health and fitness

L-Carnitine

First of all, what’s L-Carnitine?

L-Carnitine is an amino acid known for promoting growth and development. It has been used to aid in fat-burning, increasing energy, and improving resistance to muscle fatigue.

Fat burning L-Carnitine plays a critical metabolic role in stimulating weight loss, as it helps transport fats to the mitochondria, where they are burned for energy.
Boost Endurance & Performance Clinical research has shown L-Carnitine supports athletic performance and endurance. Through a greater reliance on fat for energy, the body reduces depletion of muscle glycogen. This, combined with the reduction of lactic acid accumulation in muscles, can extend exercise capacity before fatigue.

Ann Morrow, owner of our St. Louis location, says,  “L-Carnitine is said to have great benefits for the heart.  It’s an amino acid that can aid in muscle recovery. We always suggest to our members that they receive the bulk of their nutrients from food. Egg whites are a great source of amino acids. When combined with the omega 3,6,9s found in the yolk and a diet rich in proteins and some animal proteins, the need for a supplement may be minimized or unnecessary.”

At Ellipse Fitness, no two fitness programs are alike. We take the time to figure out what works best for you and will help you achieve lifelong results. In terms of L-Carnitine, we do know that it may adversely affect those who have underachieving thyroid function, or hypothyroidism. In this case, it should not be taken by someone with this condition unless their medical doctor has approved it.

Should I be taking L-Carnitine? We suggest to take L-Carnitine right after a workout, while you’re having your protein shake. Again, no two members are alike. Therefore, we don’t automatically recommend this supplement to everyone. The dosage you need can vary. Most commonly, we recommend L-Carnitine to members that avoid animal products, though to consider this supplement in the absence of any thyroid issues and that it is added, not simply to expedite results, but to facilitate lifestyle programs. As we’ve stated, at Ellipse Fitness we always suggest to our members to use food as fuel for it’s nutrients and benefits. Contact your Ellipse Fitness trainer to discuss if you think L-Carnitine may be right for you.

High Intensity Interval Training

Each week at Ellipse Fitness the structure of the sessions is designed so the body is getting a balanced mix of strength, cardio and high intensity interval training (HIIT). This format helps with weight loss, burn fat, kick-starting the metabolism, muscle tone, and increasing energy and well-being. Let’s dig into the HIIT benefits and why it transforms the body and helps to maximize results.

First, let’s define HIIT: High intensity interval training is a form of training that alternates between quick, intense activity and fixed rest periods. This type of workout has various benefits, but here are the biggies!

Time Saver: For starters, research shows that a quality 15 minute HIIT workout compared to jogging on a treadmill for 60 min, is more effective, especially when compared over the 24 hour period following the workout. With that being said, time allocated to working out in HIIT style takes less time, yet the impact is more significant.

This is perfect for a busy schedule! Get in 20 minutes or less of HIIT and you’ve had a full workout. HIIT should take place 2-3x/week tops, to help with physical and mental strength. An additional plus of the time saving aspect of HIIT is that you can do it anywhere. No excuses accepted!

You are more likely to stick to it: How many times have you been on a treadmill and tried not to look at the time? We trot along trying to distract ourselves, while hoping that time is flying by while we aren’t looking at the clock. Come on, we know you’ve been there! Well here’s what’s awesome about HIIT. With the time saving benefit, you’ll reach higher endorphin levels quickly, leaving you feeling great after a short amount of time. Ellipse workouts are never longer than 45 minutes, and members aren’t only coming back because they look good, but because they FEEL GOOD! This boost, no matter at Ellipse or not, drives you to make fitness a part of your life. HIIT workouts make you feel good fast, leaving a stronger influence on creating a habit of exercising and even better, a desire for it!

Preserve Muscle Mass & Burn Fat: Research shows HIIT preserves muscle mass, while promoting increased fat burn. Whereas steady state cardio may encourage muscle loss with the fat burn. Once you’ve built strong muscle, it’s not something you want to lose! A HIIT workout kicks your body’s repair cycle into overdrive, helping to preserve your hard earned muscle and instead, burns the fat which in turn is what causes healthy weight loss.

Healthy Heart: HIIT pushes you into an anaerobic zone, fast! Taking your heart rate into this zone, from low to very high quickly, causes pressure on veins and arteries. The veins and arteries then increase in flexibility and elasticity. It may take miles before you reach this state while on a treadmill!

HIIT involves periods of work and rest to increase the heart rate while at work and increase the results while at rest. Lead trainer, Doug Mueller, of Milwaukee Third Ward location says, “This roller coaster ride for the heart enhances the cardiovascular system.” So doing intervals of high intensity exercises with fixed rest periods, breaks down muscle mass which depletes energy stores, causing the body to spend more energy rebuilding and replenishing muscle mass, including our precious muscular organ, the heart. <3