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Question: Why work with a Certified Personal Trainer?
Answer: Certified Personal Trainers are taught to build fitness plans that achieve results and minimize risk of injury. Many people put tremendous energy into goals (like weight loss) but don't have a balanced plan. The results are typically less than optimal, lead to frustration, and ultimately abandonment of the plan. Personal trainers help keep your fitness program fresh, optimized, and moving forward.
Question: What are the key elements of a good fitness program?
Answer: A good fitness program is always based on your goals. Results are what you want! In today's time crunched world, you need the maximum benefit from every minute you spend on your fitness. A goal based personalized program that balances Cardio, Resistance, Flexibility, Rest/Recovery, and Diet/Nutritional Support will yield maximum results.
Question: I am a woman and concerned about "bulking up" if I lift weights. Can I avoid this bulk up?
Answer: YES! It is very very difficult for women to add muscle mass but you can definitely get stronger! That aside, your weightlifting program dictates how your body will respond to resistance training. For most women, interested in toning and general wellness, light to medium weight and higher repetitions with shorter rest periods will result in some (minor) added muscle AND make their existing muscle into fat burning furnaces...
Question: I have lost a good amount of weight on my own, but I still don't have the body I want. What should I do?
Answer: The best answer is hire a personal trainer to put together a program that takes into account your current fitness level and your goals and helps you get there. That said - for most clients, weight loss should not be your primary goal. Body composition - the ratio of Lean Body Mass to Fat - is a better "number" for you to focus on. That and how you feel when you look in the mirror, or how your pants fit. It might be as simple as adding some resistance training to a good cardio program or looking at the nature of your diet and how that could be adjusted.
Question: Can't I just run and lose weight?
Answer: Absolutely - cardio is a great way to burn calories - but if you are not adding resistance training, following a sensible diet, ensuring you maintain proper rest/recovery practice and stretching effectively, you are achieving much less than you could from the same effort. Muscle burns fat 24/7/365... When you run, you are done burning calories almost immediately after the run (Same is true for all cardio exercise.) Balancing your approach to weight loss will ensure better results in the long-term - including sustaining your achievement!
Question: Can I workout while pregnant?
Answer: Typically yes. Especially if you were working out prior to getting pregnant. However, you should always seek the advice of your physician before starting a new program and as your pregnancy progresses, you will likely have to modify your program. The good news is that being fit before giving birth makes it easier to regain your pre-pregnancy body.
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