Be your own trainer

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Many of us who have made it a point to live a healthy lifestyle, decided to do so for different reasons.  As a personal trainer I’ve seen it all from the young boy encouraged by fitness magazines to the woman trying to get her body back after child birth.  For all of our different reasons that we make fitness a priority, our mission is the same.  Knowledge in knowing how to get to your goals is the key!  Losing nearly 100lbs in high school, my “obsession” spawned from never wanting to relive my unhealthy habits.  When I initially lost my weight, I did it all wrong.  I starved myself and thought that by taking multivitamins, I would be okay.  At the time, I didn’t know the difference between water soluble (vitamins that when taken in excess, simply excrete from our systems) and fat soluble (vitamins that store over time in our body’s tissues).  So as the fat soluble vitamins began to build up in my system, it left me sick on multiple occasions and twice I visited my family practitioner.  If I would have only learned how to do it right the first time, I wouldn’t have ended up where I did.  Hindsight is 20/20!  Boy when I finally was considered “skinny” it was all worth it!  Obviously, if I would have known what I know now, I would have done things very differently but I don’t regret anything.  That experience pushed me to learn all I could about diet and exercise.  Despite my years of schooling in vocal music performance, my god given talent takes backseat to my passion… my passion for simplifying health and fitness and teaching others how to be their own trainer!   
“Knowledge in knowing how to get to your goals is the key!”
On the surface it seems that a trainer’s job is pretty easy.  A client shows up for their session and the trainer takes them through a series of exercises that seem to change from time to time.  As time goes by the client, in a perfect world, makes progress towards their goals.  A lot more than meets the eye goes into getting a client from A – Z.  Below are three areas that a successful trainer takes into account in order for their clientele to reach their ultimate goals! 

Motivation:  Let’s face it.  Despite all the knowledge one has, or the time, or good genetics, if you’re not motivated, you won’t put forth the effort needed to get to your goals in any decent time allotment, if at all!  I see it every year as New Year’s passes; motivation fades from person to person.  The usual culprit to falling off the bandwagon is not seeing the results for the time put in.  Motivation alone will not get you to your goals!  A personal trainer will not let your motivation fail!

Accountability:  Being motivated to get to the gym is a good thing.  When you’re motivated for a week then take a month off, that’s not a good thing.  We all have “moments” of motivation where we do everything right...for a time.  Being able to hold yourself accountable is a necessity for achieving your goals.  Keep in mind that reaching your goals takes time!  This is a lifestyle not a race.  If it takes my client to get to a one year goal in three years, success!  We, as people, are worst at holding ourselves accountable.  Believe it or not, even I have a trainer!  If you have problems holding yourself accountable than maybe you too need someone to do it for you!

Education:  Now to get to the nitty gritty on ultimately achieving your goals!  Being motivated and holding yourself accountable is all fine and dandy but if you don’t know what to do and how to do it, you will fail.  This is the primary reason most fail after New Year’s.  I see it at the start of every year!  There is no lack of new, motivated members who have vowed to make diet and exercise part of their daily life.  Why then would one falter on such a fantastic endeavor?  It becomes very DE-motivating when all the time you’ve put forth ends up with little to no results.  This is the main reason we fail!  We just don’t know what to do.  If you’re not willing put forth the time and energy to study like a trainer, than get a trainer!    

If you do, however, have the time and think you have what it takes to be a trainer, then let me introduce a personal friend and trainer’s trainer, Josh Wludyga.  Josh works for NPTI (National Personal Training Institute) here in Phoenix.  Josh’s courses are designed to teach individuals to literally be their own trainer!  All of Josh’s prospective trainers have their reasons to be so as I had years ago.  I wish those years ago, NPTI existed for me!  The one aspect that sets NPTI apart from most national certifications is the ability to learn hands on, literally on the gym floor with fellow students learning proper posture, techniques and exercises along with the obvious book work that comes along with any national certification.  If you ever thought about becoming a personal trainer, an NPTI education will always be looked at first amongst fitness professionals when hiring new trainers.  Let’s look at three exercises that an NPTI personal trainer would have YOU do!  

Single Leg Bench Squat:  With one foot on bench and another on floor in front of torso, lower back knee to floor. Push with lead leg back to upright position. 3 – 5 sets of 8 to 16 repetitions. *hold dumbbells at your sides for added resistance!*

Single Leg Hip Raise:  Lay on the ground face up with one foot on a medicine ball with other leg extended.  Push your heel into the ball raising hips off the ground until they are completely extended. Lower slowly back to floor. 3 – 5 sets for time or until failure.