The Exercise Space

When beginning any sort of exercise program it is really important to begin slowly and progress as your body gets stronger. Some trainer’s like to “kill the client” on their first session to show them how out of shape they are. Some of us do it to ourselves…jumping in full force working out 6 or 7 days for a week. Not able to walk for 4 days or lift a mug out of the cupboard is no fun! Nor is it good for your body. Exercising this way increases your risk of injury, not to mention physical and mental burnout. When I begin working with a new client, I base the pace of our workouts on their personal data – age, past/present injuries, current physical state and specific goals they want to achieve. I identify strengths and weaknesses, and correct muscle imbalances and postural compensations, while challenging their balance and stability through strength training. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a workout! I don’t think any of my clients would argue that! Working in circuits, we go from one exercise to the next, adding in a few cardio bursts, then repeating the circuit up to 3 times depending on the fitness level of the individual client. Being functionally fit is a lifestyle commitment, not an overnight transformation. I am a firm believer in slow and steady, as we are more likely to stick with something if it doesn’t completely rule our lives.

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