When hiring a certified personal trainer always make sure you follow the instructions, after all they’re certified for a reason and won`t be asking you to do something that’s dangerous, if they truly know what they’re doing they won’t anyway.
Don’t get carried away, stay safe!
When the adrenalin is pumping and you’re having a great workout it can be tempting to lift a little too much or do a few extra reps in the excitement of it all. But safety must come before ego in the gym.
Stress these days is a major problem, and I see that with so many of my clients when they come to the gym. It’s a very satisfying feeling when they leave after one hour in a much better frame of mind than when they arrived. That’s why my kickboxing training really helps with this issue.
Punching a bag after a frustrating day at work is certainly a great stress reliever. To actually feel the contact of your punches against a solid object will feel more realistic and put you in a better frame of mind should you be stressed out that day, as many clients particularly with office jobs seem to be these days.
You just can’t pretend to punch like shadow boxing, that won’t do anything at all to relieve stress, you need feedback and by visualizing the punching bag as a symbol that was the source of your stress and aggravation for the day as you pound it with punches is a much more productive method than using negative ways of relieving stress such as getting physical with someone. Relieving stress in a negative manner simply leads to more stress sooner or later.
My client is about to break his arm!
My punching bags quite often get named after client’s bosses or even their husbands or wives! A punching bag will allow you to express and release your frustrations, and ultimately relieve your stress without getting yourself into trouble or hurt. Now, having said all that, as you’re striking a solid object in the form of a punching bag care must be taken when delivering punches and kicks, as one misplaced punch could spell disaster, as it did for a particular client of mine one night.
Michael had been coming to me for training a few years with great results, but when he had a new boss at work who he claimed didn’t like him, he really stepped up the kickboxing and named the punching bags after his new boss, which certainly helped keep the workouts lively, until one night he took it a step too far…
This particular night we were practicing temple strikes with a back fist which involved nothing more than stepping forward and delivering a blow with the back of the fist, pretty simple stuff really, but when performed at very high speed in a non-stop fashion for 2 minutes it can become very challenging.
Michael had got this down to perfection, and with the adrenalin pumping big time he started shouting out his boss’s name with every strike! Then for some reason he suddenly performed a spinning back fist strike which he totally miss-timed, and with the speed of his movement there was a sickening crack as he delivered his blow, sadly though with his elbow and not his fist.
“I think I just broke my arm.” he said, I’m thinking I know you’ve just broken your arm! That unmistakable cracking sound made it pretty obvious what had just happened. He sat the rest of the session out and left feeling very sorry for himself.
A trip to the hospital confirmed his arm was indeed broken, he was out for a couple of weeks, but returned and did the treadmill until he felt comfortable enough to try kickboxing once again.
It takes time to heal, patience!
Sadly, even though he came back he could never re-capture his previous enthusiasm and motivation to carry on and quit soon after. He really expected to carry on where he left off before the accident, just doesn’t work that way.
Just to repeat, don’t cut corners on form, keep the excitement under control and keep advancing steadily towards your goal. As this story shows, one wrong move could end everything.
What’s the worst thing any trainers have seen clients do through not following instructions?