5 Exercise Tips from Drew Seaver

1. Food is More Important Than Exercise
“I can’t tell you how often someone wants to hire me because they want to lose weight. I find it ironic because they are willing to spend a lot of money on personal training but quite often are unwilling to give up bread, pasta, and alcohol. With that being said, I have had clients decide after they hired me to make dietary changes. I guess what I am trying to say is either give up grains and alcohol or start exercising, but don’t do both at the same time.”

2. Simple Exercise are Better
“Members at my health club injure themselves doing the latest, craziest exercises. The best exercises are the simple ones; bracing, bridging, etc. These exercises work the core muscles without stressing problem areas such as the shoulders, low back, and knees.”

3. Walking is Great Cardio
“I don’t know why people are so fixated on jogging long slow distance or sitting on the recumbent bike for an hour. Not only would that bore me, I would probably get hurt! Many of my clients walk for cardio, and they never have any issues. Personally, I enjoy hiking with my girlfriend on the weekends. We have a lot of amazing parks in the area and I feel energized afterward!”

4. Everyone Has Back Pain
“Most everyone I have met at the health club has some kind of back issue; tightness, L4-L5 herniation, spondylosis, etc. Flexion exercise such as sit-ups and crunches seem to make back pain worse. Exercises that stiffen the low back muscles such as bracing and bridging can help quite a bit.”

5. Client’s Who Pay for Personal Training are More Consistent
“This is going to sound like a plug for personal training, but whatever. Client’s who pay for personal training are more consistent than those who don’t pay for personal training. Yes, there are some individuals who are intrinsically motivated who don’t need a trainer, but the vast majority of the members at my health club are inconsistent. Not only are my clients consistent with training, they seem to listen to my advice more than someone who doesn’t pay for my services.”

Drew is a personal trainer at a Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness.

Jon has more than 40,000 hours as a personal trainer and can be reached at info@CoreFitnessNJ.com or 732-475-0142.

Read about Drew’s success story here.