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WorkoutThe real enemy of maintaining a workout routine? Boredom. Rather than maintain the same fitness routine this year, consider changing things up. These expert-approved fitness trends are sure to pique your interest.
Fusion ClassesCombining disparate disciplines into a cohesive routine (Pilates + boxing = Piloxing), can get your body working in ways it wouldnt otherwise, according to exercise physiologists for the American Council on Exercise. New combo classes include, aerial yoga, core-fusion and neuro-muscular integrative action.Jessica Matthews, a certified personal trainer and group instructor explains, Avid spinners, for example, may be missing a strength component.
Outdoor TrainingTired of walking on a treadmill? Get outside. To be honest, this trend is a little more difficult to attempt during Chicago winters. However, just about the time Spring fever is setting in, the weather should warm up enough for you to head outside to change up a stale fitness regime. Choose a class that has one of your favorite workouts incorporated. If youre a yoga fan, classes such as paddleboard yoga (yoga done on a paddleboard) can be a great way to introduce a new type of workout.
Bodyweight Training No need for fancy equipment, your body is an efficient exercise machine on its own.
By exercising your body within its natural planes, rather than unnatural motions, you relieve pressure on joints and reduce the risk of injury. While bodyweight workouts have been a pillar of at-home workouts for years, gyms are now upping their no-gear game.
Small-Group Personal Training If the cost of a personal trainer has kept you from personal training sessions, consider signing up for small-group personal training. Many personal trainers offer their services at deep discounts for groups of two to five, bringing the cost
By taking a fusion spin class that uses resistance bands or free weights, they can train a wider range of muscle groups.
down from an average. $50-$100 an hour, to as low as $15 an hour per person. As an added benefit, training with a group of friends can motivate you in ways personal training and large group classes cant offer.
High-Intensity Interval TrainingFor those with limited time to exercise, short bursts of intense exercise with short recovery breaks in between can be just the solution needed. According to researchers from McMaster University, 10 one-minute sprints on a standard stationary bike with about one minute of rest in between, three times a week, works muscles as well as 10 hours of continuous moderate bicycling exercise over a two-week period.
Functional FitnessThere are five essential body movements: squat, lunge, push, pull and rotate. Functional fitness works by isolating muscle groups, requiring various parts of the body to work together as they were developed to do. While this total-body technique is important for any exerciser, it is particularly beneficial for people recovering from injuries or who balance issues.
1. Find a reason to workout. Find your true reason for training and make it specific and vivid.
2. Set precise and vivid goals. Achieving small goals leads to long-term success.
3. Mark time off on your calendar. Your workout time is personal time. You know you need it and cant miss it, so schedule it.
4. Make your goals public. Heres a good use for your time on Facebook or Twitter, tell your friends what you want to accomplish, and let them know how youre doing along the way.
5. Train with a buddy. You wouldnt stand up your friend at a game or restaurant, and you wont stand him up at the gym either.
6. Share with your loved ones. Getting him or her involved significantly improves your chance of success.
7. Build momentum. Move more every day. Start feeding your workout by choosing the stairs, walking. etc. Movement is an exercise all in its own.
8. Rest, recover, repeat. Start by including recovery in your workout plan. By not skipping out on regeneration, youll feel fresh for your next session.
9. Mix it up. Your body needs variety, and so does your mind. Try boxing or a sport. Keep your mind and nervous system stimulated.
10. Keep expectations reasonable. Everyones different so set goals that are obtainable.
TEN WORKOUT TIPS
Many personal trainers have found creative ways to help people afford guidance in their fitness regimes. Alternative training plans such as partner training, monthly training visits, small group sessions, 30 minute sessions, and even on- line personal training have been on the rise in recent years.
Just as with any other demographic, the health and well- being of the GLBT community is of great importance. Hiring a qualified personal trainer is a sure-fire method to enhance your well- being and achieve your goals of health and fitness. To put the personal in personal training, it is always helpful to find a trainer who not only has a respected certification, but also one with whom you feel comfortable. To that end, we profile a group of gay trainers who, just like all other trainers, are there to help you.
Michael ElderCertification/ Experience: ACE (American Council on Exercise), 15 years as a CPT. Between the ages of twelve and fifteen, I was a competitive gymnast. It was there that I learned all about rigorous
training. Once I saw all of the many benefits that training provides, my passion for fitness was cemented, and it is a passion that I have held for my entire adult life. I believe strongly in the REAL Method: Rest, Eat, Aerobics, Lift. Seeing results takes serious effort in the areas of proper recovery, consistent aerobic exercise and resistance training, as well as proper nutrition. Three words that best describe you: independent, caring, healer.
Christopher Gagne Certification/ Experience: International Sports Science Association (ISSA), 20 years experience.
Areas of specialty: powerlifting, boxing, and nutrition counseling. Weightlifting in high school, becoming football captain and shaping the football teams workout brought me to the field in the first place. I also, participated in Fight Night at University of Illinois for my fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha.Training Philosophy: I believe its not enough to know the science and mechanics of weightlifting; its a necessary function for a trainer to develop an instinct for what each of his clients need to fulfill their goalsThree words that best describe you: tenacious, results-driven, and focused.
Michael GrimesCertification/ Experience: ACE and NASM/ 10 yrsThe philosophy I
abide by is to set realistic, achievable goals, and be consistent, so you can maintain the success you have with looking the way you want to look. I love introducing people to the gym culture that never thought they could be a part of it. I work best with shy people that are intimidated by the gym and its scene. Im good with spotting and fixing muscle imbalances. I also seem to have the magic touch when it comes to packing some meat on the bones of even the skinniest hard-gainer. The most important thing for me in my work is feeling like I am directly helping someone. Its what gets me out of bed in the morning. After college, I quickly learned that I didnt see myself with the same work schedule and boss week after week. I need to be my own boss! Three words that best describe you: communicator, empathetic, taskmaster.
Aaron Guy Certification/ Experience: NASM- CPT, PES, KBC Kettelbell Instructor and NPC Illinois Bodybuilding Competitor, 9
years of experience. I deal with a wide range of clients requiring different fitness needs and goals. My specialties include:Weight Loss, Bodybuilding, Core/Abdominal Training, Muscle Conditioning/Toning, Kettle Bell Training, Power Training, Mass Building, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Basic Nutritional Guidance. My passion for fitness and my involvement in the gym for the last 17 years led me to become a personal trainer.
You can do anything if you put your mind to. Three words that best describe you: funny, passionate, driven.
Darrick JacksonCertification/ Experience: American Muscle & Fitness (AMFPT), 4 years as a CPT. Ive been working out for almost 27 years, and love how it makes me look and feel! I just want to share with others, what physical fitness can do for ones mind, body, and soul! I believe that physical fitness should be a part of ones life. You have one body, one physique, and you have to take good care of it Three words that best describe you: tough, encouraging,
Moses VenturaCertification/ Experience: AFTA, 7 years as a CPT. I became increasingly interested in bodybuilding at
the age of 16. I decided to work as a trainer to get me through college and, after finishing my degree, I kept on doing it. I love my job! I will provide you with the knowledge and to