truthful perceptions: HPT

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“We are the sum total of our experiences…” “It takes several parts to make up the whole…” “The thigh bone connected to the knee bone, the knee bone connected to the ankle bone…”

 We’ve all heard these catch phrases from time to time throughout our lives. These words and statements convey a message stating although component or a part of something may exist, its greater purpose is to its co-existence and connection to the whole.

 Many have inquired what exactly is a “Holistic Personal Trainer” and how does that differ from a Personal Trainer?

Exercise science is a remarkable branch of knowledge concerning the study of human movement and the physiological responses to those movements.

 However, its range of motion (no pun intended) is limited to its scope of practice concerning the physical and physiological aspects of said science. Holistic science incorporates all components of human living. Mental, Physical, Physiological and the Spiritual.

 As a practicing Christian, my faith both fuels and guides my desired goals and aspirations for a healthy living lifestyle.

As a HPT, I’m not in the business to preach to anyone, but simply to encourage a regimen of proper rest, proper nutrition and proper exercise that also incorporates a clients spiritual belief system.  

I have found that those who do so lead a richer and more fulfilling experience of healthy living in the awareness that GOD is not only the Creator of their temple, but is instrumental in its physical longevity, endowed healing, healthy development and subsequent rewards.  

 The Bible says: “For bodily exercise has some value, but godliness has value in all things, having the promise of the life which is now, and of that which is to come 1 Timothy 4:8…”

 This is why I believe in “(Holistic) Fitness For Life…”

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truthful perceptions: biceps/triceps

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I’ve been receiving a great deal of mail from women concerning the upper body. The main concern is how to tone flabby arms and the chest area, especially if there is no time to make it to the gym.

 I always advise to everyone to always have a mindset of carrying your gym with you. In other words YOU and your environment are your gym. Whether at home or in your office you can convert 15 to 30 minutes to upper bodywork.

 In the event you have a private office, then you can always do push-ups, triceps-push up using a chair and/or exercise bands to work both your biceps and your triceps.

 If you work in a cubicle environment, then alternate arm bicep reps using exercise bands will blast your biceps/triceps in to toned shape. Three times a day in a eight hour day, five days a week for one month will demonstrate serious change and get rid of flabby arms for good.

 Feel free to email your questions to me: russel.blake@yahoo.com

 Remember: “Fitness For Life…”

 

 

 

 

 

truthful perceptions: S.T.F.P.S.

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S.T.F.P.S. – Safety. Technique. Form. Progress. Success

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve witnessed focused failures in the gym. What I mean by that is watching people strength training with intense focus, and yet using improper form and technique with both machines and free weights.

 It is a recipe for disaster towards injury and is counterproductive for any meaningful gains one would otherwise have.

  • First and foremost is always to maintain the mindset of safety as your priority.
  • Swinging The Weight. People have a tendency to do this because the weight is either too light and/or they’re just showing off. This produces unnecessary strain on a muscle, drains valuable energy and/or can also cause a pinched nerve through repetitious action.
  • OR people have a tendency to swing the weight because its too heavy and they are trying to compensate using their entire body for a bicep curl or a forearm raise.

 Solution: Find the weight that both presents a challenge to your muscle to trigger growth and is also not too light to waste invaluable training time.

 Utilize the internet/youtube to observe proper form for the desired exercise. Be aware of your breathing and begin slowly to practice the technique. Minimum of 1-3 reps. Then over time 3-5, 6-8 and so on. Use the S.T.F.P.S.  formula to concentrate your approach to strength training. 

 S.T.F.P.S. – Safety. Technique. Form. Progress. Success.

truthful perceptions: fitness

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If there is one word that can strike either fear and dismay or joy and excitement in a human being, its the word: “Fitness…”

Millions run from the word because you might have well said the word “Mirror…”  The word fitness is a reflection of ourselves, our lifestyle and the choices we’ve made for the condition of our life.

I had no choice but to reflect upon my life once I was diagnosed by a cardiologist with a heart condition that would prematurely end my life. I refused to accept that verdict of death and the multitude of pharmaceutical medications I was instructed to take along with it.

Being a spiritually-centered man I focused all of my energies into prayer and meditation on the matter.  I received from GOD a paradigm to employ proper rest, proper nutrition and proper exercise into my daily routine. At the time of my diagnosis I was 125lbs.

Today, 25 years later I am 231lbs and as of my last cardiology checkup, my heart is strong and healthy and I am on schedule to obtain my Personal Trainer Certification by September 2014.

Fitness both saved my life and changed my life. If you’re going through a tailspin about health issues and you really need an answer that does not include taking a multitude of medications. Consider the ancient Egyptian proverb” “Physician Heal Thyself…” Let the power of fitness be the vehicle of change strong enough to turn your life around.

In this blog, I will be offering nutrition tips, insomnia/sleep disorder solutions and exercise/cardio/bodybuilding advice.  

Remember, “Fitness Is Life…”