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Are the fit getting " fitter " while the rest stay still..???

This has been on my mind for a few years and its something I see all the time. By now most of the New Years Resolution people have " failed " in the gym and put the kit bag in the back of the cupboard... at least they have tried , right. Sadly its probably this group of people who the big box gyms court so heavily emotionally at the start of each year  who need the help the most.

Go into a busy spin class mid January , there they are at the back of the room getting physically crushed and probably emotionally crushed by whats surrounding them. Desperately trying to burn calories in a 60 min power class , the instructor doesn't care about the outcome , nor does the gym. I have never heard an instructor yet say, "hey you are   new, is this your first class..???  ..feel free to stop and leave when you want, cool down for 5 before you do that..work at your own pace, its not a competition... etc etc. "

Its a really intimidating environment mentally and physically. ( it would be nice if gyms offered taster classes , 30 mins max, show them the bike set up, give an idea on intensities, make them feel welcome .. ) . These people are usually in  a spin class based on loose info from the membership sales team that " spin can burn up to 800 calories per class"... The usual outcome is something like this... person gets frustrated at lack of progress....motivation drops...attendance suffers...and so the journey towards leaving the gym quickens...

Meanwhile at the front of the class the instructor is sharing the latest private gym based joke about the "new joiners". It takes a lot of courage to go down to the front of a new class, you fear the watchful eye and critique of the instructor and the critical eye of the fit ties.... Also down the front in the fitties section is the professional spin groupie, colour co ordinated water bottle in hand , matching headband and pro cycle shorts and shoes...

This happens in other classes, the person who can't get that stretch in the yoga class may even find the instructor pushing them into position, its sort of humiliating, and I have seen it with my own eyes.Its hardly encouraging for the struggling newbie. In the end we tend to just have classes full of clones ...if you don't fit it.. well you know the outcome..

I find there is little encouragement in gyms for beginners, newbies, people with issues , however there are " 100`s of classes per week " for the ultra fit. Any encouraging programmes I see are " sold " as a package .. not a bad idea unless the person has been emotionally blackmailed into buying to maintain someones sales quota. ( and yes I have seen evidence of this in the chain store gyms, sad but true..)

It would be revolutionary but why don't we change our approach to minorities in the gym , after all we want them to join  the majority... don't we?

Another Day in the Life of a Personal Trainer....

Occasionally we are going to do a snap shot of a day in the life, today is the second in a series , its hard hitting and nothing in here is untrue or spiced up to sensationalize . Read on. Its Friday , for most the last day of the week, for me its day 5 of 7 this week....trainers can get worn out too!! The day starts early, 5.30 am , I eat before I leave, this never changes even if I am running late, its cold as I hop on the bike, probably about minus 5 degrees but its only a short trek to the studio. First up its bootcamp ( BC for short) now it our third year and still full up 3 x a week. It takes a lot of effort to attend at that time of the day and we are still rolling with a full house, today is a station circuit , 50 seconds per station, 10 second rest, 3 sets per station , ( we do a working set, an isometric set and a working set back to back depending on the exercise) we work hard , we still have a laugh . Three bootcamp members (later) today are starting a journey to become personal trainers , which is awesome , I am going to be more than happy to help them grow and develop as they work towards their goals. I am proud of them...

One hour later we are done and off people go to work ,get the kids ready for school,and the next client comes in. We will call the client DP We have been working together for over 4 years and have a fantastic relationship, always smiling and sharing a similar sense of humour  aids to the session flying by. DP missed the first session this week so we pull back a little on the resistance levels paying close attention to a couple of injuries , we always do something new, I like to challenge each client mentally and physically. The client is having with breaking or changing some food habits and we agree to have a sit down hour in the coming week to go over some issues and hopefully we can find some agreed solutions.

Next up come a couple who are relatively new to Inspira. Last week the gentleman came on his own and felt the after affects of solo attention for a few days. From a training perspective its not nice to get feedback that points to me overloading the client and we agree to lighten up today. I regularly check in during the session to see if we are aggrivating any part of his body that was bothering him last week.We regularly rest as required. The session goes real fast and we swap  coaching ideas ( he is a lifestyle coach...always full of pearls of wisdom that I rebound back on to my clients)...we always do an educational component to each session , usually about movement patterns, what does what and why  in the body. I encourage them to get at least one session done before we meet next..

Back on the bike for a 20 min cycle south, its still colder than I would like, I guess its good for the complexion...and it burns a crap load of calories.I have pre written the next clients programme but H has just come back from an injury so we have to see how it goes, for example one row motion hurts the elbow, a quick switch doesn't help so we search for an alternative exercise. Ok thats better and the client can continue without pain... H is another long term client who always makes time to ask how I am and we swap a few stories health related along the way. Its all good at the end, I must remember to follow up on that elbow situation in a few days.

Moving again to another long term client, I arrive and SC seems bit down and quiet , it takes me at least ten minutes to ask and I find that she has been diagnosed with arthritis in her big toe,( she has been in a lot of pain probably from running and has other foot issues) this is a big problem as she is running a 30 k at the weekend and worse is leading a team of Running Room entrants ( and doesn't want to let them down at the last minute) . In short we are going to have to modify many exercises ( those that use the big toe to push off , bend , generally use...did not realize that even eccentric part of the squat was also a problem) ..so we have to think quickly, do some mental reassurance and show some quick " foot box" exercises for the ankle to try and take the pressure away from the painful area...( I found out 2 days later that the race was run and the soreness in the toe probably changed the gait pattern and caused some grumbles in the hip musculature..but hey we got there...)  We did discuss the possibility of not running especially as the " pain" and other potentially related injuries seem to be increasing with time and usage.

A quick 20 minute cycle back uphill and into the wind ( cold, cold, cold..) to the last client of the day,,,we have been training frequently just recently , working at increasing strength and at the same time introducing new and different exercises. We have been training over a year and progressing nicely . K was a complete gym and weights virgin a year ago , now she can do many many things that make me proud...her skill set has gone through the roof and she is probably only one of a very select few who has never sworn at me during a session. Soon..maybe soon.

Its bloody cold but I go home, exhausted, change clothing and pop out for crushing 30 min run in the cold, hard but enjoyable, have to keep in shape, have a 10 k coming in May so have to start training earlier if I want to beat last years time....,I am tired ,its early to sleep tonight.

Better Nutritional Habits ( Part 2)

So its 2013 and everyone is working on looking better, or so they tell you, its hard to make changes to your lifestyle ,  I have been training people for a long time, getting results is harder than you think, getting people to change even one small habit can be a struggle. In Precision Nutrition ( J Berardi) 10 habits are highlighted as a way of taking charge of your body and hence results...lets look now at those 10 in detail:

Habits

1. Eat every 2-3 hours...this stimulates your metabolism, balances blood sugar and helps maintain lean mass, remember every time you eat you have the opportunity to make your body better or worse.

2.Eat complete lean protein with every meal ( for women 20- 30 grams of protein per meal, 1 palm sized portion , for men 40-60 grams of protein , 2 palm size portions) Sources ground beef, chicken, turkey, bison, venison,tofu, egg white, salmon, tuna, cod,cottage cheese,string cheese, milk protein supllements

3. Eat vegetables with each meal ( 2-3 servings )

4.Eat carbs such as rice, bread , pasta, sugary food only after exercise,( 1-2 ) hours after,this applies to anyone looking for fat loss.No exercise ... no carbs..

5. Eat healthy fats daily.30% of daily total calories from fats split into 1/3rd saturated,(animal fats..eggs, dairy, butter, cheese) 1/3 monosaturated, (olive oil, nuts, nut butters, acvacado),1/3rd polyunsaturated (flax seed, fish oil, vegetable oils)

6.Remove beverages with calories in them...fruit juice, soft drinks, coffee,othe sugary drinks...gatorade etc..if possible stick with water and aim for 8 glasses a day

7.Eat whole foods instead of supplements... eat bars, take shakes ,  and use  supplements  sparingly, nothing beats the real thing. If you plan to use supplements use the best, check out www.mytruehealth.com

8.Plan ahead and prepare food in advance.. this could include preparing meals at the weekend for the forthcoming week.

9.Eat a wide variety of foods as possible.

10. Plan to break rules 1-9 10% of the time.

 

There  you have it, its not ultra complicated, it takes some thought, planning  if you need help and advice feel free to contact us...

Welcome to our new blog,have a positive day!

Having been in the fitness industry over 10 years it felt like the right time to spread the experience and knowledge to a wider base. Have never been really keen on Facebook, Twitter and social media , but as it happens they can be good mediums for sharing information. So we stumbled into this on the basis of simply wanting to" help" more people. After about 5 years of personal  training the reality of "getting results" or not as the case may be was hitting home hard, clients were working hard in the gym, too much so in some cases but nothing was happening to those measurements in either direction.What to do? I kept hearing expressions like " good abs are made in the kitchen" ..." you can't out train a poor diet" . Time to change the outlook as a trainer. Do people really need to get better at squatting? Do they really need to bench more weight? Or do they need help and advice in other areas? In 5 to 10 years time the title "Personal Trainer" will cease to exist in my opinion its already dead and buried,most of what I see in gyms right now is inappropriate for the needs of the client and is centred to much on historical methodology or the trainers own private workout pattern. I have turned away from tradition towards a much more client centred counselling approach, you could call it Lifestyle Coaching, we look at change and how it can be facilitated, after all the person is already coming to the gym but it is outside  of the four workout walls where results are obtained, we encourage small achievable changes that can be easily met, set too high a target and the client will fail and feel like crap.

So today chose to do one positive health thing, and again tomorrow, set yourself a weekly behavioural target , " i will exercise 4 times for 30 mins in the next 7 days"...and maybe one for the month...see how you do , watch out for further posts

In Health