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So you've decided to search the Internet for an online coach. You're ready. You want to make a change and you realize you need help from a trusted expert. So what should you be looking for? How do you know if you're investing in the right person and product? And what research do you need to do before making your decision?
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If you've ever tried to "over-haul" your life in one giant leap it's often very difficult to maintain, if not impossible. There will always be some occasion, family emergency, or important work function that will interrupt your new healthy way of living. But healthy living is just that -- living your life in a healthy way.
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There are incredible benefits to in-person training, which allows real time communication and ability to make adjustments on the fly. Still, it has its drawbacks. The best of the best may be outside of your budget. You will fight for prime appointment times. Missed sessions and cancellation fees cost money, momentum and progress. The trainer you want to work with may live in a different city or country than you.
Last week I took a sledgehammer to our scale at my fitness studio and smashed into tiny little pieces. Why? Because I hate it. I really, passionately hate it and I don't believe it is best practice for health and fitness professionals to use the scale with clients and patients. I just don't.
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These women actually coach and don't just call themselves one on Instagram and Facebook. They help people like you and I (people with kids, full-time jobs, students etc.) look and feel awesome and get incredibly strong.
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Are you connected to your workout? Guess what, there is no app for that. If you want results in the gym, you need to buckle down, get focused and be part of your workout. Exercise needs to fit your time schedule. It needs to be fun, functional and effective.
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The weather is warming, those initial resolutions haven't gone so well and soon everyone is wearing less clothing. This can create panic and urgency for some people -- often the solution is to get professional help and hire a personal trainer.
Somewhere along the way the lines got blurred. You are either in a hospital sick and dying, or you are a pro athlete and cover model. No one gives praise to the middle ground. No one talks about the family of five who are all healthy body weight, active but not stand outs on a sports team, and who eat healthy everyday.
I used to weigh more than 300 pounds. In 2003 I lost more than half my body weight. You might think that when I reflect on my 300-pound self that it would be with disdain or pity. Hell no. The longer I'm thin, though, the more I miss the gifts of living in a body so big that people often turned away. It may sound strange to some, but here are five things I miss about my old, obese self.
It is amazing how many branches the personal training tree has, but whatever the niche, this occupation has a uniform that consists of stretchy, comfortable clothes, but the uniform's casual feeling should not affect your professional image.
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Lack of degrees or certain certifications sometimes can bar very competent individuals from receiving promotions or raises, regardless of how many years of experience and industry-specific accomplishments they may have achieved. It's not about the certs or degrees, but about the experience and practical application of foundations of personal training as they're found specific to each client on a case by case basis.
Don't let someone else dictate why you live healthy. Once you have decided, don't fall prey to the common pitfalls that most people make. Here is what I see as the four most common mistakes made at the gym and when people decide they want to improve their health.
If you log on to forum pages of any major gym chain, it's a safe bet that you'll notice a collection of posts from unhappy clients that talk about their bad experiences in the gym. Now, it's understandable that with large fitness chains, it's expected that 100 per cent of the clients will not be satisfied. But the umbrella of the commercial gym often gives personal trainers a bad rap too.
If you don't ever want to go into a gym, you can still get in fantastic shape. You can set aside time to go walking, play interactive games with your kids, go to the park and have a workout on the play structures and benches. That will get you healthy. Also consider trying yoga, pilates, or a sport with friends at your fitness level.
I travel a lot, both professionally and personally, and although it is definitely more challenging to eat healthy on the road, it is far from impossible. At the end of the day it comes down to what is more important for you: your unique health and lifestyle goals, or saving a few minutes and just taking what society lays out for you. Here are some tips to help you execute your nutritional plan, regardless of your schedule.
I often hear people complaining that they go to the gym but never see any results. The gym isn't a magical place where you can go and achieve results by osmosis -- trust me, I've tried -- but some people seem to treat it this way. Although everyone is different, here are some key factors explaining why you aren't seeing the results you want.
I am not asking people to be perfect. Weight loss is all about getting the first 10 pounds off, finding motivation in the new energy, and the results. I am asking for smart decisions and to make getting to your cravings difficult. Have water close by, eat regularly to avoid sugar crashes and cravings for sugar, put fibre in your diet.
I have a lot of clients who try to tell me that their bodies are just meant to be fat naturally. I then tell them I'm sorry but I do not agree! The bottom line is this: nobody was born to be uncomfortable in their own skin. It took me a long time to make health my goal, not weight loss. And ever since I've started to make that shift I've never been happier with my body.
There isn't one size that fits all when it comes to personal training. Instead, just like any diet or workout, personal trainers should be chosen depending on your desired workload, fitness goals and...
A central aspect of my fitness philosophy -- one that I try to instill in my clients, my readers and myself -- is that the purpose of exercise should not be just to look fit. I hate the fact that people are judged on their appearance. for many the fear of going to the gym and being looked at with a critical gaze can sap any will to exercise. What is worse is that often individuals internalize this critical gaze: we all become our own worst critic.
"Slower." Trainer Blair Wilson repeats this word at least 100 times a day -- he is cool, calm and collected as he coaches clients through their workouts. But my arms are shaking under the weight, I'm...