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Athletes, Cheerleaders And Personal Trainers In Miami

During a professional sporting event, cheerleaders are present to help fans root for their team when they are winning, and occasionally distract them if they are losing. Any professional athlete will tell you that there is a marked difference in how they perform when people are cheering versus when the audience is subdued. As physical as it all seems, there is a mental aspect to what they do as well, and without the support, they can feel undermined and less than motivated.

In a sense, that makes them no different than you or I when it comes to working out. Granted, they may have a few extra plates on the bar they are bench pressing, but some days, they can find the motivation hard to locate just like anyone else. They can question the results they are getting, wondering if it is worth it and fight the urge to just crawl back into bed. In other words, they can be human, too.

They might seem like the last people who would need personal training. Miami is full of athletes – college, professional and retired – and as much drive as they have on their own, they need the help and guidance just like everyone else. One part of personal training that helps people reach their goals is the ability of the trainer to mix up the regimen so a person keeps growing. After several weeks of doing the same routine over and over, a person’s body plateaus, and it requires more effort to get diminishing results. A personal trainer knows different programs, different ways to target various muscle groups, and also specific exercises designed to focus on weaknesses that the athlete needs to overcome.

That is, of course, a big part of what personal trainers do, but it is only one part. The other is to be that voice in the person’s ear. The voice that says “you can do this,” the voice that pushes them to make two more reps, the voice that challenges them to step it up in their boot camp class and the voice that gets them out of bed every morning. That support, that mental aspect of letting them know they are doing well, is just as crucial to their success as anything else.

Think about it. A professional athlete spends his or her offseason thinking about the goals they have for the upcoming year: returning as a starter, recording more sacks, winning the Super Bowl. Even with that to look forward to, they still need the physical and mental guidance of a personal trainer. What goals do you have set out for yourself? Lose ten pounds? Fit into that dress for your high school reunion? Or just to find a way to live a healthier lifestyle. If a professional athlete in Miami can ask for help, don’t you think you can, too?

Music For Being On The Move

Let me be honest with you: it took me a long, long time to love working out. I tried jogging on my home treadmill with the television on but found it difficult to focus on anything complex in terms of plot while I was wheezing and exerting myself. Audiobooks gave me a similar trouble. They were too slow and soothing. God forbid I listened to anything funny. Having to stop your workout because you can’t stop laughing, on top of the gasping you’re already doing, is incredibly hard on your body and interrupts your productivity. Music is clearly the solution. In part because I was procrastinating and avoiding my actual workout. I spent a long time making a ton of workout playlists and mixes when I started my health and wellness journey. Here are some of the tips I have for making a playlist that helps keep you mentally stimulated and inspired for the duration of your workout. After all, there’s no shortage of scientific studies that show us the way the brain and body respond to music. This can be as vital a fitness aid as having the right sneakers, a gym membership, etc.

Much like the score of a film, you want to structure your playlist around the tempo and pace of your workout, matching the tone to the predicted energy level. Your first couple of tracks should be aggressive, inspiring and fast paced to keep you feeling fresh and energetic. Then, somewhere in the middle of my playlist, I usually include something a little bit slower – nothing too relaxing, now – in order to help increase my focus. I can tune out and get bored if the playlist is all the same tempo. Slowing down helps increase my motivation and ability to really commit.

Of course, the type of workout will also dictate what exactly you’re pacing for. A boot camp Miami style workout, for example, will not only demand very snug headphones, but intense music the whole time through. You need tracks that will resonate with your body while you try and fall as completely into the workout as possible. The intensity of the boot camp style workout is going to demand your all. I’m talking heavy dance music, electronica, chiptune, heavy metal, hardcore punk, K-pop – whatever you can find that feels driving, as long as the pace remains high. Group training Miami classes always blast upbeat pop music – do you ever notice what a difference it makes in the pace of the group?

Music has always been a tool that’s been a valuable tool for working out. Sports performance professionals know it when their team song blares before a game, and we know it when we plug our earphones in and go out for a jog. The right music can be what puts you over the edge and gets you to that place where you can keep going and going.