Monthly Archives: September 2013

Portland Personal Trainer | Visualization | Portland Oregon

Many of us want to achieve great things.  We want to be the best we can be, go where no one else has gone, and reach success that makes us feel accomplished.

There is one major thing standing in our way.  As a Portland personal trainer would tell you, if you don’t believe it, you won’t achieve it.  You have to be able to visualize yourself reaching your target weight, completing a pull up that you’ve never been able to do before, or crossing the finish line of your first marathon.  If think it will never happen, than it won’t.

Going hand in hand with visualization is hard work.  Think and plan out the things you will do in order to make your goal happen.  You’re not just going to happen to wake up one day and find that all the hard work has been done for you.  If you want something, and care about something enough, you will put in the work and get to where you want to be.

The night before your big race, visualize yourself calm before the start.  Picture yourself pushing through that hill while your legs are screaming. See yourself sprinting to the finish line, even when you feel like you have nothing left to give.  Prepping yourself for the obstacles that will stand in your way will make you that much stronger in surpassing them.

Portland Personal Trainer | Stretching | Portland Oregon

The most neglected part of a workout is what you ask? Stretching.  People often overlook it and skip on it more times than not.  It it often viewed as an uneccessarily part of the equation and left behind.

As Portland personal trainers, we know the benefits, and importance of stretching and the great things it can do for your body. Not only does it help you cool down and return your heart beat to a normal rate, but it also brings your muscles back to the length they started at.  This help prevent muscle strain and muscle pulls.

One of my clients swears by stretching, so much that she takes part in it any chance she can get.  And guess what? She’s never had a single injury in her life.  Stretching may seem like a useless thing because we’re not sweating, our hearts aren’t racing, and we don’t feel like we’re doing work.  We have to remember that stretching is so valuable, and it’s what allows us to continue pushing and challenging our bodies in our workouts to come.

Next time you finish a workout and think about heading straight for home, rethink your decision.  Think how much better you’ll feel after you stretch your body while also improving your flexibility.

Portland Personal Trainer | Neck Pain | Portland OR

Do ever find that moments into reading your favorite book, curled up and cozy on the couch, that your neck begins to ache? Or within the first hour of work you feel pain at the base of your neck from working on the computer? What gives?

The problem is we are forcing our necks into a position it isn’t meant to be in, and we’re paying the price for it.  As a Portland personal trainer, we see it all the time.  Especially when someone has reached fatigue in their exercise.  What is the common move to make? Looking down at the ground, allowing their shoulders to fall forward and their form to diminish.

Here are some tips to help you prevent neck pain and go on with daily activities with ease:

1. Keep a neutral gaze when working out.  Keep your eyes forward, and prevent your neck from extending and flexing whenever possible.

2. Bring what you’re reading up to eye level.  This could mean the menu you’re reading off of, your computer screen, or your directions on how to put your bedroom dresser together.

3.  Stretch your neck.  Your neck after all has to balance the weight of your head every day.  Slowly allow your head to fall to one side, hold it there, and repeat on the other side.