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10 Takeaways From My 10 Years in Fitness

by Tyler Cote

 

That’s right, I’ve now been in the fitness industry for 10 years!  Don’t ask me where the time has gone — all I can tell you is that when you love what you do, it never feels like work. Today, as I look back, I’d like to share with you 10 things I’ve learned over this period of my life:

 

1) Make fitness a lifestyle

I assess nearly everyone who starts at The Training Room and have found that most voice similar goals: “I want to lose weight”, “I want to get stronger”, and sometimes both. Rather than jumping straight into an exercise, I follow-up with a series of questions:

A.) What is normal day of eating like for you?

B.) What is a normal night of sleeping?

C.) Based on a 1-10 scale, how stressed are you on average?

Your answers to these questions play a major role in achieving your goals. You can exercise as much as you like, but if you don’t have a strong handle on your nutrition, sleep and stress, none of it matters. Creating good habits and making a life commitment to them will be the game changer. If you’re willing to do this, I promise you that what follows will be easier.

 

2) Build the foundation

When I think about why the TR has been successful over the years, I accredit it to our ability to form a strong foundation for our clients. Mainstream media constantly advertises the next best exercise or quickest way to burn fat. In reality, all they’re doing is pushing you farther away from where you want to be.

Your focus should be learning how to do exercise basics really well. Learn how to breath correctly, how to brace your core, and how to feel when your glutes are activated. These practices may seem slight, but it is this kind of investment that forms the most stable foundation for you to build upon as you increase your strength and skill over time.

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Community Co-op: Local Health & Wellness Businesses Collaborate

Join The Training Room, Runfellow, Oat Shop Boston, Neon Bandits and Somerville Local First on Saturday, September 24th for the Community Co-op Series: Health & Wellness Edition.  Our mission is to bring small businesses together to strengthen the local economy through collaboration.  Proceeds go directly to Somerville Local First, and the funds are used throughout the year to support SLF members as they work to grow their local brands.

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How can you help support all things local in Somerville?  Sign up to participate in this awesome event that’s not only good for your health, but good for the local economy!  Run 2 miles, bike 10 miles (indoor), and run 1 more mile to the finish!

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Sign up online via The Training Room website by selecting the September 24th date on the calendar and clicking on your preferred time slot.  Registration for this event is FREE, with donations (suggested, $30) accepted at the event.  Oat Shop Boston will be on hand for post-workout fuel, and Neon Bandits will serving up socks.  That’s right, action-lifestyle socks.  What are you waiting for?

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Client Spotlight: Paloma D.

It is our dedicated, consistent and hard-working clients that remind us every day of the power of exercise, setting goals, and accomplishing them.  We asked one of our frequent class-goers, Paloma D, a few questions about her experience at the TR and what has contributed most to her success.
When did you begin training at the TR and what brought you through the door for the first time? 
I began training about a year and three months ago, in February 2014. A combination of things brought me through the door for the first time. My friend Ellen had suggested we try out TR since it is so close to both of us. Some time went by after that suggestion and what eventually actually brought me through the door was the impending doom of wearing a fancy white dress in front of all my friends and family, just a few months away at the time. Once I had the motivation it was pretty easy to get into the habit of going since I live so close to TR1 (I can be out my door and on the bike in like three minutes if I’m in a hurry.)

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Client Spotlight: Sallie B.

Meet Sallie, a student at Wheelock College who is wrapping up her studies this spring. Sallie ran on the Wheelock cross-country team for a few seasons and had begun to experience some discomfort that is all too common with high-volume running. She came to The TR looking to incorporate strength training into her routine to get stronger, improve her running mechanics and, in her own words, “make the most of my body.”

 

One of the best things about training Sallie is that she always shows up to her sessions with a big smile and a fantastic attitude. (In fact, she has been known to smile in the middle of a Turkish Get-up.) We put together a training program that would fit into her busy schedule and address areas that have caused her problems in the past. Last fall, a stronger, leaner, and more badass Sallie completed her first two half-marathons six weeks apart, injury-free.

 

Here is Sallie’s story, in her own words:

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InnerCity Weightlifting Fundraiser 1/24/15

InnerCity Weightlifting is a non-profit that works with Boston’s at-risk youth, providing career, academic, and social opportunities through fitness. They empower young people with the confidence to say no to violence and yes to opportunity.

 

The Training Room is excited to host our first fundraiser for ICW on Saturday, January 24th.  We are offering FREE online sign up for all TR classes from 10AM to 1PM.  Donations for ICW will be accepted at the event.

Something Gud, a local farmer’s market delivery service, will also be on site.  10% of all Something Gud sales will go to benefit ICW.

Please visit www.innercityweightlifting.org to find out more about how you can help reduce violence in Boston and change lives. 

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