Members' workout requirements are always changing, which means we need to add new equipment to the gym. A must-have was a third Squat Rack, the Atlantis Half Rack. More people are starting to incorporate functional (and fundamental) exercises like deadlifts, lunges and squats into their training which necessitated us to add another Squat Rack into the weight room. In the past people would stay clear of exercises like squats because were under the impression they were only beneficial in a competition setting with the sole purpose of lifting a maximum amount of weight. Now people are starting to realize that squats are the perfect exercise for both shaping the legs and glutes while complimenting a variety of other body parts. It's great to see people are now challenging themselves with these types of exercises.
The leg platform is a very diverse piece of equipment. It looks very simple as it's just an adjustable step; but it would take more than your 2 hands to count the amount of exercises you can do with it. Step ups, lunges, reverse lunges, box jumps, box squats, stiff-leg deadlifts, incline push-ups, and the list goes on. Get creative with the leg platform, it's durable and build for a serious workout.
Most machines work front-to-back. The Helix turns tradition on its side— literally. With lateral (or side-to-side) movement, you use more muscles, which means you burn more fat than during a traditional workout– in the same amount of time. Plus Helix’s patented motion tones your butt, core and inner/outer thighs better than old-fashioned cardio machines.
Ever thought about getting a trainer to because you are a bit lost in the gym? Or maybe you've changed your fitness goals and need a bit of direction. Whatever the case, here are some great fundamental reasons that a personal training might be right for you.
1. A Trainer Provides Expertise through Experience
A good trainer will watch you during your exercises to make sure that you are doing the exercises correct; but an experienced personal trainer can give you great tips and add subtle changes to your workout that make a big difference to your results. For example, when targeting a specific muscle, a simple twist of the wrist at the top of certain exercises can develop that muscle in ways it otherwise wouldn’t.
2. A Trainer Provides Accountability
There are other ways to get accountability, like a training partner or a spouse who keeps on you to get to the gym; but a good personal trainer knows that they succeed when you succeed. They have built a program specifically for you, so your victory also becomes their victory; they want to see you succeed. Whether you have one-on-one sessions with them or do monthly follow-ups, since no one likes failing you want to show them you've made progress.
3. A Trainer Gives You Direction
Goal setting is the key to the success of any journey, and sometimes we become conflicted about just where it is we want to go with our personal health and fitness journey. A person may have the urge to get stronger but not necessarily bigger, or increase their endurance but don’t want to sacrifice any muscle. We don’t always know how to start identifying attainable goals, especially when it comes to subject as complicated and diverse as health and fitness. A good personal trainer can help you identify you significant strengths and weaknesses, then help you set attainable goals and objectives that will lead to your eventual success.
4. A Trainer Increases Your Intensity
Having a personal trainer will empower you to raise the intensity of your workout, this equates to better results. A training partner can increase your intensity too, because you’re both there for mutual benefit but it’s the job of the personal trainer to be there, keep your cadence and tempo right where it needs to be.
Common Misconceptions about the weight room
So many people that are both new to the weight room or long time users become deterred from the gym because they haven’t achieved the results they had expected from their weight routine. There are many common misconceptions about lifting weights that cause people to start on the wrong track and are then left feeling discouraged.
Lifting weights will make you big and bulky; false. The primary benefit of lifting weights is increased lean muscles, but increased lean muscles doesn’t mean enormous muscles. For men it is a lot easier to get big muscles, but still takes years of heavy training. In the case of women, they just are not genetically programmed to build thick and bulky muscles. Other benefits of weight lifting include increasing metabolism and lower body fat, a greater resistance to injury and improved overall health. So don’t ignore the weight room, embrace weight training and use it to build the body you want.
Doing Ab exercises everyday will result in a flat stomach and well-defined 6-pack Abs; false. Abdominal (Ab) exercises are resistance training and like weight training, are used to develop the targeted muscles. We need to remember that muscles and body fat are two completely different things, so once we develop our Abdominal muscles it does not change the fact that there still might be some fat lying on top of them. Spending a majority of a workout everyday training Abs will become very repetitive and boring; dedicating some time twice a week Ab exercises is lots.
It is possible to spot reduce fat from one area of the body; false. Repeating an exercise over and over will do nothing more than condition that particular muscles to perform that exercise. To reduce body fat, we need to adjust what we eat so that the calories we ingest are slightly lower than the calories we burn, signalling the body to start burning fat for energy. On the extreme end of this, when we begin to starve ourselves our body goes into survival mode and will begin to store fat in the body for future requirements. We have no control over what area the body fat will accumulate; it is all genetically predetermined. For some people it is in the stomach, for others it’s the hips or butt. Just as we have no control over where it will end up, we have no control over where it will come off.
The key to success in health and fitness is the understanding that it takes patience in the process and the willingness to always learn, to change old habits and adapt.
Calling All Gym Members and Non-Members! Color Me Rad 5K, our team is growing and now all of our team members receive one month free at the gym.
DON'T RUN ALONE!
If you want to partake in the 5k madness of Color me Rad but have no one to run with, join our team in support of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.
TEAM FITNESS FOCUS
September 6th, 9:00am Wave Time
TEAM CAPTAIN: Blackwell
PROMO CODE: Children