Well the summer is going strong now and we've already had a couple months of hot swimming weather. Is it too late to get a personal trainer and enjoy results at the pool?
Absolutely not. In untrained individuals, results can come fast and with a quality Dallas personal trainer, your likelihood of fast results is even greater. Then when the fall and winter hit, you can continue your momentum and make even more progress through the winter so that by the time next spring rolls around you can shock everyone at the pool with the best body you've had in decades.
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The simple answer is "I don't know, but I'd like to think so" :) When the weather is super hot people don't really want to spend much time outside so hopefully instead of cancelling physical activity altogether, they are going to the gym to exercise inside. Beyond that, hopefully they will decide they can greatly benefit from a personal trainer to help them get their body looking and feeling the way they want it to so that they can go outside and enjoy it by the pool, the lake, or whatever when the Dallas weather finally cools back off.
It seems that every time I go to a mega gym in Dallas the main exercise I see the members performing are Bicep Curls. Typically Concentration Curls seem to be the most common favorite.
I have to admit, I almost always find this very amusing...and yet a little sad at the same time. These people are coming to the gym and are putting in honest effort and yet they are wasting it on an exercise that is going to produce close to zero results.
Its not that concentration curls have no value whatsoever, its just that exercises such as those are meant to be refining movements for an individual who already has a VERY well developed physique that now only needs to be sculpted down and refined to the last degree. This type of exercise burns very few calories, works a minimal number of muscles and in the majority of people, produces little o no results.
If you are wanting to work your biceps, want to burn some calories, gain some functional strength, and maybe even get stronger for your body size, you would be much better off doing some assisted chin-ups. Most gyms have assisted chin-up dip towers that are great for total body functional exercises such as this.
Well, summer seems to have officially arrived in Dallas. The last several days have been sweltering and its been as humid as I have ever seen it. Personally this weather does NOT make me want to workout outside either.
But let's get serious...you don't need to go outside to workout, especially if you have a personal trainer. When was the last time you saw a Dallas Personal Trainer working his clients out outside? Maybe running a fitness bootcamp outside, but not a regular personal training workout.
Even if you don't have a personal trainer, Dallas is so full of mega gyms with cheap memberships and air conditioning that there is really no excuse for not getting in some daily exercise and developing that fit body you've always wanted for strutting around the pool.
So...get off the couch, get in a Dallas gym, and if you're really serious, call us up and get started with a Dallas Personal Trainer...
The answer may be as disappointing as it is obvious: Its by simply not getting out of shape over the winter in the first place.
As much as people don't want to hear that, there is a certain level of relief in this reality...if you don't backtrack in the first place, then you never have to catch back up later. Maintenance is EASY. Let me say that again: Maintaining an excellent physique is EASY. You don't have to be a personal trainer to look great, you don't have to exercise non-stop and you don't have to eat perfectly all of the time.
BUT you do have to get in shape ONCE in the first place so that you can simply switch your focus to the easy maintenance phase and just stay on that easy maintenance phase forever.
The fastest, simplest, easiest way to get there in the first place is to get a solid Dallas personal trainer who knows what they are doing, can get you results quickly, can help you speed up your metabolism so that its easy to maintain for years, and (most importantly) can teach you what you need to know and understand so that you can be empowered for years and years of successful maintenance of the physique you have created after years and years of only dreaming about it.
The whole thing sounds simple (and it is). Work with a professional Dallas person trainer for a while, get your results and gain knowledge and understanding, go back out on your own if you so choose, and then enjoy the body you have created for years and years to come...
My wife (who is a Dallas Personal Trainer) is pregnant with twins right now and her belly is starting to grow fast and she is very anxious for the opportunity to get back in shape after the pregnancy is over.
Don't get me wrong, she's still in great shape right now. She's a full time personal trainer, she likes to enter women's fitness competitions for fun and she absolutely loves to workout. BUT, right now she has to hold back on alot of the exercises she normally performs and the intensity with which she performs them.
I think it would be good if she would relax a little bit about it and be patient with the process, BUT on the other hand it is precisely her extreme determination to gt back in super-lean top shape as soon as her pregnancy is over that will insure that she does precisely that.
She has a burning desire to be lean and fit all the time and she continually back that desire up with action. Its no just because she's a Dallas Personal Trainer. Its simply because its important to her and she is not someone who believes that things happen by themselves. She knows that the individual who wants to see results must MAKE those results with their own sweat...period.
She will get super-lean again very quickly after she finishes her pregnancy and it is all because she has her mind right.
As one of my favorite football coaches in high school always used to say when someone was slacking during a workout: "Get your mind right boy!"
There will be times during your workout career that you will lose your endurance.
Maybe you worked with a personal trainer for years and then finances got tight and you had to cut back on expenses and then got out of the habit of exercising altogether.
Maybe you got into strength training and forgot about the importance of endurance training (until that day that you showed up to play pickup basketball and turned out to be the most out of shape person there).
However it may happen, endurance can easily be gained back but it requires time and consistency.
The main thing at first is to work into it slowly and not push the intensity up too much. Try to keep the heart rate at a low/moderate level for a few weeks while you steadily increase the time spent walking, jogging, biking, or whatever you have chosen to do.
It is critical that you don't overdo this by diving it head first and pushing yourself everyday. You will not make progress like this! Your body must have a chance to adapt. Taking every other day off at first can be a good way to achieve this.
The main thing here is to listen to your body and let yourself progress in your endurance at a steady unhurried pace. Remember the tortoise and the hare. Fitness is not a race. Its the consistent person who wins...not the person who is "on again, off again"
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