Archive for May, 2011

Getting It In

Posted: May 29, 2011 in GENERAL

I thought I’d share a little trick that I tell all of my clients to get them to the gym when they are just not feeling it.  This secret applies whether you are having a bad day, frustrated at someone, or just plain not in the mood to work out.  Go to the gym and tell yourself you are only going to work out for 20 minutes.  See how you feel at the end of the 20 minutes.  If you still aren’t feeling it, fine go home.  You got in what I call a BTN workout.  That’s trainer talk for a workout that’s “better than nothing”.  Haha.  However, here’s the thing.  By the time you’ve done 20 minutes, endorphins are already flowing and your mood will likely have changed.  You will notice that you are happier and in the moment.  At the very least, you may realize hey I’m already here so as I might as well finish what I started.  In the 6 years that I’ve been telling people this, almost no one has ever wanted to leave after the 20 minutes.  Try it next time you aren’t feeling it.  Let me know what happened.

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Many are hesitant to work with a personal trainer because they feel like “they are not in good enough shape” for that yet. Indeed,  I’ve heard this comment from clients, friends and even family members.  I can see where the misconception comes from.  Trainers are known to push their clients and people see those clients doing exercises which they think could never do in a million years.  I just thought I’d spread the word that this is not a good reason to not train.  In fact, the less of a fitness background you have the BETTER off you are getting a trainer from day one.  I hope that this will clear up some misconceptions flying around out there.

Here’s the thing.  You need not worry about those fancy moves you see trainers doing with their clients.  If you are a beginner, don’t be intimidated by these superstar exercises.  If you aren’t ready for them, a good personal trainer would never ever ever dream of having you even attempt them.  We don’t expect you to do the exercises we can or that some of our advanced clients can.  In fact, speaking for myself, I prefer to work with beginners.  I love the thought of taking someone from the very beginning and watching them progress.  One of my favorite clients is in their 40s and has barely been off the couch.  I really enjoy watching them getting better and better and the weeks go by.

Also, many think that they should take some time and learn the basics on their own so as to not “waste” their time on doing the “easy” stuff with a trainer. I love the enthusiasm of that idea.  It’s great when people want to take charge.  However, the problem is it takes about 300 repetitions to learn an exercise and about 5,000 to unlearn an exercise that a person has been doing incorrectly.  Why not make sure you are doing it the right way from step one?  You don’t want to have to work backwards.

I hope this makes sense.  As always, I’m here for questions and comments.

See you in the gym!