Sunday, September 25, 2016

How My PPT Program Saved My Life

Jan Moore first came to Perfect Personal Training in 2013, after a series of life-threatening health problems. If you've ever believed that your mortality is pre-determined, then think again! Jan is a shining example of the power of a top wellness program.

What brought you to ‎beginning your PPT home wellness program?
Health issues primarily motivated my PPT enrollment.  I have had breast cancer, a heart attack and a stroke – the “big three” – so I knew that I needed to emphasize my health if I was to increase my chances of survival.  My cancer was 7 years prior – and my heart attack 2 years prior – but I had just recovered from the stroke when I began PPT.  My godchild had exercised with my PPT provider, Kristin – and highly recommended her for knowledge, technique and motivation.  

Do you mind telling us a bit more about your health conditions?
As referred to previously, I have battled (and won) the “big three” illnesses.  I still have residual pain from the breast surgeries and radiation.  When I began PPT, I was limited on the intensity of my exercise, as my heart still had not recovered from the heart attack.  As a matter of fact, at that time my cardiologist gave me a stress test showing multiple PVCs, which is life-threatening.   (That was also a major motivator for getting my body in better shape.)  Finally, I was still experiencing pain and swelling in my left leg – a residual from the stroke, I assume.  

Were you a regular exerciser before your PPT membership?
As I had not done any type of exercise regimen in years – and never lost the 30 pounds that I gained when I quit smoking – I was in terrible physical shape.  Plus, I was a junk food junkie. In other words, I was doing everything wrong. When I began working with Kristin,  I purchased group sessions so that I could laugh and joke around with my friends.  I was too embarrassed by my poor body shape & lack of flexibility – so I tried to clown around to cover up my ineptitude.  Kristin was incredibly tolerant – and, with her subtle guidance (as well as the realization that the sessions were actually starting to make me feel better), I finally realized that I needed to take my health seriously.  Thus, a couple months after I began, I switched to private sessions – and we began seriously addressing my individual needs. 

Please describe what you like most about your PPT program.
About six months after Kristin and I began the private sessions, I saw my cardiologist again – and my multiple PVCs had been reduced to a single PVC.  So, my heart condition was no longer imminently disastrous.  And, six months after that visit, I had another cardiology checkup which showed no PVCs at all.  So, I suppose the thing I like most about my PPT program is that it saved my life.  Kristin has been the catalyst for not only changing my body shape and flexibility – but also my healthy diet and my total outlook on life.  It doesn’t get better than that.

Is there anything about your PPT program that you do not like or that you find difficult?
Every session, I find the extra reps and new exercises difficult.  But, I know that I will conquer that obstacle – and move onto the next.  Not since I was a teenager (and tried to participate in high school sports) did I actually attempt to push my limits.  I know the workouts are going to be difficult – especially since I am now trying to work with weights to increase my muscle (and fill in some of the loose skin from losing 50 pounds of body fat).  But I also know that I will push past the temporary “plateau” – and it will be worth all the effort.
Does your PPT provider provide homework for days where you are not meeting?
Kristin has been a vital force in my getting out and exercising on a regular basis.  From my first session until now, she has helped me make tremendous strides.  I am no longer a couch potato.  I volunteer at places like the Zoo, so that I will get lots of walking and bending.  In addition, Kristin was the catalyst for my losing 50 pounds – for months, she would patiently go over my daily logs of food & make suggestions.  Finally, healthy eating became second nature – a major accomplishment.  In other words, Kristin has been my life coach as well as my exercise coach – and has been instrumental in turning my life around.  We still make a list of the daily stretches and exercises that I need to do before the next session, but we also discuss the nutritional and well-being aspects of my life that I need to work on.  In other words, yes, there is a lot of homework for days when we do not meet.
Please describe your PPT success(es) so far. How did you feel as you accomplished them?

  • I covered the PVC elimination above – which was the most critical of the accomplishments.  
  • My left leg, which was affected by the stroke, rarely swells and no longer has pain – (there is) another major accomplishment.  
  • My weight has gone down from 187 to 148.  But, an important item to me is that we were able to do exercises that minimized the residual excess skin that covered all that extra fat – so I don’t have huge rolls of excess skin all over my body (since I’m 66 & my skin is not as resilient as it was in my youth).  My measurements at my last assessment showed that I had reduced fat mass from 76 pounds to 50 pounds – and reduced the size of my body 2 inches (arm) to 8 inches (abdomen).  
  • Flexibility has gone from average to excellent – as has endurance.

    Actually, it was a long, hard struggle for me – but Kristin has been my inspiration and encouragement.  With her help, I was able to appreciate even the small steps that I sometimes accomplished – and revel in the large steps that materialized over time.
Jan, were there times that you doubted your ability to achieve your health and wellness? 
Most definitely – I totally doubted my ability to achieve anything when I first began with PPT.  After the news of the PVCs, I was sure I was going to die at any time – but I decided I had nothing to lose if I tried to live a healthier, fitter life in the meantime.  Although I took the whole exercise/fitness/weight idea extremely lightly at first, working with Kristin helped me to realize that there was a glimmer of hope for turning my body and life around.  When I began to take the workouts and advice seriously, Kristin and PPT were able to turn that glimmer of hope into a world of sunshine.  I now dare to look forward to the future with a fitter body and mind.  

That's outstanding!  How would you say your in-home PPT provider‎ helps you most?

What has helped me the most is that Kristin is my life coach as well as my fitness coach.  She has helped me with every single aspect of my life – and has expanded my horizons and enhanced my outlook on life.  Through her encouragement for achieving my exercise goals (both during and between sessions), my nutritional goals and my life goals – I am physically and mentally improved.  Eating habits and outside activities have enhanced the benefits from the regular exercise regimen – so I am achieving a total body and mind makeover.  We’re not there yet – but results so far are extremely encouraging.  

Do you have any message or advice for your peers who may be considering an in-home health and wellness program?
Advice would be for the prospective clients to give the PPT program a try – even if you have doubts about what you might be able to accomplish.  And don’t give up in the beginning, when things don’t move along as quickly as you hoped or expected – you’ll be amazed what a long-term commitment to your health and life can accomplish.  Finally, try to consider the program as a life change, not just exercise – nutrition and attitude are just as important as physical exercise in achieving long-term goals.

Thank you so much for your time and honesty, Jan!  We appreciate you and your telling your incredible story! Good luck to you always!

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

3 Easy Steps Toward Healthy Joints

While the topic of joint health & maintenance may sound like a mystery that we have little control over, the deep world of the health sciences has demonstrated that not only do we have great control over our joint mobility, but that solutions are simpler than most of us believe.

Below are three easy steps toward maintaining or improving joint health:

(3) Condition your joints & the muscles around them to maintain healthy ranges of motion.  

Think of it this way:

Every joint in your body has a norm when it comes to assessing its mobility.  Your Perfect Personal Trainer and our Client Support team are happy to show you those norms for each major joint.  Through strength and flexibility conditioning, we can assess each joint to determine whether it is moving normally or showing some limitations.  Limitations are easily corrected through a deeper level of exercise programming to achieve steady progress until that joint reaches its normal range of motion again.

(2) Keep your intake of joint-related vitamins & fatty acids appropriate for your body weight.

Calcium, omega-3's, vitamin D, glucosamine, MSM, and many other substances have been found to aid the joints either directly or indirectly.  By consuming the recommended dosages nutritionally, joints are likely be healthier, less painful, and to provide for longer-lasting, larger movements.  Best of all, a healthy, well-nourished joint can better support the body weight pushing onto it or pulling against it.  Even without appropriate exercise, the right nutrition choices in the right doses for you can aid the joints in what they naturally require.

(1) Consume the proper amount of water for your body weight and activity level.

We all have different hydration needs.

The heavier or more active we are, the more water intake the body requires.  Sodium intake, time in the sun or cold, caffeine and other factors also play a large role in determining the appropriate amounts of water that the body needs to be healthy and live a long life. Medical conditions and pharmaceuticals are also factors that increase or decrease that value.  By adhering to what your daily water needs likely are, you'll be more likely to provide for your joints and keep them healthy longer.  A dehydrated body has weaker joints, as well as weaker muscles and bones.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

5 Most Common Fitness Mistakes

Tired of exercising with minimal results?

Or, have you fallen victim to sore joints or muscle injuries as a result of exercise?

Below are five of the most common mistakes that are slowing down your progress!

#5:  Inaccurate cardiovascular conditioning

For the masses, cardio-respiratory conditioning is rarely handled accurately.  While the body improves from 20 or more minutes of moderate-to-high intensities on most days of the week, many people exercise either too intensely or too lightly, or for too short of periods.  Others simply don't meet the weekly requirements of four or more days per week.

Depending upon your health history, your body composition and lung capacity, your own required numbers for success may differ.  But, in general, your program should be written to incorporate the right frequency and durations, with varying intensity of approximately 60-85% of your capacity (less for beginners, more for the more advanced.)

#4:  Poor stretching habits

Muscular stretching is absolutely critical to your success, even if you're already flexible.  However, most aren't stretching for long enough periods, at the right intensities, or frequently enough to keep the joints and muscles limber and healthy.  Hold your stretches for at least 30 seconds, preferably longer, and be sure to incorporate all major muscles after every workout.  (There are far more recommendations that vary on an individual basis, and we're happy to show you just what's best for your body.)

#3:  Too little attention to back muscles

Perfect Personal Training is known for making tremendous change in our clients' physiques, and part of that involves paying the right attention to every muscle group.  Generally, back muscles are trained either too infrequently, too lightly, or both.  For others, only certain back muscles see appropriate training, whereas others see too little.

#2:  Short warm-ups

Warming up prior to exercise involves a slow, gradual increase of the heart rate from a comfortable resting point to an aggressive rate that will be sustained through exercise.  This change should transition slowly over at least 5-10 minutes (more for beginners or for those with poor fitness or health).  Additionally, the warm-up is BEST when it incorporates all major muscles and deep, smooth breathing,  Jumping into moderate-to-high-intensity work is not only dangerous, but it reduces your ability to train optimally.  Why close doors to success that you don't have to?

#1:  Muscle control

Conditioning the muscles is a critical part of life. Exercise your muscles with smooth, healthy movements.  Engage a full motion with every exercise and keep solid control over your musculature.  Pounding, high-impact movements generally don't belong in the muscular-conditioning phase of your exercise regimen, as muscles are better improved with cautious biomechanics.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

5 Ways To Maintain Healthy Movements

Healthy aging means more to us than minimizing prescription drug dependence.  At PPT, we consider healthy aging to mean sustained mobility, strong energy levels and pain-free day-to-day comfort.

After all, there are plenty of examples of those who maintain their independence well into their 90s, while many others lose their independence in their 60s or 70s - sometimes even sooner,

So, what are the secrets?  While lifestyle choices go well beyond the scope of this blog, we'd like to present five key ways to prevent mobility from slipping away over time:

  • Hip flexibility:  While its important to keep every muscle at its flexible norm, the hips are especially important to keep mobile.  Not only do they aid in our most important movements, but they're among the first muscles to truly suffer, generally due to prolonged sitting and limited range-of-motion when they do see use.  Your PPT professional should be testing and stretching these muscles at appropriate intervals to ensure they don't begin to decline.
  • Core strength:  The "core" muscles consist of the midsection - low back, lateral muscles, abdominals and hips.  When these muscles maintain their health, they prevent both balance problems as well as postural deficits.  These leads to a smaller likelihood of back problems, falls or reduced range of motion when walking or stair-climbing and even keeps the bones of the spinal column stronger. Your PPT provider uses your time with us to keep these muscles contracting appropriately and preventing atrophy that is common to aging.
  • Aerobic capacity:  This is the measure of your heart and lung maximal ability for work.  While aerobic capacity does show an inherent decrease with age, the rate at which this change takes place can be greatly minimized with the right program.  There are many specifics but in general, appropriate programs require five days/week of conditioning at ideal intensities and intervals.
  • Postural health:  Keeping the proper posture means more than "standing up straight".  The muscles that keep your posture need the right training to make their synergy be what its meant to be and to prevent knots and similar obstacles.  While there are many steps to this, achieving healthy posture makes for stronger body mechanics and improved mobility even in very advanced years.  Your PPT program should involve appropriate exercise decisions that correct imbalances and decrease likelihood for pain, tightness or atrophy.
  • Stride length:  Every one of the items above is a contributor to the length of your walking stride, as well as to the mechanics of your gait.  As your stride length decreases, so can the factors above, and vice versa.  It is helpful to have your stride length monitored annually (or more frequently if you're a senior citizen) to keep it long and strong and to prevent its shortening. 
We hope you find these five keys to maintaining healthy movements helpful!  There are many more details and personal specifics to be addressed with each of these, and we would love to help you gain a better understanding.  

Just call Client Services department at (877)698-3648 ext 7018 or reply to a PPT email to be forwarded to that department.  

Our team of exercise scientists and top fitness educators are always here to help!

Monday, March 14, 2016

3 Reasons Why You'll Look Amazing This Summer

You have every reason in the world to look and feel your best this summer!  
After all, you'll be traveling, perhaps by the water, doing physical things...

You'll see people you don't often see...

You'll be at major events....

You're sure to want more energy, right?
So, what's stopping you?

What's keeping you from burning off every undesired inch?

What's preventing you from having a strong posture, toned muscles and a ton of energy?

Before you come up with reasons why you can't, we're going to provide the three big reasons why you positively can:

#1.  You have access to some of the most knowledgeable exercise & health coaches in the industry!  
Your exercise time is precious!  Why waste a minute?  Make your time exercising as effective and as safe as possible with the combined power of your PPT personal fitness trainer and Perfect Personal Training's clinical team of degreed, accredited & certified experts.

#2.  It's not just the exercise itself, but your lifestyle that makes the difference:  This refers to more than just drinking water and trying to "move more".  PPT will create 20 or more tangible suggestions to keep your daily decisions nurturing your fitness goals between workouts, with the specifics that make the difference! 

#3.  With
 thousands of tremendous client successes under our belt, each success story boils down to one critical factor:  Meal planning!
Serious results sometimes involve more than just healthy eating and reducing portion size.  With added advantages such as nutrient timing, protein requirements, and specifics involving types of dietary fat and quantites of carbohydrates, you can give yourself the edge that you may need to get through to the next goal.

The choice is always yours, but if you're willing to learn more about a detailed PPT meal plan then your successes will absolutely soar - and you'll look & feel better than you probably ever have before.
Get the most out of your PPT fitness & wellness program!

Reach Client Services Director Val Fiott at (877)698-3648 ext 7018 to discuss any of these topics and to get the help you deserve.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Procrastination vs Eye on the Prize

There are those who can't wait to get closer to their goals.
And there are those who can't bring themselves to make their dreams a reality.

Let's face it:  We all have fitness or wellness goals that we'd like to achieve, don't we?  If you're already at an ideal body composition and weight, then you likely have other goals that you're working on:  Perhaps you're not getting the 5 days of recommended cardiovascular training each week, or your muscles aren't getting enough exercise volume to keep your bones, metabolism and joints healthy for the long run.  Or, perhaps nutrition is short on the recommendations for vegetable or protein intake.

Whatever your goal, it takes inspiration to make it come to fruition.  So the question is, are you inspired?

Procrastination is the result of viewing your exercise time as an unhappy, unexciting time, acute time. But, that's not really what it is, is it?  After all, each session you complete is another huge step forward!

Remember what your goals will lead to: For example, "I want to lose twenty pounds" just sounds like work... Boring work, frankly,  But that goal might really mean, "I want to have a better sex life and feel more confident." Or, "I want to build muscle" might be more about posture, confidence and energy than it is about the muscles themselves.

After all, we don't seek out fitness and wellness for the sake of themselves, but rather to use them as  keys to better quality living.

Think of the energy you can have each day.

Think of the calmness you'll feel when you're thinner, stronger and healthier all-around.

Imagine looking your best on the boat or when you're traveling this summer.

Maintain a level of  health that minimizes risk for hospitalization in older age

Make a promise to yourself to no longer think of your fitness sessions as "workouts", but rather as steps toward (insert your goal here)

So perhaps you're not just "trying to build muscle" anymore, you're improving metabolism and strengthening the heart & lungs

And, it's not just "weight loss" that you're really after, but a descreased risk for heart disease, arthritis & cardiovascular problems

Our actions can only be as strong as our intentions!  Remembering the big picture of what you're accomplishing is the key to enjoying your fitness program, staying the course, and building an inspiration to succeed.  Remember, you deserve the BEST life possible!  Invest in YOU and keep your eye on the prize!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

3 Easy Ways To Burn More Calories!

We all know how hard it can be to find time for exercise.

So, why waste a second of the time you can invest?

Our belief is simple:  Make the most of your exercise time, and don't miss opportunities to BURN MORE CALORIES!

#1.  Don't count.  Listen!  While it's always good to have a guide, the actual number of repetitions performed in strength training isn't as important as you might think.  Sometimes that "magic number" is higher than what the body really wants and sometimes it's too low.  Depending on your health and goals, we'll help you determine whether you should be exhausting your muscles for more calorie burning or stopping to move on to something more productive.

#2.  Manage your rest periods.  Not all rest is created equal.  While the body's systems need recovery, too much will damage your training and too little will prevent your next exercise from being as calorie-burning as it could be.  There are many parameters determining the time for adequate rest between muscle training sets or cardio intervals, and we'd love to apply them to your health and fitness plan.

#3.  Plan your meals effectively.  Not only will this keep off excess calories from food, but it will help you to burn more when you train.  Proteins, carbohydrates and fats all have roles to play in your exercise.  They'll do their jobs beautifully with the right intake.

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