Basically nobody feels like exercising after a holiday weekend. Whether you drank too much, ate too much, slept in too late, or just didn't get much exercise....that first day back in the gym just doesn't seem like its going to be any fun at all.
The funny thing is that after you get that first workout done, you typically will wonder why you dreaded it so much....
Its good to have a rest weekend but its also very important to not let that lazy weekend turn into a lazy week of missed workouts, overeating, etc.
If you have a personal trainer, you don't have much choice because you have a scheduled appointment. This makes it easy. Many of my clients tell me that the biggest reason they have a personal trainer is to ensure that they always stay consistent and NEVER fall off track regardless of what they "feel" like doing.
This is wise thinking...
Most people really don't realize how easily they slip out of good habits and into bad habits. Like they say in AA, "the first thing you have to do is admit you have a problem"...well, we ALL have a problem...its a daily battle with our self discipline and our immediate desires being at odds with one another.
Truly the most important factor of all in succeeding in your fitness goals for the long run is Consistency. It doesn't matter how good you are sometimes if you're bad half the time as well. Even consistent mediocrity will often produce superior results to inconsistent excellence interspersed with laziness detrimental excesses in regard to diet etc.
Join the wise and get yourself the accountability you need along with the solid training and nutrition program design that you need from
Felt like I was going to pass out during today's workout...
I haven't done high rep squats in about 3-4 months because of a nagging knee injury, but my knee has finally improved enough to safely get back into them. I was excited, until after my second set...
Then I remembered that high rep Back Squat are like the most challenging exercise in the gym and giving your absolute best on those babies will make you feel like an out of shape couch potato in no time flat. I was gasping for air and wondering what the heck was I thinking when I wrote this workout?!?!
Remind me why I take myself through this torture again? Just because I'm a personal trainer doesn't mean I have to actually workout hard right? :)
Well, as usual, about 30 minutes after the workout had ended I was feeling fantastic and was actually very glad I'd pushed myself (like any good personal trainer should right:))
Anyway, my knee did great and I got in a great, challenging, productive workout.
The main thing is: Don't EVER think that its easier for everyone else than it is for you. Don't ever think that personal trainers enjoy their workouts and that people with good physiques have it easy....
99 times out of 100 those people with good physiques put in the sweat, tears, and nausea day in a day out and earned every bit of that physique....
On the other hand.... every day doesn't have to be hard....
For instance, tomorrow is my easy workout day. It will be a light easy workout that assists in speeding up muscle recovery AND keeps my metabolism high to allow me to continue burning fat 24/7If every workout was as challenging as today 1) no one would stick with exercise for long enough to get any results and 2) the body would get overtrained and that would hinder all progress (overtraining is just as detrimental to your progress and undertraining).
Well, it depends on which Dallas personal trainer you ask. If you ask a trainer who's interested in genuine health you will probably get a response that favors the outdoors, if you ask a trainer who is only interested in the physical appearance, they may favor the indoors or have no preference whatsoever.
There are certainly cases where it makes more sense to use the treadmill such as when you are trying to exercise at a certain specific speed...especially if you are fluctuating between differing speeds during the same cardio workout.
Outdoor running in the sunshine will give you the opportunity to soak up some healthy immune system boosting Vitamin D, fresh air, and will give your legs the more natural motion of running on an actual surface that must be pushed off of rather than assisted by the treadmill's belt. More on this treadmill
So you're out eating with friends in Dallas at a steakhouse. What would your Dallas Personal Trainer tell you to do?
Well here is is:
-order water instead of alcohol
-order steak, chicken, or fish
-order a salad with oil and vinegar
-have a steamed vegetable, NOT a potato on the side
-last but not least, DO NOT eat the tasty bread and butter that they bring out before the meal
If you follow this routine, you should enjoy a nice meal AND get out unscathed so you can continue on your path to a seriously lean physique!