It started back a few years ago, around 2014. I was working as a YMCA after school counselor. At the time, I had worked for the YMCA for about three years, meeting hundreds of new kids every school year. One of the pros that came with the YMCA was a free gym membership. Unfortunately for me, I never really used the gym. Occasionally I would stop by to play basketball, but that was it. Growing up, I was very into sports but mainly basketball. The Los Angeles Lakers were my favorite team, and Kobe Bryant was my favorite basketball player. I never really got into working out. I saw magazines and fitness articles but never really gave much thought about how I looked. I never really gave my body that much attention. I was teased a few times about being skinny and, for that reason, wasn't happy with my body, but I never paid it too much attention.
If you had to choose the most popular muscle, what would it be? The chest, back, glutes, biceps, or maybe the abdominals? If you've said the abdominals, then I agree with you. There's something about having a flat and tight stomach that gives people motivation to workout. It's a beauty having a four, six, or eight pack that completes someones' body.
During my time as a personal trainer, I've come to realize that men and women have two completely different goals. Most men want to gain weight and put on muscle. There's something about feeling masculine and strong that brings about confidence for males. When it comes to women, I realize that most aim for weight loss, nicely toned arms and legs, not too big, a flat stomach, and somewhat wide hips with a perfectly round shape butt.
When you go to the gym, what's your first concern? How do you begin your workout? Most people head straight to the treadmill, because to them, that's the norm. It's almost like a tradition, and there's this belief that that's the only way to warm up. Some people, when working out, go from the treadmill or any other cardio equipment to another, bouncing around from the treadmill to the elliptical, spin bike, and possibly the stair-master or row machine. For some years now, I've wondered and asked myself, why do people do that? I conjured up this idea that people who are looking to lose weight feel as though they need more cardio and that multiple machines in intervals will help them burn fat either faster or easier.
We've all been there before, excited about going to the gym. If it's the night before, you probably got your gym clothes laid out on the bed, thinking how good you're going to look. You even got your food prepare sitting in the fridge. What's even better is that you're going to bed early so that you're well-rested.
Christopher Gilbert is a Personal Trainer based in New York City and is known for his effective nutrition and workout programs along with his intense training sessions.