Personal Trainer in Austin, TX Blog: Complete Fitness Design

should I run

Should I Run? Which Is The Best Cardio?

Should I Run? Should I run is a question I have fielded from any number of gym members and personal training clients over my many years as an Austin personal trainer and gym owner. It is widely held that running is the purest and most effective form of cardiovascular exercise as it pertains to weight

plantar fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis: How To Relieve and Treat it

Plantar Fasciitis: How to treat it As a personal trainer in Austin, TX for over 2 decades, you can rest assured that I have seen a lot of different clients with many different ailments, imbalances, and conditions. One of the most common that I’ve dealt with over the years is a what’s known as plantar

why am I fat

Why Am I Fat?

Asking Yourself Why Am I Fat? I had a rather amusing email land in my inbox the other day. It was from a young lady whom I have never met and she simply asked, why am I fat? Granted, I make myself readily available on such websites as quora, etc and it’s not too hard

soy protein

Soy Protein: Separating Fact and Fiction

Soy Protein: Is It A Healthy Option? With all of the questions surrounding fitness getting “answered” on trendy websites that cater to fads, as well as by personal trainers on fitness forums who are fresh out of the certification process, one of the biggest mysteries seems to be what is the best protein? There’s any

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Frequently Asked Fitness Questions: Part 2

More Frequently Asked Fitness Questions Last week, I wrote of a couple of frequently asked fitness questions that were a little off the beaten path, so to speak. What I mean, is that I don’t hear them with the regularity of such questions as what’s the best way to lose weight, etc. Having been an

frequently asked fitness questions

Frequently Asked Fitness Questions: Part 1

Frequently Asked Fitness Questions I Field As one can imagine, when you’ve been an a personal trainer in Austin for over 20 years, and a gym owner for over 10, there’s a lot of frequently asked fitness questions coming your way. They run the gamut from proper gym etiquette, to proper techniques, fads and fashions,

the best way to stretch

The Best Way To Stretch For What Ails You

The Best Way To Stretch Everyone, and I mean everyone, has some sort of imbalance or tightness in their body. It could be anything from a tight hip flexor, a knee that’s not tracking properly because of a tight quadricep muscle, a tight levator scapulae, and so on, but there’s going to be something. As

overcoming gym intimidation

Overcoming Gym Intimidation

How to Go About Overcoming Gym Intimidation One of the biggest reasons people shy away from fitness, especially in gyms is because they are intimidated. Gym intimidation is rampant and is not confined to any one demographic. Over my 20 plus years as an Austin personal trainer, I’ve seen everybody from professional athletes, to beginners

how to find a good personal trainer

How To Find A Good Personal Trainer

Wondering How To Find A Good Personal Trainer? How to find a good personal trainer is a difficult, yet astonishingly easy question for me to answer, despite my bias. As a longtime personal trainer in Austin, as well as a gym owner for over a decade, I’m certainly biased when it comes to personal trainers.

the difference between leg press and squats

The Difference Between Leg Press And Squats

What Is The Difference Between Leg Press And Squats? As a 20 plus year veteran Austin personal trainer and gym owner, one question I hear asked of me a lot at the gym is, what is the difference between leg press and squats? There’s a lot of different machines in the gym. Some machines are

is exercising too much bad for you

Is Exercising Too Much Bad For You?

Is It True?: Is Exercising Too Much Bad For You? There’s a lot of preconceived notions in the health and fitness industry. Everything from certain protocols regarding nutrition, supplements, etc. There’s certainly no shortage of itemized workouts that are guaranteed to take you to the next level, and so on. One thing we don’t hear

should kids lift weights

Should Kids Lift Weights?

As A Parent, Are You Wondering Should Kids Lift Weights? An interesting question was sent to me this morning from a lady in California. She explained she has a son who is undersized, according to the growth charts in her doctor’s office, and she wanted to help him get bigger by sending him to the

swimming for weight loss

Swimming For Weight Loss

Try Swimming For Weight Loss! A lot of people think they know the best exercise for weight loss, but I’m a little skeptical. The reason for my skepticism, is that I see an awful lot of heavy folks jogging in the hot sun in their attempt to lose weight. While jogging is certainly a reasonable

walking vs running for weight loss

Walking vs Running for Weight Loss

Walking vs Running For Weight Loss: Which Is More Effective? As long as there have been gyms, there have been fitness debates. These debates have taken place in many social circles such as within the scientific community, the gym rat community, the “bro science” community, and of course, if the walls could talk, they’d echo

the most effective way to lose weight

The Most Effective Way To Lose Weight

Wondering What is the Most Effective Way to Lose Weight? Most of the questions I field as a longtime personal trainer in Austin, TX, are well thought out questions from people who often times, have little experience in the weightlifting and/or exercise world. I’m always happy to answer their questions, provided I’m not in the

the best stretches

What Are The Best Stretches & Who Should Do Them?

Which Stretches Are The Best Stretches? The other day my wife and I were at a friend’s dinner party relaxing and enjoying catching up with old friends, when a lady I’d just met asked me the generic question of what are the best stretches? One thing that I have accepted about my chosen profession is

should I stretch before or after my workout

Should I Stretch Before Or After My Workout

Asking Yourself Should I stretch Before Or After My Workout? As I’ve pointed out several times before in previous writings, there is a lot of myths and what I call science fiction strewn about the health and fitness landscape. There is no shortage of sweeping statements, wonder pills, and amazing breakthroughs, that will give you

will exercising make me live longer

Will Exercising Make Me Live Longer

Clearing Up Myths: Will Exercising Make Me Live Longer? An interesting question came across my proverbial desk this morning from a long standing gym member. He asked will exercising make me live longer? There’s a lot of differing opinions on this matter, and like anything in the stereotypical health and fitness world, there’s a lot

how to get big

How To Get Big: What It Takes To Get Bigger

Wondering How To Get Big? It goes without saying that men and women are very different. We have any number of differences universally, and that almost always includes how we approach the gym. As an Austin personal trainer for over 20 years, I can assure you that 99.9% of the time the reason men are

workouts

Workouts: Which Workout Is The Best?

Workouts: There’s No 1 Size Fits All Workout One thing I’m frequently asked for as an Austin personal trainer by clients, as well as prospective clients, is for a workout plan. Workouts and workout plans can be found virtually any and everywhere. You don’t need to hire a personal trainer to hand you a random

how long should I rest between sets

How Long Should I Rest Between Sets?

Wondering How Long Should I Rest Between Sets? One of the most frequently asked questions of me as a long time Austin personal trainer and gym owner, is how long should I rest between sets? It’s a very common question, but like anything else in the health and fitness world, there’s no generic, one-size-fits-all answer.

how do I lose belly fat

How Do I Lose Belly Fat?

In all of the many years I’ve been a personal trainer in South Austin, as well as a gym owner, one of the most persistent questions asked of me is how do I lose belly fat? People ask everything from how can I get a skinnier face, to how can I increase my bench press,

barbells vs dumbbells

Barbells VS Dumbbells: Which Are Better?

Barbells VS Dumbbells Since the dawn of time, people have been wanting to know the best way to do things. This is natural and obviously, helps us be better at whatever it is we’re doing, as well as be more efficient. As long as there have been gyms, people have always been weighing the merits

how long does it take to put on muscle

How Long Does It Take To Put On Muscle?

Question Of The Week: How Long Does It Take To Put On Muscle? How long does it take to lose weight? How long does it take to gain weight? One of the most frequently asked questions, in fact, is how long does it take to put on muscle? Having been a personal trainer in South

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What Is The Best Pre Workout Drink?

What Truly Is The Best Pre workout Drink? The other day I was asked by a young man in my gym what is the best pre workout drink? As a longtime South Austin personal trainer, I hear an awful lot of what I refer to as the best questions. What is the best way to

how long does it take to lose weight

How Long Does It Take To Lose Weight?

Wondering How Long Does It Take To Lose Weight? Everybody wants instant gratification, no matter what it is that we’re talking about, and fitness is no exception. I often get asked how long will it take for mew to put on 25 pounds of muscle? How long will it take me to be able to

how long should my workouts be

How Long Should My Workouts Be?

Are You Wondering How Long Should My Workouts Be? One question I get on a regular basis as a 22 year veteran Austin personal trainer and gym owner, is how long should my workouts be? As anyone who has ever read any of my numerous essays or blogs would know, I’m not a proponent of

standing desks

Standing Desks: Should I Be Using One?

In the 20 plus years I’ve been an Austin personal trainer, I have seen many people come through my door with all kinds of postural distortions. Some are genetic traits, such as ankylosing spondylitis, while others are man made, so to speak. In our daily routines, we tend to do things that can lend themselves

when is the best time to workout

When Is The Best Time To Workout?

Are You wondering When is the Best Time to Workout? One great question that generates a lot of opposing answers is the classic, when is the best time to workout question. I’ve seen plenty of people chime in their opinions all over the internet, naturally. I’ve seen so called fitness experts, who work at Target

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Should I Get A Personal Trainer?

Asking Yourself Should I Get A Personal Trainer? Should I get a personal trainer is something a lot of people ask themselves, especially around the time of New Years. One would think that I would be a tad biased on the subject as I’ve been an Austin personal trainer for over 20 years, but honestly,

shoulder pain exercises

Shoulder Pain Exercises: Prevention Is The Key

Wondering What The Best Shoulder Pain Exercises Are? As a longtime Austin personal trainer, one of the more common questions I tend to get is about shoulder pain. It’s a very common affliction in the health and fitness world, as well as in greater society as well. It doesn’t take much to injure the shoulder

how often should I change up my workouts

How Often Should I Change Up My Workouts?

Are You Asking Yourself How Often Should I Change Up My Workouts? One of the better questions that I have gotten in a long time came this morning for a middle aged man who has been working out at my gym for a few months now. He asked me how often should I change up

how important is nutrition

How Important Is Nutrition? Eat To Reach Your Goals!

Wondering How Important Is Nutrition? Being a personal trainer in Austin Texas is a great job. Austin is a very active and fitness oriented City. We have many miles of hike and bike trails, many fitness centers, many lakes, and many businessesthat revolve around health and fitness incorporating our beautiful climate. Austin is a city

treadmill or elliptical

Treadmill Or Elliptical: Which Is Better?

I’ve spent a lot of hours writing on this site, per request, answering to the best of my professional abilities about what the best whatever it was I was asked about. People are always wanting to know what the best form of cardio is, whether they have any real intentions of doing it, or not.

The Best Foods To Eat Before Working Out

The Best Foods To Eat Before Working Out

What Are The Best Foods To Eat Before Working Out? The other day, a young lady came into my gym to sign up. She was somewhat well versed at health and fitness, but she readily volunteered there was plenty to learn. She set up a consultation with me for a few training sessions because she

warming up

Warming Up: Why It Is So Important To Warm Up

Are You Warming Up Before Working Out? Before you do any kind of physical exercise, be it cardiovascular, or the anaerobic variety, it is very important to warm up. Warming up is essential if you want to maximize the benefits of your workouts, as you’ll be loosened up, and ready to go, both physically, as

should children lift weights?

Should Children Lift Weights?

Is It Safe? Should Children Lift Weights? A lot of people get the idea that they want to join a gym and get in better shape. Sometimes, you see people deciding other people, usually a spouse should go to the gym and or work with a trainer, though that never pans out. If that person

the best cardio workout

The Best Cardio Workout: Which One Burns The Most Calories?

Which Activity Is The Best Cardio Workout? We’ve been trying to unearth the best of the best in some of the previous few blog entries. I have answered questions about the best leg exercises, best stretches, and so on. This time, I’ll attempt to answer the question of what is the best cardio workout. When

cheat curls

Cheat Curls: Are They Of Any Benefit?

Cheat Curls As a longtime Austin personal trainer, I’ve told people over and over how important it is to use proper techniques when working out. Proper form, or good form, as it’s referred to popularly, is not as simple as one might automatically assume. What is good form for one person because of their build,

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How To Get Rid Of Flabby Arms

Do You Want To Know How To Get Rid Of Flabby Arms? As we get older, our body changes. Some things we don’t notice so much, such as higher blood sugar levels,for example, but other things we certainly do take notice of. They could be the graying of the hair, the formation of age spots

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The Best Leg Exercises: What Are They & Are They Right For You?

Searching For The Best Leg Exercises? What’s the best leg exercise I was asked the other day by a middle aged gentleman who was looking to pack a little more size onto his lower body. I could only reply, since we had just met, that the best leg exercises are the ones that are going

best exercise to lose weight

What Is The Best Exercise To Lose Weight?

Are You Asking What Is The Best Exercise To Lose Weight? What is the best exercise to lose weight a young lady with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) asked me this afternoon at my gym. She, like others with illness and/or hormonal issues, are in a different boat entirely from those without such afflictions, but the

how to get bigger arms

How To Get Bigger Arms: Are Bicep Curls The Answer?

Wondering How To Get Bigger Arms? As I’ve written many times before, most everything in the health and fitness world is individual. Very few puzzles are going to be solved, or theories held true with generalizations and sweeping statements. There is a conspicuous exception to this, however. I’ve been a personal trainer in Austin for

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The Benefits Of Lifting Weights

What Are The Benefits Of Lifting Weights? People always are asking if this is better than that. We always are making comparisons and trying to find out the best way to go about something. That’s just human nature. Whether we actually do something with our information, however, is hit or miss, but that’s human nature

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The Difference Between Abs And Core Muscles

What Is The Difference Between Abs And Core Muscles? As I have mentioned several times in my blogs, over the course of 22 years as a personal trainer in Austin, I get asked a lot of questions related to fitness and health. Some of it is trivial stuff, some of it is simply asking how

obesity

Obesity: 11 Linked Cancers And Other Associated Illnesses

Obesity Is A Killer It’s long been known that there is a definitive connection between having too much body fat, and the subsequently heightened possibilities of getting cancer. Obesity, in fact, has become a very widespread public health concern across the world as it not only has been definitively linked to certain cancers, but to

The Best Hip Stretches: Which Are The Best Ones For You?

The Best Hip Stretches: Which Are The Best Ones For You?

What Are The Best Hip Stretches? What are the best hip stretches? It depends whom you ask. It also depends even more who is asking me that question. The best anything isn’t a popularity contest, but it should be what is the best for you and your situation. It’s like asking me what is the

the best ab exercises

The Best Ab Exercises: Which Are The Best Ones For You?

What Are The Best Ab Exercises? Everybody is always asking what are the best exercises for this muscle, and what are the best ones for that muscle? I’ve been an Austin personal trainer for over 22 years now, and if someone posed the question of what are the best chest exercises, I could easily pull

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Gluten Free: Who Should Be Gluten Free & Why

Should You Be Gluten Free? There’s a joke going around that says if you’re gluten free, a born again Christian, and you do CrossFit, which do you talk about first? I have addressed CrossFit in a previous writing on this website, have no interest in addressing religion on this site, nor anywhere else, as that’s

how to get a tight butt

How To Get A Tight Butt

Wondering How To Get A Tight Butt? When you’ve been a personal trainer in Austin, or virtually anywhere, as long as I have, you tend to get a lot of questions from gym goers, clients, and just people you meet. They usually want your advice on how they can improve one or more aspects of

alleviating shoulder pain

Alleviating Shoulder Pain: How To Go About Doing It

Alleviating Shoulder Pain Alleviating shoulder pain is a potentially very simple process, or the reality may be in your particular case, a very complex ordeal. Like everything else, it’s not just a matter of what is ailing you, but also factors such as your physical condition and medical history come into play as well. The

how many calories should I eat to lose weight

How Many Calories Should I Eat To Lose Weight?

Are you Asking Yourself How Many Calories Should I Eat To Lose Weight? Are you asking yourself how many calories should I eat to lose weight? A lot of people are, and unfortunately, they’re getting the wrong answers. In my essays and blogs, as well as in person with my clients over my 22 years

how much water should I drink

How Much Water Should I Drink?

Answering the How Much Water Should I Drink Question A question I am frequently asked at my gym, as well as by new clients is how much water should I drink? Like everything else in fitness, as well as in health, the answer is very subjective. There are many variables when answering this kind of

best core exercises

What Are The Best Core Exercises?

How To Chose The Best Core Exercises In my previous blog entry, I made mention of how a lot of people ask me what the best exercises for this and that are and so last week I answered the question of what are the best chest exercises. This week, I want to make it a

best chest exercises

The Best Chest Exercises: Which Are Truly Best For Gaining Muscle?

The Best Chest Exercises Whenever we begin an undertaking, such as fitness for example, we categorically want to know what the best exercises are. What are the best exercises for a toned butt is one I hear a lot from the ladies. The men seem to be much more interested in arms and chest development,

crossfit

Crossfit: A Good Idea or an Accident Waiting to Happen?

CrossFit: Is It A Great Workout Or Potentially Dangerous? Curiously to some, I’ve never until now written an essay, or even a blog post about CrossFit. There really was no specific reason for that, other than as an Austin personal trainer for 22 years, as well as a being a gym owner for a long

do crunches produce flat abs

Do Crunches Produce Flat Abs?

Do Crunches Produce Flat Abs? To say that there are a plethora of myths and falsities strewn across the fitness landscape would certainly be an understatement. On this website, particularly in some of the blog entries, I’ve debunked several such myths. I always enjoy hearing them, as some are quite amusing, but simultaneously, I feel

improvising your workouts

Improvising Your Workouts

Adapting and Improvising Your Workouts The ability to improvise and adapt is one of the strongest traits associated with humans. It doesn’t come intuitively to all, but generally speaking, we as humans, seem to have this ability down to a science, so to speak. Improvising your workouts can be a way to get a breath

best arm exercises

Best Arm Exercises

What Are The Best Arm Exercises? When you’ve been a personal trainer in Austin for more than 20 years, and a gym owner for nearly a decade, you get a lot of questions. I always welcome them as I enjoy helping people get healthier and stronger. That’s why I chose this profession and enjoy it

can I lose weight without dieting

Can I Lose Weight Without Dieting?

Asking Can I Lose Weight Without Dieting? Every day, people decide they want to get in better shape. Maybe they have an aesthetic goal. Perhaps it’s just a matter of dropping a set number of pounds they are interested in doing. Other times in rehabilitative. There’s plenty of reasons and motivations, and as an Austin

what are the best ab exercises

What Are The Best Ab Exercises

Wondering What Are The Best Ab Exercises? It usually goes a little something like this. “Hey Andy, what is the fastest way for me to put on some muscle”? “Hey Andy, what are the best ab exercises”? The swiftly running stream of what are the best…insert your fitness goal here, never runs dry. One of

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