Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Random Thoughts

1. In the book Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques: Volume 1, the authors state that individuals with congenital hypermobility are more likely to suffer from panic attacks and anxiety. This reaffirms my belief that yoga instructors are complete whack jobs.

2. People still don't get it. I just signed up a new client who pronates her feet, and her knees valgus when she squats. Her chiro's remedy for this was to assign some band resisted plantar flexion exercises. I'm pretty sure my jaw hit the floor. I referred her here. The biggest problem with most people is they try to compartmentalize everything to fix it. The body was meant to work in a synergistic fashion. Our bodies do not function in isolation and our approach to training should reflect that.

3. People don't like change. If you tell a serious lifter (or anyone for that matter) that everything they are doing is wrong, you'll turn them off faster than a light switch. Subtlety is the key here. Encourage people to make small changes, not big ones.

4. People in the fitness industry are pretty weird. Having spent all of my adult life in the industry, I'd have to say that the fitness has some pretty weird folks. Don't believe me? Do a google image search for personal trainer and see what pops up. It isn't pretty. Makes me wonder what kind of people get into this profession of mine!


5. It takes a lot of guts to start your own business. Seriously, if you are just starting a business then it most likely will not have any "business credit". This means that you will sign a personal guarantee on everything. It's usually a pretty intimidating proposition.

6. Not only does it take guts to open a business, most of the people will try to talk you out of it. This kind of goes along with #5. Everyone and their brother will try to talk you out of it or tell you the horror stories. I heard everything from "You're a good trainer, but are you sure you have the business skills?" to "You'll never make any money in this economy." I say screw them! If you have a solid business plan, have done good research, and hired an accountant, you should be good to go. Go get 'em!

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” - Mark Twain

7. On February 27th, 2003, Mr. Rodgers died. It was a sad, sad day in the neighborhood.

8. Being overweight causes more than just cardiovascular problems. In a study done here. The researchers found that being overweight causes people to have a greater risk of rotator cuff tendonitis. Also, in a study found here, researchers found that they could reduce the occurence of knee problems by having their subject lose weight.

9. In 1938, Adolf Hitler won Time Magazine's man of the year award. Seriously?! Check it here. I bet they wish they could take that one back!

10. High intensity resistance training paired with weight loss will improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes. Well duh!

Thank you for reading my random thoughts!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Get Started Today!

"I'm going to start going to the gym, but I would really like to lose some weight first."

This is actually a line I've heard several times! People are always in search of the "perfect" time to start a fitness program. It's always "I'll start when my kids are back in school." Or "I'll start when work slows down." The bottom line is there is never a perfect time to start your fitness program. There will always be obsticals. The kids will always get in the way. Work will always be busy. There may even be a little snow on the ground (insert sarcastic gasp here). Whether your goal is fat loss, getting stronger, increasing muscle mass, or just looking better naked; the perfect time to start your program is, and will always be, RIGHT NOW!

"The most important key in achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move." - John Wooden