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What’s your motivation for running and being fit?

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People often go to the gym and workout to be strong, get ripped, or improve their figure but apart from that, exercise has more practical benefits. Even if you are not a competitive athlete, you still have a reason to aim for optimal strength, endurance, and fitness. If you think you are not motivated to be fit and you really just can’t find a reason to exercise, watch the video below.

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The “super dad” in this video was able to save his daughter from being hit and ran over by a speeding wagon carrying two other children from a hill. If that guy was not fit enough or can’t run, his daughter may have been badly hurt and injured. Have you ever thought that you can be fit for your family or for other people who are special to you?

Getting fit is not merely about looking great and being able to do weird things. Being healthy and strong may also mean being the best that you can be for your family and those who are important to you. Fitness is not merely an egoistic and self-centered goal, but we can aim to be fit for others around us.

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Running is one of the best ways to exercise – it is free and natural, almost everyone can do it!

Running feels great because it releases more than just sweat – you also get to release your worries and stress. Every time you run and catch your breath, you breathe in as a new person.

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If you want the most out of your workouts, it is important to know and apply the principles of training – Individuality, Specificity, Progressive Overload, Recovery, and Reversibility. These principles give you an idea on how you should train and what kinds of exercises you should do in relation to your goals in fitness. A simpler approach to training is through following the FITT principle.  

What is the FITT Principle of training?
The FITT Principle is a formula of the overall components of training that you should take into consideration for an effective workout. It describes how often you should exercise, how hard your effort should be, how long you should exercise, and what kinds of exercises you should be doing for a specific goal.

The FITT acronym stands for:

F– Frequency

I– Intensity

T– Time

T– Type


How can I apply the FITT principle to my workouts?
The FITT Principle is known to be used and apply mostly for resistance training. However, training for the other components of fitness can also benefit from the use of the FITT Principle. Primarily, training for Cardiovascular endurance, Muscular capacity (muscular endurance and muscular strength), and Flexibility can all apply this formula for a more effective workout. The FITT Principle should not be then limited to resistance training for muscular strength, but should also be applied for aerobic training for cardiovascular endurance and stretching for flexibility.

Frequency: How often should I exercise?
Frequency is the first important component of the FITT Principle. For the busy individual, how often you exercise is usually affected by how much time you can allot for physical activity. Studies have shown that exercising only once a week will have minimal or no effect to health. The Frequency of training also signifies your fitness level. If you are an athlete with a high level of fitness, you probably can work out, train, and play 4 to 6 times a week. Intermediate exercisers can do a mix of cardiovascular and muscular capacity physical activities 3 to 5 times a week without experiencing fatigue. For beginners, limit your physical activities to 2 times a week for resistance training and 3 times a week for cardiovascular training to ensure that your body recuperates enough. The frequency of your training or work out is not just about the number of training days in a week, but also how much time is allotted for recovery. The Frequency principle is a good balance of work and recuperation time for more effective fitness gains.


Intensity: How hard should I work out?
For cardiovascular capacity, the intensity of the workout is measured by how fast you are going. In this case, intensity then determines the length of Time of the work out. The more intense your cardiovascular training is, the less time you can continue the exercise. For Muscular capacity (resistance or weight training) training, the intensity is determined by how heavy the weight you are carrying is. The heavier the weight, the less repetition or sets you can do. Intensity can be measured by your heart rate, that is, how hard your heart is working to supply working muscles with oxygenated blood and nutrients. One way to know the intensity of your workout without measuring your heart rate is to use the Borg scale and determine your Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE). If you want to workout longer or if you are exercising before you go to work, then choose less intense exercises to make sure you still have enough energy throughout the day. The Intensity of your workout should also be a good balance between work and rest. The heavier the weight you are carrying, or the faster you are running, the longer the rest period you will need for your body to recuperate.

Time: How long should my training session be?
These principles are related to each other, and the length of time of your work out is determined by the frequency and intensity of the exercises. It also depends on the type of exercise that you choose to do. Because of the nature of work of most people today, more and more “fitness gurus” have been promoting quick workouts with some claiming 7-minute exercises have health gains! Having no time to exercise is also the most common excuse for not exercising, so promoting quick workouts may be beneficial for busy people, but remember that you should consider other principles for an effective exercise regimen. The time of your training session depends on your GOAL. For example, if you want to get stronger, then you should spend more time lifting weights and recovering (rest in between sets); if your goal is to lose weight, then time should be spent both on weight training and cardio.

Type: What are the exercises that I should do for my specific goal?
There are Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands (SAID Principle). If you want to improve cardiovascular endurance, then choose activities that are done for longer duration but at a relatively lighter intensity like walking, jogging, or group fitness classes. If you want to increase muscle size or “tone” your muscles, then do resistance exercises and follow the principle for time and frequency according to your fitness levels.


 How can the FITT Principle help my training?
The first mistake that beginning exercisers make is training too hard too soon. This leads to faster fatigue and a negative impression on exercise. Another mistake which applies not only to beginning exercisers but even for those who have been exercising for a few months is not adding variety to their workouts. The result is boredom with exercise and plateauing which makes their fitness goals seem far-fetched. By following the FITT Principle with the help of your Personal Trainer, you can design a more flexible and realistic exercise program that matches your goals and capacity. Also, following the FITT Principle will ensure enough rest and recovery which minimizes risk for overuse injuries.

This is just one of the many principles that I apply when training my clients to be the fittest they can be. If you want to apply this to your training, check out my SERVICES page!

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Being motivated to continue doing something difficult is usually a struggle. When we’re doing something and then in the middle of it we’re suddenly faced with a big challenge, sometimes it seems hard to press on. There are times that our negative experiences and failures keep us from continuing. We become fearful of making mistakes again. Other times, we just lose our focus and direction. Our environment may suddenly change and we find ourselves getting ‘lost‘ in transition. We forget what our goals are and why we started in the first place. In any case, when you start losing hope and feel under-motivated to continue, keep these things in mind:

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1. Be Thankful. We often lose confidence from past failures and personal weaknesses which then kills our motivation. We have to focus and think of what we want and why we started in the first place, but sometimes it is the same reason why we start to lose confidence in ourselves. As time goes by, our brains start to question why we still aren’t getting what we want. We become jealous of others’ achievements and compare ourselves with them. The solution for this is to focus on gratitude. Be thankful for your small achievements. Remember your accomplishments and what it took for you to get there. If you are a runner struggling to make it past sub-30 or your sub-1 or whatever your target is, be thankful for those few minutes or even seconds that you scrape off from your time. If you have been going to the gym to lose weight, be thankful for the capability to work out and sweat every day, and remember that you are on the road to fitness. We lose hope when we tend to forget about our strengths and dwell on our failures. Make an effort to feel grateful and you’ll realize how competent and successful you are.

2. Focus on Positive Goals, not just on results. We sometimes set unreasonable goals for ourselves and when we don’t reach them, we lose confidence in ourselves. Some people set goals like “I want to lose 30 lbs in 1 month” which is totally unhealthy. I once had a client who wanted to improve her figure by having a thigh gap. I had to patiently explain that this is an anatomical difference and can’t be easily modified with exercise or any weight loss program. Also, being skinny does not mean being healthy. When you run, you don’t reach the finish line by thinking about the finish line, but you focus on each grueling step that you take to reach it.

3. Set Your Direction. If focus means having positive and specific goals, then having direction means to make a clear strategy of your day-to-day actions to achieve your goals. Without an obvious next step, we tend to procrastinate. If possible, make a sequential list of things to do until you reach your goal. Identify the activities that lead to success. Some actions that you take can be good, but may not lead to your goal. Remind yourself everyday of what you need to do next. I think a good analogy of this in sports training would be Periodization. You have an ultimate direction towards your goal with the Macrocycle -your year long or season-long training plan. But you should still have your Mesocycle and ultimately your Microcycle which is specific to what you do for each training day.

It is inevitable to encounter failures and problems along the way as you take steps toward your goal. What’s important is that you strive and persevere and keep negative thoughts from killing your confidence and motivation. Martin Luther Jr said “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”  And after that first step, keep focusing on the next steps ahead of you.

 

Be thankful for each step. Focus on positive and reasonable goals. And set a clear direction for every action that you take.

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Watch this video by Ben Greenfields about Endurance training, HIIT, and the Pareto Principle:

I recommend Ben Greenfield, author of Author of the popular “Beyond Training” book. He is currently the founder and owner of Human Wellness Solutions, a company that develops innovative and cutting-edge fitness and nutrition services and solutions to help people reach their physical and mental performance goals, whether that be to cross the finish line of an Ironman triathlon, or simply shed a few pounds.

Voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and recognized as the top 100 Most Influential People in Health, Ben Greenfield is a fitness, triathlon, and nutrition expert, and has authored multiple books and DVDs

Voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and recognized as the top 100 Most Influential People in Health, Ben Greenfield is a fitness, triathlon, and nutrition expert, and has authored multiple books and DVDs

    From 2006-2009, Ben was Director of Sports Performance and managed the physiology and biomechanics laboratory at Champions Sports Medicine in Spokane, WA, offering metabolic-based weight loss, bicycle fitting, running gait analysis, swim stroke analysis, VO2 max testing, blood lactate testing, resting metabolic rate analysis, and other cutting-edge procedures for weight loss and performance. He is now a full time coach, trainer, nutritionist and author.

     Ben also owns the Rock Star Triathlete Academy, the internet’s top school for learning the sport of triathlon and how to be a better triathlete, the Superhuman Coach Network, a mastermind and mentorship program for personal trainers and health experts, and Endurance Planet, the world’s leading resource for endurance sports entertainment and podcasts. He was voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year, by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, an internationally recognized and respected certifying agency.

His credentials include:

-Bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology

-Personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

-Sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)

-Advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta, the “Harvard” of bicycle fitting schools

-Over 9 years experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports

 

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I recommend Ben Greenfield, author of Author of the popular “Beyond Training” book. He is currently the founder and owner of Human Wellness Solutions, a company that develops innovative and cutting-edge fitness and nutrition services and solutions to help people reach their physical and mental performance goals, whether that be to cross the finish line of an Ironman triathlon, or simply shed a few pounds.

Voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and recognized as the top 100 Most Influential People in Health, Ben Greenfield is a fitness, triathlon, and nutrition expert, and has authored multiple books and DVDs

Voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and recognized as the top 100 Most Influential People in Health, Ben Greenfield is a fitness, triathlon, and nutrition expert, and has authored multiple books and DVDs

    From 2006-2009, Ben was Director of Sports Performance and managed the physiology and biomechanics laboratory at Champions Sports Medicine in Spokane, WA, offering metabolic-based weight loss, bicycle fitting, running gait analysis, swim stroke analysis, VO2 max testing, blood lactate testing, resting metabolic rate analysis, and other cutting-edge procedures for weight loss and performance. He is now a full time coach, trainer, nutritionist and author.

     Ben also owns the Rock Star Triathlete Academy, the internet’s top school for learning the sport of triathlon and how to be a better triathlete, the Superhuman Coach Network, a mastermind and mentorship program for personal trainers and health experts, and Endurance Planet, the world’s leading resource for endurance sports entertainment and podcasts. He was voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year, by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, an internationally recognized and respected certifying agency.

 

His credentials include:

-Bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology

-Personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

-Sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)

-Advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta, the “Harvard” of bicycle fitting schools

-Over 9 years experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports

 

 

 

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This post is adapted from Matt Fitzgerald‘s article. He’s the author of RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel (VeloPress, 2010) and an expert training content developer for PEAR Sports. Learn more at mattfitzgerald.org
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There’s a reason Olympic runners have coaches—the same reason you may need one.

   Meb Kelfezighi has a coach. So does Desiree Davila. So do Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan and Dathan Ritzenhein. Almost all of the American runners who went to the London Olympics last summer work with coaches.

     Self-coached age-group runners might wonder why. After all, running is not a team sport where a coach is needed to decide who starts and who comes off the bench, who plays which position, and so forth. Nor is running a highly technical sport like swimming, where coaches are needed to observe and correct form flaws. Indeed, one of the virtues of running as a sport is its simplicity. Within a few years of taking it up any runner can acquire all of the knowledge he requires to coach himself.

If you ask America’s Olympic runners directly why they have coaches, most of them will not cite their lack of knowledge of the sport. These runners know perfectly well how to train. They seek other things from their coaches. Kara Goucher has said that she relies on her coaches to help build her confidence and to take the burden of planning and interpreting her training off her shoulders. Many elite athletes rely on coaches to keep them from doing stupid things, like responding to symptoms of overtraining by training harder.

Another advantage of working with a coach is accountability. This advantage snuck up on me when, in my late thirties, I chose to work with a coach for the first time since high school. My conscious reason for hiring a coach was that I had run out of ideas on how to improve and I wanted someone to give me fresh ideas. That’s another benefit of working with a coach. And, sure enough, my coach had me try some new things with my training that worked well. This was expected. What was unexpected was the sense of heightened accountability that I felt. I never saw myself as an athlete who cut corners, but when I had a coach to report back to I suddenly found myself not cutting corners that I had cut unconsciously before.

 

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As a coach myself, I may be biased, but I believe that every runner can benefit from working with a good coach. Any one of the above-mentioned benefits—confidence building, stress
alleviation, stupid mistake avoidance, accountability,
and fresh ideas—could make the partnership worthwhile. And the knowledge component should not be underestimated. For lack of knowledge most runners, and even most competitive runners, make fundamental mistakes in their training such as not varying the intensity of their workouts sufficiently.

Once you’ve made the decision to work with a coach you must then find one. The first step in this process is deciding if you’d rather work face to face with a coach in your area of work through the internet and/or by phone with a coach who could be anywhere.

The advantages of working face to face with a local coach are obvious. You certainly won’t do every run with your coach present, but he or she can directly supervise some of your most important workouts. You may also enjoy the opportunity to do track workouts and such with a group of other runners working under the same coach. A coach who sees you run can do things that a remote coach cannot, such as correct your form and observe that you look tired and need a rest.

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One of the advantages of opening up the map in your coaching search is that you can be very choosy. If you insist on working with a coach who has experience with national champions—well, there may not be such a coach available in
your area.

To summarize, I think you should have a coach. Few runners regret the decision to hire a coach, and it’s a small risk in any case. If it doesn’t work out you can go back to talking yourself out of making stupid mistakes with your training.

 

A New Way to Get a Coach.

      Technology has recently made possible a new type of coach – with the endless possibilities of the internet today, you can sign up for coaching online! For runners, I recommend Ben Greenfield, author of Author of the popular “Beyond Training” book. He is currently the founder and owner of Human Wellness Solutions, a company that develops innovative and cutting-edge fitness and nutrition services and solutions to help people reach their physical and mental performance goals, whether that be to cross the finish line of an Ironman triathlon, or simply shed a few pounds.

Voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and recognized as the top 100 Most Influential People in Health, Ben Greenfield is a fitness, triathlon, and nutrition expert, and has authored multiple books and DVDs

Voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and recognized as the top 100 Most Influential People in Health, Ben Greenfield is a fitness, triathlon, and nutrition expert, and has authored multiple books and DVDs

    From 2006-2009, Ben was Director of Sports Performance and managed the physiology and biomechanics laboratory at Champions Sports Medicine in Spokane, WA, offering metabolic-based weight loss, bicycle fitting, running gait analysis, swim stroke analysis, VO2 max testing, blood lactate testing, resting metabolic rate analysis, and other cutting-edge procedures for weight loss and performance. He is now a full time coach, trainer, nutritionist and author.

     Ben also owns the Rock Star Triathlete Academy, the internet’s top school for learning the sport of triathlon and how to be a better triathlete, the Superhuman Coach Network, a mastermind and mentorship program for personal trainers and health experts, and Endurance Planet, the world’s leading resource for endurance sports entertainment and podcasts. He was voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year, by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, an internationally recognized and respected certifying agency.

His credentials include:

-Bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology

-Personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

-Sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)

-Advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta, the “Harvard” of bicycle fitting schools

-Over 9 years experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports

 

Download these books by Ben Greenfield:

$1.10
Endurance Training Nutrition: Top 20 Fueling Myths Exposed
Buy now

$7.66
Run With No Pain
Buy now

$10.97
The Low Carbohydrate Diet For Triathletes
Buy now

$9.99
Weight Training for Triathlon: The Ultimate Guide
Buy now

 

The advantage of this online coaching and training course is that you can have access to the products of one of the best athlete and coach there is at any time you want! Ben Greenfield offers lots of advice, lessons, and training plans from the Triathlon Dominator, to  Running pain free, and strength training. Another great advantage of having an Online Coach is that it costs less compared to when you get a personal coach. When you get an Online Coach, you only pay for a one-time investment for the program you choose, whereas having a personal coach requires you to pay him/her for every session!
 

These programs are proven to work and you can see the many testimonials available for each program. The only setback to having an online coach is that YOU have to push yourself and motivate yourself to be dedicated, consistent, and patient with the program.

Remember that this is not some advertisement that you usually see on the internet claiming instant results – it’s a TRAINING COURSE based on proven exercise programs backed up by sports science. The instructions, demo videos, and even one-on-one online coaching are available with a click from your hands. Like any other training regimen, the results are based on how committed you are to training! The guarantee for each program to work depends on how you guarantee your commitment to it and your passion for running.

Don’t get it if you think you won’t be able to follow consistently and be patient with the results. But if you are passionate with your sport and you really want to commit to train to achieve more, then get coached by one of the best triathletes today – it’s worth the investment!

Ben Greenfield offers numerous eBooks and training courses, and if you are the committed athlete who is wiling to invest time and resources in the best training plan there is, the Ironman Dominator Package is for you:

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