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How to get started . . . .

I routinely get messages from people who want to be powerlifters, weightlifters, throwers, or other things involving advanced athletics.  If they want to work with me, I always ask them a series of questions revolving around this central concept:  Where are you now?

In other words, what are you currently doing?  Are you strength training?  Training at all?  Playing a sport?  How is your diet?  What are you eating?  When are you eating?  How much time do you have to train?  What is your job?  Are you in school?  What is your stress level?

It is impossible to plot a course if you don't know where you are starting from.

The next thing I do is very clearly tell them what steps we need to take.  There are usually two very basic steps to take and my new client has to be willing to devote a lot of time to both.  These two things are:
1.  Learn and practice the specific skills involved in the sport or activity they want to train for.
2.  Introduce or continue with basic strength training …

Sit up straight!

Remember getting fussed at as a kid for slouching in your chair?  I do.

These days no one seems to remember the importance of good posture.  Until of course the shoulder, back, and neck pain sets in.  I can't tell you how many new clients I get in their 40's and 50's who are in pain and whose main problem is their posture.

Face it, we mostly sit (slouch) in front of desks, in the driver's seat, and on the couch when we get home.  And when we do exercise, especially when doing cardio, our posture is anything but perfect.

Getting stronger helps develop and maintain postural strength.  BUT, in order to keep those improvements, practice is essential.

And I rarely see people get stronger until they improve their posture.  

So, if you are having back, neck, or shoulder pain, take an honest look at your posture.  If its not perfect, work on it when you are walking, standing, sitting, and working out.  Practice makes perfect and in this case, practice can also ease the pain.

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