Ask the Professional: Best Piece of Advice



by Hailey Brady, BS, ACSM-CPT

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received related to achieving health and fitness goals?

Jamie Regan, LifeStart General Manager, Michigan Plaza
"Listen to your body". I was told this years back and I really use it in my training and everyday life. If I was planning on doing a 3 miler and have more energy, why not go an extra mile?  I've also experienced waking up on a Saturday morning and felt tired and fatigued. Instead of pushing myself I allowed my body to get the rest it needed, and then got my run in later that day or the next morning. Listening to your body can also apply to nutrition and wellness. If I am watching TV and find myself grabbing for snacks, I will take a minute and ask myself “Am I actually hungry?”

Michael Hueras, LifeStart General Manager, 125 High Street Boston

Change things up every 6-8 to give your body a new stimulus to adapt to and to avoid burnout.

Tyler Langosch, M.S., CSCS, LifeStart General Manager, Westbrook

The best piece of advice I was ever given related to achieving health and fitness goals would be to find something that is enjoyable for you and that keeps you moving. Then, continue to find new ways to incorporate that activity into your daily life.  For me, I love being in a gym and working out in any way possible.  Over my career as a trainer I have tried out endless workout programs and protocols from powerlifting to yoga and many things in between.  That is what I love and that is what keeps me moving.  Certain aspects of exercise many people find boring and mindless.  In order to maintain adherence to exercise, it is vital to find something that is enjoyable and gives you a sense of accomplishment.  Often times us trainers and those involved in the fitness industry have a problem understanding that some people despise exercise.  We forget sometimes that we are the odd ones.  We like putting ourselves through daily “punishment” and exhaustion, which is our favorite mode of exercise.  It is important to work with our clients and help them find ways to make exercise fun and enjoyable.  That is one aspect of training that I find challenging at times.  How can I make a workout (in a gym) fun and enjoyable for someone who hates being in a gym? One challenge of being a trainer that I really enjoy!

Nick Gianatasio, LifeStart General Manager, Parkway Athletic Club

Stop comparing yourself to other people, no matter what your goals are.  Social media has created a sub-culture of "fitness idols" who may not represent a safe or effective way for YOU to achieve your own goals.  

Brandan Burgess, LifeStart General Manager, 161 N Clark

Be consistent and work on training your weak points. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!

Becca Egan, LifeStart General Manager, President’s Plaza

Getting started is the hardest part. Once you do get started, don't give up, take it day by day. Instead of starting all over from square one try to remain consistent, even if it’s just 30 min 2-3x per week. This is something that I've come to know over the years through my personal journey and clients journeys.

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