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Why Personal Training Doesn’t Work.

 

Personal training doesn’t work.

I hate to be the one to say this, but it really doesn’t. While I am at it, I don’t think diet centers work either. I had this thought today and I have been trying all day to disprove it. And I can’t.

When you think of a personal trainer, what do you think of? A kid at 24 hour Fitness that shows you how to use the machines?

“This is a chest press. It works your chest.”

“This is a leg press, this works your legs”.

What I am saying is this. A trainer shows you how to use equipment and how to do the exercises. What else do they really do?

What does a diet center do?  The same thing.

“Eat this and swallow these pills and weigh in at the end of the week.”

Do you need this?

I mean, I have all this stuff on my website and it is free! If you want to learn how to use a chest press machine, there are hundreds if not thousands of videos on YouTube.

How many blogs talk about fat loss and nutrition?

What about Corrective Exercise?

All the information is out there. To be fair, some people can make progress. But there is a difference between progress and change. What happens when you stop going to the diet center? What happens when you stop going to the gym?

That is why I think trainers have a limited role in fitness. What you need is a coach and yes there is a difference.

Example 1: When I first started using my Ipad to shoot videos I needed help. I went right to YouTube and found some helpful videos that showed my how to operate the video camera. Problem solved.

Example 2: When I wanted to grow my fitness business I hired a coach. I wanted someone who knew my industry and could look at what I was doing and give me advice. What was I doing right and what did I need to fix? This is personal stuff and there is no way can I find this on a YouTube channel. I didn’t want generic advice or motivational speeches. I wanted to make a change.

Of all the clients I have trained, I can’t think of a single one that hasn’t tried to do it themselves. Getting back in shape is easy when you are young and gets more difficult as you get older. Throw in old injuries, aches and pains and the job of getting fit gets exponentially harder.

You may be in the same situation in your life. Everybody is different and has different needs. Whether you train with me in your home, in a small group or online, I want to deliver a true coaching experience.

Want to know the true secret to getting back in shape? It isn’t the exercises. You know what exercises you need to do. It isn’t nutrition. I think by this time everyone knows what they should eat more of and what they need to eat less of.

The value of a coach

The key is having someone coaching you to the next level. Someone who can watch what you are doing and make changes. Someone you can call, email or text with questions as they come up. A coach is someone who has a vested interest in you and will work with you.

I can attest that hiring a coach can be a difficult decision. You are going to hear things you don’t want to hear and asked to do things that you may not want to do. You may get taken out of your comfort zone. But isn’t that what change is all about?

As a coach, I need to figure out:

  • A solution for you that you can fit into your lifestyle.
  • A program that you will do even when I am not there.
  • A way to make practices become habits and habits become lifestyles.

At least that is my philosophy. Sound like something you have been looking for? If so, please fill out the form below and we can det up a free, no-obligation consultation.

I offer:

  • One on one personal training
  • Small group 2-6 people sessions. (a great way for the family to workout or some friends to get together)
  • Online Training
  • Individual phone or Skype consultations.

Contact Me

I offer in home and online personal training. This is customized training directed at achieving your goals. I offer a free 30 minute consultation and would love to talk with you. Just fill out the consult form and I will be in touch with you. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Post 93: Mindset: Do I Have What It Takes To Get You In Shape?

Do I have what it takes to get you in shape?

The idea of this blog comes from Natalie Sisson of the Suitcase Entrepreneur. I am taking part in the 30 day blog challenge. Why? Well because this blog has been patchy and sporadic at best and I need to get better at it.

So as I am reading day 2, I came across this. Hopefully Natalie doesn’t mind if I share the following on the importance of mindset.

Starting a business is quite possibly one of the most challenging moments of your life. Running a business and your life from the road is another challenge altogether.

“For the first few weeks and months you will likely question everything you thought you knew about yourself and whether you’re cut out to be an entrepreneur and a world traveler.

This is a natural state to be in. Be prepared to be in that state for at least the first year as you test what works and find out what you’re capable of.

It’s also something you should embrace. Putting yourself out there to create products and services that help others and make an impact is not meant to be easy.

You’re changing the world remember and that takes guts, persistence, massive amounts of self belief and determination – all of which will be tested on a regular basis.”

Great advice for me but also great advice for you.  Building this blog (and podcast?) to the next level is going to test my limits as a business owner and writer. I am going to do my best to build and offer quality content that is actually going to help you. But I know I can’t do this unless it is fun.

Since we are starting from scratch, I would like to change the above quote to make it fit the person trying to get back in shape.

Starting a fitness program is quite possibly one of the most challenging moments of your life. Staying fit while running a business and having a personal life is another challenge altogether.

For the first few weeks and months you will likely question everything you thought you knew about yourself and whether you’re cut out to change your diet and complete the workouts.

This is a natural state to be in. Be prepared to be in that state for at least the 3 to 6 months as you test what works and find out what you’re capable of.

It’s also something you should embrace. Putting yourself out there to sweat, ache and change your physical body and mind is not meant to be easy.

You’re changing your world remember and that takes guts, persistence, massive amounts of self belief and determination – all of which will be tested on a regular basis.

If you have this mindset, how can you not succeed?

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So how about we make a deal.

I am going to do my best to keep you on track and have fun doing it.  All I ask from you is to let me know what you need. My goal is to 250 subscribers to my newsletter by the end of the year. If I can continually add people who are interested in my blog we will have a community before we know it. That is my end goal.

How cool would that be!

So let me know what you need to stay on track with your fitness goals and I will help any way I can.

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Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com or like me on http://www.facebook.com/mfactorfitness  or tweet with me @mfactormike

Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

 

Post 82: M Factor Fitness War on Fat Month Part 4: Your Fat Cells’ Secret Weight Loss Weapon


Your Fat Cells’ Secret Weight Loss Weapon
By Mike Roussell, PhD

It would seem kind of crazy to think that your fat cells would release compounds that would actually make them shrink in size, but they do.

It is just up to you to take advantage of your fat cells’ self-destructive behavior.

One way to do this is with the hormone adiponectin. Chances are you haven’t heard of adiponectin in the past as it is not well known outside of scientific circles.

Let me get you acquainted.

Adiponectin is a hormone released from your fat cells. Here are just a couple of the things that it does:

1. It helps break down fat so you can use it for energy (i.e., burn fat)

2. It improves how your body uses carbohydrates (which helps reduce their storage as fat)

3. It increases your calorie burning.

Sounds great doesn’t it?  How can you get more adiponectin? Here are a couple ways.

1. Exercise – One study published in the scientific journal Diabetes Care found that adiponectin levels increased by 260 percent after just 2-3 bouts of exercise.

I always tell clients that exercise is like a booster shot, making your weight-loss diet work better.

One of the ways it does this is by increasing adiponectin levels.

2. Lose a Little Weight – The more body fat you have, the less adiponectin your fat cells are going to release.

The good news is that adiponectin will help you with the fat loss snow ball effect because the more weight you lose, the more adiponectin your fat cells will release, causing you to lose more weight.

It is just up to you to get the ball rolling.3. Eat Salmon – The fats found in fish, like salmon or omega-3 supplements like krill oil, have been shown in animal studies to increase levels of adiponectin.

It seems counterintuitive that fats help you burn fat, but this is just another example of the incredible power of omega-3 fats.Start getting your fat cells to work for you, not against you, by releasing more adiponectin.

These three easy tips will get you started on your way to becoming a leaner, calorie burning machine.

More Help For Your Fat Cells >>




Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 80: July Official War on Fat Month Part 3: Your Fat Cells’ Secret Weight Loss Weapon



Your Fat Cells’ Secret Weight Loss Weapon
By Mike Roussell, PhD

It would seem kind of crazy to think that your fat cells would release compounds that would actually make them shrink in size, but they do.

It is just up to you to take advantage of your fat cells’ self-destructive behavior.

One way to do this is with the hormone adiponectin. Chances are you haven’t heard of adiponectin in the past as it is not well known outside of scientific circles.

Let me get you acquainted.

Adiponectin is a hormone released from your fat cells. Here are just a couple of the things that it does:

1. It helps break down fat so you can use it for energy (i.e., burn fat)

2. It improves how your body uses carbohydrates (which helps reduce their storage as fat)

3. It increases your calorie burning.

Sounds great doesn’t it?  How can you get more adiponectin? Here are a couple ways.

1. Exercise – One study published in the scientific journal Diabetes Care found that adiponectin levels increased by 260 percent after just 2-3 bouts of exercise.

I always tell clients that exercise is like a booster shot, making your weight-loss diet work better.

One of the ways it does this is by increasing adiponectin levels.

2. Lose a Little Weight – The more body fat you have, the less adiponectin your fat cells are going to release.

The good news is that adiponectin will help you with the fat loss snow ball effect because the more weight you lose, the more adiponectin your fat cells will release, causing you to lose more weight.

It is just up to you to get the ball rolling.
3. Eat Salmon – The fats found in fish, like salmon or omega-3 supplements like krill oil, have been shown in animal studies to increase levels of adiponectin.

It seems counterintuitive that fats help you burn fat, but this is just another example of the incredible power of omega-3 fats.
Start getting your fat cells to work for you, not against you, by releasing more adiponectin.

These three easy tips will get you started on your way to becoming a leaner, calorie burning machine.

More Help For Your Fat Cells >>









Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

Post 42: Healthy Breakfast Ideas

This is an article from Shar Ray of Dahn Yoga. I love it when other fitness professionals ask to guest blog. Blogs ought to be an exchange of ideas and viewpoints, especially fitness sites. There are so many ways to go about getting in shape, I like hearing other opinions. So feel free to submit articles but make sure they are good. Please make sure they are good and not just blatant advertising. Submit a crappy thinly veiled infomercial and I will make a sour face and hit the delete button. Put some thought and creativity into it and see it posted on the mighty M Factor Fitness blog site.

I have always been interested in Yoga and meditation. My post-workout stretching routine is basically 5 minutes of yoga.it is nice to see that they feel the same way I do about breakfast. 
1. Eat breakfast.
2. Eat a balance of proteins, carbs and fats.
3. Feel good.


So for any of you that think it is ok to skip breakfast, it isn’t. Don’t do it.


Thanks to Shar for the article.

An energizing breakfast can prepare the body for the day’s activities 
Skipping breakfast is something many people do because they are too busy to squeeze proper nutrition in during the morning hours. However, it’s worth waking up a few minutes earlier in order to get a balanced meal in, as breakfast is known to promote healthy weight and give you the energy you need to have a productive day.
But there’s no need to heat up the waffle iron or make omelets for the whole family. There are plenty of quick, easy, nutritious ways to ensure that you get the most important meal of the day.
One thing you should keep in mind is that a balanced meal consists of equal parts protein, carbohydrates and fat. Those last two components may send off triggers in your head, as they’re often villainized as being the causes of excess body fat. However, your body needs fats and carbs in order to function, just be sure to choose healthy sources of these nutrients.
For example, whole grains are packed with fiber and vitamins, making them a great source of carbohydrates. The same goes for fruit, which some don’t often think of as containing carbohydrates – but they do! Vegetables like potatoes, yams and steamed broccoli are also healthy sources of energy.
As for fats, think about nuts, eggs, olive oil and fish, all of which have been shown to be good for the heart, not to mention loaded with vitamins and other nutrients.
Considering this simple rule of nutritional balance, it should be easy to come up with quick breakfast solutions. Below is a list of meals that can be eaten at home, on-the-go or at the office.
• One slice of whole wheat toast with nut butter; one apple
• One hard-boiled egg; one small orange; whole wheat English muffin
• A cup of equal parts nuts and dried fruit; one glass of milk
• One cup of yogurt; one slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter
• An egg cooked in olive oil on one slice of whole wheat toast
• Slice of smoked salmon on a bagel with reduced fat cream cheese
• Scrambled eggs with one cup of steamed broccoli
You and your family may even have fun coming up with new and exciting breakfast ideas!
DahnYoga is one of the largest yoga and tai chi companies in the world with its own unique style and brand of yoga.  DahnYoga is rooted in the rich history of an ancient Asian mind-body practice, Sun Do, and in the wisdom of the Chun Bu Kyung.

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

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