Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gift certificates for the holidays!

It's the holiday season, and you probably have some people you'd like to buy gifts for, and just can't figure out the perfect thing.

Give your friends and loved ones a gift that you know will benefit them, and which will be custom-tailored to be just what they need!

You can contact me directly to purchase gift certificates, purchase them in person, or we can even take care of it entirely online, through my Square Marketplace Storefront! Just select the service or services you'd like to purchase gift certificates for, and be sure to include your contact information at checkout.  I will contact you and will email you a printable gift certificate!

Don't forget yourself this holiday season, either!  You can also put a massage in your cart while you're at it, and save a gift certificate for yourself!

Have a fun, safe and thankful holiday season!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Sorry your legs are sore. Would you like to do lunges today, instead of squats?

Melody Shoenfeld had a guest post on her blog recently, by Benjamin Bergman, and it’s one that I generally agree with.  He notes something that we all probably see all around us - if we just take a second to look: people with impressive upper bodies, and toothpick legs.  I saw a guy in the grocery store a couple weeks back who had plenty of mass and shape in his upper body, but whose legs literally (yes, I’m using that word correctly, here) couldn’t fill out the biking shorts he was wearing.  I guess every day is chest day for that dude...and he wouldn’t be my first pick to get me out a jam in the woods, or from a Glasgow Pub (I don’t mean to be macabre, but I’m training to be efficient in, and prepared for, life’s surprises.  Not for vanity).
Bergman also mentions that our legs are the basis for almost every single athletic endeavor, and points out that training your legs for lean mass has more benefits: hormone levels (though it could be argued that this goes for all strength and conditioning), and of course, the looks.  I may not train for vanity, but I sure do like the way I look when I’m on my game.  I feel great inside, and feel like I look great!  Men - it’s nice t have legs that aren’t total toothpicks (I’m genetically predisposed to skinny legs, but they’re a lot better than they used to be).  Ladies - squats, lunges, jumping, will all tone your legs, and lift and shape your butt (heck, this applies to us men, too).  Running and the elliptical just won’t do it that same way.  It doesn’t take a lot of weight - it’s more about the movement, and making sure you’re doing them regularly.
So, the next time you’re in a training session with me, and you think I’m insane because yesterday’s workout had a lot of leg-based movements, too, hopefully you’ll understand where I’m coming from: I want you to be reliable in life’s physical challenges, and I want you to have the legs and butt you probably want, in the back of your mind (or the front!).

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Making long term change manageable

I tell our personal trainer students all the time: “hold your clients accountable.”  There are a number of things I mean to hold them accountable for: showing up, putting in the work, eating right, and tracking all of these things.  I encourage our students to hold the line on this one, too.  Be tough.  I encourage them to stop the handholding on a day-to-day basis.  There is no reason health, fitness or wellness professionals should have to tell their clients exactly what to lift, eat, manage their mobility every day.  It is up to the client to take some ownership.  If the client does not take ownership, then they are setting themselves up for only limited success, and only for as long as their hand is being held.
A client who comes to me without tracking their results is a client I cannot help change their lifestyle.  It demonstrates that they are not invested for the other 23 hours of their day, and the other

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Are your training partners helping you?

At Atlanta School of Massage, and in all of our programs, we believe in creating a safe space for supportive teaching and learning.  We have formalized this expectation for our personal training clients in a dimension we call “Spirit of Learning.”  Each individual may contribute to the learning environment in their own way, so we kept it simple; students either detract from the learning environment, they remain neutral, neither adding or subtracting, or they support the learning environment.  Very simple.  We encourage all of the students to contribute in their own way, and when opportunities arise, but we don’t tell them how they have to do so. We believe that this kind of environment allows for better learning, and greater personal growth, and I believe that it transfers to gym, and to life.
I saw this post the other day on Catalyst Athletics’ blog, and it reminded me of our Spirit of Learning dimension, and it also reminded me of my experiences in the gym. We have some amazingly supportive people in our gym - great teammates. People who encourage me to push my limits and my boundaries, but don't force me to push them. People who want to see me succeed on each new lift, each rep, while understand that pushing for that next rep may mean failure, and that making the attempt is where the real growth lives.
I love my gym family. Our team. I think that our team, and every teammate's willingness to not only push, but respect, my limits, is what sets our gym apart. Are you, are your training partners, good teammates?

This blog is similar to an entry I wrote for ASM Wellness, both inspired by that Catalyst Athletics Article.