Confessions of a personal trainer

Most people assume trainers workout all day & eat ridiculously “clean,” as we call it nowadays… Atleast here in Los Angeles that is the new term used to define healthy eating.

And maybe some have this routine, but I WATCH my clients workout and correct/assess their movement. If I’m working out too, how can I focus on them?? I have to fit in my workouts just like everyone else.

As for eating “clean,” I think I’ve got a good 80/20 (healthy/not as healthy) balance going on, which is what I recommend to my clients as well because I know it’s realistic.

This post is my first in a new series called “Confessions of a Personal Trainer,” which you may have guessed from the title of this entry 🙂

My goal is to let you know that health/wellness/fitness is achievable for everyone and that we all have setbacks/drawbacks/bumps in the road. How we deal with those obstacles is the key to success in achieving lifetime health and fitness and stop the up/down cycle in which many people are caught.

Some trainers will tell you things like, give up sugar, carbs, junk… Are they wrong? Of course not! Is it realistic? Maybe for them, but maybe not for you…

This is my motivation for this series – I am a real person. I was a fat kid who ate to cover up emotions, who ate way more then her body could handle. But for some reason I woke up one day and decided enough was enough and changed my life, yet i still carry those bad habits along with me.

I am a person who loves working out, but sometimes life gets in the way.

I love eating “clean.” I love how my body feels and the energy level I possess when I am focused and prepared. But… I love ice cream and baked goods and salty snacks.

Even though I have lots of suggestions to get out of these cravings, which I employ on a regular basis, I still want the real stuff from time to time and I eat it and I enjoy it!

I am successful in my journey because I always go back to my “normal.” I get in a workout and a nutritious meal. I remember how I got here and why I want to stay here.

Stay tuned for my next confession…

Skype personal training

People come up with a lot of excuses not to workout… no time, travel frequently, don’t like the gym atmosphere…  Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to workout ANYWAY?!

A few months ago I joined a company, http://helpyougetstarted.com/, that does Skype personal training.  Yes, you read that right – Personal Training via Skype.  I just finished my first workout and I think it went great.  She’s going to be blogging about it too, so I’ll post that once it’s up.  But I ran through a typical first session with the physical assessment and first workout movements – she had good form and worked up a sweat in the 30 minutes.

Don’t you hate us trainers… you want to keep coming up with reasons why you can’t workout and we keep coming up with these great solutions to help you stay healthy and active?!

This is not just a great tool for exercise new comers, it’s perfect for frequent travelers, moms, dads, workaholics, and the super duper lazy (you know who you are 😉  I have had so many clients say how much they love that I come to their homes because they can’t escape our session and this is even easier!

AND it’s not just for training… you knew this was coming, right? As I always say, working out is only half of the journey.  Changing your behaviors and eating habits is just as important and oftentimes the more challenging part.  Meeting me at the local coffee place or chatting with me on Skype is just as helpful to discuss all the tools to help you create the new you (and maybe even better because you can be in your pi’s…?)

Wait… and the best part is that this makes personal training available to just about anyone!  If you don’t have access to decent gym facilities or qualified personal trainers – this service puts both of the necessities at your fingertips (literally!).  I always say we are so inundated here in los angeles that we sometimes forget there is a significant part of the country that doesn’t have access to 10 different pilates and/or cardio ballet classes all within 3 miles of their house and those are the individuals who really need the most attention.

Skype with you soon!!

Family Health Day – Sunday, January 8

Join me this Sunday, January 8, 2012 from 2:00p-2:40p for a fun, interactive nutritional program for the while family at the Zimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Family Health Day 12:30-5:00p –
Let’s Move! As part of the National Initative to End Childhood Obesity within a Generation, we’re starting the New Year with a fun-filled day of family health, nutrition, and fitness in mind! So bring your whole family in to learn about healthy food options, the importance of active play, and more! Being fit never felt so good!

Program activities will include: a presentation on household safety and baby seat safety from Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles’ Injury and Trauma Prevention Unit; a workshop on health and nutrition by Certified Personal Trainer and Health Fitness Specialist of T.O.T. Fitness, Farrah Zweig; and an obstacle course work out routine with physical education instructor, Coach Corey.

http://www.zimmermuseum.org/programs.html

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