Posts Tagged 'Motivation'

Make Leaps, Not Baby Steps When Starting Out!

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Creating a lifestyle change, altering eating habits, waking up earlier to get workouts in can all be intimidating and challenging to anyone in the beginning. Instead of aggressively jumping in with both feet you may feel the need for modest baby steps to adjust to these transitions.

After training hundreds of clients over the years I can assure you that’s the last position you want to take! The path of least resistance is not always best. When you seek out a ...

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10 Steps To Workout Adherence

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Taylor Carpenter is a personal trainer in Charlotte NC operating out of a private personal training studio in the Ballantyne area. These are 10 steps to workout adherence.

Below are 10 helpful steps towards staying on track towards your goals. I like the word adherence. People who fail usually don’t adhere to whatever plan they have in place and this is not exclusive to fitness.

In no particular order…

The #1 excuse I hear as a trainer is “I don’t have time“. ...

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Taylor Carpenter 330lb 15 rep max sumo deadlift | Charlotte NC Personal Training

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Taylor Carpenter, a personal trainer in Charlotte NC (ballantyne area) performs a 15 rep max on the sumo deadlift exercise.

As a motivation factor, ALMOST every single workout I like to beat a personal record on something. I like seeing my strength improves in some capacity every workout.

You don’t need to do 1 rep maxes always. If you’re more comfortable using lighter weights you can see strength improvements with higher rep schemes.

The best workout programs are always easy to ...

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The most important aspect of your workout program is…

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Adherence

Generally, one size never fits all for anything. What works for me, it may not work for you, it may not work for John Doe. Just as you need consistency without your diet, you need to consistently get your workouts done, if they’re not fun then that’s unlikely to happen and that’s probably why people have a hard time sticking to diets. Diets are often not fun due to eating lower or larger quantities compared to what you would prefer. ...

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No Progress? Stuck In A Rut?

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Have you been doing the same thing for a while and not getting anywhere? What once worked for you is no longer working for you?

If thats the case then you must make a change. Your body adapts so that means your programming and nutritional needs must adapt as well.

The first question you need to answer is whether you have hit your plateau with your current programming or have you simply not stuck with the program to the extent ...

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My last 800 days on MyFitnessPal

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I have now logged my food 800 consecutive days without missing a beat. No excuse in life has prevented me from doing so, it has consumed about 5 minutes a day give or take during that time period. If anyone reading this has any desire to improve their health and physique I feel pretty confident anyone could do just the same. More than anything it’s simply a sign of consistency & dedication, after 800 days a routine has been set! Lack of consistency ...

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The Importance of Being On Time & Following Your Routine

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With the busy lives that most people live in todays world, “I don’t have time” has become the go to excuse for skipping out on workouts, cheating on diets, neglecting injury prevention, etc…

I hear this excuse not only as a trainer from time to time but also as simply a peer to others who workout. Truth being, our bodies and our results do not care about our busy lives! May sound harsh but its the truth.

If you were required to work ...

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Taylor Carpenter’s 4 Tips for Accurate Body Measurements

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If you’ve been exercising a while now, how do you know if you’re progressing? Are you sure you’re not simply going to the gym and accomplishing nothing more than a a little sweat? You must track your results to be sure you’re on the right path. It’s necessary to keep a consistent exercise log, food diary, and body measurements. If you’re not seeing any progress look back at these three things (or have a professional look at them) and switch ...

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Wall of Fame Now Up!

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The Wall of Fame is now up in the studio! This serves as a little bit of an inner studio competition between my clients. So far in the first couple of weeks I’ve seen a wall squat held for over 5 minutes and a plank held for 3 minutes.

Those two have created the most competition but I’m also tracking consecutive jump ropes…time is irrelevant I’m going by how many times a person can jump the rope without any mistakes. In ...

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75 years old with body of a 20 year old

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I’ve done a lot of consultations since I began personal training in charlotte nc and quite often people will believe they are too old, too out of shape, too tired, too far gone to turn things around. The above video is a 75 year old woman with the body of a 20 year old! If that can’t generate a spark of motivation then I don’t know what can.

She says she runs 80 miles a week, ...

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