Stepping into the gym like my name was Mr. T. All the gym goers are mad because I eat like a beast, yeah I'm a f**king savage. When it comes to working out. I don't need to stick a needle in my ass to pump up my muscles or swallow a pill for a boots of energy. In and out of every gym in Manhattan. I finally found the one that fufflills my ever need. I can’t believe it, it’s so amazing. This club is perfect. Honestly as the prince of media. I gotta stay as fly as I can be. Not even Richard Simmons can complain this gym will make you feel like you are floating sky high, while you are sweating bullets.
Complete – Body & Spa with the opening of two new locations at 22 West 19th St and 301 E 57th, New York, NY. Was built to help people realize their goals and find their inner strength. They combine the most diverse amenities in the industry with the best personal training to deliver the ultimate fitness experience. At Complete Body Spa you will find all of the latest cardio, strength training equipment and a dynamic group exercise program that includes classes like yoga, dance, group cycling, mixed martial arts, muscle endurance training and pilates. Most importantly, you'll find an energetic, supportive environment full of all kinds of people who are committed to achieving their goals and the gym also provides in-home training services to New York’s elite.
Here is a link to a song I love working out 2! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T0utQ-XWGY
David: Hello Mr.lean and tone. can you spot me as I squat out questions?
Alex: Haha, oh wait, what kind of interview is this again? Just kidding, it’s my pleasure to sit down and speak with you today David.
David: Thanks for stretching out some time to work out answers for me. What are the most essential elements to having a good workout?
Alex: Well, showing up would be the first thing, haha. No seriously, it’s one of the things that I impress upon my clients, make sure you show up to your sessions and schedule them consistently. The same goes for when you’re working out on your own. Once you’re there or doing something the next essential element is to follow my mantra “Be Better”. Too many people get caught up at being perfect in what they do. All you need to do in your work out to make it count is “be better” than you were before. By being the best you can be at any given moment and for those circumstances, it makes such a huge difference and ensures people start accomplishing things and feeling good about themselves versus constant criticizing.
David: Every gym seems to have its share of grunters, heavy sweaters, and the aerobics assailants. What sets Complete - body & spa aside from all the other gym's?
Alex: Well I’ve stressed in my own approach to health and wellness to be holistic. So we have a wide range of services (massages, facials, physical therapy, personal training, yoga, pilates, juice bars, nutrition counseling) and a staff trained to help coordinate members efforts to try everything. A person gets the most from their body when they are constantly mixing it up and trying other things. And we try to create an environment at each of clubs for people to workout hard and get results in a variety of ways. Like our website says, we strive to find the perfect combination for each and every one of our clients.
David: Why is physical activity important?
Alex: To be honest, bodies are made for moving, haha. I think sometimes we get so sidetracked with making our lives easier and being accommodated at every turn that we forget that the body is designed to respond to stresses. Our muscles grow and are sustained from physically straining them. Like the old adage says “use it or lose it” and too many people now days are not using it and definitely losing it. But when you lose and lose that physical capacity to be activity you also effect the mind. Working out is a great stress reliever and also releases endorphins to improve mode. Recent studies have even shown how working out can make you smarter and improve long term brain function. Wait wait, can I say one more. Being physically active is also a great way to social and interact with people in a healthy and fun way.
David: How much physical activity does one need in a day to maintain a nice firm body?
Alex: Well I hate to give out generic prescriptions on what will make you hot, as every person is unique. But science has shown that 30 minutes of moderate to rigorous activity every day, or at least 4 times a week can considerably improve a sedentary person’s wellness and maintain for an active person. All say one thing, it’s challenging accomplishing big goals, but it’s actually pretty easy to be active every day. And making a long term commitment to being healthy starts with finding the time to be active every day in any way you can.
David: A lot of people don't understand the balance of moderate and vigorous in a work out, can you give an example of what physical activity requires you to preform in a moderate intensity or a vigorous intensity?
Alex: One of the easiest ways to scientifically track your intensity levels is by tracking your heart rate during your activity, but since not everyone has a heart rate monitor or is it reasonable to be checking your pulse constantly, I suggest people use the rate of perceived exertion scale. The scale goes from 1 to 10, 1 being super easy and something you could do for hours and 10 being so hard, you might lose consciousness. So moderate activities would be between 4-6 on the scale. Examples could be running, biking, working on an elliptical machine. Or lifting exercises at weights that you can do 15 to 30 reps of for 2 sets with a short rest time in between. More rigorous activities would include interval and cross training. Activities where you are sprinting maximally for 30 to 90 seconds and resting 30 to 60 seconds. Or multi joint lifts or exercises that will fatigue after several reps, but could be performed for up 20/30 reps or 30/60 seconds. Finding the balance between intense workouts and moderate ones are important. Intense workouts place greater strains on joints and muscles and require proper warming up and cooling down. Recovery periods can also be longer. That’s why its nice to incorporate more moderate workouts into a routine in order to give the body time to recuperate and build up muscle.
David: Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. With those facts the percentage of obesity in America continues to grow. Why do you think the issue with Obesity isn't under control?
Alex: In my experience, I’ve found a lot of people are intimidated or have issues around their bodies and working out. You know an interesting stat in the industry says that only 10-18% of eligible adults have a gym membership or take advantage of a fitness facility. That number says a lot. In my analysis I would say it’s about making being fit and coming to the gym more palatable for a broader range of people. And they way of tried to do that is promote an atmosphere of “being better” versus winning. There’s such an emphasis on being perfect and doing things right the first time you try that people get so discouraged when starting a workout routine. I think you have to be honest with yourself, admit that you’re doing the best you could do at that moment and then progress and “be better” from that point forward. No one can change your body or diet over night it’s a continual process with ups and downs. The important thing I feel is to put yourself first and stop comparing or assuming you should be at the same level as someone else, or do what someone else can.
David: The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses. What can you say to motivate people to live a more healthy life?
Alex: Be Better – haha, not sure if that’s coming across as my catch phrase yet. Like I touched on in my previous responses. Working out, eating right, being more positive, all improve how you look and feel from the day to day. I used to do little experiments with clients where we would just change one thing and see if they felt better. And then we would do another thing and another thing and after a couple of months they would have made wholesale improvements in their life, from diet, to activity levels to stress reduction.
David: What can a person get from joining Complete body & Spa they can't get from another gym?
Alex: I think it’s that holistic approach that I’ve imparted down to my employees. Each locations staff really wants the best for each and every member and strives to create an environment in the club that is like a family or close community. We’ve never being a gym that’s focused on the newest fade or lose weight quick scheme. We are about helping make people make those hard, yet truly life bettering changes in their lives.
David: What are your last words to all the readers?
Alex: David is awesome, haha. No, but in all seriousness. “Be Better” in everything you do in life, don’t try to be perfect, but be better than what you were before or I thought you could do.
Thank you much for your time Alex and I couldn't have put it any better, be better then what you were before. Eye of the tiger!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btPJPFnesV4