So I have been thinking about some things relative to fitness trainers, but also to anyone that is currently training or considering it. I have touched on things before such as goal setting which are very important, but here are a few other things I feel are important to consider.
First, train according to your goals and abilities. Now this may sound simple, but many people fail to do so. If your goal is to gain muscle, then too much cardio can hinder results, just as lifting super heavy can also affect the performance of someone that is planning on running a marathon. Certainly some crossover is necessary, but set a plan designed for your goals and stick with it.
As to abilities, work around whatever issues you may have. For instance, if you have had a knee replaced, perhaps heavy squatting is not the best method of training for you. Arthritis may be something else that needs to be considered. My point is that even if you have to change things up a bit, that does not mean you can continue to progress. Just because Joe Bodybuilder in some magazine says something is the best exercise for you does not mean you have to include it in YOUR routine. Chose wisely to avoid injuries.
Now, I am a big fan of old school style training with barbells and dumbbells, pulleys and the like. Why? Because when you see people in the past and those who currently train this way, you will see people that get results. Simply put, this style of training can be very successful. Still, it is not the ONLY way to train.
Falling into the newest fad of hanging straps, super gizmos or whatever is on the market today may however NOT be your best option. Again train toward your goals. This however can be a tricky issue. While I love "old school" I am always open to new ideas that may help me or my clients improve. In fact, there are some great new things on the market that not only can help you get results, but keep training interesting. Staying interested keeps you involved and can make this lifestyle more enjoyable. If we enjoy something, we are much more likely to continue doing it!
So, when it comes to new things, I suggest evaluating the product or technique and see what it really offers. If all you are getting is a new, shinier repackaged device or technique that mimics something you already have or can do, stay away from it. It is simply sucking more money from your wallet. If however, you feel it will add value to your existing workouts and provide a new challenge, go for it!
These are simply a few things one should consider if you are involved in the fitness lifestyle on any level. These few simple things to consider can be very rewarding and make training fun again!
Train Hard and Safe,