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Essence: What's the only thing-or at least the number one thing- our readers need
to have in their home gyms?
Clint: Their own Butts! You
don't need anything fancy. Just get in there and do it. I have clients
who work out doing simple calisthenics with no equipment and they are
in great shape. I have others who have bought every ab roller, rocker
and shocker and haven't lost an ounce.
Essence: What's the number
one work out tip you tell your clients?
Clint: Don't believe in magic.
There's still no pill that will get you into shape. And Abtronic won't
do it either. Getting in shape has three simple components:
- 1. Cardiovascular
workouts (for 20-30 minutes) three to five times per week.
- 2. Strength
training two or three times per week (30-40 minutes).
- 3. A good
Essence: What's your number one tip for getting motivated [to work out]?
Clint: If you find it hard to get motivated you need to change your routine immediately.
Your exercise program should be fun. If you dread your workouts, no amount
of motivation will last for long. You need to find healthy activities
that you enjoy. A good Personal Trainer should have you working out in
a way that you will never get bored. My clients never know what is coming
next. We might work with weights one day, rubber tubing the next, medicine
balls the next, then boxing drills, calisthenics, machines, etc. I've
had clients work out with logs, stones, and sledgehammers. I've had them
push me around in my car. We've had tricycle races in the shallow end
of the pool. Anything to keep it interesting. It's the same way with food.
If you think you can only eat sticks and twigs and bark, you won't stay
on that diet for long. The people I've seen have the best success are
the ones who have been able to find healthy foods that they actually enjoy,
so they don't feel like they are giving anything up.
Essence: What exercise do you
think gives the best bang for your buck and works several body parts at
Clint: No doubt about it, the
clean and press. You could get a decent workout doing this one exercise.
I can't think of any major muscle group that it doesn't work. It's nothing
fancy; it's one of the oldest exercises there is. In most exercises you
are moving the weight vertically against gravity only a short distance.
With the clean and press, you are moving the weight six or seven feet
vertically in every repetition. Even a light weight will have you huffing
and puffing in no time. This exercise (like many others) can cause injuries
if you do it wrong. Have your Personal Trainer show you the right form.
Essence: What do you think
is the best time to workout?
Clint: It depends. Some people
just can't seem to do it in the morning, but are fine in the afternoon
or evening. Others are too tired at night, so they are better off doing
it in the morning. You have to listen to your body. Part of it is just
forming a habit. It might be hard to work out at anytime at first, but
after a few weeks you get used to it and it becomes easier.
Essence: What's the one exercise
that everyone should do?
Clint: Walking. Almost anyone can at least
walk. And even the world's greatest athlete can get a good workout by
walking. I don't care how fit you are, if you start walking about four
or five miles per hour on a treadmill, and crank the elevation up all
the way, you will be sweating like crazy before long. Walking helps the
heart, lungs, and muscles - and it's not hard on the joints.
Essence: What's the best new exercise trend?
Clint: Small Group Personal Training is the
wave of the future. Instead of one on one, the Personal Trainer works
with two, three, or four clients at the same time. Typically, a Personal
Trainer who charges $75/session for one on one training might charge only
$50 each if there are two people, and $40/ each if there is three or four.
So the client is paying less yet the trainer is getting more. It's a better
deal for everyone. It takes an experienced Personal Trainer to do this
Essence: What is the must have item to go into
your gym bag?
Clint: A bottle of water and a good pair of
Essence: What's your favorite work out music?
Clint: It depends on what workout I am going
to do. If I'm going to be lifting real heavy, I like loud music - rock
or hip hop. If I'm going to be on a cardio machine for a while, I prefer
to watch TV or listen to news/talk radio.
Essence: What do you recommend for a pre-workout
Clint: Some people tell me that if they eat
anything before they work out, they start feeling nauseous. Others tell
me if they don't eat, they feel weak. So it depends on the person. Most
people would do well with a small snack about an hour before the workout.
Maybe a power bar or a half a bagel. It is important to get a relatively
high protein snack in within an hour after doing your resistance exercise.
Essence: Thanks, Clint. These answers are great!
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