Spring Break is about a month away and we know this is when people will begin to flock to the gym to start preparing. Most times after a week or two of being at the gym, people begin to get bored and tend to forget about the Spring Break bodies they want to achieve. This is when having a personal trainer comes in handy. Personal trainers aren’t just for celebrities or athletes. Everyone and anyone can benefit from a personal trainer. Here are three benefits to having a personal trainer:
Personal trainers are able to hold you accountable for your goals and when you are supposed to be at the gym. They help you come up with goals, but along with that they also make sure that goals you set are realistic. Whether it’s running a mile non-stop or getting a strict pull-up, your trainer will help you come up with a plan on how to achieve your goal. Along with accountability, they motivate you during your workouts. You will never hear you trainer telling you that you CAN’T do something.
Not having the right technique can easily lead into an injury at the gym. Personal trainers are able to show you the proper ways to do certain movements. Proper technique will help you in reaching your goals. Trainers are also able to hold you accountable for proper technique during your workouts. With a personal trainer by your side, you will be less likely to experience a rolled ankle, pulled muscle or any other type of injury.
Going to the gym is one thing, but after you’re on the treadmill for half an hour, then what do you do? A personal trainer is able to help you develop a routine that is realistic for you. They will assess the best routine for your life's daily activities and what makes the most sense for you. They will not expect you to work out seven or even five days a week at the very beginning. Personal trainers are able to develop your routine based on what you are capable of doing, then helping you to meet and break through your limits.
Spring Break is almost here, so come get fit with us! We offer personal training at both our King William and Alamo Height locations. Call us at 210.412.0398 for more information.
While it may be best to add new movements and new activities to your program, you can also get some benefit by simply altering your set and rep scheme. Next time you're in (and after going through a thorough warmup) try a 5 x 5 routine, which should result in far greater loads than your accustomed to for your 10 rep sets. This simple adjustment will definitely make your next workout a bit more challenging, and hopefully spark your enthusiasm for other tweaks to your program.
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Work out on your own terms!
I get it - you're super busy with lots of responsibilities, duties and distractions. But let's take five minutes to focus on something really important: you! Let's go through a quick check list of your overall wellness to see how you're doing.
Why? Because the better you take care of yourself, the better you'll be at taking care of all those important people and things in your life as well. And that in turn will make the world a better place. Truly!
So we're going to do a little self-assessment. A five minute inventory of how you're feeling and what you're doing. So right now, remove as many distractions as you can, find a quiet place, and let's reflect on the following...
Right now, at this very moment, how do you feel - essentially what's your mental state? Are you anxious, stressed, happy, or content? Is there something going on that's currently putting you in this state? If you're having a stressful or difficult time, take a moment to breathe, meditate, or journal to bring things back in line.
Next, stand up and stretch your arms way up overhead. Knock out a few shoulder circles, assisted squats, and any other basic movements you can perform. Did you feel or notice any pain or discomfort? Is it something new, or from a nagging injury you never fully got assessed and addressed? If you're having pain anywhere of any sort, get it checked out, and come up with a plan to get things back in normal, pain-free, working order.
Now, when you woke up this morning, did you make sure to drink a glass or two of water? We tend to dehydrate overnight through respiration and other bodily functions (which is why your scale looks so good first thing in the morning). What's your hydration been like today? Do you have your refillable bottle with you now? If it's empty, go fill it up, and stay on top of your water intake.
What about food? DId you pack your snacks and meals for the day? If not, what's your plan for getting some healthy eats later? Do you have a healthy snack stashed in your bag or purse in case one of your meetings go long or things get extra busy? And what plant based foods have you consumed so far today, and what fresh fruits and vegetables will you consume before the day is over?
Finally, have you already knocked out your workout today, or do you have plans to attend a class or go on a walk later? If not, review your schedule now and look for a 30 minute window where you can add in some activity. It doesn't have to be major, it just has to be something. Heck, you can even put on your favorite playlist and dance around like a crazy person. Just make sure you make time to move today.
That's it! Evaluation over... From here, try to fill in any gaps you noticed during this quick assessment, and make time each day to take a little personal inventory of where you are and what's going on in your life. These little check-ins will help you stay tuned-in and connected, and lead to better overall health and wellness.
by: Tom Trevino
Tom Trevino is s personal trainer and wellness coach based out of San Antonio. He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, multiple certifications from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, and is currently pursuing his Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification. He can be found at our Alamo Heights location, or aimlessly wandering the aisles of Central Market.
I ran a 5K on Sunday, it was all hills. The race was put on by Mind Body Soul Fitness; check out the flyer for the race below.
For me it was a rude awakening for sure. The night before the race my body felt achy, I knew I was catching a cold. I went to bed early and hoped I would feel better by the morning so I could run. Instead I woke up feeling yucky. My throat hurt and I didn’t want to get up. I dragged myself out of bed and somehow got dressed, ate a banana, drank some water and got into my car. When I got to the race it was drizzling and overcast, not the kind of weather I would ever want to run in, but I made a commitment to run.
I watched a fit couple get out of their car, they immediately started running. They were dressed like runners and were very bouncy and chipper. A little too perky if you ask me. I was grumpy. I wanted to climb back into my warm bed, pull the covers over my head and wait for my husband to make pancakes. I reluctantly got out of my car, walked over to the registration table and picked up my race chip. I wasn’t that exited to pick it up, I didn’t want anyone to know my time. I tied it on my running shoes and headed to the starting line.
I quickly switched to walking when I got to the infamous big hill. There I am in front of that runner who is about to lap me.
The course was a mile loop that had a huge hill that you had to run up three times. It was killer. I looked around as I walked and everyone and I mean everyone was in fantastic shape. You could tell these people ran all the time and couldn’t wait to tackle the big hill three times. Me I just wanted to get through it, preferably without passing out. I have never ran a race before where everyone was so fit and muscular; it was like I wasn’t in San Antonio. I don’t know what they do over at MBS Fitness, but clearly it works. I decided I needed to change my attitude, so I forced myself out of my grumpy mood. Instead of being intimidated by all of the athletic people I was surrounded by, I looked to them for inspiration.
I thought about Michael Jordan and how he often played his best games when he was sick, I stuck it out and kept going. There was no other choice; I knew I had to finish. Although my body wasn’t at its best my mind took control and I pushed forward. It’s always amazing to me what the human body is capable of doing once our mind and body work together. I didn’t exactly Michael Jordan it, but I got the job done. I was proud of myself for finishing the race and turning my mood around.
Running/walking this race was a great push that I really needed. I was becoming bored with my workout routine, it was getting to be too easy. I was ready for a challenge. The nice thing about signing up for a race is that you are committing yourself to doing it. You always have the option of walking but not finishing is really not an option. Being around athletic fit people who take care of their bodies just makes me want to take care of mine even more. I have always cared about what I put inside my body but I have been a little lax with my workout routine lately. Now I’m inspired to run more races.
There are two in particular that I am going to do. The Aveda Walk For Water on May 6th at The Pearl, which is raising money for clean water globally. I’m also excited about Free-da’s run for the arts. I saw a picture of the race shirts and they are so cool. Free-da’s run takes place on July 7th at the University of the Incarnate Word. The run goes along the River and through some back trails behind UIW, It will be beautiful. To read more about the organizer and artist Cecilia Iniguez check out her website. She is a very interesting and talented person.
Now I don’t recommend running when you are not feeling well, I walked most of the race and made sure I was very hydrated. Listen to your body and always take good care of it, it’s the only one you have. I hope you all have a fantastic day and that you will get outside and move your body today. Thank you very much Mind Body Soul Fitness for letting me use all of these pictures I really appreciate it. Be sure to check out their website and Viva Fiesta!