Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Monday, December 21, 2015
First thing is first, if you made the decision to have your new years resolution be getting back in shape or going to the gym more often you made the right choice. Don't let the Facebook memes bring you down. The reality is you took the first good step the hard part is staying on track. Working out and being in shape is really about consistency. Consistency showing up and consistency eating healthy. Everyone needs a little push
Friday, December 4, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
1. Jogging and Sprinting. That's right, as if you didn't hate doing it enough. Turns out running is actually more dangerous then a lot of exercises. Its a bit obvious how sprinting can be on this list. the truth is, performing any maximum output movement comes with risks. Especially when you are working in end range motions of the joint. In this case it usually comes during deceleration. Our hamstrings decelerate us when sprinting so if you haven't worked your way up to this you might be in trouble.
Jogging is a little different. The constant up and down motion causes stress on the joints in the low back, hips, knees and ankles. In addition to this, many joggers run long distances so this repetitive stress could last a very long duration.
2. Box Jumps. This is anothger common sense one. There are two parts of this exercise that we see people get hurt on. First, is missing their jump. Once you leave the ground you better pray to the god of skinny little punks that you stick your landing because if you don't it's gonna get ugly. The other part of this movement is the landing. This is all about force absorption. Typically I teach my clients how to land before I teach them how to jump. Remember, what goes up must come down.
3. Olympic Lifting. Olympic lifting is its own sport and it takes years to master. Learning this sport like any other, takes coaching. Again, like sprinting and box jumps you are attempting to move as much as possible in the shortest amount of time.
So remember to stay safe out there!!! I'm not discouraging people from doing these movements. Truth be told they are extremely useful. However, your most useful ability is your ability to be present.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Lastly, Get some sleep!! Recovery doesn't happen without rest. So, if you're working late and pulling all nighters trying to pick up the cute chick in the bar, eventually its going to catch up with you. I know she was hot but was she really worth losing gains bro??
As always, an experienced trainer can help you throughout your training process. Check out one of our trainers and take your training to the Next Level.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
SO WHAT'S THE BEST PROGRAM FOR YOU?
Obviously I have a biased opinion, but I can honestly say that finding a educated trainer is paramount. I find that the subject matter, the human body, causes a lot of problems. Everybody has a body, so everyone thinks they understand how it works. Although that is true is some cases, most of the time it doesn't work out. Trainers and strength coaches exist for a reason so put them to use and you'll help reduce injuries and see faster results. Check out our link to for "What to Look for in a good trainer." With all that being said , here are a couple of key points to look out for.
1. Does your program match your goals? One of the things I see the most in the gym is people doing the same workout over and over. Most of the time its the people on the treadmill that are trying to lose weight. Don't get me wrong cardio is great but there are more efficient ways to shed fat.
2. Is your program mindful of your limitations? This part is duel pronged so listen up. First of all, I'm sorry to tell you but unless your an expert in the field or a doctor you probably cannot diagnose what your limitations are. So, asking yourself if your program respects your physical and mental limitations is pointless to a degree. But, if you have knee pain and know it, avoiding activities that put additional stress on that joint is advised.
3. Are you seeing results? There is almost nothing more important than this. The fact is if its working and your not in pain then you hit pay dirt.
4. Do you have a long term and short term plan? Chances are a good trainer will ask you what you're long and short term goals are. So, a plan that is built over a year or so should have some sort of progression to it. If you find yourself doing the same routine over and over, whatever results your seeing now wont last.
Again, a good trainer can easily coach you through all of this. Sometimes the amount of information can be overwhelming. Here is a link to some of the top trainers in your area.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Anyone thats ever been in real estate knows the expression "location, location, location." Well, when it comes to finding a good trainer the expression should be "education, education, education." Lets be honest, there is a metric $#!* ton of bad trainers out there. As someone who owns a gym, teaches a nationally accredited personal trainer course and writes continuing education courses, I can say I've seen the worst of them.
It largely comes down to ego. The "if it works for me it will work for them" mentality is the root cause of this in my opinion. The industry is now flooded with so much information that becoming educated in this field isn't as difficult as it used to be. The science of training has been thoroughly researched and although we don't have all the answers, an educated trainer can make all the difference in the world.
SO WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR?
1. Education. Every trainer at my gym has a college degree in a related field, at least one nationally accredited certification and has gone through our in house education. Despite the stigma, there are very intelligent trainers out there. Take the time to find one.
2. Experience. Ask your trainer how long they have been training and what clients they typically work with. For example, I don't coach Olympic weightlifters. Despite owning Olympic platforms, spending several thousand dollars in Olympic equipment and being USAW certified, I know that Olympic lifting is its own sport that takes years to learn. So when I have someone that wants to learn the lifts, I give them to one of my trainers with the expertise to train them properly. We call it practicing within our scope.
3. Professionalism. Nobody wants the loud obnoxious trainer thats always late to sessions. They will screw up your timeline and ultimately your workout. Chances are if they can't show up on time or carry themselves in a professional manner, theres a lot more that is falling by the way side that you're not seeing.
4. Cost. Money is obviously a big issue. Trainers can get expensive throughout the long haul. With that being said, if you're working with a trainer that's charging you $30 an hour you're probably getting what you pay for. No trainer worth their salt would train someone at that price unless they are doing groups. Don't break the bank but don't go for rock bottom either.
5. Relationships. Ask yourself what kind of trainer do you want. A friend? A mentor? A Drill sergeant? There are a lot of different personalities in the training business. Find someone who will remember your birthday but also keep pushing you. Having a good rapport with your trainer is extremely important. They can tell when you're injured or healthy, up or down, strong or weak, and should be able to adjust accordingly.
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