Do you need a personal trainer? Of course! Everyone could benefit from a fitness professional who is always at their side for workouts, guiding them through an exercise routine, making it safe, efficient and enjoyable.
In the real world, unfortunately, most people can't afford a personal trainer at every workout. But expert guidance is important, especially when you're a beginner, and then whenever you learn a new exercise.
So I was thinking about the way we train. I think the biggest problem with the way most people train is that they do what they like, but don't do much of the things they don't. For instance, if you love to jog, but hate strength training, generally we jog much more than train with weights! The same thing happens the other way around as well.
So the other day I was talking to a client about exercise and the way it can make you feel not only better physically, but mentally as well. My point was that studies show that exercise is AS effective as a chemical anti-depressant.
So I got a wonderful phone call from a new client of mine today. Now, to put things is perspective, this client came in very depressed and said he was kind of at rock bottom. You see, he had a recent breakup, and because of an injury had lost a lot of weight. Sadly, it was almost all muscle and he was feeling terrible. In talking with him, it was apparent that he was very depressed. Now, as we talked we discussed goals.
In following with the theme of my first post to this blog I'm back again to share my latest insights. Lately I have noticed a big draw to body weight exercises. Such exercises can be done anywhere, great for coordination, balance, more functional in my opinion and can modified to fit either muscular strength or endurance. My latest read, "The Naked Warrior" by Pavel, had a lot of insight on breathing, force production and tension. All the time I see fellow trainers tell their clients to keep their core tight or to push off that leg.
Some people are risk takers and some are not. Research shows it's not just a behavour but a personality. Are you a risk taker? It appears that I am although I never would have considered I was. My career in the fitness industry began in 1985 and through the years my personal accomplishments have been extremely rewarding. Recently I decided to 'go for it' and open my own facility. After all, why not? Do I want to always wonder about the 'what if's'? Bam...
The key to being the best that you can be is preplanning. Don’t just go through life by the seat of your pants. Strategize.
Book your exercise sessions like they are mandatory meetings. You will be mentally prepared to workout at your scheduled times.
Plan your routine based on the amount of time you have available. If you only have 20 minutes, maybe work on speed training. If you have more time, maybe focus on slow and steady distance. When strength training, give muscle groups 72 hours to recover.
Make a grocery list before you go food shopping. Stick to the list.