Yesterday, as I was “surfing” the net, getting mentally ready to attend the Memorial Service for my friend (and client), I saw an article that covered the unveiling of a 600 pound 8 foot tall statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Columbus, Ohio this past Friday.
Immediately, I thought of my friend Craig. No, not because he was built like the Austrian Oak. He certainly was not! But, because like The Statue and Arnold himself, Craig was larger than life.
And while this forum is normally used for spewing “great” tangible Fitness Tips (at least I think some people believe so), today I wanna focus on the intangible. Personal Training is what I do and is what you (my clients) come to me for. The training can be “personalized” in two ways. One, your training sessions, diet advice (if desired) and cardio recommendations are “designed” to help you achieve your goals given your abilities and willingness to alter your lifestyle (even if it’s ever so slightly). The second way our time spent together, either in the gym, on the phone or via e-mail or text, is personalized is how “strong” our interpersonal bond becomes.
Needless to say, my bond with Craig was very strong. In fact, I see my bond with most of my clients as strong as Arnold, as depicted in The Statue. And for that, I am grateful! I hope you are too. But in saying that, my desire for you is meet and, if possible, even surpass your goals. In order to do so however, consistency must be a part of the program. Most of you are pretty consistent with your workouts. On the other hand, when it comes to effective cardiovascular training and dietary modifications…not so much.
So, here’s your challenge. Whether you workout with me or just “follow” my writings, make a commitment to yourself that you won’t miss workouts (and if you do, you’ll make them up), you’ll do your cardiovascular training at a rate that will help you achieve maximum effectiveness and that you’ll refrain from “cheating” with foods you know you’re not supposed to eat.
What does that all mean? Well, here are some tangibles:
1. Resistance train 3 – 4 times a week (even if you want to lose weight). Unlike cardiovascular training, weight lifting causes your body to burn extra calories for up to 48 hours after exercise.
2. Cardiovascular Training must be varied by time, intensity and/or mode so your body doesn’t become accustomed to its “stimulus” – rendering it ineffective.
3. Dietary pitfalls are around us constantly. Take the time to plan what and when you are going to eat. And stick to it! If you don’t, any extra calories you consume over your daily “allotment” will stick to your waist! With the nice weather brewing, fruits are an inticing treat. However, too much will turn that those yummy sweets into tummy fat!
Spring and Summer are now right around the corner and when the “layers” come off in a few weeks, I want you to FEEL like Craig and Arnold…Larger Than Life!