Posts Tagged ‘Training’

He’s just not that into you…

June 19, 2011

I train clients all over Manhattan in various private gyms.  While many personal trainers out there possess professionalism and expert knowledge (or do they?), I can’t help but notice a growing pet peeve of mine:  lazy and distracted trainers.  While their clients are huffing and puffing away, their overpaid trainer-with-a-hangover is sitting on a workout bench taking up valuable space, drinking a venti-starbucks-mocha and texting their friends about last night’s party.

Not a good look.

The least these lazy fools can do is stand up and pretend to care for the 45 or 60 minutes they’re being paid for.  The next time your trainer answers a text mid-set, maybe it’s time to reassess that trainer-client relationship.  After all, you’re paying a premium for your health!

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Training for a healthy pregnancy

October 3, 2010

As a fitness trainer, I have trained many, many pregnant women. In an effort to understand the ins and outs of labor, I have been attending classes and am now a DONA International Trained Doula. It has been an amazing experience and I now realize that staying physically fit during pregnancy can make all the difference between a tired, draining birthing process and a strong, healthy and alert labor.

Imagine the work it takes to train for a marathon. Leading up to the big race, the athlete must improve her cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, flexibility and nutrition. Similarly, the pregnant woman trains for labor and delivery. In the weeks and months leading up to her due date, she can attain a higher rate of cardio, strengthen the muscles she’ll need for giving birth and toting around the new little person and do stretches to ease discomforts and open the body in preparation for delivery. Additionally, she needs proper nutrition to give her baby the best chance of a healthy life ahead.

On marathon day, the athlete fuels up, stretches and warms up before the race. Similarly, the laboring woman should fuel her body for the enduring task ahead. She can drink coconut water or gatorade to keep energy storage at optimum levels. She should warm her muscles up and stretch her legs for the hundreds of squats, long walks in the hallway and exhausting pushing sequences that lie in front of her.

With proper training, the delivering mother will feel empowered during one of the most challenging times of her life. She will have confidence knowing that she put the hours of training in to have a successful birth!

My foot!

August 18, 2010

Whenever my clients get injured, whether it’s because they slept wrong, twisted their ankle wearing hooker heels or hurt their knee playing a rough game of tennis, I typically give the same advice:

REST, ICE, COMPRESS & ELEVATE

Yet, when I get injured, I have the hardest time following my advice. Last Sunday, I ran a half-marathon and have been limping around ever since. It feels like a stress fracture on the side of my foot. Instead of following the R.I.C.E. method above, I limp along, I overtrain and ignore my injury hoping it’ll go away.

I’m off to ice my foot.