ASK LFA: What should a personal trainer take into consideration when working with each individual client?

ASK LFA: What should a personal trainer take into consideration when working with each individual client?

Everything. Injuries, background, health problems, medications, interests, eating habits, schedule, aspirations, work… It is important to cultivate a relationship and gain a good understanding as the more that is known over time the better a personal trainer will be able to address each clients concerns and goals.

Self Defense Intensive

If you have ever wanted to gain a practical knowledge of how to protect yourself in any threatening situation–well now is your chance. We here at Life Fitness Academy are having a Self Defense Intensive 2-day boot camp. Where Terry will teach you level 1 & 2 of Krav Maga, rape defense and practical self defense.

This 2-day boot camp will cover a number of things and will give you the confidence to thwart an attack. The training will be hands-on and you will definitely practice what you are being taught as the class is being instructed. As beneficial as the 2-day class will be, you may only take 1 day if you desire.

We will do the class on May 9-10, 2013. Thursday from 10:00am to 2:30pm, and Friday from 2:00pm-7:00pm. The cost is $120 a day or $200 for both days. You must RSVP and pay half in advance. Make plans to attend. Feel free to contact us with questions or for more details.

ASK LFA: Do personal trainers normally work with clients who are only free on weekends or during off-hours?

Do personal trainers normally work with clients who are only free on
weekends or during off-hours? What’s typical in terms of when personal
trainers are available?

Not at all. Unfortunately, many people have 9-5 jobs so the only time they can work out is early in the morning or in the evening. So it may be harder to schedule because those times are more in demand. Personally, as a full-time trainer, I would love more normal work hour appointments.

30 Minute Power Sessions

Introducing the new Power Sessions from Life Fitness Academy! These sessions are geared for the client on-the-go, the mom with a short window for fitness, or, just maybe, **you**. Maybe you work on the row or have a lunch break that needs fitness–if any of these sound like you, let our Power Session give you the boost you need in your health journey to push you to the next level! These sessions are a tight budget’s best friend at $25 for a 30 min session, add a smoothie and you have a workout and lunch for under $30!! Questions, comments, or need more details? Contact us.

Dude Food!

We are having a Dude Food Cooking class–if you really want to call it that. We will be grilling and enjoying some excellent foods on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 7:00pm — $12.50. There will be a contest involving the Bruce Lee Special, so be prepared. Guys only, please RSVP if coming!

True Definition

True Definition: A Holistic Guide to Muscle Sculpting and Internal Health by Terry Barga is now available in the Kindle store for only 99 cents! True Definition is a short ebook that discusses Terry’s experience in being able to obtain greater muscle definition, primarily through nutrition.

The strong focus on nutrition shows Life Fitness Academy’s strong commitment to educating about food and even the importance it plays in getting cut or sculpting muscle. While many people may practice muscle sculpting or fitness without a healthy view of food and nutrition, it is always something to be evaluated first on its foundation. While many different principles may work for fitness, the cells can only be as good as the material that they are provided with–you are what you eat, drink, breath, and think. That is why Terry, and Life Fitness Academy both place such a strong emphasis on these inputs. True Definition is no different and continues this line of thought, and even though it may seem strange to some, it is the necessary starting place.

You can download True Definition for all Kindle varieties, as well as iPhone, and iPad.

True Definition

True Definition: a holistic guide to muscle sculpting and internal health

Exercise Fundamentals: Body Weight

If you’re following along with the exercise fundamentals you know where I’m going with this series and where we have already been (isometrics and resistance training). This series is all in an effort to give you a better understanding of effective, efficient, and, maybe more importantly, proper muscle development. If you are just joining us in the middle of this 5-part series let me tell you this, there is an order to how you should approach fitness, so take some time and catch up reading the previous articles.

Body weight exercises seem pretty fail-proof, right? As simple as they may seem it’s important to note that you can still get injured if you’re not mindful of your movements–especially as we talk about more advanced body weight movements such as pull ups, chin ups and even push ups. Also, in reflection, we want to apply the aforementioned articles to these new body movements. This will really help to complete the exercises in the most efficient way possible.

Body weight exercises are strength training exercises that do not require free weights; the practitioner’s own weight provides the resistance for the movement. As this quick description implies, there is little equipment needed for these exercises. That is a great feature of body weight exercises, you can do them nearly anywhere much like isometrics. Speaking of isometrics, they are vital in completing body weight exercises… that is, if you hope to increase strength and graduate to harder unilateral movements. Performing unilateral exercises changes the role your weight plays in the level of resistance. This role will greatly increase your strength. For example, try comparing the ease of performing an unweighted two handed push up with that of a single armed push up. The single armed push up is significantly harder because of the way your loss of balance forces you to work extra hard to complete the movement.

Consider that balance and flexibility are what make body weight exercises so much harder. Coming into this way of working out from isometric and resistant muscle contraction will indeed give you the advantage you need to exceed your own perceptions of strength. Body weight exercise can increase your muscle endurance as well as help complete the way in which large muscle groups develop. If you can, for example, do a push up while isometrically contracting your core and chest at the top and bottom of the movement, it will greatly increase the efficiency of this exercise. When you increase efficiency you work out for less time but with considerably more progress.

It’s also important to note that this fundamental set of exercises comes after resistance training for a reason. With your skeletal muscles stronger than they used to be, it will ensure that your joints are better protected as you push them to support your body weight. Teaming resistance training up with both body weight and isometric movement will double your fat burning potential!

Consider planning a work out that will include all aspects of the fundamentals and stay tuned for part 4 coming soon!

By: Terry Barga