Through the years that I have been studying, training myself, working in gyms, and teaching others, I have noticed that more and more people tend to think that the only way to train is to train hard. To get our butts kicked or to kick our own butts. We watch shows like the biggest loser and see what people go through to drop weight and get healthy. In many ways, it’s inspiring and emotional to watch. In other ways, it’s completely unrealistic and discouraging.
This morning at yoga class, our insightful instructor took a moment to discuss a few life rules with us. (Never mind that it was while we were holding Utkatasana--chair pose--for an extended period of time.) I can't remember each of the rules, but a few sunk in between breaths. I've added a few of my favorites.
You are just as capable of lifting someone up as is them capable of bringing you down. When you come across someone who is not as positive and upbeat as you are, raise the other person up to your level. Decide to choose the high road, and commit yourself to staying on that high road.
I have been teaching fitness classes for over 25 years and I don't remember a class that did not include "ab exercises." Class participants not only want them, they will demand them! I remember a time when class members would brag to each other about how many crunches they could do - sometimes in the hundreds!
There are so many exercises out there for each body part that it can be hard to figure out which ones will give you the best results. So, Muscle & Fitness for Her asked IFBB figure pro Felicia Romero for the best excercises to help you get stronger, leaner, and fitter. Here is what they came up with: (I thought this was great!) 1. Arms
Great read here on understanding planes and axes of movement. Learn about tri-planor movement which includes the sagital, frontal and transverse planes. Knowledge is power and rotational movement when exercising is key. http://www.physical-solutions.co.uk/articles/Understanding%20Planes%20and%20Axes%20of%20Movement.pdf
Be sure to read this entire post (cardio lovers) before you form an opinion…Strength training alone can help reach your goals of optimum health. Cardio alone however, works against you. This may come as a surprise to some of you, but a lot of information is now out there supporting this truth. The worst cardio you can do is long duration steady state cardio & what that means is 2 things:
As a certified personal trainer, I need to complete several continuing education courses each year. I always look to acquire new information that will benefit my clients, my knowledge base and my business. Then the challenge becomes taking that knowledge and utilizing it. Many times that means changing forms, programing or offering new options to my clients. Sure, that can be time consuming and frustrating.
Jumped on the elliptical - have n't done much cardio in over a month - and felt the knee a little but not too bad. Still nursing it but got in an upper body lifting session and feel pretty good. Tomorrow night I will do lower body and see how the knee holds up. I've been taking the stairs up at work but not down as that puts too much pressure on my knee. Feeling strong, doing lots of push ups and upper body. Ready to get back into my cardio (miss kickboxing!) and lower body workouts.