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Finding a Personal Trainer

Posted November 16, 2009
Category Uncategorized
A few months ago when I decided to hire a personal trainer, I asked a few of my coworkers for feedback on which trainer would be best suited for me and my fitness goals. I got many different suggestions, but before I had a chance to contact one, I happened to see Kelly Robbins in the gym. After speaking with her for a few moments, I knew she was the right choice for me. Once I began training, though, my decision was met with a lot of resistance. My friends and other instructors seemed astonished. “Why on earth would you pay a trainer, when you already work at the gym?” “You’re already fit, and a group fitness instructor, so can’t you just train yourself?” “Why didn’t you just ask any one of your friends to show you around the weight room?” My standard response to everyone was, “it’s just something I want to do...

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Holiday survival tips

Whether we want to admit it or not, the holidays are zipping toward us. Beginning with Halloween and ending with Mardi Gras (and maybe St. Patrick’s Day or Easter), we’re facing at least four months full of parties, temptations and sinful delights. I hear many people say, “I know I’m going to gain over the holidays, so I’ll just wait until _____ (insert month here) to start an exercise program.” My answer to that? DON’T WAIT! Start now and, instead of watching your pants get tighter, you can maintain where you are now or at least keep the damage to a minimum. Yes, the holidays are busy, but make the effort now and you’ll be rewarded by not having to work twice as hard later...

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Are You An Oxymoron?

Posted September 14, 2009
Category Uncategorized
Are You An Oxymoron? I was happily walking the dog the other day and I saw a “go green” bumper sticker on a Hummer. An in-your-face oxymoron if I ever saw one! I tried to give the owner the benefit of the doubt – after all, they may be a Tulane University (Green Wave) fan. But then I got to thinking... How many of us are a living, breathing example of an oxymoron? For instance, I may like to think that I am a peace-loving, gentle human being, but what thoughts run through my head when I’m late and stuck behind the slooowwwwest driver in the world? If I am passionate about the “reduce, reuse and recycle” lifestyle, are there areas of excess in my life? Am I a stickler for not stealing, yet I constantly make people wait and “steal” time from them? What oxymorons do I embody every day? How can you know the values by which you want to live your life? By getting in touch with your true self, your gut, your inner voice...

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Things I've Heard at the Gym

I've heard (and seen) some interesting things at the gym... and I swear that all of them are true. 1. One exerciser said to another exerciser, "I won't lift weights because it will build muscle on top of my fat." Ok, let me start with a fact: muscle is under fat, near the bone. When we lift weights, we are building and toning the muscle. In order to make the muscle magically appear, the fat must disappear. More on that below. 2. A very slim gym member approached me and pointed to her ankle. “I have a pocket of fat on my ankle. How do I get rid of it?” I won’t even address the body image issue here – that’s for another blog. However, many people do want to spot reduce just on their thighs, stomach, glutes, or ankles...

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What is Functional Training?

Functional training is a term that is used quite a bit in fitness circles, but what exactly is it? Traditional weight-lifting machines are designed to concentrate on one muscle group, isolating it in order to make it stronger. So, if you’re doing a bicep curl, you are just moving your forearm up and down with the elbow fixed in order to work that muscle. These machines would have us think that the body only moves on certain planes and that it doesn’t exist in a three-dimensional world. We all know that the body has an amazing range of motion – simply look at a gymnast, dancer or any athlete for some incredible examples of the body’s capabilities. By strengthening the muscles of the core and back with weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing exercises, a person can perform their daily activities with ease and without injury...

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Yoga and Pilates

Posted August 12, 2009
Category yoga
One question I am asked frequently is, "What's the difference between Pilates and yoga?" Both are mind-body disciplines, both work the core, strength and flexibility, but each approach the body (and mind) in a different way. Joseph Pilates, a physical trainer, developed his technique working with recovering World War I wounded in England. He utilized the hospital beds and springs to help his patients use their body weight as resistance to get stronger, which later led to the development of the Reformer. The Pilates system (or Contrology at the time) focused on improving flexibility, strength, and body awareness, without necessarily building bulk. He reasoned that since the majority of the body’s muscles originate or connect in the torso (or "powerhouse"), by targeting the deep muscles in that area the body would be less prone to injury and also stronger...

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