Let’s face it, you’re out of shape, which is why you’re here. And really, that’s just fine. Many of us are out of shape and need to get back into it. Everyday, we see fit people working out and getting their exercise, whether it’s on TV and in magazines, or in everyday society. What’s important to remember is one, everyone has a different body type with different issues, and two, what you see in the magazines isn’t always healthy. One of the infamous things you see magazines littered with are thigh gaps.
Why is this a problem?
Oftentimes, these thigh gaps on the models that grace the pages of magazines are photoshopped in. Meaning that your goals for getting in shape should be focused on getting healthy, not skinny. Fit is much sexier than sickly, and working for an unattainable thigh gap could pose health risks and take a toll on your weight loss efforts.
Another reason that thigh gap should not be your goal is because your personal trainer is looking to make you a physically strong individual. Thigh gap is actually associated with eating disorders and body dysmorphia, which goes beyond your physical health, and it affects your mental health in a negative way.
For some people, thigh gap will come with the growth of muscle, simply because they are losing weight, but they also have the body type and bone structure that allows for it to exist naturally and healthily. It should also be understood that even overweight people can have a thigh gap, but again, it has a lot to do with body type.
Instead of setting a goal to get skinny and attain a thigh gap, perhaps set a goal for strong, toned legs. Not only will you be much healthier, but your goals are more likely to be achieved. When you work with a personal trainer in Atlanta, they’ll help you to set realistic and healthy goals that will help you earn a body that’s strong, fit, and sexy. If you work hard, your personal training will be a success, and you won’t be worried about thigh gap any longer.
If you are interested in working with a fitness trainer on creating a weight loss plan, call the professionals at Midtown Trainers. They have the skill, certification, and knowledge to help you set healthy weight loss goals, but can also create a nutrition plan that will help you to achieve the strong and healthy body you once had.
When working on your weight loss plan you’re going to experience aches and pains. Whether it’s your appetite, or your aching muscles, there is discomfort to be had. But not to worry, because there are plenty of ways to combat this discomfort. In fact, if you’ve been following our most recent blog then you know that soreness is a good thing that should be embraced, that is as long as you’re practicing good fitness training habits.
Here are some other tips for combating that terrible pain that brings all of the gains.
- Ice bath – This tried and true method of dealing with muscle soreness can be attested by athletes the world over. Many times after a long day of practice and working out, you’ll find them in the ice bath at the end of it, making sure that their muscles are ready to go for the next day’s workout.
- Heat – Using a heating pad after a workout is great for dealing with muscles soreness. This will help to prevent muscle tightness from a workout.
- More exercise – When you’re really sore from a tough workout, it’s important that you work out the next day. It might be difficult to move, but running will help to release the lactic acid that’s built up in your muscles, and will continue helping you build strength. It’s apart of conditioning.
If you’re working with a personal trainer, ask them what their preferred method for dealing with muscle soreness is. These methods are great for positively perpetuating your progress in your weight loss program.
As you set out on your journey to become the best version of yourself through exercise and fitness training, it will be essential to set goals. As you search for a personal trainer that will help you attain your goals, you’ll want to come into the relationship with some goals already in mind, but understand that your personal trainer is going to adjust them a bit. Here are some tips to keep in mind when setting your weight loss plan and fitness goals.
Goal Setting Is Your First Step
- Ask yourself where you want to be in one month, three months, six months, a year? Where do you see yourself, in fitness terms?
- Be realistic – Oftentimes, clients come in and tell us that they want to lose 40 pounds in one month. Not only is that not realistic, but it’s unhealthy to lose weight at that rate.
- Your personal trainer will assess your current body weight and fat, as well as your current exercise performance ability. Knowing where you currently stand will help to make your fitness plan of attack.
- Are You Ready To Commit? – Many clients come in with a mind set to lose weight and inches in a matter of weeks, and when it doesn’t happen for them, they tend to bow out of their personal training. Ask yourself if you’re willing to fail before you succeed. Your personal trainer will give you all the tools to find success in your goals, but you have to amp up your attitude and effort with every single session.
Getting in shape and losing weight is difficult, and it should be. But the level of difficulty in a task should never deter you from achieving your goal. Face your adversity in every exercise that comes your way, and you’ll begin to see results. Once you’ve reached the goals you and your personal trainer set, you’ll not be in the best shape of your life, but you’ll be proud of your efforts. Don’t hesitate any longer to work with the personal trainers at Midtown Trainers. Contact us today and we’ll start working towards your fitness training goals.
Fitness training and weight loss plans are ridden with more myths and lies than just about any other industry. So many self made personal trainers have created sites with information that is not only incorrect, but damaging to people’s health. As someone who is trying to make all the right choices, it’s important that you learn to decipher fact from fake. Here are some of the most common myths surrounding weight loss and fitness.
- One Hour Of Exercise Is Enough – When it comes to staying in good shape, an hour of exercise per day is certainly beneficial. However, for those of us that aren’t in good shape, one hour of moderate exercise won’t give you results.
- 8 x 8 Rule – This is the age old, eight glasses of eight ounces of water per day is enough. While it’s true that you’ll stay hydrated with eight, eight ounce glasses, your physical exercise in your day will require much more.
- Stretching Before Exercise Is Enough – Yes this is true, however, it’s just as important to stretch out your muscles post workout as it is pre-workout. It helps to avoid injury, but also helps with soreness the next day.
- Confuse Your Body- This is simply a rumor. In fact, it’s much worse for your muscles if they don’t develop some habit when it comes to fitness training.
Getting the most out of your personal training means doing a little bit of work and research on your own. Fortunately, you can talk to your fitness trainer about the potential hazards you face, and the exercise rumors you’ve heard. If you’re in need of personal training and a weight loss plan, contact the personal trainers at Midtown Trainers today.
In our last blog we discussed how getting back into the best shape can be difficult, but that there are ways to make it easier. It’s understood that you’re having a tough time doing it on your own, hence you’ve hired a fitness trainer. You’re looking to see a change in yourself finally, and why not? You owe it to yourself to show off the real you. When it comes to staying on top of your workout and nutrition plan, there are ways you can help yourself. Here are some more tips to help yourself out even more.
- Goal Setting – When setting goals make sure that your setting goals that are realistic, but challenge yourself. Set an everyday goal for yourself that will help get you to your ultimate goal of being in shape and having a great body. This type of focus makes your workouts have much more meaning, and once those goals have manifested, it’s that much more satisfying.
- Take Before and After Photos – This is just about synonymous with goal setting. But it’s a much more visual than goal setting. It show’s you all of the things that make you unhappy about your body, but you’re changing all of that. So when you’ve reached your goal and you have a body that you’re proud to photograph, you’ll be that much more proud of your efforts when you get to compare who you are now, versus who you were then.
Getting the body you’ve always wanted will not come without effort, hard work, sweat, and maybe some tears. Your personal trainer will push you to levels you never knew were possible, and you’ll start to believe in yourself. Believe in the process, and see your goals begin to manifest.
HOW TO GET YOURSELF TO THE GYM EVERY DAY
When it comes to finding every reason not to go to the gym you’ve used every single excuse in the book. You’re really great at making a weight loss plan for yourself, but what you’re not too great at is sticking to it. You’re a busy person, which leaves you tired and without time for yourself and blah, blah, blah. What you might call reasons for not working out, we call excuses and trust us when we say that all of us have them, and we’ve heard them all. Here are all of the different excuses we’ve heard and even made throughout our years of personal training.
COMMON EXCUSES AND HOW TO BEAT THEM
“I JUST DON’T HAVE TIME.”
This is easy. Make time. That’s right. One of the easiest ways to combat this issue is to get it done as early as you can in the day. Get to bed early so you can rise and grind at the gym early in the morning. That way, if anything else comes up during the day you have already gotten your workout out of the way and you leave no chance for circumstances to stand in your way of exercising.
This is easy too. Making sure that you get your full seven hours of sleep every night will not only help with brain function while you’re at work, but you’ll have more energy throughout your day. Not getting enough sleep can actually lead to weight gain, so it is of the utmost importance that you get your ZZzz’s every night. We also recommend cutting down on caffeine and sugar to avoid crashing in the afternoon.
“I’M TOO BUSY.”
This one we actually understand. Sometimes, you just have way too much to do, however, exercise doesn’t require three hours at the gym every day. Staying healthy simply asks that you exercise for 60 minutes per day and if you can’t give that, a 20-minute run is a great and quick way to get your heart rate up and get your sweat on.
“I HAD TO LET MY DOG OUT.”
And you didn’t take them for a run with you? You’re not the only one that needs exercise, and if your dog has been cooped up inside all day, a run is not only good for them, it’s good for you. Don’t use your pet as an excuse for not going to the gym.
“I HAVE KIDS.”
Join the club. Many of us have kids, and yet we make time to get some exercise every day. In fact, because you have kids it’s that much more important that you’re setting a good example. Eating healthy and exercising frequently is important to your kid’s health and you have to teach them good habits by showing them how. Be that super parent that is active with their kids!
Still sound easier said than done? Then maybe it’s time to hire a personal accountability checker, also known as a personal trainer. Your personal trainer will help you create a weight loss plan that can help you stay focused on your goals as well as keep you committed. If you’re looking to get started with fitness training so that you can have someone there to help you battle your excuses, then don’t hesitate to contact us at Midtown Trainers today.