Just a few things I wanted to rant and rave about! ;)
First off, I always think it's funny when I ask a client after a set how the weight felt, and they say,"Well, it's kind of heavy." I say, "Okay. Good. It's supposed to be!" As long as your form is good, lifting weights isn't supposed to be easy!! I mean, I have to grunt and strain and make funny faces to get those weights up! Stop lifting those 5lb weights, women! It does nothing for you, unless you're 80 years old or something.
Then today I had a woman tell me that she didn't care about toning up-she just wants to be skinny. So she was doing 20 to 30 reps per set for her exercises because that's what some trainer told her to do. So I'm thinking in my head, 'so you don't care if you're still flabby and saggy, as long as you're skinny??' If you don't build muscle and your focus is only on losing weight, you will just be a skinnier version of your flabby self. I mean, maybe some women don't want to be tight and firm, I dunno........?? But I had to explain to her that lifting weights to BUILD muscle will HELP you to lose fat by increasing your metabolism, which means your body will burn more calories even at rest. Who wouldn't want that?
And then the other day, one of my clients said to me, "I'm gonna get fat from all this food you're making me eat!" I'm like thinking, HOW many times do I have to repeat myself to get through to people's heads???? When you are wanting to lose weight, you have to eat small, healthy meals every 3 hours or so-NOT just 2 or 3 meals a day. You won't get fat from eating more often; in fact, doing so will speed up your metabolism and help you to LOSE fat. Yes, eating MORE will help you lose weight!!!!! As long as you control your portions and you eat the right things. Not eating enough or often enough will cause your body to go into starvation mode and store what you eat as FAT!
And today I met with a women who had been training with another trainer at my gym for the past few weeks. She met with me today and showed me her food log, which that other trainer had looked at and told her she didn't really need to change anything. Well, I knew that she wasn't eating right because if you are eating the way you are supposed to 90% of the time, you will NOT be overweight. So, for breakfast she was eating 2 packs of instant oatmeal. I guess he failed to tell her how FULL of sugar those instant oatmeal packets are. Then for lunch she'd maybe have a sandwich, and for dinner, cereal. And that's all she'd have for the day. So she said that the other trainer told her that cereal was good snack, BUT.... he didn't even ask her what type of cereal she was eating! And guess what? She was eating Frosted Flakes!!! Full of sugar! What a great snack-NOT. She also told me that she replaced sodas with Gatorade. Again, full of sugar!!!! So she's basically eating sugar sugar sugar, no fruits, no veggies, no healthy fat, and hardly any protein. I could not believe that her trainer had told her that she was eating good!
So here are some of the things I told her she needed to work on: getting 2 servings of fruit a day, adding in vegetables and lean protein, getting a serving of nuts in per day, and drinking water instead of Gatorade. Also, she needed to be eating more often. She was having only 3 small meals, and I'm sure not even taking in 1200 calories, which is the minimum amount of calories your body needs.
There are sooo many misconceptions out there...and my hope is that I can help educate people about the right ways to lose weight and be healthy. It does get frustrating sometimes telling people the same thing over and over again, especially when it's the same people I'm telling it to...but if they at least learn something from me, if only one thing gets through to them that they apply to their lives that will make them healthier, then that's all I can ask for...