Why Personal Training?

Few people get it. They live a nice house/apartment that they buy nice furniture for, paint walls, clean and maintain and don’t hesitate to spend serious dollars for a new flat panel or couch. This is a lot of money and effort to spend on accommodations that are only used about 50% of the day. However, the body that you spend 100% of the day living in gets neglected. Why? You know it won’t last forever. If you don’t take care of it now what kind of condition do you think it will be in when you are retired? Will your golden years be golden or spent slouched in an easy chair lamenting how you should have taken better care of yourself.

It is hard to picture yourself at 80 years old. I guess if you have enough money for a nice nursing home or your kids have a place for you, maybe it’s not so important. However, many of us don’t have those options and want to stay physically active doing things we have enjoyed all our life like hiking, fishing, gardening and playing with the grandchildren.

Every day demands keep people so busy it’s hard to take the time to learn: what are better food choices, what kind of exercises should I do, how often should I do them and how can I make sure I don’t hurt myself? A personal trainer is a good option and a lot cheaper than a nursing home.

I can provide an inexpensive way of getting answers to your questions. Investment in a personal trainer should be a short term investment. I try to get inexperienced clients through in 6 – 10 sessions. Once you get the basics down you are ready to go on your own. As you get stronger and more confident you can come back for an hour or so of additional training to learn new exercises or programs. A personal trainer does not have to be expensive!

I can provide a variety of options. I do not believe in a one size fits all. Each client needs a program that will help them reach their goals in a way that fits their interests, lifestyle, fitness level and age.

I use body weight, dumbbells, elastic bands and other inexpensive equipment that can be used in the comfort of your own home or office with minimal cost and space.

Clients

If you have been obese for more than 3 years I suggest you contact Wellcoaches and work with a Wellness coach. If the coach suggests you get a trainer I would be happy to work with you at that point.

I prefer to work with the 40 – 55 year old group. Clients this age are mature adults who have dealt with other challenges in their lives and are ready to take on new ones. Hormone levels are decreasing, but they haven't crashed as they will later in life. They have become aware of their decreasing strength and want to do something about it. This is a wonderful age for people to make big and lasting changes to slow down the aging process and to keep them going strong and independent for the rest of their life.

The 55 – 70 age bracket. The die is never cast. As we get older and recognize how much we have lost it is easy to get despondent and want to give up. However, research has shown that even people in their 90’s can increase their strength by 50% or more. You will never be 20 again, but you can get stronger, improve your balance and flexibility and increase your energy levels.

Training

My focus is to make my training inexpensive and available to an audience that would find a gym expensive, inconvenient or uncomfortable for them. I am not looking for the rich and famous and I have no interest in trying to sell a lot of sessions. My goal is to help you get started by: finding exercises you are willing to do, time frames that are acceptable and dietary changes you are willing to commit to. We start small with what you will actually do and build on it. I expect we can do this in around 6 -10 sessions. I will continue to provide weekly email feedback for two months.

Exercise and Nutrition

There aren't any single paths to fitness success. Everyone needs to find their own way. My job is to assist you in finding yours.

Eating Habits

I don’t put emphasis on weight loss. I do put an emphasis on removing undesirable eating habits and portion control. Since it took years to create the bad habits, it will take some time to create the new ones. It is a work in progress to remove the junk from your diet and replace it with nutritious foods and correctly sized portions. I don't follow or care about the diet of the day. None of these are necessary and many are unhealthy. My diet consists of whole grains, lots of vegetables and some fish and chicken and occasionally red meat. It is probably close to the Mediterranean diet. The Choose My Plate US government site can be very helpful in making good choices and helping with portion size.

Strength

Nutrition, strength, mobility and balance are areas that I emphasize in my training. As we get over 50 years old and are heart healthy aerobic workouts become less important. Proper strength training can provide cardio benefits as well as strength and muscular endurance. Strength builds the foundation for all sports and life in general. Getting strong does not mean getting big. US military operation units develop strong, fast troops that are very athletic. And who isn’t impressed by the builds on gymnasts who display uncommon strength and flexibility. Neither of these groups depends on weight lifting or size for their strength. When we have a strong muscular foundation life gets easier. The term “functional strength” identifies my approach to strength training. It puts an emphasis on multi-joint exercises that mimic the motions we use in our everyday life.

Mobility and Balance

Strength becomes irrelevant if you don’t have the mobility to pick a weight off the floor or reach to a high shelf. As we get older the aging process decreases our muscle mass, tightens our muscles and challenges our balance. If we don’t counteract this process it will affect our daily tasks and make life very unpleasant.

Our icy winters can challenge everyone’s balance. Adding balance to a strength workout is easy to do and helpful in keeping up our confidence in dealing with Juneau’s tough winters and wet boardwalks in the summer.