Do You Really Need A Personal Trainer?

I never really planned on having a personal trainer. At first, I was more interested in having some sort of workout partner. A friend of mine was in even worse physical fitness than I was in, and we planned on using each other as motivation to get in shape. We could not really afford personal trainers at the time, and we figured that just getting started would be a big accomplishment.

For a while, we got a lot of benefit from just going to the gym together a few times a week. Personal training might have sped things up, but we were doing pretty well on our own. We were both losing weight, feeling better about ourselves, and having much more energy to do the things we loved. For the first several months, this was how it was. Eventually, however, we hit a wall.

This is a well-known phenomenon. Even with personal trainers, it is possible to hit a fitness wall and be able to go no further. The exercises you are doing is simply not strenuous enough to push you up to the next level. I tried changing things up, but I just didn’t have enough extra time to exercise and, in the hour a day I was spending, I could only get so fit. That is when I decided to hire a personal trainer.

Accredited personal fitness instructors are not cheap, but fortunately the gym I was at had a deal. You could get a discount on the first month of personal training, complete with several extra hours of one on one working out. The trainer pushed me like nothing else. He made me go further, workout harder, and stay longer than I had before. That wasn’t what really helped, however. What really helped was all the new exercises he showed me. I was sculpting different muscles, doing different cardiovascular exercises, and in general having a greater variety of activities than before. It started to have an affect on my body almost immediately.

After the deal ran out, I had originally planned on quitting working with the personal fitness instructor. I found out, however, that I enjoyed it too much to quit. I decide to cut back on my hours with a personal trainer, but to keep seeing him anyway. Nowadays, I am healthier than I have ever been, and continue to get stronger. I owe a lot of that to the personal trainer who I have been working with.


How to Convince Yourself to Workout Before Work

Believe it or not but being self-employed actually makes it 100 times easier to stick to a workout. You see, now you have much more control over your time and you will be much more able to choose when you want to work and when you want to relax, or exercise.

The problem is, if you aim to finish early at the end of the day and workout then, you will almost always find that it never actually happens. The problem is, you'll still get tired and once you get into the 'flow' you'll find it's almost impossible to break out of it and to return later on while being just as productive.

Working out first on the other hand, means you'll have more energy and a better mood as you work. It's just a matter of being disciplined enough to convince yourself to do so.

Here are some tips that can help.

Set Everything Up the Night Before
One way to help yourself workout before you start work is to set up your gym kit etc. the night before. The aim here is to create the minimum barrier between you and the gym so that there's no effort involved other than the workout itself. Setting things up the night before means you can just grab your bag and go and that helps a lot.
Make Your Workout Fun
If you're going to convince yourself to workout first thing in the morning then it can help a great deal to do a workout that you actually find fun. Working out can be fun – and especially if you do something like rock climbing or sparring with a heavy bag. Find a workout that you enjoy and don't worry too much about your strict goals – they'll come with time as long as you put in the effort.
Oh and your workouts don't have to be super long either. Ten minutes is better than nothing if that's all you have!
Join a Nearby Gym
Which gym do you join?
The nearest one. It's as simple as that. This way you'll save a ton of time and feel much more inclined to workout. And if you don't have a nearby gym, then you should workout from home.
If you're struggling to workout at all, then you should bear in mind that the problem is most likely linked with stress or your energy levels. It may just mean you're taking on too much work, in which case: try to tune it down a bit!

Motivational Exercise Tools That Work

Committing to starting an exercise routine is a great first step when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. Most people don’t have any problems exercising for the first few weeks. It is after the initial fun period has worn off that your motivations starts to drop. If this sounds like you, not to worry, you do have a few tools that you can use.

A simple pedometer can be extremely motivational. Just knowing that you are wearing your pedometer can easily make you move more. Pedometers range in all sizes and prices. You can easily find one to suit your budget. One of the most popular pedometers today is the Fit Bit. As well as tracking your steps it can help you determine how many calories you burn and more. You can even sync your Fit Bit to your computer so you have all of your information handy.

Just keeping a log of your daily exercise is another tool that can help you stay on track. Write down all the minutes that you exercise and then add up your total at the end of the day. Even snatching five minutes here and there can easily add up to an hour a day.

Listening to music is a wonderful tool that can help you complete your exercise routine. If you run or walk listening to music can help you eat up those miles. Even if you ride a stationary bike or use a treadmill music can help the minutes tick by.

This one depends on where you have your exercise equipment set up. But see if you can position your machine so that you can see the TV while exercising. This way you can watch your favorite show while getting in your exercise.

Other tools that you may find helpful include exercise DVD’s, books and motivational tapes. All of these items can help you stay on track and not lose sight of your goals. 

Listening to a motivational tape each day can really help you stay focused. You recommit yourself each day to exercise. Books can help teach you about the benefits of exercise. While DVD’s are great to use when you can’t make it to your exercise class. This way you have no excuses for not exercising regularly.

See what motivational exercise tools you currently have in place, if you don’t have one, then it is time to pick one of the above and get to work.

Some Real Benefits of Interval Training

You’ve probably heard about HIIT and how it’s a great way to get fit and lose weight in shorter workouts than traditional fitness methods. But did you know about the other benefits that come with HIIT training? Perhaps these will motivate you even more…[Continue Reading…]

What is High Intensity Exercise?

The high intensity exercise theory was developed by the inventor of the Nautilus equipment, Arthur Jones, back in the 1970’s. High intensity exercise is any routine that uses a large amount of weight or resistance over a short period of time. It is generally associated with strength training and involves training harder through the constant and frequent overloading of muscles to the point of failure, but for brief and repetitive periods of time. On the other hand, endurance training stresses frequent training with less weight or resistance over longer periods of time.

The goal of the individual usually defines the difference. For the person wanting to maintain muscle and burn calories, endurance training will work better. But, for the person looking for the maximum development of muscles and not focused on burning calories, high intensity training will work better.[Continue Reading…]

Why You Should Buy Resistance Bands for Super Fitness

wpid-0ce7c3fd-2164-44ab-854e-ff888267c689.jpgPeople looking to workout from home don’t always want to spend a fortune on home gym equipment. The good news is that you can get a very effective workout with very minimal equipment, especially when you’re doing HIIT training. Resistance bands are one of those home gym staples that needn’t cost too much. So what makes them so great for fitness?

Are Resistance Bands As Good As Weights?

Resistance bands, also sometimes known as exercise bands, are stretchy, long, thin bands that can be used for different workouts. Unlike weights, resistance bands get tougher on your muscles the harder you pull on them. They do come in a range of different tensions, however.

The main question people have when thinking of buying resistance bands is whether they’re as good as weights. The truth is that most people assume that resistance bands are simply a poor substitute for full weights, when people don’t want to spend the money on the real thing. This couldn’t be further from the truth![Continue Reading…]