A basic assumption among people when they work is out that they leave the gym in some way better than they did when they came in. For that reason, it's important place as much emphasis on injury prevention, treatment and/or management as on the effectiveness of fitness program design.
If you're someone who's gearing up to start on a fat loss diet, there are a number of factors that must be taken into account as you plan and prepare for it. Designing a proper diet protocol is critical as it will help you minimize the risk that you lose lean muscle mass, suffer from incredibly low energy levels, or start to find that your strength level drops off in the gym.
A client came to me recently with a goal of holding his "spare tire" at bay. While this is a rather amorphous platform from which to spring forward, I accepted the challenge and wrote him a basic exercise plan. However, when I attempted to touch on the subject of nutrition, he virtually jumped down my throat, informing me that he still wanted to "enjoy life", and he was unwilling to accept any dietary restrictions or changes to his current favorite foods.
Connective tissue is the most widespread and abundant type of tissue in the human body. Connective tissue that is well vascularized is far less likely to tear or rupture under extreme stress - a desirable characteristic when performing any kind of physical activity.
Keeping clients engaged and focused on pushing forward is often one of the biggest challenges facing personal trainers. Individuals set goals, share them with their trainers, and often expect to see measurable results immediately. The science behind hypertrophy and hyperplasia simply does not allow for such a "quick fix", and often clients will tend to fall off the motivational track if results are not achieved in a timely manner.
Aerobic activity should be an integral part of every exercise prescription for an apparently health individual. But how much aerobic- in relation to resistance training depends in large part on each client's current condition and his or her fitness goals.
All athletes understand the need for proper conditioning in order to excel in their particular sport. If their body is not in top shape they will not be able to compete at the level needed or expected. The purpose of training is to improve the performance and conditioning of the athlete in their particular sport. In the case of the basketball athlete, their integrated movement of agility, strength, explosiveness and cardio conditioning should be the major focus of their training.
The term "collateral damage" is typically a military term, one that denotes unintended damage to an area around a target. But as it applies to resistance training, collateral damage can be a good thing.