1) Being sore is not an indication of a good workout.
2) Protein has limits. More protein doesn’t necessarily mean more muscle growth.
3) Calorie counting and macros are important, but understanding individualized energy balance is crucial. Meaning: You can get fat by eating spinach, chicken and organic products and you can also lose weight by eating McDonalds.
4) The answer to most of your questions: “It depends.” Your unique qualities that make you, YOU is completely different from someone else we train. If we don’t know an answer to one of your questions, a good trainer will say, “Let me get back to you on that.”
5) Your part in your transformation doesn’t end when the session is over. The work you do behind the scenes (day in and day out) will make or break your lifestyle change.
6) Every client I train is different. Therefore, your workout program will look different from Joe-Schmo (even if he’s a weight loss client too!)
7) Don’t be late. We hate it. Once in a while, fine. Multiple times, goodbye. Your time is valuable and so is ours. We are in this for YOU.
8) The CNS needs to be explained. Make sure your trainer knows how this affects your training.
9) Movements need to be applied safely with proper breathing, form and functionality. You have no business lifting heavy if you’re new to strength training.
10) Meal timing and frequency play a small role in “revving up the metabolic fire.” There’s so much more that goes into it.
11) Communication is key. For instance, if you had a poor night sleep, we need to switch up your routine. (Such as using body weight, Pilates or more recovery stretches) We will only make you worse if you show up to a session without being mentally or physically prepared.
12) We do not make decisions for you. Rather, we point you into the right direction to encourage and motivate you to make choices that will improve your overall well-being.
13) If your trainer doesn’t genuinely care for you, find another one. Also, caring doesn’t mean we say what you want to hear. We are fighting for your health and sometimes that means we have to hurt your feelings to make you rise to your highest potential.
14) Listen to your body. No, seriously. Your body is amazing. It’s always trying to communicate to you. If you’re feeling dizzy, or weak, or in pain (actual pain, not muscular pain), that means to stop. This isn’t the Biggest Loser.
15) Be ready to be vulnerable and make mistakes. This is a sign that you are seriously ready to change your lifestyle.
16) Your trainer should know the difference between mobility and flexibility.
17) Proper recovery is just as important –if not more important – than the workout itself. Meaning: Over training is almost impossible unless you’re a hard-core athlete. Under recovery is really easy.
18) Exercising and training are completely different things. Allow your trainer to show you the difference.
19) Social media has trends; Kenetic specialists have education that will take you to the next level.
20) Focus on the process, not the outcome. A lifestyle change is meant to be done over the- course- of- your- life. Hence the name! Therefore, continue to celebrate the little things.
21) Knowledge isn’t power. Applying the knowledge is power.
22) The number of “followers” someone has is not a good baseline to pick a quality trainer. Do your research!
23) Besides a trainer, find another workout buddy or a meal-prep friend, accountability partner, or another fellow peer who has a similar healthy lifestyle to you. You have no idea how important this is for your success.
24) Stretching: Before? After? Both, but the stretch “depends on” (see what I mean point #4) what you plan to do that day. (Dynamic, static, PNF, E&C, C&R etc..)
25) There’s so much to learn and I have SO much to teach. I went to school for five years for Kinesiology and I can’t transfer all my knowledge and training to a client in just a few sessions. There’s SO much that goes into a proper lifestyle change and it’s important to remember that health and wellness is like sanctification: It’s a life-long process of growing, changing, adapting, correcting and improving. You will never stop learning and you will never fully arrive until the day you’re called home.
Thanks for reading!