How to Find a Good Personal Trainer for Weight Loss

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Now that you understand just how worthwhile it is for you to hire a personal trainer to help you lose weight, it’s important to find a good one.  But how does one find a good personal trainer, when there are so many out there?

Make no mistake about it.  It can be a real mine field out there, working your way through telephone directories and Google listings for good personal trainers local to you.  In helping you find the right trainer for your weight loss and health goals, here are a few handy tips that will help you hire the right one:

  • Check out the personal trainer’s qualifications and certification:  Good personal trainers will have qualifications in either health promotion, physiology, athletic training, kinesiology or fields like this.  In addition they should have certification in first aid and CPR.  Check out any professional memberships and certifications they may have as well.  It certainly adds to the credibility factor.  This information should be on the trainer’s website.
  • Read client testimonials:  You will find these on a personal trainer’s website.  Read up and see what past and present clients have to say. 
  • Google the personal trainer:  Find out what mentions there are online of the personal trainer you are considering.  This will give you an insight into that personal trainer’s reputation.
  • Ensure they have liability insurance:  A personal trainer should always have liability insurance.
  • Find out how the personal trainer works:  This is information you’re likely to find on their website.  I’m talking here about things including the services they offer, costs, cancellation policy, contract information (if there are contracts) and of course, any emergency procedures they may have. 
  • Ask if they require a medical clearance form from you before working with you:  A good personal trainer will require this, to ensure that you are in reasonably good health before any training commences.  This covers you both.
  • Call the trainer or meet them to see how you get along:  It’s important that your personal trainer is somebody you can get along well with.  After all, we’re talking here about your weight loss and overall health goals.

Keep these tips in mind when you start researching potential personal trainers to work with, and you’re well on your way to making the right decision.

Happy personal trainer hunting!

To find some of the best personal trainers around go checkout your local 24hour fitness in your area.

Top Reasons Why a Personal Trainer is a Good Idea!

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With the world’s population getting fatter and fatter, it comes as no surprise that the demand for personal trainers is on the rise.  People have had enough of carrying excess weight and the downsides that come with it.

Even though the demand for personal trainers is high, people still often ask the question, “Why would I even need a personal trainer?”  So in an attempt to help explain why it’s a great idea to work with a personal trainer, here are my top reasons why it’s worth hiring a personal trainer for weight loss:

  • They keep you on track and motivated:  What’s the reason why people often give up on their weight loss journey? It’s because they run out of motivation and just throw in the towel.  A personal trainer will keep you working towards your weight loss goals.
  • They develop a tailored fitness plan just for you:  A good personal trainer will take YOU into consideration – your health and weight loss goals, your lifestyle, your strengths, your weaknesses, your likes and your dislikes.  Any medical conditions are also taken into consideration by your personal trainer.  Your personal trainer will then develop a fitness plan to suit all of these things – increasing the likelihood of you sticking to the plan.
  • They show you the most efficient ways to exercise:  The personal trainer develops a plan for you, taking into consideration your goals.  They will then recommend for you the most efficient exercises to help you achieve your goals. You won’t waste time or energy doing the things that don’t help you reach your goals.
  • They will introduce you to exercise if you’re new to it:  Your personal trainer will introduce you to exercise – even if you’ve never really done any form of fitness before.  A soft introduction to exercise will help you to get fit and stay active.
  • They show you how to exercise on your own:  Even when you’re not training with your personal trainer, the techniques your trainer will show you will allow you to go it alone between sessions. 
  • They show you how to exercise safely:  Too often people injure themselves when exercising – even if they have the best intentions.  A personal trainer will teach you how to exercise safely.

The rewards you will get by working with a personal trainer will far outweigh any costs associated with hiring a personal trainer.  I always encourage people to view the cost of personal training as an investment, rather than an expense.

After all, you cannot put a high enough price on health and wellbeing.  When you reach your goals by working with a personal trainer, you’ll be enjoying life and living it to the max!

Getting Down to the Nutrition Basics: My Tips for Weight Loss

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Because I’m a personal trainer, you may be half expecting me to harp on about why physical exercise is the most important part of losing weight.  The fact is, it’s not.  Diet and exercise are both equally important when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off for life.

Even if you were to work with me an hour each day for a year and eat whatever you wanted, you wouldn’t be in optimum health.  You need a healthy, balanced diet for this as well.

A balanced diet will do so much in helping you achieve the body and the waistline you want – and it will go a long way in helping you to enjoy optimum health.

As you already know from my blog, it takes just 30 days for you to replace old unhealthy habits, with healthy ones that will keep you looking and feeling great for life.  I’ve already told you what nutritional changes you need to start implementing when you start out on that lifestyle change road.

Further to this though, I have a number of basics you also need to bear in mind when it comes to nutrition.  Here they are:

  • Keep an eye on your calorie intake:  For weight loss as a general rule, experts recommend a calorie intake no less than 1200 calories per day for women and no less than 1800 calories per day for men.  You generally need to reduce your daily intake of calories by 15-20%.
  • Watch your portion sizes:  Aim to eat at least 5-6 servings of fruit and vegetables per day, because the fiber they contain helps you to lose weight.  Smaller portions are the key, and it is also good to eat slowly.  By eating smaller portions, you are consuming fewer calories and by eating slowly, you will notice that you are full sooner. 
  • Do not skip meals:  This is a big one!  People think that by skipping meals, they’re helping themselves lose weight.  By eating the 5-6 small meals per day, you will keep your blood sugar levels right which helps you to lose weight and stay healthy.  Most importantly, it keeps your metabolism going, so you will burn more calories throughout the course of the day.
  • Avoid sugars you don’t need:  Don’t drink juices or soft drinks which are responsible for weight gain.  Instead, aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day.  Often that feeling of hunger is actually due to thirst, so drink up and you won’t be eating anything extra.  And if you feel like soft drink, opt for diet soft drink instead.
  • Don’t forget to treat yourself:  It’s okay to treat yourself every once in a while.  Treats may include chocolates, sweets, chips or ice cream.  If you deprive yourself completely of treats, you’re more likely to fall off the healthy eating bandwagon altogether.

Stick to these general rules – and don’t forget to exercise!  Weight loss is inevitable under these circumstances.

Healthy Eating on the Go…And Getting What You Need

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No doubt you value the importance of losing weight and maintaining a healthy body weight.  In this day and age though, is it really possible to eat on the go and still get what our body needs?

Many people in their quest to lose weight and maintain a healthy body weight turn to the ever popular meal replacement.  Meal replacements have been with us awhile now and that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon.  Today’s supermarket shelves are loaded with drinks, powders, biscuits, shakes, bars and soups – all of these are meal replacement options.

But when it comes to meal replacements, are they really the way to go?

Well, you certainly can lose weight using meal replacements, but at the end of the day, they won’t teach you how to eat a healthy, balanced died.  I mean, do you seriously want to spend the rest of your life (that is how long you want a healthy body weight, right?) substituting two or three meals a day with a meal replacement?  And do you really want to spend the money that expensive meal replacements cost for the rest of your life?

At the end of the day, I encourage people to commit to a lifestyle change that involves a balanced, healthy diet and daily exercise.  That’s all you need to achieve the healthy body weight you should be.

But even then, with your healthy balanced diet, are you still getting everything your body needs?

Today, many people take fish oil and multivitamins, in order to get what their body needs.  I am a big believer in fish oil and multivitamins.  I’ll explain by telling you what the benefits of each are.

Fish oil helps:

 Prevent diabetes;

Prevent age-related eyesight decline;

Prevent impaired brain development and vision in children;

Prevent sudden cardiac-related death;

Prevent irregular heartbeat;

Prevent some forms of cancer;

Prevent stroke;

Prevent pregnancy complications;

Prevent age-related enlarged prostate in males;

Prevent and treat Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Systemic Lupus and other inflammatory conditions;

Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease;

Reduce fatty food cravings;

Maintain healthy weight; and

Improve skin, hair and nails.

According to experts, we should take 6 grams of salmon oil per day with food.  You would have to eat a lot of fish to get this dose each day, and to eat that much may result in consuming too much mercury.  By taking a supplement of salmon oil, you know you are getting what you need each day.

As for multivitamins, according to experts, daily multivitamins will improve our general physical and mental health – and improve our wellbeing as well.  Multivitamins basically prevent us suffering from any deficiencies when it comes to vitamins.  In pregnant women, multivitamins can help decrease the risk of passing malnutrition on to her unborn child.  And in most people, multivitamins will help reduce stress and energize us.  They can also reduce the risk of cancers and cardiovascular disease.

So what is my take on all of this?

Well, I recommend you enjoy a healthy, balanced diet every day, and if you so choose, you can enhance your health and wellbeing by taking daily supplements of fish oil and a multivitamin.  Avoid meal replacements, and put your energy into a healthy, balanced diet.

It is always a good idea to discuss nutritional matters with your doctor, so make an appointment today to discuss your nutritional needs at length – and get the tailored guidance you need.

Calorie Counting Basics

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We all know that eating well is all about taking into consideration the calories going in via foods and the calories going out through our physical exercise.  When we get the balance right we maintain a healthy weight.  And when we ensure there are more calories being burnt than consumed, we lose weight.

Calorie counting is the best way by far for us to stay on track, whether it’s weight loss or weight maintaining.  But what is the easiest way for us to count calories and ensure we stay on track?

Mention calorie counting to many people and they will roll their eyes and say, “It’s laborious” or “It’s too hard”.  Fact of the matter is though, it’s the surefire way for ensuring we get the calories we need to achieve our goals.

So what are the most effective ways we can keep track of the calories going in?  Here are my two recommendations:

  • Developing meal plans:  This is by far the best method to help you monitor all of the calories going in.  Measure the foods going into your meals, to determine the calories.  Create your meal plan for an entire week, and for variety, create several meal plans – perhaps 4 or so – to cover you for a month.  It is important that you stick to your meal plan.  Meal plans include absolutely everything you eat – breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and of course snacks.  By sticking to your meal plan, you will know exactly how many calories are going in. 
  • Keeping a Food Diary:  Keeping a food diary is the traditional way people count calories.  You simply write down whenever you eat something, and make a note of the calories.  Then you add your daily calorie intake up at the end of the day, to determine how many calories have gone into your body for the day.  Food diaries are popular, however, one of the downsides to food diaries is that people don’t add to it as they eat.  As a result, they may forget to add snacks and drinks throughout the day, resulting in a lower daily calorie calculation at the end of the day.  It’s called food amneisia and so many of us have done it at some time or another! 

I always recommend people develop meal plans, as opposed to keep a food diary, because meal plans are by far the best way to keep track of calories in.  You don’t have to guess how many calories you are eating, because the meal plan tells you.  Also, you don’t have to add the food as you eat, like you do in a food diary.  And as you know, all too often people forget to add everything they eat to the diary anyway.

The thing though about meal plans is that people often bawk at the effort involved in preparing one.  Whenever a client says to me, “Oh Dear Trainer, creating a meal plan is way too much time and effort for me”, I just respond by asking them how important it is for them to achieve their weight and health goals.

There are plenty of meal plans out there that you can get off the internet for free, however, by creating your own meal plan, you are factoring in your own preferences.  Sure, you will be eating healthy foods, but still, you may not like eating brussel sprouts and instead may choose to replace with broccoli.  By creating your own meal plan, you cater to your tastes.

If you really find creating a meal plan daunting, I recommend you go online and find a meal plan that appeals, and then make small changes to suit your tastes.  Be sure though to ensure the calories are correct for whatever it is you are adding to the meal plan as a replacement food.

It’s definitely worth the effort to create a meal plan, so set some time aside and have fun!

No Time? NO Excuse!

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Sure, so many of us want to get fit, we want to get healthy and we want the fit body.  But so many of us come up with every excuse NOT to do the exercise we need to do, to achieve it.

When it comes to exercise, as a personal trainer, I’ve heard all the excuses!  But up there with the best is the excuse of not having enough time.

They say to shoot for 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day 3-5 days each week for weight loss and health benefits.  Now, that isn’t really a lot of time when you think about it(less then 3% of your total time if you think about it), but still, people cry and complain on about not having the time for that.

If that’s you and you find it a struggle fitting half an hour into your schedule 3-5 times per week, listen up.  Your luck is about to change…or is it?

No time is NO excuse anymore!  It’s all thanks to findings coming out of London.  In the UK, some experts say that you can squeeze (wait for it), an entire week’s workout into (sit down for this one)…less than an hour!

That’s right!  Less than an hour!  There goes your excuse of having no time, because it’s just not an excuse anymore.

So how is it possible to do a week’s worth of exercise in just under an hour?

It’s all thanks to a little thing called interval training.  Interval training was initially developed for Olympic athletes.  Basically it involves intense exercise in short bursts, and originally, it was thought to be too intense for normal people of low to average fitness levels.

Further research though in recent years has found that interval training can in fact help not-so-fit people – even older people and those with health problems – lose weight and get fit.

So what does intense interval training actually involve?

Basically, it involves you working very hard for just a few minutes, with rest periods in between these few minute bursts.  The research over recent years has involved intense running or biking, but intense interval training can also include activities like swimming or rowing.

Exercise Expert, Jan Helgerud from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology recommends trying four sessions lasting four minutes each – with a recovery time of three minutes between the sessions.

So, how do you feel after this intense exercise session?

According to Helgerud, “You should be a little out of breath, but you shouldn’t have the obvious feeling of exhaustion”.

Interval training will help you see results a lot faster, but it’s important that you stick to the routine, like everything.  Interval training will work wonders for your fitness levels, by doubling your endurance and improving your oxygen use and strength by more than 10 percent.  Speed can also be increased by 5 percent.

The short, intense bursts of activity are just what your body needs to build your muscles which will create a higher metabolism for you.  That means your body will burn fat and carbohydrates for hours after your few minutes of exercise.

So you can imagine the positive effect this will have for you once it becomes second nature.

I recommend you do the four minutes of intense activity for four minutes at a time, with the three minute recovery between each session.  Do this at least once per week, and combined with a healthy, balanced diet, see the great results that will come about.

If you enjoyed this article.  Meet with a local 24 hour fitness trainer to create your very own specific interval plan today.

No time is NO excuse!  You CAN set aside 25 minutes in one week!

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Staying safe and keeping your pride while working out!

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Be afraid, be very afraid!  I say that with the intention to humor you mostly, but also to alert you to a very real and present fact: people are doing themselves – not to mention their pride – injuries in their quest to get fit.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  It’s great to throw yourself (not literally!) into a healthy lifestyle of regular fitness.  But if you haven’t worked out for a long time – maybe several months or years – you’re going to have to heed a few warnings from a personal trainer.

Of which I am one!

Over the course of my personal training career, I’ve seen my fair share of injuries to both body and pride for many a client.  In fact, just recently, I read an article on the internet that revealed to me these very alarming facts:

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  • Last year in this country, there were more than 50,000 people treated in the ER for fitness equipment injuries!
  • Treadmills are the most dangerous pieces of fitness equipment!
  • People often injure themselves whilst checking their iPhones or iPods, the equipment computers or watching the TV or others working out!
  • The biggest causes of injury on fitness equipment: lack of attention and not knowing how to use the equipment properly.

In short, these injuries are 100% preventable and personal trainers can help you avoid injury to both body and pride!

Imagine having to face your gym colleagues again after cart wheeling off a treadmill. Don’t laugh – it’s happened more than once!  And unfortunately, injuries like this which involve bone fractures and sprains keep even the most determined health-kicker out of action for weeks!

Even the most accident-prone, clumsy person can master fitness machines with the expert assistance of a personal trainer.  It’s always rewarding for me to introduce somebody completely new to fitness, to equipment that gets results.  Once they are properly taught how to use the equipment, it’s always great to see the individual bask in the satisfaction of real results!

Once you know how to use fitness equipment the right way, you will never forget.  It’s like riding a bike!  You’ll be well on your way to adopting a healthy and active lifestyle, conducive to good health and wellbeing.  Your local gym will have 24 hour fitness trainers on hand ready to show you the ropes, without the risk of injury.  Trial and error definitely can come with pain in this game!

It’s really worth working with a personal trainer from day one, because you avoid silly injuries like the ankle sprains and leg breaks from pushing yourself too hard on a treadmill or falling off a stepping machine.

We don’t just teach people how to use exercise equipment – we also help every individual we work with to start slow in the beginning.  How many times have you decided to really throw your efforts into getting fit?

Perhaps you’ve bitten off more than you can chew with the weights machine and done your shoulder or back?

Maybe you’ve torn muscles by running on a treadmill without adequate warm up?

It’s painful to your body, and definitely to your pride.

Getting fit takes time.  It will take you at least three months to really get your body fit.  There are no overnight fixes.  No magic pills.

A good personal trainer will get you on track to achieving your fitness and health goals from day one.  No more trial and error.  No more falling off the wagon because you’re losing motivation.

If you’re 100% serious about achieving your goals when it comes to fitness, talk to a qualified personal trainer today.  Save yourself an injury to your body and to your pride – and get well on your way to your goals today!

Check out the local 24 hour fitness trainers in your area!  You won’t regret it, and you’ll get fit without all of those silly injuries to body and pride!