You're interested in DEXA scanning and learning what your true body composition really is....but aren't really sure where to go with all of that information once you get it. Or, you've gotten a DEXA scan before, tried to set some goals, but didn't quite know which direction to take to lose that belly fat you've been looking to get rid of for the last year.
Any well designed program should do everything possible to reduce the risk of injury and even prevent future injuries. But try as we coaches might, occasionally injuries happen. Often times they result from something we do outside the gym, maybe a prior history compounded with a few other factors, or any other number of things. I get enough questions about how to deal with bumps and bruises that I thought it may be helpful to put a few of the more common answers to paper, so here are a few quick guidelines and suggestions on how to deal with pain while training.
The art of listening is a huge part of what I do. Fortunately, I've had the opportunity to catch various perspectives of what fitness or wellness "should" look like over the years...and I'm finally able to start formulating my opinion on what's actually happening when people "fail" at "getting in shape."
I just arrived back home from a night of camping with my boyfriend. He thought it would be SO romantic to take me deep into the woods, rent a cabin with NO electric or cell phone service and be COMPLETELY unassociated from all other living souls (besides Jason from Friday the 13th who was running around our cabin in the middle of the night).
A few days ago the NY Times posted an article about the popular weight-loss show “The Biggest Loser” and how some of its former contestants had fared in the months and years after participating. As it turns out... they hadn’t done well. Just about all of the contestants had gained the weight back and were as unhealthy as ever. I’ve long thought “The Biggest Loser” to be an absolute mockery of health and wellness so I can’t say the findings were especially surprising, but I’ve had more than a few clients and gym goers bring it up so I thought it would serve as a launching point for further discussion.
No matter what it is that you love to do – do it harder then you have done before. Look to make progress in some way during this “finish”. Maybe you go heavier, do more repetitions, or travel a particular distance in less time. The specifics of your challenge need not be complex. In fact, you’ll benefit most when they are personal, attainable, and beneficial to your long term goal.
Last month I outlined the various factors to consider when designing your own personal workout program, emphasizing that there is no one-size-fits-all exercise program. Over the next few months we are going to delve a little deeper into each factor so you can design the “perfect” workout program for you.
When many people think of vitamins, they think of the multi-vitamin bottle found at the drug store. However there another better more efficient multi-vitamin out there that’s way better than any pill you can take, it’s the vitamins found in our food. For those that need a refreshers on what exactly are vitamins here is a little crash course.
If you’re even remotely close to the fitness industry, or someone in it, you’ve heard of the concept of “if it fits your macros.” For some, it's a way of life. For others, even the thought of keeping detailed notes on exactly what and how much they consume is their worst nightmare. So, I wanted to do a little breakdown and analysis of some benefits of macro counting, and maybe you can let you decide for yourself whether you could pull enough benefit out of the experience to give it a go.
There’s a nearly endless variety of different exercises that you can use in the weight room, and with so many options to choose from it’s a virtual certainty that some won't get the attention they deserve. I’ve chosen to highlight the following four exercises because I think that they tend to be under-utilized by most gym goers, but this isn’t to say that any of them are some sort of magic bullet. Not to dash anybody’s hopes right from the start, but there is no such bullet.
Strength is a word that holds a myriad of meanings, all of which depend upon what circle of individuals you find yourself standing among. For some, strength means a fistful of chalk and the sensation that accompanies pounds of iron bending within your grasp. Others may find similar awareness after the completion of a long workout or even just a long day.
As a personal trainer, I am often asked fitness questions by people I meet at parties or in normal daily encounters. I hear things like: "What is the best workout?" "Is running good for you or is swimming better?” “Which group exercise class is the best?” “What about squats, are they good to do?” I barely know the person; we may have just met that evening, or five minutes before. They want a one word answer; one simple answer to solve their fitness-related problems.
Training with heavy weights is an essential part of any program designed to improve body composition. Short of diet, it's the most important part of any such program... more so than running or any other aerobic 'fat burning' style of working out. Far too often weightlifting is overlooked as a way to lose weight because it's associated with gaining weight, but the truth is those two things actually go hand-in-hand. If you're interested in dropping body fat, a big part of the solution is almost certainly to add lean muscle mass to your frame. And while this may sound off-putting to anybody that uses a bathroom scale to gauge the success of a body composition program, adding muscle mass and adding mass are not the same thing.
Running alone is a challenge but adding different terrain can make it even more of a challenge and rewarding at the same time. The surface you train on can make a huge difference in both your physical endurance and your overall running performance. So what's best for you? The real answer is switching it up and training on different terrain to help build endurance, gain speed, and allow your muscles to recover properly. Below I've provided some on my pro's and con's to the different terrain runners can use to train on.