You want to get fit, but have a limited budget and tight schedule. You can afford a gym membership or sessions with a personal trainer, but which one is the better investment? On the surface, the gym membership may sound like a better financial choice over the trainer sessions. You get a year's access to the gym and all its equipment. Sounds excellent. However, depending on your fitness goals and needs, a personal trainer may be a better choice.
Why Would A Personal Trainer Be Better Than A Gym Membership?
Accountability is the biggest reason for using the services of a trainer. How many times have people bought gym memberships and used them only a few times? Or, they were dedicated for a few weeks, then skipped a session, and then another? When you have an appointment with a trainer, you know he will keep you accountable at your next appointment. It helps keep you doing the workouts and staying on your eating plan because someone will call you on it.
Motivation is one of the hidden reasons to work with a personal trainer. A trainer can help you stay in touch with the original reason you chose to start getting fit in the first place. The trainer can clue you in on other motivators to help you work through those tough times when things are not progressing as you like. The trainer is that person whom you know will be your toughest critic and your biggest cheerleader.
Health education is part of the package when you work with a trainer. As you are working with a trainer, part of what you get is information on how your body works. The trainer can answer questions on fitness and health. A trainer can help you set realistic goals and show you how to achieve them.
Results are a big reason you should be working with a trainer. When you get started with a trainer, you will take a baseline of your current fitness level. The trainer will then put together an exercise program designed to get you to the results you desire. Along the way, the trainer will take new baselines to measure the results. Within just a few weeks, you will be amazed at the results you see.
Long-term benefits of working with a trainer are often overlooked. A trainer can show you how to use equipment properly, do all kinds of exercises efficiently, and remain safe while exercising and using gym equipment. A trainer can show you what it means to get fit and stay that way. These are the benefits that people don't think about until months or years later.
Who Offers Personal Training In Amarillo, Texas?
A personal trainer will get you on track to make your fitness goals and keep you track even when life throws you a stressful curve ball. If you want to get more information on personal training, contact me, Ralph Roberts, at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo. After playing professional baseball for many years, I transitioned to working as a personal trainer. My focus is helping my clients develop the drive and passion for reaching their fitness goals and go beyond. Contact me today. I offer individual personal training, group training as well as customized workouts for people who would prefer to work out on their own, in their own time. The custom workout plans can be used at the gym you go to, your home, among other places.
I recently returned from the IHRSA 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show for fitness and personal training professionals in San Diego and I can’t wait to show everyone what I learned. For three days I attended seminars and classes, tested new exercise equipment and listened to motivational techniques from industry experts.
My Downtown Athletic Club colleague, Dominic Zumbrun, and I had the opportunity to pick the brains of fitness professionals, such as internationally recognized personal trainer, author and fitness coach, Todd Durkin.
Todd Durkin has trained a variety of national and world-renowned athletes of the NFL, MLB, Olympics and X-games, including Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. It was truly an honor and inspiration to personally train and speak with Todd Durkin.
I learned new exercises I intend to implement into my personal training classes as well as motivational techniques that I will incorporate into my small group training.
Of course, I didn’t just go to San Diego to work. One of my favorite side trips was visiting Petco Park, the home field of the San Diego Padres. This was an especially significant moment for me because I was drafted by the Padres my senior year of high school. However I decided to pursue my college education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After playing baseball at the college level, I played for the Atlanta Braves for seven years.
I am back in Amarillo now and am ready to get to work and try out the new exercises and motivational techniques I learned at the convention. If you are interested in setting up a personal training session or group training session, contact me today.
If you are just starting to work out, there are some things you should take into consideration. First and foremost is do not overdo it. Many people dive into a new fitness regimen very gung ho, but unfortunately, this could result in injuries. When those people begin, they often try to do too much right away. It’s best to start in small quantities. Add on exercises, more reps and extra time as you go along and build up your strength and endurance. Start with just 10 to 15 minute chunks of exercise, and you can do this several times a day. Simply go slowly and fit exercise in whenever you can.
When easing into a new workout program, try these exercises:
A simple jog is a great way to warm up the body and burn fat. Start with just a few minutes of jogging several times a week. If you have stairs at home, or near your home, simply jog up and down them a few times.
If you find yourself out of breath, great. It is working like it is supposed to. As that gets easier, and on more and more minutes. If you are new to jogging, start with a fast walk and then pick it up to a jog.
Planks are a simple exercise that truly work the entire body, and really focus on the core. No equipment is needed, but if you have an exercise or yoga mat, all the better. Face the floor, with your arms in a push-up position, legs straight and butt in line with the rest of your body.
The plank is a bit harder than it looks, so newbies should feel free to start out on their knees, working up to a straight leg plank. Start with just 30 seconds, three or four times a week. Then, as it gets easier, add more seconds, aiming for a minute.
Do you love dancing? Do you remember how much you once loved to skip rope? What about biking? Just think of one activity that you used to enjoy doing, and do that. The most important part of exercise is liking what you do, or you simply will not stick to it.
Maybe you prefer cycling. Dust off your mountain bike and go for a ride at Palo Duro Canyon. And if you love to jump rope, that works, too. That is actually one of the best cardio exercises out there.
To add some strength to you lower body, do wall squats. This exercise perfect for beginners because it works both the leg muscles and glutes. Start without weights, but add hand weights, a kettlebell or medicine ball as you get stronger.
For the wall squat, just put your back against a wall, feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and squat with your back against the wall, your arms at your sides. Slide your back down until your knees are at 90 degrees, but no farther. Now, push up and straighten your legs again. Try a set of 8 your first time, and add on more reps as you go.
If you would like some coaching and encouragement along the way, contact me, Ralph Roberts. I am an Amarillo personal trainer with the Downtown Athletic Club. I can help you get in shape the right way and make sure you protect yourself from injuries. Get in touch with me today for a free initial personal training session or to inquire about my customized workout plans.
When it comes to working out, you often need a plan, do you not? Diving right in without an idea of the types of exercises you want to do, and can do, is not only a bad idea, but it can also be dangerous. Improperly executing an exercise could cause an injury. This is one of the many reasons people look to personal trainers for help getting in shape. However, not everyone can afford their own personal trainer, or even make time for one. One solution is to look into getting a customized workout. Nationally certified personal trainer Ralph Roberts now offers custom workout plans that you can use wherever you want, from your home or the gym or while you are on vacation.
What Does A Customized Workout Plan Entail?
A customized workout plan will include a warm-up, several exercises and cool-down. Each workout will be tailored just for you, based on your age, health, gender, fitness levels and goals. Workouts are usually around 30 minutes, so they are ideal for a quick run to the gym during lunch, a morning session at the gym or some evening exercises after your home after you get the kids in bed.
That’s the beauty of a custom workout — you can do it whenever you please, pretty much wherever you please.
You will also be able to watch instructional videos demonstrating each exercise.
How Do You Access The Custom Workout?
The custom workouts will be available to you via a web-based coordination and scheduling system. It also has an app. You can access your workout on your phone, iPad, computer or other smart device.
If you want to use your workout plan at the gym, just specify when you fill out the form. Ralph will be sure to include exercises that incorporate gym equipment, such as TRX. If you prefer to exercise at home, Ralph can design a plan that can include equipment you have at home, such as hand weights and an exercise ball.
Where Can Learn More About Customized Workout Plans?
If you want to get a custom workout plan, please visit my website. After a one-time, low-cost payment, Ralph will send you a link to a custom workout questionnaire, which will help him design specific exercises just for you. Please allow 2-3 business days to receive your plan. To learn more about Ralph Roberts’ customized workout plans, don’t hesitate to contact him today.
Ready to get in shape for baseball season? There are a number of exercises that you can do to prepare. From core work to leg work, your body needs to be ready to run, jump and slide.
It is important to note that if you do not already work out regularly, and are not in the best shape, you should start slowly. You do not want to rush into these workouts and injure yourself, or you will find yourself sitting out the season. Below, we've outlined some workouts, exercises and moves to help you prepare for the season.
How Can I Build My Core For Baseball?
Core training helps with everything. It helps with balance, with strength, even posture! A baseball player has to have a strong core in order to twist and turn, in order to get a good swing going, in order to keep himself or herself in the game.
To train your core, think of a) keeping it engaged no matter what you are doing (lifting weights, just walking around the house or sitting, etc) and b) working both the abs and the back. Do crunches every other day (sets of 20, start with one or two and work up to three, adding more reps as you can) and planks. Start by holding your planks for a few seconds and work up to a minute.
What Strength Training Moves Are Good For Baseball?
You need to lift weights in order to strengthen your body. Baseball players have strong upper and lower bodies. Compound exercises that help you train a number of body parts are perfect. These include squats and deadlifts for the lower body, and bench presses and rows for the upper body. Start with sets of 10 with lighter weights and then work on adding reps and weight.
Should I Do Sprints and HiiT Workouts?
Baseball players have to be quick! When you go for a run, add in sprints and also work on interval training. Since you will typically be running in short bursts on the field, and then resting, you need your heart in tip top shape, and HiiT workouts will do that for you.
What About Stretching/Yoga?
Make sure to stretch once per day, and always after you workout. Stretching will improve your range of motion. This helps your performance on the field, and will decrease any chance of injury. If you enjoy yoga, work in some yoga several times a week. Hold your stretches for about 30 seconds each, and never bounce. Only perform static stretches. And don’t forget to eat right.
If you want professional training for baseball season, contact me, Ralph Roberts. I am a nationally certified personal trainer in Amarillo and a former professional baseball player. Baseball was and still is an important part of my life, and I can help you train for baseball season, increase stamina and provide you with nutrition tips. Contact me today to learn more.
Ever since you were a kid, you have probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, have you ever wondered why?
Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?
- Breakfast is a good way to start the day. Whether you sit down to breakfast or take it with you on the run, you are fueling your body so that it can handle whatever comes your way.
- Breakfast makes you more efficient. If you have energy, you will be able to get things done faster and more accurately. It saves you time and you have more time to relax at the end of the day.
- Breakfast gives you more energy. When your body's fuel level is running low, you will feel it. With a healthy breakfast in place, you will experience a consistent energy all morning. That helps you concentrate and get your morning to-do list done.
- Breakfast prevents snacking later in the day. Your body needs a consistent amount of fuel to keep you going throughout the day. With breakfast done early, you can get through to lunch. When you eat lunch, you have a store of fuel for the afternoon. If you skipped breakfast, then ate lunch, you are running a deficit of fuel. You will have snack cravings in the afternoon to make up for the deficit, and you are likely to unhealthy snacks.
- Breakfast should be high in protein, which will give you long-lasting energy. It should be satisfying to help to steer clear of bad food. Carbohydrates are good for quick energy. Protein lasts longer, releasing energy at a slower rate. Getting a good mixture will help keep you healthy and your fuel levels steady.
Breakfast can come in many forms. Eating a healthy breakfast is the best choice. Picking up fast food on the way to work every morning isn’t going to cut it.
What are some good breakfast foods?
Here are a few healthy breakfast choices to make your morning take off properly:
Eating a good, nutritional breakfast is essential if you want to lose weight, gain more energy, get fit and become healthier overall. It will give you the energy to get through your workout and it will help you keep away from the extra calories that tempt you throughout the day. If you want to lose weight and get in shape, contact me, Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club. I am an Amarillo personal trainer that can help you get on track to meet your fitness and health goals.
Looking for ways to tone and tighten your abdominal muscles? While it seems that no one really loves to work their abs, everyone wants a six-pack. But you can only get there through diet and exercise. These five ab exercises are a great start.
Start with the basic crunch. This is truly the building block of all core workouts, and one you have probably seen a million times. It is easy to do, and can be effective if performed correctly.
To perform the crunch, lie on your back with your knees bent, feet on the floor, hands behind your head. Simply contract your abs, exhale and lift your shoulders and head off the floor. Do not pull your head with your hands, let your abs do the work. Inhale as you come back down. Repeat. Start with 3 sets of 20 and build up from there, adding more repetitions.
Planks are one of the best abdominal exercises around, but again, they should be performed correctly. These can be tough, so start with say, 20 seconds and build up to 60 seconds. Get in a pushup position, pelvis tucked under, shoulders out of the ears, shoulders over elbows over wrists, body in a straight line, and simply hold. Do not hold your breath, though. If you find that being on your toes is too much, start on your knees and then work up to your toes.
Medicine Ball Exercises
Working with a medicine ball is great for your abs, too. This added weight is a perfect way to shock your abdominals and make them work harder. One great medicine ball exercise is the Russian Twist. Sit on the floor, with your knees bent. Hold the medicine ball in both hands and simply twist side to side, touching the floor each rep. Do 20 of these per set, starting with one set and working your way up to three.
Physio Ball Exercises
The physio ball, or stability ball, is ideal for ab work; it makes you work your core by just sitting on it. Try doing your crunches on the ball, or even your planks (with your upper body on the ball). These will really challenge the core.
There are also a number of abdominal machines in the gym that will help you get a set of six-pack abs. Follow the directions on the machine, or ask a personal trainer for help.
Ab exercises are not something many look forward to. However, if you want to see results in your core, ab exercises are a must. When doing different exercises, keep your abs engaged. When lunging, tighten that core, and even when doing a bicep curl, engage your abs. If you want more tips on how to get in shape contact, me, Ralph Roberts today. I am a nationally certified personal trainer with the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo, Texas. If you’d like to sign up for regular personal training sessions or simply want a customized workout plan you can work from, I can help.
For more challenging core exercises, check out my video below!
There are several reasons to listen to music while you work out, whether you are running, lifting weights or doing TRX exercises. A good playlist can actually enhance your workout by giving you added energy and enthusiasm, and can put you in a better mood. Particular beats and tempos can increase your pace and help you cycle or run faster. Plus, music is one of the best forms of distraction. If you are someone who does not enjoy working out, listening to some good tunes can make exercising more fun.
Here are my Top 10 Workout Songs
Music just puts you in the zone. Before you hit the pavement or the gym, get you a good playlist in order. Have slower songs for your warm-up and cool-down, and upbeat, fast songs to help you keep up the momentum during the workout. You can also listen to a Pandora or Spotify station. One of my favorites is the Pandora Pop and Hip Hop Workout Playlist.
It doesn’t matter which songs you choose, as long as they enhance your workout and make you feel good. If you are interested in signing up for personal training or would like a customized workout plan, please contact me.
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