Fitness – A Work in Progress

Waiting for Results

Patience and fitness are two peas in a pod. We live in such an instant gratification world these days where an answer to a question or problem is a mere finger tap away on a cell phone. We have become accustomed to getting what we want, how we want it and when we want it with little to no consequence. Sorry folks, it just doesn’t work that way with fitness.

Although waiting for results is a part of fitness, there’s still the urge to find that magic pill that is going to take off those stubborn 5 pounds. Welcome to the world of gimmick diets, diet pills and supplements that make promises that seem too good to be true – because they are (if you look clearly at some of the fine print in ads, you’ll see that “weight loss is not typical for everyone, results may vary and the model was compensated”).

Making Strides and Gains

As a personal trainer, I am always so delighted when I have a new client that is ready to take control of their health and fitness. Kudos to them for taking the first big and often scary step of getting out their comfort zone to make positive changes!

Then comes their reality check: if they have been inactive for some time or in some cases, even if they live a fairly active life, they are often shocked at how out of shape they’ve become.

For example, you may be walking your dog everyday or digging in your vegetable garden or taking care of children but when asked to stand on one foot or lean forward with one leg in the air, frustration and disbelief hit. How can this be? Why am I so unstable? I get it; we’ve all been there at one point or another.

From day 1 of training, I make sure my clients know that their body’s first goal is to learn or relearn how to exercise and move. They need to be patient (yep, I said it) and give themselves up to 6 weeks to develop their neuromuscular coordination. What’s that?

Neuromuscular Coordination

Neuromuscular coordination can be defined as the ability of the central nervous system (CNS) to control the muscles in the execution of multi-limb functional movements. In other words, it’s your brain telling your muscles what to do then your muscles respond accordingly. This doesn’t happen immediately, but it will eventually.  And as new goals are realized, you can look forward to the next challenge of progression!

Before jumping head first into a new fitness routine, consider the following: 

  • Consult and talk with your doctor
  • Seek proper education and, ideally, a personal trainer who can teach you how to best avoid injury while working hard to make neuromuscular improvements

Need help reaching your fitness goals, or even just getting into fitness? Contact Pam (630-653-8152; pstrand@strandfitnessllc.com) we can help you get started today!

Progression

We all have different starting points, different challenges (darn that arthritis!) and different fitness goals.  But all of these have one common denominator: progression. No matter where our starting point may be, whether it’s maintaining good balance or lifting heavy weights, our bodies are smart and will eventually adapt.

Progression to the next fitness level not only keeps workouts interesting, but it also challenges our bodies so we can continue to see growth and progress.

Results with an Expert

As we workout, it’s important to be patient and let our bodies make the proper connections. Avoid being consumed in frustration. A personal trainer has the experience to recognize these levels of progress in their clients and can help to introduce new methods of exercise that are safe and effective for their particular client.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a fit body. Fitness is not a one size fits all with immediate results — and it never will be. Fitness also doesn’t discriminate based your age! It’s never too early or too late to make a difference in your fitness health. It requires commitment, accountability and patience. To your health!

Start your fitness progression at Strand Fitness!

Contact Pam (630-653-8152 or pstrand@strandfitnessllc.com) to schedule your complimentary, no obligation fitness consultation.

Let us make sure you have the most effective workouts so you  enjoy being strong and fit!

To learn more how our experts can help you workout effectively and efficiently, please visit our website: Total Body Fitness

Strand Fitness is a personal training studio in Downtown Wheaton serving Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Winfield, & Chicago Western Suburbs.  Please visit our website to learn more about how we can help you have a strong, healthy, and fit body: Fitness Solutions

About Kecia Murphy

Kecia Murphy is a Personal Trainer at Strand Fitness. She is aware that everyone has different starting points, different interests and different goals when it comes to fitness. She looks forward to personalizing her training programs to each client’s ability and interests. Whether her client’s goal is to improve range of motion or to sweat with high intensity-training workouts, Kecia is excited to help her clients feel better and achieve their fitness goals.

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