Personal Training Philosophy

Personal training can look and feel very different depending on the personal trainer you’re working out with. To be most successful you’ll want to find a fitness professional that is in alignment with your goals.

Here I’d like to share my personal training philosophy with you.

Movement Patterns, Not Body Parts

Approaching exercise in terms of body parts is great for bodybuilding, but I take a more holistic approach with clients looking for less pain and better function.

At Overhaul Training, I approach exercise in terms of fundamental movement patterns. These patterns are:

  • Push
  • Pull
  • Squat
  • Lunge
  • Hip Hinge
  • Rotation
  • Carry

After all, whether it be chores or sports, these are the movements you need to perform everyday. Get good at the fundamentals, and everything else becomes easier.

Accommodate All Levels By Regressing or Progressing Movement Patterns

And by focusing on movement patterns, it becomes easy to ensure you don’t have gaps in your training programs even when shit aint perfect.

Never weight trained before or recently had knee surgery? You’re squat pattern is gently sitting on the bench with no weight and then standing up. Pretty soon you’ll be progressed to a holding weight in a goblet squat and eventually you’ll need a barbell because you’re just too darn strong.

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Create a Safe Environment to Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

If you’re having difficulty performing basic movement patterns during your everyday activities, either due to pain, stiffness, instability or weakness, you’ll find ways to compensate. But these compensation patterns cause extra wear and tear on connective tissues and joints. The movements you find to be most difficult are often where you’re most vulnerable to injury.

Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to safely address these imbalances, and end up going through life with a policy of safety by avoidance, which can be very limiting. And the longer you avoid certain movements, the greater the imbalances become.  Eventually life requires that you pick something up, jump over a puddle, twist the other way…perform that movement you’ve been avoiding. This is how injury occurs.

That’s why we take a totally different approach. At Overhaul Training, I believe that the gym should be treated as a type of learning center…a safe, controlled environment where we can strip your movement down to the basics, identify what needs to improve and then teach you the new movement skills needed to turn your weaknesses into strengths.

We Train You Like An Athlete

You may be a newbie, or feel like your body has been injured and broken, but living a vibrant, active life is an athletic adventure. My job is to safely develop your strength and skills till you have the confidence to boldly face the physical challenges life may bring your way.

Free Weights, Not Machines

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Life is full of free weights. Shopping bags, potting soil, branches, children and pets, not to mention your own body, are all free weights. And if you want to move them through space safely it requires good movement skills, flexibility, strength, and joint stability. You need to be able to move fast and slow, be springy and stabile, with objects that are heavy and light, big and small, solid and squigly, in a variety of directions.

Build You Up, Never Break You Down

I think of exercise first and foremost as an opportunity to safely prepare you for the rest of your life. I take that exercise and strip it down to the most basic parts, reduce the weight, slow the speed, and shrink the range of motion until we find a level that you’re comfortable with. Then we identify the aspects that are holding you back and slowly and safely improve them.

First is your coordination and balance, then flexibility, and last we slowly increase the weight, little by little. The key? Patience. We focus on your safety and long term quality of life. Some coaches play the short game and kick your butt out of the gate. I play the long game and focus on reducing any potential injury sources first.

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