Consistent resistance and endurance training produces physiological responses that are beneficial for health and wellness. This should be obvious. For example, if you engage in strength training on a regular basis, you will (among a mind-bogglingly long list of benefits) have a better blood lipid profile, increased insulin sensitivity, and increased bone density and lean muscle mass. Unfortunately, when you stop training, those benefits dissipate over time. This is the principle of detraining.
If you don’t use it, you lose it. Physiological reductions that come with detraining can be partial or full, and
cardiorespiratory endurance losses are greater than muscular strength losses. As a coach, this is concerning when my (once superhuman) athletes regress to a geriatric level of cardio. As a personal trainer it is equally, if not more concerning that a few weeks off of training means that my already hypertensive client’s blood vessels, heart, and respiratory muscles have already lost much of the elasticity and strength gained from months of hard work in the Richmond Gym. Does this mean that you should feel intimated by the level of commitment you have to make in order to get fit and stay fit? Maybe. BUT YOU SHOULD DO IT ANYWAYS FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH’S SAKE.
At Crux Fitness Richmond, our Personal Trainer Richmond strive to get our members to maintain a baseline level of fitness. We use a variety of techniques to keep our clients consistent. We check in with members regularly to ensure that nobody is skipping workouts or making excuses. We make sure that workouts are not torturously hard or monotonously easy. We run our sessions in a loose, fun fashion in order to make working out enjoyable. We put equal emphasis on endurance and strength training, so that in keeping with the aforementioned rapid endurance losses and less drastic strength losses, cardiovascular health is maintained at the very least while strength and muscle mass are constantly improving. And in the event that one of our members does fall off the wagon, we pick them up, dust them off, and put them right back on the path to health and wellness.
Preventing detraining is the primary goal. If anybody has the ambition or drive to reach above and beyond just attaining a baseline level of fitness (please say yes!), then by all means, we are willing and able to do that as well. But getting healthy and staying healthy is top of the priority list.