Pursuit: Physical training director. He and others set up a personal exercise program for clients.
The reason we’re talking to you is that one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape and/or lose weight. How should one start toward that goal?
The first thing I would do is join a gym. Then see someone who knows what they’re doing about the process of losing weight and getting in shape. There’s different ways to lose weight, different ways to gain weight and diet. Everybody is a different assessment. It depends on how old you are and what shape you’re in, if you have any pre-existing conditions such as a bad knee, a bad arm, a bad heart, muscular dystrophy, we have to consider all that before we make a program for you.
What are some basic exercises, assuming someone is generally healthy?
We make a structured program for you. We map out cardio, nutrition and your workouts for the days that you’re not working with a trainer. We map all that out for you so you’re not going to injure yourself. A lot of people come in start doing what some other guy is doing. That other guy might not have the same goals or needs that you have, so you’re doing the wrong exercises.
How soon do you realize results?
Once again, everybody is different and it’s all contingent upon the person and how hard they work on the three aspects: cardio, nutrition and resistance. If you’re applying all three of those you’re going to have better result than if you go half-speed at it. You have to hit on all three.
What are some things you can do better once you get in shape?
Your blood pressure goes down. We have clients that are off their medications that they once took, like blood pressure meds, insulin, anti-depressants, all that, becomes irrelevant and some don’t need them anymore.
Do you have any hobbies when you’re not pumping iron?
I am a body builder. That’s my hobby and I’m a competitive body builder.
Have you won any awards?
I’ve won seven overall titles; I’ve been in the top five at nationals five times, so I’m pretty close to becoming a pro. You have to be first in your class to become a pro, so I’m pretty close to that.
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