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{May 20, 2012}   Looking for a Heartbeat..

Alright. Let’s try and get things pumped up; again.

A crazy lifestyle. I don’t want to hear ANYone out there complaining about not having time. Because I’ve now changed jobs (again) and this time it’s a career. Why did I stop doing personal training? To be honest, I needed to expand my horizons. I’ve been in the fitness industry since I was 16. One night I went to hang out with the girls and realized that unless we were hanging out in the club with Richard Simmons, I had nothing outside of spandex to wear. I -loved- to train people, but sometimes, you have to take a break. I wanted to know more, be more and try new things. So I did!

I couldn’t be more happy. I work for a prestigious cosmetic company and although the hours are brutal, I am rewarded every single day with my choice. Now..where does that leave me?

Long hours. Did I say long? I meant lonnnnnng hours. And nearly zero time for myself. Yep, you guessed it. I started creeping in the lbs. I’m with you guys on this! It is not easy but here’s the solution. Don’t give up. If you fall off the horse, dust your butt off and climb back on.

I’ve ordered the INSANITY workout. This outta show me who’s boss, right? It should be here by the 27th. I can say that the P90X was an amazing workout but I need something new and hard to put that discipline back into me. I’m going to be posting pics! Day 1, 15 and then my final pics.

Stay tuned, stay motivated and stay alive.



{January 6, 2011}   ……what?

http://m.guardian.co.uk/ms/p/gnm/op/sSCb3QRSZucP5iLRAfqL-dQ/view.m?id=15&gid=commentisfree/2011/jan/05/gym-genius-con-exercise-hungry&cat=commentisfree

I read this article and…I must say..I was almost in a fit. Almost.

I see his point but this author is playing a dangerous game with the health of millions of people.

I’ve stated before that you don’t HAVE to have a gym to work out but the theory that gyms are a scam is rubbish. The fact is…that like going to church or AA meetings..people like to be in groups ..and NEED the escape of being with others that share a common goal.

Surely, if you can get the same workout doing sports or martial arts..good! But there is no shame in having a little vanity and taking pride in ones self.

The other point he tries to make is that exercise makes you hungry …uh ..well yeah. Duh. We were grazers. We walked around and foraged for food. That’s what humans do!

The fact that we are sedentary as a general rule..with the influx of technology doing a lot of our work for us..hasn’t taken away from that natural instinct. We still eat because we’re hungry..and when we’re not ..because when we see or smell food..our bodies respond with “hell yeah! We found it”..except that its so readily available.

I could rant about the obvious issues we face..the inability to stay hungry, the lack of skills to cope with the emotional or psychological problems..but the fact remains that exercise has more benefits than “playing to ones sense of vanity”

If more people loved themselves we might have less things to worry about than paying $20 bucks a month to workout on the treadmill.



{August 1, 2008}   Lowfat vs Light

One of the biggest problems people have when going on “diets” is that they are confused by the labels. Products boasting “Lowfat!” are deceiving buyers into thinking they are getting something good for them. Here is the difference between these two products.

Lowfat items will have a lower fat content, usually, but do not fall into the dark side! Check your calories. Calories are your holy grail to losing weight. You have to consume less calories than what you burn, daily. So what exactly do you need to look for on the label?

First and foremost, calories and serving size. On a can of soda, a serving size could be 2 servings per can. Those small bag of chips can be 2.5 (depending on the size). Be careful to know how big their serving size is for the information it’s giving you.

Next is sugars. A lot of energy drinks contain a lot of sugars. These can sabatoge your workouts. Save energy drinks for when you work out for more than an hour. If you workout for an hour or less, stick to just water.

Another big thing, equally as important are the carbs. Carbs get a bad reputation but learning the difference between your carbs is vital. You’ll hear a lot about slow burning carbs (like oatmeal) and those are great for giving you a full feeling, take a longer time to digest and promote a consistent level of blood sugars. Examples of slow burning carbs are: Yams, whole grains breads, potatoes, or brown rice. If you’re diabetic, your doctor and diabetes nutrition counselor will tell you what the best menu choices are for you.

Sodium is another diet sabatoge. Items with a high sodium content are to be avoided. Too much in your diet can cause high blood pressure and other health ailments.

The “monster” of the healthy eating world? Trans fats. I can not say enough bad things about foods containing this sludge. Go to your pantry and/or cabinets, find anything with trans fats in them and promptly throw them out. They cause a plethora of health issues and I can’t even list them all in one post.

So in light of all this confusion, I’m borrowing the following table to help you sort through the confusion that the manufacturers have caused you and hopefully shed some light into the darkness that we call “translating labels”. Companies are closely regulated when it comes to making statements about the food they sell. When you see information on food labels, this is what it means:

Content Claim Definition
Fat Free Less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving.
Low Fat Three grams of fat or less per serving.
Low Saturated Fat One gram of saturated fat or less per serving.
Lean Less than 10 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, and 95 milligrams of cholesterol per serving.
Light One-third less calories or no more than 1/2 the fat of the regular product; no more than 1/2 the sodium of the regular product.
Sodium Free Less than 5 milligrams of sodium per serving.
Low Sodium Less than 140 milligrams of sodium per serving.
Very Low Sodium Less than 35 milligrams of sodium per serving.
Cholesterol Free Less than 2 milligrams of cholesterol and 2 grams or less of saturated fat per serving.
Low Cholesterol Less than 20 milligrams of cholesterol per serving.
Good Source Indicates that a serving contains 10 to19 percent of the Daily Value of a nutrient.


{July 30, 2008}   let’s get real

As you can see, most of my posts are pretty light hearted. I like to keep the stress out of fitness. It’s not that serious, right?

Yes and no. Your health is serious business. So is your child’s health. So let’s take this moment to get serious and be real with one another. If you’re a parent that comes home and sits on the couch with a bag of chips, a large coke and zone for the rest of the night after dinner? Chances are, you’re not teaching your kids any better habits. Children, for the most part, live what they learn.

If you’re a parent that snipes at your child to get off the video game and go outside, turn that wagging finger around to yourself and ask a hard question. When is the last time you went outside and “played”? If you’re overweight and your children are overweight, ask yourself how you all got that way.

I want to warn you right now that this post isn’t going to lighten up. It may cause some very serious reactions and I hope that once your anger or sadness dies down, you make positive changes. I was guilty of a lot of these mistakes, myself. It makes it that much easier to say these things to you because I know first hand what it did to myself and my family.

First and foremost. Go outside. There’s nothing keeping you from going for a family walk (unless there’s a serious handicap). Even if you’re in a wheelchair, go with your family on their walks. This gets you away from the electronics and may even inspire some nice talks.

Teach your children to throw a ball. Race down a hill together. The point is to move. You don’t put on the pounds because you’re active. Is this making sense?

We sit and wonder, “I’m always busy, why can’t I lose weight?”

The answer is simple. We’re busy in our mind. In this age of technology, our minds are always going but our bodies are sitting. We sit at a desk, then rush to the car. We rush to the car to sit in traffic. We rush from the car to sit at home. We only think we’re always going. The amount that you move right now is nothing. No BS here folks.

The average person, who is sedentary, is only burning 700-1600 calories a day. One Super Sized meal is 1500+ calories. That’s one meal a day.

Do yourself a favor. Write down everything you ate yesterday. Now add up the calories. Was it 1000? 2000? Now, how much did you move?

I want to address the parents once more. Stop feeding your children fast food. You’re poisoning your child. Harsh words but it’s the infallible truth. If you cook your meals in advance, store them in the fridge/freezer, you can cut your cooking time in half and they will always have a home cooked meal. There are no excuses. Cut up veggies and leave them in the fridge. Buy fresh fruits and leave them for the kids. Tell your child no when they ask for fast food.

The biggest mistake parents have made is making the children feel that fast food is a reward. “If you’re good we’ll go to McDonald’s”. Right? This sound familiar?

What parents looks at their kid and say, “If you’re good I’ll pump you full of fat, processed food, and poison.”

What? No show of hands? Would you hand your kids a pack of cigarettes? No? Why? Because you know it’s not healthy. So start knowing that fast food is not healthy. There’s nothing that they can give your family that you can’t give them at home, in a more healthy, suitable way.

Eating out is not to be banned. People enjoy it. But “Fast Food” is not eating. It’s binging. If you go out to eat, share a plate. Most restaurants are serving you plates with servings for 2+ people. Learn your portion sizes and teach your children responsible habits.

Sit down and learn to read a label with your family. Take them grocery shopping and have them read labels of their favorite foods and see what they’re eating. This is a harsh wake up call.

Do you realize that our children are developing Type II Diabetes? Let me explain that, quickly. Type II diabetes was usually reserved for adults who developed diabetes as a result of diet and lack of exercise. Our children are dying.

Children these days are obese. Not chunky. Not fat. They are obese.

Look at yourself in the mirror. You’re probably saying, “I just want to get to my HS weight”. That’s the majority of us, not all of us. Some of you have always struggled with a weight problem. If your child is already overweight, that’s a predisposition to diabetes and other heart related problems. They will be struggling their entire lives to get into a healthy weight. You’re not teaching them any discipline if you’re allowing them to eat whatever they want in mass quantity.

Chips, sugar, candy, fast food, large portions. These are killing yourself and your child. When are you going to stop? Psychologically, what is this doing to your child? When you have to put a child on a diet and they are crying because they are hungry, explain to me how that is fair to them. Why can’t they play sports? Why can’t they feel good about themselves?

Because we allow it.

Become a parent who sets boundaries and regains control. Show them that you love them by participating. If you have weight to lose, lose it with your child. Even if they are a healthy weight, exercise is crucial to being healthy. Nutrition is the second part. Eat smarter and start to change what’s coming into the house. Healthy food is more expensive but think about how much money medicine and doctor’s appts will be.

You owe this to yourself and your child, alike.

The following information was taken from CDC.

Table 1. Prevalence of overweight among children and adolescents ages 6-19 years, for selected years 1963-65 through 1999-2002

Age (years)1

NHANES
1963-65
1966-702

NHANES
1971-74

NHANES
1976-80

NHANES
1988-94

NHANES
1999-2002

6-11

4

4

7

11

16

12-19

5

6

5

11

16

1Excludes pregnant women starting with 1971-74. Pregnancy status not available for 1963-65 and 1966-70.
2Data for 1963-65 are for children 6-11 years of age; data for 1966-70 are for adolescents 12-17 years of age, not 12-19 years.

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start kids on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

[ taken from Mayo Clinic ]

The increase in childhood obesity over the past several decades, together with the associated health problems and costs, is raising grave concern among health care professionals, policy experts, children’s advocates, and parents. Patricia Anderson and Kristin Butcher document trends in children’s obesity and examine the possible underlying causes of the obesity epidemic.

[ taken from The Future of Children ]



{July 30, 2008}   supplements

Supplements have been a long argued debate among the health and fitness field professions. I’m going to give you my point of view on it and everyone is welcome to post their opinions on it. Hopefully, a hockey-fight won’t break out in the middle of it!

In this day and age, it is my opinion that we don’t have the nutrients in the soil that we once had. There are more pesticides, more chemicals added to our food than we know what to do with. I could scream and flail that you should be eating organic food but not even I have gone totally organic.

So what do we do? Well, the first thing I always recommend is a vitamin. Why? I recommend the vitamin because if you’re trying to lose weight, what’s the first thing you do? You cut calories. If you cut calories, how do you possibly get all your nutrients from your food everyday? It’s nearly impossible. More so if you’re in a job environment that doesn’t allow you to break every 2-3 hours to eat a small portion of food. Some of us are even shackled to our desks without being able to have water at our side.

Secondly, you’re working out (hopefully, right!?) and you’re losing nutrients through sweat, electrolytes, etc. Vitamins help to ensure that you’re OK. That’s as simple as I can put it.

Onto protein shakes, creatine, and other goodies; I’m of the opinion that these are optional. It’s not a necessity. If you’re someone that has to maintain 4k calories a day, try eating that. I think the funniest thing is talking to someone that’s sitting there at the end of the day, shoving a banana in their mouth and a peanut butter sandwich and just looking at their face.

I worked with such a person. At the end of our shift at 9pm we’d be sitting in the employee break room and he’d just stare at his lunch bag. 4k Calories folks. That’s usually twice as much as most of us eat. He was miserable. He looked at me one day with a mouth full of food and said, “I’m just so sick of eating”.

In those cases, a calorie packed protein shake can help. Of course most of us wanted to kick him because we’d really love to help eat some of his calories for the day, but do you see how having a “shake” could be beneficial? Some shakes pack on 900 calories, that would help with 3 regular meals in some situations.

Onto the other supplements. If you’re a regular Joe Shmoe and you’re just working out to look and feel better, again, it’s not a necessity to pack in all the pills. If you do however, want the boost, please for the love of all things spandex research your product.

If you call your product’s manufacturer and ask serious questions that they cannot answer. Put the product down! Ask for purity. Ask for potency. Ask if they’d let their mother take it! If they cannot answer questions to your satisfaction, get rid of it.

I hate nothing more than for a client to come in, beaming with pride telling me that they’re taking some new hot product that their neighbor is taking and they have no idea what it is. Why would you put it into your body?? Even more distressing is when women take the same supplements as their boyfriend (and same workouts!). Hello? Do you want to look like him? Are you trying to gain beefy arms? Are you trying to pack on the pecs? If not? What the hell are you doing?

I’m all about educating yourself. Get to know your product outside of the advertisements. Be able to explain, in detail, why you’re taking that supplement, how it benefits you, etc.

If you’re going to a gym and the trainers and the staff are pushing supplements on you, ask them to come over and explain each item to you. If they can’t give you a more detailed explanation other than maybe two sentences, I’d pass. At least from buying it from that individual.

I hope that this gave you some insight and answered some questions. I’ll go into more individual products and/or answer questions about supplements the best I can if you post questions.

Have a great workout!



{July 30, 2008}   two heads are better than one

Musculus Biceps Femoris: better known as the back of the thigh or hamstring. It has two heads of origin; the long head and the short head. Both heads of the bicep femoris perform knee flexion (think of the “Thinking Man”. He’s in a flexion pose.) and also hip flexion.

A good workout for the bicep femoris, is the stability ball bridge. For those of you who are still beginners, you can perform this exercise safely and easily on the floor.

Step 1: With legs shoulder width apart, rest the bottoms of your feet on the stability ball. If you do not have a stability ball, you can get similar results doing this with a chair. Stability balls are pretty self explanatory. They are working on your stability and ability to balance on a moving object, therefore working more muscles and burning more calories than a non-moving object.

Step 2: Keeping the ball in place, slowly lift your glutes (your buns!) off the floor so that your hips, shoulders and knees are in line. Hold for 5-10 seconds, squeezing the glute muscles and then slowly return your hips to the floor and repeat. On the upward motion you would breathe out and on the downward motion, breathe in.

Make sure your arms are at your side to help brace you. If you’ve progressed from the floor or stable object like a chair, you can start this exercise by putting the ball against the wall until you’ve mastered at least 1-2 reps.

This exercise will give you nice hamstrings and will also give your bum a great lift! Remember, as always, check with your doctor before performing any exercise and if you feel pain, stop immediately.



{July 30, 2008}   the amazing carrot!

The urban legend that says eating large amounts of carrots will allow one to see in the dark developed from stories of British gunners in World War II who were able to shoot down German planes in the darkness of night. The legend arose during the Battle of Britain when the RAF circulated a story about their pilots’ carrot consumption as an attempt to cover up the discovery and effective use of radar technologies in engaging enemy planes. It reinforced existing German folklore and helped to encourage Britons – looking to improve their night vision during the blackouts – to grow and eat the vegetable. [ excerpt from wikipedia ]

Selecting good quality carrots: They will be firm, smooth-skinned, straight-shaped and well-colored. Try to find some with no blemishes. The deeper the orange coloring of the carrot, the higher the beta carotene content.

Serving size 1 medium (78g)
Calories 40
Total Fat 0g
Sodium 50mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Protein 1g

% of U.S. RDA
Vitamin A 330%
Calcium 2%
Vitamin C 8%
Iron 0%

Low-calorie, Low-fat, Low-sodium, High in Vitamin A, Cholesterol-free.Health Benefits

Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidant compounds, and the richest vegetable source of the pro-vitamin A carotenes. Carrots’ antioxidant compounds help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer and also promote good vision, especially night vision.

Carotenoids and Heart Disease

When six epidemiological studies that looked at the association of diets high in carotenoids and heart disease were reviewed, the research demonstrated that high-carotenoid diets are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. In one study that examined the diets of 1,300 elderly persons in Massachusetts, those who had at least one serving of carrots and/or squash each day had a 60% reduction in their risk of heart attacks compared to those who ate less than one serving of these carotenoid-rich foods per day.

Better Vision

Beta-carotene helps to protect vision, especially night vision. After beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the liver, it travels to the retina where it is transformed into rhodopsin, a purple pigment that is necessary for night-vision. Plus beta-carotene’s powerful antioxidant actions help provide protection against macular degeneration and the development of senile cataracts, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly.

Carotenoids and Optimal Health

Carrots are by far one of the richest source of carotenoids-just one cup provides 16,679 IUs of beta-carotene and 3,432 REs (retinol equivalents), or roughly 686.3% the RDA for vitamin A. High carotenoid intake has been linked with a 20% decrease in postmenopausal breast cancer and an up to 50% decrease in the incidence of cancers of the bladder, cervix, prostate, colon, larynx, and esophagus. Extensive human studies suggest that a diet including as little as one carrot per day could conceivably cut the rate of lung cancer in half. Remember the study in which heavy long-term cigarette smokers were given synthetic beta-carotene, and it did not appear to prevent them from developing lung cancer? Well, not only is synthetic beta-carotene not biochemically identical to the real stuff found in carrots, but scientists now think that carrots’ protective effects are the result of a team effort among several substances abundant in carrots, including alpha-carotene-another, less publicized carotenoid. A recent National Cancer Institute study found lung cancer occurence was higher in men whose diets did not supply a healthy intake of alpha-carotene.

Carotenoids and Blood Sugar

Intake of foods such as carrots that are rich in carotenoids may be beneficial to blood sugar regulation. Research has suggested that physiological levels, as well as dietary intake, of carotenoids may be inversely associated with insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels.

Falcarinol in Carrots Promote Colon Health

Although best known for their high content of beta carotene, carrots also contain a phytonutrient called falcarinol that may be responsible for the recognized epidemiological association between frequently eating carrots and a reduced risk of cancers.

Falcarinol provides protection against colon cancer, suggests a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Three groups of laboratory animals in whom precancerous colon lesions (aberrant crypt foci) had been chemically-induced were fed a standard diet, one supplemented with freeze-dried carrots naturally containing falcarinol, or one supplemented with an extract of falcarinol. After 18 weeks, precancerous lesions in the animals given diets containing carrots or falcarinol were much smaller than those in the control animals, and far fewer of the lesions had grown in size or progressed to become tumors.

Promote Lung Health

If you or someone you love is a smoker, or if you are frequently exposed to secondhand smoke, then making vitamin A-rich foods, such as carrots, part of your healthy way of eating may save your life, suggests research conducted at Kansas State University.

While studying the relationship between vitamin A, lung inflammation, and emphysema, Richard Baybutt, associate professor of nutrition at Kansas State, made a surprising discovery: a common carcinogen in cigarette smoke, benzo(a)pyrene, induces vitamin A deficiency.

Baybutt’s earlier research had shown that laboratory animals fed a vitamin A-deficient diet developed emphysema. His latest animal studies indicate that not only does the benzo(a)pyrene in cigarette smoke cause vitamin A deficiency, but that a diet rich in vitamin A can help counter this effect, thus greatly reducing emphysema.

Baybutt believes vitamin A’s protective effects may help explain why some smokers do not develop emphysema. “There are a lot of people who live to be 90 years old and are smokers,” he said. “Why? Probably because of their diet…The implications are that those who start smoking at an early age are more likely to become vitamin A deficient and develop complications associated with cancer and emphysema. And if they have a poor diet, forget it.” If you or someone you love smokes, or if your work necessitates exposure to second hand smoke, protect yourself by making sure the World’s Healthiest Foods rich in vitamin A (carrot’s beta-carotene is converted in the body into vitamin A) are a daily part of your healthy way of eating.

Description

Carrots? The favorite food of Bugs Bunny hardly needs a description for they are well known and loved by even the youngest children in many countries. Carrots benefits are legendary. Bet your mother told you that eating carrots would keep your eyesight bright.

While we usually associate carrots with the color orange, in fact, carrots grow in a host of other colors including white, yellow, red, or purple, the latter being the color of the original variety. The carrot is a plant with a thick, fleshy, deeply colored root, which grows underground, and feathery green leaves that emerge above ground. It is known scientifically as Daucus carota, a name that can be traced back to ancient Roman writings of the 3rd century.

Carrots belong to the Umbelliferae family, named after the umbrella like flower clusters that plants in this family produce. As such, carrots are related to parsnips, fennel caraway, cumin and dill. There are over 100 different varieties that vary in size and color. Carrots can be as small as two inches or as long as three feet, ranging in diameter from one-half of an inch to over two inches. Carrot roots have a crunchy texture and a sweet and minty aromatic taste, while the greens are fresh tasting and slightly bitter.

History

The carrot can trace its ancestry back thousands of years, originally having been cultivated in central Asian and Middle Eastern countries. These original carrots looked different from those that we are accustomed to today, featuring deep purple coloring, ranging from lavender to deep eggplant. This coloration was a reflection of the anthocyanin phytonutrient pigments these carrots had. In pre-Hellenic times, a yellow-rooted carrot variety appeared in Afghanistan and was further cultivated and developed into an earlier version of the carrot we known today. Both types of carrots spread throughout the Mediterranean region and were adopted by the ancient Greeks and Romans for their medicinal use.

It seems that carrots did not become a popular vegetable in Europe until the Renaissance. This was probably related to the fact that the early varieties had a tough and fibrous texture. Centuries later, beginning in the 17th century, agriculturists in Europe started cultivating different varieties of carrots, developing an orange-colored carrot that had a more pleasing texture than its predecessor. Europeans favored the growing of this one over the purple variety, which was and still is widely grown in other areas of the world, including southern Asia and North Africa. Carrots were subsequently introduced into the North American colonies. Owing to its heightened popularity, in the early 1800s, the carrot became the first vegetable to be canned. Today, the United States, France, England, Poland, China and Japan are among the largest producers of carrots. [ obtained from The World’s Healthiest Foods ]

Recipe for Carrots obtained from [ here ]

Carrots cooked with orange juice, chicken broth, allspice, ginger and lemon peel.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups diagonally sliced carrots
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Preparation:

Directions for spiced carrots
In a medium saucepan combine carrots, orange juice, chicken broth, allspice, ginger, and lemon peel. Bring to a boil. Stir in sugar, cover, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Spiced carrots serves 6.




This post will hopefully take some of the guesswork out of choosing your own personal trainer. If your health club provides them in-house, you may want to make sure they allow you to hire out of club (independent) trainers first. If they do not allow you to do that, this may end up being better for you.

You first want to attend the club regularly and try to catch the trainers at work. They should be attentive to their client and not looking around at everyone else. The best trainers are usually the ones that are so focused on their client and the exercise they are performing, they may not even respond to anyone speaking to them as they walk by.

A good personal trainer will not have his phone in use. In addition, their phone should be off or set to vibrate. The reason I say that is because they may have a client that is canceling their appointment and they will need to know as soon as possible so that they can fill that place and hopefully make some money instead of losing it. Most trainers get paid by the hour but it’s not as much as if they are there and actually training someone.

Once you’ve found a trainer you think you might like, schedule an appointment to have a fitness assessment if it’s free. If it’s not, get the trainer’s name and ask if there is a time you can call them and ask them questions. Explain that you want to find out more about them as a trainer because you’re thinking of hiring him/her.

Important questions to ask are:
— How many years have you been a trainer?
— What certifications do you have?
— Are you CPR certified?
— Are you available during the hours I need you?
— Do you have a policy for answering/talking outside of training hours?
— What is your policy on canceling appointments?

If you have any other health problems such as diabetes, lupus, heart problems, etc, your trainer will need to have a doctor’s release form. This is for your safety and theirs alike. You will get much more out of your sessions if your doctor and your trainer work together. Someone with health issues cannot have the same program as someone who does not. As a matter of fact, it can hinder your results, so please do not skip this important step.

It’s imperative that you’re completely honest with your trainer even if you have issues with feeling you’ve let them down. Trainers are more let down if they think they are doing everything they can for you and their clients are still not getting results.

If you’re honest about your eating habits away from the gym that week and how many times you’ve worked out without them, they can better serve you. If they’ve given you a menu or diet plan to stick by and you had cravings and “cheating” sessions it’s important for us to know because it could be a sign of too little calories, too little carbs, not enough protein, etc.

Maybe you are more active in the morning than the evening and you need more calories at breakfast than at dinner. How would you know that if you didn’t tell your trainer? It helps when the client doesn’t sabotage themselves when trying to accomplish goals.

It’s also crucial that you get to know your chose trainer’s personality. Nothing is worse than having a trainer that screams in your face if you’re a timid person. I’ve seen trainers that talk over their clients and I’ve seen very timid trainers that let the client tell them what they will do that day.

You need to make your expectations as clear as they make theirs. Be sure that they will charge you and take your money. This is a business, all things aside. As a client, though, you have some say in what you expect from your trainer.

You have a right to say you’re in pain and stop. Pain and fatigue are two different things. If you’re light headed, say so. If you’re feeling pain, say so.

You have a right to have your trainer available to you during reasonable hours for questions and concerns you may have forgotten or are unsure of. Even an email address is reasonable to ask for if you need a quick answer to something.

You have a right to a trainer that shows up for a scheduled appointment. If your trainer is constantly late or rescheduling, find a new trainer.

I hope that this helps you. If you have any questions, feel free to email them to me!



{July 29, 2008}   Let’s Get Started!

Hello, everyone! For those of you that drop in, this would be my introductory post on what I hope is a very active and informative blog.

I’m 34 years old and I currently reside in Houston, Tx. I’m originally from Chicago, IL. What that means to you, is that I have lived in both a Southern Friendly environment with a love for their BBQ and Fried Foods and I’ve lived in the Midwest where people love their meat and potatoes.

I have worked in the fitness industry for more than ten years and have seen every fad imaginable. I have also worked in an all women’s club, which I found very rewarding, then expanded my horizons to work in a co-ed gym. Working with men as a female trainer is a lot harder than you may think.

I’m not a professional writer, I just have a love and passion for helping people. I was working with friends in Chicago via the interweb and decided after they had gained such positve results, that I could — and should — help people all over.

I will include my thoughts and helpful hints here. I endorse very few things but the things I do endorse I am not getting paid to do so (at least not at this time…hint, hint!). I can tell you that I would not endorse anything I felt I couldn’t/wouldn’t use myself or let my own family/friends use.

I’m also bi-polar, which means that I understand how much harder it is to get motivated everyday. I’m not a gung-ho, freak-on-supps, trainer. I’m a down to earth, mother of four boys with real issues and problems that people face everyday. My kids don’t even -like- vegetables!

So in this crazy world, I’m doing what I can to keep some chins up and inspiration at a tolerable level. I’m called the Serial Trainer because I’m also going to school full time to become a doctor with a minor in Psychology and I hope to focus in the area of forensics. It was a playful twist on the term, nothing macabre or malevolent, I assure you.

So! Pull up a smoothie and dig in. I’ll have a plethora of things for you to sift through.



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