Artistic ABS- Flatter ABS in a Week

Every muscle and organ have its own function and task, but our core is the Queen of your body. It is the fundamental part of our body that keeps our posture upright, supports our back, keeps our immunity and keeps our major organs well intact. Basically, if you did not have a core you could not do 90% of things you are already doing, so begin loving your core.

Now that we all share something in common- abs, the question is who has the prettiest and best-designed abs? The way we train our abs can differentiate how our abs look like. For example, if you do heavy weight training you develop more of the 6 pack abs look. If you exercise holistically you will develop a more natural look.

The Physiological and Mechanical Tradeoff

As a personal trainer, one of the difficulties I often run into is trying to balance what a client can do with what they want to do.  Often times these situations will look like this:

Client: “I want to build my glutes.”

Me: “Okay, let’s add in some lunges today.”

Client: (During the first set) “Ouch, this is bothering my knee.”

I call this dilemma the physiological/mechanical tradeoff.  It’s a tradeoff because, as personal trainers, we know how we want to challenge our clients’ physiology, but we need to be able to do so within the mechanical parameters that are presented.

How do I keep my clients on track in the New Year and maintain their motivation?

It’s no secret that January is a busy month for the fitness industry. New Year’s resolutions are in full swing, motivation levels are at an all-time high, and clients are willing to do what it takes to reach their goals.  Then February comes… and more often than not, that fire that was lit inside of so many people seems to go away.

You may have even seen this happen with some of your clients in the past.  No matter what you do, they start off strong and then disappear. Of course, every client is different, so there could be a million reasons why this happens.  However, I am going to break down three of the most common reasons why New Year’s motivation is lost, based on my experiences, and how you can help your clients to push past those barriers.

How To Help Clients ReFocus and ReConnect With Themselves!

Ask any experienced Personal Trainer and they will tell you: How you start or finish a session plays a key role in the overall client experience.

With that said, here’s a simple mindfulness practice you can carry out with a client to finish a training session on a positive note.

Or if they arrive somewhat frenzied or distracted, it’s a great way to help them refocus and commit to the session ahead!

The Theory:

This practice can help them unwind, rebalance and let go of worries, concerns and negative feelings that accumulate throughout the day.

When we cultivate and amplify positive feelings, we benefit from their nourishing effects on our body and psyche.

Your Strongest Superpower & How To Access It

Don’t hold back from being YOU. That would leave the world missing out on the purpose you’re here to fill. Do not deny the world it’s one and only chance to benefit from your you-ness. Your job is to be as you as you can be.

Comparing yourself is the quickest way to take all the fun out of your life. Plus, comparing will make you try to be like someone else when really, your inner super power is to be exactly who YOU and only you are. 

Breaking Up With a Client

Being a personal trainer and working with clients is much like being in a relationship – you see each other multiple times during the week; you share intimate details of personal lives with each other; you go through some difficult times together (albeit it may be a challenging workout session). Over time these relationships grow and change. You learn more about each other, you share new stories and experiences, and you begin to see someone for what they really bring to the table. Sometimes all this is for the better, other times for the worst.

The Honeymoon period is over…

The beginning of any relationship is great – you get along well, sessions are going as planned, and you think this is the “perfect client” for you. Once that honeymoon period is over though and true personalities begin to shine, you may realize this person you once thought was the “only one for you”, is now your biggest nightmare.

10 Ways To Grow Your Business in 2017

As the year winds down and the holiday parties crank up, I encourage you to carve a little time for yourself and reflect upon this year.  Visualize what you wish to transpire in 2017.  They say it’s about the journey, not the destination, yes?  As I get older I am starting to understand more of what that euphemism really means.  It may appear a small thing to do one thing for your business every day, but over time these things add up.  Before you know you it, you’ve created a body of work that is your selling card to prospective clients.

As a small business owner and Pilates instructor, I find great irony in the desire to grow your business and have a full teaching schedule.  When I am teaching the close to my maximum hours per week, I find it challenging to find time to focus on the big picture of my business.

Why Your Clients May Not Be Able To Feel The Exercise You Are Doing With Them?

Have you ever had a client that just couldn’t feel the exercise where you wanted them to?  Every time you would do a chest press, all they could feel were their deltoids.  Or if you did deadlifts, they only felt their hamstrings, never their glutes.  You tried cueing them differently or changing how they would do the exercise, but still, they just couldn’t feel the muscles you were trying to work.

As a personal trainer, this can be a frustrating thing.  You want your clients to have a great experience when they workout with you, and they do, for the most part.  But you want it to be even better.  You want them to feel how you feel when you workout–strong, capable, energized.  And yet, despite your best efforts, they don’t.  Something is still off.

X-Push Up

Foremost, how vital is proper push-up progression?

As I have written happily time after time — most clients can benefit from properly progressing their push-up because appropriate push-up progression provides: core stabilization, improved posture, increased power, extra endurance, stronger stability in your joints, more strength in their upper and lower body, increased muscle mass, and fat loss.

Additionally, mastering push-ups in terms of Stabilization, then Strength, to then graduate to Power is fundamental in achieving optimal core stabilization and movement muscles while building lean muscle by engaging the correct muscles. These phases cannot be skipped and shouldn’t be progress until each phase is truly mastered especially while using any equipment. In other words, a client should first progress accordingly using their own body weight before the usage of a Bosu, stability ball or another piece of equipment.

Muscles Remember What the Mind Forgets

For anyone who wishes to start a fitness program, here’s something to remember: Your movement is recorded in your body AKA ‘muscle memory’.

Yes, you heard correctly…

Perhaps you knew that – or maybe you forgot – but movements from your entire life are filed away in your connective tissue.

Let that be a comfort as you begin a fitness program. Maybe you haven’t exercised for many years, but you were an athlete in high school.

As you rev up your exercise program, the muscles and the synapses that trigger them will spring back to life: Aha! A brisk walk! Leg activation. Arm-­swinging. Balance. Posture. I remember that!

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