It is not uncommon for me to get a blank stare when I tell people whom I meet for the first time that I provide online personal training. Usually, the first question I get is, “how does online personal training work? Now, you may be asking that same question so I am going to explain to you how it works and the benefits to working with a trainer online.
In order to understand how online personal training works I think it is best to describe what we mean when we say “online personal training?” For the purpose of this article, I am referring to working virtually with a certified personal trainer ( i.e me) who is using the Internet and other online technology to provide personal training and coaching services.
Virtual fitness training is not new. Let’s take a look at the history of it!
Do you remember the Jane Fonda videos? Jane Fonda, the famous Oscar-winning actress, and controversial anti-war activist released her first home video in 1982. Or, maybe you watched the daily ESPN Body Shaping show with Cory Everson and occasional special guest appearances by Kathy Ireland. One of my favorites
And if those don’t come to mind then maybe you watched Body by Jake, who called himself the “muscular Oprah” of television.
Those are what we can the good old days but fast forward to today and we have home fitness programs like “P90X“, with Tony Horton or “Hammer and Chisel” with Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev to name a few. Shoot if you go to YouTube and google “home workout videos” you will find a lot more.
So, you see, virtual personal training has been going on for decades, however, with the advancement of technology, the Internet and Smart Phones we can now get live streaming or video directly to us at any time and any place. Also, a big differentiating factor here is virtual training no longer has to be a supermodel or celebrity trainer. It can be your very own current trainer at the gym that can provide it to you. With that being said let’s see how it works.
First, it is important to note that there is not one specific method but many different ways online training can take place. It can be purely online or it can be what I call the hybrid model.
The hybrid model is not your typical in-person training session. It is very similar to a tradition training but differs a few ways. First, it does allow you to meet physically with a trainer at a facility. Now, depending on several factors like budget, time, and distance you may meet with your trainer once a week or maybe once a month. The hybrid model allows you to meet with your trainer and during that time you can reassess, ask questions, get new exercises and check in. Let’s see what this would look like.
For the purpose of this post, we are going to refer to the client as Lisa. Let’s assume Lisa has to drive a fair distance to get to the gym where she has her personal trainer – plus, her schedule is always changing. Trying to meet in-person on a consistent basis just isn’t working for either one of them.
Lisa isn’t new to exercise and has acquired some knowledge on form and technique but wants continued guidance. She also knows she needs accountability and structure of a program as well as feel supported.
Now it is possible for Lisa to do pure online training, but since the two feel it is important to meet every so often they decide to meet two times a month and the rest of the time she is doing “at home workouts” and working out on her treadmill at home.
The second method is purely online. This method is perfect for those that don’t have a lot of time to get to the gym and maybe prefer to be on their own but have a professional support them.
Technology has made it so that there really are no borders or constraints on working remotely with a trainer. For instance, you may have moved from a city that you had a personal trainer and really miss training with him or her and want to continue in some form. Here is where online personal training can come in. By incorporating potentially live streaming video, email, Skype, a tracking app or maybe even a full-blown training membership site you can have everything you need to work with your trainer.
What services are offered can differ from trainer to trainer but here is a list of potential offerings that can be available:
As with “in person” training online personal training follows a similar onboarding process like having the new client fill out waivers, Par-Q, questionnaire, goal setting, and consultation conducted either by phone or with Skype.
Once, all the important information is obtained and the goals have been set the next phase is to develop the program and plan. Again, with the advancement of technology, the program can be delivered using a number of different forms of media, which can include excel, videos, or through an app on your phone. ( See pic below for example)
Now that we looked at the two different models and some of the technology used let’s take a look at the benefits to working with a trainer online.
3 Major Benefits of Online Coaching
1.) You can train at any time that suits you, in any place that suits you. This convenience will save you a lot of time as well as avoid the awkwardness many feel when going to the gym and being surrounded by lots of intimidating, sweaty people who hog all of the equipment!
2.) You get much more access to a trainer than you would as a face to face client. You get coaching, accountability, training programs, and support all week long, not just for one maybe two hours a week that you would be together in a face-to-face environment. This means you can work together on every single aspect of getting you results and seeing you smash your goals. We call this “Client Centered Training.”
3) Typically, you get all of this at a lower price than working face to face for just one hour a week! This saves you money while giving you the best possible guidance, service, and support.
Only you can answer that question. As with anything in life people have different needs and wants. Maybe you are someone who needs to be face to face with a trainer to get your workout done. Or, maybe you like to have the social interaction. However, maybe you are like the example client, Lisa, who has a hard time getting to the gym, knows enough to do things on her own but wants the support or guidance of a professional to hold you accountable and help you reach your fitness goals. The decision is up to you!
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Do you know which foods contain good fats and bad fats?
For years I bought into the theory and concept of the low or no fat diet. I wouldn’t say I was obsessed but if it said “no fat” on the label I was more likely to purchase it and consume it!
Now, if you have read my book, “Fit Over 40 Challenge” you know my story about how I weighed the most in my life and what I did to lose 25 lbs. I can’t say this for sure but part of the reason I gained so much weight can be attributed to not getting in enough “good fats” in my diet. Once I final decided to educate myself on proper nutrition I finally understood the difference.
Don’t be that person that says, it has fat in it before you look to see if it is “good fat” or ‘bad fat.”
Use this info graph by Healthy Happy Smart to educate yourself!
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You may recall a post I wrote just a short while ago talking about what is the best diet to lose weight and in that post I mentioned several different diets. With that being said right now as of this writing one of the diets people are talking about is the “Ketogenic Diet.” I have received numerous questions about this particular diet as well as what is ketosis. So, I thought I would write up a short post and define both.
The ketogenic diet (often termed keto) is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets.
It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with fat. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.
Essentially, when your body is in ketosis it becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can help supply energy for the brain.
Now, I dont want you to get Ketosis confused with diabetic ketoacidosis, which is a serious complication of uncontrolled diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones in conjunction with high levels of glucose.
Now that I have briefly describe what ketosis is I know some of you are thinking well how do I get into Ketosis. Before I give you some tips to get your body into Ketosis please make sure that you consult with your doctor to make sure that you are healthy and dont suffer from any metabolic disorders or other conditions that might be harmful to you. With that disclaimer out of the way…
If you were having questions about ketosis and the ketogenic diet I hope this brief post gives you a sense of what it is and how it affects metabolism in the body. Remember it is not for everyone and if you just implement a few of those 7 tips at some level you will see results in regards to your weight loss.
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So, what is the “Best Diet” for someone over 40?
Well, let’s see how many diets I can name off the top of my head and we will go from there. You have Paleo, South Beach, Zone, Atkins, Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw Diet, Keto, Weight Watchers, Whole 30, Dash Diet, and my favorite the Twinkie Diet. Yes, there really is a diet centered around just eating Twinkies. I hope I don’t have to explain to you that the Twinkie Diet is not a good idea to try. And, the Twinkie diet may not be the only crazy diet out there as I am sure if you search the web I bet you could find one that somebody came up with that is bizarre.
It is no wonder that people are confused and are always asking what is the “best diet” for them to lose weight. Oh, and in full closure, I have tried several of these diets except for the Twinkie one.
So, with all these diet choices which one is the best diet for someone over 40 to lose weight? That was the question I positioned this post on. Well, unfortunately, there is no best diet for someone over 40. Of course, unless you have a medical issue that your doctor or a registered dietician has prescribed for you.
I am sorry, I know you were probably hoping I would have the answer and you would start it immediately but let me tell you why there is no particular diet that is the best.
We all are different!
Here are just a few ways that we all differ:
Body Type – Each and every one of us has a different body type. Most of us will fall into one of three types, which are an ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph. Each body type can require a different amount of food as well as a type of food that gets utilized more. For instance, a mesomorph might need to take in more protein as an ectomorph may be alright with a mix of carbs and protein for fuel and performance.
Fitness Level and Body Composition – Everyone of us is at a different level of fitness and have a different percent of body fat at any given time. So, this will have a determination on what type of foods should be eaten and maybe even determine when we should eat. For instance, if you are more of an endomorph it might be best to eat more of a low carb diet or eat carbs right after a workout.
Age – Well, as you may have already found out as we age our metabolism changes and can begin to slow down. This will cause you to need to adjust the amount and type of food you take in on a daily basis. Also, with aging digestion abilities begin to change which also can be a factor on food choices that you may eat.
Dietary preferences and exclusions – whether plant based, carnivore, or allergic to certain foods a vast range of food preferences could be a reason for a certain type of diet.
Time – Let’s face it most of us right now are trying to work full-time jobs and raise a family so time is a critical component, so food that is easy to shop for and cook tend to be a factor in what diet is best at this stage of life.
Budget – Although it may not be as expensive as you think to eat organic money does play a role in the ability to buy higher quality and quantities of food so it can be a factor on how you eat if you are on a tight budget.
Nutritional Knowledge and Diet History – Some of us might be devout followers of a certain dietary practice and have a history of trying different things. While others may not know exactly what to look for so we tend to follow what is trending and people are doing, which still might lead to success.
Those are just some of the differences that we all have and bring to the table ( no pun intended) when it comes to what works for us from a dietary standpoint.
The healthiest people in the world don’t have a single nutrition philosophy. If you look at people who live in different parts of the world and see that they have lower rates of cardiovascular disease and obesity their diets differ from region to region. Also, it is important to note that the human body adapts amazingly well to many different ways. You can be healthy and fit whether you mostly eat meat or mostly veggies or mostly carb or fats many times a day or just a few times. You should focus on exploring and trying different things.
Over the years I have tried a variety of different types of “diets” where I tweak my nutrition habits and daily intake to mimic what they are proposing but not completely adhering to the strict regime of their diet. Each time I see results as ultimately it requires me to change my bad habits and gets me to change my energy balance. You should focus on exploring and trying different things without getting totally fixated on one particular diet! If you find something that works, stick with it but if it is making you be restrictive to the point you can’t continue or are not seeing results change it up again.
Remember this is a marathon and not a sprint so keep with it. More than anything consistency and lifestyle change is what really allows us to see results and change for the long haul.
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In a time and era where all we have to do is click a button and we get instant gratification, it is hard to have the patience to wait for something. How would you feel if it took you 18 years to reach and accomplish your goal? I bet if I was to tell you that you needed to keep working hard and do it for 18 years and then you would reach your goal I wouldn’t get a single person to sign up for that program. Well, if you follow golf this past weekend Sergio Garcia won his first major championship. You see in the professional golf world you are judged on how many major championships you win. It doesn’t matter if you are highly ranked or have won multiple PGA tournaments but rather how many major championships you win. Sergio competed in 73 major championships without a win. So, what does this have to do with fitness and reaching goals? Well, I want to share with you a few things you need to take away from Sergio Garcia’s win at the Masters in 2017 and apply it to your fit over 40 journey.
First, you need to have a goal and it needs to be something big. The reason I say big is because it has to be something that gets you excited. It may be you need to lose 50 lbs and losing that 50 lbs will get you back to what you were like in college. It may be to run a marathon or compete in a triathlon. Something that is going to be a huge accomplish after you achieve it. And here is the real bonus. It is not so much the actual goal that is the reward but it is who you became in the process of reaching that goal. In Sergio’s case, he was a very electrifying and emotional player. He said if he made a mistake in his earlier years he would dwell on it and let it have an effect on his play. Finally, as he got older he learned to channel his emotions and bounce back from a setback. The same is true on your fitness journey. You are not going to win every day. Some days are going to be better than others so you need to learn what you did wrong and try to correct it and not make the mistake again.
Second, is to never give up. The fitness journey should be a marathon. It should be one of you top priorities that you focus on. As the years went by and Sergio would eventually fall short of winning the championship the burden of not winning grew. Every time he would get close to winning a major championship the media would bring up the stat of how many times he fell short, but even with all the scrutiny, Sergio remained focused on the big picture and his overall goal of winning a major championship. He never gave up and you shouldn’t either. There will be people who will say, “Oh, you are trying another diet or didn’t you try to lose weight before and not have success.” Don’t listen to the naysayers and believe that it will come to fruition one day.
And the final lesson is to enjoy the journey. Sometimes get lost along the way and forget to celebrate the small victories. Sergio said that even though he had not one a major he still was happy with his career and the wins he achieved over the 18 years as a pro golfer. That is why I recommend you break down your large goal into 12-week chunks. Once you reach those short term goals celebrate the win and then set a new 12-week goal to use the momentum to get closer to the overall goal.
In all fairness I hope it doesn’t take you 18 years to reach your goal, however, I hope you establish the mindset and belief that no matter what setbacks you go through or obstacles that get put in front of you, you persevere and reach your end destination and achieve your goal.
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Are you tired of counting calories to ensure you lose weight? Listen, it has become easier with all the apps and technology to track your food and log it. I mean all you have to do is scan a bar code and you can get most all the information you need added to your daily log. But, let’s face it nobody really wants to spend time every day, 365 days a year logging their food. I know I will have the best intentions in the world but trying to juggle running an online coaching business, coaching at Orangetheory fitness, and the hustle and bustle of two active kids I fall short and stop after a few good days. Well, if you are like me and need a more simpler approach I have you covered.
Take a look at this infographic by Precision Nutrition and Dr. John Beradi. I think you will agree this is a much easier approach to knowing how much you should be eating without the hassle of pulling out your smart phone and searching for food items to add to your food diary!
Using your hand is really all you need but if you want to see the different portion sizes for men and women as well as body type then download the entire infographic to see how to build your plate!
You can download the full info graph here => precision_nutrition_calorie_control_guide_pdf
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If you are a guy over 40 then you know things have changed. Maybe you have lost your energy? Or maybe you no longer have the lean physique you once had. Don’t worry I am here to help you out! Here are 9 fitness tips for guys over 40.
Do Push Ups – Back when I crossed over the 40 mark and finally made the decision to get into the best shape of my life it actually all started with pushups. You see I was part of this mastermind group and the leader of the group started a pushup challenge. It wasn’t just any old challenge as if you did not complete your daily pushups and reach the goals that were set for the challenge you had to pay up. Yes, it was like reverse psychology where you actually did not win a prize for doing it but actually paid money to a charity that you disliked. I talk about it in my book if you want to learn more about the challenge, but pushups are considered to be the ultimate barometer of fitness. It incorporates so many muscle groups and core strength. There is a reason the military does so many pushups. Plus, you can easily do this first thing in the morning or at night in your home!
Eat More Protein – protein is a “macronutrient” meaning the body needs relatively large amounts of it. One of the very first things I did when I did when I made the commitment to get fit again was I increased my protein. Now I know you probably aren’t going to carry around a big bowl of brown rice and chicken and eat all day. Or, like when I was in college I had a co-worker that I worked with at the community college gym who had 7 or 8 tuna fish cans with him that he would eat during his shift. But, you need to start increasing your protein intake. The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight or 0.36 grams per pound. This amounts to: 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man. If you are working out and lifting weights I recommend a little higher intake. Also, if you are like me and have a difficult time getting your protein from natural food sources like chicken, fish, and meat then you can use supplements like a protein shake to get the amount you need. I use Shakeology.
Recover well – As we age unfortunately it takes us a lot longer to recover than it used to. I learned that the hard way a few weeks ago when I took my friend out to celebrate his birthday but that is another story. No serious as we age we need more time to recover from our workouts. Especially, if you are doing any sort of HIIT training or heavy lifting. Don’t feel guilty about taking extra days to recover, especially if you are really sore from a hard workout as your body needs it.
Do HIIT Exercises – All the rage these days is HIIT training. What does HIIT stand for you ask? Well, it stands for high, intensity, interval training. What makes it so great? Well, with HIIT training your heart rate will typically be above 84% of your max heart rate for a period of 12 more minutes throughout, which leads to EPOC. EPOC is a big fancy word for what we call the “afterburn.” That is where you are burning calories 12-36 hours after the workout. Not to mention the caloric burn you received when doing a more intense workout than just getting on the elliptical.
Get More Sleep -If there was one piece of advice that I would say to you that could make all the difference in your weight loss and general health it would be to get more sleep. I used to give a stress management presentation to corporations and I would ask them to raise their hands if they got five hours of sleep a night. Most everybody raised their hand but as I asked them 6, not as many, then 7, even less, and finally 8, maybe one or two still had their hand up. I have heard it all. But I don’t require as much sleep or I can sleep all I want when I am dead. The truth here is your body needs rest and recovery like I mentioned above and there have been studies that have shown people who get 7-9 hours a sleep a night are in better health and lose more weight. Work on getting more sleep!
Eat More Super Foods – Don’t worry I not telling you to go out and start eating kale chips although it wouldn’t be a bad thing but you should start eating more broccoli. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which reduces cartilage depletion in the joints according to researchers. Start eating more oily fish like Tuna, Sardines and Salmon. Why are they so good for you? Apart from being a great source of protein, these oily fish pack the goodness of Omega 3 fatty acids. Also, the monounsaturated oils keep you healthy, are great antioxidants and keep your metabolic rate high. My best friend and college roommate would go on what I called the fish diet when he wanted to lose weight and you know what every time he would eat nothing but fish he would drop 10 pounds. So, eat more of these superfoods to help you keep your joints working and your metabolic rate high!
Make Weights Heavier – Lifting heavy and with good form is important to grow lean mass and more muscle. Also, by lifting heavy and strenuous your body will release growth hormone which is critical for growing muscle along with other benefits of being a male! When lifting you should focus on weights that will allow you to perform 10-12 reps. You want to make sure the last few reps are challenging and you struggled to get them.
Hydrate – Earlier I referred to sleep being one of the most critical habits that you should strive to do more of, but hydrating ranks right up there with it. Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body need water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health. And it is especially as important as we age. You see as we get older the body “dries out”, and our tendons and ligaments become less resilient. Poor hydration can lead to constipation, dry and itchy skin, sinus pressure, headaches and fatigue, which can be the result of toxins building up in our bodies. One final point to make here and that is if you want to lose weight being properly hydrated as been proven to help with weight loss. Make it a point to drink those 8-10 glasses and if you need to use an app to track it try My Fitness Pal. I use that one.
Resistance Isn’t Futile – As we get older our ability to gain lean muscle decreases. Peak muscle mass usually occurs around age 25. So, the gains you make at this stage in your life might not be a lot but the flip side is you will not lose the muscle mass you worked hard to get if you start doing resistance training. The goal should be to get 3-4x a week of resistance training in.
I hope these tips will help you either start or keep going on your fitness journey. If you need anything or would like a 10-minute fitness consultation with me please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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I hear this all the time from clients, ” I am exercising and eating well but not seeing any results.”
First let me tell you I have been there and know it can be frustrating, but I am here to tell you that you are focusing on the wrong thing and that is why you are not seeing “results.”
In this video you will learn 5 reasons why you are not seeing results and how to start doing what will get you seeing the “results” you want!
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As I sit down and write this blog post the first month of 2017 is about to come to an end. Let me ask you a couple of questions. Have you ever tried setting a weight loss goal before? Were you able to reach it? Don’t worry you are not alone if your answer to the second question was No. Research has shown that 25% of people abandon their New Years Resolutions after one week. And a staggering 65% abandon them within 6 months. To add to that the average person sets the same resolution 10 separate times without success.
Now if you are tired of trying to lose that same 10, 20, 30 pounds and ready to finally crack the weight loss code then this post is for you. I am going to give you 5 proven strategies that will allow you to finally reach your weight loss goals in 2017.
1.) Keep your goals few in number
When it comes to setting your goals keep them few in numbers. For instance, you may have one or two fitness and health related goals to go along with a personal and career goal. You don’t want to overload yourself with too many. Make sure they are goals that are really going to move you forward in your life.
2.) Create S.M.A.R.T.E.R goals
S.M.A.R.T.ER is an acronym for specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, timely, energizing and relevant. Let’s break it down.
Specific – When it comes to specific you want to really want to nail it down. Don’t just say I want to lose weight, but rather I want to lose 10lbs.
Measurable – You want to be able to measure it so as an example if you weigh 150 lbs and want to lose 10 you can use a scale to measure to see if you reached it.
Actionable - Make sure you can add action to it. For instance, I want to not only lose 10 lbs but I want to get more consistent and work out 2-3x a week.
Realistic – A lot of times I have clients tell me they want to lose 20 lbs in 4 weeks. Is that doable? Sure, but not healthy and really realistic. When it comes weight loss think of losing 1-2 lbs a week.
Timely - It is important that you put a date on the goal. What I mean is don’t just say I want to lose 10 lbs but give yourself a deadline. I like to use 12-week increments ( something I talk about in my book) when I set goals.
Energizing – Set a goal that is going to energize you. Make it be something that is going to get you up in the morning ready to tackle it. Maybe it is for a trip coming up or a reunion. Something that will get you pumped up.
Relevant -Take a look and make sure it is relevant to what is going on in your life. Face it, as we get older are priorities change and although vanity might still be what we aspire to a more relevant goal is to get into shape so you can play ball with your kids without getting winded.
3.) Write them down – Goals not written down are mere dreams in your head. People who write down their goals achieve them 45% more often according to researchers.
4.) Review frequently – Once written down review them often. Out of sight means out of mind. Read them every day or put up sticky notes on your fridge or mirror so you see it!
5.) Share selectively – Share them with someone who is going to support you and keep you accountable. Putting it out there makes you more likely to take action. If you need a group that will hold you accountable you can join my FREE FB group (All About Health and Fitness)
I hope these 5 strategies gives you a better understanding of how to set goals that you can reach. Let’s make 2017 the year it happens for you.
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When working with clients probably one of the top 5 questions I get is, “How often should I weigh myself?” I have t admit for some time I steered my clients away from weighing themselves, except for the initial assessment. However, I have since changed my mind and position on the subject of weighing as a tool to measure progress.
I recently read a good article by Page Smathers on the MyFitnessPal blog that looks at, the benefits of weighing in, from a different angle and gets you to ask yourself whether or not, weighing in, daily, weekly, monthly or never will hurt or harm you.
By asking yourself this question I believe puts each individual in the position to determine what is best for them and will be more beneficial and individualized to your situation.
You can read the Paige’s article “How Often Should I Weigh Myself” nnby going to the MyFitnessPal blog.
Let me know what you think? Do you weigh daily, weekly, or monthly? Comment below.
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