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The Many Benefits Of Fitness Training

There has been a great deal of publicity over the past few years regarding fitness training and health, especially regarding losing weight. It has been proven that to be in good health it is necessary to not only eat the correct food, but to exercise as well. Many people feel they are meeting this requirement by occasionally walking or exercising, but this has not provided the benefits they desire.

As any person who works with machinery will relate, it must be properly cared for if it is to last a long time and run efficiently. This is true of the body as well. All parts of a person’s body are related to each other and when one part is not properly cared for it will cause problems in the other parts as well. Exercise will increase muscle strength as well as keep the blood flowing smoothly to all parts of the body, making a harmonious and healthy relationship.

The value of fitness training can be realized if it is done on a regular basis, under the guidance of someone who is an expert in the field, and within a person’s capabilities. Obviously, a 80 year old would not be expected to lift weights or do strenuous exercises. However, there are excellent exercises for this age group that, when done on a regular basis, can keep the body in very good shape. This is the same with any age group.

Fitness training can be done under the auspices of a qualified trainer who can work with a group or in one’s home. The main thing is that it be consistent. That means one must have a regular routine and stick to it. This may be difficult at first but, as time goes on, it will become easier and one’s body will respond in a healthy manner.

There are a number of sites on the Internet that give excellent advice and exercises that can easily be done at home. If one has the time and there is a facility nearby, having a fitness coach is an excellent way to go. Fitness training should become a regular part of everyone’s life in order to realize the many benefits of having a healthy body so that life can be enjoyed to the fullest.

Fitness Training And Strength Conditioning

Mixed martial arts training is one of the most popular and lucrative career options for those individuals who are into it. The arts training has been growing in popularity due to the fact that it not only improves one’s health, it also serves as an excellent means of self-defense especially for young individuals, women or the elderly.

Martial arts training is no longer restricted to gyms or fitness clubs today. One can earn a certification or degree from prestigious universities. These degrees are not only available in-campus but also are available online which makes it easier for many who are aspiring to become professional trainers or want to jumpstart their martial arts career.

Associate Arts Degree in Fitness Training

This degree is intended for individuals who are seeking an entry-level in the health and wellness industry. Some of the courses being taught under it include understanding the fundamentals of the human anatomy, injury recognition and prevention, basic nutrition, biology and wellness coaching.

Bachelor of Science in Health and Fitness

This bachelor degree prepares students to work on Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, understanding the Anatomy of the human body including the core, lower and upper extremities, strength, cardiovascular and power training as well as speed and quickness training. This degree will aid students to work as consultants, fitness administrators or in the corporate wellness industry.

Master of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

For those who already have an Associate or Bachelor’s degree, career growth is possible by taking up a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. The degree provides students with in-depth knowledge of the human body particularly with the Pulmonary and Cardiovascular System. It teaches students about how nutrition contributes to overall wellness of athletes and sports enthusiasts.

MMA Conditioning Certification

Another career path that one might be interested in pursuing is getting a certification such as MMA conditioning certification program. This program is an online one which might be a viable option for many martial arts enthusiasts who are interested in teaching the arts without having to step in a campus. The 70-hour program provides students with Basic Biomechanics, Fitness Assessment, specific Mixed Martial Arts training protocols and drills. It will also involve Safety and Injury Prevention fundamentals and understanding common MMA injury sites. Once students finish the program, they will be credited with a 2-year CMMACC certification. In order to maintain the validity of the certificate, students must also complete 20 hours of continuing education.

Specific Strength and Fitness Training

Training for soccer is very different than training for almost any other sport, for a variety of reasons. Soccer-specific, sex-specific strength and fitness training presents some interesting challenges for both the athlete and the strength coach involved in developing and implementing the program. Over the next week, I will propose several alternative programs, both male and female-oriented, that you may use to get ready for the upcoming season.

Summer Leagues, Camps, and ODP

I realize many of you are probably playing straight through the summer, particularly those of you who are playing at the highest levels, going to camps or are involved with your state association’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) state, regional, and/or national team. For that reason, and for others, I will attempt to develop alternative strategies for those of you who may be playing either throughout the summer or for part of the summer, both with an eye toward the next competitive season.

Overall Considerations: Balance and Flexibility

First of all, a soccer-specific training program must balance anaerobic and aerobic activity, combined with a strategy developed to enhance overall flexibility. Flexibility is extremely important, both in male and female athletes, for a variety of reasons. When designing and implementing a soccer-specific, sex-specific strength and fitness training program, overall muscle balance is a key consideration. Therefore, the proper program will balance strength training with stretching, combined with aerobic and anaerobic interval training, along with periods of intense circuit training to fully engage the athlete’s musculature as well as his or her cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary systems. The combination of affects, if and when the overall program is implemented properly, will peak athletic performance in time for the next soccer season.

Nutrition and Dietary Habits

Nutrition is also a vital component in any off-season soccer strength and fitness training program. Because the soccer athlete will be burning a great deal of energy, and consequently calories, it is imperative that meals are taken 4 to 6 times a day, usually 3 hours apart, with adequate amounts of water and nutrients, particularly proteins and carbohydrates, during periods of peak energy expenditure. If nutritional guidelines are not adhered to, an athlete will soon overtrain and/or will reach the point of diminished returns, at which time risk of injury goes up exponentially. While I am not a dietitian, yet I have been training and advising athletes for more than three decades and will make certain recommendations I feel are appropriate. Of course, it is up to you to either follow them or not, but for optimal results, nutritional guidelines and dietary suggestions should be adhered to, particularly as they relate to the frequency of meals and protein intake. You will be breaking down muscle tissue and, if you do not provide your body with adequate resources, it will begin to use your own muscle tissue for fuel, never a good situation. Nutritional supplements? If you are eating properly and taking a multiple vitamin, one I will recommend in an upcoming article, you should have no problems with energy or overtraining. Additionally, the use of protein supplements may of may not be a good thing, with much depending on your individual circumstances. We will discuss the use of protein supplements in an upcoming article, as well.

Medically Cleared: Get a Physical!

To get started, every athlete should have a complete physical. Fortunately, most athletic departments, both at the high school and college level, and particularly at the professional level, require a physical prior to competition. It is also important to be medically cleared before engaging in a strenuous anaerobic and aerobically demanding soccer-specific strength and fitness training program, male or female. We will discuss some of the considerations particular to males and females in an upcoming article but there are myriad differences and there are considerations for one versus the other when implementing the proper strength training regimen, and we will deal with those variations, as well.

Where to Workout: High School Gym to Cushy Health Club?

Finding the right facility is so important! If you do not have access to a high school or college weight room, the YMCA or YWCA is usually extremely reasonable and quite accessible. Many of the commercial training facilities will also have special seasonal rates for students, generally three months in length. Do your homework, find a workout facility you feel comfortable in. Also, talk to the staff and the manager of the facility you are considering, a friendly yet serious training atmosphere is crucial to your success. Make sure they not only sell memberships to young people, particularly athletes, but that they welcome you too. Some gyms will take your money, they are after all in business to make money, but they will make you feel less than welcome. Avoid those places like the plague! One bad trainer or manager can ruin your workouts and your overall training focus.

Training Partner, Accountability Partner, and Spotting Partner

Having a training partner can mean the difference between succeeding and failing. It’s always beneficial to be accountable to and pushed by a workout partner. If all else fails, ask a family member to at least be your spotting partner, because you will be working with heavyweights at times and a spotting partner is necessary. In commercial establishments this is usually not as much of a problem, as there are trainers or employees on hand to help you out. It may also be possible to ask for a “spot” from someone else training there. There is an unwritten code among individuals who train a great deal, particularly strength athletes (bodybuilders and powerlifters) and they will provide assistance in return for a reciprocal “spot,” when needed. It is a good system but you should not count on someone being available. If at all possible, have your own spotting or workout partner, it will also improve the effectiveness of your program and up the intensity.

Coming Attractions!

So, you understand a little bit about what is ahead and what is expected of you. We discussed nutrition and diet, not necessarily the same thing, and we also talked about where you should work out, at least for the weight training. There is always a track and/or a soccer pitch somewhere around. If not? “Got field?” Little “Got Milk?” joke there! In the next article, we will go into a detailed stretching and flexibility program, one that should be integrated into your daily routine, particularly prior to workouts, and hopefully twice a day. The rest is up to you, if you follow the program, by the time the fall season comes around you will be a different player. If you simply go through the motions, you might as well save yourself the time and energy, because you will get little or nothing out of it at all… it is up to you.

I have been training athletes for more than 3 decades. In that time I’ve trained amateur and professional athletes, a 10 year old soccer player lifting weights for the first time in his life to a seasoned 35 year old professional football player nearing the end of his career, and almost everything in between. The athletes I have trained have gone on to win national championships, win all-state and All-American honors, and full scholarships to the colleges and universities of their choice. My methods are at times unconventional, and usually controversial, but they always work. They work, provided the athlete, male or female, young or old, football or soccer, bowling (yes, bowling) or basketball do what I tell them to do.

Fitness Training Programs

So you are looking the right fitness training programs to get you in shape? What most people don’t realize is that not all fitness training programs are created equal. It doesn’t take big equipment or several trips to the gym each week to get in shape. You can get you dream body at home with minimal equipment. Usualy just dumbbells and a pullup bar, depending on how fit you want to be and if you how big you want to be.

If you are like me and want to be fairly big, big enough that my wife is proud to have other women look at me, then you may need to look into additional equipment or a gym membership. For most people getting tone and musclar can be done right at home. You will find on the market today hundreds if not thousands of programs designed to meet at your fitness needs, but in reality you want to look for programs that not only offer the fitness training programs, but daily meal plans, personal coaching and even online support.

Don’t settle with the first or the tenth fitness training programs you find. Be sure to read everything there is available on the program. Ask friends, or fellow fitness trainers. You may also want to Google it, or check out Yahoo answers, both are full of information on just about any subject, including fitness training programs. If you can’t find anything there no the specific program you have chosen, check out other blogs and forums, there is always answers, sometimes you need to dig a little deeper for them.