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Which exercise program is best?

July 19, 2011

If you browse through the newsstands, check out a fitness blog, or even ask a personal fitness trainer the question which exercise program is best, you will quickly see there are many answers to the same question. I would even venture to say that if you ask five personal trainers the same question you would get five different answers. The problem? Well the answer really is “It depends…” And to be honest, many fitness programs *can* work for a period of time before a negative deterrent sets in: lack of results, injury, time commitment, loss of interest, “life” gets in the way, and the list goes on and on.

So how do we answer this question at Efficient Exercise? The answer is simple: it is all about YOU. You as a unique individual are coming in with specific goals. We will answer the question of what will work best by assessing your current health and fitness level and progressing through a system that best matches your needs. We do not create random workouts of the day and expect everyone to follow blindly despite possible limitations and differences. Nor do we create a cookie cutter program that everyone follows for weeks at a time. Like a great artist, our instructors use the materials they have on hand to craft a masterpiece in you. We collaborate to solve problems and we continually strive for improvement by staying current with the latest scientific research to ensure our system is evidence based.

We always strive to be non dogmatic in our training approach, but if we do not have certain boundaries we end up standing for nothing. So what is the common thread in our training approach? Efficiency.

We always ask “why” in considering various modalities of exercise. When it comes down to it we strive to give our clients the most bang for the exercise buck as possible. What does that mean? High intensity resistance training that is safe, meaningful, and effective for the particular client. By definition, one cannot keep up an intense level of exercise or activity for a long period of time so this is how we keep our workouts brief. We choose resistance training because in a short amount of time, it gives the client the highest return on investment for all major health and fitness markers: increased strength, increased cardiorespiratory performance, increased resistance to injury, and an overall presence of feeling better.

Yours in Health – The Efficient Exercise Team

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2011 1:12 pm

    Awesome Post. U hit the nail on the head. What is required, is a template that the trainer or the knowledgeable trainee has to personalize to obtain best results. A one size fits all is not the answer. I for one was so stuck with SSTF(though it does have its merits), that I failed to notice the big picture and like the different tools, SSTF is nothing but a protocol that has certain decided advantages. Looking at Keith and Skyler traverse through their workouts U can’t help but notice the varied tools and protocols they use in their training arsenal, yet do not deviate from getting stronger in the basic movements. Keith exemplifies a subject wanting to push his performance curve, while the average office goer who needs to stay healthy, look good and be fit and have a general preparedness to perform life’s demands would do well on a 2 x week 30 min ARX session.

  2. January 30, 2013 2:20 pm

    Good Post. It is congruent with what we teach in our chiropractic office. We like to have people doing weight training and endurance training with preworkout routines that address core, balance and flexibility. check out this article

    http://www.fosteringwellness.net/doctor/chiropractor/10354S/chiropractor-Rutland/strength_endurance_training.htm

    Dr. Charles Foster
    Chiropractor
    Rutland, VT

  3. February 8, 2013 2:06 pm

    This is a nice blog, Thanks for sharing it.

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