Working out like a trainer is a great way to get the physique, conditioning and healthy state everybody wants. Think about it: trainers get paid to stay in great shape. So what are their secrets?
Like every success in life, it starts with a plan. Trainers get results because they think about them first, then figure out a way to get them. Most trainers we know—especially our excellent crew of Myx trainers —start by establishing four goals.
1) To look and feel better
One of the main reasons we work out is to improve the way we look and feel. These are big parts of confidence and self-image. Working out is a great way to improve your belief in yourself. After all, if you can crush a 45-minute workout on top of everything else in your life, nothing can get in your way.
2) To be healthier
Health is…well, it’s everything. It’s not just about aging better, but about living a better life right now. You can make serious improvements here by establishing just a few simple, good habits like drinking more water, eating more vegetables and fewer refined carbohydrates and exercising regularly.
3) To lose body fat
This is one of the quickest ways to keep yourself healthy and increase longevity. Lose some body fat and you initiate a cascade of positive effects, including improved confidence and overall sense of well-being. It’s also one of the most commonly-cited reasons for hiring a trainer
4) To gain muscle and improve tone
Building and maintaining muscle is one of the keys to staying healthy. Male or female, any athletic body is based on great muscle development, which makes fat loss and weight control more efficient. That’s what we call a win-win.
So how do trainers go about achieving these goals? There’s nothing complicated about it. They use the training methods that form the core of the Myx philosophy.
5) Strength Training
Strength training builds muscle and improves confidence: it shows you in the simplest terms that you can set and achieve goals. It’s a real challenge, and one that your body responds to almost immediately. Pick the weight up, put the weight down. The act of lifting burns fat more effectively than cardio, making it a key contributor to achieving the four goals outlined above.
If you want to lift like a trainer, you need to develop muscles, make sure they’re balanced around each joint, and strengthen the small muscles and tendons that stabilize the larger ones. Lifting dumbbells is a great way to build both muscle strength and size, to ensure that you’re using those small muscles and to develop balance and coordination.
Training cardio is a key way to keep your body in great shape. It improves the health of the heart and lungs, builds fitness and burns body fat. At Myx, we use low-impact cycling for cardio. No impact on the joints means better joint health.
Combining lifting and cardio ensures that both the muscles and the respiratory system get in great shape. The result: health, confidence and a great body.
7) Mobility and Joint Care
To train effectively, you need to spend time repairing your muscles, keeping your joints healthy and staying mobile. Many of us have desk jobs, drive lots or just don’t have the time to get much activity in our daily lives. This leaves us tight and immobile—key risk factors in muscle and joint injury.
Trainers make the time to work on their mobility and flexibility. You might not work at a gym, but you can spend a bit of time every day stretching and working with a foam roller. It’s a great way to stay healthy and to be able to continue to enjoy exercise and good posture for the rest of your life.
Here’s the key: In order to be truly fit, you have to do all three parts of the program. Ride, lift and recover. The three overlap in big ways. If one is missing, your body won’t perform at peak levels. Leave one out and you risk reaching your goals.
So listen to your trainer. And act like her. Before you know it, you’ll start to look like her.