Sitting down to write this week’s wellness post I am amazed at the differences I notice in my body is just a few short months. When I started this journey 115 days ago I had no idea how profound an impact the exercise would have not only on my physical health but my emotional health as well. I have discovered that my emotional self needs the daily exercise just as much as my physical body;
Three weeks ago I began working with Alfred Rocha, the head trainer at Anytime Fitness (Palmyra VA). It took me 11 months to find the courage to reach out and ask for help. Having reached the halfway point to my goal it is evident that I need to tighten and tone what the weight is leaving behind. In the beginning I kept my conversations with Alfred to a minimum, however, as I became more comfortable with the gym environment I also found myself opening up and asking questions. Before I knew it I didn’t see Alfred as an intimidating figure with bulging biceps rather someone who cares and is there to help and assist me in reaching my fitness goals; it’s about more than just weight loss. The total transformation of mind, body and soul has become a part of who I am and what I do every single day. With each session I am challenged to stay focused while pushing myself closer toward becoming the new me. So far Alfred has specifically tailored my weight/resistance training allowing me to concentrate on strengthening my core muscles which in turn is building my self-confidence.; no longer do I feel silly or out of place. Now I am part of a great community of people who share a common interest; we all want to be healthy and fit.
It’s been three weeks and I’m enjoying the intensity and structure of the weight program. While the treadmill has provided a great start (51 pounds down) I know that I must challenge myself to do more in order to not just lose weight but tone and condition my body. Learning the proper way to work my physical body is key to not only achieving my overall goal of improved health and fitness but learning to work my body effectively and safely. Having a trainer by my side teaching and guiding me has not only lessened the physical weight but has allowed me to have confidence and the desire to push my body to the next level. Whether it’s resistance training using my own body weight, working on the pulley machine to improve my upper body, bell weights or tossing a heavy ball in the air to improve my coordination I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with Alfred and look forward to sharing my training experiences each week. Life is short I encourage you to take the step toward improved health and fitness; remember a healthier you will be a happier you too!
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Today I am going to talk about one of the most talked about words in the fitness world, your CORE! Everyone talks about it, but most people really don’t know exactly what their core is. Clients come to me all the time and say, “I need to work on my core”! I have been a certified personal trainer for over 5 years, and when I ask people what they mean by “their core”, I have received a lot of different answers. The most common one being “my abs” or “my stomach”! Well, that is correct and incorrect.
The truth is your core is so much more than your abs. The core really consists of your obliques, hip flexors, lower back, glutes AND your abs! And another truth is, your fitness world really needs to start and end with your core. In my opinion, having a strong core is the single most important aspect in having the fittest body, a good overall workout routine and avoiding long-term injury. You may only care about bench press and bicep curls for now (get over yourself), but someday it will come back to haunt you if you are not implementing a large variety of core exercises into your routine. What happens is you bend over one day to pick up a bag of groceries, or reach up into a cabinet, and throw your back out, all because you are neglecting your core. Don’t let that happen to you. Don’t overlook the core of your fitness training. It can easily be avoided.
I train clients of all ages, shapes and sizes in Charlottesville, Virginia to improve their core strength. I do this through a variety of exercises (easily over 100), focusing on strengthening the core through balance, stability and increasing flexibility. If you would like to hear more, or are looking for a personal trainer in Charlottesville, Virginia, I am always here to help, and I’m only an email or phone call away! Make this year the best fitness year of your life!
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