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What to Look For When Selecting a Trainer

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There are many reasons why you might consider hiring a fitness trainer to help you with exercise and advice about nutrition. One might be that you feel you need an expert in the field to help make sure you are doing all your exercises properly. Another might be that you want this person to give you good, effective exercise routines so you can get the most from your exercise sessions. Yet another might be that you want someone to help you manage your dietary needs. All of these are good reasons to hire a fitness trainer, but how do you know if you will be hiring a trainer that will best suit your needs? Here are a few guidelines to consider that will help you make the right choice when choosing a fitness trainer.

First and foremost, you need to make sure that the trainer you choose holds a current, nationally accredited certification in the fitness field. Some of the certification organizations that require a good, solid minimum knowledge base to earn their certification are the “ISSA” (International Sports Sciences Association), the “ACSM” (American Collage of Sports Medicine), the “NSCA” (National Strength and Conditioning Association), and on a somewhat lesser level, but still an acceptable certification is the “ACE” (American Council on Exercise). Some others like the “NAFC” (National Association for Fitness Certification) or the “NFPT” (National Federation of Professional Trainers) are a lot less strict for their certification requirements.

While it is very important that the fitness trainer you choose holds one of the better certifications, it is certainly not the only thing to look for when choosing a trainer. There are a few other things you will want to be sure of to ensure your satisfaction.

One thing to look for is whether or not your fitness trainer has a plan to suit your individual needs. Some trainers get caught in a rut and train their clients with a “one size fits all” approach to exercise and while this may be alright for the raw beginner for the purpose of general muscle and connective tissue adaptation, they need to be able to branch out and have a vision of how to customize exercise routines that are best for your needs. In other words, what do they see possible for you. You might ask the trainer; what kind of a plan do you see for me and how will it benefit me?

Another point to consider is whether your fitness trainer can be objective about your training. Your trainer should always consider your needs during each training session. Sometimes the trainer may need to alter your exercise routine due to an injury or simply because you’ve had a hard day and do not have the energy you usually have. You might ask the trainer; how do you assess me each day before my session.

One of the most important things, of course, is whether you and your fitness trainer have matching personality’s or simply put, you must get along with each other and you must feel comfortable with your trainer or it will be hard to work with him/her. You need to understand what your trainer is trying to do and so your trainer needs to give clear, detailed instructions. Your fitness trainer should be open to what you have to say and be able to listen to and respond to your concerns.

If you have made the decision to invest your time and money into an exercise lifestyle, and you are enlisting the help of a fitness professional, make sure you choose one who you know will give you everything you need to give you the results you want in a safe, enjoyable way.

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Is HIIT the Only Workout You Need?

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It’s a few months into the new years and already your New Years resolutions have been broken or forgotten. And that’s to be expected. Most resolutions are made to be broken, it’s an aspect of shooting for the stars so you can land on the moon. But when these resolutions have to do with weight loss and exercise, breaking them might result in more than just a bruised ego. That’s why it’s so important to find a workout regiment that’s built for the modern life, and more specifically, your life. Most workouts call for carving out huge chunks out of your day to go to the gym. Whether it’s cycling, weight lifting, or
Zoomba, what should take and hour and a half can end up taking three or more hours out of your day. All the hassles and time drains add up, and going to the gym seems like an Olympic event in itself. As the starting cost creeps higher and higher it becomes harder and harder to make yourself go, no matter how much you want it.

What about a workout that compresses those hours of exercise into a convenient, time-efficient training regiment. You’re in and out in less than an hour and you feel better, healthier, and look forward to your next workout.

HIIT (also known as High-Intensity Interval Training) provides just that. It takes away out all the unnecessary junk and time-wasting rituals of other exercise regiments and leaves just the meat. A good analogy would be an NFL game. An average game can take hours even though there are only 13 minutes of actual playtime. HIIT takes out all the commercial breaks and timeouts, leaving you with just the workout. So can get in, get shredded, and get on with your day. The high intensity of this workout also provides its own unique benefits, not found in other exercise regiments.

Studies have shown that because it’s intensity, HIIT exercises trigger a much greater human growth hormone response. This facilitates both recovery time, burns fat, and increases muscle growth. HGH (as it is commonly known) is also colloquially known as the youth hormone. It’s used by Hollywood stars and beauty models to maintain low body fat and keep skin looking healthy and youthful into old age. A casual look at any beauty magazine or celebrity magazine will show the amazing benefits of HGH. But the real stuff can cost you thousands and can lead to unexpected complications. The best way to get HGH is to make it yourself, by engaging in strenuous exercise.

Part of the reason men age better than a woman is their maintenance of physical activity into middle age. When measured via blood tests, middle-aged men who are physically active have a much younger HGH profile than sedentary men of the same age range and it shows with their better skin, lower body fat, and higher energy level.

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Sports That Cheer You Up

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Any bit of fitness helps our mood. Weights are fun, but there are a few sports that will cheer you up when you need it the most. We are talking break up and losing a job type of cheer. Before the athlete in you starts doubting these, give them a try and watch your inner sunshine come through.

1. Pole Dancing

Force yourself to go to a poll dancing class, specially when you don’t feel like it. The routines are full of challenges, which will focus you onto something other than your current problems. It also forces you to release sensuality you did not know you had. Worth the try. Promise.

2. Rock Climbing

Who is the boss? Who? You are!

Rock climbing is one of the most exhilarating experiences you should treat yourself with. It forces you to focus, to think, plan, stretch, climb, grab, sweat. One session and your problems will be history.

3. Good Old Kick Boxing

Overwhelmed by problems that seem to pile up? Kick them out of your mind, literally. Kick, kick, kick away, every worry, every feeling of sadness. Kick boxing is like fighting it out without the remorse. Trust us, you will not apologize to that big bag, you will thank it.

4. Hip Hop Dancing

We promise you this: you will have fun. Attempts to follow the choreography are up to you and your hip hop skill, but the fun is guaranteed. You will jump, move, shake, bounce and have the time of your life. The trick is to enjoy the music like nobody is watching you.

5. Trapeze 

Even adrenaline junkies have a rush of fear when on a trapeze. A beginners class will  be enough to rush troubles out of your veins. When the fear is gone and your body starts feeling safe, the experience is one of the most amazing you will ever have. It is basically flying (with a net underneath)

 

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Fit Gurl: Gisele Bündchen

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She has been retired for a while and yet, Gisele Bundchen was the highest paid model of 2015.

The mother of two and wife of NFL superstar Tom Brady does it all, specially when it comes to fitness. She practices yoga one day, kickboxing the next. Thank you Instagram for the visuals!

@underarmourwomen #ruleyourself #iwillwhatiwant ????????

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I just can’t take it!! #love #yogapartner ❤️❤️❤️ Eu não aguento!!! #amor #parceiradeioga

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My kind of fun! ???? O que me diverte!

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