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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.

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Podcast 11: Super Bowl, Ken Dolls and Rites of Passage

Podcast 11: Super Bowl, Ken Dolls and Rites of Passage

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In this episode I tackle the following topics:

  • The Super Bowl
  • Great NFL Quarterbacks
  • Neil Peart of Rush
  • Technique
  • The Human Ken Doll
  • The Man Whose Arms Exploded
  • Why We Lift Weights
  • Rites of Passage

Podcast 10: Overtraining and a Rant about Men’s Fitness Magazine

Podcast 10: Overtraining and a Rant about Men’s Fitness Magazine

 

Episode 10

Episode 10

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Congrats to me on episode number 10! In here you will find:

  • Online personal training coming Feb. 14 2014
  • Artist of the week: The Almighty and The Black Star Riders.
  • Question of the Week: How many days should I train? when should I take a day off?
  • 3 Things you need to buy at Costco.
  • Why Dieting is ineffective and why lifting weights rules.
  • A 10 minute rant about the strange and bizarre world of Men’s Fitness magazine.

Post 120: Arnold Is Now Working at Gold’s Gym

Even when Arnold is goofing around at Gold’s Gym he givesout better advice than most trainers. Ha!

Long live Howard the gym manager!

P.S. if you are the kind of person that would rather listen to me rather than read, then y0u need to get in on my podcast. The M Factor Fitness Funkcast. 30 minutes of fitness stuff, goofing around and general good times. Get it here on Itunes or here at podbean.com

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitnessandnutrition.com

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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.

Podcast 7: Christmas Goodies for Your Home Gym

Episode 7: Christmas Goodies for Your Home Gym

 

 

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Episode 7: Christmas Goodies for Your Home Gym

December 28, 2013

Episode 7: Goodies for your home gym.

Why do people buy so much useless crap for their gyms?
I can only hope it isn’t too late for me to save you a little cash and keep you from having to put your abdominator on Craigs list.
 

Podcast 8: Are Vitamins Worthless?

Episode 8: Are Vitamins Worthless?

 

 

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January 10, 2014

This may be the best podcast yet. I tackle the study that came out saying that vitamins are basically worthless. Are they right? Am I right? Take 27.02 minutes and check it out.

 

Podcast 9: Where to Train- Gyms vs. Fitness centers vs. Rec centers

Episode 9: Where to Train- Gyms vs. Fitness centers vs. Rec centers

 

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 January 12, 2014

The editing is choppy here but I think I cover some good stuff. You should get a couple chuckles out of this one.

 
Topics Discussed:
  • The mystery of the appendix.
  • Snowblowing vs. snow shoveling: A moral quandry.
  • Gyms vs. Fitness centers vs. Rec centers.
  • A rant about a trainer I saw at the Rec center.
  • I try to be nice to Curves.
  • I insult runners, pilates and yogis (in a nice way).
Online Training coming in February!
 

Post 108: Why Rednecks Have Less Stress

A friend sent this to me and I just had to pass it on. Just In case you don’t know, I am originally from Texas and my friend is from Arkansas.

Rednecks have the lowest stress rate because they do

Not understand the seriousness of most medical terminology:

 

Medical Term

Redneck Definition

Artery The study of paintings
Bacteria Back door to cafeteria
Barium What doctors do when patients die
Benign What you be, after you be eight
Caesarean Section A neighborhood in Rome
Cat scan Searching for Kitty
Cauterize Made eye contact with her
Colic A sheep dog
Coma A punctuation mark
Dilate To live long
Enema Not a friend
Fester Quicker than someone else
Fibula A small lie
Impotent Distinguished, well known
Labor Pain Getting hurt at work
Medical Staff A Doctor’s cane
Morbid A higher offer
Nitrates Rates of Pay for Working at Night,
Normally more money than Days
Node I knew it
Outpatient A person who has fainted
Pelvis Second cousin to Elvis
Post Operative A letter carrier
Recovery Room Place to do upholstery
Rectum Nearly killed him
Secretion Hiding something
Seizure Roman Emperor
Tablet A small table
Terminal Illness Getting sick at the airport
Tumor One plus one more
Urine Opposite of you’re out

Hope it gave you a laugh or two.

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 95: Leg And Butt Kicker Killer Circuit: Can You Take The Challenge?

Butt workout Supremo #butt exercises, #glutes, #circuit training, #leg workout

Workout courtesy of http://fit-is-confident.tumblr.com/post/17101750339/anytime-d

Look at what I found on Pinterest! As much as I would like to take credit for this, the credit here goes to http://fit-is-confident.tumblr.com/post/17101750339/anytime-d. Or send them a nasty note if you want. I guess it depends on how you feel afterward.

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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. |

 

 

 

 

Starting An Exercise Program The Right Way Part 1

How to Start an Exercise Program For Beginners

Part 1: Basics

Happy New Year! I have some sobering news for you.

Three weeks from now, most people will have broken their New Year’s resolutions.

But not you, my friend, because you have stumbled upon this mega post.

Here is a quote from Alfred Souza via the great Jeffrey Gitomer. This blew me away when I read it.

” For a long time it had seemed to me that I was about to begin real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
Here is the best piece of advice I can give give you.

Ignore the noise and do the work.

Quick Lesson on Fitness Philosophy

So the idea here is is that I need to get you moving. Start exercising, then we can fine-tune your program.

You can sit here all day and read and by the end of the day you will still be here reading, confused and with a sore butt.

Here is a series of Podcasts Specifically targeted for beginners.

 

1. Why you need you use resistance in your workouts

2. Why recovery is so important

3. Why increasing your metabolism is critical to your success

There is a lot of fitness information out there.

  • Some of it is very good.
  • Some (okay, a lot) of it is outdated.
  • Most of it is driven by marketing. Meaning that it is meant to drive you into buying specific products or services.

You may be saying, “hey Mike, aren’t you doing the same thing”.

And to a degree you are right. I am a personal trainer but I am also marketing my fitness and nutrition programs.

The difference is simply this. I am not telling you this is easy. I don’t talk about miracle pills or ,melting away slabs of fat in just 10 minutes a day.

The only way to change your body is with smart, hard work.

Anything and everything on this site is geared towards that because if you aren’t willing to put the time in, you won’t get the results.

I am not here to waste your time and money.

Summary:

  • Get started now. Don’t wait to become a fitness expert before you start your journey.
  • Resistance Training is the best way to reshape your body, burn calories and increase your metabolism. There are a number of different ways to do it. You can use bands, weights, kettlebells or just your own weight. The bottom-line is you need to work all the muscles of the body against some form of resistance to make a change.
  • Cardio can be great for meditation, getting fresh air and burning calories but it will not appreciably increase your metabolism or reshape your body.
  • Please my my sake, choose a level of exercise that fits your ability and experience. Don’t sign up for CrossFit, bootcamps or Insanity right off the bat. This is just a recipe for disaster.

If you want to work out in your home and get started learning the right exercises to do, may I suggest my online training?

Here is a short video on it.

In the next part of the series we will cover walking.

Click Here For Part 2: Walking

 

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