If you’ve never had a personal trainer or if you’re trying to improve your fitness level, you may have a few questions. Here are the most common ones. For other questions, email me any time at Laila@pushfitnessonline.com!

What is corrective exercise?
Exercise targeting weak areas. One of the most important things you can do for your body is achieve muscular balance. Most things fall into place after that. Imagine each joint as a washer. Your muscles hold that washer in place by providing equal tension on all sides. If then tension is not equal, the joint is unnaturally pulled. This causes compensation and pain. Once your weak areas are identified, implement a program to correct imbalances and help alleviate joint pain. The most common areas reported are low back, neck, hips, shoulders, knees, foot and ankle.
What is the most effective way to approach weight-loss?
Through diet. Before you even consider starting a formal exercise program you need to realize a trainer can work you hard daily, but a bad diet trumps all possible progress. To be accepted as a Push Fitness client, prospects wishing to lose weight must show a willingness to improve eating habits.

I got my diet in order, what should I do for exercise?
Interval training and heavy compound lifts. Intervals and heavy lifting teach your body to burn calories ‘round the clock. This combination is the safest and fastest surefire way to shed fat tissue. Fad diets and quick fixes always prove temporary.

I’m worried about getting bulky if I lift weight, how do I prevent that from happening?
Don’t worry about it. Bulking up is extremely hard to do. If you have the discipline and stamina to get unnaturally big, Push Fitness will let you know and we’ll cross that bridge when it comes.
I hate cardio, what’s the minimum I need to do to reach my weight-loss goals?
None. While cardiovascular exercise is important for endurance, weight-loss and heart health can be achieved without it. In the most rigorous Push Fitness strength program, cardio is contraindicated. Prospects must be evaluated for this program. They should also be prepared for intense 60 minute strength training sessions three times per week and agree to comply with all dietary regulations.

What does it cost to train one-on-one?
It varies. Prices change based on goals, session length, level of commitment, and number of sessions per week. Push Fitness only takes clients with a sincere attitude to change. When a prospect is assessed and accepted, we build a successful program to fit the client’s budget and lifestyle.

What are the advantages of a personal trainer over group exercise?
Reduced risk of injury. While boot camps and Cross Fit are motivating to some folks, the instructor to athlete ratio is so low that improper form goes unnoticed or is simply ignored. Joint pain and injury inevitably surface when poor form isn’t addressed.

I already work out, what would I gain from a formal exercise program?
Your best body. Every gym-goer gets stuck in a routine at some point and plateaus. Push Fitness personalized fitness programs are rooted in progressions. Continually advancing some aspect of your fitness level is the difference between training and exercise and therefore the difference between results and plateaus.

How do I get a six pack?
Lose body fat. Losing weight is not the same as losing fat. Weight can come off in the form of muscle, water, waste, and fat. The most effective way to lose body fat is through compound lifts and interval training. After that, abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym. In other words: eat clean, train hard.

Which statistics on a nutrition label have the most impact on my fitness goals?
Calories, carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. Regardless of your fitness goals, these are the stats to control. Protein and fiber should be high no matter what, but calories and carbs will vary by objective. Talk to a fitness professional for specific information that pertains to your goals.
Can my metabolism change? If so, how do I raise it?
Yes, your metabolism is already changing, it slows every year. Not only can you stop it, you can reverse and increase it by putting on muscle. A pound of muscle burns approximately 50 calories per day by just existing. Adding 10 pounds of muscle to your body will increase your daily burn by 500 calories.