Exercise 101

March 17th, 2011 by Lou Leave a reply »

Hi. My name is Lou and this, my first post is about exercise and aging. But first; I have been in the fitness field as a certified trainer, gym owner, dance instuctor, well… you get the picture, for over 30 years. My clients have ranged from 14 to 92 years old. (incidently the oldest female was 85; her husband was the 92 year old) I have made being fit a lifestyle. As I age, (ahem, 52) I can EMPATHIZE more readily with my older clientele.

Take for instance joints, like the knees, that have  become arthritic from years of exercise or simply living.  Or this scenario: you wake up one morning and it hits you, “I am getting older and I can’t do the things I used to enjoy anymore. what happened to me?” Scary isn’t it? Once your doctor gives you the green light then what? Where do you start? A good place would be friends and family. WHAT? That’s correct; friends and family and here’s why. Some of them are exercisers and can introduce you to a fitness professional.

However take note of this, or any, professional’s qualifications. This person should have a degree in the field as well as be certified with an organization that is NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED. (American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, National Academy of Sports Medicine, to name just of few) Most do in-home visits for those who would rather exercise at home. If money is an issue, a  trainer can still point you in the right direction.

Now to the fun stuff. Clients always ask what is the best exercise for, lets say, abs? or butt? or love handles? Well, that’s like asking what foods should I eat? (a WHOLE other topic I’ll discuss in another post) Here is my response; first, what are your goals and objectives and two; what are your physical, if any, limitations? (It’s like taking your car in for service. The mechanic does a diagnostic test to determine the problem THEN he goes to work) Once you have the answers, THEN you can go about putting together a routine TAILORED for you body. 

So, to reiterate, determine what you’re looking to achieve and what physical limitations there might be. I can make a blanket statement like, “the best exercise for legs is…squats” BUT if you have lower back, knees or shoulder issues then perhaps squats may not be suitable for YOU. A leg press could be an option. Or if you need to lose a few pounds, walking, to begin with, might be a better alternative than running; or a stationary bike might be best. Keep in mind those goals and objectives. I like this saying, “If you want something you’ve never had, (or haven’t had in a long time) you’re going to have to do something you’ve never done (or haven’t done in a long time)”  Write and let me know of your successes and trials.



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  4. insanity says:

    Do as the champion bodybuilders do by closely examining the exercises you are currently performing and see if they are giving you the results you desire.

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