In some of the coming posts, Iíll reveal a few of the secrets that I have used to help people to get into shape, some of the things that every trainer wishes their clients would know, and some of the things they hope to keep a secret.
First: It is very likely that you really have no idea what youíre doing.
I say this with as much humility as I can muster. I had been exercising and doing sports training since I was a kid and thought that I knew what I was doing when I went into a gym or weight roomÖ I was wrong. There is a big difference between working out and training. If there is one thing that I learned in my education to become a personal trainer, itís this: There is a lot more to it than I thought.
You canít really understand what youíre doing just by reading an issue of Menís Health or Muscle and Fitness Magazine, and just because you got sweaty; it doesnít mean that you got a good workout.
For example: Last year, I competed in the Louisville Ironman triathlon. I trained specifically for this event for a full 9 months. It dictated my daily schedule in how much sleep I got, what kind of food I ate, what I did on the weekends, and of course what my workouts consisted of. I use this extreme example to make a point. It would have been useless for me to try and use the same training tactics that I used to prepare for football in high school or that I would use for a client whoís trying to lose 50 pounds. I simply wouldnít have been able to complete the race. And I used a very specific plan that gave me a daily schedule for that entire 9 months to follow in preparation for the race. This plan included things like Strength building phases, Speed vs Endurance work, Heart-rate training, Recovery cycles, Easy workouts, and a long Taper period. It would have been foolish for me to just set out to try and go farther at each workout hoping that by August 29th I could Swim, Bike, and Run 140.6 miles. I needed to get educated and follow a plan.
You may not be interested in doing an Ironman triathlon, but your training needs to be tailored to your goals and what youíre interested in accomplishing with your time (and probably) money investment. This is where it helps to have a personal trainer.