Post 13: Gain 5-10 pounds over the holidays. Why not?

 If you are reading this you are in luck because I going to give you a gift. No, not 15% off coupon or the latest exotic berry juice from Polynesia. I am going to give you a different way to look at the holidays.

Now think about this for a minute. The time from Thanksgiving to New Years is about 6 weeks. It is a time where we can spend time with family. Business winds down for the year. We make plans for the next year. We have parties and eat and drink. And why not? It is fun and we all deserve a break. Please read that again. We ALL deserve a break.

So during a time of celebration what is this obsession and anxiety about gaining a few pounds? It is silly. This anxiety during the season leads to the dreaded “New Years Resolution” which never works. It never works because people fail to realize that being in shape is a year round effort. Weight loss is not a switch that you can turn on and off. You really can’t go from one extreme to another and I would even argue that you shouldn’t. What actually happens is that people eat more because they think they are going to go on a diet at the beginning of the year.
Now the other extreme of this is the person eating carrot sticks and sipping water while everyone else is drinking wine and feasting. Nothing wrong with that unless you are doing this as a punishment to yourself and that is what I see most people doing. This extreme self-denial never lasts and only produces frustration and self-hate.
Hopefully you can see that in both instances the intentions are good but the perspective is screwed up. You are setting yourself up for failure. You are putting yourself in the hands of clever marketers and pitchman who will sell you on the easy fix. Whether it is the magic pill or the magic workout you will waste time and money and I hate to see that.
For anyone reading this, the number one goal next year should be to know your body. Specifically, know your metabolism. Metabolism , as a casual definition, is the rate you burn calories. High metabolism people can eat whatever they want and never gain a pound but they have a problem putting on muscle. Slow metabolism people have trouble losing weight.
The nice thing is that with nutrition, exercise and sleep you can change your metabolism. Each person is unique but I am telling you this is the key. If you can fine-tune your metabolic rate then you can gain and lose weight at will.
I apologize that these blogs are sporadic. I try and fit them in as time permits but the next couple entries will deal with metabolism and how nutrition, exercise and sleep can affect it. So the bottom line is this. Life is short. Enjoy the holidays and know whatever weight you put on, you can take off and I will show you how.

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The 7 Worst Ways to Find A Personal Trainer

The 7 Worst Ways To Find A Personal Trainer


So you have finally decided to take the plunge and look for a personal trainer.

These can be murky waters, my friend.

Being a personal trainer, I thought it might be a good idea to give you my two cents.

Instead of what to do, I am going to give you advice on what not to do.

This is important since personal training is not cheap and nobody wants to waste money and time and not get results.

1. Find the Personal Trainer with the cheapest rates.

Yikes! If you wanted plastic surgery would you look for the cheapest surgeon? Not to compare myself with a doctor but with any service there ought to be a correlation between experience and cost. The average cost per hour should be $45 to $65 per hour session. I tend to be in the middle only because I give a discount for buying 12 sessions at a time.

Anything lower than that is usually someone just starting out or someone who is desperate to get a client. This brings me to my next point.

2. Don’t ask about certifications.

Yikes part two. The only people that say certifications don’t matter are A) trainers who don’t have any certifications and B) Trainers who attend a cheesy weekend certification class.

The sad thing in Colorado is that you don’t have to be certified to be a trainer. This means anyone can do this. If you don’t see certifications, look out. There are number of associations that offer certifications that one actually has to study for. For my Master Trainer certification through the NFPT, ( National Federation of Professional Trainers)  I had hours of proctored exams.

Does having an armload of certifications mean you are a better trainer? No but it does mean that I am serious about my profession and that I commit time and money every year to learn.

3. Don’t ask about liability insurance.

If you are talking to a trainer and they don’t carry professional liability insurance, run away. End of topic.

4. Age doesn’t matter.

As a rule, most personal training horror stories start ” So this young kid comes out and the next thing you know I am….”
The rule of thumb here is get a trainer close to your age. Remember how indestructible you felt in your teens and twenties? Well the problem is that you probably are past that stage and if your trainer isn’t, you may find yourself pushing cars out in the parking lot. One story I heard involved a young trainer making a 70 year old grandmother doing sprints her first session.
Let’s face it, people at a similar age have more in common and a better feel for what is appropriate. But have it your way. Look at it this way, you may have a horrific experience but you will have great stories to tell.

5. Don’t meet your trainer before you start.

Quality trainers will sit down with you to discuss your goals and they should not charge for it. Period. I offer a free 30 minute consultation to answer 2 questions.

  • Am I a good fit for this potential client?
  • Is this potential client a good fit for me?

Good trainers will walk out of situations where there is a mismatch. Hungry ones won’t.

6. Don’t worry if your trainer is more out of shape than you.

Not a big deal. They must know what to do even if they don’t practice themselves. Yikes #3!

7. Find the biggest, strongest trainer possible.

They must know what they are doing if they got that big!

Well, if you want to be a bodybuilder, by all means find a big bodybuilder to train you. If you want to learn how to run a marathon, find a trainer who runs. Trainers are all different in what kind of style they practice and how they train clients. My style is based on the fact that I train clients in their homes. In home training lends itself more towards core training and bodyweight exercises. This is not ideal for bodybuilding but it is the best for overall fitness and fat loss.

Hopefully this helps. Best of luck to you.

Questions, Thoughts Concerns? I will be happy to get back to You.


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