All too often I catch clients and people focusing on the things that don’t matter for training and improvement. Gyms and trainers market themselves (and there is nothing wrong with marketing), on features and the latest trends.
In fitness and life we naturally navigate away from pain and move towards pleasure. It’s normal, natural and part of our DNA. However, there a two different forms of pain and they need to be understood first, before we make the leap to trying to eliminate or avoid. Continue reading “Eliminate pain and accelerate results in the gym”
Back pain and strength training can go hand in hand if you don’t know what to avoid or assess prior to starting a program. It’s important to know that with the right approach and knowledge, chances of back pain can be avoided all together.
Have you ever gone to tie up your shoes or pick up a pen and felt your back “go out”? This is all too common these days with people not moving well, sitting for a living and not learning correct techniques in the gym. Continue reading “Back pain and strength training”
Let’s be honest, regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, at some point in your life I’m sure you’ve wanted or admired the toned arms of a friend, colleague or celebrity. You know the ones I’m talking about, the set of arms that will both stop traffic AND open tight jars! Women appreciate the well-toned and svelte arms of Frist Lady, Michelle Obama and men aspire to a be like Hugh Jackman in Wolverine.
See free training program at the bottom of this article Continue reading “Free Arm Training Guide”
You don’t have to look far these days to see or hear about people experiencing the negative effects of too much sitting down for extended periods of time – especially in the corporate world. Obesity, short tight weak muscles, limited range of movement and Netflix, can be all symptoms of too much sitting. Continue reading “How to offset all your sitting”
Late last year, a good friend of mine asked me to write him a program to help him get in shape for his upcoming wedding. I was chuffed at the opportunity to help him and to showcase my skills in this area, as I was very confident that I had all the tools to get him in the best shape possible. As a friend, I relaxed my approach and skipped some of the early steps to get straight into the nitty gritty of assessment and program design, as time was of the essence – we only had 8 weeks to prepare. Mistake ONE. After completing a movement screen, body fat analysis and a short dietary recall, I created the program and showed him how to perform all the required tasks. Continue reading “A maximum bang-for-buck program for the time-poor!”
If you have been training with weights consistently and at high intensity for a while without a planned reduction in your training volume, adequate rest and nutrition, then you are holding back your ability to adapt to the training stimulus. This can mean an inability to hold onto lean mass, storage of unwanted fat and increased risk of the common cold or flu.
If you have a job that makes you sit for a living or have been training for a while, chances are there are tissues in your body that are in need of some attention from a foam roller or a professional massage therapist. With “sitting becoming the new smoking,” there are a myriad of negative health implications that can affect your body and it’s ability to maintain mobility in certain joints along with weakness in muscles.
One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to training and developing a successful program. What works for one athlete/client isn’t guaranteed to work with the next, no matter how much you try and fit that square peg in that round hole. Continue reading “Group exercise and what you NEED to know”
A key aspect that often gets overlooked in programing for individuals is to understand the client’s personality type and understand how to keep them fully engaged.
An individual who is engaged and has bought into their training will have better compliance, attendance, results and overall enjoyment of the process. Continue reading “Optimal arousal for training”