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

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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.”

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

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

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“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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Hey Durham! Are YOU subscribed to The Method Gym mailing list?

In our latest mailing for The Method Gym in Durham we rounded up some of our BEST tips from our Durham personal trainers and put them into one fantastic newsletter!

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View the full Private Durham gym newsletter here!

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Keep sweating Durham!


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

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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

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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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15 Weight Loss Tips from The Method Gym in Durham

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Are you in a weight loss funk? Sometimes despite our best efforts, our bodies hit a weight loss plateau. At The Method, we understand there’s nothing more frustrating than that, so today we’re sharing some of our top weight loss tips that will kick your fitness plan back into gear and give you a little more inspiration!

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NUTRITION TIP: The Most Important Meal of the Day

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Today we are sharing you a top nutrition tip from our fantastic Durham personal trainers about what they consider to be the most important meal of the day!

And yes, we know what you’re thinking… “Really?! Enough with the ‘eat your breakfast’ lecture! We’ve all been hearing that since elementary school!”

Well guess what?! Today we are not talking about breakfast as the “most important meal” but rather the post-workout recovery meal! Is this a meal you’ve been taking seriously lately? So many o us skip this meal because we don’t want to “undo” all the hard work and calories we just burned at the gym. However, the post-workout snack or meal is essential to build muscle and a leaner bod.  In fact, Amanda Carlson-Phillips, vice president of nutrition and research for Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance says:

“Getting a combination of 10 to 15 grams of protein and 20 to 30 grams of carbohydrates within 30 minutes of your workout will help to refuel your body, promote muscle recovery, amp up your energy, and build a leaner physique.”

You heard her! Make sure you refuel after your workout like gas for your car. Our favorite post-workout snacks include the classic protein shake topped with fresh fruit and granola, lunch meat and veggies with hummus, cheese and peanut butter with apple slices, or a vegetable egg-white omelet.

What’s your favorite post-workout bite?

Thanks to our Durham personal trainers for their great tips! Keep exercising Durham!


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Monday Motivation from The Method Gym in Durham…

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Hey Durham! Feeling the Monday blues? Today we are sharing some of our favorite health and fitness articles from across the web that are keeping us inspired and motivated to workout today… Durham personal trainer approved! So grab a cold glass of water (and perhaps a healthy snack) and let’s get reading!

We hope you enjoyed these fitness tips as much as we did! Come by and meet our Durham personal trainers to gain an accountability partner and lose the extra pounds! Keep sweatin’ Durham!


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6 Body Sculpting Tips From The Method Personal Training Gym in Durham

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While there are no quick fixes or shortcuts when it comes to getting fit and building muscle, there are some tips that can make the process more efficient. Our personal trainers in Durham are sharing 6 of their favorite body sculpting tips to ensure a toned and trim physique before you know it!

Here are our 6 tips to sculpt your body:

  1. Incorporate body-weight and dumbbell exercises in all of your workouts
  2. Focus on multi-joint exercises like squats, lunges, bench press, rowing, and deadlifts.
  3. Start and end your workout with stretching to improve your flexibility and also to avoid injury. After all, you can’t workout when you’re injured!
  4. Introduce interval training into your workout instead of staying at once consistent pace throughout your entire workout. The Journal of Applied Physiology, have found that including several short bursts improve fitness and burn fat more quickly than working out at one steady moderate pace.
  5. Listen to music while you workout! A study by the Journal of Undergraduate Kinesiology Research found that music improved performance dramatically among study participants.
  6. Don’t forget to eat healthy! After all, working out is one part of the equation. Make sure you stay well-hydrated or dehydration will impair your performance. After your workout, make sure to take refuel your muscles by eating a healthy snack that will replenish your glycogen stores.

Try these tips from our personal trainer in Durham and improve your overall health and physique! Need help executing these tips? Stop by our Durham gym and pair up with one of our personal trainers as your own accountability partner!

Keep sweatin’ Durham!

 

 


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Meet Our Durham Personal Trainers at The Method Gym

The personal trainers at our Durham gym are truly the heart of our business! Today we are featuring The Method personal trainers in action as they work with their clients. A common theme you’ll see: Our clients are happy and actually enjoying their workout… All thanks to our fantastic, professional, and attentive personal trainers!

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We certainly have the best personal trainers in Durham! Thanks for all that you do Method team!

 


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7 Ways to Improve Your Flexibility

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Improving your flexibility is not only important in term of preventing injury, it’s also needed for those interested in gaining strength and size. The truth is, most of us spend most of the day at a desk or on the couch without proper posture At The Method personal training gym in Durham, we teach our clients that improved flexibility can lead to better posture and a better stage to show off the toned physique you’ve been working so hard at building! Flexibility allows you to get a more effective workout by providing your body with a more full-range of motion so you can squat further and lift higher.

Here are 3 of our Durham personal trainer’s favorite tips to improve flexibility before, during, and after your workout:

  1. Warm Up with Dynamic Stretching Before Working Out: Many of us don’t warm up before we workout. However, research shows that starting your workout with some dynamic stretching, such as squats, lunges, push-ups, side lunges, and jumping jacks, can warm your body up and prime your body to better tackle your workout.
  2. Get a Full Range of Motion During Your Workout: During your strength training, perform each exercise through a full range of motion to ensure flexibility benefits. Going to full-depth on squats, for example, helps to build hip flexibility. A good place to start is working at full ranges of motion with lighter weights.
  3. End Your Workout with Static Stretching: Post-workout stretching helps lengthen and relieve muscles that were tightened up during a lifting or workout session. Stretching muscles after a workout can ensure an improved range of motion and tension relief.

Our Durham personal trainers say that incorporating stretching and proper technique before, during, and after your workout is a simple way to improve your functional movement and range of motion. Side perk: stretching can feel pretty fantastic after all of the stress and tension we put our bodies through!

So Durham.. Get stretching! Stay tuned for more tips from our personal trainer in Durham!

 

 


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