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I Return to Thailand to Pursue a Lifelong Dream – Competing in Muay Thai in Thailand (Pt5)

(Entry # 5) I have never felt this old

I had an epiphany this morning. I realized why old people are always so ornery. Other than the fact that they must get annoyed watching young people doing stupid things, they are most likely experiencing some sort of pain in their body. The more they try to live amongst the young and do young people things, the more pain they are probably experiencing. I hurt in places I did not even know I had.

To say that I am sore from yesterday's training session would be an understatement of monumental proportions. When I went to bed last night, I could not find a comfortable enough position to get to sleep. I thought about walking down to the Family Mart and buying some ibuprofen, but that would have meant walking up a flight of stairs. Needless to say, it was another night of little sleep. I think I watched every Muay Thai documentary on the web though, so it was not all a waste.

When the sun came up, I was able to muster the energy to get out of bed, and my Muay Thai high, got my blood flowing enough to make it to another session. I call it a Muay Thai high, because there is something about it that touches my heart in a way few other things could. I love Muay Thai. I love being around it. I love hearing it, watching it, and nothing makes me feel more alive than getting punched in my face.

I was definitely moving a little slow during the run to start class. There were a couple of ten year-old Thai kids from the competition team that were out on a run as well. They would run past me, then, when they got out of sight of the trainers, they would walk so I would pass them. As we came back around where the trainers were, they would run past me so the trainers would yell at me for getting passed up by little kids. They got a good laugh out of it.

After warm up, I got paired up with the Goliath-sized German for drilling. Similarly, his name is Mustafa, not Lucifer as I wrote yesterday. He is just that big that I could not hear what he said way down where my ears are. He is a good partner to drill with though. I got chatting with him a bit. It sounds like we are going to be here about the same amount of time, so we will be seeing a lot of each other.

We also got paired up together for sparring. It was clinching sparring today, so it's all inside work. He was a strong as he looked. I just had a lot more experience than he in clinching. The rounds would go like this. He would move in with strength, and I could get angles and score on him. Then I would get tired, and he would brute strength me, and rag doll me until the end of the round. All three rounds went pretty much the same way. If it were a fight, I hopefully could have finished it early, because if not, he would have kneed me into next week.

During pad rounds, I got to work with a trainer I had never worked with before, but had always wanted to. He looks like a curmudgeonly old man, but he is strong as an ox. I have seen him hold pads for giants, and they can not move him. He pushes you beyond your limits. I've seen him knock the piss out of Thais when he is training them. He accepts nothing than your best. He pushed me to the brink of puking today. I literally had to stop the round and go dry heave over the wall. When this happens, all of the other trainers give props to the trainer that made the 'Farang' puke. I could see them all over my shoulder giving him thumbs up. Aside from that, the rounds went amazing. When I came back after puking, I had a burst of energy that I finished the round with some of the best Muay Thai I have ever done.

I'm super sore again today, and am headed to get a Thai massage. Without them, I do not think I could make it through this. They are my slice of heaven in a week that feels like hell. Aside from Muay Thai, Thai massages are the thing I miss most about Thailand when I am in the states. I have been to a few massage places that claim they do Thai massage, but it has always ended up being like going to McDonalds for good Thai food.

The lady at the chicken hut stopped me on my way back from training. She invited me to go to a Buddhist funeral next Tuesday morning very early, and then asked if I would help her feed the monks when they came to bless her chicken hut the following day. Almost a lot of them come, and she wants to make sure they are all well taken care of. I'm pretty excited to be included in something so important to her.

Next Thursday is Songkram, the Thai New Year. Here is a little information about it. http://songkranday.com/songkran-2017-dates-when-is-songkran-2017/

Basically it is a nationwide water fight. Tiger is closed that day, and everyone will be squirting each other with squirt guns or lobbing water balloons. Everyone around here is super excited for it. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Day 2 of training in the books.

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I Return to Thailand to Pursue a Lifelong Dream – Competing in Muay Thai in Thailand (Pt6)

(Entry # 6) They broke my spirit, but just for a minute

You get used to the routine of things at Tiger Muay Thai. You know what to expect, and when to expect it, because, if anything, they are consistent … usually.

Today our trainer thread a wrench at us.

A typical class goes like this:

20 Minutes Running

10 Minutes Stretching / Shadow Spar

15 Minutes Technique (Drilling combos with a partner that the Trainer shows you

Put on Glub hand lap (Gloves and hand wraps)

Three 3-Minute Rounds on Thai Pads with Trainers

Three 3-Minute Rounds on Heavy Bags

3 5-Minute Rounds of Sparring, changing partner each round

15 Minutes Conditioning

300 Push-ups / 300 Sit-ups

10 Minutes Stretching

The classes are roughly 2 hours long.

Usually, you could set your watch by this schedule.

Today, we pretty much did everything the same, except they scrambled it up. Thai pad rounds were at the end. I had nothing left in the tank when they got here. I spent most of the time puking.

Sparring did not go much better. I had an awesome 1st round with Mustafa. He's just a great match for me. He is much bigger than I, and his Muay Thai is on point. He's got great control though, and a great attitude.

2nd round, I went with Ash. His Muay Thai is probably the best in the class. He's a little smaller than I am, but holds his own. He's another great kid, with a great attitude. He is super fun to spar with.

The third round, I went with the guy that was without question, the least skilled fighter in the class, and he is pretty small. I just had absolutely nothing left by the time I got to him. It was a particularly hot day, and I really struggled just to get through the round. He obviously has a Tae Kwon Do background because he had a lot of kicks coming from everywhere, and zero boxing skills. It got to the point, however, that it was more taxing to block his kicks, then to just let him land them. He was snapping them back like a karate stylist, so I just resigned to let him kick me rather than mount any sort of offense or defense. Every now and then, I would throw something back, just to keep him honest, but I pretty much acted like a punching bag for him. It was easily the worst round of sparring I have had since coming here.

After Thai pad rounds were over, I was able to get a bit of a second wind, and did conditioning with the group, but I felt guilty for not doing my pad rounds.

In the past, I would be beating myself up right now over it. I am obsessive, compulsive, so things like this just eat at me. I have been coming down here long enough to know that a bad day of training, is usually followed by an amazing one. If anything, I am excited for tomorrow, because I know it is going to rock!

I am moving a little bit better today than yesterday. Not quite as sore, but then again, I did not do quite as much this morning. I was going to go to the beach this afternoon, but it looks like rain all day … no bueno! I might go anyway, just to get out of my hotel room for a change.

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Finding A Reliable Personal Trainer To Help You Achieve Your Goals

To reach your fitness goals, one of the most important decisions that you need to make is whether you should train yourself or get the services of a personal trainer. Most people have found success with each option. However, if you are still undecided on this matter, here are a few benefits of personal training that you should know which should help you make an informed choice. Since you can already find plenty of information about diet and exercise and even download apps related to both, you may decide to just train by yourself.

However, the downside of having such information available is that you can feel overwhelmed. Sometimes, the information you find may conflict with one another. Plus, some of the information you gather may not be exactly be suitable for you as these may be geared for advanced exercisers or they simply do not account for your unique needs and circumstance. With the help of a personal trainer, you can attain faster results because he or she will tailor an exercise program based on your goals, current skill and fitness level, as well as other factors like your time.

If you have practically zero experience in exercising, you might scratch your head the minute you enter the gym. A good majority of injuries can be attributed to the improper use of equipment as well as improper technique. With a personal trainer beside you in your journey towards improved fitness, you can minimize the chances of getting injured because you have someone who can check your form.

Furthermore, through proper exercise programming, you are most likely to avoid injuries related to overtraining some body parts. When you are just starting out, you will make substantial gains in your fitness level. However, the more advanced you become, the more likely that you will see such gains trickle in. If you are convinced that personal training is the best option for you, you should learn how to hire a personal trainer.

When you hire a fitness trainer, you should be willing to follow what your exercise program demands of you. Whether you want to lose weight or improve your athletic performance or simply look good, you have to temper your expectations with reality.

And lastly, a good personal trainer is not just a cheerleader. He or she can also be your critic. If you are open to suggestions and are ready and willing to listen to feedback, you can take your fitness to a different level and be able to reach your fitness goals in no time.

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Common Factors Individuals Neglect When Choosing Personal Training Programs

A lot of individuals these days are looking for ways to help them improve their looks and health. That is why, more and more individuals visit gyms and search for personal training programs. But, some individuals neglect some factors which can affect their needs. To avoid this, below are some of the factors individuals that neglect you need to be aware of.

Thinking that all programs are the same

One of the most common factors that individuals neglect when choosing personal training programs is they usually think that all programs are the same. Of course, individuals have friends or relatives who visit gyms in order to become fit and healthy. Sadly, some individuals think that the programs that they make use of can provide them with the same benefits they obtain. Unfortunately, individuals have different needs when training. So, it is important to consult trainers in order to find the right training program for them.

Neglecting instructors' accreditation

The next factor that individuals neglect with regard to programs is they forget the instructors' accreditation. Like any other professionals, trainers need to complete courses in order to gain certificates. Sadly, some individuals forget to check their accreditation when opting for their service. Because of this, there are cases when results that they want can not be obtained which can result in more expensive solutions. Therefore, before opting for training programs, individuals need to make sure that they work with reliable trainers.

Forgetting to check training equipment

Another factor that individuals commonly neglect when opting for training programs is that they forget to assess training equipment. When training, there are programs wherein individuals do not use training equipment. However, to obtain better results, using fitness equipment is important. Thus, check trainers if they have the best equipment to help you achieve your fitness and health goals easily.

Failing to ask other health services

Finally, there are also some individuals who fail to check health services included in training programs. Most individuals think that personal trainers only help them to become fit. However, reliable trainers who provide effective training programs can also offer their clients with complimentary guidance nutrition. This is important to help individuals maintain better fitness. This nutritional guide can also help individuals to lose weight easily and safely. Plus, these diet plans can also help individuals achieve their goals easily.

These are only some of the factors individuals neglecting while personal training programs.

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5 Tips To Hire The Right Personal Trainer

Not all personal trainers are good. Some trainers are good while others are not-so-good. If you have made your mind to hire a good personal trainer, know that this decision can change your life. So, it's not a good idea to hire one without thinking. The tips given below can help you hire the best personal trainer. Read on.

1. Get references

Making your decision based on the reviews posted on the blogs of personal trainers is not a good idea. Instead, what you need to do is ask the trainers to give you the contact details of at least two clients they served in the past. Do not just rely on the pictures and testimonials as they may be fake. Make sure that you go with a trainer who is honest, qualified and experienced.

2. Do not take your credit card with you

You may not want to keep a credit card in your pocket when making the final decision. This will help you avoid making any rash or emotional decision and you will not regret later on. Actually, the thing is that gyms of today have become a lot better at convincing potential clients to sign up.

This decision should not be made in haste. A good personal trainer may change your lifestyle. You may want to consider all your options before using your credit card to make payment. You can find a good personal trainer through word of mouth or by visiting your nearby gyms.

3. Convenience

While it is worth traveling long distances for a good trainer, you may want to consider your convenience as well. If you are a beginner, we suggest that you spend at least 30 days seeing your trainer for two to three times per week. This will help you establish your base and develop good habits. If you do not want to meet your trainer many times in a week, we suggest that you do not think about a lot about their location.

4. Be skeptical

If a trainer wants to sell you something on behalf of a company, you should be a skeptical. In gyms, multi-tier schemes of marketing are all the rage. Mostly, the supplements are overpriced and low quality.

5. Budget

Keep in mind that the services of a good personal trainer are invaluable. The service charges of a professional may vary. The lowest service charges can be $ 25 per hour. Location is an important factor that can help you determine the service fees.

A specialist trainer is high in demand; therefore, they will charge you more. Aside from this, if you have a compulsion, you may have to pay a bit more and hire the right trainer. The fees of the professional also depend upon their experience. Moreover, if you already have a little bit experience, you can go with a less experienced personal trainer. Make sure you search for a pro who knows what coaching is all about.

So, if you have been looking for a good personal trainer, these tips may help you.

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How to Avoid the Worst Personal Trainers and Train With the Best

Although most personal trainers will be well qualified and able to help you out, there will be some who see it as an easy job and are more interested in meeting people than helping them get fit. To make sure you only work with someone who has your best interest at heart, here are some tips to help you weed out the less than desirable ones. If you want a trainer who is dedicated, well-trained and able to build a good relationship, ask yourself “do they care” and if you can say yes, then start your sessions.

How to Know Who to Choose

  • Are they vain? They should be watching what you do not look at themselves in the mirror. If you are the focus of attention then you will be fine.
  • Do you feel inspired? If you want to hear their advice and act upon it then you should be fine. If he looks like he works out and eats well, then he knows what he is talking about.
  • Do you feel like you are spending time with a friend when you meet? If this is the case it will be hard to get the most from the session. You are there for a purpose and that is to get fit not have a chat.

While all items in the gym will be useful for some, there are certain pieces that have no place in the program of a personal trainer. The treadmill may be great for cardio work, but you can do that at another stage, not while you are paying someone to train you. You should get everything you can from the trainer and if you are exercising without their input you do not really need them.

Track Your Progress

In each session, you should have shown your progress. If this does not happen, how do you know if they are helping you? If it is too much trouble for your personal trainer to keep a record for you, can you trust them? You are not going to know if you are improving and they can not have much confidence in their own ability. When you come in, you should be working from start to finish. The first thing should be the discussion about the day's session, and what you will do. If they have not got a plan, then what are you paying them for? The plan should be detailed – even determining when you have a rest.

The Extras

A personal trainer should not just be looking at the time you spend together. It may help them financially to keep you tied to them, but they should be looking at helping you after the sessions have finished. If you are working with someone who is planning an exit strategy once you near your goal, ditch them. You want someone to steer you to the right path and help you stay there. This does not mean you always should stay with them, just that they should help you fly not push you off the branch.

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Fitness Training Services That Are Gaining Popularity Amongst All Strata of People

In today's world the food that rules are mostly fast food or junk food. People are usually too busy to cook at home or sit down for a home cooked meal. Everyone is running to keep up with their hectic schedule and there is either no time for cooking or no time for sitting down to have a decent meal. It is far easier to just grab a hot dog or a sandwich on the way to work or in the office cafeteria rather than spend some extra time to sit down at home and eat. Therefore, one of the many health hazards that doctors of the modern times are facing is the menace of obesity. It strikes before people even realize it and once they do they crave to get their perfect bodies back or dream of attaining a perfect body. For these, there are many diet plans that are popular among diverse strata of people but then a diet seldom works if it is not accompanied by fitness training. Leading a sedentary lifestyle and dieting never make one lose weight and soon people get frustrated. Here it is important for people to enroll in a perfect fitness program suited for their lifestyle and body types.

Therefore various fitness training service is gaining popularity as more and more people are becoming conscious of the fitness factor. In order to serve their individualized fitness and health requirements, people prefer to hire a personalized trainer who would work with them exclusively to work on their weight loss goals. It becomes a problem when many customers dream of an instant result and they think that a tailor made fitness program can help them to shed the extra weight in a matter of days. It is important to understand before enrolling in a fitness program that how the body works and what are the exercise options available for a particular body and health type. Not everyone can run a marathon in the name of a fitness program and it is very important for people to understand their limits before they start hitting the gym. A healthy body has become the dream of many no doubt but then there is no miracle cure for the years of negligence and it will take time for the body to get used to the new diet and fitness regime. It is also important to remember that one without the other is incomplete and will never work if someone is looking for an overall healthy body.

The fitness training service has recently started booming as more and more people are becoming clients of the various weight loss programs. These programs have multiple faceted benefits and if one sticks to the instructions about diet and exercise then it is not long before they will start noticing a positive change in their body and internal health. They will start feeling the changes which will bring about a positive overall feel. If someone sticks to the specific exercises suiting their needs and body type then it is not long before that they start to experience the highs of a good fitness program and the benefits of a healthy diet plan. There are different weight loss strategies that the fitness centers resort to so that the clients can experience both the pleasure of exercise and can adjust to the changed lifestyle choices that form an essential part of a good fitness program.

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What Are the Benefits of Online Personal Training?

In recent years major technological advances have been made to the point that personal training services can be delivered effectively and successfully online. Whilst traditional '1 to 1' training still has it's place, online will soon be the 'go to' solution for most busy people.

Below are some of the many reasons why online personal training is fast becoming the top choice for so many gym goers and none gym goers: –

It's extremely Cost Effective:

If you compare the cost of traditional '1 to 1' training to online training the difference is undeniable. Often a Gym based personal trainer will charge more for a one hour session than they would for a full month's training online. How is it possible for the online trainer to make a living you may ask? The answer is two fold. Firstly the online trainer has no fixed overheads such as travel costs, and gym fees (gym's take a large percentage of all gym based PT's income, so they have to charge the client more). Secondly, a well organized and efficient online PT can significantly reduce wasted 'downtime' via high level semi automated systems, meaning their time can be sent only on what matters – the client. In turn, the cost saving can be passed onto the client giving a 'win / win' situation.

If you do the maths the cost difference between the two methods of training is huge. Based on an average cost of £ 50 for a one hour '1 to 1' session, a yearly outgoing could be: –

* 2 x 50 = £ 100 Per week (based on the two sessions per week most personal trainers recommend as a minimum).

* £ 100 x 52 = £ 5,200 per year!

That is a big amount of money, and almost 10 times as much as most online personal training will cost. Also, if you miss a session you're still going to have to pay with the conventional method of '1 to 1' training.

Wider choice of trainer:

When choosing a PT you are usually limited to the trainer at your gym who is available. With online personal training you get to pick the best trainer for your needs, whether they live next door or across the ocean. Online personal training is a competitive market, so as a customer you stand to benefit from the competition that will drive online trainers to constantly improve the service they offer. Every year online fitness courses get better, offering the client new and inventive ways to enjoyable improve their health and fitness.

Time and location are not relevant:

When using an online fitness trainer you have complete control and freedom over your routine. You can workout at any time, night or day, as long as the work gets done. You can also workout anywhere, whether that be in a gym, at home, in a park or in your office. Your PT is there to work for you and with you, so that will develop a plan that works for you. Online training allows you to have your workout schedule, diet plan and motivation right in the palm of you hand on your mobile phone app.

Comprehensive email support:

This is often not taken advantage of when training with a trainer face-to-face. Continuous assessment and accountability have a large role to play in any training plan and good online training can provide this. You would also receive access to thorough exercise tutorials and videos on the correct way to being performing exercises – which can be performed and perfected without pressure and unwanted attention.

Motivation and Accountability:

While online training may sometimes involve more self-motivation, your online trainer is just a button click away. Your online trainer will also be messaging you on a regular basis to check in on your progress, answer your questions and make sure that you are completing your workouts.

One downfall sometimes associated with online training is the safety factor. Whilst it is true that online training is probably best tailor to people with at least a basic knowledge of exercises, there are still lots of options for the online trainer to utilize. They can provide custom exercise videos and concise instructions on how to do a specific exercise or workout. Also, if all else fails, the client can always message them with questions if unsure of anything. With online personal training you'll have support and fitness advice throughout, and all conveniently controlled from you mobile photo or device.

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The Right Trainer

Having the right trainer can be the most amazing experience of someone's life. Having the wrong trainer can be the most devastating experience.

Many people spend countless hours researching the purchase of a car, house or even a cellphone, so should not the same time and research go into finding a professional trainer to help you care for your most valuable asset – your body.

Personal training does not come in a one-size-fits-all model. It's personal. Every individual is a unique creation of body type, mind, lifestyle, background, tastes, strengths and challenges.

So, we can not all be, or do, the same things.

The right personal trainer will create a program unique for you, because fitness is not a commodity for sale, it's a lifestyle. And any trainer who would focus on the hard sell and not your well-being likely is not the trainer for you. I interview my clients and they interview me.

My practice is based on the belief that I can make your life better and healthier with my approach and your attitude. My clients determine if my methods fit with their personality and goals.

Together, we determine the overall results we can achieve. Whether we are speaking about one-on-one or online clients, working together on an individual plan is the only real way to achieve long-term success.

Here are some key points that should be raised in an interview with any personal trainer:

(1) Body type – You need to know your body and discover how you would be directed to treat your body (which includes nourishment and rest).

(2) Health history – Injuries, surgeries, illnesses, medications.Milestones – Check measurements, blood, blood pressure.

(3) Accountability – On both ends and find out if it will be put in writing.

(4) Cordiality and comfort – You are going to be connected to your trainer for a long time, so you need to be comfortable right off the bat, a sixth sense kind of comfortable. Turn on your meeting someone new radar. Listen, observe and ask questions.

Once these points are clear, it will be easy to connect with the right trainer for you. You'll have clarity of expectations and you'll know if you are being offered a generic fitness program or one that is tailor to you.

These are things you should experience right from the intake and interview stage and only when these steps are done can you as a potential client make an informed decision regarding the next step of hiring the trainer or not.

But do not settle for anything less than amazing, our client's always give the feedback that their first experience at the first meeting was amazing.

Remember respect your body and self enough to know that you deserve the best.

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When Too Much Personal Fitness Training Is Too Much

The purpose of this article is to pull back the curtain on some of the issues to be on the lookout for when working with a personal trainer. As a personal trainers and a strength and conditioning coach with 10 years of experience, I have encountered many personal trainers, and I have learned many of the things to watch for.

There is one phrase that needs close attention, and that is “scope of practice.” Scope of practice is a phrase generally used in the medical field that dictates the boundaries within which doctors and therapists can work. This is applicable to any personal trainer as well, because there are a few boundaries that a trainer should not cross.

The first practice is massage. In most states massage therapists need to be licensed. The title licensed is key, here. The definition of licensing is as follows:

Licenser “is the state's grant of legal authority, pursing to the state's police powers, to practice a profession within a designated scope of practice. Under the license system, states define, by statute, the tasks and function or scope of practice of a profession and provide that these tasks may be legally performed only by those who are licensed. As such, licensor prohibitions anyone from practicing the profession who is not licensed, regardless of whether or not the individual has been certified by a private organization. ”

Certificates, on the other hand, are a voluntary process provided by a PRIVATE organization that states the obtainer has completed preset coursework and a possible exam. This is a very important distinction, as to be licensed means that there is a stringent government oversight that dictates the practitioners' ability to perform their trade.

The reason why massage therapists need to be licensed is because giving a massage is an extremely invasive procedure. There is an intense amount of manipulation of the muscles and body, and there is a certain risk factor with massages, as well.

With the way that muscles are manipulated, it is highly possible for an inexperienced person to cause significant injury to the client. This is why Licensed Massage Therapists spend hundreds of hours studying human anatomy, angles of pinnation, muscle actions, and physiology to understand exactly how to manipulate the body safely.

A lot of personal trainers– especially the inexperienced– want to give clients “extra service and attention.” Personal trainers will sometimes have a false sense of confidence that they know more than they actually do. This is when inexperienced trainers will break scope of practice, and massage clients to “release trigger points” and alleviate pain. The problem with this is that they underestimate the risk they are putting their clients in.

This is the exact reason that experienced trainers teach their clients to use self-myofascial release. Self-myofascial release consists of things like foam rolling, where a client can work on releasing trigger points, and loosening tight muscles, without ever needing a trainer to put hands on them.

Stretching is another place where trainers can get a little too invasive. A side effect of resistance training is the tightening of muscles. So, stretching is absolutely necessary for maintaining loose muscles and protecting range of motion. Again, with an inexperienced trainer this can lead to injury.

Stretching is definitely within a trainer's scope of practice, but it needs to be done responsibly. Overstretching a muscle or stretching a muscle in the wrong direction can lead to muscle or tendon tears. Not following proper protocols for stretching can also lead to injury. Stretching should always be done after a workout; never before. This will protect the client during the workout.

Stretching should ALWAYS be done with muscles that are warmed up. Muscles function almost identically to rubber bands. If you have ever tried to pull a rubber band that is extremely cold, you notice that it is brittle and snaps. Muscles work the same way; if they are cold and the trainer tries to stretch them, there is a risk of them snapping.

This is extremely important when using advanced stretching techniques like PNF stretching, where the muscle is stretched, contracted, and stretched again to create a greater stretch and range of motion. This advanced stretching can easily lead to injury.

It is also key to have great tactile awareness. Your personal trainer in basically where ever you look in Connecticut needs to be experienced enough to know exactly how far to stretch the muscle without going too far.

A knowledge of anatomy and muscle action is also imperative. Muscles move in certain patterns based on their angle of pinnation. If you try to stretch a muscle against the pattern, you are putting the client at risk, or will no longer be hitting the right muscle.

Knowing muscle action is also very important for stretching. Whether a joint is flexed or extended will determine whether certain muscles are contracted or relaxed. It is very easy to teach a client how to stretch themselves properly, which will allow them to control how far and how much pressure is applied. This is a far safer method when supervised by an experienced personal trainer.

Do not forget about the comfort factor for a client. A personal training relationship should be a safe and comfortable one. A personal trainer like where I am located or where ever you are looking should NEVER make a client feel uncomfortable with conversation or “too much” touching. Touching should really be kept to a minimum. The only time a client should ever be touched is to make quick position adjustments, or in an effort to assist with stretching. This touching should be as minimally invasive as possible, and there should always be consent from the client.

In my 10 years as a very successful personal trainer, I have never had to touch a client for more than a brief position adjustment, to emphasize where the focus of the work should be, or to assist with light stretching, when asked to do so . I have never had an issue with clients being unable to learn how to stretch themselves, or to use myself-myofascial release. As personal as this industry is, there is such a thing as too personal!

Finally, the largest sign of an inexperienced or insecure trainer is over-compensation. I've found the loudest trainer in the room tend to be the one that needs to overcompensate for their lack of knowledge and confidence. These are also the trainers who tend to be the ones to learn a new “skill,” and that is all they do until they learn the next one. These trainers have the need to show how much they know by using “parlor trick” exercises or “new” methods, but they do so without any rhyme or reason. The best trainer is the one who can quietly get a client the results they desire for their specific goals, without asking about it, and without boring the client with information they honestly, usually do not care about.

The majority of clients do not need care about the how; they just want to reach their goals. It is up to the trainer to have all the tools necessary to help the client achieve those goals. The best trainers I've ever met know a lot about a lot … But you may never know because they do not have the need to prove that they are better than any other trainer. Their sole purpose is to help their clients reach their goals. A good trainer never overdoes new tricks that they learn. Instead, they cherry pick from their bag of knowledge to find the best methods for the right clients!

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Why Do You Want To Become A Personal Trainer?

So you're thinking of joining the exciting fitness industry, but why do you want to become a personal trainer? There are many benefits to choosing this as your profession, especially if you enjoy spending time at the gym and being fit and healthy at all times. If you want to share your passion with others and help them make their goals, then you are on the right track in choosing a personal trainer career for yourself.

Here are just a few reasons you may want to become a personal trainer. The first is that health is important to you. Do you enjoy a healthy lifestyle at home, eating a well-balanced diet while enjoying regular exercise to make sure your fitness levels remain high? If you answer yes to this question, then chances are this is the perfect career for you to consider moving forward.

The second benefit is that you get to stay fit and healthy while you train. Personal trainers usually get free access to the gym where they work, so while you help your clients enjoy a healthy workout, you can also enjoy the same benefits among clients, which ensures that you look fit and healthy. Remember you need to keep your health and fitness levels up if this is a career that you want to enjoy in the long run.

A major benefit to becoming a personal trainer is that you get to do what you love doing. There are thousands of people who every day turn around and say that they wish they could do something that they love. If health and fitness is your thing, then you are going to love doing this job each and every day, though bear in mind it does often need long hours.

You can enjoy a successful career when choosing this as your career choice. While you start at the bottom you can work your way up the ladder to becoming director of personal training or even your own gym manager or owner in the long run. It offers endless possibilities, such as you do not have to work for a gym, you can work with particular sporting teams working with their players to ensure that they get the workout that they need while reducing the risk of injury and preparing them for their next game in terms of fitness.

A great thing about this line of work is that you will always be meeting new people and facing new challenges. You will regularly start working with new clients, all different personalities and cultures, which enable you to have a fun and interactive experience at all times. In addition to this, you will face various challenges, such as having overweight clients who want to lose weight to those who want to tone their bodies or even build muscle, maybe even compete in a professional body building competition. There is always something new to focus on.

Further, you will enjoy the pleasure of providing clients with a positive difference. Whether your clients want to lose weight or improve their over fitness levels, you are working with them to make their goals. Once those goals are achieved and you are helping them with regular maintenance, you will take great pride in the progress your clients make. This is a very rewarding career that provides you with enjoyment, challenges, excitement and helps you work in a community setting.

The final benefit is that you will always get to do what you enjoy. You will get to work with like-minded people and you will get to remain healthy and fit yourself in the long run.

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Important Things To Consider When Choosing A Personal Trainer

So you have decided to join the gym and get the assistance of a personal trainer to do your goals. Are you maybe looking to lose weight, tone your muscles or even build muscle? A personal trainer is qualified and experienced in helping you with your fitness goals, they will tailor make a program for you that will help you do your goals quickly and safely.

Walking into the gym and asking for a personal trainer is an easy step, but how do you chow if you are choosing the right personal trainer for you? Are you even looking at the right gym? These are important questions which could result in how often you can or are willing to train.

Some of the important factors to include in your consideration is the credentials of the personal trainer. You want someone who has completed their training effectively and received an industry recognized certification that you can rely on and trust. You want to know you are choosing someone who will benefit you in the long run and encourage a positive difference in your workout and lifestyle choices moving forward.

Now that you know the personal trainers credentials, you want to take a look at their personality. Ideally you want to choose someone who you will get on with during your training. Remember you are going to spend quite a bit of time with this person each week. They will be with you every step of the way, pushing you through your fitness program, monitoring your progress and reasserting your program to make sure you achieve the result you are looking to achieve.

Next identify if the personal trainer has any specialities. Some focus more on weight loss, others will be professional body builders, while there are those that can help with toning, nutrition, rehabilitation and more. Identify your own needs and then look at the personal trainers offering their services and try to choose someone that focuses on your goals so you can make them quickly and effectively.

Always ensure that the person you choose to help you achieve your fitness goals is available at times when you can get to the gym. If you work all day and can only get there on your way home from work, you need to ensure your trainer is available at those times, so that you can get the workout you need. This way you are assured that your appointments will be set up for each week and you get the same qualified and experienced professional that you need.

Look at the location of the gym. This can be such an important point. Ideally the gym should be close to your work or home, making it easier to stop there on your way home or on your way to work. Choosing a gym that is out-of-the-way from your regular route, makes it easier to give it a miss after a long day, where in fact a good workout will do you more good, helping relieve the stress and giving you the energy boost you need.

Set your budget and make sure you can get the gym membership and personal trainer within your budget. You will also want to take a closer look at the gyms reputation in the area. A gym that has a high demand for their personal trainers is the one you should look at it. Chances are they are in demand because they are offering the best quality services and training that you can count on when looking to achieve your goals.

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I Return to Thailand to Pursue a Lifelong Dream – Competing in Muay Thai in Thailand (Pt2)

Well, the trip is turning out to be quite the adventure.

I just sat down in my hotel after having traveled to Thailand and despite the fact that I have not slept in 3 days I can not go to sleep.

I could not possibly have had a more miserable trip. I spent 14 hours on a plane with a mother with a 3 year old and a 5 year old. The three year old claimed the entire time, and the 5 year old kicked my seat intentionally every 15 seconds. By the time we landed, I was ready to scream.

We made an unexpected stop in some Chinese city I had never heard of so they could do a spot security check on our plane. I had never heard of that before. We herded off the plane onto a bus that took us to a screening area, then back on a bus to the same airplane we had just gotten off with the same screaming children behind me, and the plane will not start back up. I spent hours on a tarmac, barely able to keep my eyes open, getting kicked by a kid, and listening to another kid scream his lungs out.

When I say 'herded', I mean, literally herded. I do not want to sound racist, because this is not a 'racist' comment. It is more of an observation of cultural differences. Chinese people do not have a bubble. They get in your space, and if you leave an inch in front of you, they will push into it. Old ladies throw forearms that would make any World Wrestling Federation wrestler proud. Any time you turn around, there is literally someone right there . Getting on and off the plane, it was everyone for themselves. I do not think they realize … we were going to the same place, and getting on the same plane that was going to take off at the same time, regardless of when you got on it.

We absolutely got going (On the same plane that would not start), and finally made it to the city we were destined to have landed at at China, only to learn the delay made me miss my connecting flight.

When I finally got to Phuket, they had lost my bag, and I nearly lost my mind.

I am here … finally. I stink like hell having sat in the same clothes for three days, and I do not have any clean clothes or toiletries.

You know what though … I'm in Thailand and I could not be happier !!

The smell and sounds of this country are very unique. The feel of the air is something I have not felt anywhere else. The air actually has a distinct feel to it.

The sun is rising on a fourth day without sleep, but the sound of people hitting Thai pads is emanating from Dragon Muay Thai, which is right next door to my hotel. I'm so giddy I can not sleep.

I will have to wait until stores open, then go buy me some clothes and a toothbrush.

I have to give some love to the folks at the hotel I am staying at, however. Despite being several hours late, and even later searching for my luggage, the driver was still waiting for me outside the airport with my name on a sign, and I got checked in without a hitch. Signature Phuket Resort is the absolute best !

On another note … if this is how this trip is getting started, this is going to be one helluva ride. I can not wait to see what is next!

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I Return to Thailand to Pursue a Lifelong Dream – Competing in Muay Thai in Thailand (Pt3)

Not much action to share on this entry. It is Sunday. Tiger Muay Thai is closed, but the rest of Soi Ta Ied is not.

Stepping out of my hotel room on to Soi Ta Ied after a long nap felt great. Soi Ta Ied is arguably the healthiest street on the planet. It is where Tiger Muay Thai is located, as well as half a dozen other world class Muay Thai gyms, a half a dozen or so world class CrossFit gyms, and a multitude of other fitness oriented businesses. Everybody walking down the street looks like they just stepped out of a fitness magazine. Chiseled biceps, washboard abs, and lean, tan, healthy looking people are the norm, not the exception.

It is a very touristy area, with people from all over the world. Sprinkled among the fitness businesses and the touristy shops and restaurants are some good old fashioned Thai places. My favorite haunt on this road is an outdoor, dirt-floored, restaurant we affectionately call the chicken hut. It does not have a name, but people know what you are talking about because the owner, who does not speak a word of English stands out front of the chicken hut and barbeques chicken, as well as fish and other Thai food all day long, while his wife is inside the hut making rice and vegetable stir fry, and green curry … whatever she feels like making that day.

I met these folks when I first came to Thailand. They used to operate out of a cart that sat across from the hotel I stay at. They have grown over the years into a full-fledged hut. Most of the Thai people, like the Muay Thai trainers that work on this street, frequent this place. It is amazing food, and way less expensive than the other restaurants nearby.

I do not know their names, and am too embarrassed to ask again. They told me several times, but they have difficult Thai names, and I never could remember them. Over the past three years, I have spent a lot of time with them. She has taught me how to cook a few Thai dishes. She took my son to the Buddhist church with her on Sunday. When I had my last fight, she bought me a small Buddha figurine that she said was blessed for my good luck. When I showed it to the manager of my hotel, I was told it was very expensive, and 'original', and that I should take good care of it. I have.

When they saw me walk out of my hotel today, they both yelled, 'MIKE!'. I got a huge hug and smiles from both of them. She speaks English fairly well, but I honestly think 'Mike' is the only English he speaks. She always insists on not charging me for my food, saying, “You are my friend, Mike.” And I always tell her, “That is exactly why I am going to pay you!”

Today was a slow day for them because it was raining, so I sat there for hours playing checkers with the husband. He made a board out of an old piece of lumber and used magic marker to draw on the squares. We used bottle caps for the pieces. If the cap faced up, it was mine, those facing down, were his. Many of the Thai trainers from all of the nearby gyms stopped in to eat. This was reminiscent of the 80's sitcom 'Cheers', where everyone knows your name. All of the trainers that stopped by, genuinely acted happy to see me.

One of my favorite trainers, Sawat, stopped by the chicken hut. He is around my age, and still fires regularly, so he has all of my respect. He is inching up on 500 fights. He is Muslim, which is pretty rare around here. Thailand is 95% Buddhist. Sawat was my first trainer at Tiger. He got a promotion to be over the competition team at Tiger, so I started working with different trainers. Sawat's voice is unmistakable, especially when he yells out my name. He calls me 'Mack' (he can not pronounce my name correctly).

Pong also stopped by. He's a stud. I love to watch him fight. He is either going to knock his opponent out, or get knocked out. He has a very reckless fight style, and is super fun to watch. As usual, he had a young lady on the back of his motorbike. He sees his half time flirting, and half his time training. He is quite the character.

Kru Robert, the head trainer of the advanced group, stopped by as well. He did not have much to say. He never does. He asked me, 'When you get here?' I told him I arrived today. He then said, 'How long?' I told him I would be here for two months. He said, 'Good', and walked away. He is very appropriately nicknamed 'Terminator'.

As I was leaving, Kunchan pulled up on his motorbike. He offered me a ride. I told him I was going across the street to my hotel. He insured on giving me a ride anyway. So he drve me literally across the street (lol).

I decided to go see my tattoo artist, and talk to him about getting some work done while I am here. The shop is located directly across the street from Tiger Muay Thai. It is called Ang Mo Lao. I have cheated on them and gotten ink done somewhere since meeting him, but never again. He does amazing work, and everything I have had done since him has paled in comparison. The most interesting thing about him is he has no tattoos himself. I've never met a tattoo artist that does not have tattoos themselves. He and his wife run the business together, and their children are always there. They are knocking on their teen years, and are the most well-mannered cute, funny kids you will ever meet. This is a tattoo parlor that has a real family element. They are salt of the Earth good people, and I highly recommend them. Oddly enough, they are also Muslim.

On my way back to my hotel, I heard 'PAPA!' being called out from behind the counter of a small shop. The store owner loves my son, Nick. She calls me 'Papa', because I am just Nick's dad to her, but she was really happy to see me, and told me to bring Nick next time.

My final stop on my way back to the hotel was Wanisara Massage for a Thai massage. I got a big hug from the owner, and knees and elbows from one of her girls. It was the perfect way to end the day.

My first day in Thailand was very enjoyable. Be sure to tune in next time, for tomorrow we Muay Thai.

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I Return to Thailand to Pursue a Lifelong Dream – Competing in Muay Thai in Thailand (Pt4)

(Entry # 4) Let's do some Muay Thai already!

I am still not used to the sleep schedule. Being w way around the world means it is daytime here when it is nighttime where I am used to being. Since I took a long nap yesterday, I was up all night. I'm pretty bleary-eyed, but giddy as a schoolgirl about getting to do some Muay Thai today.

One of my favorite sounds is the sound that emanates from next door to my hotel room. As the sun comes up, the competition team at Dragon Muay Thai starts training. The sound of shins smacking into Thai pads and trainers yelling out commands, and fighters grunting with each blow is like music to my ears. I could wake up to this every day. Unfortunately, I did not 'wake up' to it, because I never went to sleep, but it's a great way to get the blood pumping in the morning.

I got up and mixed me a protein shake and went for a short jog this morning. The one thing I have really struggled with since since knee surgery is running. The impact is very uncomfortable, and I am very unsteady since my quadriceps is not firing. A knee brace helps a lot, so I went for it anyway. I have to strengthen my legs, so there really is not any option.

After my jog, I took a shower and got ready to go train by watching some Muay Thai on line. I had a couple hours to burn, so what better way to get in the mood.

I do not know why I had all this nervous energy, but I was chomping at the bit to train today.

When I got to the gym, there were many familiar faces, as well as a lot of new ones. The staff is amazing at Tiger Muay Thai. The ladies at the front desk are so sweet and kind. The place is growing like crazy. It reminds me of Las Vegas. Every time I come they have built a new building, and hired a bunch of new people. Their fitness programs are really blowing up, but I came here for Muay Thai. I just buy a Muay Thai pass, and leave the weight lifting to those that want to get good at working out.

Class began with 20 minutes of running, followed by some stretching and shadow sparring. I was pretty winded just from the run. I am so far out of shape it is pitiful.

After warm-up, we did some pretty awesome combos for the instructional portion of the class. I got paired up with a guy named Ash. He is from Wales. His Muay Thai is really good, and our drilling was on point.

Next we did 3 rounds of Thai pads with a trainer. I was super lucky to have gotten the trainer I did. He has a very slow, measured pace. We really clicked together, so I am going to try to get some privates from him.

3 Rounds on heavy bags were next. I can not lie, I loafed my way through them because I was already beat, and I knew sparring was next. Fortunately, it worked. I got a second wind and was ready to go.

My first round, I went with one of the Thai trainers, as there were an odd number of us in class. He is really tall with long legs. He picked me apart, but did not try to take my head off. He was very good defensively as well. I thread a 10-punch combo at him and he dodged every one of them. I got him a few times in the round, which usually results in the trainer knocking your block off. He was really good and could have if he had wanted to, but did not. I'm glad he was in a good mood.

My next round was with Ash. His Muay Thai is really good. We had a very evenly matched round, that was very controlled and fun.

For my final round, I went with a Goliath-sized German named Lucifer. I was pleasantly surprised when we sparred because he did not go ape shit like most German fighters do. He was very under control, and we had an awesome match. He had good energy, thread a lot of solid combos as did I. Fun stuff.

We finished with some conditioning-Knees and teeps on the heavy bags until we dropped. And with that, I survived my first day back. I have decided I am only going to do one session per day this first week here, and up it to two-a-days next week, then add a private class for three-a-days thereafter.

I'm sore as hell, and can barely move. Time for a Thai massage, and back at it tomorrow.

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