Monday, December 27, 2010

Vibram update!


As you all know, I've been with my Vibram Fivefingers (yay) for several months now! I train clients in them, I run in them, I squat in them, I deadlift in them, hell if I could, I'd sleep in them (eww).  Not only are they extremely comfortable, they are extremely comfortable (oh wait, didn't I just say that?) HAHA. Well it's true, if they weren't comfortable I wouldn't wear them all the time.  I'm actually starting to itch for another pair.  I was going to head out to buy another pair today but because of our massive snow storm (roughly 20 inches) I'm stuck indoors, yet again, because the winds are too scary to tackle.  Mark my words, before the end of the week I shall own my second pair of Vibram Fivefingers! I'm going for a more casual look, the ones that look like flats are that are made for indoor use.

Anyways, I'd like to update ya'll on how I've been feeling since I've gotten them.  There has been a significant improvement in my balance (not that I had really bad balance before) but I find that it's much easier to do everyday things.  And it's funny because I find myself gripping the floor with my tootsies, the same way you grip things with your fingers.  It really is pretty fascinating.  Also,  when I lift, for example, during squats, I definitely get a better feel for the floor and a stronger push off the ground when it comes time to lift the weight back to the starting position.  As far as lower leg strength goes, well I feel a difference and I think I've even noticed that my calves have gotten bigger.  WOHOO!  I still get sore calves after running in my Vibrams but not as sore as I used to.  I find that the calves are now accustomed to actually having to work during a run, as opposed to just the quads, hams and glutes.

Getting back to comfort, well my clients always ask me if they are comfortable and if there's any arch support.  Yes and Yes!  If you enjoy walking barefoot, these shoes are most certainly for you.  They mimic the feeling of being free to the T.  The shoes are so light that you actually forget you're wearing something on your feet.  The "designated toes" don't even feel like they're there.  Once you've worn them a few times, you won't go back.  I actually found that during the days I have to stand for long hours, if I wear sneakers my knees begin to hurt.  I guess it's the lack of support that sneakers give you and that your feet tend to swish around inside them.  When I wear the Vibrams, there's no pain.

So that's the latest update.  I'll keep you posted on my new pair! YAY!!!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Every Half Hour: A Thank You to Amazing Women

Short insight to the life of a trainer (to be continued):
I know it's been a while since I've written, but I've been busy changing lives.  I love what I do for the sole purpose of being able to help someone look and feel better about themselves.  Many people don't realize just how complex the job of a personal trainer is.  People think that we only care about you for those 2 or 3 hours a week that we're physically with you, but in reality, its so much more than that.  The more I train, the more people I meet, the more I find that this is a 24/7 type of job.  My days are filled with interesting twists and turns, driving to several different jobs, meeting people with all types of needs.  My job does not end at 5pm, but rather continues on into the later hours of the night.  Between designing programs, constant follow-ups via email/text/phone calls to make sure workouts and eating habits are done properly, and the several hours of my dedication to my client, its amazing that I find time for my own workouts.  Don't get me wrong, I love what I do but I'd like to clarify on my behalf and on the behalf of every other trainer there is in this world that we are dedicated to our clients all day every day.  In these rough economic times I know its tough to find time for yourself, but put into perspective for a minute what it is exactly that a trainer does for their client: custom designed programs to fit your specific goals, nutritional information (meal plans) for every day of the week, 2-4 personal sessions weekly, follow ups post workout (to see how they feel, what they're eating), daily workout plans, teaching body awareness and proper workout technique, and the list goes on.  We as trainers should be seen as a "Lifestyle Coach" not as someone who wants to take your money and forget about you at the end of the day.  I'm in no way saying that the lifestyle I've chosen is one that I'll regret, but in retrospect, I've chosen a lifestyle that fits me.  What I want for my clients is the same thing I want for myself; to look in the mirror and to be proud of what you see and who you are.  Nothing is learned in a day, and I as a trainer, am here to show you what I've learned.  Don't be afraid to challenge yourself, your body, your mind.  Exercising is not supposed to be easy.  Perfection takes hard work and dedication.  You can look, feel, be free the way you've always wanted to be.  Step up to the plate and take the challenge.  Results can and will be seen when your head and heart are in the game.  So, get up and go change you life.  Don't expect instant results, the body doesn't work that way, give it time, work hard for it and in the end you'll know that you were the one who did it yourself! With the support of friends, family and the guidance of a Trainer you will become who you've always wanted to be.

That being said, I'd like to share with you some amazing inspirational stories that I'm so happy to be a part of.  For the past 7 months I've had the extreme pleasure of working for a women's gym, Get In Shape For Women .  It began out in Massachusetts and the facility I work at is in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  We specialize in small group training, 4 women at a time.  We offer weight training, cardio, nutrition, accountability. It's really an amazing place to work and results are seen on a weekly basis.  Check out the website for more information!

Every half hour I'm changing lives. I'd like to personally thank all the women that I've been training over at GISFW. I don't even know where to begin... These women have come such a long way in the 7 months I've been there.  I'd like to share a couple success stories to be proud of: 33lbs lost in 29 weeks, 29lbs lost in 28 weeks and the list goes on and on.  Other things I've heard while training these awesome women is "I feel so much stronger" (while curling with 10lb weights) or "I remember I could never hold a plank the whole way through," or my favorite yet "I was taken off my blood pressure medication."  The stories go on, and each one is better than the next.  The transformations that I've seen have been incredible.  I'm so happy that I get to be a part of their transformation on a daily basis.  Like I said, every half hour I'm changing lives and it's awesome.  Their hard work, dedication, commitment, energy, drive and desire to be the best they can be is outstanding.  It really is truly amazing.  There's so much more I can say and go on and on about how awesome they are but I'm afraid it will get to long.  So for now, I just want to say Thank You for coming in every day and for working hard.  It's great to be your trainer and to be a part of your success stories.  :0) You all hold a place in my heart :0)