Is Your Training #Complete? (Part 1)

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)Training Efficiently - 1

I believe that everyone has an athlete inside of them. Whether it be from playing sports in our high school and college days or just having a strong drive to compete and succeed in life. So with that in mind, we train our adults at RPP like we train our athletes.

Granted, as we get older and start falling into faulty movement patterns for far longer than our teenage counterparts, we (adults) tend to develop more “issues” (back, knee and shoulder pain to name a few) that need to be addressed when creating an effective program. Alas, the exercises may be modified from what we offer our younger athletes but the components of the program are the same.

With that said, first let’s discuss our adult clientele’s goals. Most (or all) fit into one or more of these categories:

1. Increase Lean Muscle Mass – As we get older it is imperative to maintain strength not only to help combat declining bone density issues, but to help us fight gravity’s wrath on our joints. Strength training turns on inflammation in the muscles, which automatically turns on c-10, a protein that promotes repair, building you back up a little stronger each time.  This is much like construction workers putting up a building.

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2. Get Rid of Excess Body Fat – This sort of goes hand-in-hand with point #1. As we get into middle age our metabolism starts to slow down. Your muscles prefer to burn fat because it’s a more efficient fuel.  Every pound of muscle burns 3x more calories than per pound of fat.  So having muscle mass on our bodies helps us to burn more calories per hour for the rest of the day.

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3. Get Rid of an Existing Injury or General “Aches and Pains” – Learning how to move correctly will get us out of provocative patterns that put our tendons and joints in compromised positions. This in turn can help us get rid of, or avoid, back ache, knee pain and other ailments.

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4. Have More Energy All Day – Strength training in an “aerobic environment” (60-70% of our maximal heart rate) produces dramatic improvements in our circulatory system making us more efficient at utilizing oxygen and helping us to look and feel better all day. It can also help us combat the stress in our lives.

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Stay tuned for Part 2 where we’ll actually get into the nuts and bolts of what I believe to be the main components in a great adult training program. These are the same components we use when programming our Adult Metabolic Strength classes at RPP.  If you’re interested in finding out more about our Adult Metabolic Strength classes please click here.

For our class schedule click here.

Remember, life is triathlon …so train for it.

See you at the gym.