Client Spotlight: Lessons on Overtraining, Proper Exercise, and Body Composition

Hello everybody! I hope everyone is having an excellent week. Today we’re going to be featuring a client and the changes she made to both her lifestyle and her body by coming in and working with our personal trainers, but first, a few things about the InBody Challenge.

As Captain of the Black Team I hate to say it, but we are losing to the Red Team. Remember to post your grocery store picture with two fruits and vegetables on our Facebook page or email the picture to us! Also, you can get points for bringing in friends to go for a test drive of our exercise program, or bringing in those curious about knowing exactly how much muscle or fat mass they have and having them hop on the InBody 570.

Meet Rondi: Residential Rental Property Manager and Investment Property Specialist at Collman Properties, Inc.  A few years ago Rondi wanted to make a lifestyle change. She wanted to lose weight and was determined to achieve her goals. Unfortunately, she thought that to achieve her goals she had to spend two hours a day in the gym, six days a week, and eat a lot less calories. After a few months she lost the weight! But unfortunately, other side effects accompanied this weight loss. She became less healthy in this process; her knees were wrecked and she injured her hip flexor- not to mention all the time it took to for her to earn these unwanted results.

When she came to Rock Solid Fitness we told her to do the complete opposite of what she had been doing and she was a little skeptical. We told her to eat more and exercise less; work out one hour per week instead of 12 hours; do no cardio instead of the 45 minutes to an hour of cardio she had been doing. We also told her that we are going to work her full body, where she had previously been avoiding many upper body exercises because of a rotator cuff injury.

So what happened? Rondi got better! She saved at 11 hours per week that was previously spent in the gym, her knees and rotator cuff got better so that she had fewer limitations in her exercise selection, and she lost an inch on her thighs and three inches on her waist! She had to buy a whole new wardrobe! A very interesting thing about this though, was the fact that she didn’t lose any weight! How is this possible? All of the cardio and overtraining she was doing had actually caused her to lose muscle, so when she came to use she ended up gaining muscle and losing fat, thus becoming a more healthy person while staying the same on the scale.

Here are a few things to note in Rondi’s fascinating story:

  1. Weight on the scale should not be your most important goal. Since Rondi lost fat and gained muscle, her weight stayed the same. However, she lost an inch from her thighs and three inches from her waist, and she was more than thrilled about that.
  2. Improper exercise can hurt you; proper exercise can heal you. By lifting in a slow and controlled fashion and putting in an incredible effort, Rondi safely strengthened her muscles and allowed her joints to heal.
  3. Don’t overtrain! Many people think that results can only be gained through long hours at the gym or running outside. This is not true! By training too much you are actually hurting yourself and your potential to get the results you want.

This last point leads us into one final note: our seminar is this coming Tuesday! Tuesday, August 4, we will be speaking about overtraining, why too much training is the worst possible mistake you can make, how to know if you’re over doing it, and how to find out exactly how much exercise you need. We encourage you all to come learn with us and we also offer 10% off a package to those who attend!

Please leave a comment with your experiences overtraining or doing improper training, and feel free to shoot us an email to schedule your Free Introductory Workout!

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