Seven Things Your Personal Trainer Wants You to Know


Seven Things Your Personal Trainer Wants You to Know

Working with a personal trainer is a helpful step toward reaching your exercise and fitness goals. Our Trainers are pros at developing routines for your specific needs, teaching you how to preform exercises properly, and keeping you motivated. Below are seven strategies you need to practice.
  • Do your homework. Listen to your Trainer and follow his/her recommendation for how often you need to strength train.  Either twice a week or three times a week.
  • Strength train first. When you strengthen your muscles your body uses stored sugar (glycogen) for energy.  It is recommended doing this before aerobic exercise that works your heart and lungs.  It takes about 20-30 minutes to burn through glycogen stored in muscle.  When that is gone the best fuel source for your body will be fat.  That is the better time to try to burn fat with an aerobic workout.  Always warm up for a few minutes before any workout.
  • Rest your muscles. A strengthening routine makes microscopic tears in the muscle fibers. Resting your muscles for a couple of days gives them time to repair, recover and grow back stronger. Sleeping 7-9 hours per night is also essential to the repair and recovery process, not just for your muscles but for your entire body.
  • Switch up your routine. Doing the same exercises all the time can cause the muscles to become complacent and stop getting stronger.  Work the same muscles but do it a little differently.  An example would be if you are doing squats, mix in some lunges.
  • Stretch regularly. Stretching keeps your muscles long and supple, which makes them more flexible, protects them from injury and improves your range of motion. Always warm up before stretching and don’t bounce during a stretch.  Hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds. 
  • Eat a healthy diet. Give your body healthy fuels that come from hydration and good food. A diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains with moderate amounts of fish and poultry and limited portions of red or processed meats is best. 
  • Exercise with purpose. Exercising takes time and work. Exercise shouldn’t be something you just check off your to-do list.  Be thoughtful about it, ask how you can make your routine more effective and get the most benefit.

Our professional Trainers at The Fitness Center are here to help you achieve your goals. Here’s to a healthier you in 2024.

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