What is your fitness goal that you have going into your fitness program?
Is it to say the least, fitting your perception of yourself in a long term healthy state?
Are you ok with your goal objectively and practically?
Have you got issues with what think you’re doing to get your goal accomplished?
Some goals are much more challenging than others. If you are the type of person that can take any challenge, great. However, if you’re a person that needs to take in a respectable goal objective, followed by another, then another, and etc., do so. Before you know it, you’ll be well above the same challenging goal that others may take in all at once. But, you are indeed less likely to burnout or obtain injuries taking the objective and practical fitness goal approach.
When utilizing or seeking a personal trainer.
What is it that you want or need to train for?
Do you know what your personal trainer is training you for?
Have you checked into they're profile?
What is it that you want or need to train for?
Do you need to lose weight?
Do you want to fit into a smaller size?
These two issues seem like they're the same. They are technically. However, losing weight may not get you into a smaller size. A person's hip ratio may not have a reduction from weight loss. The two issues are completely separate goals that can be addressed by the correct observations and communications. Make sure your personal trainer understands what your wants and needs are. Also, be realistic. Your pant size may not decrease with weight reduction, but with the correct training you can develop your body into looking like you've reduced your clothing sizes.
Do you know what your personal trainer is training you for?
Did you want to able to run marathons?
Do you want to be able to be functional for your entire life?
First, a personal trainer should never train a client for something they are training for. Second, a personal trainer should address you and your goals as an individual not as a group package with others. When training for a marathon or any other competitive event. The risk of injury and unneeded stress can increase. On the other hand, functional training activities can reduce risk of injury and unneeded stress substantially. Therefore, communicate with your personal trainer, others that train with other personal trainers, and review information regarding your goals from reputable sources. This will keep you more informed on your progress and confirm your trainers perception your needs and goals.
Noting, that some indirect methods to goal obtainment may be necessary for some clients to adhere to an exercise regiment.
Have you checked into your personal trainer's profile?
How did you find your personal trainer?
Does your trainer have a profile?
Has your trainer given you a chance review them?
The best way to find a reputable personal trainer is by reviewing profiles inside professionally recognized fitness sites such as "ACE" and "IDEA Health and Fitness Association". Then you can compare personal trainer profiles to your goals, that will allow a great match for your fitness program.
If you've obtained a trainer by word of mouth, did you look at their online profile? Looking at their profile may give you confirmations to where your money is going. It will also give an extra communication vehicle to them, where your thinking may be more clear or direct psychologically.
Finally, your personal trainer should be having you review them inside their online profiles. This will give you as a client a chance to participate in making critical assessments on how your exercise program is progressing Where, you may not fill comfortable communicating this directly. Also, this gives your personal trainer more creditability and assess-ability for future clients.
Many people think overtraining is related to heavy weight trainingand injury. However, overtraining is any exercise training that is excessive and can lead to injury. It can be from weight training, cardio machines, yoga, etc. Overtraining is from not allowing the body to get enough healing time from the last exercise session to the next.
Generally an exerciser that feels fatigued during exercise, loss appetite, and disturbed sleep intervals is likely over training. Also, specific muscle groups, joints, connective tissue, bones structures can be over trained individually. Some of these have outside and (or ) additional symptoms to the general symptoms that are indicated.
Be sure to allow yourself or your clients adequate recovery time. Knowing what exercises utilize what body componenets is a simple factor in advoiding overtraining. Be sure to acknowlegde your body's or your clients activies. Doing the same activity over and over can be resolved by adding exercise and muscle grouping varaition. This will allow the prior exercising muscle groups, joints, connective tissue, bones structures rest(healing) periods.
Other factors can be addressed when observing exercise activities such as age, weight, health, sex, diet, and type of employment. All these factors are very important when determining what could be excessive in an exercise program. Don't second guess these, if you are not sure ask your physician or get a qualified personal trainer.
American Council on Exercie. “Too Much of a Good Thing” , Aug. 30 2010. FitFacts. Veiwed Dec. 22, 2012http://www.acefitness.org/fitfacts/pdfs/fitfacts/itemid_2628.pdf
Jessica Mathews, R2009 “What does overtraining mean?” .blog, December 22, Ask the Expert Blog, ACE. Veiwed Dec. 22, 2012. http://www.acefitness.org/blog/493/what-does-overtraining-mean/
What is the difference?
- Proper Exercise
- Proper Diet
- Good Activites
- Regard for Personal Wellness
- Fad Diets
- Improper Exercise Trends
- Diet Drugs in most cases
- Improper Fasting
- Bad Activities
- Disregard for Personal Wellness
Today, a person that I had met in the gym identified himself as Mike and Personal Trainer. I began communicating about various aspects of my work-out during my work-out to him. In one component of communication, I discussed a flag that I use to tell myself that this exercise component should be discontinued for that session. Flag monitoring is always good idea for all clients . Some monitoring procedures are: monitoring heart rate, talk testing, and observational fatigue. Also, there may or may not be verbal ques that a client will give to confirm the exercise within the set is at or exceeding beneficial results. It is best to begin testing and monitoring immediately with maintenance intervals for your knowledge as a personal trainer. This transfers to your client's will being and benefits regardless of the exercise type or phase, stretching, weighted training, cardio-training, agility, etc.. These flagged observations and monitoring procedures make personally trained exercise beneficial with a specified degree of intensity that does not break your client or harm them through the exercise process.
Make sure to read the entire label on your supplements:
To ensure that your children and the kids your personal circles, exercise groups, and fitness facilities are completely aware of the age limitation on many labels. In fact, many supplements are not for kids at all. Only specifically recommended supplements that are for kids should be taken by kids.
Remember if you can get quality food, go with it first. Then supplement as recommended by doctor or as needed if you're under you”re dietary needs and your doctor approves.
With respect those that are training use your head as you precede with supplementation if you are and don't let go of common sense. Particularly, keeping the contents in check when stacking several supplements together. If you're getting too much it may too late know and problems may arises. Not everybody can take large doses of supplements and maintain good health.
I've talked to several people about what types of supplements they like to take. So far, its relativiely mixed as far as likes and dislikes. However, make sure what you're planning to supplement is going to be productive and not harmful to your health by checking with your doctor about it. Supplementation is a health science and some supplements are not for general populations. They should be considered with a precautionary measure and advice sought from a higher health authority other then supplementation sales man.
I was speaking with potential clients that had asked if I was a nutritionalist. This question was for information they were seeking to confirm their own perceptions about nutrition. Unfortunity the basis for their inquirey was founded on a prior conversation with a co-acquantence about supplementation. Therefore, I only communicated having a general knowledge of nutrition and my professional certification was in personal training. However, the question still was put on table. This question was, what nutrition or diet will help get you ripped? My response, "talk to the fitness models", they check out every calorie and have a pretty high understanding of nutrition. Also, I added that the body needs enough calories to maintain its mass or you will lose it. My preception of getting ripped is this, if it is not healthy its not worth it.
To Potential Clients and Current Trainers,
I notice an extreme ratio of non-cliented people wanting information. This is good, it so good as matter of fact, I am getting none of the clients I need. Because, I am consulting many people inadvertently for free. Thus who needs a trainer?. I would say to you as a potential client do not forget that advice goes with good experience, education and (or) both. I would say to personal trainers you paid for your education, experience and (or) both don't give it away. I find myself slapping myself across the face after talking to someone. Realizing, I just had giving them the golden goose. I've worked too hard to just hand the the forbidden fruit to the unpaid. Ok, I understand helping out. I am more than assertive when helping out, perhaps too helpful. Thus, I am cutting my own throat to put it bluntly. Be smart both potential client and current trainer, make your money work for you. To the client, you will benefit exponentially paying for it. To the trainer, disclosure is only beneficial it retains a payable service.
I was at the gym a few days ago and noticed two people working out. One was more advanced than the other in exercising experience and ability. However, I instantly noticed that his spotting the less experienced exerciser was lacking any real benefits. In fact, he may have been contributing to the lesser experienced exerciser's exercising inefficiencies.
When spotting here are some rules I follow.
Make sure you are clear how to spot.
Make sure it is not more weight than you can easily control.
Make sure your partner is clear on how it should be done as well.
Make sure that you are not taking taking away your partners exercising benefits.
- Make sure that spotting is going to effective for your partner.
Ok, back to my recent observation. The lesser experienced exerciser was doing standing bar tricep extensions. The bar was not heavier than either of them could handle. However, he was not doing the extensions fluidly, evenly or obtaining full range of motion . The more experienced exerciser was behind him and slightly being attentive to the lesser experienced exerciser's exercising efforts. This was not in the least bit safe, likely very unproductive, and possibly injury causing. I suggested to the more experienced exerciser to do lying triceps extensions (skull crushers). I explained that an unconditioned exerciser could get impingement from the standing extensions and spotting him on the bench would deter this. He only partially understood and they began using the reverse preacher bench spotting each other from this lower position. It still was significantly better than the standing version lacking a true spotter and back support for stability . However, my perspective votes on the lying tricep extension position due the entire spotting control, no back stress, and even a reduced rotator cuff stress.