It’s September as of the time of this writing and it always reminds me of my pre-season training prior to the first day of high school wrestling practice in early November. The season comes up quick with competition starting 3-6 weeks later, so it was always important to be well prepared for grueling practices and my first match.
Everyone is busy, especially here in the Bay Area. Being busy however, is no excuse to not exercise. We just need a convenient form of exercise and need to be creative in maximizing your workout time. Many of our programs here in ultra-busy Silicon Valley are built around the concept of personal training for busy professionals. For those short on time, workouts should be convenient, time efficient, maximally effective, and well planned.
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 main concepts: 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.
Jerry Yuhara, CPT, CES, CMT #75123
299 California Ave, Suite 120
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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