Teaching clients and pupils how to lift a heavy weight may seem like a simple task; but it's not because of the peripheral issues it raises. When you get right down to it, resistance training programs invoke a range of other disciplines from physical therapy to nutrition, metabolic health, and even sports psychology -- whether for the Olympics, elite sports, powerlifting, bodybuilding or any other application of strength and conditioning training from novice to advanced levels.
You will do best if you become an all-rounder with carefully chosen, evidence-based knowledge of these peripheral disciplines, plus the knowledge to know what you don't know and when to refer to specialists. Here's how it works.
Working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach can be rewarding. With experience, you can even move on to writing, management or related business enterprise. How to get started?
Knowledge and experience is the key to getting off the ground. There is a lot to know, especially when peripheral knowledge such as diet and nutrition is also important. Work hard, study hard for success.
You often hear people say that even though they diet and exercise, they still cannot lose weight. The thing is, it's unlikely that they are doing it right. Consistently when such people are studied formally, and their inputs and outputs are measured, the truth is revealed: They are not ensuring a negative energy balance.
To know exactly how your inputs (food and drink) and your outputs (physical activity and exercise) line up, you need to measure it -- at least for a while so that you get used to the values in each and everything you do.
If you know a little about training with weights and you've been at it for a while, you might want to up the ante, get more focused, and try to move on to greater muscle, strength or muscle endurance. Here are some tips to get you going. But be warned, progressive resistance training should be just that.
If there's one physical activity discipline that has undergone somewhat radical re-think in the last decade, it's the role of stretching in sports and exercise. For years we believed that stretching with some determination prior to, and after bouts of physical activity was beneficial, not only for performance but also injury prevention and general mobility. That's not necessarily the case, now.
Using supersets and pyramids can help you build muscle. And you will get stronger because of it starting from a low base, but for pure strength you need to train for strength. This advanced muscle training is hard work and exhausting done well, but that's why it works!
Want to know how fit you are? That's a complicated question and it depends to some extent on your goals. An Olympic weightlifter clearly needs more strength than a part-time gym enthusiast. Even, so if we aim for a good standard somewhere above average, here's how you can test yourself with a few parameters, routines and exercises.
It may seem like another world when you're hugging and puffing and training hard, but if you care about environmental matters like resource conservation, greenhouse warming and pollution, then you might consider a few small changes in your workout regimen. It doesn't take much and every bit helps.
Burpees, pushups, star jumps, jumping jacks, crunches, bridges, squats -- you know the score -- it's calisthenics or PT or bootcamp. Add this to your workout repertoire to build great all-round fitness, flexibility and strength.
Here's my favorite 10 exercises.
Burning fat, or in technical terms, fatty acid oxidation, is how we lose weight. The key point is that food energy - fat, carbohydrate and protein - in excess of our metabolic energy requirements is deposited as fat in body storage depots for possible later use -- except if we keep eating to excess, those stores do not get used and we get fatter and fatter.
However, you don't have to directly target fat burning because any energy expenditure will contribute to balance in overall energy intake and output. All you need to do is try to establish an energy equilibrium to maintain normal weight once you've reached it. Here's how it works.
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