Mireille's Journey To Health


Saturday Study Recap – The Right Place To Start


It’s Saturday, again.  It’s been a real long week.  I haven’t had as much study time as I would have liked.  There have been so many stressful things going on, commanding my attention.  However, I was determined, and I did get some study time in.

I liked this section because it reminded me how valuable a good personal trainer can be.  It also reminded me that personal training requires passion and legit concern and care for your clients on a personal level.  This section put the personal back in personal training.  It talked about how not every client should be started at the same place.  It also explained how a person may be more aerobically fit than they are in terms of strength and resistance training, and vice versa.  It talked about finding the proper way to begin training them based on where they’re at in each level.

For example, the phases of strength and resistance training can be broken down into 4 individual parts.

1) Low-intensity exercise, balance, endurance, and stability

2) Movements, Including various movements of the body, without compromising stability.  These movements include, but are not limited to squats, lunges, shoulder press, pull-ups…

3) Added force.  Using the movements mastered in phase 2, but adding weights or other types of resistance

4) Performance training for those with competitive athletic goals to improve quickness, agility, power, and reactivity

Cardiorespiratory training has it’s own breakdown phases of training, as well.

1) Building an aerobic foundation, particularly for those who have lead sedentary lives

2) Building on the aerobic foundation, increasing frequency of activity and adding intervals

3) Increasing intensity of intervals for improved performance in endurance events, as well as for the passionate fitness enthusiasts

4)  Increase power and aerobic capacity with extremely intense intervals, for competitive clients

Once you see how both resistance and aerobic training can be broken down into levels, it’s important to understand that not every client starts at the first phase, nor does the phase they are set to begin at in resistance training determine their phase in aerobic training.  For example a runner, who runs 3 miles 5 days each week, and has participated in a few half marathons, could possibly begin in phase 3 for her cardiorespiratory training, but perhaps she is more of a level 1 or 2 for her resistance training.

There are so many factors involved in determining the best training program for each individual.  It’s called personal training for a reason.  I’ve had trainers who used the same approach with every client.  I paid attention and I always questioned how personal my training really was.  I’ve also had trainers who really did take an individual approach with each client.  They were able to keep me motivated, and our sessions more fun.  It made such a difference.

There is something to be said of the trainer who sees his/her clients as individuals and evaluates them to see what level of training would be best for starting them and knowing when they are ready to advance.  This protects the client and it also protects the trainer.  Clients who train at the most appropriate level are less likely to injure themselves.  Trainers who train their clients at the most appropriate level are less likely to deal with the repercussions of injuring a client.

Everyone wants a fast fix.  Clients want to meet their training goals as fast as possible.  Likewise, trainers want to see their work pay off.  However, slow and steady wins the race and brings about the best results.   Slow and steady.  Step by step.  Consistency is key.


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