Lifestyle Change

One of my favorite things as a trainer is when a client approaches me and says they are looking for a lifestyle change and NOT a quick fix.  Yes, I can give quick fixes.  But I would rather help and assist you in CHANGING YOUR LIFE!

But what does “Lifestyle Change” really mean?  Are you REALLY prepared?  Because making a “lifestyle change” really means “CHANGING YOUR LIFE”.  Read that….then read it again.

Changing your life is no joke.  It’s hard, there will be pitfalls and bumps in the road…but IT’S WORTH IT.

To be your healthiest, you have to make healthy choices MOST of the time.  There’s no way around it.  You need to exercise MOST days of the week.  You need to choose healthy foods at MOST of your meals.  You need to drink MOSTLY water and stay MOSTLY unstressed.

Changing your life may mean reducing triggers that cause you to make unhealthy choices.  For example, happy hours, lunches with coworkers where you are constantly encouraged to stray off track, etc. may be big pitfalls to your health.

In the short term, these things seem like huge sacrifices and this is why most people give up and don’t follow through.  Instant gratification can be a very tough thing to give up.

The key is to REMEMBER why you started to CHANGE YOUR LIFE in the first place.  Do you want to be able to play with your kids without getting winded in just a few minutes?  Do you want to be able to enjoy your grand kids?  Are you combating diabetes, family history of heart disease or osteoporosis?  Do you simply want to feel what it is to SUCCEED at something you decided to do??

DON’T GIVE UP.  Make small changes in the short term to realize your goals in the long term.  And I promise it will be worth it.

Muscle Confusion – I’m CONFUSED!

How many times have you heard it?

“You have “confuse” your muscles in order to get them to grow”

“Your body won’t change unless you are always changing up your workouts to keep your muscles “confused”

“You have to shock your muscles so they don’t plateau”

Ummmm….no, no and NO.  Let me explain.

Yes, your body WILL adapt to your workout over time.  However, what your body is getting used to is the volume load of your workouts and NOT the exercise selection or workout sequencing.

What does this mean?  It means if you always bicep curl with 15lb dumbbells for 10 reps, your biceps will get used to it and your body will stop making changes.  So what do you do instead

?  It’s simple – on your next workout, bicep curl 15lbs for 12 reps instead of 10.  Then, your next workout try to increase the weight so maybe you’re using 17.5lb dumbbells for 8-10 reps.  And so on and so on….

You won’t be able to increase every single time, but if you’re new to lifting weights, you WILL increase pretty quickly.

Your muscles are completely incapable of being “confused”, any more than you can “confuse” your fat cells to disappear or “confuse” your lungs to increase oxygen uptake.  That’s the simple truth.

SO – I always recommend following the EXACT same weight training routine for 4-8 solid weeks while trying to increase reps and weights as you are able.   Changing your workouts more frequently will result in a remaining in a plateau – not the other way around.

Remember to give yourself adequate rest between sessions for recovery!

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