I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and are pumped for a Happy New Year! As you may know this is the time when most people begin the frantic ritual of making New Year's resolutions...many which are based on getting in better shape. So, all of you trainers out here get ready to feel the noise when you get a nice bump in interest from folks wanting to shed some pounds and make up some ground. As you will be conducting assessments before you get started, I thought it would be good to provide you with some research that will help to arm you with your potential new clients.
In studies by Mujika (2001) and Turman (2005) they discuss findings of research related to detraining in beginning and well conditioned exercises/athletes. The results of the studies indicated that well conditioned athletes who had trained for a year and then stopped exercising for three months lost about half of their aerobic capacity. On the other hand in beginning exercisers/athletes, when they worked out for 8 weeks and then stopped working out for 8 weeks they lost all of the aerobic capacity that they gained. What does this mean?
If people commit to a long term exercise program they will have what I like to call a "residual effect". With consistent exercise the body is able to build up and a tremendous amount of fitness related benefits that is hard to lose quickly when the person stops training for a while. While those who just begin to workout and make significant gains and then stop lose all of what they gained! The body has not had enough time to make more of a permanent change. This make sense being that it takes roughly 8-12 weeks for the body to make any real significant physical changes. Internally in those eight weeks you are making neurological adaptations and getting strong, but not encoding the long term changes that can occur through consistent and long term exercise participation. Remember, most of your new exercisers do not adhere to exercise for more than 3 months after starting. Make sure to stress the importance to your clients that long term changes are the only way they will see lasting results. If you are able to get your clients to stay committed for more than three months then the odds they will drop out of exercise decrease greatly.
On another tip, I'd like to share that this past Christmas was one of Michelle and I's best one's that we can remember. I feel like Shel and I are aging like fine wine and really enjoying the happiness and growth that we experience in our marriage everyday. I love that woman and we are committed to a tradition of excellence in our marriage. On Christmas Day we woke up early and enjoyed talking to friends and family on the phone. We then had a little breakfast and opened the few presents that we got this year. We made it a point to not really make it a presents Christmas this year and for that fact the coming years. It is about more than that for us and we really wanted to focus on Christmas being about celebrating the birth of Christ and charity. We had a lot of fun this year with the charity that we contributed to. My parents and Shel and I got in on getting Christmas Trees for families in need. Through Shel and I's wishes that were brought to life by my parents, they were able to five a young kid a wonderful Christmas. That made us feel good and I believe it got my parents thinking because they are going to do it again next year.
Later on in the day we went and saw two movies down on the Vegas strip. We love watching movies down on the strip because it hardly anyone ever goes to the UA showcase down there. I think they are all so enamored with the strip that they don't want to watch movies. Shel and I are locals so that suits us fine. We saw the Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This was an excellent movie and one that was certainly thought provoking. We also saw Seven Pounds and while it was good it was not as good as Benjamin Button in our opinion. Later on we ate Christmas Dinner at the Outback Steakhouse on the strip next to the MGM grand and it was delicious! All and all it was a wonderful day and by the end of the evening we were comfortable and very happy reading books and chatting next into the night. As my wife put it...we are nice an warm and that is her favorite thing.
The rest of the week went very well also. We got in a great workout at Club Ridges on one of the days I was off there and made some great home cooked meals. You haven't eaten until you've had Michelle's Sausage Corn Chowder and Spicy Cornbread. It is absolutely amazing! We went and signed some pre-loan approval paperwork with American Home Mortgage. Our loan agent Jared was easy going and great. He gave us some wonderful news about the closing costs of our new home. Looks like we will be paying much less than we thought in the end game to close on the house. Yesssss! We got a chance to head into the design center as well to make some decisions on our upgrades for the house we have being built. We picked out some great black appliances, some nice wood based blinds and upgrades to the laminate for the counters. We had a lot of fun and will be back on the 4th of January to lock in those items to our house order.
Backtracking a bit, we attended the Christmas Eve service at our church Central Christian (www.centralchristian.com). As usual it was an amazing celebration of the birth of Christ. One of the things I just love about Central is its spirit of helping all people no matter where they are in their lives. I love also that the messages are always about providing application of scripture to imperfect people living in an imperfect world. I also love that spreading the message of faith in Central means living your life in a way that shines the light that God has in you for others to see rather than being super preachy about it. As with anything in life, if you throw it down someone's throat they tend to rebel against it. Live your faith out and sometimes you'll even get the chance to talk about it to others when those doors open. Like a professional athlete in command of his/her skills, you have to let the game come to you rather than force it. Patience is the way for anything in life.
Well, thanks for reading this extended blog entry. I know it was long, but I truly appreciate you all taking the time to read it. Best wishes to you and I'll be catch ya next week!