5 Tips: For a Gym Newbie

5 Tips: For a Gym Newbie

You know what they say, “by the yard, it’s hard, but by the inch, it’s a cinch”.  With this in mind, we thought we’d introduce a new series – one which focuses on quick, actionable change that can be made to any routine. The whole idea is to make you a stronger, healthier, and more positive version of yourself. So here it goes: Keep Dietary Strategies Simple: diet fads are nothing new. But starting a fresh routine can be intimidating. Atkins, Keto, high carb, low carb, high protein, vegan, vegetarian… we’ve heard them all. With the plethora of choices, you can get stuck in “paralysis by analysis” – like having too many cereal options at the grocery store, standing in the aisle, unsure about which to pick… We’ve all been there, right? At the end of the day, the NUMBER ONE determinant of bodyweight is energy balance – the amount of fuel you input vs. the  energy you expend. As long as you’re running at an energy deficit, a balance, or a surplus, you can reach your weight loss, maintenance, or gain goals, respectively. From there, you can optimize your protein/ fat/ carb intake for even more optimized results. Feel the Motion (Sight is for Suckers):Struggling to feel a muscle work in a certain exercise? Common trouble areas such as the lats and low traps (the muscles used in upper body pulling motions: rows, face pulls, and lat pull downs). A simple fix to this issue is closing your eyes (We know… it sounds weird, but bare with us). Have a friend/ trainer/ stranger (don’t be shy) place their...
February Client of the Month: Dylan Buckley

February Client of the Month: Dylan Buckley

This month’s featured client is Dylan – a fairly new client to StrongerYou (he’s been with us just shy of 4 months now). Despite the short timeframe, Dylan has made exceptional progress by pushing himself and trusting the process. His original goals were to drop some bodyfat and be able to climb the stairs without having to stop to catch his breath. He now makes easy work of prowler pushes and has lost over 20lbs. When I started working with Chad my goal was simple, lose weight. After just four months of working with him I couldn’t be happier with how it’s going, losing over 20 pounds in that time. Working with Chad hasn’t only helped me lose weight but as by-product has helped me improve my mobility, strength, and posture. It by no means has been easy work, working out 3 (sometimes 4) times a week, watching calorie intake and doing extra mobility work at home but I wasn’t looking for a quick fix. I wanted a long term fix, something manageable that won’t let me fall back into old bad habits. Overall the experience has been enjoyable, sure there are aspects of the training that are hard and I hate the thought of doing (split squats been one!) but like everything in life if it’s worth doing it’s going to be hard, and it gets easier down the line. With the huge personal progress I’ve made in the first 4 months I’m looking forward to what the next 4 months, and beyond, bring. -Dylan Buckley One of the coolest parts with working with clients like Dylan is...
The Benefits of Tandem Training

The Benefits of Tandem Training

Gym time with a trainer is an excellent route in achieving your fitness-related goals. But for some, it can be intimidating and difficult to commit to. Tandem training is a first-rate option. This is due to a variety of reasons: a lower cost per person, increased motivation, the ability to try partner-required exercises, and a less intimidating start to your fitness journey. First off, a 2:1 trainee-to-trainer ratio allows your partner to sustain your motivation. They act as a “fitness sponsor” – holding you accountable. Let’s say one day you’re feeling run down after a long week at work –  considering skipping your workout (you can always come back on Monday and make up for it, right?).  You message your training partner and say you aren’t feeling well and want to skip. Since you would be unfairly leaving them to workout alone, they might tell you to suck it up. You’re in this together, after all. At some point down the line, you might run into the inverse scenario. This is why many programs use this approach with great success. Not only does tandem training increase program adherence and motivation, but it’s also an affordable option. In fact, training prices for 2:1 training sessions are (on average) 25% LESS expensive per person. This style of personal training also allows you to try new exercises – ones you wouldn’t be able to do in a 1-on-1 training setup. Exercises such as a seated partner medicine ball toss require 2 trainees and can be an effective (and fun) way to develop your core musculature. Last, but certainly not least, tandem training...