After many years of working in the fitness industry, you see a lot of things. From funny, to ridiculous, and just plain stupid, the gym attracts all sorts of walks of life. This is also the case for those that decide to become personal trainers. I myself at one time was a personal trainer, not that I don’t train people at all anymore, I have just limited my time due to life getting in the way. The personal training market, just like the fitness industry itself has skyrocketed over the last 15-20 years. Which in a lot of ways can be a good thing that people are becoming more interested in taking control of there health, and getting into shape. But when they are being led by someone completely incompetent in the field, it becomes the blind leading the blind, which is unfortunately what we see in most cases today on the daily. So….all that being said how is a new gym goer able to tell if there trainer is even worth there time? Well, here are a few tell tale signs that your trainer may be completely clueless.
- They are involved in a multi level marketing company that sells supplements. No I am not going to name names here, but say your trainer recommends supplements to you and you google them or go to their website and all it talks about is being a sales representative, or joining the team, its probably a scam. And if your trainer is trying to sell you product from them, it’s because they are clueless on nutrition first of all, and got sucked into this companies’ pyramid scheme, so guess what chuck, now they are peddling this trash to you to make up for losing a boat load of cash when they signed up to be a part of the scheme.
- Doing random exercises that they themselves have never even done before. This is a situation of someone who doesn’t really walk the walk as they say. If your trainer is having you do a bunch of random exercises that doesn’t seem to coincide with your actual goals, it’s most likely because they don’t, and your trainer is literally just making shit up as he or she goes, to simply occupy your killer 30-60 minute session! So in other words they are having fun with you to pass the time. Of course that’s in between checking there phone messages.
- They are on there phone more than they are training you! This is a no brainer one right here. If your trainer can’t even make it thru 5 minutes of your session without playing on there phone, to me it’s clear they don’t really give a shit about your training session and don’t care about what you are doing either.
- My favorite is the out of shape trainer. I mean honestly, how the hell are you training someone when you can’t even get your own shit together enough to get yourself in shape. And the fact that someone would want to be trained by someone who isn’t in shape is beyond me.
- Unable to program workouts. This one is huge which is why I saved it for last. Finding a trainer that actually understands how to properly program exercises into your routine to get you the best results is actually very difficult to find. It’s hard enough just to find someone who at least walks the walk, but finding a trainer that really understands the body, recovery times that vary for different people, and also finding a trainer that is willing to really listen to what you are telling them is how they should be basing your programming. In most cases, trainers will recommend exercise programs and diets that are really just a version of what they do. This is a massive error. Everyone is different. Your body is not the same as mine, and is not the same as the next person. That is why a good trainer will be asking you questions to figure out what foods you tolerate better in your diet to help you thrive, vs just plugging in random foods into a basic cookie cutter program. Or when it comes to exercise they should be learning about your history and background in training and exercise before trying to recommend anything. And did we even mention goals? Your personal goals should always be number one. If it doesn’t match to your goal, don’t waste your time with it, period. But too often newer trainers without enough experience will simply recommend what worked for them, instead of really dialing in to there clients needs. When this happens unfortunately the clients results are sub par in comparison to what they could have been. Okay so my rant is over now, hopefully some of you that read this learned something from this, and do not get taken for your hard earned bucks!
Where We Are Currently
Today more than ever I see countless numbers of different energy drinks available on the market. Without naming specific company names here, from the brand that “gives you wings” to the one that sounds like a flammable gas we use to go faster in a race car, the market has exploded with different brands and competition. But what I do not understand is why people are using these in the first place?
A Simpler Approach
Instead of spending the 2.00-2.50 per can on whatever energy drink you are using why not buy something in a powder form, add water, and shake it up? Buying a powder product this way will save you almost an extra 1.00 per serving, cutting your monthly energy drink bill in half! And even better yet, there are a lot of available products on the market currently that are more potent than your typical energy drink as well. So if you are not noticing much out of what you are buying now, you have more options to find something better suited for your own personal tolerance.
Here is where everyone is different. Some folks will get by on a product that is very light on the potency scale, while others are on the opposite side of the fence, looking for the strongest product for their money. For something lighter that will give you smooth energy throughout the day check out Attack from Kodiak Sports Nutrition. This product will not be overwhelming, but does not give you a crash after 3-4 hours. You can also use this product before workouts as well to give you a boost in endurance. On the other hand, if you are someone looking for more potency and strength per serving I would recommend Hemoshock from GPL Labs. This product contains key ingredients such as geranium stem extract that will give you a great kick in the energy department and last all day. One scoop is all you will need to get you through the day!
The above products mentioned per serving will run you between .85-1.25 per serving! Significantly less than any energy drink and more potent as well. And better yet some of the flavor you can get in these products will blow away just about any typical carbonated energy drink you are used to. And no extra sugars added either. If you get a chance I would definitely check them out, and save yourself some money in the process. Speaking of saving money do not forget to use the promo code fit20 for the month of January to save 20% on ALL purchases made on our website.
Time to Get a Plan Together
Instead of waiting until January 1st to put some half assed plan together, get something ready now that will have you in the best position to get rid of that extra body fat. As I have always told my clients if you do not have a plan you plan to fail, especially if your goal is fat loss. Having a clear vision of what your goal is and knowing exactly what you need to do ahead of time takes out all the guess work and only relies on one thing….Your effort. So here are three of my favorites to include to help you with your fat loss goals for the new year.
Walking– Yes I said it. The most boring but simple thing you can add to any training routine to help get those extra pounds off. Walking can also have many variables to it as well which I like. For example, depending on your fitness level you can add extra 30 minute walking sessions at the end of workouts like an extended cool down, or put up the incline on the tredmill, throw a weighted vest on, and simulate a hike through the woods.
Weighted Carries– This exercise is a total body blaster without a doubt. After a solid weight training session add 5-7 sets of weighted carries. You can do 60 seconds on and 60 seconds rest as one set. If you have never done these before either load up a hex bar or just grab some dumbells and walk from one side of the gym to the other, going back and forth until your 60 seconds expire. Doing this will not only do wonders for dropping body fat but it will also help increase you strength over time as well.
Active Rest Between Sets– What “active rest” is considered between sets is almost like a super set for those that may be familiar. Active rest would be anything done in between your main working sets to keep your heart rate up and the pace of your workout. For example, on a leg day you could throw in hanging leg raises or some type of abdominal exercise in between each set. Or on a shoulder day do light weight lateral raises in between all main sets.
This list is clearly not the end all be all of exercises you can perform to cut fat, I just find these easiest to incorporate into a routine, and also love the walking for keeping it lower impact on the hips and knees. If you have any questions regarding workout routines feel free to contact us below.
Why Lift Heavy?
In today’s modern world the majority of gym goers follow a protocol of high repetition sets, thinking the burn, or the pump is the way to achieve the body they want without understanding the true benefits associated with lifting heavy things. Here are just a few that you may not realize.
- Strengthening tendons- Not only will you get stronger muscles lifting heavy things you will get stronger tendons. Why is this important you ask? Well, our tendons are responsible for attaching muscles to bones, keeping everything intact. So whether you are an athlete or an average Joe, keeping your tendons healthy is a great benefit for your longevity.
- Better Hormonal Response- Lifting heavy in the gym does spark a great reaction in our bodies. What happens is when we lift heavy our bodies’ central nervous system kick starts the process for releasing testosterone and growth hormone, the two most important hormones for building lean muscle and burning body fat. Enough said.
- Maintain Healthy Bone Density- As we age our bone density tends to decrease. Lifting heavy weights can help you maintain healthy bone density as you age to help prevent osteoporosis. In fact one of the best exercises for elderly people to do is the deadlift.
Don’t Be Afraid
Most clients I deal with on a daily basis are scared of going heavy because they might hurt themselves. The truth is, as long as you are using proper form, injuries can be minimized and in most cases be eliminated from your training. Of course anyone that exercises knows that at some point in their lifting career they have had injuries, whether minor or major. For more information on how to set up a good strength training program contact us below and I will be happy to help you get started.