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For A Better Lease on Life, Try Exercise

Updated: Mar 17, 2019

Welcome to CoreCentriq Fitness! Over the years, I have worked in every aspect of the fitness business, and have always come back to Personal Training. Why? Because there are few jobs as fulfilling as this one. In my life as a trainer and group fitness instructor, I have the privilege of accompanying people on the greatest journey of their lives. This is not something I take lightly. I have been around long enough in this industry to have worked with all different kind of people, from all walks of life and at varying levels of fitness. And long enough to understand the various reasons that people might put off making what is likely one of the most important decisions in their lives.

Why is it so important?

Fitness is about more than looking good - or at least, it should be. I have never believed in focusing on the aesthetic value of exercise. I believe in addressing health issues first - aesthetics will always follow. Regular exercise can improve heart health, lower cholesterol, increase aerobic capacity, decrease risks of heart disease, lower certain cancer risks - the list goes on and on. But in addition to physical health benefits, there are psychological benefits to training as well. Regular exercise helps to build confidence - and confidence is sexy! There is a lot to be said for feeling better about the skin you're in. And I'm not referring to appearance based confidence (although there's nothing wrong with being proud of how you look - we'll get to that later). I'm talking about the feeling that comes with accomplishing goals, the feeling you get from being able to do that thing that you were so sure you couldn't do before.

"I'm too out of shape to start"

This a common misconception. The greatest thing about fitness is that it's never too late to start! This is also where working with a personal trainer is important - I take into account your current fitness level, physical abilities, and any possible limitations. Then we begin your program around that. As you get stronger, you progress.

"I can just watch workouts on Instagram"

While Instagram is a great place to find inspiration, it's not necessarily a great place to plan your regimen. For a few reasons: 1. The person you are following has no information on you, your current health status, or any limitations you might have; 2. Just because someone can train themselves, doesn't mean they can train anyone else; 3. Fitness is not one size fits all, and your workouts should match up with your body type; 4. The goals you are setting might not be realistic, or even healthy.

That last one deserves some expansion, so here it is. Think about where you want fitness to take you - then think about why. Is it your expectation, or someone else's? I advise all clients to look hard in the mirror, and picture what they want their bodies to look like. Then, congratulate your body on where it is now. Yes - congratulate it, even if it doesn't look the way you want it to at the moment. Why? Because it's gotten you this far. Whatever you feel it is lacking, this is still the body that wakes up with you every morning. This is still the body that has carried you through each and every single day; still the body that has fought illnesses - some serious - and battled allergies through each season; still the body that - for some women - bore children into this world. Whether or not it quite looks the way you would like, your body has gotten you this far. That deserves some credit! Now reward that body with exercise and better nutrition. Feed it, fuel it, and train it to make all those daily battles it fights with you a little easier to win. Exercise is not a punishment, it's a reward!

"First, I need to take care of XYZ"

I've struggled with this one myself. It's almost inherent that we feel that we must take care of everything and everyone else first, and then ourselves. But the truth is that we can't take care of anyone else for very long if we don't take care of ourselves first. There is a reason why, on an airplane, we are directed to put on our own mask before assisting others. And it's a good one.

The Financial Aspect

Again, I can relate. But there are few things in this world worth more than your health. Take a moment to think about all the times you went out to eat, or out drinking. Think of the money that has gone into diets and cleanses that didn't work. Add up all the money you have spent on gym memberships you didn't use, home workout systems that collected dust, and diet programs that failed as soon as you stopped them. Think about how often you've had to buy something new because the fit on clothing you had wasn't quite right anymore. When you add up all the money from all these different things, personal training doesn't seem so unattainable anymore.

How Do I Start?

Head over to the Shop Now page. or send me a message via the contact page with any questions you might have. Let's do this!

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