Barefoot 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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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!
The 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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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….
“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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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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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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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!
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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
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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:
Imagine 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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Here are a few of the partner training exercises that I recommend to my clients and trainers. If you are looking for some fun partner training ideas for your personal training sessions or group training sessions you have come to the right place.
Want more than the 3 exercises I provide here? Go to my client blog site and search “partner training” or look at the past 7 weeks of blog posts!
Remind your clients that working out with a partner is fun, challenging and because your buddy is counting on you, it’s great for helping you both stick to your workout routine.
Partner Shuffle Drill:
Stand facing your partner. Shuffle for about 10 feet going one way while simultaneously tossing the medicine ball back and forth to your partner. Repeat going the opposite direction. Continue for 60-120 seconds.
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Help your clients stay lean in 2016 with this simple and effective workout. This is a great suggested workout for when clients find themselves too busy to exercise. Pass this on to clients this week and wish them a happy new year!
You can complete this workout 2-3x this week on alternating days. It is quick, challenging and will make it very possible to get an amazing workout in your own neighborhood and home! No equipment is needed to complete this routine. It is best to start this routine with the Cardio portion and then go indoors for the Exercise portion.
Hill repeats are challenging and will burn a ton of calories very quickly. Take a moment to scope out your neighborhood and find a steep hill. Start with a warm-up with some straight leg kicks, side shuffles and butt kickers. When you feel like your heart rate is up, you can start your first climb. Go slowly for the first round to ease into the hills. Then either walk or jog back to the bottom of the hill. For each consecutive hill, the goal is to feel breathless by the time you reach the top. You can walk, jog or sprint. The number of repeats will depend on how long and steep your hill is but do them for 20 minutes.
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Looking for some interesting information on fitness and exercise to share with your clients? Here is a recent blog post that I wrote for my clients that I thought you might want to share with yours!
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