Every Monday I feel like some kind of a food priest hearing a confession. I have a client, call him Mike. “My food was really bad this weekend,” Mike says. “It was out of control. I ate an entire cheese stuffed crust pizza.”
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Once again you’ve decided that THIS will be the year to get in shape. Look out 2019, because this time you’re serious. You’re going to stop devouring pizza like a college freshman, curtail that taste for Fireball you seemed to have developed since Thanksgiving, and finally…FINALLY try out this exercise thing that you’ve been hearing so much about. But it all seems so daunting. And you don’t know where to begin. Maybe this year you should get a little professional help. (And while you’re at it, think about hiring a personal trainer!)
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To help keep your workouts on track, try these three killer ab moves!
1. Cable Rope Crunch: Place a rope attachment on the cable and kneel below the cable. Hold onto the rope attachment and pull the rope directly in front of you. Curl towards your knees and contract your abs while you pull down. Slowly return to your starting position. Perform 2 sets of 20 reps.
2. Roman Chair Leg Lifts: Situate yourself in the Roman chair with your back and forearms braced against the pads. Raise your knees to a right angle. Exhale while you raise your legs and inhale as you lower them to the starting position. Perform 2 sets of 25 reps.
3. Decline Crunch with Medicine Ball: Lie down on a decline bench with a medicine ball or a 10-25 lbs weight. Hold the weight straight up and crunch. Imagine you’re pushing the ball to through the ceiling. Only your shoulders and upper back come of the bench. Perform 2 sets of 30 reps.
There’s a snarky remark that you occasionally hear in gyms and fitness centers: “You’re not sweating, it’s the fat crying.” In fact, most of the clients I see have one thing in common: they want to lose weight, or more specifically, they want to lose fat.
While the gym can be an intimidating environment for the uninitiated, especially for some members of the LGBTQ+ community, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Extending a huge thank you to Jeannette Cooperman of ST. LOUIS MAGAZINE for the outstanding profile she wrote on me and my personal training philosophy! I lover her wordsmithing! Cooperman writes, “All that poundage doesn’t interest me; I’d rather lift spirits than iron. What’s intriguing is watching an artist use his aesthetic sense to train form. And watching a man who radiates energy, health, and strength—but makes a point of saying he’s been sober for a long time—uses relentless honesty to change his clients’ bad habits.”
I’m thrilled to make the cover of OUTinSTL Magazine! Patrick Collins has written an informative and playful story for my cover feature in which he writes, “Hitchcock … is not merely in great shape for a guy who’s turning 50 this summer. He’s in great shape, period. With a full head of hair, sparkling eyes and an easy smile, Hitchcock brings the ideal body to life: broad shoulders, a narrow waist, killer abs and arms fortified with muscles (and adorned with lots of ink). As a certified professional trainer at Muscle Up Gym in Clayton, he helps a diverse group of clients work toward their physical ideals. His sweet spot, however, is squarely in daddy territory: fitness after 40.”
Hitchcock Fitness Hosts Open House at Muscle-Up Gym
Saturday March 24, 2018, from 7-9PM.
Sculptor and gallerist Philip Hitchcock is best known for creating life-size figurative sculptures for galleries and museums. After ending his seven year tenure as owner and director of PHD Gallery in 2014, the artist turned exercise guru transformed thirty years of personal weight training experience into “Hitchcock Fitness.” He now brings the same aesthetic and artistic sensibility to Personal Fitness Training that he brought to creating his life-size bronze statues. Utilizing a proficient and demonstrated ability in designing and monitoring exercise programs based on client needs, goals, abilities, and anatomy, he dispenses useful, tactful, and safe advice to individuals regarding their fitness program, diet, and related equipment. Hitchcock specializes in resistance training, weight loss, and “Fitness after Forty.”
Hitchcock Fitness will host an open house at Muscle Up Gym in Clayton on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 7-9 PM. Meet the trainer first hand, talk to his clients, and tour the workout facilities. Free blood pressure screenings and healthy refreshments will be offered. Muscle Up Gym is located at 7622 Wydown, Clayton, MO 63105.
PHILIP HITCHCOCK holds a B.A. from UCLA (University of California Los Angeles)
and is certified in Personal Training through ISSA (International Sports Science Association) He is CPR/ AED certified and specializes in resistance training, weight loss, and “Fitness over 40”
MUSCLE UP GYM in Clayton features over 3000 square feet of workout space spread over two stories and boasts over 50 pieces of state of the art equipment.
7622 Wydown Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105