What the Trainer you Hired should have done on your first Session

Congratulations in taking the first step towards investing in your fitness and hiring a personal trainer, whether it be online or in person!

It is very important that you stay mindful about the fact that not all personal trainers are equal.  Some are better and more knowledgable than others!  Every personal trainer you hire should always communicate with you that before you even begin training they need to determine what you and your body are capable of doing.  The reason I emphasized the two is because sometimes your body says you are capable of more or less than what you think.  By the way I am not talking about the dumb 1 mile run or how many push ups, sit ups,  or air squats you can do in a minute.  If they don’t cater the exercise to YOUR body and not just your goals, is it really personal training? After all, that’s what your investing a little bit more for.

When you train with me, online or in person.  Before I even begin to formulate a workout program I do the following:

  • Medical Questionnaire: To determine if I need to prescribe specific exercise for a specific condition or to determine if you need medical clearance in order to even begin exercise.  Some people aren’t aware they need it.
  • Behavioral Questionnaire:  So that I can see how your lifestyle may influence your potential fitness level
  • Flexibility Assessment: What kind of muscular or skeletal imbalances does your body have that I may need to fix in order to allow you to effectively perform an exercise?
  • Strength:  What weight can I start you at?  Starting lower is better than starting higher, but the last thing you want is to start with more than what you think you can handle and you get hurt.
  • Endurance:  Where’s you cardio at? How can I improve it?

Even if you do not train with me EVERYONE should take my needs analysis.  I send back a report of the following

  • All of my findings
  • exercises to help fix your imbalances (yes, we ALL have them)
  • Stretches you should be focusing on at the end of your workouts

Take My Needs Analysis

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

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6 Factors That Affect The Effectiveness Of Any Workout

So many people think creating an exercise is just slapping exercises, reps, intervals, rest time, etc. together and it’s gold.  Except that mentality is completely false…believe it or not there is a science to creating an effective workout.  Here are my 6 simplified (emphasis on simplified) factors that affect the effectiveness of your workout.

  1. Work:Rest Ratio:  This ratio basically means the amount of time you are performing an exercises compared to the amount of time needed to recover correctly from the exercise during a workout.  Did you know that when we exercise it triggers our body’s energy systems?  For the purpose of keeping this blog simple I will be grouping ATP with our Phosphocreatine system, even though they are technically separate depending on training factors.  So anyways we have our ATP-PC system which is any activity lasting up to 15 seconds, we have our anaerobic system which is activity lasting up to 90 seconds, and our aerobic system lasting greater than 90 seconds.  Now, did you know that the correct rest interval is one of the MOST important factors of a workout?  But how do you know how long you should rest?  To start, look at the dominant energy system working based on how long your bout of exercise is.  Typical recovery for the ATP-PC system is anywhere from 30-50 seconds, for our anaerobic system is 1-3 minutes, and for our aerobic system it is typically a 1:1 ratio.  Again, this is a very basic run down, but I hope it helps to open up your eyes to one of the biggest mistakes people make in the gym without knowing it is one of the worst mistakes.
  2. Muscle Groups:  Ever had an instatrainer give you HEAVY deadlifts at the very end of you workout?  Well, fire them!  Again, exercise is not just “let me slap sh** together.” There is a method to the madness, that sadly only a handful of trainers these days understand.  Again, for the sake of keeping it simple you work the larger muscle groups in compound exercises first and progress towards the unilateral exercises, isolation exercises, and smaller muscle group exercises.  Meaning Squats, Deadlifts, and Bench press go first on your weight training days and THEN you add your lunges, romanian deadlifts, hamstring curls, push ups, bicep curls, etc.
  3. Hydration:  Dehydration can cause muscles to cramp, fainting, poor muscle recovery post workout, and more disaster.  Before any exercise, especially in hot/humid environments it is crucial that you are well hydrated before, during, and after! Drink roughly 2-3c 1-2 hours before exercise, roughly 1c during, and 2-3c after your workout on top of your regular non exercise related hydration.
  4. Rest:  Rest days are vital!  They allow your muscles to repair and grow! Overdoing exercise can put your body in a catabolic state (your body takes energy from muscles…thereby breaking muscle down).  Even elite athletes get rest days!  For the average person I recommend tops 3 days back to back of exercise before taking a 1 day rest.
  5. Pre-Workout Fuel:  If you don’t properly fuel up for you workout, how can you expect your body to have the proper energy it needs to perform the workout?  Before a workout if you eat 2 hours to 90 minutes before have a solid healthy meal with protein, whole grains, and a healthy fat.  If you can’t eat something until 60-30 minutes before your workout have something light!  Like a peanut butter sandwich, a banana with peanut butter, etc.  But having a carb and protein source is crucial!
  6. Post Workout Fuel:  Did you know exercise causes stress on the body?  A stress our body is well equipped to recover from as long as it gets the energy it needs post workout to carry out its recovery process.  If you are like me and cannot stomach a hardy meal post workout I drink a post workout shake. The important feature to my shake is it is NOT just protein.  It also contains fast digesting carbohydrates.  Many protein shakes on the market fail miserable because they offer less than 5 grams of carbohydrates post workout…when carbs are more important than the protein (both still important though!)  The average person can refuel just fine with a 1:1 ration of protein and carbs, while a more advanced gym goer benefits from 1:2 protein and carb ratio…again this is the simplified rule of thumb….calculating based on body weight and exercise type can be a pain for someone who does not know how.

Hopefully this helps you tweak your current routine, even if it is a basic switch….leave the complicated applications to the knowledgeable trainers, coaches, etc.  For the average gym goer do your best with the basic run down!

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8 Exercises To Ease You Into Working Out

Trying to go from couch potato to somewhat of an active person?  Assuming you have no injuries that may limit your capabilities to perform the following exercises.  Here are 8 basic exercises that are GREAT for beginners!

  1. Bench Squats:  Like a regular squat except you sit on a bench before coming back off.  It helps minimize a lot of the common errors people do not realize when they are performing a Squat off the bench.  You can add weight to a bench squat for increased difficulty.
  2. Reverse Lunges:  The reason I start everyone off with Reverse Lunges versus Forward lunges is because your knee is at a decreased risk of injury even if done incorrectly.
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  3. Lateral Lunges:  Lateral Lunges are great for strengthening your postural muscle, the transverse abdominus, as well as all three muscles in your glutes, hamstrings, quads, and soleus.

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4. Bicep Curls:  Simple and very difficult to mess up

Bicep Curl

5. Military Press: Military Press target your upper pectoral muscles, deltoids, middle and lower trapezius, and your triceps

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6. Walking: A great Beginner’s Cardio

7. Lateral Raise

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8. Plank

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4 Reasons You Should Start Working Out Today

As much as the current fitness industry would like you to believe, fitness is not about perfect quads, chiseled, abs, and overall shredded physique.  Here are 4 Benefits that have absolutely nothing to do with you physique.

  1. Reduce your risk of Coronary Heart Disease:  Studies have found that not only does exercise help reduce your risk of CHD, but studies have found that in patients who have already suffered a stroke, physical activity was more effective than drug treatment.  (Not saying toss the drugs, always consult with MD, but realize you should be exercising)
  2. Improve your memory:  Aerobic exercise boosts the size of your hippocampus (responsible for memory and learning).  In women more so than man they have found that regular aerobic exercise decreases risk factor for dementia.
  3. Strengthen your Immune System:  Regular aerobic exercise boosts your immune system
  4. Increase your life span:  A study published in 2012 that contained 650,000 people found that 150 minutes total a week of moderate exercise, which is about 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week could increase your life by 3.4 years.

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8 Ways To Work Out With Your Everyday Schedule

Life gets crazy.  There’s school, work, kids, bills, and so many other unexpected occurrences that happen.  At the end of the day it’s called life and we all live it, but the worst thing we can do is let life get the best of us and use life as an excuse to let yourself go.  What is life without health?  It sucks.  You feel gross, you feel tired, you don’t function at full capacity.  It’s time you put an end to letting life get in the way with these 8 tips

  1. Get it out of the way in the early morning.  Whether it’s 4am, 5am, or 6am.  You get it out of the way and start your day feeling more energized than usual
  2. Have a 1 hour lunch break?  Eat a pre-workout snack before lunch, take 30 minutes of your lunch to get a quick workout in at the nearest park.  Wipe yourself down and use the rest of the time to turn your lunch into a quick post workout meal.  Not sure what to do?  My Get LetlerFit in 30 Days program requires just yourself and all workouts are done in 30 minutes.
  3. Go directly after work before getting home and settling down on the couch.
  4. Workout at night if you’re a night owl like me, but just keep in mind this is one of the most difficult times to workout because you’re tired from the entire day, all you’re thinking about is your bed, and it’s really easy to let last minute things pop up and keep you from working out.
  5. Get a knowledgeable Personal Trainer in person or online.  When you make an appointment or have someone holding you accountable you tend to get it done.  For online personalized training shoot me an email at LetlerFit@gmail.com
  6. Find an accountability partner.  I’ve said this numerous times throughout the existence of my blog.  This is so important because when one person is dragging the other is the motivator.
  7. Find something you enjoy.  For me it’s weightlifting or HIIT.  I look forward to my workouts, the ones that I dread tend to be the ones that get put on the back burner
  8. Keep yourself accountable.  Track your progress weekly, by weekly, or monthly!  Take your measurements and pictures before work because once you start seeing progress a whole new load of motivation comes in.

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

4 Fitness Books To Help You Get Past Your Fitness Hurdles

  1. Get LetlerFit in 30 Days: 30 day high intensity interval training based at home program. It is for ALL fitness levels. There are picture and video demonstrations of ALL the movements and the only thing you need is yourself and something to step on occasionally. Less than a dollar per day!
  2. Booty By Letler: 12 week booty program that can be done at home or at the gym. All you need is a set of dumbbells and a yoga mat! Reduce cellulite, create a firmer booty, increase size in your glutes, increase definition in your quads and hamstrings in one hour or less 2-3 times a week! Only $1.66 per week!
  3. Upper Body Burn: 12 week program that can be down at home or at the gym! All you need is a set of dumbbells between 3-10 pounds and a set of resistance bands as well as the occasional yoga mat! This program can also be done in conjunction with the other program (ebook schedule is inside) only $1.66 per week!
  4. Snack Like Letler: 25 different healthy snacks and clean cheat recipes! You will find, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, and meat eater friendly recipes!  It is available internationally and can be downloaded on your computer, phone, or tablet! Every recipe contains full pictures of the final product and step by step instructions! For only $.11 per recipe!

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

How to Get Yourself Motivated To Get Fit

We’ve all been there…get to our goals, or close to them and all of the sudden we hit a wall, stop seeing progress, and it’s like why even bother?

10 Tips to Stay Motivated:

  1. Understand it’s not about being too busy, it’s about not making your fitness a priority.  Many people get stuck in the mindset that they don’t have time, they’re too busy to the point to where they believe it. Believing you don’t have time for a workout does NOTHING for your motivation.  You find time to watch an hour or two of your favorite show.  Or eating shit on social media, but god forbid you find a time to dedicate 30-60 minutes to your fitness.  When you understand that you make time for what is a priority, and understand fitness it s priority not something you are too busy for, you get a small natural motivation boost.  The same way you’re motivated to watch that episode of Game of Thrones in the schedule you were “too busy” to do anything extra in.
  2. Get it done early!  The more you put off your workout the least likely the average person is going to get it done as the day goes by.
  3. Find those pair of jeans that you love, but don’t fit and hang them somewhere you see them every day.  Trying to make gains?  Find a pair of shorts thats too big around the booty and use them as motivation to fill them in!  The latter works great for me!
  4. Get consistent, the more consistent you are the sooner you’ll start to feel that natural energy boost.
  5. Understand why you want to get or stay fit in the first place.
  6. Brush up on some of the non-physique related benefits that exercise gives.  Sometimes it helps to understand a little bit of how your heart, your lungs, your other body systems greatly benefit from exercise.  It’s not always about fitting into a size 2!
  7. Do it for the endorphins.  How good do you feel once you’re all done?  The hardest part some days is getting it done, but I don’t usually hear people tell me they regret it.
  8. Find an accountability partner, coach, or knowledgable personal trainer (emphasis on the knowledgable).  It’s easier when you have someone to report to.  Even I have a coach because I’m human too!  As much as my career is fitness, sometimes my body just wants to be lazy when it shouldn’t.
  9. Change things up!  Doing the same routine over and over again get’s boring.  Not just mentally, but your body adjusts and get bored too.
  10. Find something you enjoy!  For me it’s weight lifting.  I will always have more weight lifting days than cardio days because motivation goes out the door when you dread what you do!  If you love yoga or running, do more of what you love!  Do the things you hate less frequently, but understand they have to be done to gain benefits the exercise you love may not be able to give you.

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.