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The Art Of Personal Training (exercise, workouts, guidance, motivation, progress, recovery & plateau) – Stimulate, Don’t Annihilate

The Art Of Personal Training (exercise, workouts, guidance, motivation, progress, recovery & plateau) – Stimulate, Don’t Annihilate

Regulating a true Balance in your fitness program helps you stay fresh and focused

Most people that come to the gym really all want the same thing, to look and feel better while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I think the majority of people tend to have trouble because of two reasons…

1. They work too hard, and burn themselves out, never truly sticking to a program.
Or …
2. They don’t work hard enough, and are never on a program to begin with.

The ones that work too hard tend to be program hoppers, never sticking with it long enough to see results. They have what I like to refer to as workout ADD and always need to change it up. Or they try so hard they injury themselves and/or burn out mentally. These people would do well on a program but may find it boring, because of their personality.

The people that don’t work hard enough, are usually maintaining that level of fitness they already have. You may ask them what they are doing, and it is usually random exercises. There is no thought out plan from week to week or month to month, which leads down the road to nowhere. Sometimes these people just need guidance and motivation to try something new.

The answer of course lies somewhere in the middle between those two extremes. I love the phrase , “Stimulate, don’t annihilate.” This helps me drive home the point that we want the least amount of effort to create progress. Any more will be detrimental to our recovery, and any less would be a plateau. The art of Personal Training is being able to coach your clients on these topics. They have lives outside of the gym and don’t want to be sore for the next week and a half because of 100 sets of squats and push ups. Although sometimes those workouts are not a bad thing! Try to find balance in your fitness program, and always stay fresh and focused.

By: Lee Jephson, Personal Trainer at Towson

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