The other day one of my clients asked me if she should give up her personal trainer. She told me that after only 2 Pilates sessions with me she enjoyed it so much she’d rather do this than work out with her trainer.
While of course I was flattered, my response to her was, “Do you feel that you get value out of working with your trainer? If you don’t see the benefit, then I don’t recommend that you continue however, if you do feel there is still value there, then you should continue to find a way to incorporate it into your fitness routine. Cross training has many benefits.”
As most of you know, I am a firm believer in incorporating a variety of things into your fitness program, as long as you enjoy them, they are purposeful and add value to you.
When I was a swimmer, we were required to lift weights, run and do yoga in order to stay on target with our flexibility and strength programs. However, there were certain times I did not feel that the things they were forcing us to do were necessarily purposeful and individualized. For example, we were required to bench press using free weights (barbells) rather than a stable machine. This to me did not seem ideal for swimmers as most of us were prone to shoulder impingements and laxity. There were also other Olympic lifting techniques that didn’t make sense for us.. and trust me, I made sure to let my weight coach know. It is possible that if I had been educated on why or why not the trainers and coaches thought these were appropriate I may have had a different perception on my strength and conditioning program.
So, if you are considering giving up one form of exercise or adding a new one to your routine for 2018, consider the personal benefits you may achieve from each of these exercise programs…
– Reduced risk of injury due to flexibility and stability component
– Mind-Body connection
– Improved breathing
– Low impact and safe with injuries
-Increased flexibility and mobility
-Using body weight for strengthing
-Increasing strength through heavy lifting
-Decrease bone loss thought weight bearing activities
-Increased cardiovascular endurance
I’m not sure about you, but I like to change it up from time to time to keep me from getting bored or acclimating too much to the same routine. I am still not sure how I was able to stare at the black line at the bottom of the pool for so many years, because I truly enjoy doing many different things to keep me healthy and fit. So, continue to search for that perfect combination of fitness techniques that keeps you healthy, fit, and happy. We will be here to guide you every stay of the way.
Best of health,