It’s interesting because as a trainer, my goal is to help you reach your goals. I must be so into you. I remember your injuries to make sure I don’t hurt you. I watch your every move so that you know I am here for you. I take in all your fitness requests so that its obvious I care about you. I figure out what foods work for you so I can do what is best. I need to pay close attention to how your body responds so that you know I understand you.
Do You Get Personal?
This is what PERSONAL training is all about. It isn’t about counting down your reps or looking at my stop watch or creating the hardest workout or even lowering your calories. It is about personally knowing you, your body, your lifestyle, your needs. If you aren’t getting this from your trainer please find me. Better yet, tell your trainer to come find me. I can help both of you!
Should You Lift Heavy?
You know the phrase, lift from the knees and not from the back. How about lifting from the arm muscles and not from the shoulder and elbow joints? A lot of times I see people in the gym holding heavy weights in their hands, not bending their elbows and allowing the weight to just hang from the joints in their shoulders. Then you can see the pull in their trapezius and the strain in their neck as they compensate by pitching their head forward. It is a common mistake the heavy lifters make when moving weight around and it is a incredibly damaging to the entire upper body. The next time you lift heavy think about it. Should you lift so heavy?
It is a good feeling to be needed. I feel privileged when I am the person my clients need to help them do one more repetition in an exercise. I am honored when someone emails me and needs my advice on what to eat. I am flattered when clients tell me they need me in their life. The honest truth is that I need them too. Without clients I would not have a successful business. Without their trust I would not be able to push them as hard as I do. Without their respect I wouldn’t be able to help them meet their fitness goals. Without both of us needing each other we wouldn’t have a relationship, nor have the depth of intimacy that is required to grow to be successful.
Do You Need Me?
In life, we need people whether we choose to believe it or not. We need to allow those around us to effect us, change us and help us grow. It is then that we find our greatest love and happiness – when we find what we need. Do you need me? I am here.
Is LisaFIT For You?
Ask any of my clients and they will tell you that they have a love hate relationship with me. They love the way they feel when they walk out of my studio but they hate the way they feel when they are in my studio. My motto is, “You can do comfortable and easy on your own. In the studio you will be uncomfortable and everything will be difficult, that is my job.” I get it – no one likes to feel uncomfortable or to endure sixty minutes of difficulty. So another part of my job is to get the client to utilize their breath to soothe themselves during an uncomfortable situation. I also get the client to understand what they are feeling in their muscles is a good thing. Instead of associating the feeling as “pain” acknowledge it as “change”. Lastly, I work on having the client realize that they are not alone in experiencing difficulties. It is an integral part of making a difference in their body and ultimately in their life.
Anyone who wants more from their life has to go through this. “We don’t get what we want, we get what we work for.” So is LisaFIT for you? If so, don’t just stand outside my studio, walk on in and let’s go for it!”
When was the last time you had an “Oh Sh%# Moment!”? This is the human experience before you do something you have never done before. It is the opportunity that will stretch you further than you have been stretched and challenge you in ways you’ve never been challenged.
The OS!M is an indicator, a moment where you must choose or pick. This indicator is telling you to go towards instead of walking away, to get closer instead of pulling back, to take the risk instead of playing it safe. It is what makes those around us leaders versus followers, business owners versus business workers and inventors versus consumers. When was the last time you had an OS!M moment and what did you do?
Have You Had An OS!M?
What doesn’t effect your hip flexors? Almost everything that we do tightens this area but what stretches them? We sit, walk, run and those of us that are into the gym – we lunge, stair climb and squat. A lot of hip pain, back pain or knee pain can be alleviated with stretching the hip flexors. The hip flexors are located deep lower abdomen, across the hip bone to the thigh.
Got Hip Flexors?
Here is a good twist on the traditional hip flexor stretch. Instead of kneeling on the floor, stand up and use an exercise ball for the back leg. This allows the knee to drop lower than if you were placing it on the ground and alleviates any pressure on that knee. The front leg has to stay active in balancing which will work your foot muscles and muscles in the legs that stabilize. Make sure you press down into the exercise ball with your back foot to get the entire length of your front thigh. If you decide to take this stretch a little deeper, you can place your hands on the ground and move your front foot out to the side and straighten the back leg. Push the extended leg – hip down towards the floor. Now you have really gotten into those Hip Flexors.
Want To Weight Less?
One of the best ways to determine your weight is by being upside down on your hands. It takes the whole numbers game out of the equation and allows you to focus on your strength and mind / body connection. We should all be able to hold our weight, push our weight and pull our weight. If you cannot then you need to get stronger and or get lighter. It is the nature of our bodies.
So if you have been focusing on the latter and your weight hasn’t changed then focus on the former. Why not get stronger? Use your weight to increase your strength. It takes weight to move weight. I guarantee that if you focus on gaining strength so that you can hold yourself upside down then in the end you will find that you are lighter which ultimately means you weigh less.
I find that if I over think an exercise I won’t be able to do it. Like the idea of being on one foot and one hand always seems to challenge me. Try it. Start on hands and knees on the floor. Lift one arm, easy – right? Then lift the opposite leg and feel the body adjust, sense being unstable and get to the point where the body starts to shake holding it . At that moment you can either back out, go to the ground and start all over or you can let your mind take back seat, allow your body to experience and go for it.
Do You Go For It?
Most of the times I just go for it. I let my brain take back seat and allow my body to surprise me. I try my best not to over think it. If you over think an exercise you won’t be able to feel your body. If you over think a yoga posture you will fall out of it. If you over think a dance step you won’t move with fluidity. If you over think a potential endeavor, you will talk yourself out of it. If you over think a relationship you will move with too much caution and not enough passion.
Most people stay in the phase of thinking and less actually take action to go for it. I understand the need to be prepared, to research, to comprehend but you will never have all the answers and nothing is ever going to feel perfect. You just have to move through life knowing that half of our knowledge comes from academics, reading – thinking – researching – watching and the other half is experiencing, mistakes – achievements – loss – gains – challenges. Try not to over think it – just Go For It?
What is a burpee? It is an exercise that requires just about every single muscle in your body. There is usually a squat, a push up, a jump up and or jump back. Some class instructors will tell their students to do 50 burpees. Super crazy boot campers tell me that endured a100 burpee competition. That is just crazy talk! I challenge you to give me 10 burpees with excellent form all within a 20 second time limit.
What is excellent form? Your hips stay lower than your heart during all your squats. Your feet leave the ground at least 10 inches on each jump. Your knees are bent once your feet touch the ground. You squat all the way to the floor to place your hands on the ground. Your elbows stay bent when your hands touch the ground. I can feel your abdominals engage every time you do your floor jump backs. Your head, heart and hips all stay in one line during your push ups. Your Your legs stay strong as you push yourself back up from the ground. Your look forward. You are breathing. I challenge you to do that. If you cannot, you know where to find me.
I often think of this quote, “When we are no longer able to change a situation we are challenged to change ourselves.” It is my mantra as I am getting ready to sweat. It is what I say to myself as I drive to the gym. It is what goes through my head as I am working out.
Think about it. You can’t control your family. You don’t always have a direct impact in your profession. You might not be able to alter your current life situation. Those are all things in life that take time but in the gym - you can change yourself immediately. What you do for the next 20/40/60 minutes with your body can make a difference right away. You can push harder. You can breathe deeper. You can stretch longer. You can run further. You can do one more rep. You can challenge yourself to change and ultimately it has a direct effect on how you look at the situation that you can’t change.