Personal Training

Personal Training

Review: Daniel says “It’s a great place for training”!

man_orange_square“I have been a client of Peak Physique for a month now and it is a great place for dedicated physical training. My trainer has been motivating and certainly has developed routines that are aimed at my needs. The facilities are good and the programs used to schedule clients are effective. They will even play the music you want to hear while you train :-)”

Daniel R. (Miami, FL)

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Review: Happiness for Viviana!

woman_orange_square“PPP is great! I’m extremely happy with the results I’ve gotten after only 3 months of training with Lyen. She is an amazing trainer and she is very focused on form, which I love because it has helped me correct my posture and strengthen my back (I have scoliosis). I’m really happy with all the results I’ve seen so far, I’ve lost weight, I’m stronger, I feel fitter and I definitely have a lot more energy. I absolutely recommend PPP. Lyen, Kolja and their whole team are amazing!”

Viviana R. (Miami, FL)

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Review: Alejandra still loves us after a year!

woman_orange_square“I’ve been a client of Peak Physique & Performance for almost a year now and I absolutely love it.

All the trainers have extensive knowledge of physical training, and are highly motivating. I have see a real difference in my body. My strength has increased markedly and best of all, I actually have a butt! Some people enjoy working out. I’m not one of those people. But Lyen and her crew of trainers are amazing and have helped me transform my body.

The facility is well managed, clean, and they provide water and towels. The sessions are economical (especially compared to how much one can spend on private personal trainers) and they will always work with your schedule. I would highly recommend PPP to anyone serious about getting into shape.”

Alejandra M. (Miami, FL)

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Personal training? This is what you can expect…!

Lyen WongWorking with certified and experienced personal trainers offers many advantages:

  • Individualization. A knowledgeable personal trainer will create a customized exercise program for you, designed to help you reach your unique health and fitness goals. A trainer will also take into account special considerations (e.g. existing medical condition, pregnancy, post-rehabilitation, medications taken, etc) when creating a program exclusively for you.
  • Safety. When exercising, safety is the number one priority. A personal trainer will teach you the proper mechanics of each exercise and will ensure that you are performing each with correct form, thus maximizing the efficiency of your workouts.
  • Motivation. Having a scheduled session with a trainer promotes accountability on your part, and can assist in developing adherence in the long run to making exercise a regular part of your routine. In addition to the outside motivation, a personal trainer can also help you develop a more positive outlook on exercise by exploring options for making exercise more enjoyable, reviewing short-term progress towards goals, and assessing feeling- and mood-state changes related to exercise, thereby improving self-confidence and self-motivation.
  • Variety. A personal trainer can help you select activities that you enjoy, and also choose exercises that will keep you challenged and on track towards reaching your fitness goals. Personal trainers have vast knowledge of various exercises, tools and techniques that can make your workouts both fun and effective.

What can I expect during my initial training session?

During your initial meeting with a trainer, he or she will begin the process of getting to know you, in terms of your health and fitness goals, your health and exercise history, as well as your likes and dislikes. It is this information along with your trainer’s expertise and experience that will assist them in developing a customized program for you. Depending on your fitness goals, your trainer may administer a variety of assessments during the initial session, or may reserve some assessments until a point in your program that is more appropriate. The assessments that are ultimately selected are done so in line with your fitness goals, and are used to establish a baseline for progress comparison further down the road. Assessments are also used to gauge your current level of fitness, which can assist the trainer in developing your customized program (in terms of selecting proper exercise intensity, appropriate weight for strength training exercises, etc) and meeting your health and fitness needs. Examples of assessments that may be conducted include body composition assessments, movement screens and postural assessments.

How many times a week should I work out with my trainer?

Just like the program itself, how many times you meet with a trainer is a very individualized decision that depends on a variety of factors, including your schedule, fitness goals and your motivation level. Keep in mind that the ultimate goal of a quality personal trainer is to promote self-efficacy within the client, enabling them to take ownership of their exercise experience. It is for this reason that a good trainer will seek to truly educate clients (about things such as proper form, appropriate intensity, ways to stay motivated, ways to progress, etc) as opposed to just simply putting clients through a workout without having them understand the rationale as to why certain exercises were selected, and how the developed program relates back to their health and fitness goals.

How do I know which trainer is right for me?

It is important to note that not all trainers are created equal. When in comes to selecting the right personal trainer for you do some research and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember that it is your body and also your time and money. Choosing the right personal trainer ensures that you will receive the most from your training sessions and also that you will enjoy the experience. Keep in mind that an investment in the right personal trainer is an investment in your health and your success.

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Wow, things are awesomely busy!!! :-)

Lyen is happy!

Lyen is happy!

We just did the math: between private, semi-private and small group personal training, we completed 156 sessions in the past week! A new record! A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

A heartfelt thank-you to our great team of trainers and to all of our awesome clients who got a bit fitter and healthier with us last week: Sal, Toni, Sonja, Emily, Josh, Samina, Ashley, Fernando, Jeff D, Mario, Bruno, Brett, Kat, Diogenes, Collen, Flavia, Yasmin, Mirna, Erick, Raul, Oscar, Oxana, Barrett, Ruth, Alejandra, Yisel, Savas, Julia, Jeff K, Susan, Cristina, Danny L, Danny M, Ama, Lisha, Jason, Erika, Luis, Carolyn, Mariano, Michael, Justin, Martica, David, Jill, Ivan, Karolina, Diane O, Javier, Brian, Aaron, Flora, Jay, Blake, Pallavi, Ingrid, Diane R, Marlene, Gleicy, Eddie, Clinton, Marv, Maria, Leo, Rafael, and Melissa!

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Review: Why Fernando is happy here…

Male torso logo“I was able to avoid back surgery because of Lyen and the team at Peak Physique. About 3 months ago I started with my workout sessions at PPP. At the end of the first week I already felt an improvement with the sciatica pain which I was used to having everyday. I’ve got 5 herniated disks.

Since then, I have been doing 3 sessions per week and the combination of stretching and weight lifting has not only made me cancel my already scheduled date for back surgery but has also given me confidence which I had lost a while ago – I had stopped working out since it would aggravate the pain each time. I am looking and feeling good again!

Lyen is an experienced personal trainer who understands that everyone is different and a formula that works for some clients will most certainly not work for others. Basically, it’s a highly personalized program which I like to think of as the anti-“CrossFit”.

The gym is clean, bright and airy. The equipment is new and team friendly. There’s free and easy parking most of the time which also makes it convenient. I highly recommend Peak Physique, specially if you have some kind of medical limitation when it comes to exercising. They may be the solution you have been looking for. It’s working for me…”

Fernando DaSilva (Miami, FL)
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What to look for in a Personal Trainer

PPP-logoOnce you’ve decided to hire a personal trainer, how do you know you’ve found a good one? Great question.

Once you find a good hair stylist, you’re set, but if you get a bad one…ugh. It’s a little bit like that with a trainer. The best way to find a good one is to ask around—word of mouth is a great way to find someone great. However, you should also talk to a few trainers and ask some questions of your own. You may not know anyone who has hired a trainer so word of mouth may not be a viable option.

Here’s how you find a good one.

1) How many questions does the trainer ask that have nothing to do with fitness directly?

A good trainer will want to know about much more than your fitness goals. If you talk to one and they ask you about your attitudes and opinions about exercise, your work schedule, family commitments, your history of stopping and starting exercise, etc., you’ve probably found a great trainer. Why?

Great trainers realize that the workout program they create is the easy part. Any trainer can make a half-way decent workout program for most people. The real measure of fitness success is in your ability to adopt behaviors that become part of you. To make changes that last, a trainer must know the obstacles and opportunities for exercise in your schedule and all of the many non-workout factors that will determine your ability to absorb a fitness routine into your daily life.

2) Does the trainer teach you movement or just exercises?

This one might not be so obvious from your first conversation, but you can either ask directly or listen for how the trainer describes what they do. As my friend and fellow ACE consultant Chris McGrath says, “Exercise is optional; movement is essential.” Everyone moves, even if they don’t exercise. Thus, a good life starts with a foundation of quality movement when you’re doing chores, playing with your kids, walking the dog, putting away groceries and all the various tasks of daily life.

Perhaps more importantly, though, quality movement allows for exercise at an appropriate intensity that will stress your muscles (which is what you want) and not your joints. With the increased popularity of high-intensity training, trainers who don’t want to become good at teaching movement need to look for a different line of work.

How can you tell if a trainer focuses on movement quality? Here’s a big clue: When they describe what they do, they explain that they will first determine what your body is capable of given any current or previous injuries or limitations you may have. Regardless off how they describe it, the trainer you hire should care about how you move your body—both during and outside of the exercise session. Alternatively, you can ask them directly. For example, you could ask, “How will you address any specific joint issues I may have?”

3) Do you get a good workout at the first session?

I hope not. A terrible trainer puts people through hard workouts at the first session. A great trainer needs to get to know the people behind the programs they create—that’s what makes the training personal. Until I see you move and can gauge your response—both physically and mentally—to certain movements, it is impossible for me to create an effective program that will get you the results you want.

During the first session, a quality trainer might teach you movement skills or exercise technique, or address specific issues you may have, but they cannot possibly have a full workout ready to go until they spend some time with you in person. Hard workouts are easy to find and trainers that can deliver hard workouts are a dime a dozen. Any trainer who boasts of making clients sore for days is to be unequivocally avoided—they don’t know exercise, they only know intensity.

Wrap-up

Ask around, or ask the trainer you are considering these questions. Better yet, why not do both? A trainer-client relationship is a very personal one and you want to know that you are wisely investing your body, your time and your money into working with a competent, caring professional, one who helps you find the right starting point to fitness and helps you progress at the right pace to keep you engaged mentally and appropriately challenged physically.

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