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Technique is the KEY!!!

Posted on 20 January, 2016 at 16:55 Comments comments (2)

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Here is an example of a good and bad technique for the Barbell Row, this exercise can put stress on your lower back so be sure to engage the ab's and squeeze glutes. Enjoy. 

What trainer is right for me?

Posted on 20 January, 2016 at 16:50 Comments comments (0)

How to Assess My Potential Trainer!!!

In assessing a potential trainer, there is no better way to begin the process than performing client screening and being followed by knowing the questions that you should ask during the initial client consultation appointment. However, one of the consequences met is determining the best questions for new clients to ask as a trainer. There are lots of questions that a new client should ask before dealing and letting your potential trainer sign up for a contract.

Aside from knowing the possible questions to ask, performing personality type test also plays a very important role as this will enable the client to build stronger, richer and harmonious relationship with his or her personal trainer. This will enable the client to determine whether his or her potential trainer can cope up and easily adjust with the new environment where he or she is in. Through this personality type test, determining whether the potential trainer possess acceptable behaviour and traits will be a lot easier.

Going back to the best questions for new clients to ask a trainer, below are the 3 most important questions to ask:

1. What is it about you that makes you different from other trainers?

2. Do you have success stories to tell and share?

3. What are the guarantees that you can offer, which will encourage me to hire you?

For example we have a results gurantee with our trainers I know other Fitness professionals that offer money back or additional sessions if you didn't enjoy your session.

Asking these questions will greatly help you in knowing whether the trainer that you are looking for is already on your front. Also do not be afraid to ask them questions about how they train clients and even why they got into the industry because a trainer without PASSION is just a worker( my opinion only does not mean they are not great at their job).

I know for myself and the team at Zenon fitness we do the above and process the potential client and screen them to ensure they are our ideal client and that we have the right trainer for them. Good luck I hope this has helped.

Ps. challenge your trainer but remember they are also HUMAN and can make mistakes we all do :). 

 

 

Safe gym practice!!!

Posted on 20 January, 2016 at 16:45 Comments comments (0)

Being SAFE in the GYM or STUDIO!!!

 

This month I want to focus the column again on weight lifting and expand on how to use the equipment safely. When going to a gym for the first time it is very important that you learn how to use the equipment correctly and understand any safety features the equipment may or may not have as each brand and type of equipment is different. As I mentioned last month, weight lifting has many positive effects on the body but if the exercises are performed incorrectly then injury can occur. When you are starting off it is best to stick with the absolute basics because building a fat burning body is like building a house; it must have a foundation. So where is the best place to start? Well first you must be motivated and genuinely keen to commit to a managed program. At the gym you will see the pin loaded machines and these can be used to perform a full range of motion lifts in a controlled and safe manner. For example using a pin loaded chest press to start versus a bench press is a great way to build some of that foundation strength. You need to start off at a comfortable level and progress to a level of resistance that you feel is a challenge. Remember resistance training is meant to help you not hurt you and if you are unsure seek professional help as your safety and not instant results should be your priority. Remember, work to a program developed by a professional and ensure you monitor your progress in partnership with a support person.

 

 

Sleep to perform better!!!

Posted on 20 January, 2016 at 16:40 Comments comments (0)

Sleep to Perform Better

Did you know that having better sleep can greatly affect how you carry your whole day? Sleeping is one of the best activities that you should not disregard as this will provide you with lots of health benefits. Having good night sleep will enable you to relax not only your body but as well as your mind. If you always have insufficient time to sleep, the tendency is, you will always feel weak and enervate and you will not be able to do all your tasks the whole day.

Sleeping and its effects on exercise are truly great and beneficial. Through having proper sleep, you will be able to have better mood and stronger immunity, thus encourages and motivates you to perform better than before. This will not only urge you to do workouts, but this will enable you to perform better on your daily tasks, work as well as on your sexual life. Those who always feel tired and sleepy tend to miss all the exciting and important things that they should have done and performed the whole day.

Through having enough sleep, you will feel more energized to perform all the things that you want to do, which includes improving your relationship with your partner, employer and your health as well. Sleeping and its effects on exercise will surely shock you. This will enable you to avoid getting injured because of your weak immunity; you will not be able to feel tired and you will not feel any pain due to the workouts and exercises that you have done.

 

Macros the Truth

Posted on 29 September, 2015 at 3:15 Comments comments (0)

Understanding Macros and Micros

Macro nutrients are fats protein and carbohydrates and are consumed generally in large amounts in the diet to provide the body with energy. Macro meaning large and nutrients meaning substances needed for growth, metabolism and other bodily functions. All macro nutrients serve a calorie intake but vary depending on which macro nutrient is consumed. Carbohydrates and proteins both serving 4 calories per gram and fat serving at 9 calories per gram.

Why do we need macro nutrients?

Carbohydrates are the main source of fuel and is used by the body as energy and are needed for the central nervous system . carbohydrates can be found in the form of starchy foods. Eg.grains and potatoes, bread. Fibrous carbohydrates fruits, vegetables, dairy products.

Protein is needed for growth, making hormones and essential enzymes and helps preserve lean muscle mass. Protein is found in meats, poultry, dairy fish and nuts.

Fats help cushion internal and vital organs within the body and helps with vitamin absorption . unsaturated fats (good) help lower cholesterol levels, beneficial with cellular production and protecting almost every organ and cell in the human body. Essential fats can be found in fish, some oils including virgin olive oil and safflower oils and nuts. Some main benefits of essential fatty acids include burning excess fat, preventing heart disease and fighting cancerous growths.

Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that our body needs in smaller amounts daily. Vitamins are organic compounds made by plant or animals. Minerals are inorganic elements that come from the earth and are absorbed by plants or eating by animals. Your body needs both vitamins and minerals. The body cannot create micronutrients therefore have to be absorbed from the diet by eating nutrient dense food such as macro nutrients. Each vitamin has a specific function in the body but mostly to help with metabolic processes, growth and physical well being.

 


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