When I first meet with a high school athlete in our Palo Alto gym, I always check for movement quality and how well they can handle weight training. Personal training for the high school athlete should focus on 4 things: safety, movement quality, joint stability, and beginner strength development.
For my clients doing personal training for weight loss here in Palo Alto, I keep their workout focused on getting as many quality exercises in an hour as possible. This is always done with exercises they can safely handle with an intensity that is appropriate. It is of no use to do crazy exercises that burn a lot of calories if it leads the person to injury or exhaustion. If weight loss is the primary concern and all other goals are a distance second place, then burning calories is what you want to focus on.
Here is my top 5 list of things to do in order to get in better shape. Get at it!
I recently ran across one of my coaches way back from my middle schools days. As always he was full of encouragement and still in great shape. We talked about our current training routines, past injuries, and our recovery from them. I then told him how much training for Track and Field, especially the sprints, has made me way healthier and stronger.
Hi! I haven’t been able to do much writing this year so here is an update of what I have been up to in 2018. It’s been a very busy year, as always.
I am a firm believer of using dynamic stretches before ALL my personal workouts and for about 80% of my client’s workouts. I find it really helps prepare them for their workout and increases long term flexibility. This is nothing new to the sports and training world. Nearly all sports at various levels have some form of dynamic stretching routine prior to practice or competition. This was not always the case and it wasn’t too long ago that static stretching was the only form of flexibility work done during practice. In the 90s when I grew up playing sports, dynamic stretching was unknown. At least this was the case at the jr. high and high school levels where I lived. It was not until 2005 when I went through physical therapy I was taught these series of movements. They called them mobility exercises. Some may call them functional warm-up drills or movements.
It’s been a busy and successful year! In addition to getting certified as a massage therapist, I have been diving deep into the world of Track and Field.
It’s been a while since my last post! I’ve been SO busy with clients, massage school, certifications, and my own training regimen for track and field.
I just had my 10 year anniversary as the owner of Breakthrough Personal Training! That makes 14 years of being a full-time personal trainer. Or as I like to tell people, “Fitness is all I’ve done”.
Here are 5 “Must Do’s” for results that I have learned over the many years.
First I want to thank all of those who donated for Cancer Research at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. You helped raise a total of $2,670.21 on my end! With a grand total of $247,924 raised for the San Francisco event. All for the cause of helping children who do not respond to traditional cancer therapies.
I also want to thank you for helping me stay motivated to do this event in its entirety. This was a true test to my body and there were many times I doubted myself during training with the fear of injury.
Okay, so here’s a quick recap with awesome pictures!
Decathlon Week 4-8
My training for D10’s Decathlon has been going stellar! My times and reps are improving! It feels great to tackle these goals and to “train” myself by setting up an intelligent workout regimen each week. The only issue I had is a low back injury which I suspect is merely severe muscle soreness from drilling one event. It always amazes me how sore we can get by doing something simple even if we are unaccustomed to it.
Go to my profile page to see the list of events, my goals, and to donate to help children’s cancer research through Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. I have to reach a minimum donation amount of $2250 to compete, so help children’s cancer research and help me get to the competition!
A huge THANKS to those who have already donated! Thanks helping pediatric cancer research. It has also given me more motivation to achieve my goal marks on competition day.
Here’s some videos and highlights on my training!
Jerry Yuhara, CPT, CES, CMT #75123
4193 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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