Starting a new fitness program can be a daunting task. It takes courage and a willingness to change for someone new to walk through our doors looking for a personal trainer. When it comes to starting a training program for beginners, I try to empathize with my clients here in Palo Alto, CA by thinking about how it is for me to start a new training program where I am a beginner. When I first started training for Track & Field I would get very self-conscious when learning a new event. Since I only had considerable experience in 2 events, I was a beginner or a straight up novice in all the others I attempted. Part of starting a new program is the technical portion. Knowing what exercises to do, how often, how many reps, etc. The other side is finding inspiration and motivation so you stick to your new fitness program and have fun doing it.
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.
The one key to results is simple: Make it a priority. Behind the absolute “must do’s” like work, raising kids, and bathing, your fitness goals HAVE to be a top priority in order to see results.
I had a client once ask me, “How do your busy clients find time to workout?” By busy I mean they have a high stress/high responsibility job, kids, travel, and hobbies. Yet they still exercise 5 times a week. So I asked a client that is truly busy how he manages to exercise often. He quickly replied, “You have to make it a priority.” Ok, so that was obvious to me, but then he added, “You know Jerry, I COULD work more if I wanted to. I could work all through the evening and get home late at night, but then I would not only be skipping my workouts, I would hardly spend time with my family.”
There is an ongoing debate of whether running is beneficial to your health or whether it will make you injured and overtrained. Those against running are usually the people who are not good at it or those where cardiovascular endurance is of lower priority to their other athletic goals. They do however, have some good points as to the negative effects of running. Some people keep running even though they don’t like it. I’ve had many clients who hated running but still continued to do so because it helped them lose weight or just feel better afterwards. They still continue to run even though they don’t like it. Some say it is a recipe for injury and that it won’t really make you lose any fat. Others say it is an easy to do, convenient exercise that will shed the pounds faster than any other activity. So which is it?
Improving Posture with Exercise Takes a Targeted Approach
Having great posture requires optimal strength in relative muscles. More specifically, this means that a muscle must have an optimal strength compared to its opposing muscle (antagonist). You can be very strong, but it doesn’t always equate to good posture, nor does being extremely flexible. Good posture requires a balance of strength and flexibility in muscles in relation to each other.
So let’s take a quick look at good posture and compare it to some of the most commonly seen postures that can cause pain or injury.
The cold season is near! Every year a few weeks after the kids begin school, people start getting sick. Another wave happens as the cooler weather and winter arrives. With winter, comes the cold season. Here is my favorite stack of supplements to help with the common cold.
Great for preventing, reducing symptoms, and duration of the common cold
Jerry Yuhara, CPT, CES, CMT #75123
4193 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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