I hope everyone will be spending time today with family and friends, and remembering to give thanks for all the people in their lives who have offered them love and support this past year. For me, that includes not only the best family and friends in the world, but also a laundry list of clients, colleagues and students who never let me forget why I love what I do. For that I am forever grateful, so thank you.
Okay, enough sap. Traditionally, American gratitude is expressed over food – even by fitness pros! We usually just prefer a little pre-feast workout, which is why this year we are holding an EPIC PT6 Thanksgiving Day class - so come on down at 9am! You’ll earn your carbs and recover well afterward with the protein from your traditional main course.
Speaking of which, did you know that turkey actually has more protein than either chicken or beef?! True story.
After being cancelled last year due to Hurricane Sandy, this weekend marks the first Annual New York City Marathon in two years. For most who never jumped on the distance running bandwagon, you’re probably thinking, ‘Those people must be crazy!’
If most of today’s successful fitness pros could go back in time and do things differently out of the gate, well, we would. Not that we didn’t do the best that we could with what we had; most of us just didn’t have enough of the right education and training to be as good as we could’ve been starting out. That said, I figured it would help other aspiring personal trainers to share some of the mistakes of the their predecessors so that they can avoid making the same ones.
Believe it or not, THIS CLASS is being marketed to women as a “confidence booster.”
With wedge sneakers worn in class and “important terms” like ‘p-poppin till you perculate’ and ‘twerkalator,’ listed on the website, I’m a little curious as to how this helps boost women’s confidence…at least in a healthy and respectable manner. I know I’m a little biased, but I’d much prefer a class like PT6 where proper technique and safe but steady progressions are used to build confidence.
But check them both out and let me know what you think!
“Metabolic resistance training” – or what Italian researchers and authors of a new study call “High-Intensity Interval Resistance Training” (HIRT) – is all the rage these days. And when compared against traditional resistance training, it’s easy to see why. We experience a much greater rise in EPOC (excessive post-exercise oxygen consumption, or “afterburn”) following high-intensity work.
OK, I realize that whether or not CrossFit is safe AT ALL is also questionable and quite controversial these days – but let’s leave that argument aside for the moment.
Most of you probably read about THIS WOMAN, Lee-Ann Ellison, who has been getting bashed on the Internet for carrying on her CrossFit routine while eight months pregnant. Long story short, the controversy is over whether or not this is safe – for her and especially for her child.
Photos like the one below highlight the types of lifts she still currently employs:
I’ve written before (HERE) about how and why I’m not a fan of a commonly used exercise by personal trainers: The lunge with rotation (usually accompanied by a medicine ball or ViPR). Simply put, most people don’t have the correct amounts of mobility and stability in the correct areas to really do it correctly, and wind up rotating from the wrong areas – namely, the knees and the lumbar spine. Watch here:
Did you notice what happened when she added the trunk rotation versus when just the arms moved? Watch again and look at the woman’s knee…
The fitness industry is a big one, and getting bigger by the day. There are a lot of fitness “professionals” around – some successful and some…well, not so much. But the ones who ARE successful seem to have a few core traits in common, such as:
1. They care. And not just about fitness, about helping people. It’s one thing to like exercise science and working out, but it’s another to be able to motivate someone who doesn’t like these things at all. That takes persistence, and to be persistent, you have to care.
In the past, we’ve recommended a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise – either continuous or broken up into 10-minute bouts throughout the day – on most days of the week for the general population. More recently, we amended this recommendation to include an alternative option of at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise 2-3 times per week. But some people still can’t seem to “find” the time to exercise…
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