What kind of Training is right for you?
You may have heard that "Your goals dictate the type of training you choose". This is mainly true, but it's not always that simple... read on.
It's not unusual for a client to begin on a weight loss journey only to change the goal to 'stronger and healthier', or a strength training goal to 'getting my weight under control'. Often they go hand in hand. You don't have to know your goal before coming, and you can change your mind as we get to know each other better and learn more about what we are working with (you, your body, your health).
Underlying Compensatory Movement Patterns:
We will always do a screening at intake as well as ask ample questions to be sure we know about that "tricky knee" or medications that effect blood pressure during training. I like to take time (about 10 sessions) to really get to know how your body moves and discover movement pattern situations that may cause issues with training down the road. Trainers that train people with symmetrical muscle build, average health, and no devastating injuries are everywhere. My history in functional fitness, my massage school education, and a large number of over 30 clients has given my a strong foundation for working with recovering people. Whether you are recovering from past injuries or just getting older ;)
Clients will often hide potential issues because they are afraid they won't be able to train. I was guilty of this before becoming a trainer! I thought that if I took a break I would lose muscle and gain fat and be hopelessly at square one. That does NOT have to be the case. Should you train injured? Only if you can train in such a was as to not further aggravate the injury. You would not BELIEVE the plethora of moves available that exclude doing "that one thing that really hurts". Healing is important. Let your body do that. Moving is important. Let your body do that TOO.
Feeling different is probably one of the most predominant obstacles for starting a good training program. Eating disorders, obesity, difficulty gaining weight, non-cis gender conforming, LGBTQI orientation, being too weak, fear of failure/success... I could really go on forever, but let's just stop. You are completely welcome in my space. Appointments are typically one on one or in a small group of 2-3 others (which you would bring with you). But that aside... you are you and I am happy to have you in my space. Some of your concerns will help guide us to a training program that suits you and helps you meet your goals.
So, what types of programs are there?
Lots! But Cardiovascular, Functional, and Strength / hypertrophy training are simple types of exercise most of us have heard of. I like these groupings because they are each valid in their own way. You need a healthy heart and lungs, you need strong bones and muscles, and you need to be able to move yourself around comfortably and safely! For general fitness/ weight loss personal training clients, I normally periodize trainings, alternating plans for weeks or months, depending, so we do each of these types of workouts in succession. Classes will typically have a component of each in each class.
Aside from that there are a myriad of training programs from simple to complex for weight training. We can narrow our focus to 3 major lifts, alternating reps and sets to get stronger. We can do more complex and traditional workouts with a wider range of lifts. We can choose something in between. Don't worry if you don't know which you prefer, once I understand you a bit better, I can help. Personally, I get bored easily when training so it has to either be exciting and varied, or short!
For cardiovascular conditioning we can box, use kettlebells, walk outside, or do rapid circuit training. Note: we will NEVER 'just keep you moving' with a random set of moves performed without purpose. With 10 years of experience in the group fitness industry, I have seen too much of that. Don't get me wrong, something IS better than nothing. Moving is better than not. However, thoughtfully approaching your training based on experience, education and science bring more reliable results and can be far more fun!