Back when I was a kid growing up playing sports & being around gyms, the trainers and what constitutes being a “personal trainer” was very different.
The high-school sports hero could be your trainer, the dude with big muscles could be a trainer, the football coach, your Uncle who fought in WWII, or even your Dad bc he knew how to work a leg press machine and move a lot of weight.
Let’s be honest, working out isn’t rocket science, anybody can put shoes on and walk/jog a mile to lose weight or show somebody correct form on a push-up, even how to do a lat pull to build some muscle
Through the 1980’s and 1990’s when “baby boomers” started getting older we established the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association so any person inspiring to be a fitness professional could get a national accredited certification after obtaining a 4 year college degree. This really helps to give the industry credibility but has never stopped gifted athletes or dudes with big muscles giving workout advice (and never will, talk is cheap)
Fast forward to today, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Insatgram and social media has helped to create an EXPLOSION of fitness interest. Now more than ever people are getting up off the couch motivated by a friend or colleague who has motivated themselves to not be fat and unfit anymore. A person who posts selfies at the gym, pics of their gluten-free food, or pics with less clothes on can now get the kudos in “likes” and “shares”to build confidence that they too can now be a “personal trainer” and help others as well without any formal education,training, or certification
Make no mistake about it, I’m all for it, having more people involved getting fit and fighting Obesity is what it’s all about. A large number of “personal trainers” in town just helps build competition and we all know that competition separates the best from rest.
Cream rises to the top and in the end, we are all a little more fit and confident
That makes me happy
is showing up, helping people workout and burn body fat, that’s easiest
The hardest thing about being a personal trainer is watching people struggle with life, that’s hardest for me
What is your “why”
Why do you eat what you eat?
Why do you workout?
Why do you take “medicine”
Why do you sleep at night?
To me your why is more important than your what or how
I learned in graduate school that 60% of all back pain is caused by tight hamstrings, if you don’t stretch your legs your back will eventually hurt
Most people with back pain don’t stretch or workout bc they have back pain (go figure)
You go the doctor he doesn’t stretch you, he gives you a pill (that’s his job)
Your car breaks down you go to the mechanic, not the eye doctor chiropractor to get it fixed
Your eyesight bad? you go see the eye Dr (Trina Warden who I recommend) not your accountant who does your taxes
So with back pain they give you drugs that only mask the symptoms or a surgeon to cut you open (guess what he learned how to do in school)
Workout, stretch, rest – Repeat
Best thing about new people starting at the studio is that they are gung-ho, motivated and ready to make a difference. Few weeks pass and goals are being met, results are showing and the momentum keeps growing.
One thing I always remind people of is that a little bit is good, but sometimes more isn’t always better.
The body has to rest to recover from a workout, a body that doesn’t rest is broken down and weak
I teach about 3 distinct body types when I meet new clients or when people have questions about their body fat. Knowing what your body type is and how to eat, train, and sleep accordingly is one of the most important and most overlooked aspects of personal training and getting in shape.
We all lift weights, we all do cardio, we all participate in the same 5k’s but what sets us apart is how we train and what training our body type responds too. Endomorphs need to focus on bigger sets, with more intensity and a fast training pace
Having good nutrition is of course important too, endomorphs need to focus on eating more fruits and vegetables, more complex carbs and more lean high quality protein. YOU have to cut out the junk food and sweets because the endomorph body type easily converts extra calories to stored energy, and that is not what we want to do!!
Workout programs, diets, and personal trainers fail because people do not eat & train for their body type, what they do is train by doing something somebody else already did and think it will work bc its in the magazine or on t.v
Being a personal trainer my main focus and most enjoyment comes from doing workouts and helping people build strength and confidence in their own body and abilities.
On the flip side you can’t workout good and eat bad, nutrition is paramount in everything we do. You can’t outwork a bad diet, if you don’t eat right you wont maximize gains/
Taking a positive approach let me say that the eating part for me is the easiest, but for most my clients it’s where they fall short and have the biggest problem.
If we eat too much or too little our body will store fat. Eat more calories and lift weights the body will want to build muscle. Skip meals & you increase cortisol production and store more body fat. Eat light & often you can keep your thermogenic burn going and keep your metabolism revved up throughout the day.
The trick is then to eat lite, eat often with lean high quality protein, fruits & vegetables, seeds and nuts with good fats
We are what we eat, What are you?