Practical Skills

Clients Want To Know – Aerobic vs. Anaerobic

Posted by on November 21, 2017 at 10:15 pm
I am sure many of you have come up against clients who question why they need to do cardio exercise. Of course you know the importance of combining aerobic and anaerobic cardio, strength training, stretching and other forms of exercise…but your clients may not. I always like to give my clients the facts about their fitness and do it in a way that is easy to understand and suggest doable ways to accomplish what I am suggesting.

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Simple Tips For Program Design

Posted by on November 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Do you ever get these questions from your clients?

  • Is High Intensity Training the way to go?

 

  • Or is Long, Slow Distance Training better?

 

  • What cardio exercise brings the best results – is it cycling, rowing, running or something else?

 

  • What muscle conditioning workouts enhance overall fitness best – is it Bootcamp classes, Barre, Yoga, Pilates or traditional weight training?

 

If someone decides to get fit and commit to an exercise program, there are a ton of options. It can feel like a kid in a candy store so to speak. That is where you (as a fitness professional come in!). As you know….there’s only so much time in a week so how do you choose what to prescribe to your clients? And how do you explain your reasoning behind doing so?

Here are a couple reminders the best ways to design programming for your clients. Use these tips on your own and share them curious clients.

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Yes. They Need To Lift Heavy

Posted by on November 7, 2017 at 7:04 pm

I am sure you preach the importance of strength training with your clients, but sometimes clients need concrete information on WHY they need to lift weights. So, after talking with them about strength training….follow up with the information below:

“Many physiologists and researchers considering Strength Conditioning to be the true Fountain of Youth – the magic “pill” to reverse or prevent a significant portion of the aging process.

Many of the changes people experience as they age are due to a loss in muscle mass. So if we can maintain a significant amount of muscle tissue as we age, we can expect to age much more slowly.

Let’s look at some of the research and benefits of strength training:    

Strength training will increase muscle endurance and strength, improve bone density and posture, boost your metabolism, increase functional capacity, improve your blood pressure and blood lipid levels, decrease joint pain and reduce your risk of falling. In addition, muscle looks good and can improve your overall self esteem and confidence. You’ll move with better strength, balance, coordination and agility and your performance in your recreational pursuits will be enhanced significantly. Read more on Yes. They Need To Lift Heavy…

Recommend Barefoot Running?

Posted by on November 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Vibram FiveFingersBarefoot running has become very popular. Do you have clients that have tried it? Do you recommend barefoot running? While I believe in the importance of strengthening our feet and letting our toes spread out like they were designed to do…we have to be careful when recommending that our clients start running “barefoot.”

The bottom line is that our feet need to be strengthened just like any other part of our body, but running barefoot should be approached carefully and bit by bit.

Here is what I like to tell my clients when they ask me about this topic:

Exercises for your FEET:

Since most of us wear shoes all day long and many women wear shoes that keep their feet in a very tight, constricted position all day long, our feet become very rigid. But our feet are designed with multiple joints and have the ability to articulate like our hands – just look at someone who has lost the use of their hands and they quickly adapt the ability to use their feet to write, eat, and perform various other daily tasks usually done by the hands. So the message is, we need to make an effort to increase the movement and functionality of our feet.

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YES! Clients Need to Warm-Up

Posted by on October 4, 2016 at 10:38 pm

Hey Fit Pros….didn’t you love watching the Olympics? One of my favorite events is the 100 Meter sprint. It is incredible how much training goes into a race that takes less than 15 seconds! Even on race day the sprinters warm up for about an hour for a short sprint race. This inspired me to remind our personal trainers and our clients about how important a proper warm up really is.

Share this info with your staff and your clients. Remind them how critical warming up is!

kneedipb2The body does not respond very well going from inactivity to intense activity. The cardio-vascular, respiratory, musculo-skeletal, and neurological and metabolic energy pathways need to be gradually stimulated in order to perform at an optimal level. You need to lubricate your joints, warm your muscles and connective tissue and slowly wake up your breathing and cardio systems. 

Muscles that are warm have a much better ability to extract and utilize oxygen to produce energy.  As muscles warm up, the enzyme activity level is increased.  This means that fats and sugars are broken down more rapidly, and more energy will be produced.  This will of course, enhance your performance.

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Why Clients Need to Train With You!

Posted by on September 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm

Need some info to send to your clients that will interest them and motivate them to work with you? Try sending them this article I just wrote for our local paper. Remind clients of all the multiple reasons muscle conditioning is critical. Share with potential clients as well….

muscle-class-sherri“As we get older, we tend to lose muscle – approximately 7 pounds of lean tissue per decade with this loss accelerating after the age of 40.

As a result, our strength and endurance is reduced, our metabolism drops resulting in weight gain, our bone density is lowered, our posture and alignment deteriorates, our balance falters, and we experience an increase in general aches and pains. So it is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL that we do whatever we can to maintain our muscle tissue by participating in muscle conditioning exercise at least 2 to 3 days per week.

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Send Your Clients This 10 Min Workout!

Posted by on August 31, 2016 at 8:08 pm

Summer is starting to wind down and many kids are either back in school or will be very soon… but it’s still super busy as many of our clients are shopping for school supplies and clothes, filling out school forms and trying to get in a little more fun before the summer is over!

Encourage your clients to get at least some exercise in if the don’t have time to see you this week.

Send them this 10 min quickfix workout to remind them that you are thinking of them!  Tell your clients that something is always better than nothing and if you work it, 10 minutes can be an amazing workout!

“Complete each of the following 3 exercises for one minute each with a 30 second rest at the end of each of the 3 exercises. Then do it again 2 more times for a total of 10 minutes. Remember to take a few minutes to warm-up and cool-down and feel free to take breaks if you can’t make it one minute without stopping. Never sacrifice quality for quantity!

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Equipment Free Outdoor Workout

Posted by on August 17, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Need more exercises to try with your clients outdoors this summer and fall? Try adding these three exercises to your equipment free outdoor workouts with your clients.

10 Min No Equipment Outdoor Exercises – 1
10 Min No Equipment Outdoor Exercises – 2

Complete each of these 3 exercises for one minute each with a 30 second rest at the end of each of the 3 exercises. Then do it again 2 more times for a total of 10 minutes. Remember to take a few minutes to warm-up and cool-down and feel free to take breaks if you can’t make it one minute without stopping. Never sacrifice quality for quantity!

These workouts will provide you with a number of full body workouts that can be extremely effective when done consistently.

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Another 10 Min Equipment Free Workout!

Posted by on August 10, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Last week I gave you a 10 min equipment free workout to share with your clients. It is nice to have a handful of these up your sleeves so here is another 10 min equipment free workout. There are no excuses for your busy clients to not get a workout in on the days they don’t work with you!

Remind them: 10 minutes is not even 1% of your day so do you think you could commit to that?!  If your health and fitness is important to you, you will make it happen!

Last week’s 10 min equipment free workout

 

Share this info with your clients: 

Complete each of these 3 exercises for one minute each with a 30 second rest at the end of each of the 3 exercises. Then do it again 2 more times for a total of 10 minutes. Remember to take a few minutes to warmup and cooldown and feel free to take breaks if you can’t make it one minute without stopping. Never sacrifice quality for quantity!

10 minutes full body, high intensity and you’ll be surprised at how effective this mini-workout can be! Follow along with this series and you’ll get a number of 10 minute QuickFix options so that you can mix it up and do a different set each time!

10 Minute QuickFix Workout

Warm-up first

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10 Min Equipment Free Workout

Posted by on August 3, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Are your clients giving you excuses about not being able to exercise this summer? Vacations, kids at home etc.? Give them this 10 min equipment free workout to do when they aren’t working with you. No more room for excuses!

Complete each of these 3 exercises for one minute each with a 30 second rest at the end of each of the 3 exercises. Then do it again 2 more times for a total of 10 minutes. Remember to take a few minutes to warm-up and cool-down. We can all commit to 10 minutes to focus on our health and fitness. And if you focus for 10 minutes, you’ll be surprised at what a fabulous workout it can be! Follow along with this series and you’ll get a number of 10 minute QuickFix options so that you can mix it up and do a different set each time!

10 Minute Equipment Free Workout:

Warmup first.

Skipping

jumpropeImagine you are holding a skipping rope and skip for 1 minute. Bonus if you complete with an actual skipping rope! Feel free to keep it low impact and instead of jumping, just walk your feet quickly on the spot while moving your arms as if you are holding a jump rope.

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