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Gain Without Pain

At Flemington Strength Studio, many of our clients have previously enlisted the help of a personal trainer and been dissatisfied with the result. The most common reason for their disappointing outcome is that their trainer “pushed too hard” and “just didn’t listen”. That’s unfortunate because personal training, when delivered correctly, can deliver exceptional returns.

Personal trainers are not immune to the pressures of society. The stereotype would have us believe that as trainers we must shout, yell and scream at our clients and deliberately push limits that otherwise would have been respected. While some in the industry may be happy to support such an image, it’s not something that we condone. Limits exist to be respected, they are the body’s way of controlling stress. Deliberately and consistently ignoring warning signs can lead to injury, illness and lack of motivation.

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In order to improve, the body must be exposed to stress. Physical activity is stress and stress needs to be carefully managed in order to produce the desired outcome. The appropriate stress stimuli will result in a positive form of stress called eustress. Excessive stress stimuli will result in a negative form of stress called distress. By paying close attention to a clients reaction to exercise, a trainer can gauge the appropriate amount of stimulus needed to produce eustress. Failing to recognise early warning signs results in clients being pushed beyond their limits, at which point their training becomes counter-productive.Personal Training Flemington, Kensington, Ascot Vale

I’m not suggesting that personal training shouldn’t be hard work, challenging and at times uncomfortable but the notion of “NO PAIN, NO GAIN” just doesn’t fit with our philosophy. One of my earliest mentors taught me that in order to progress the body must be stimulated, not obliterated. It is this concept that allows us to keep our clients in a sate of eustress, thereby promoting a gradual and continuous rate of progress.

Personal Training Flemington, Kensington, Ascot Vale

“No pain no gain?” We prefer “Stimulate, don’t obliterate”.


Why Is The World Getting Fatter?

In a world dominated by diets, low fat food and fitness crazes it seems odd that the population is getting fatter. Could it be that we’re missing something? Read on and I’ll give you my take on the situation.

The missing piece of the puzzle, I believe, is “nutrient density”. Our diet is becoming less nutrient dense as we consume more processed food. Our body requires food to do to two things – to move and to repair/adapt.

The moving part isn’t hard to explain. We eat calories which get metabolised and used as fuel for movement. If we move enough we’ll burn all the fuel – simple. If we don’t move enough and don’t burn the fuel it will be stored as fat – also simple. If you don’t move enough you are more than welcome to visit me for some personal training in Flemington, Melbourne – www.flemingtonstrengthstudio.com.au – I have ways to get you moving!

The adaptation part is actually pretty easy to explain too. I believe the body is driven to consume food not only when energy is required, but also when nutrients are required. Our cells are in a state of constant adaptation. If the food we eat doesn’t contain the required nutrients to satisfy cellular demand, our hormonal system drives us to consume more. By providing all the necessary nutrients, we allow the cells to communicate to our hormones that we’ve had enough to eat – thereby self regulating appetite.

No calorie counting required, no diet needed. If we consume nutrient dense foods, we have no need for diets as our body will tell us when we’ve had enough.

So what is a nutrient dense food? Look to nature. Most foods provided by nature are nutrient dense. Vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, rice, fruit – all simple foods packed with nutrients. I give my clients a general guideline of “lots of fibre, protein and water and don’t be scared of fat as found in nature”. That usually does the trick unless the metabolism has been damaged – and that’s where it gets tricky!

FishGet lean, get strong!

The 7 Secrets to Reducing Body Fat – Secret 1

Eat More!

Many people are convinced they need to eat less to reduce body fat, but this is sometimes not the case. It is true that an excess of calories will result in the accumulation of body fat, but reducing calories can have the same effect.
Body Fat

Restricted calorie diets assume that an excess of calories causes fat accumulation. Obesity can be the result of a hormonal imbalance, not necessarily overeating. The ‘calories in vs. calories out’ theory has serious flaws. Our fat metabolism system does not decide to burn fat based solely on the number of calories we consume, it makes the decision based on the hormones those calories trigger. “Naturally skinny” people have a hormonal profile geared toward fat burning. These individuals can eat whatever they like and not accumulate body fat. This is the hormonal profile we all strive to achieve.

When calories are restricted, the body slows down its metabolic processes to save energy. If the metabolic rate is too low, the body devotes all of its available energy to maintenance and repair, rather than muscle growth. This is less than ideal as muscle growth is one of your most powerful tools for optimal body composition.  If you need help please drop in to my Flemington personal training studio (www.flemingtonstrengthstudio.com.au) where I’ll be happy to show you how to build the muscle that will burn the fat!

Everything you consume has hormonal consequences.
For example, processed foods upset the delicate hormonal balance needed to build muscle and burn fat, and instead cause an inflammatory stress reaction. The body will not build muscle or burn fat for energy in times of stress. Nor will it effectively assimilate nutrients if the digestive tract is in a state of inflammation. Our digestive system, muscle tissue and fat tissue are constantly communicating with our nervous system via our hormones. It is imperative that the digestive system is free from inflammation and that the foods we eat trigger the desired hormonal response.
Further, processed foods are toxic, and the accumulation of toxins in the body enlarges fat cells.

Supporting the natural detoxification system will allow your body to thrive, not just survive. So called “detox kits” are not the answer as these kits can pull toxins out of the fat cells, where they cause little harm, and deposit them in to the blood stream. This sudden increase in toxicity will over-burden your natural detoxification system. The human body is in a constant state of detoxification and with enough water, fibre and nutrients it’ll do just fine on its own!

As you can see from the information provided above, obesity is not the problem – it is the solution! Your body is attempting to neutralise the threat caused by the wrong foods by moving toxins and excess energy to fat cells for storage. The body is trying to save your organs from dealing with the toxins, and obesity is the by-product of storing excess energy for times when food is not available. In today’s developed world, food is so abundant that the saved energy is never required, resulting in a perpetual weight gain.

So if you’ve been on a resticted calorie diet and haven’t seen the results you expected try eating more. What should you be eating more of? Simply eat more, and only, natural foods in their natural state. If it’s made by man, you probably shouldn’t eat it!