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Month: June 2016

Tip from Our Durham Personal Trainers: Find Your “MOJO”

Today our Durham personal trainer tip is all about finding your “mojo” when working out. What exactly is “mojo” you ask?

mo·jo (noun)
  1. a magic charm, talisman, or spell.
    • magic power.

But really, at The Method Gym in Durham, we refer to it as your motivation, your reason, your cause for working out.

I mean, let’s be honest here. It takes a lot of motivation and self-control to turn down your favorite treat or roll out of bed to go hit the gym. That’s why at The Method, we feel it’s so important to establish and acknowledge WHY you’re doing these (sometimes) torturous things. Our Durham personal trainers say you need to make a real connection with your motivation… And no, we’re not talking about JUST fitting into your skinny jeans or building muscles that bulge.

We are talking about real emotional motivation such as the people you love.

For example:

“I will be a happier and more loving wife if I feel better about myself and my body.”

or

“I will be able to play with my kids longer if I don’t tire easily.”

or

“I will be nicer to others if I feel better about myself.”

or

“I will live a longer and more independent  life if I can get my eating and exercise habits under control.”

….The list goes on and on! 

Whatever motivation you have, don’t stop thinking about it and stay positive! Studies have found that motivational self-talk can significantly help reduce the rates of perceived exertion so you can go harder for longer! So Durham… Find your mojo and hold onto it!

If you need an accountability partner along the way, stop by our gym near Duke and meet our Durham personal trainers. Trust us when we say, they’re fantastic!

 


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Summer Fitness Inspiration from The Method Gym in Durham

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Fitness Tip From Our Personal Trainers in Durham: Quality over Quantity

Today our tip from our Method personal trainers in Durham is to focus on quality over quantity. What we mean by that is to focus on your form when strength training and lifting weights. If you don’t use proper form then it really doesn’t matter how many dead lifts or pushups you can do in a minute if you’re not doing any of them correctly. Of course none of us walk into the gym and actually try and have bad form, so when does this rule come into play?

In our experience, we see two common causes for bad form and workouts that have more quantity than quality:

  1. Uneducated about proper form
  2. Bouncing or slinging while lifting weights for either speed or quantity

For many people who make the above mistakes, they wonder why they are not seeing better results despite the fact they are working out and lifting regularly. If this sounds like you, our best advice is to meet with a personal trainer who can be by your side your entire workout to give you guidance and direction about how to maximize your workouts and to ensure proper form. At The Method, not only does your Durham personal trainer serve as your accountability partner, he or she will also be there to help ensure you are working your muscles and performing workouts properly.

Our trainers recommend that all those who workout to:

FIRST: Perfect your technique

THEN: Add weight and/or speed.

At The Method Gym in Durham, we always choose quality over quantity so that you always stay strong and injury-free.


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The Method Gym in Durham: How to Lose Fat and Gain Muscle

Last week on The Method Personal Training blog, we discussed how our Method uses resistance training and insulin sensitivity to achieve weight loss. Today, we are continuing with part two of this series and will discuss how resistance training paired with proper energy utilization can achieve great weight loss results without losing muscle. Keep reading to learn more about you can get visible results at our private Durham gym!

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