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How Personal Training Can Improve Your Health and Life

Going to the gym to workout can leave you feeling clueless. It takes someone with a good breadth of knowledge to know what each piece of equipment is used for in order to maximize on the gym’s offerings. Hiring a personal trainer can seem like a luxury, but it’s a great way receive every benefit from your gym membership. So How Can a Personal Fitness Trainers Actually Improve your Health and Lifestyle? Can Assist in Creating SMART Goals Forget most of the advice you receive from books, friends and the internet. Personal trainers actually help you create an executable plan. With all the fitness advice floating around, it can be hard to tell what works and what doesn’t. A trainer will work with you create SMART goals. SMART is an acronym for a system of goal setting. S – Specific (identifying specific weight loss or body composition goals) M – Measurable (creating a process for documenting and measuring progress) A – Actionable (every goal needs to be acted upon – these will include the exercises and diet) R – Reasonable (your trainer will help you determine reasonable fitness goals) T – Time bound (identifying benchmark dates to achieve goals) Plan a Personalized Workout “Despite the [...]

June 12th, 2017|Strength Training|Comments Off on How Personal Training Can Improve Your Health and Life

Bigger and Stronger: The Science Behind Muscle Growth and Strength

"You will train always for a hundred terrific reasons. Quit and it will be for no good reason at all." ~Dave Draper, former Mr. America and Mr. Universe Do you want to know the secret to gaining mass and power from your workout regimen? Here it is - there is NO secret - it's SCIENCE. Many "old-school" - or worse, ill-informed - fitness trainers believe in an erroneous dichotomy. They teach that you train for strength one way, and you train for size another way. With this mindset, the two goals are mutually incompatible. But science teaches us something different - it is possible to maximize your success and get both BIGGER and STRONGER at the same time. Let's take a closer look. HYPERTROPHY - THE RESPONSE TO AN INTENSE WORKOUT "It was not easy. I trained brutal all my life. It was like an explosion and I was growing like a balloon. Boom, boom, boom, like crazy." -Sergio Oliva three-time Mr. Olympia There are at least 320 identical pairs of bilateral muscles found in the human body, resulting in upwards of 640 skeletal muscles. One of the goals of a proper training regimen is symmetrical muscle growth on both sides of the body. Muscle growth - properly called hypertrophy - typically refers to an increase in the volume of myofibrils, the long proteins that [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Strength Training|0 Comments