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Home Gym of Power

February 23rd, 2010

Pretty bold statement, huh. “Home Gym of Power!” Now that I have your attention, I will explain.
Imagine yourself walking into that little depressingly dark corner in your home. You know the space that has no really good purpose. So what would go best in that little dungeon? I know! A home gym! Wrong! How about boxes of stuff you don’t want to ever see again. And I know you may not want to see your exercise stuff again. But let’s keep in mind you are reading this for a reason and chances are you actually want to use a home gym or your pants are just too tight and you can’t bare to shop for a bigger size.
Ok, so you can either use that little cubby of no hope or create your “Home Gym of Power”! That space may actually work well, so try a fresh coat of paint, pictures, curtains and a TV. Or you may have another place in your home that is full of hope and energy (probably not your teenager’s room, it’s just too hard to find the floor let alone your dumbbells).
Once you have that place of hope then what do you do with it? How do I make it my “Home Gym of Power”? First, find things that will make it a pleasant place for you. A fresh coat of paint, pictures, and a TV are a really good way to go. You can add pictures of someone’s body you admire (or lust after, it’s up to you after all), inspirational posters or pictures of your favorite hobby or sport. Adding music is an awesome pick me up and sometimes the louder the better (who says your teenager is the only one that can play loud music and wouldn’t it be funny if they were yelling at you to turn it down).
Now that you have your place of happy exercise time, what about equipment. You may have a treadmill, multi-gym, some dumbbells and a flab roller. This is a very good place to start. I’m not a big fan of the multi-gym but they make great anchors for tubing and really cool strap systems. Dumbbells are always a good choice; just make sure you have weights that are good for you, not too light or too heavy. Adding a few balance pieces like a balance dome, exercise ball and wobble boards are also great and no gym should be without (unless you are stuck in the 70’s then all you need is iron). From there you can always add things like kettlebells or even a functional trainer, but it really depends on how deep your pockets are. Believe me; you can get by with a treadmill, dumbbells, a balance dome, stability ball and some tubing. Other than the treadmill, it’s all pretty kind to your wallet.
When you are all set to go, all you need is a rockin program. I would suggest hiring a personal trainer for a session or two to show you how to get the most out of your “Home Gym of Power” (by now you’ve figured out I just like saying that, but it got your attention). The number one key to a home gym is to create a happy place you will actually use. You can’t get results if you don’t use it and the look of it sends you into a feeling of deep dread. Your pants will thank you.

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The power of “WHY” and your fitness goals

February 15th, 2010

Why would the word WHY be significant? Have you ever tried to do affirmations and found that they just don’t work? You tell yourself “I weigh 150 pounds” when you are actually 250 pounds. Your mind is automatically calling you a liar. Why, because it just isn’t the truth for you. You may desperately want it to be the truth but it isn’t and every part of you knows it. So why don’t we try a different approach.
Ask yourself, “Why will I be 150 pounds?” Then proceed to answer honestly. You may come up with answers such as “because I am going to eat less and start working out.” I would suggest giving yourself as many answers as possible. By doing so you are creating an action plan and chances are you will start moving in the right direction towards you goal.

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How to choose a personal fitness trainer

February 11th, 2010

It’s very important to have the right fit when working with a personal trainer. There are so many options and ways to hire a trainer. You can go to a community recreation centre, local gym, personal training studio or even go online. I wouldn’t recommend starting with a magazine or DVD as a pseudo trainer. A personal trainer is trained to help you with your needs and goals and a magazine or DVD is way too generic and you may be setting yourself up for injury.
If you choose a gym just be careful. I’m not saying this is a bad option actually it can be an excellent option. For starters for should have access to a team of trainers and should be able to pick and choose as well as change your trainer if need be. The reason I say to be careful is because a gym will try to lock you into a long-term membership, which is fine for some but a really bad idea for others. If you are unsure I would suggest a short-term or month-to-month membership to start. Remember the sales person gets paid more if you sign up for a one or two year membership and not as much for month-to-month. You will pay a bit more for a short-term membership but if you find that you are just not happy it’s much easier to get out of it. I cannot stress the importance of being happy and comfortable with the facility enough.
The big thing to keep in mind when working with a personal fitness trainer is that it is not a quick fix and should be looked at as a long-term commitment. Don’t let that sentence scare you. Remember there is a process involved in helping you progress and achieve your goals and it does take time. Just like building a house the foundation is extremely important. Also keep in mind if you are tight for funds or time you can create a schedule with your trainer that works best for you. There should always be options.
It is recommended that you interview a potential trainer or several trainers. Don’t just assume that we are all the same. Just like a doctor or hairdresser we all have strengths, weaknesses and our own personality and style. If personalities clash you may find yourself very unhappy. Think of it a bit like dating, sometimes you have to go on a few blind dates before you find the right one.

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