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Training Insanity

Personal training insanity in Apollo Beach, FL Einstein allegedly defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.

How many of us have tried to diet and exercise and repeatedly failed? How many of us go to the gym or for walks every day but never achieve the level of fitness we’d like?

The answer, it seems, lies in your ability to adapt, overcome and grow. I read a lot. I'm currently reading The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck. Great book… I strongly recommend it. Anyway, everything I read agrees that growth (mental, spiritual – even physical) should be something you strive for and continue to do until the day you die. In the gym, we say that you’re either moving forward or backward. There is no standing still.

How would you describe your fitness endeavors? Are they insanely routine and unchanging, yielding no noticeable results, or are they characterized and even evidenced by constant attempts at growth and improvement? If something isn’t working, do you change it and try something new or do you just keep at it and tell yourself, “At least I'm trying…”

Focus on results. If you’re getting them, keep up what you’re doing. If not, attempt to change, adapt and grow. If you need help, contact me. I’ll meet you in the gym and well brainstorm together – free of charge.

I’ll leave you with this quote by Bruce Feirstein – “The distance between insanity and genius is...

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Treat Your Chronic Pain

Back pain relief Apollo Beach, FL.No Matter What Age

Training with Francois at Fast Twitch FP can help you regain your fitness level and ease chronic pain.

If you're suffering from chronic pain, it's likely that you've tried a variety of treatment options as you search for pain relief. Many people suffering from chronic pain also experience a variety of other issues provoked by the pain. These debilitations include problems falling asleep and staying asleep, stress and depression, and inability to fulfill employment duties.

If you have back or joint pain, there are probably some times when all you want to do is lie in bed all day. It’s tempting, but it might make the problem worse. Doctors used to prescribe bed rest for chronic pain conditions, but studies have found that people who exercise and stay flexible manage their pain much better than those who don’t. 

At 84 years old Martha S. entered a fitness program with Francois at Fast Twitch FP after contemplating knee surgery. After working with Francois for three short months, Martha was making great progress. After 6 months at Fast Twitch FP, she was able to walk without pain and jog short distances. What does Martha love about working with Francois at Fast Twitch FP?

“As we talked, I realized this guy knows the body. He listened to me: something I find lacking in talking to doctors . . . What impressed me was his attention to details and his knowledge of overall health fitness (nutrition, sleep, impact of...

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Better Skin Through Improved Fitness

Sweaty skin - natures skin creamSweat - natures skin cream.....

At Fast Twitch, we beleive that if we want a symptom to go away, we have to treat and/or eliminate the problem. Want to lose fat? Stop eating so much and move more. Want to relieve back pain? Strengthen your core and train for a fuller range of motion (flexibility) in your hips and upper back. Tired? Sleep. Weak? Train. Skinny? Eat. Simple.

Now think skin. What do you do when your skin has blemishes or doesn’t look as healthy as you’d like? Typically, you go see a dermatologist and/or spend hundreds on creams and other magic potions and remedies.  

Ever wonder why your skin doesn’t look good in the first place? Is it because you didn’t proactively apply creams?... or is it because you're no longer as young as you once were, have stress in your life, eat/drink poorly, sleep too little and, oh ya - you dont exercise?...

Now, for some of you, accepting and dealing with the latter is asking too much. If that’s you, stop wasting your time reading this blog cause that’s what we’re gonna talk about from here on out.

Ok, the slackers are gone. The rest of you are still here because you understand that the reality of the situation is as follows: If I'm healthy on the inside, I'm more likely to be healthy on the outside. Rocket science, I know.

But why?... Its pretty simple actually. Annet King (Director of Training and Education at Dermalogica) tells us, “Any...

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Mommy Fit

Pregnant Apollo Beach client working out.Surviving the baby making process

Pregnancy isn’t for the weak. Just as athletes have to prepare themselves for their impending physical endeavors, so do soon to be mothers. Make no mistake - babies are physiological wrecking balls. Pregnancy attacks joints, lean mass (muscle) levels, energy levels, body fat levels and muscle tone - and these are just SOME of the potential victims of baby making.

 Not only is it wise for hopeful mothers to begin preparing themselves for mommy-hood by training for increased strength, endurance, balance and injury prevention (all components of fitness and performance that are compromised by pregnancy) but it is strongly suggested that the mother begin this process PRIOR to conception and not during the pregnancy.

 The American College of Sports Medicine (and many other reputable health/fitness organizations) suggests that “exercise intensity should not exceed pre-pregnancy levels” meaning that if you were exercising prior to pregnancy, it should be safe to continue to do so at similar levels of intensity after conception assuming all reasonable precautions are being taken - whereas, on the other hand, if you were doing nothing prior to pregnancy, it is advised that you refrain from initiating any vigorous exercise regimens once you are with child.

 Trying to get pregnant but not having much luck? WebMD tells us “moderate physical activity was found to benefit women of all body types in a new...

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Why Train With a Certified Personal Trainer

Francois, personal trainer working with a client at the Apollo Beach, FL.Wondering whether to train with a certified personal trainer? Below are a few scenarios to consider:

New Year's Resolution: You've been trying to work out for the last couple of months but you really don't fully understand how to do it let alone have the motivation to get it done on your own. If this is you, you might consider taking advantage of Fast Twitch's FREE consult, fitness assessment and training session to see if they can help you. 

You've stopped making gains: If you've been training for a while and are no longer satisfied with the results, maybe you could benefit from a new perspective and over ten years of experience and reults. A Fast Twitch trainer can assess your training routine and make the necessary changes to put you back on track to faster results. 

Not sure about your form/technique: You can work out day-in and day-out but unless you perform each exercise correctly, you won't see the results you want and will likely increase your chances of injury. A Fast Twitch trainer can teach you good form and exercise habits that will last you a lifetime and prevent injury rather than cause it. 

You are making headway but you need to be pushed to the next level: Exercise plateaus are often difficult to overcome by yourself. Many people just can't find a way to surmount a plateau without the help of a professional trainer. You can save a lot of time and wasted energy if you hire a trainer when you hit a...

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