Topic: personal trainer

How To Find The Best Personal Trainer For You

How To Find The Best Personal Trainer For You

Would you pick an accountant, a doctor, or a hairdresser randomly? Just walk in off the street and go with the first one you see? I’m gonna say probably not. But personal trainers are sometimes selected at random – the first fit-looking guy or woman who approached you in a gym, or the one the gym staff assigns you. This is a Very Bad Idea. The best personal trainer is more than a person who tells you how to exercise. They can become a curious hybrid of therapist, confidant, antagonist, friend, and more. With their knowledge and experience – or lack of – you can safely push your limits, or you can injure yourself. In a healthy relationship you can grow stronger, fitter, and become a better you. In a dysfunctional relationship you can become miserable, dependent, and lose track of why you’re even there. More »

Celebrity Trainer David Kirsch On Eating Healthy, Even During Thanksgiving

Celebrity Trainer David Kirsch On Eating Healthy, Even During Thanksgiving

David Kirsch is one of New York’s best personal trainers, and regularly dispenses his health and fitness tips to A-list clients like Heidi Klum, Liv Tyler, and Anne Hathaway. His expertise goes beyond the gym, though: He’s also seriously on top of healthy eating and nutrition advice, so we nabbed some of his best advice to help you get through Thanksgiving. More »

Hiring A Personal Trainer This Year? Consider These 10 Rules First

Hiring A Personal Trainer This Year? Consider These 10 Rules First

If you have stood up and proudly declared 2012 to be THE year to lose 30 pounds, get rid of that stomach (or insert other body part) flab, or finally beat your pompous I’m-so-much-better-than-you co-working in the annual 5K even if it kills you, then chances are you’ve thought about hiring a personal trainer. After all, who better to whip you into ass-kicking shape than some Jillian Michaels-like woman (or dude), right?

While working with a personal trainer can inspire a new-found love/hate relationship with the gym (probably more hate than love, but in a good way), be aware that not all trainers are created equal. Here are a few tips to consider before laying down your cash–and your sweaty body: More »

7 Ways To Incorporate Exercise Into Your Week When You Work 100 Hours

7 Ways To Incorporate Exercise Into Your Week When You Work 100 Hours

This is a post from our sister site, TheGrindstone.

Julia Novy-Hidesly, the executive director of the non-profit Lemelson Foundation, said this in the book The Go-Getter Girl’s Guide by Debra Shigley. We are all working more. According to a new survey of more than 300 companies in the U.S. and Canada, nearly two-thirds (65%) of respondents expect their employees to work more hours now than they did prior to the recession and see this trend continuing for some time. But it is not like we can work less hours in a day if we want to stay at the top of the game.

However, one of the best ways to deal with stress and the added workload is exercise. According to research from the University of Bristol, people who exercise on work days are more productive, happier and suffer less stress than on non-gym days: 72% reported improvements in time management on exercise days compared to non-exercise days, 79% said mental and interpersonal performance was better on days they exercised and 74% said they managed their workload better. You can’t work less but you can figure out how to incorporate more exercise into your life. Here are a few tips from some experts to incorporate working out into your busy life so you can be better at your job.
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Afternoon Links: Great Snacks To Enjoy By The Pool

Afternoon Links: Great Snacks To Enjoy By The Pool

•Is the “caveman diet” the best way for you to lose weight? Find out more here. (Prevention)

•Refresh your workout routine with these tips. (Fit Sugar)

•Men are now living almost as long as women. (Third Age)

•Why you look so hot when you’re in love. (YouBeauty)

•Facts your personal trainer won’t tell you. (Third Age)

•Working out twice in one day. Yes or no? (Vitamin G)

•Every day techniques to nip those crazy food cravings. (Your Tango)

•Excellent pool side snacks. (Organic Authority)

•Drinks that can ruin your workout. (HuffPost Fitness)

•Summer-only adventures to take advantage of in New York. (Well+Good NYC)

Trainer Tips: Tone Your Legs Without The Gimmicky Shoes

Trainer Tips: Tone Your Legs Without The Gimmicky Shoes

Toning shoes may not be all they’re pumped up to be. Because the shoes mess with your balance, people who try them have reportedly suffered the sprains and pains usually attributed to stilettos. The shoes have been marketed with the ability to tone your calves, thighs, and buns, but personal trainer Andrew Sutherland has warned us that toning shoes should not be worn as a replacement for exercise. So what does he recommend for those wanting the same shapely gams that the headless, dancing ladies in the commercials have? More »

Flashback Friday: Rocky III Training Montage

Flashback Friday: Rocky III Training Montage

I just found out that a very good friend of mine is having major surgery next week to remove a mass of something bad from his stomach, which will require a hospital stay of at least five days. This friend is one of those very annoying people who can do anything and everything irritatingly well (cooking, writing, singing, joke-telling, listening, etc.), so it’s apt that this funny friend referred to the mass of something in his stomach as his vestigial twin, Rocky. (However, if the mass in my friend’s stomach turns out to be malignant, then it’s more like his vestigial twin Mr. T. or the Russian boxing opponent in Rocky IV.) Not surprisingly, I got to thinking about one of the greatest (and cheesiest) movie training montages ever (or at least during the 80s), with Rocky and Apollo Creed in Rocky III, and how I know my friend would fully appreciate said montage, especially during a time of health crisis such as this. Hence, this week’s installment of Flashback Friday. And the thing is, as hackneyed as it sounds, my friend shares many of Rocky’s finer qualities (albeit not the ripped muscles or mumbling habit), so I know he’ll come out of this surgery thing a winner. Unforch, we can’t embed the actual Rocky III training montage video here (it’s been disabled), but you can watch it on YouTube. In the meantime, here’s a photo montage I put together of a few of my favorite highlights. Just try not to be inspired. More »

10 Expert Tips for Picking the Right Personal Trainer

10 Expert Tips for Picking the Right Personal Trainer

You signed up for a new gym membership, started working out, got a personal trainer, and now you look great. You still meet with your trainer once a week for a kick-ass workout; the rest of the time, you work out on your own.

That’s a nice story, but unfortunately, it’s just a fitness fairytale. In real life, most of us are intimidated by the gym and don’t know how to step up our exercise routines. We end up getting cornered by gym sales reps who trap us in a web of confusing packages, prices, and promises, and sell us on 10 or 20 sessions with a trainer we’ve never met. More often than not, we end up hating the trainer from day one, and not because they’re making us sweat; we really don’t like them, and our training sessions suck. To break this personal trainer plateau, we talked to former trainer and owner of Canadian Body Works Fitness gyms, John Pridham, about how to make our experience turn out more like a fitness fairytale. More »