Monday, September 29, 2014

How Healthy Is Your Nutrition?

"I eat healthy."

It's a common quote from many Americans with great intentions.  But, how do you know if your nutritive decisions are really what your body needs each day, and not working against you?

Our team want you to be your healthiest!  The nutritionists and health coaches at Perfect Personal Training have come up with the five most important questions to ask yourself when determining the health value of your dietary decisions:

1.  Are you consuming appropriate proteins?  Every body needs protein throughout the day, and everyone's needs are unique based on body weight, body composition, activities, medical concerns and other factors.  Most Americans consume either far too much or far too little protein, creating problems for their metabolism, strength, energy levels, and body composition (fat to muscle ratio).

2.  Are you eating organic?  Organic foods are always important for better health and reduced exposure to toxins.  They are especially important when the type of food you're eating does not contain some sort of shell or outer layer that is not eaten.  For example, if you're buying bananas or nuts, it's helpful to buy organic.  But it's even more critical when you're buying something like milk, which you consume directly and with no outer barrier.

3.  Is your fat intake appropriate for your weight?  For decades, people generally selected low-fat foods in the hopes that this would reduce their own body's fat stores.  This strategy was good for some and bad for others.  Over the past two decades, the tide has turned to minimize carbohydrate intake and emphasize healthy fats, sometimes leading to overconsumption.  While it is healthy to consume the right kinds of dietary fat with each meal or snack, getting the right amount is equally important.

4.  Are you consuming anti-inflammatory foods?  Let's face it:  Inflammation is well within us.  Our bodies produce inflammatory responses to help protect us, but the end result also elevates our risks for diseases such as cancer, stroke and heart attack.  An anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle go a long way in reducing systemic inflammation and keeping us healthier and living longer, more productive lives.

5.  Are you consuming the right amounts of fruits and vegetables?  Studies continue to show that most are just not getting the recommended number of servings per day of these important foods.  Depending upon your age, gender and activity level, you likely need between four and seven servings per day to truly give your body what it needs for "brain food", energy levels, heart health, joint health, and much more.

Have you not yet begun your own personalized fitness and wellness journey?  You don't need a home gym or a fitness center to get top-notch fitness and wellness leadership from PPT.  Visit us at to learn more and request your free consultation.  Our team of degreed, top-certified professionals are unparalleled in their expertise and look forward to helping you!

(877)698-3648 : Perfect Personal Training, LLC

Sunday, September 21, 2014

3 Big Reasons You're Not Losing Fat

Bodyfat loss isn't nearly as mysterious as we often think it is.

99 times out of 100, those who "can't lose weight" aren't suffering from serious medical or hormonal issues that are serving as obstacles. Rather, they don't have the right exercise prescription and meal planning taking place.

The team of fitness science experts and health coaches at Perfect Personal Training are working around the clock to deliver you the most cutting-edge weight management tools and strategies for safer, smoother fat loss and wellness.  Below are the THREE MOST COMMON REASONS that our research shows for arrested weight loss:

#1.  Your exercise's "FITT" principles aren't ideal:  FITT stands for the frequency, intensity, time and type of your exercise selections.  When you're performing cardio exercise, its FITT principles need to be ideal.  The same goes for strength training, stretching, etc.  Without these key specifics, your body has very little reason to shed the excess pounds.  "Hard work", on its own, just won't do the trick for long.
#2.  Your protein and fat needs aren't aligning with your bodyweight and exercise levels.  While many Americans report eating the right quantity of total proteins and fats each day, it is rare that these are well-timed and combined properly.  For example, you may accurately determine that your body needs 400 calories from protein per day to grow muscle and build a healthy metabolism.  But, if those calories come predominantly from just one or two meals, then you're missing out on a great opportunity to burn more bodyfat and take better care of those valuable muscles!

#3.  And, your exercise program needs to involve a truly fat-burning plan of action, with heart-rate spikes, varying intervals and different training strategies when appropriate for your fitness and progression.  While many people gravitate toward the exercises that they enjoy and simply focus on general higher-intensity work, there are many more variables to consider when putting together a fitness strategy for safe but rapid fat loss.  Not yet a PPT client?  Be sure to request your free in-home consultation and fitness screening with a Perfect Personal Trainer by visiting  Are you already a client but not quite where you wish to be?  Reach out to Client Services Director Val Fiott at (877)698-3648 ext 7018, and he'll be happy to help insure your success in your PPT program.

Have a Safe and Healthy New Week!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Top 5 Ways To Avoid Injuries

Exercise is the most important way to prevent injuries in your day-to-day. When performed properly and with a progressive plan, you'll strengthen joints, bones and muscles to perform better and adapt to different environments and stressors. You'll even preserve your metabolism and mobility well into your golden years.

However, not all exercise plans are created (nor implemented) safely, and some exercise itself can cause injury if the right decisions aren't being made. Below are our top five ways to avoid painful & costly injuries both in and out of the exercise room:

Warm Up Step 11.jpg#5:  Warm up properly.  Aside from avoiding EKG abnormalities, a smooth and gradual warmup prior to exercise will go a long way in preventing muscle and joint injuries such as sprains, strains and tears.  Gradually bring your heart rate and breathing rate up from a resting level to an exercise level (a Perfect Personal Trainer will help you determine) over 5-15 minutes (depending upon your medical history) using all of your major muscles.  Move from small ranges of motion to larger ones, and from light movements to more intense.

  #4: Select the right shoes.  It's important to spread impact throughout the foot, as opposed to localizing it into one place. Equally important is the idea of changing shoes about every 300-500 miles, even if you're not a runner. Even when you're not exercising, your footwear has a lot to do with your joint health, especially throughout the legs and spine. 

"You should look for a running shoe that isn't too high in the heel, or try a walking shoe, cross trainer or tennis shoe," suggests Price. By helping spread the impact to the whole foot, you'll prevent problems like plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, anterior compartment syndrome (a compression in the front of the ankle), lateral compression syndrome (a compression at the side of the ankle) and bunions. - See more at:
"You should look for a running shoe that isn't too high in the heel, or try a walking shoe, cross trainer or tennis shoe," suggests Price. By helping spread the impact to the whole foot, you'll prevent problems like plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, anterior compartment syndrome (a compression in the front of the ankle), lateral compression syndrome (a compression at the side of the ankle) and bunions. - See more at:

#3:  Relax your neck.  When exercising your upper body, keep your focus on the muscles you are conditioning, as opposed to the muscles in and surrounding your neck.  A loose, relaxed neck area is critical during shoulder exercises such as overhead press, lateral raise, or scaptions, and is also important during push-ups, rowing, and similar exercises for the upper body.  Be mindful of where your focus and stress are kept to prevent agonizing neck problems and poor biomechanics.

.#2:  Prevent back trauma.  Back injuries, in general, are triggered easily but are just as preventable:  Having
a solid, progressive, and well-planned core-exercise program will strengthen your spine (both the vertebrae and the muscles themselves) and reduce the risk of overuse or imbalance.  Squatting, stair-climbing, lunging, and other exercises that sometimes create problems for the low back are far less likely to do so if your core training is appropriate, and changes with your changing lifestyle.  Be sure to stretch daily and keep your daily movements sound as well, even when not exercising.

#1:  Minimize impact.  Exercise should be far from painful, and pushing through painful movements won't only be detrimental to your body - it'll probably slow your fitness progress down due to reduced ability.  Play it smart and reduce risk for arthritis and stress fractures by minimizing or avoiding impact activities.  Consider trading in running for low-impact exercises, replacing jumping jacks with walking jacks, and lessening the pounding created in boxing and kicking exercises.  You can keep you pulse rate in the appropriate zone even without the high impact (just as a Perfect Personal Trainer to help you).  Safer, smoother movements will generally minimize unhealthy stressors and prevent bone fractures as well as joint damage.

The information herein is general, and different recommendations will apply to different aspects of your health & fitness conditioning throughout varying phases of your program.  

Contact PPT today with questions or concerns about your own progressive fitness & wellness plan!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Five Simple Tests For Long-Term Wellness

Fitness testing is the pinnacle of every Perfect Personal Training program:  It warns us of impending health problems that you might not feel or see, and lets us compare to what's normal for long-term health.

Below are just five of the many clinical fitness tests which help us to identify risks and implement the necessary changes:

Body Composition:  Gaining weight and losing weight never really tells the story of what's happening with your actual fat mass.  Body composition (or body fat testing) does! 

Decades of research tell us where your body fat percentage should be for long-term cardiorespiratory health, and this test is an excellent predictor of health outcomes.

Pushup Test:  This test is more important than it may seem, as it provides indicators of muscle imbalances, core weakness, standing balance deficits, and joint problems in the shoulders, wrists and elbows.  Those with poor scores on the pushup test are more likely to lose upper body mobility throughout the years, and are more prone to shoulder and back pain.

Apley's BackScratch Test:  This is a flexibility test administered to determine several factors associated with shoulder health and stability, as well as scapular placement and movement.  If your shoulders and scapulae aren't quite working properly, then this test will provide insight as to corrective measures so you don't lose mobiliy or comfort as you age.

Step-Tests & Walking-Tests: While there are many different versions of each Step-test and Walking-test, the goal is always the same:  Determine risk of cardiovascular disease by assessing the comparative strength of the heart and lungs.  By comparing these results to statistically-sound data, we're able to predict your liklihood for disorders relating to heart disease.

Passive Straight-Leg Raise:  Hip and knee problems can often be attributed to problematic muscles surrounding them.  This test assesses the flexibility of the hamstring muscles (back of upper thigh) and allows us to compare to healthy norms based on the muscles' performances.  Poor scores generally lead to back pain, reduced gait, balance issues and other movement disorders if left untreated by your PPT professional.

See how you score on these tests and many others!  Visit to request your free consultation & health/risk assessment with a Perfect Personal Trainer.