Sweat Equity (noun)- sustained effort; hard work

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    I'm a school teacher who has a passion for strength and conditioning. Over the years I have gained knowledge from the books, but more importantly through life experience and continued learning. My passion has turned into a side business. I see my responsibility as: 1. developing my trainees' strength throughout the whole body, not parts and pieces, both physically and mentally, and 2. to educate people on proper, effective exercise. If you train with me you will not get a cheerleader, but you will get somebody who will push and encourage you so that you will attain your goals. If you want to whine and not work hard, then find another trainer. It doesn't matter if you are a middle aged housewife or a college athlete-I can get you where you want to go, but only if you want it! If you are interested in training or nutritional counseling to achieve your goals, then please get in touch. Progress, not perfection! -Sweat Equity
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Everybody’s an athlete!

Posted by Sweat Equity on 03/11/2015

I was talking with a new trainee today and we were discussing desired improvements. After she told me what she would like to improve (all of which were reasonable and attainable), I told her that I train every person as if they are an athlete. To some people that may sound like a forgone conclusion, but I have witnessed many trainers who just say, “do this, don’t eat this” and feel successful when their trainee is so sore that they cannot move pain free for days. That is why I differentiate, because training someone correctly requires more attention to detail than 45 minutes with a drill sergeant. Granted, I modify when necessary, but I can’t think of any individual whose life would not be improved through acquiring more athletic qualities. All athletes require some level of strength, power, endurance, flexibility, agility, and balance. Now the necessity of each athletic component will vary depending on the demands of his or her sport, but the need is there. So when I train people who either no longer compete, or never did, I treat them as if they were preparing for general competition. Each session will include: an extensive warm up (including dynamic stretching), a strength/power component (bilateral and unilateral), conditioning (sled drags, sledgehammers, burpees, etc.), core (not ab) work, and partner stretching. Through the exercises that are performed, all of the mentioned athletic components are hit over a series of workouts. Children master athletic components through playing (at least they used to). As we age we lose our youthful ability, not because we have more candles on the cake, but rather because we CHOOSE to lose our youthful ability by observing more and participating less. Blah, blah, blah…! We all have responsibilities and priorities The following is an excerpt from a poem (it’s also a movie/powerpoint) called The Interview with God (author unknown) that puts it more eloquently than I can: “What surprises you most about humankind?” God answered… “That they get bored with childhood, they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.” “That they lose their health to make money… and then lose their money to restore their health.” “That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future.” “That they live as if they will never die, and die as though they had never lived.” So go outside, get sweaty, get dirty, and when you’re finished have a popsicle! 

Progress, not perfection! 

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