Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Posts tagged “fitness trainer

Mr. Natural Olympia Talks Cardio

My work in bodybuilding and fitness as a photographer has allowed me to meet some great people. Like my friend Mr. John Hansen who has the title as the very first Mr. Natural Olympia.

Here in a segment of video we did at Palm Springs Fitness Center. Treadmill and StairMaster, how and why from a guy who really knows his stuff.


Zumba Makes For Smiles And Laughs

Quick video interview with Karen about her Zumba classes at Palm Springs Fitness Center. Great fun doing these videos, she has such a great smile and laugh and enthusiasm!


Lat Variations

Simple training video clips I have fun doing for Palm Springs Fitness Center. Thanks!

A variation of the Lat Pulldown with trainer Dan Partridge. Making your time better spent in the gym with muscle time under tension. Much better than time under tension in a lot of things we do!


She Has Lost 75 Pounds So Far

Another video workout interview I did for Palm Springs Fitness Center. I love doing these and in this one, Mariah just puts a smile on your face with her enthusiasm. By the way, she has lost 75 pounds!

 


Training With A Fitness Trainer

When I do these videos for Palm Springs Fitness Center, it is interesting to hear the comments made by the training clients. There is many a commonality. One thing that I do hear over and over is how happy they are to train with a trainer and what a difference it is made for them.

A different workout method with trainer Dan Partridge with his client Ed. Take a few minutes hear and see what they have to say about it.

And how many of us have said this to ourselves? Ed said that without a trainer… “I found that getting myself to the gym was difficult to do, because I always had other things to do”.

“I have a little bit more limited schedule, we’re doing supersets, so we’re doing 30 minutes, but it is more intensive for 30 minutes. It is a better workout than I have ever gotten.” – Ed


Deadlifts With Ava Cowan

An outstanding workout series I photographed over a few days with IFBB Figure Professional Ava Cowan. “Professional” for sure when it comes to Ava!

And be sure to “Like” the Facebook page for our gym shoot location Palm Springs Fitness Center, my favorite gym and to keep up with my posting over there as Social Media Manager. It helps me a lot and I promise to make it fun! Thanks!

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Deadlifts done right with IFBB Professional Figure Competitor Ava Cowan…

Preparation:

With feet flat beneath bar, squat down and grasp bar with shoulder width or slightly wider overhand or mixed grip. Start with light weight to not only warm up but to determine what you are capable of lifting.

The addition of wrist straps can great improve your ability to perform multiple reps as well as more weight. If no straps are used, a mixed grip is a great way to grip the bar.
Start with 2 sets of 15 reps before moving into working weight.

Execution:

Lift bar by extending hips and knees to full extension, keeping the bar close to the body throughout the movement. Keep your back flat throughout the exercise and pull shoulders back being mindful not to round the shoulders. Also, keep knees pointing the same direction as your feet. Return and repeat.

The simplified version of the muscles used are:

The grip strength (finger flexors) and the lower back (erector spinae) work isometrically to keep the bar held in the hands and to keep the spine from rounding.

The gluteus maximus and hamstrings work to extend the hip joint.

The quadriceps work to extend the knee joint.

The adductor magnus works to stabilize the legs.

Core musculature remains braced to stabilize the spine.


Fitness Journey With Myrna At 82

I love meeting and talking with these wonderful people when I do these videos for Palm Springs Fitness Center. Be sure to take the few minutes to watch them. They really are uplifting!

And please “Like” the Facebook page for Palm Springs Fitness Center for more of my videos and photos and fitness related fun! It helps me too, so do it for me! Thanks!


Training With Flavio

Another quick workout video for Palm Springs Fitness Center with retired Professional Bodybuilder Flavio. Thanks!

 


They Lost 70 Pounds

Another fun video segment I did for Palm Springs Fitness Center. I love telling these real stories with real people on their fitness journey.


Real People Fitness Journey

Real people doing real things on their fitness journey! A short video I shot for Palm Springs Fitness Center. I love doing these stories, been doing them for over a decade for fitness magazines and online resources. More to come! Thanks!

 


Bring A Friend

Sometimes the incredible, gorgeous and fit women I photograph bring a friend along on their photo shoots. One of the most wonderfully talented and creative women I have ever worked with, Victoria Kirsanova.

Victoria Kirsanova

Makeup and Hair Styling by another incredible woman, Natalie Lyle


Contemplative

A bodybuilding pose begins between the ears. You can see it on his face. That is if you are going to do it right. Doug Brignole is one guy in bodybuilding and fitness who is widely known for doing it right. If there were a belt grade in bodybuilding as there is in martial arts, Doug would hold a black belt at the very highest level of the sport.

Doug Brignole

Photo shoot notes… Photographed with a Hasselblad digital camera system. Lighting with a Broncolor Para 133 reflector and a Broncolor Move 1200L pack for multiple exposures. Only the best!


Not Necessarily!

Not necessarily! Check out the bicep and shoulder in the mirror on Joanna Johnson. Now check out the weights she is using. You do not need to always use huge heavy weights to build an incredible physique. It is all about doing it right! Everyone is different. From our photo shoot, Thanks!

Joanna Johnson

Photo shoot notes… Makeup and Hair Styling by Natalie Lyle. Hasselblad digital camera system. Broncolor lighting. Only the best!


Gym Motivator!

That is what you call Joanna Johnson, a Gym Motivator! And not just my words, others around World Gym in Palm Desert yesterday, men and women, walked up and congratulated her on the way she has worked so hard to build her body. Joanna drives the goals and admiration of others to be a better self. Go visit her, Joanna is a trainer there and she can be your Gym Motivator too!

This photograph was just a quick example I picked out from our photo shoot because it is so fun. Joanna’s first professional photo shoot, she warmed up and gave me some of her own posing. Good job!

Photo shoot notes… Makeup and Hair Styling by another gym motivator herself, Natalie Lyle. Hasselblad digital camera system. Lighting by Broncolor with the Broncolor Para 133 reflector and Move 1200L pack. Only the best!

Joanna Johnson

 

 


Looking Good Anywhere

When you work out you can look good anywhere. Like even when Jake Sawyer is just sitting on the hood of a junked car. That is why I don’t just do my bodybuilding and fitness photo shoots in the gym.

Jake Sawyer

 


The Architecture Of Regina Piazza

So many people here for Modernism Week but too bad they missed the great architecture of Regina Piazza in front of the 1960’s Palm Springs Boxing Club. Next you will find Regina building her own training gym in Dana Point. As if there were not enough reasons to go to Dana Point! Even Richard Henry Dana stopped there on the sailing brig “Pilgrim” in 1835. He won’t be stopping back but you can check out the progress of “Shredded Fox” on their website being built now or by going to Regina’s Facebook page by clicking right here! Very Fun!

Regina Piazza