Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Periodization is the process of changing one's work out over time so your body doesn't stop responding to the the usual workout stimulus. If you always do the same exercise routine, your body will eventually adapt and stop making gains. Without changing your workout, weight load, or intensity, it is easy to hit a plateau and stop seeing results.

When you make changes to your routine, it can shock the body into new progress. It is best to find a variety of exercises that can work the same muscle group you are trying to work. If all you ever do is the same exercise, you can get burnt out, over trained, and stop making progress.

Periodization also is the process of planning and cycling through different phases over the course of the year in order to get specific results or peak at a specific time. This involves dividing the year into different cycles. Long periods are referred to macrocycles. Cycles that last for several weeks or months are mesocycles. Daily periods are microcycles.

If an athlete tries to maintain peak performance year round then they are setting themselves up for over training, fatigue, and injury. Over the course of the year an athlete will go through different periodization phases. These may include cycles of emphasis on hypertrophy, strength, power, and then peaking at a certain time for their given event. Scheduling active rest and recovery is also an important part of periodization.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Personal Trainer Survey

I got certified as a personal trainer back in 2001 with 3 different organizations. I recently finished up my University degree in exercise science and I am training clients regularly again. I want to do a little market research for Your Fitness Quest and would appreciate your feedback. Please answer the following 10 questions in the comments section. If you don't have a blogger login, you can just publish your answers as anonymous.

1. Have you ever worked with a trainer?
2. Do you prefer working out at home, in a gym, or outside?
3. Do you prefer individual training or group workouts?
4. Do you have any fears or concerns about using a personal trainer?
5. Under ideal circumstances, how often would you work with a trainer?
6. Rank the 3 areas of improvement that are the most appealing to you from the choices below:
(appearance, energy level, athletic performance, weight loss, nutrition)
7. Which would say is the single most important benefit of using a trainer?
(education, customization, accountability, motivation, safety, or other)
8. What is the least you would expect a trainer to charge per session?
9. What is the most you would be willing to pay per session?
10. On a scale of 1-10 how important is a fit appearance for a personal trainer?

Thanks so much for taking the time to to give me your feedback. I appreciate it.