The Difference Between Personal Training & Exercising

In order to achieve an average level of fitness, you have to significantly increase your level of exercise from what has become the norm. This can be achieved by running a few miles each week and then performing some moderate strength training 2 days per week, or attending a few bootcamp style classes with no specific structure, programming or progression.

However, if you want to actually train for a race or train to get in your best shape, you need to approach your “exercise program” with a well designed, comprehensive approach that gives you the opportunity to get consistently stronger, more powerful, and better conditioned.

If you want to get in the best shape of your life and feel 10 years younger, then you have to set goals and do the things it takes to get there. A colleague once said it best, “You can’t just get up, do your 30 minutes on the treadmill at the same level you’ve been doing for the past year, go to work, eat like crap, go home, watch tv, go to bed, get up and repeat. You need to adopt a lifestyle that will affect your ability to meet your goals.” I couldn’t agree more.

There’s nothing wrong with achieving an average level of fitness….more Americans need to do at least that much, but if you really want to change the way you feel and look, then frankly it’s going to require your adopting a lifestyle that will allow you to reach that goal. Planning what you eat, getting adequate sleep, and exercising with a purpose is the only way to train to get better at a sport or activity you want to improve in. It’s no different in achieving a healthy life.

When asked, “Why do you exercise, or why do you want a personal trainer or coach?” the goals people typically state are “I want to get in shape”, or “I want to lose weight”. These are not goals. Stating instead, “I want to bench press 100 lbs for 10 reps or I want to lose 30 lbs in 8 months is a goal. See the difference?

If you have a goal, I can get you there, if you are willing to do your part. We have a staff of trainers that are all equipped to get you there. Many of our trainers are training for something whether it is a fitness competition, a biathlon, a triathlon, or some other event. We understand training…not just exercising. Let us help you train for your next event (life), and let us help you set and reach your next goal.

Here is one of my Favorite treats to make for the holiday!! Cream-Filled Strawberries

Cream-Filled Strawberries

Ingredients:

18 large fresh strawberries
1 cup cold fat free milk
1 (1 ounce) package sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:

1.Remove stems from strawberries; cut a deep X in the top of each berry. Spread berries apart. In a bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Fold in whipping topping and almond extract. Pipe or spoon about 5 teaspoons into each berry. Chill until serving.