Weight Training Nightmare: The Deadly Myth About Personal Trainers and Weight Training

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Weight Training Nightmare: The Deadly Myth About Personal Trainers and Weight Training

One of the biggest ‘misconceptions’ people have about personal trainers sounds something like this…

“If I had the money to hire a personal trainer I would be in perfect shape.”

Having been in this industry for over 20 years – I’ve come to learn that this is actually just a cop-out excuse for most people. Plain and simple…

But, today – I want to show you the hidden danger in this excuse disguised as a ‘misconception’.

Let’s assume you have the money to hire a personal trainer to get you – and keep you in shape. It is extremely important that you are aware of the fact that all trainers are not safe trainers.

Case in point – Pam just forwarded this email to me from a ‘Joey Atlas Client’ in the UK.

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Subject: Can I workout now?
From: kathleen c…… – ‘anonymous’@yahoo.co.uk –
Date: Fri, February 13, 2009 8:43 am
To: “Your Trainer: Joey Atlas” <[email protected]>

Hi Joey,

I had been doing your Ultimate Lower Body workouts and (in addition) went to the gym with a PT (personal trainer) a couple of times a week.

I was in good shape and ‘well’. However, I injured my neck during a weight training session with my PT and had to rest a while to recover.

On starting back training, I was passed as ‘fit’ by my PT to lift weights again.

It was a disaster.

I have had chronic pain in my neck and shoulders and now I’m having physio (therapy) to improve things (rehabilitate).

Long story made short, I have not been training for 4 months now. All my gains in fitness and general shape are lost. I just walk every other day for an hour.

Do you think I could start back with the Lower Body workouts and be safe now? I don’t want to do upper body work as I am so frightened of further damage.

Regards,

Kate C…….
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Pam answered her email directly – so I’m not going to rehash the answer here – but here are a few valuable lessons I want you to take from this:

1 – A certified personal trainer is not necessarily a ‘safe’ trainer. Frankly, some trainers are downright psychotic – I can say this because I’ve seen them with my own eyes in all types of settings. **NOTE: There are also many EXCELLENT trainers all over the world.**

2 – If a trainer injures you – Don’t ask them if you are well enough to resume exercising (see the proper medical pro.)

3 – If a trainer injures you – don’t go back to the same trainer – if you “must have a trainer…”

4 – Traditional weight training is not for everyone – as a matter of fact most people can work amazing wonders on their body with a program that only consists of about 15% weight training – most of the rest is bodyweight and band training.

5 – Learn to be your own personal trainer. Anything you think a trainer can do for you – you can do better yourself, as long as you have the right information.

6 – **this one is for you – Let me know if I left any ‘lessons’ out here – just click on ‘Comment’ below and let us know…

Your trainer for life,

Joey Atlas

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A Beautiful Butt & Gorgeous Body – What a Combination

- by Joey Atlas – “The Woman’s Trainer”
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A Beautiful Butt & Gorgeous Body – What a Combination

Ever since I released The Female Butt Conspiracy Report – there’s been a lot of excitement, buzz and hoopla surrounding the fact that I’m taking this ‘center of the body’ approach to enhancing the female backside along with the rest of her body (in a supporting role) – when we open the doors to ‘S.B.M.’ next month…

I didn’t forget that I still need to send out more info about this amazing project – but you must excuse me as I’ve been sidetracked during the last few weeks – because I’ve decided to take things up a few notches for the ‘S.B.M.’ program…

As we’re pulling all the final pieces of this together – I asked myself… “What else can I add to this that would simply just knock everyone’s socks off in terms of what type of guidance and help you’ll have access to when we release ‘S.B.M.’?

So I came up with a brilliant idea – then called Erik, the programming wizard, to see if he can pull it off – and before we knew it my idea was a reality – and when you see it next month – you are going to be blown away…

Now – I can’t say much more – but this little list will give you a few clues as to what will be connected to the ‘Butt Enhancement Project’ when we open it up next month…

I remind you – you will not find ANYTHING else like this – ANYWHERE…


A – Flat Belly, Tight Tummy, Sexy Stomach
B – Perky Bust, Beautiful Back
C – Sensual Shoulders
D – Attractive Arms
E – Luscious Legs

Remember to be on the early notification list for when we open these coveted spots for the ‘S.B.M.’ program – you’ll want to be sure you’ve signed up for this free download… and be sure to read it:


http://www.MyNewSexyButt.com <=CLICK HERE

We are working around the clock to get this amazing project ready for the Grand Opening next month – and keep in mind this will be available to every woman in the world, until all the Private Client spots have been taken.

I’ve you have any questions, comments or concerns – please post below by clicking on ‘comment’…

Don’t Be Like Everybody Else…
Be You… Be Fit… Be Sexy…

Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

the cellulite killer

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Stunning New Discovery About the Female Butt

-by Joey Atlas, The Woman’s Trainer
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Stunning New Discovery About the Female Butt

While going through a bunch of old fitness assessment documents I uncovered an amazing fact that I had to publish today…

Here’s the story…

Just this past week – I was able to finally fulfill a long-time dream of mine…. Which is the dream of working from home – but even more significant is the fact that I can now actually work in any location – I’m no longer tied to an office or a training studio…

The WORLD is now ‘my office’ – (as long as I have a laptop and ‘net access ;-))

So, as I was clearing out my office and sorting what to keep and what to get rid of – I had a chance to start going through about 380 fitness assessments from clients I’ve trained during the last 16 years or so… most of them women…

While doing this I uncovered something so insightful – so powerful – that I had to share it…

In my questionnaire for new clients – there was a section they’d fill out that asked “What are your top 3 Goals You Want to Reach?”

I started noticing how many women were listing some kind of improvement with their butt… It was something I never quite picked up during my full-time training days – I guess I was ‘too close to see it’…

Anyway – the truly surprising discovery was that these women who listed their butt as the # 1 priority for improvement – had the highest percentage of overall success in regards to achieving their goals – most of which had to do with getting their bodies into some kind of respectable shape – WITH emphasis on the BUTTOCKS region…

The more I went through these fitness profiles the more this relationship was becoming evident…

Women who wanted to fix their butt, more than any other region of their body were the most successful at fixing their butt problem issues AND getting the rest of their bodies in great shape as well… And the number was significant… Definitely not a fluke…

And so I had to try to figure out why of course…

And the only thing I could think of is the butt means so much to a woman in terms of her self esteem, the types of clothing she wears, her options when shopping for various articles of clothing, the attention she gets from her man or men in general, and how she feels about herself when she looks in the mirror at her backside, etc, etc… – that she is willing to put enough time, energy and effort into getting the desired results that the rest of her body getting in shape is a mere side effect of her drive and determination to literally “save her ass”…

It may have been that the focus was so concentrated and intentionally directed that being overwhelmed by all the other elements that usually distract so many women – simply were a non-factor – and the typical challenges and obstacles were non-existent – in other words they didn’t stand a chance against the ‘committed spirit’…

This finding was very energizing to me… As you might remember I mentioned in recent article that I’m working on a website/program that will be primarily focused on the female butt and fixing the various types of problem butts that women suffer from…. Finding this kind of amazing reinforcement of the concept is very promising as we are now factoring this into the final edition of this program, before we make it publicly available…

The way it’s designed basically guarantees your success – and that you will improve your butt and keep the improvements FOREVER…

You might be a bit anxious and excited about this thing – and I can understand as we are pretty excited too – there is NOTHING else like it…

In the meantime – If you want to start putting into words the problem(s) you are having with your backside – and the types of exact improvements you want to make with it – leave your comments below – I’d love to hear from you…

Your trainer for life,

the cellulite killer

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Tone Thighs, Leg Slimming, Thinner Thigh, Leg Toning…

- by Joey Atlas, Author of Amazon Bestseller – ‘Fatness to Fitness’
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Tone Thighs, Leg Slimming, Thinner Thigh, Leg Toning – An Exercise in Communication?

One of the biggest challenges (I used to have) in working with women was understanding what they meant by the words they were using to describe their lower body problem areas and WHAT improvements or changes they wanted to make.

Let me explain…

Every day various women come to this site just to stare at my handsome picture and fantasize about me coming to life and stepping out of the computer screen… – Ok, Ok my sense of humor started to take over there for a few seconds – back to the article…

Every day women come to this site because of certain words, feelings and thoughts that are going on in their minds.

Thoughts such as…

I want to tone up my legs…
I need to slim down these fat thighs…
I have to lift this saggy butt…
I would love to firm up my glutes
My legs need some toning…
I want tighter, smaller buns
My thighs should be thinner…
I want curvy hips…
I want my slim hips back…

Now here’s were it gets interesting – and maybe even confusing…

Just because the words being used are different doesn’t necessarily mean that the goals are any different (they may be exactly the same!) – AND, conversely, just because 2 women may use the same exact words to describe their specific lower body goals – doesn’t mean that they are interested in the same end result. Read that one more time… go ahead, I’ll wait for you…

Here’s an example of what I mean. Take a look at this photo:

toned thighs slim legs firm butt
Toned Thighs or Slim Legs?

The legs, butt, hips and thighs of the woman on the left are bigger, curvier and more ‘sculpted’ than the slimmer, less toned, thinner, and more slender lower body of the woman on the right.

Now – let’s stop for a second – and realize that I just used words that “I” would use to describe what I see in the photo. And – it is quite likely that you or another woman reading this would disagree with my choice of words and would want to use different words to describe the different lower bodies.

Doesn’t mean either of us are right or wrong – it’s simply a matter of communication (whihc can sometimes be tricky… ;-))

So, we take this one step further.

For example sake – let’s say I have two women sitting in front of me – one is clearly overweight and in need of fat loss – and the other is NOT overweight but sort of soft, shapeless and un-toned…

Both may use words such as…

“I want to tone and shape my whole lower body…”

– and NEITHER would be wrong. On the other hand he overweight woman may say…

“I want to slim down my thighs and firm up my legs…”

and the other woman might say…

“I want to reduce the flab on my legs, hips and butt – and I want to sculpt them as well – along with my thighs…”

The point I’m trying to make here is this:

Your past experiences, conversations, inferences and perceptions have shaped how you define, describe and verbalize what you see and more importantly what you want. And just because you might use different words than someone else doesn’t mean you are wrong – you are simply communicating as best you can – which is all that anyone can do.

It’s up to the person or people you are communicating with, to be open enough to realize this universal element of our existence and be insightful enough to understand where you are coming from and what you mean, and to be sure that you are clear on where they are coming from and what they mean.

This is one of the main reasons why the ‘Home’ page of this site is so long – I try to use all the variations of womens problem areas that I know of – as well as using variations of how you and other women may describe their trouble spots and more importantly, the improvements they want in their leg, butt, hip and thigh areas.

I almost started talking about body image or ‘self image’ – because that is also a factor – but I will address that in a future article – as there is much to be shared on that topic…

This article is meant to start a discussion – that I would like your feedback and comments on.

How do you describe your lower body problems?

What improvements do you want to make?

Remember – there is no right or wrong…

Just click on the oval ‘Comment’ button just below here, over to the right a little…

Your Trainer,

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Leg, Butt, Hip and Thigh Enhancement Interview

- Joey Atlas being interviewed by Craig Ballantyne of www.TurbulenceFitnessTraining.com
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CB: Joey, how did you go from just another trainer to a well known expert in working with female clients on helping them improve their legs, butts, hips, and thighs?

JA: From the start of my career, most of my clients have been women. I always made it a point to take note of the problems that came at the top of the list. It was very rare that a woman did not want to improve her lower body in some way.

Legs, butt, hips, thighs were always included in the desired improvements and quite often they were the only thing that a woman wanted to improve. So, I made it a point to focus my efforts on helping women get the changes they were looking for in their lower bodies.

Whether it was fat reduction and toning, cellulite reduction and shaping or building and sculpting – I have always enjoyed helping someone who is very confused about what to do or even unsure if they are capable of making any improvements at all.

CB: What types of exercises and workouts do you like to use for this purpose? Bodyweight, dumbells, machines? Do you ever get into kettlebells or barbells?

JA: I place emphasis on Bodyweight exercises. There is so much that can be done when you know how the body works in relation to gravity and one’s own bodyweight. So many people get lost in the machine and weight based workout routines and they miss out on so much that can be accomplished with a creative and balanced routine that is based on bodyweight exercises.

I’ll use dumbbells when appropriate and sometimes I’ll have clients use The Atlas Bag, which is a nylon bag I designed, with handles on each end. It holds most average size medicine balls and is very versatile and comfortable.

But the essence of this program – the thing that really brings the short and long term improvements is teaching women what they can do with no equipment – and just a few things that already have in the house. Its a lot of fun to see their progress and their emotional reactions about the changes.

CB: What would be a typical workout schedule for a beginner client with about 20 – 40 pounds to lose?

JA: We start with 5 – 8 minutes of lower body and core stretching. Then we’ll spend about 15 minutes on the mat, going through a series of beginner level, leg, butt, hip, thigh, ab and core moves. I teach this as ‘building a foundation’.

We may add some upper body moves while still on the mat and then it’s up to standing where the client is led through a series of beginner level lower body moves that lasts about 12 more minutes. This is followed by 5 minutes of lower body stretching.

This routine is recommended 2 – 3 times per week. One interesting note here is that even with women who tell me ‘they have been exercising’ or even if I know I’m dealing with someone who is clearly not a beginner – I’ll still run them through the beginner level program – because 99.7% of the time – my methods are different than anything else they’ve been doing, or may have tried in the past. And this surprises a lot of the female ‘fitness veterans’ – but it’s a pleasant surprise. – That’s why I get paid the ‘big bucks’, right?

CB: That’s for sure, Joey. How about something for a woman who is a little more advanced after going through your beginner and intermediate level program?

JA: For a more advanced client the outline is generally the same, but some of the exercise variations may be more challenging and the way the program is put together can also challenge a client beyond what they have been doing previously.

There is a cumulative effect that comes from how certain exercises are put into sequence with others. I like to take advantage this effect as opposed to ‘adding more weight’ or ‘doing more sets of the same exercise’. Again, 2 – 3 times per week is usually a good frequency.

If the advanced client is at a maintenance level – then it’s possible that once or twice per week is just fine.

CB: How do you educate your clients on nutrition and what are some of the tricks and tips you give to maximize compliance and results?

JA: I like to illustrate some of the long standing myths & misconceptions and re-educate clients about realistic, fitness promoting nutrition. Everything I teach is based on the proven concept of ‘daily caloric intake’.

As most, but not all, women want to lose weight – the biggest challenge is creating the daily caloric deficit needed to result in fat loss and toning. One of the ‘tricks’ I teach goes against what most experts are teaching.

I’m not saying those experts are wrong but I offer a different approach. It’s called ‘calorie shifting’…

Most people believe they are supposed to eat breakfast everyday because its healthy, etc, etc… However there are a lot of people who do this and find that it makes them hungrier and this causes them to consume more calories than they would like to over the course of a day. What I suggest, and I do this everyday as well – because it really works for me, is not to skip breakfast, but to push it later into the day.

For example, I’ll have a cup of tea or espresso with a little organic skim milk, at about 7am. But I don’t eat breakfast until 10:30 or 11am, lunch would be at around 2:30 or 3pm and so on.

In effect, all my meals are pushed back a few hours leaving less time for snacking and munching on unnecessary calories – making it so much easier to stay in the ideal daily caloric intake range.Lots of women who need to lose weight – who have been unsuccessful in the past – do well with this approach.

CB: And what about cardio? Do you use long cardio, intervals, or something else…a mix? What works best here?

JA: This all depends on the client. All of the above choices can work, but the key is to prescribe what they enjoy the most (this is rule number one) – because this makes long term adherence much more likely – and this is where permanent results are achieved.

Anytime you can get someone to stick with something for the long haul, you increase the possibility that it will become habit and harder to give up. Exercise is addictive when done properly. The results naturally follow.

CB: What are some lifestyle factors and obstacles that your clients have to avoid? What are some typical situations they find themselves in and how do they avoid temptation, setbacks or reverting bad habits?

JA: One of the more prevalent is vacation or holidays. For some reason people tend to put exercise on the back burner and on top of that they increase their food and beverage consumption, way more than they need to.

The root of this lies in whether or not the person has defined their values and if fitness is a part of those values or if it’s ‘just a way to look better in a bathing suit’ – which I consider a short term, superficial compulsion.

The more superficial the reasons for pursuing fitness are, the more likely there will be episodes of self sabotage, setbacks and most likely, failure. When fitness pursuits are based on getting the most out of life, for as long as possible, then a strong value system is in place and actions become based on these values.

The ‘sexy body’ is a natural by-product of the person’s values and matching ‘habits of daily life’.

CB: And finally, do you have any insights or tips that might surprise us…is there something that people think is good for fat loss but you disagree with…or vice versa? Any original tips would be great.

JA: I’ll go back to my ‘skipping breakfast’ concept mentioned above – calorie shifting. This takes a lot of people by surprise. Knowing that I have a masters degree in exercise physiology – they are waiting for some complex, scientific reason about why this works, when it goes against most of what we hear in the mainstream media.

And when I boil it all down – it’s simply a way of manipulating daily caloric intake in a way that makes it easier to implement and stick with. Women who want to lose body fat love it – because it’s easy and it works – that’s really all they want.

And here is something else that will become more prevalent in the mainstream media within the next 4 – 8 years… One of the things that people think is good for fat loss, but I strongly disagree with, is the number artificial sweeteners that are being used in the reduced calorie foods and diet drinks.

I won’t mention any trade or chemical names but these are substances I would not recommend to anyone.

This is one of the reasons I started creating my own healthy ‘fitness beverage’. I couldn’t find a truly healthy, all natural, tasteful drink that was low in calories and was really conducive to the fitness lifestyle. So I did some research and started making my own.

My clients are pushing me to bring it to the public, so I’m exploring that possibility. Oh – and here is something else that really gets me – these artificial sweeteners are also being used in regular versions of foods and drinks – with no notices on the labels. You have to find out by reading the ingredients list.

I know this because it happened to me. By chance, I was reading the label of a type of fairly healthy bread we had been buying for years. To my surprise – the company had started using one of the most widely used artificial sweeteners as an ingredient and didn’t even mention it on the packaging, except for in the very small ingredients list.

I thought this was an absolute joke and we simply stopped buying this company’s products.

CB: Thanks Joey – the info you shared here is great stuff – and will truly help a lot of women out there.

JA: My pleasure Craig – thanks for having me.

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Who Do You Exercise For? Your Self or ‘Your Man’

- By Joey Atlas, M.S. Exercise Physiology
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We get tons of email every day from around the world. Questions and comments in all areas of female fitness and nutrition. But there is one type of question we get that needs to be addressed in a big way.

It generally sounds like this:

“Joey – can you please tell me exactly how to make my thighs tight and shapely. My man (boyfriend, husband, fiance, whatever..) loves women with sexy thighs and mine are just not in that category… He’s always making comments about how I should try to make my thighs and butt nicer – like the ones we see on tv, etc…

“Joey – I just want to make him happy – so I’m all that he desires. Please help me get my thighs and butt into the best possible shape so my man can love me…”

First – If your motivation for improving the physical aspect of your fitness is fueled by wanting to be more desirable to ‘your man’ – forget about it, sweetheart – go find another man, a real man who is more interested in what’s below the surface of a woman’s skin…

Second – and more importantly, open your eyes (and mind) to the fact that you should want to be fit, strong, sexy and healthy for YOU, as in your SELF. (Tell the shallow jack-ass to go find his ‘happiness’ elsewhere – or maybe just to expand his horizons a little bit.)

Let me make this clear – when I say ‘sexy’ – I don’t mean looking like the images that the media wants us to think is the perfect image of sexy. There are many different versions of ‘sexy’ – and you have your own unique version that nobody else has. Yeah, there may be other women with similar body types, etc – but they are not you and you are not them.

Understand where I’m coming from? ;-))

Take the gift of life you’ve been given – and make it as good as you possibly can – with proven and realistic exercise techniques and proper, well-balanced nutrition.

Here’s a little gift to help with the balanced nutrition part – it’s a PDF you can download and print and post in your kitchen, office or wherever you wish:

8 Healthy Snacks for a Fit and Firm Body < = Click Here

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Your trainer,

Joey,

I started the program yesterday and am very excited about it! It
reminds me of the exercises I used to do way back when!!! I’ve been going to
the gym for about 18 months and feel like I put a lot of time and effort
into it and haven’t realized the results I was seeking. I am quite strong in
the lower body but not as lean or sculpted as I want to be. I was actually
a bit sore after doing only the LBHTM once! This is confirmation that I was
NOT reaching all the lower body muscles you speak of, with machines and weights.

THANK YOU!

Anna Braheem

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Hi Joey,

I am doing the Lower Body workouts. I just started my third week. I can really
feel the exercises working where I need them to. I am following the
progression plans and hope to see even more results soon. I can feel the
muscles in my legs getting firmer each time I do the workouts so I
know they are working. These exercises are great! I am feeling ‘worked’
in areas I have never felt before. Thank you for putting this program
together and helping so many women feel better about ourselves again.

Monica Guidry

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Pam and Joey,

The ULBHTM exercises are wonderful. I have been doing gym lessons regularly since 38 years and those exercises Joey has put together are the “classic” exercises which once upon a time were taught in “normal” exercise classes of 30 min or even an hour. But over the years those classes thought they need to be more “fancy” and so they have taken them off the lessons replacing them with more “breathtaking” one. Joey did a good job of realizing that those are the ones which make THE difference in the ‘trouble spot’ parts of the body. I have been doing regularly, for several weeks now, starting with 4-5 exercises which I picked up from his newsletters, and feel REALLY good about it. But now with the manual on hand, I can follow the complete sequences Joey has put together …

Again thanks, and greetings from Rome.
Elke Eggert

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