Today’s (and tomorrow’s) blog is by the person who inspires and CHALLENGES me the most- my son, Zach. Zach is a Performance Coach at a Large Div 1 University and trains athletes who compete on the national and even international (Olympic) level. His athletes WIN championships- much in part because he and the other strength coaches challenge players OFF the field and prepare them when there are no spectators. One of my favorite quotes ach often repeats to athletes that I love is, “Do today what others will not do so you can do tomorrow what others cannot do”. In short, Practice Pays in Performance.
Here are a few questions and answers that might challenge you to take the next step in your wellness journey:
Q: Zach, you work with top athletes, what advice do you give them on exercise that the average person should keep in mind?
1. Training age – By training age I am referring to how many years you have been training. For example: If you have been consistently exercising for 1 year- your training age is 1. I have been training (exercising) consistently since I was 15 years old; my training age is now 13 years.
2. Knowledge- By that, I am referring to your personal exercise library. What exercises do you know how to do? Do you only know how to run? Do you like to resistance train? Increasing your exercise library will increase your ability to stay in the gym. Albert Einstein defined Stupid as, “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. If you only know how to do one thing in the gym you will only see one result. How long can you only do that one thing? After a while you will get tired of only doing that one thing!
(Note: This is why each time I see Zach I ask him to teach his dad and I one new exercise).
Q: How can the average person avoid injuries as they are trying to get back in
A: When taking that step to get back to the gym you must answer a few questions about yourself.
- Previous Injury: Do you have any previous injuries? Research has shown that one of the leading causes of injury is a previous injury.
- Do you know how to structure a workout? Warm up, Resistance training/Cardiovascular Exercise/ Cool down?
- Resistance Training – How to structure/ Upper Body/ Lower Body/ Pulling Exercises vs. Pushing Exercises.
- Posture- Do you know what proper posture looks like?
- Do you quit when things get hard? Do you like to” talk about” or “be about” doing the exercise?
- Do you have a training partner? You need to have an accountability partner for when you don’t want to go– they will make you!
- Goals- Do you have goals set? Short term/Long term? If not set them and place them around so you know what you are working for.
(Note: Good reason to get a personal trainer- See previous blog for finding one near
Q: What credentials should someone look for when looking for a quality qualified trainer in their city?
A: Finding a qualified training is a must if you are just getting into exercising. What to look for: Certified Personal Trainers, if you ask them they should have no problem telling you what they have accomplished. I would also look into getting a Functional Movement Screen done to fully know how your body works.
http://www.functionalmovement.com/experts – Is a website that you can locate a certified movement specialist to take you through the screening process to find movement compensatory patterns.
(Note: This assessment is very helpful as a marker for your wellness and it will spot problem areas so you can avoid injuries as you get back in shape)
For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul
PS- Stay tuned, more from Zach tomorrow!