Training Doesn’t Have to be Hard: Train Smarter not Harder - November 10th, 2010

Some tips to make the most of your training:

  • Have a postural assessment done to determine your specific needs and muscle imbalances.

  • Stretch!  Never underestimate the importance of corrective stretching.

  • Strengthen the core

  • Stabilise weak muscles

  • Alternate between resistance training and aerobic training

  • Determine your goals and establish a plan based around achieving them

  • Have a positive outlook and take it one day at a time

  • Maintain a healthy nutritional plan and eat right for your Metabolic Type

  • Keep hydrated at all times.

Of course it’s crucial to exercise to stay fit and healthy.  We all know that!  But why does it always seem so difficult?  And, how do we know what is right for us to make the most of our fitness routines?  Is going for a long run on the treadmill going to be right for me?  Going for a walk?  Playing basketball three times a week?  The most important question to ask ourselves when we’re considering an exercise program is “What are my goals?”

Determining your goals:

Goals in fitness are unique to each individual and can range widely.   Goals range from weight loss, defining muscle tone, getting more energy, body building, and recovery from injury, but the list can go on and on.  If you train smarter instead of harder, you can achieve all of these goals, and also try to address more than one aspect when you train. 

The following points are important to acknowledge when determining your training program:

  1. Identification of postural imbalances
  2. Core Conditioning and strength
  3. Strengthen stabilizers and mobilizers to teach them to become integrated
  4. Cardio training

The process of achieving your goals begins with corrective stretching and stability exercises to help your posture.  You will also need to develop the core and make it stronger to support the rest of your body.  Because the core is the base of all of your strength, you need to ensure that it is properly developed. 

Making things easier:

We train smarter by grouping together weight training, ball exercises, and aerobic activity.  With aerobic alone exercise, we are only conditioning our heart and we’re not addressing any muscle imbalance, core conditioning, or adding any muscle to our frame.  Adding some muscle is what speeds up our metabolism and helps us to burn body fat.   Having a training program that integrates different types of exercise is key.  You will be able to train for the same amount of time (as just doing one form of exercise) and get better and more well-rounded results. 

It is so important to keep your body strong with a good, solid, well-rounded training program.  It does not have to be hard, but it does have to be smart.  It does have to consider our individual bodies and their various strengths and weaknesses.  As your body become stronger, your muscular system becomes better-balanced; you experience less pain, more mobility, have more energy, and improve your mental outlook.  


Gary Jasmin is a certified C.H.E.K. coach, practitioner and trainer. As part of his holistic approach to health and wellness, he has the knowledge and expertise to create an effective training program, designed for you. Click here for more information on personal training.