biscuits. and i love dogs. i dont understand how hard it is. by the way, dont use recycle bins..use regular bins to dispose your old buns. or take then to the local park to feed to the birds. its great to give back to nature!! give back! NOW!i demand you leave at once. you are breaking and entering!!

  3. Reply

    Can You Give Me Some Workout Tips On Buns? I have a big butt and I don’t know how to lose the waight. Can someone help me out? Can you name some workout tips that might work for me?

      • HealthNut
      • January 13, 2013

      I saw an interview with Fergie not long ago. She said that using the uphill setting on a treadmill is what gave her her glorious booty. My friend has been doing just this for a few months and i’m already seeing results. It works the thighs and hips too!

  4. Reply

    Any Good Workout Tips For Men? I need workout tips that I can use at home and that works.

      • HealthNut
      • January 13, 2013

      Eat healthy. consume a little more protein (meat) than usual. Work out helps but working out is about your body fat percentage. Eating healthy is the main thing, then work out. Two strengths when combined, result in that figure your looking for. When you work out don’t do the same routine work out everyday. alternate between 3 days and do different things each of the three days. like Monday do crunches, Tuesday sit ups, Wednesday go for a run. then Thursday go back to crunches. You can do more than one thing a day certainly but don’t do the exact same workout everyday. Your body gets use to it. Mix things up. Eat a healthy breakfast. Eggs, bacon, milk, orange juice. that sort of thing. Just combine eating healthy with work out and you should see results in the first few days.

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    Does Anyone Have Any Good “at Home” Workout Tips To Tone Stomach, Thighs And Butt? I’m not overweight or anything, I would just like to have a body that is more toned and healthy looking. I just need some workout tips that i can do at home in order to get rid of the fat; and tone my belly, thighs and ass. I DO NOT WANT ANYTHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH DIETING, JUST EXERCISE. Thank-you 🙂

      • HealthNut
      • January 13, 2013

      I know this sounds vague, but just use youtube. it’s awesome because you don’t have to buy an expensive dvd or anything and because you can specify exactly what you want to tone. You can search like “inner thigh workout” then choose from a bunch. Same with butt and stomach. There are some great variations. But, don’t expect perfect results from just working out. How you look is mainly due to your diet. Exercise just aids in that and tones you.

      Good luck

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    How Do I Get A Body Like This? Any Workout Tips? I wanna get a body like hayden panattieres from the kohls candies ad. Or a body like Miley Cyrus for that matter. I carry lotsa weight around my middle waist, upper arms, thighs and calves, back, and neck. pretty much everywhere! any workout tips for a teen who totally wants a flat stomach and cute body?

      • HealthNut
      • January 13, 2013

      Try counting calories. 2400 is the maximum a person should usually intake per day (and I say usually because there are special occasions like birthdays and weddings where it’s kind of hard to stay under 2400 calories), and eventually (I say eventually because your diet probably gives you 4000-5000 calories right now, that’s what mine was) if you want to lose weight faster stay between 2000-2200 calories. Of course, if you’re diet includes fast food and Starbucks, 2400 is fine. Go to http://www.calorieking.com and look up calorie content of foods you eat, or you can buy their book, which might be handier. Combined with exercise, this is a great way to lose weight and isn’t risky like diet pills or miracle diets.

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