Thursday, 13 September 2007

Fearing Fitness?

A client of mine this morning, who happens to be a trainer herself, was noting how a particular group of hers displayed trepidation in going to a gym. This is not unusual.

One would think that some of the stereotypes of the gym-rat might have worn thin by now but alas, no such luck. To be sure, there is plenty of opportunity to get injured if you go headlong into the machines and pile weight on. But most (notice I said most) people use common sense.

My advice is to grab a knowledgeable friend, one who has done their homework, not the aforementioned gym-rat, or get a trainer to educate you on the basics.

It's like martial arts. If you go into a dojo, any style, you will notice that the advanced are in with the beginners to start the class. It's not just a warmup. The importance of imprinting the basics, good basics, plays itself out when advancing in technique. And they share their knowledge with the beginners who either ask or watch the more advanced and their progress.

It is equally important to have the basics before you begin your routine. I might add that this applies to the gym or home workouts.

Grab someone who knows. You'll be thankful you did. Hopefully, for a very long time.

In health,



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