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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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Should Diabetics Exercise?

personalShould you workout with weights if you are diabetic?

Being diagnosed with Diabetes changes your life. It is a shocker. Luckily in a number of cases you actually have time to reverse the effects before it becomes permanent. Over 29.1 million Americans have been diagnosed as having diabetes and another 86 million are pre-diabetic.

So what does Science say?

The research is overwhelmingly in favor of exercise.

Here are a few reasons exercise helps (info courtesy of the PTDC)

Sorry if this gets a bit technical.

Exercise:

  • Increases glucose uptake in skeletal muscle via insulin-dependant and insulin-independant mechanisms.
  • Lowers fasting blood sugar levels.
  • Improves fat oxidation.
  • Can reduce systolic blood pressure and LDL levels.
  • Can elevate mood. Help stave off depression.
  • Lower hemoglobin A1C levels
  • Reduce cardiovascular morbidity.

So what all does this mean and how much work is this going to take?

Good questions. It means you need to get moving. Walking is a good start but if you really want to make progress consider lifting weights. I work with people who need to make massive changes in their life and have a few pre-diabetic clients. To be honest, they usually are my hardest workers. They realize the stuff has hit the fan and they need to change immediately.

 

So far everyone has made huge progress. I love it when my people stop fearing the visit to the Doctor. Would you believe they look forward to the lab testing  because they know the results will be better than the last time?

Some people can do this themselves and some people need a little coaching. If you fall into the latter category I would suggest hiring a competent personal trainer. The eating will be simple enough. Reduce carbs and up the protein and fats. The hard part will be changing the way you eat. The other tricky part will be starting your exercise program at a level where you can make steady progress without hurting yourself.

If you need any help with that, let me know. I offer one on one training, small group training, online training and nutrition coaching.

If you are interested in online coaching starting at $10/month, click here.

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 90: Introduction to M Factor Fitness and Nutrition

Why in the world do you need to look at another fitness blog, especially this one?

 Because in a world of cookie cutter blogs and follow the leader mentality, maybe you want a second opinion and some fresh ideas.

This is why I created M Factor Fitness and Nutrition. My clients  range from 35 to 60 years old and getting in shape is not as easy as it used to be. They are real people with jobs, mortgages and families. Some have never exercised and some are dealing with injuries from the past.

Most don’t like the idea of going to a gym or taking a class. They know they need individualized attention to get results. Here is what I have learned.

You don’t need advice on what everybody should be doing. You need advice on what you should be doing! 

Let me welcome to the world of M Factor Fitness. What I’ve done is take my personal training philosophy that I’ve developed over the past 10 years and put it in a format that is accessible by anybody.

This is the problem is this. Most people in the 35 to 60 age range want to get in better shape but they simply don’t have the time to do it or they have injuries that stop them from exercising regularly.

So with what little time you have we need to maximize your results. This means tossing out the ideas that don’t work and putting in effective ideas that will work. The problem here is that everybody is different and with everybody is unique.

If we train together I will give you a plan of action. If you read this blog I will offer up ideas for you to try. This is the purpose of this blog. Some of my ideas may seem a little counter intuitive at first but I would ask that you hang in there with me and try them for yourself. Everything I will blog about has science behind it.

The other side of this is that I will talk about stuff that flat-out doesn’t work and you need to avoid. If you are doing those things, don’t be offended. Think of it as a second opinion. This is a blog and blogs were meant to be interactive. So share your opinions.

So how should you actually use this website?

I recommend starting out doing three things.

1. Sign up for my newsletter so you can get articles delivered to your email every time I post. Actually I think I have this set up to send you an email every three blogs. I will also send you a quick note if anything important is coming up. Click here to get started.

2, Sign up for my free fitness portal. I have teamed up with TrueStar vitamins to provide my clients with a nutrition website that will create custom menus for you based on your goals and health issues. It also can also create exercise plans for you along with ideas on supplementation. Oh yeah, this is free to anyone who wants to join. 

One of the things I like best about the website is that it has 17,000 different recipes. Even if you don’t follow the recipes it will give you a good idea of how you need to be eating.

Look at it this way. If you went to a nutritionist they would charge you $300 to do the same thing. They may even be using the same software. So please take it advantage of this. I have been looking for software like this since I started personal training and I haven’t found anything that comes close to this. So check it out here.

3. Facebook me! Be a fan and get this content via Facebook. I will be doing some exclusive things with Facebook in the future so make sure to be a fan.

4. If you want to take me along in the car i have a new podcast called the ” M Factor Fitness FunkCast” available on ITunes for the reasonable fee of free.It is a little ragged but I am working on it. You can listen to it here.

Finally, I am not putting all this together for my ego. I am doing this to help you. So please make sure to ask me questions, suggest topics and make this blog your own.

P.S. As a struggling blogger, it is always nice when readers share content and it is always appreciated.

Post 89: What Kind of Personal Trainer Are You?

Anybody want to know a little bit more about my training style and Philosophy?

Here is an interview I did a long time ago for a website a while back. I just stumbled across it and I think it gives some pretty good insight to where I am coming from as a trainer. Enjoy,

1. Why did you choose to become a personal trainer?

One day I realized what being fit has meant to me and the doors that it has opened. It is an awesome feeling to give my clients the same power. Training and reaching your fitness goals will change your life in more ways than you can imagine. So many people focus on the destination but the journey is far more interesting.

2. How am I different from other Personal trainers?

A lot of trainers avoid clients with health issues but those are the people that need the most help. My emphasis is on training people in the 35 to 60 age range.

My specialty is creating custom programs based on what you need to fix your health.

  • Fix any mobility issues.
  • Address flexibility and stiffness issues.
  • Work on strength and endurance.
  • Help you achieve your personal goals..

 

3. What is my biggest Challenge in Training Clients?

If we can get the mindset right everything else that is good will follow. This means looking at your life as a whole: Exercise, nutrition, supplementation, sleep and attitude. If I can get accurate information in these areas we can usually fix the problem areas quickly.

4.How do I deal with clients who aren’t serious?

I try not to judge people on how serious they are. Everybody is different and they show their level of commitment differently. The reason I have a website, videos and blogs is to give the potential client a chance to get to know me before they pick up the phone.

5. What is the most important component to personal training that I advocate to clients?

Communication. I know making changes in your lifestyle can be hard and I am on your side. If there are any issues I am not addressing, I want you to tell me. My business is based on referrals and you are my walking billboard. I can’t succeed if you don’t succeed and I will give you all the tools to meet your goal.

6. What are my strengths as a trainer? Weaknesses?

My strength is that I can create fun, functional programs for you regardless of your level of fitness, experience, amount of time or type of equipment you have. My weakness may be that sometimes I feel I want my clients to achieve their goals more than they do.

7. What do I think of the ever popular “Atkins Diet”?

Different diets and nutrition programs work for different people. If that is your thing, I will work with you on it. Diets fail because you are forced to make too big of a change in your eating habits. I prefer to look at the way you like to eat and make a few tweaks here and there and add a few supplements.

Free Nutrition and menu Planner

 

8. What “Question” do I come across with most clients?

“How Can I fit exercise into my crazy lifestyle?”

9. Who is my favorite Fitness author?

It changes almost weekly. Whether it is J.C. Santana, Kelly Starrett or Pat Rigsby, I am always reading and learning.

10. Who has been your greatest success story?

Listen, everybody is a success story. Everybody comes from a different place and has different reasons for starting serious training. Everybody has obstacles and fears to overcome and I respect that.

11. What is your advice for clients first starting a fitness program?

1. Find a trainer who has experience and will listen to what you want to accomplish.
2. Get an exercise and nutrition program you can realistically follow for the long term.
3. Commit to it 100%.
4. Make sure the program addresses all aspects of health and fitness.

12. What type of training do you prefer, one-on-one or group? Why?

I offer both one on one and small group ( 1-4 ) people. Small group training is more affordable and if you have a couple of friends who are at the same ability level it is a lot of fun. If you have a number of issues and need specialized attention, I would go one on one. at least until I have you at a level where I don’t have to focus on you 100%.

13. What are my personal goals for the future?

Personal training is my passion and I am fortunate that I can earn a living doing it full-time. That means I can concentrate on training a small select number of clients and keep the level of quality high. In the future I want to work on more functional training and rehabbing clients along with more specific nutrition programs.

I also want to make this website and blog a comprehensive research center for anyone who wants to get back in shape, lose fat and be healthy. Please take advantage of this site. There is a ton of free stuff and access to some of the best fitness information on the web.

14. Anything else?

Definitely. have fun and enjoy life. Life is short. Don’t walk around in pain or huffing and puffing. Take charge of your health.

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 78: War On Fat Month. Part One Turning Fat Cells into Friends

Here we are in the middle of Summer. 95 degrees here in Denver and it is time to take a good look at where you are in your journey to get the type of body you want and the health you deserve.

So I  will be presenting some videos of the newest fat research from the good folks at ProGrade Nutrition to help you. 

Let’s face it, if you can’t drop fat in sweltering heat, how are you going to do it in the middle of winter. 

if you are working out and eating clean and still not dropping fat at will, you need to click on the link below and listen to Dr. Roussell. As with any information I present, do your homework. If this makes sense to you try it. Remember that ProGrade Products always carry a money back guarantee so there is absolutely no risk to you…..the only thing you have to lose is fat. ( I just had to sneak that one in. Sorry.)



By Mike Roussell, PhD

We always look at our fat cells as the enemy – making our pants too tight, causing unsightly bulges under our shirts, and stubbornly sticking to that area below our belly buttons.

I want to propose a radical idea to you…make friends with your fat, take care of it, and fix it.

An ugly truth is that you’re stuck with the fat cells you have, so why not make the best of a bad situation?

Why? Because your fat cells can actually help you lose weight. You may be thinking “How could that even be possible?!”

Simple! Your fat cells don’t just sit there.

They actually release their own unique hormones, which scientists call adipokines, which help regulate your body weight.

When these hormones aren’t optimized, weight loss is harder; but optimize them, and they will help you lose weight faster.

Here are three ways you can optimize these hormones for more efficient weight loss.

1. Move More – Studies show that moving more (fidget more, take more steps, exercise, etc.) is associated with having higher levels of the adipokine adiponectin.

Adiponectin is your lean body hormone.

Getting your fat cells to release more adiponectin will cause your muscles to soak up more energy (out competing fat cells) and allow you to burn more calories.2. Eat More Antioxidant-Rich Foods – If you are overweight, then you probably already have high enough levels of the hormone leptin, a hormone that signals your brain and regulates your body weight and appetite.

The problem is that your brain isn’t getting the signal.

Researchers believe that antioxidants are the key to re-sensitizing the brain to leptin.

Eating more antioxidant-rich foods like raspberries and blueberries will get you started on the right track.3. Sleep More – It may sound counterintuitive, but sleeping more may actually help you lose more weight.

Research shows that it doesn’t take too many nights of not sleeping enough before your fat cells start to release less leptin (remember the more leptin, the better).

Sleeping more should be the easiest of all these fat cell fixes. Just turn the TV off and get to bed!

Put these three simple steps into action and starting fixing how your fat cells are functioning.

This will get your fat cells working for you, actually help you lose weight, and not the other way around.

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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 61: Turkish Get-Up Tutorial

Hey, how is everyone today?

Who Wants to do A Turkish Get-Up?

One of the great things about publishing a blog is that I can direct this wobbly ship anyway I want. One of the things I like to do is share information I find. Not crappy marketing info or generic filler articles but honest fitness stuff from fellow athletes who are in the trenches like you and me. This information is always better and always more credible. This is actual training you can use.

That is why I originally posted the video from Neghar Fonooni, the 36k Turkish Get-Up. Now everyone wants to learn how to do one and to be honest, I am not the one to show you. But Neghar is. When I originally asked her permission to post her video on my site, she agreed.

If I were a vain person I would put a video of myself doing them but since she is teaching me, I will bow to the master on this one. The explanation is simply the best I have found. But I need to warn you, this is a hard and humbling exercise. Don’t be an idiot and try this using weight until you have your form down.  Don’t be a bigger idiot by trying to use the weight she uses. She is a trained professional. Doing a 72 pound TGU would be like trying to walk into a 500 lb squat. Work your way into it. I am.
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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. |

Quickie Body Weight Workouts

Quickie Bodyweight Workouts are essential to getting in shape.

Why?

Because having quick workouts you can do without equpiment bridges the gap betweena full workout session and missing your training.

It is too easy to skip your training because you:

  • Don’t have enough time.
  • The gym is too far away.
  • The weather is bad.
  • It is too late.
  • It is too early

Everybody knows these excuses because everyone, including myself have used them.

So think of the quickie workout as a bridge between what you had planned and doing nothing.

Actually these workouts can be brutally hard if you push yourself.

So push yourself.

These are some screenshots taken from my online training program.

My online training allows you to train anywhere and anytime!

Beginner BodyWeight Workout

 

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Intermediate Bodyweight workout

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Advanced Bodyweight workout

Quickie 1C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If this looks like the type of workout that could get you in the best shape of your life, then click here

for more information on joining M Factor Fitness Online Training

For the ridiculously low price of $10/month you get:

  • free app download.
  • A bunch of different workouts
  • Over 100 exercises with HD video
  • Membership in my private Facebook Group
  • Full email access to me.