1. How do I tone up?
To tone up means to reduce body fat and add lean muscle mass so you can see muscle definition. When you reduce the level of body fat from your body you will start to see muscle definition that was covered up by layers of fat. Building up some lean muscle mass will increase that defined look.
2. I have been working out really hard, why have I not gotten any results?
There are many reasons why people do not get results from working out. The number one reason is a lack of knowledge. A professional trainer is an expert at what he or she does. A professional trainer has spent hundreds of hours in classes and studying, as well as thousands of hours of training clients successfully.
In addition, a trainer will challenge you to do exercises you may not have tried before or do things you normally avoid. This causes your body to be stretched to meet the greater challenge and increase your strength, stamina, and flexibility.
3. What can I do to make my cardiovascular training more exciting?
Cardiovascular training can be boring if you let it. If the bike or treadmill for 30 or 40 minutes is not your thing then don’t do it. Getting bored usually leads to people quitting within a couple of weeks of starting a program. Switching cardio exercises can spice up the workout. As a Personal Trainer I will provide you with exercises to do on your own. Some of the exercises I utilize are jumping jacks, jumping rope, repeat running up your stairs and walking back down. If you have access to a gym you can start with 10 minutes on the stair master, then 10 minutes on the recumbent bike and finish with 10 minutes on a treadmill. Cardio classes are a great alternative to machines. The program will change with your successes so that you are continually challenged as you progress.
4. Should I lift weights if I am trying to lose weight?
Absolutely! Weight training is a very misunderstood aspect of weight loss programs. Muscle burns calories and supports your bone structure. The combination of cardiovascular exercise with weight training means that you will loose weight quickly and you will gain strength.
5. How do I stay motivated?
One of the most important jobs that a trainer has is to keep their clients motivated. Knowing that I am there to hold them accountable and guide them through their weight loss is one of the biggest motivators for my clients. It is also important to set small attainable goals along the way to your ultimate goal. It is ok to set the bar high but you must have small successes along the way to keep you on track and seeing results.
Government information on food and nutrition.
Online resource for nutritional data.
Resource from the American Dietetic Association.