The Teacher Becomes the Student… by Coach Kimmie

Most weeks, I’m busy prepping/planning/thinking/conniving ways to give my clients and class participants the BEST workouts possible.

My private sessions, although not always written out, have a very specific direction in which they go for each person.

My FUNctional FITness groups are different each class & host a mixture of all things “life-based”, cardiovascular HIITs and some honest-to-goodness FUN! (what’s functional? (http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/working-out-for-real-life-functions)

Being able to pick up heavy stuff!

My TRX Core and Sweat classes truly live up to their names!! (what’s TRX? https://www.trxtraining.com/suspension-training).

And my Pilates groups are peppered with functional movements, grunts, groans, sweat, fitness “cues” and sometimes a whole lotta laughter! (what type of Pilates do we offer at Kinesis? www.StottPilates.com)

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So you can imagine that sometimes, my personal workouts take a backseat and get less than optimum planning, etc.  As a trainer for 19 years (whuuuttt???!!! that’s HALF OF MY LIFE!), I’ve come to not only expect this, but to be ok with it and understand it.  And then, there’s THIS! While at PrimalCon, I learned I tied for 3rd place BEST PERSONAL TRAINER in the Argonaut’s Best of the Westside 2014 issue! Woohoo baby! (what’s the Argonaut? http://argonautnews.com/health-fitness-2/) Gratuitous horn-toot 🙂

Best of the Westside 2014!

But this past week, I got 4 workouts in and 3 of them were actually given to me by SOMEONE ELSE! I didn’t have to “come up with” the plan, think about the reps or figure out the premise.  (can you hear those angels singing?!)

Wednesday evening, I got a fabulous (and OMG hard!) Pilates group workout with Ginger Daniels at Kinesis. I’m ALWAYS reminded how hard Pilates is when you do it RIGHT. Not when you do it fast or crazy or “bootcamp-y” but when it’s done from a place DEEP down in yo’ belly… My core was awake for a few days 🙂

Saturday after I taught at Kinesis, DrDawn created a fantastic “garage gym” workout for the two of us at our house.  Sweating it out with deadlifts, push-ups, pull-ups and single leg weighted movements made me so happy! And, it was good relationship time since we don’t get to workout at the same time very often at all.

Exercise keeps Coach Kimmie & DrDawn happy!

And today, I’m excited to take a Yoga Tune Up® workshop.  It doesn’t matter to me what the plan is – it’s just that I get to experience it! (what’s Yoga Tune Up®? www.YogaTuneUp.com)

Yoga Tune Up® at Kinesis...

Love these balls!!

It’s been very beneficial to me to have someone else looking at my form, tweaking my movements and TEACHING me this week. Sometimes you’ve gotta sit on the other side of the room to see what you’ve been “missing”…

And remember, just keep it movin’… ~Coach Kimmie

I’m LOVIN’ it…my job, that is!! ~Coach Kimmie

Why I love my job…

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Oh! Let me count the ways…

Some days I feel like I’m in the 1%…not THAT 1%!!

The 1% of people who truly, honestly, LOVE their job.

I’m pretty sure I’m part of a very small group of people.

Think about it.  How many people do you know who really dig their daily grind? (don’t count me, silly)

Maybe a lot of people ‘like’ their jobs or think their job is ‘ok’.  Of course there’s always going to be a caveat; “If I were only paid more”, “If my boss got off my back”, “If I got more vacation time”, “If the commute weren’t so long”… And yes, I have days where I feel frustration, lack of confidence, or I’m just darn tired – but 99.99% of the time, I’m loving my time spent teaching, planning, preparing, following up, researching and creating.

Oh – and now, I’m blogging!!

 “Coach Kimmie, don’t you get tired of telling people what to do all day long?”  (Is that a trick question??)

NO!  If I know you’re fully engaged, learning and soaking up the message both mentally and physically, I don’t get tired of it.  People learn in so many different ways – verbal, visual, tactile – this keeps me on my toes.

“But CK, what about listening to people tell you how their bodies feel?”

I ask EVERY SINGLE client how they are doing on that day because I need to know and so do they.  Most people don’t take the time to think about their bodies until they’ve been asked. So I’m doing them a favor and getting them connected before movement occurs.

“Is it hard finding time & motivation to exercise yourself since you’re in and around exercise all day?”

Absolutely!! I HAVE to make time and literally schedule my workouts…or I’ll never get to them.  Just. Like. You. But I know how important movement is to my “happy” place. If I don’t sweat regularly, YOU will feel the repercussions!!

Every day, invariably, clients will make me laugh, share with me a beautiful nugget of “life”, sometimes make me cry, test my teaching capabilities, actually teach me something and always, always make me proud….

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The Importance of a “Plan” ~ Coach Kimmie

The Importance of a “Plan”

Do you go into your week with a plan regarding your exercise and movement?  Just like our “work” week has a fairly specified amount of time allotted for it, so should our “movement” week.  If I didn’t plan my weekly workouts just like I schedule each client or class, TRUST ME – they’d never get done!

“So Coach Kimmie, how do I plan my week?”

Write down all the types of movement you really like to do first. LOVE that TRX class on Monday? Write it down!  Prefer the Yoga Tune Up class at Kinesis on Tuesday or Wednesday? Write it down!! Commitment to what you love (or really like) will undoubtedly help create success. Once you have these in place, build the week from there.

We all know that there must be components of each of these in our general fitness scheme:

**strength**

**cardiovascular**

**flexibility/mobility**

We also know that there should be at least 1 day of no exercise or very light non-impact activity per week depending on our body’s needs.  And finally, we know that our body sometimes needs a little down time.

“So Coach Kimmie, what does a sample week look like?”

Monday:  off

Tuesday:  20-30 minutes of medium intensity cardio plus stretching.

Wednesday:  30-50 minutes of *strength training followed by 10-20 minutes of cardio.

Thursday:  Lower intensity strength & self-care day. **Pilates, maybe get a bodywork session, spend more time stretching or try a Yoga Tune Up class.

Friday:  20-30 minutes of interval cardio with stretching and Yoga Tune Up® therapy ball rolling for your specific “hot spots” afterwards.

Saturday:  low intensity cardio for 60 minutes and maybe a Pilates class or core series as well.

Sunday:  30-50 minutes of combined strength and cardio. Do a 1:1 ratio of strength and cardio movements.

Daily: spend 10-15 minutes stretching major muscle groups and using your self-care tools. Foam roller, Yoga Tune Up balls, foot wakers, etc.

Your week can obviously be different from what I’ve listed, but it has to make sense in your life.  If you know there’s NO WAY you can exercise on Wednesdays, then that’s your definite day off or you can focus on your flexibility/mobility program. If Sunday is always your family/relaxing day, then keep it that way.

The main things to keep in mind are:

1) When performing full body strength sessions, spread them out so you have at least 1 day between for adequate muscle recovery.

2) Be smart and work up to aiming your sessions just slightly out of your comfort zone.

3) Listen to your body.

4) Be aware of and use all the tools available to you! Physical therapy consults with Dr. Dawn, acupuncture/alternative options with Laura, bodywork with our fabulous therapists, etc….

Injury-free is the way to be!!

Ultimately, aim for 2-3 days of strength, 4-5 days of cardio, and 1 day off.  Mix these up into your life and you’ll be set up for success.  Remember, if our bodies are learning something new, there could be some crankiness coming from some muscles. If you’re really sore from the previous day’s workout, keep moving but maybe slow yourself down a bit and be good to your body!

Need help? We’ve got you covered!  One-on-one sessions can be spent figuring out your needs and customizing a plan THAT WORKS FOR YOU. FaceTime sessions are also available.

Notes:

*Strength training can be done with your bodyweight movements or with the use of free weights, TRX, dumbbells, or other weighted non-machine based equipment. If you’re newer to strength training, take a private session with our amazing trainers at Kinesis. We offer a 3/$150 Personal Training special if you’ve never had personal training at Kinesis.

**Pilates is considered strength training in my book.

You have the power to make it happen. ~Coach Kimmie