Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Problem With Fitness

Reuters published an article the other day on the problem facing older adults and exercise. It brings an important topic to light. (By the way, you'll see more and more articles, studies, surveys, etc... on baby boomers as there are more people age 50 and older than any other time in US history.)

The problem with fitness is it's not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Put 5 people in line and I'll show you 5 very different fitness programs. And as those 5 people age, their programs differ even more.

This is why big box gyms do not work for most people. Just today my trainer (who used to work for a big box gym here in town) said he saw a ton of new people sign up, but always saw the same people come in. The crowd never changed. That's because 20% of gym members actually utilize their membership. And I'd venture to say 20% of the 20% know what to do and how to do it when they're there.

The gym is simply a holding place for a bunch of equipment. Yes, getting there is half the battle. But then what?

There are so many facets to a proper fitness program. Age, sex, height, weight, cardiovascular and muscular strength, gait, balance, range of motion, flexibility, mobility, and much, much more.

Just showing up for some pushups and treadmill time will put you on a quick path to nowhere.

Linda's Start

Linda is 54 years old and has plantar fasciitis along with some hip and back issues. It's  nothing that prevents her from exercise, but it does change the way we'll design her program.

We're still going to focus on progression. But she will move at pace that's suitable for her.

Customization is key. And it's why Dr. James Graves suggests in the article, "My recommendation is to work with a personal trainer or group leader..."

Hiring a professional saves time, and more importantly guarantees success.

Skip the wasted hours and failed attempts and call us today for help(314.909.9565). You'll receive a comprehensive health and fitness assessment, consultation, and fully customized program design and implementation. 

Linda wants to join a gym after she learns what to do and how to do it. And you know what? She'll be in the 20% of the 20% because she started out right. Learning from professionals. What to do and how to do it. You can bet she's already saved herself a lot of time, effort, and frustration.

To your fitness success,

Tim Chudy

P.S. Thick sweaters and fleece pants go back in the closet, and the sleeveless shirts, shorts, and swimsuits come out. Our Spring Slim Down starts next Monday, April 15th. Call me for details.

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