I have been personal training for nearly twenty years, and it has be a pleasure to watch the field evolve. The training methodologies that are currently available for trainers and exercise enthusiasts are amazing.
The way I trained “then” and “now” are radically different. I won’t bore you with all the comparisons, but will outline what I think currently is the best approach.
There are three levels that need to be addressed:
- Structure – You need to make sure that you actual structure is in good order. I currently like the Chiropractic Biophysics approach to address this issue. Check out http://www.gotyourbacktotalhealth.com
- Function – Once you get your structure where it should be, you need to make sure that you are functional and have no asymmetries. I recommend an FMS Screen (http://www.functionalmovement.com) – we provide that www.jettllc.biz
- Training – Find a trainer that espouses the the first two “levels of need” and that focuses on training in a way that provides real strength gains that have real world applications. There should be a good blend of FMS corrective movements, functional movements, and work on flexibility and balance.
Now once you find all this, yes it’s a tall order but doable, it comes down to one thing – compliance. The ball is now in your court…
Be happy be healthy
Day lights savings time and increasingly cold weather is right around the corner, are you ready?! Many of us like to do our cardio outdoors and it can be a tough transition bringing it inside.
Start planning now, here are some suggestions.
1. Join a gym if possible, its the cheapest way to have access to many cardio options.
2. Try Spinning, many gyms will have spin classes or you can find boutique spin studios.
3. Try Zoomba, Step, bootcamp or the many other fitness classes offered at your local gym.
4. You could also try a martial arts school, it’s usually always indoors.
5. If you are really lucky, you may find an indoor track in your area.
6. Indoor tennis is an option.
7. Yoga and Pilates are excellent
Try any of these suggestions and it should be a start to keep you fit while dealing with the cold and waning daylight.
If you do decide to tough it out and continue your outdoor cardio/running make sure to get the right winter gear as well as the necessary reflective gear and or lights.
Train Hard, Train Safe!!
I am always looking for new workouts and ways to challenge my body physically. Last weekend I went to our local Renaissance Festival https://www.rennfest.com and I went in costume. My costume was basically leather body armor, leather greaves, and leather vambraces.
What it reminded me of was wearing a weight vest; I was actually sore the next day from tramping around all day with my “costume” on.
I got to thinking, what it must have been like to wear armor while in battle and how much energy the average night in shinning armor would spend to move and fight. I did a little research and I came across this study http://bit.ly/1KRglMc . Long story short the average knight burned upwards of 2.3 times more energy just to move. I was just wearing leather armor and I felt the effects, it must have been tough going and those knight in shinning armor must have been in great shape.
I am not suggesting that we all go out and get ourselves plate armor to enhance our workouts but I think I’ll break out my weight vest this week http://amzn.to/1OG0TZi and add it to some of my workouts.
Ok I’m done with my historical exercise update…everybody have a nice day.
This the best time of year to get out and run!! The cooler weather and lower humidity allow you to push hard, and run further.
This is the season, there are more races than you can shake a stick at stick at. I would suggest that you sing up for a race and go for it. Check out this website for a list of races http://www.active.com/running
Check out Hal Gideon’s training programs they are great http://www.halhigdon.com or you could if you are local join Montgomery County Road Runners https://www.mcrrc.org
Both options provide great training plans.
I plan to sign up for a 10K before the season out…I’ll keep you posted.
Now go out and get it done!!