Using the “Rule of 3s” for Fitness Success

A client recently asked me for advice about starting a new exercise program. And right away, I turned to the Rule of Threes to help her  avoid doing too much too soon, which can have the adverse effect of faltering efforts and goals. So the first "3" that she's shooting...

Heavy Lifting: Is It Always The Best Strength Training Strategy?

by: Pat McCloskey, Director of Training and Education Heavy resistance training is a clear path to muscle growth and strength gains — but there are enormous risks to favoring heavy lifting as it relates to tissue tolerance. A client recently asked me, "Why aren't I doing more heavy weight training...

Great Personal Training Sessions

Great services deliver great value and produce highly satisfied customers. Generally speaking, great personal training sessions maximize the physiological and psychological benefits clients get from their workouts. Every client is unique and what makes a session great for one can be vastly different from what makes a session great for...

How Hard Should I Push Myself During My Workout?

by: Pat McCloskey, Director of Training and Education Many clients ask: How hard should I be pushing myself during a workout? While there is no exact answer for that, we firmly believe that what you do *in* the gym should always make you feel better *outside* of the gym. And...

Goal Setting for the Best Results

by: Pat McCloskey, Director of Training and Education This morning a client asked me about goal setting, and my answer surprised her. In the fitness industry, everybody focuses on objective measures such as weight loss, body composition, how much you can lift, and so on. But what I said to...

Exercise for Fat Loss

Weight loss, especially fat loss, is probably the most common reason people exercise. As a result, one of the most frequent questions personal trainers get is “what is the best type of exercise to promote fat loss?” There are common misconceptions about exercise for fat loss, and there has been new thinking...