June 2013


Who knew that there was a difference?  Well, we did, of course!  Make the good choice!

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Sometimes I feel like a doctor or a lawyer.  Not that I’m smart or rich or play a lot of golf.  Oh no!!  But, any time that people find out what we do for a living, the first thing people do is judge.  Then they ask for advice.  People see a Doctor at a party, and they start talking about their aches and pains.  People see a lawyer at a party they start asking legal questions and advice.  People see personal trainers, they start talking about their new workout routine (or more likely the one that they’re MEANING to start) and making comments about the food that they’re eating at the party.  The recognition is nice, but just like those other people, we’re people too.  Trainers get judged as clipboard holding, rep counting meatheads that do nothing but lift and do steroids.  Now, not that stereotypes don’t come from somewhere, but I’d like to think that we could get beyond that.  I like to think of myself as a teacher.  Imparting the knowledge about fitness and lifestyle on my clients that I have learned.  Helping them learn to help themselves in the process.  Our goal is not to make you have huge biceps, but to change the habits of the masses.  It’s an uphill battle sometimes, but one that I believe is worth it none-the-less.  Trainers don’t spend a few minutes with a client and prescribe a drug, or make a vague broad-based recommendation.  We know our clients.  We understand their struggles and trial and tribulations.  We help them stay on the path to wellness.  We change lives….one workout at a time.

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Why do you workout?  Is it for your health?  Is if for your looks?  Is it for your ego?  The truth is, is that the reason doesn’t matter.  As long as you DO.  Your workout doesn’t care why you’re there.  It doesn’t judge.  Neither does your body.  They only care that you ARE there.  That you are putting in the time, effort and sweat to get some results.  Whether those results are in weight loss, muscle mass or overall health and well-being.  So find a reason to go.  Go to the gym.  Go to the club. Go to the park.  Use that body and rock the results.

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So for all the smokers out there, or for those of you who know smokers, you can pass this on.  It’s only the tip of the iceberg, though.  Each cigarette that you light up contains over 4000 toxic carcinogens.  The negatively effect just about every system in the body, including endocrine (hormones), circulatory, cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive.  The chemicals are nasty, and so is the habit.  If you’re a smoker, you HAVE to quit.  Avoiding lung cancer, ulcers and acidosis is just the first of benefits that you will see.

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Helluva question, isn’t it?
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One of the most popular trends in the fitness industry lately is small group training.  As opposed to working with a trainer one-on-one, people will come in groups of 3, 4 or 5.  What this creates is a win-win scenario for the client, the trainer and the gym.  Now, to keep the focus on the person, here goes.  Why does small group training work?  Typically, the two biggest complaints that people have with exercise are financial and motivational.  I can’t afford to or I don’t want to (we will negate the concept of lack of time for now, since that is simply a manifestation of lack of motivation, ie; if you WANTED TO, you would).  Now, what small group training offers is a solution to both.  Instead of people paying anywhere from $40- $100+ for the services of a trainer in a one-on-one scenario, they can basically split the cost up.  $20/person/session.  What that creates is value.  Now, I can get 4 or 5 sessions in a group for the price of 1 alone.  That mitigates the financial aspect, and makes directed training much more affordable and achievable.  Now, as to the motivational.  The reason most people don’t stick with a program is that they are forced to do it on their own, and let’s be honest, anyone who says they’ve never talked themselves out of a workout is either totally OCD or a liar.  Most of us have, at some point.  What the small group provides is a built in support group and an aspect of accountability.  Now, if I don’t go, I’m not only letting myself down, but the group as a whole.  Human nature says that we are more effective in a setting that demands accountability, and this provides that.  So go grab some friends and get together for a workout.  You’ll get in better shape and are more likely to enjoy the programs and stick with it long term.

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There is an old proverb.  I’m sort of foggy on the specifics, so bear with me while I paraphrase.  It goes something like this…”You cannot change the past and you cannot predict the future.  Therefore, set your focus on today.”  This is one of most true things in the world, and yet one of the hardest to abide by.  So what if you’ve never exercised before.  Start now.  You can’t predict whether you’ll be the victim of an accident or disease.  But if you are fitter now, it will lessen your risks.  Right?  It’s a very simple premise.  But so many people spend so much time dwelling on what already was, or worried about what hasn’t happened yet that they totally disregard what is going on in their lives right now.  They forget that what you have done in the past no longer matters.  And that what you do in the present will absolutely have a direct bearing on what happens in that future that they are so concerned about.  Take your life day by day.  Take your fitness day by day.  If you missed yesterday, or can’t do tomorrow, workout today.  Take advantage.  Even if you don’t really feel it, do it.  Then, tomorrow, you can look back on this past and say that it was a healthy choice.  And it can help you re-write the future.

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