Every Thursday at noon the Empower trainers have a weekly meeting to discuss various things that come up.
Today we took turns talking about our individual training philosophies. Everyone spoke about a typical week of exercise along with their goals. See below for a summary from five of our trainers at Empower Personal Training.
Matthew Alegre kicked things off by talking a little bit about his history. He’s been a self proclaimed “meat-head” for a long time. He talked about how he’s tried almost every method of training but now focuses on conjugate training method. He lifts hard and heavy three or four days per week with conditioning at the end of the workouts- high intensity interval training such as sled pushes, kickboxing, etc. Matt’s goal is to reach his genetic potential in strength and muscularity while having fun with the training process.
During my talk I highlighted my goals of being as big and strong as possible while keeping a good fitness level for various sports. I lift heavy twice a week, once focused on the lower body and the other focused on my upper body although there is definitely some overlap. A third day is dedicated to high intensity interval training and a fourth focused on low intensity cardio for fat burn. Weekends are left for recreational activities such as sports, hiking, or whatever may come up.
Tom Stafford then spoke about his current training regimen. He talked about the S.A.I.D. principle (specific adaptations to impose demands). Your body adapts to become better at what you do and he used the example of playing tennis with someone who jogs everyday and not used to the demands of running laterally. Tom talked about training the body in all three planes (frontal, sagittal, and transverse). From his words “I can’t run anymore so if a fight or flight situation comes up, I’m fighting.” It’s not uncommon for us to look up and see Tom twirling some of the weighted body bars around in a Tai Chi-esque manner.
Our resident triathlete and blogging ranter Mike Babbitt talked about exercise next. Mike also prefers not to plan things out too far in advance as he does not know how mentally prepared he will be from day to day. He spoke about hard work and attempting to give 100% in each workout. Experimentation is also an important part of training for Mike as he can become unmotivated if things get stale. I can testify from personal experience that Mike gives 100% during workouts because we have been exercising together once a week (look here).
Jamie finished things up. He jogs at least three days per week and plays flag football on the weekends. He also enjoys sprints and plyometrics with the goal of improving performance in basketball and football. As far as lifting Jamie works hard and tries to keep it fun and functional.
Five different trainers with five different goals with each having something interesting to say. Tom mentioned the S.A.I.D. principle and I think it is important to always have this in mind. If I wanted to train for a strongman competition you wouldn’t ever see me go for an intense 10 mile jog. On the other hand if I wanted to become a master martial artist you wouldn’t see me doing rounds of weight machines at a commercial gym- you would see me practicing the movements.
Most of our clients aren’t taking such extreme measures of training but each individual we see has their own goals and it’s our job to deliver a workout plan that not only focuses on those goals but to have some fun in the process.
Paul Piracci, CSCS Professional Trainer
Paul brings a background of athletics and education to the Empower team. He believes that wellness should be viewed as a blended lifestyle that balances nutrition, a healthy mind, and fitness which incorporates fun recreational activities. For more information about Empower Personal Training please call (919) 401-8024.