Frequently Asked Questions
Who trains with a personal trainer?
People hire personal trainers for a variety of reasons. A majority of those working with a personal trainer are looking to loose weight. However, there are many who hire trainers for other health benefits, like increase in strength, muscle hypotrophy, sports specific training, balance and joint stability, injury recovery and prevention.
What are some of advantages to working with a personal trainer?
The advantages to working with a personal trainer are numerous. First, a personal trainer is likely to keep a client accountable. Many clients find their workouts are far more consistent when they train with a personal trainer. Secondly, the workouts designed by a personal trainer are more efficient. Many clients do not have the time and resources to plan workouts. By seeing a personal trainer a client is guaranteed to maximize his/her time at the gym. Lastly, a personal trainer is often hired to objectively asses a clients performance. Therefore, he/she can make adjustments to the workout that a client might have possibly missed.
What is MAT?
Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) is a method aimed at restoring neuromuscular balance at a joint. This method is very effective at dealing with many of the muscular-skeletal issues, such as knee pain, lower back pain, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff injuries, neck strains and many others. By restoring neuromuscular balance a MAT specialist can reduce pain and stiffness at a given joint. Furthermore, MAT is effective in preparing the body for the demands of sports, personal training, and other activities by ensuring optimal functioning at joints. For more information refer to the MAT section within this website.
Can MAT be combined with personal training?
Muscle Activation technique (MAT) is most effective when combined with personal training. As mentioned before, MAT can be useful in restoring neuromuscular balance at joints. To ensure that those joints stay stable and balanced a strategically progressed training routine is imperative. If properly progressed through exercise, joints that were previously unstable will be able to withstand greater physical demands. The key, however, is the appropriate progression through training intensity.
Additionally, MAT is a very accurate muscle-skeletal assessment tool. MAT can show ranges of motion in which a client is weak and unstable. Given such information, a trainer can choose a safe course of training and avoid stressing motion(s), joint(s), or muscle(s) that may not be ready for challenging resistance.
When should I start seeing results?
It is important to understand that fitness is a multivariate phenomenon. In order to get in shape one needs to address many components of fitness, like diet, strengthening, cardio, rest, and YES stress. One is unlikely to get in shape by focusing on one variable to compensate for others. For example there are those who do plenty of cardiovascular exercise yet avoid strengthening, or vice versa, guys that lift only. More overlooked, however, is the importance of stress and rest. There is a good number of clients who train consistently (everyday!) and yet see little results because their body never gets a chance for proper recovery. Truly, to stay fit and healthy one needs to be first consistent and secondly address all components of fitness. The desired results, therefore, will inevitably be achieved.