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We’ve known for years the many benefits that regular exercise can bring to our lives. But maintaining a consistent exercise schedule can be difficult. I often say that fitness is ‘cyclical’, meaning that we can’t always be in top physical shape, particularly if we have demanding lives outside of our pursuit of being fit and healthy. Even the top athletes in the world must take breaks from their respective training regimes and very demanding physical schedules. If they didn’t they would become more prone to injury and ‘burnout’. Most athletes, in fact, follow a type of training called ‘periodization’ during which time they train at varying levels of intensity and focus. One of the most important things about the exercise that we partake in is the level of enjoyment that it brings to our lives. Have we found a type of exercise that we enjoy doing or are we slogging through a miserable hour on the treadmill because well…it’s supposed to be good for me? Don’t get me wrong, if you enjoy the treadmill and it’s beneficial for you, please continue. My point is the version of exercise that we choose is the biggest factor in whether or not we’ll continue with our health and fitness pursuits. This and some other very important factors are discussed thoroughly in this article.
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We've all been there, standing motionless on the scale, sucking our stomachs in with all the force we can muster and then...pew!...out goes the air and right behind it our belly follows. It pops out like a balloon seeking to float up into the air and broadcast our (relative) flaw to the masses. 'I guess it's just not meant to be' we sigh, out loud, because we'd never do this in front of someone else.
Have I got your attention?...of course I do, because you can relate. From the leanest fitness competitor to the average joe gym-goer, we all can see flaws in our bodies. It’s not a bad thing really. It’s ok to want to be the best version of yourself, in both mind and body. In this case we’re talking about our bodies and how we can lose fat, and just as importantly, maintain that fat loss.
In the interest of keeping this a short article, as opposed to the novel that it could be, I will skip the graphs and endless science and refer you to some of the best and most important information about this lifestyle approach.
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Truthfully, not all personal trainers have your best interests at heart. The ‘personal’ in personal training is naturally assumed to be part of the package when hiring a trainer. When clients are not getting results - be it gaining muscle mass, losing body fat and/or recuperation - the problem very well could be the lack of a ‘personal’ touch. You must be willing to invest yourself, as a trainer, in the well being and positive progression of your clients. That being said it should be understood that the results of personal training fall greatly in the hands of the clients themselves, after all they are performing the physical aspects of the workout and diet. However, the small percentage that falls on the shoulders of the personal trainer must be performed to the best of their abilities. Positive reinforcement, motive, persuasion, a stern hand and an empathetic approach are crucial points to apply when training a client. If you genuinely enjoy what you do then cultivating a personable, personal training environment is paramount for client results.
Best of luck everyone!
Personal Trainer Specialist
Reach Fitness Training