What to Look for in a Personal Trainer

Recently, Fitibie had a great article on 5 Things to Look For in A Personal Trainer and then one of my favorite bloggers, StrongFitBeautiful, expanded on the topic even more. Both did a fantastic job capturing all the things to consider when looking for a personal trainer- so I’ve summarized all the tips below!

1. Your personalities click
Trainer tip: Don’t be afraid to shop around
Personality is paramount when it comes to considering working with a trainer. A trainer can have all the qualifications and experience in the world, but if you don’t connect, then it will be difficult to develop a relationship that leads to commitment and success. I always encourage potential clients to interview me during our initial assessment to make sure our personalities match.

2. They put their clients before the program

Trainer tip: The first session will say it all
Going through a workout at the first session can be a sign of a bad trainer. It is impossible to receive personal training until the trainer knows the person behind the program they are creating. Your trainer should become familiar with your goals, history, likes and dislikes, schedule, current movement abilities, and areas of pain.

3. They’re all ears and a lot of heart
Trainer tip: Make sure you do most of the talking
A good trainer has good listening skills, a compassionate disposition, and generally feels like someone with whom you connect personally.

4. They never stop learning
Trainer tip: They are committed to their own ongoing education
Make sure your trainer has a NCCA-accredited personal training certification and also has committed to ongoing learning by attending workshops and conferences. The fitness industry changes at warp-speed, so it’s important for all fitness pros to stay up with the latest trends, knowledge, and practical ways to deliver results.

5. They know why it’s called personal training
Trainer tip: Be sure the workout is about  your specific goals
When you pay top dollar for one-on-one workouts, you deserve more than a canned workout. While every trainer has some favorite moves that they may use for multiple clients, your workout should be very specific to your goals, your shortcomings, and your level. Be sure that your trainer focuses on your individualized needs–and doesn’t just give you the same workout she gives every client.

6. They have references
Trainer Tip: If you know people who are like you who love their trainer- it’s a good bet you might too!
Do a background check. No, I’m not talking do they pay their bills on time – but rather their experience.  Which professional certifications do they hold? How long have they been training? All of these are great questions to ask to make sure you are working with a qualified professional – not just somebody who looks like they work out a lot. You can look up most trainers on IDEAFit or other sites. Here is an example (yep it’s mine) of a trainer profile!

7. It Needs to Be the RIGHT FIT for Both of YOU!
Trainer Tip: You will be spending a lot of time with this person so make sure it works for you both.
Your training should fit your life – and your schedule. If you know you aren’t going to be out of bed and to the gym by 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, find another time (and if necessary, another trainer). Many trainers will still charge your hourly fee if you don’t keep your appointment time – and you aren’t going to make any gains (or losses) if you aren’t committed to putting the work in! Also, be clear about what you want to accomplish in training. A trainer can only help you achieve your goals if he or she is clear on what they are. Are you trying to lose weight? Bulk up? Feel healthier? Different goals require different strategies – and just like people are not one size fits all, neither is training.

Perhaps above all, your trainer should be upbeat, motivational, and committed to helping you become a better version of yourself.what-doesn-t-kill-you-makes-you-stronger-p-source

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AMRAP & Tabata Workout for Boot Campers!

AT HOME or BOOT CAMP: AMRAP and Tabata Workout

This is a great workout in less than an hour that can be done individually or in a group setting! Wondering what a tabata is?  Check out “What is Tabata Training.”

AMRAP (As Many Reps (or Rounds) As Possible): 15 MIN

20 of each:

Speed Skaters: Jump to your right, landing on your right foot and stretching your left arm across your body. Quickly transition to the other side, jumping to your left foot and crossing the right arm across the body. Consistently switch back and forth until finished with the reps.

Sumo Squats: squats with your feet wider than hip width and with toes pointing out—require a unique combination of hip flexibility and glute and inner-thigh strength. 

Plie Jacks: Start in a low plié squat. Hop up as high as you can and click your heels in together at the center. Land back in a plié squat. Repeat for reps.

Ski Jumps: Bend your knees slightly, reach your arms back and jump over your object. Land with both feet on the ground and stop for one second, stabilizing yourself. Repeat: Jump, land, stop, jump, land…


3 sets of the dreaded stairs!
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Then on to the tabata!… 

TABATA: 16 rounds 20 sec/ 10 rest

v-ups
superman
weighted russian twists
plank ups

TABATA: 16 rounds 20 sec/ 10 rest

bicep curls
tricep dips
wide arm pushups
globe jumps

Double the Fun! A Great Paired /Team Boot Camp Workout!

I typically try to alternate between individual and group games each boot camp session.  I have found that the group games foster a positive and encouraging environment for new boot campers, while the individual challenges allow each participant to focus on tackling individual challenges on their own.  The women empower each other and support each other making this a great pair game!

My favorite (and the group’s favorite) partner activity is our Double the Fun activity.  This game is the most fun in the Spring and Summer months when we are able to be outside and run the “stairs”.  The Double the Fun workout is as follows”

Equipment:  Dumbbells (various weights or bands will work, have students bring their yoga mats)

Ask boot campers to partner up! One member of each pair will run the stairs

The dreaded STAIRS!

while the other does the exercise and then they will switch.  When we run the stairs – up and down counts for 1x- as my participants’ fitness ability increased – we went from 1x on the stairs to 2x.

*note that the exercises listed below are just examples.  I switch out different exercises all the time!

Round ONE:

Sumo Squats ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
V-Sits ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Bicep Curl ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Speed Ladder ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner

Round TWO:

Russian Twist ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Plank Ups ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Tricep Dips ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Globe Jumps ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner

Round THREE:

Right Leg Lunge ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Left Leg Lunges ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Bicycles ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Burpees ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner

By the time this workout is completed, each participant will have run the stairs 24 times.  A feat that amazes the ladies every time we do it!  The most rewarding aspect of this activity is how excited and proud each grrrl is when they realize how much they accomplished and how great they feel!

The “Face of Fitness”? Is it really this?

 

I recently posted about my entry into the Fitness Magazine Face of Fitness contest. The response from friends, family, blog followers, and long-forgotten high school friends has been amazing.

Yesterday I was in fourth place and today I find myself in sixth place. For me the #FaceofFitness contest is not really about winning, but about a collection of strong and amazing women who represent what it means to be fit- both physically and mentally. I must say I am dismayed at the current lead contestants. My own opinion is that many of these ladies do not truly represent the same fitness values that I do. I have always believed that no matter the body type, weight, or chest size of a woman the true fitness value is how she feels about herself and her own body image. Fitness is about goals and improvement; It is a personal journey that isn’t measured by the size of your dress, but rather the improvements and life changes made every day. It is also about how you make other people feel and supporting and encouraging others as they make their own journey.

That being said- i’m okay with not winning this contest. I know who I am and I have an entire contingent of women who I get to inspire, coach, and be inspired by every single day. But I really would like to see a woman who TRULY represents the Face of Fitness win instead of a stereotypical model-esque woman.

If you want to vote for me please do and you can do so here: Vote for me!!!

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Vote for Me – I promise not to call your house!

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great!”

I have some pretty amazing women in my life and am blessed. I was reminded of this today when I was encouraged to enter in the Fitness Magazine Face of Fitness contest and then supported by so many of my fitness friends, spin class members, and boot campers! UPDATE! Be sure to go vote because if the current #1 is the “face of fitness” then I am very concerned about what some consider the definition of fitness!

Go Vote 🙂

My entry is currently in the running to become this week’s Reader’s Choice winner. The Grand Prize winner will be in a FITNESS magazine photo shoot and receive an all-new 2013 Ford Escape! You can vote every day this week, but voting ends 11/11/2012.

Vote Now
Share your entry with your friends and family so they can vote too and let’s put fitness and exercise that is good for the mind, body, and soul of women (and men too) back on the map. It is not about weight or dress size, its about being a better you! “

Tweeting it? Use hashtag #FaceOfFitness

 

ARE YOU READY?

Are you looking to have more energy?

Do you want to increase your fitness level?

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Want to meet new fabulous other grrrls?
Then you have found the right spot! Northern Grrrls is dedicated to helping women in the Chequamegon Bay look and feel great through fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Women of all ages, shapes, and sizes are invited to be the best they can be. We promote an atmosphere of support, encouragement, and community that allows grrrls to reach and surpass their goals while having fun!

• We believe fitness brings much more than a smaller waist line and skinny jeans. It improves and changes lives through increased energy, higher self esteem, elevated mood, better sleep and overall wellness.
• We believe grrrls that take care of their bodies and minds through exercise not only improve their personal selves but also become better mothers, partners and friends.
• Fitness empowers!

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• Boot Camp
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