When I sit down to write my blogs I really like to pull from within and give that personal touch, let people know how Trainer T does his thing and give all of you that inside story. And of course the best “T” stories are when I throw myself under the bus; good honest humorous stuff that I am sure everyone can relate too, so here comes another I am a Wildman idiot story.
Becoming a Certified Personal trainer was a very difficult course of study for me, and it took almost a year to really learn all of the material, which I did, I thought. There is a very large section in my course work on overuse injuries, the how, why, prevention, detection, program design etc. The list goes on and on.
So how come with all of this knowledge and prevention, being careful with clients and working really hard to prevent their injuries I don’t listen to my own advice, I will tell you why, because I am a bonehead and need my own trainer to keep me from getting hurt.
This past week was an excellent work week for me, got in sessions with some of my colleagues who are hard ass workers, sessions with clients who work really hard, great week. However the problem is that with my own training I repeated the same general areas of my body, repeated movements, and guess what, yep, dinged up and a sore back.
In my love for staying in shape, exercising and finding my passion to live life to the fullest the last few years, remember Trainer T is 51 years old and my rollercoaster life, my technique will fail, posture will become out of sync and I will over lift, (imagine that), so I set myself up for nagging injuries.
All can be avoided by doing several straightforward things, and that is the point of this blog, try and remember these tips and keep your gym time consistent and fun,
- Posture- critical, if in doubt ask or read up on the movement
- Form-like posture form is crucial to doing a movement correctly
- Correct resistance (or weight)-Too much weight can destroy your form and posture, lighten up and do it slowly, get the most out of the movement
- Hydration-Keep the water bottle handy and drink it down
- Warm up/cool down/ stretching-Critical for everyone, but especially my boomer sisters and brothers
- Nutrition-Before training and after training macronutrients, Fats-20/35%, Carbs-45/65%, Protein 15/25%
- Rest-Now this is my biggest problem, and a constant struggle, but it may be the MOST IMPORTANT POINT, do not train the same area constantly, switch it up, some of the big boy fitness companies call it “Body Confusion”, I call it don’t be a bonehead like me and keep it fresh. It really does not have to be that complicated.
We will revisit this topic; I will throw myself under the bus again, and again, and again. It really is to prove a point, we at GRT are ordinary people, trying to encourage others to live healthier and happier lives, by achieving YOUR extraordinary goals, let’s accomplish them together.
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