Written by: Paul DeAngelis
One of the most remarkable parts of traveling is the fact that wherever I go, it’s always the same! Everyone always needs similar things, since our bodies really aren’t all that different; mobility, strength, and above all else, consistency. The people I meet with have goals that are almost identical to those of my other clients, even though their fitness levels vary: they are looking to get better, and to be better. I’m there to tell them how to do that.
Wherever I go when traveling, I bring the truth with me. It’s the same philosophy I use in my everyday life, and at Total Balance; the factor that changes is intensity.
The seminars I present are broken down into 6 components:
1.) Biomechanics: I show the group how to move efficiently.
2.) Injury Prevention: Even elite athletes can get hurt doing what they do best!
3.) Nutrition: You have to know how to fuel properly. For example, there are some major nutritional differences between people who focus on power sports, those who focus on endurance, and a regular gym-goer.
4.) Health vs. Performance: Your end goal will determine how you train. If you’re looking to get healthier, you’re not going to be moving the same way as someone who wants to improve performance specifically.
5.) Programming: This section describes what the clients goals are, how they should be moving, when they can move up in intensity, and emphasizes consistency.
6.) Practical Training: This is where I get people moving, so they can see how all of the information I present to them has an affect on their movements!
The most satisfying part? Seeing how people improve afterwards. Even after a single day of teaching, the before and after videos are always incredible!
The reason I travel is the pursuit of optimization; I want to make myself better, and I want to make what I do better. If I feel I can improve something, I’m relentless in my pursuit. My goal is to be at my personal best, so I can bring all that energy and skill to the clients at Total Balance. Everyone has areas they want to improve. The only thing that changes is the physical location!
Written by: Paul DeAngelis
The coaches at Total Balance are in a unique and advantageous position of having a high level of fitness expertise; not only can we identify the steps you need to take to get started effectively, but we can develop and complicate programs as you progress towards your goals! So how do we get our clients from the start to the finish of their fitness journey?
Step 1: Identify their Goals
The first thing I recommend to a new client is to come in to talk about what they want. During our one-on-one meeting, we break down exactly what it is that they’re hoping to get out of the program; a better quality of life, reduction in pain, aesthetics, etc. The client has to be aware of what their goal is before working towards it, and it’s our job to ensure that goal is realistic and attainable.
Step 2: Attain Commitment
It may sound like a cliché, but it typically takes up to 3 months of consistent work to see results! Intermittent workout sessions just don’t work, unfortunately.
One way in which we make sure the clients are committing to their goals is to work within their schedule; the key is to get them to prioritize their workouts. Life gets pretty busy, but we want everyone to have the opportunity to succeed in their fitness endeavors.
Step 3: Reality Hits!
Once you’ve got your goals laid out, and a commitment to working towards them, there’s nowhere to go but up!
After 3 months, the benefits of the program will become apparent; better posture, more energy, increase in strength, all that good stuff. The way you move in the day-to-day will change as well; since your body will be getting stronger, your walking, sitting, and running motions will feel better and be better.
Remember: good things take time!
Written by: Paul DeAngelis
Total Balance is evolving.
The fall is bringing big changes to the studio. Change is a good thing; too often we get stuck in bad routines, bad jobs, bad training habits, and require a new way of thinking to get out of our ruts. Think of the gym like you’d think of your body: if you did the same exercises over and over without changing it up, would you make any progress?
The first shift in programming is the evolution of the spinning classes, coming this fall. Don’t worry, it isn’t going away; instead, it’s evolving into a hybrid of traditional spinning, and total training called “SpinFit”. This is an active improvement on a class that has been exceptionally popular in the Total Balance community.
Traditional spinning classes focus primarily on endurance, and I’ve found that to be a little one dimensional. Our goal is to build and improve on the abilities clients bring to the stationary bicycle by incorporating the Total Balance approach to strength training. By blending the use of the machine with the personalized instruction from our coaches, clients will begin to see improvements that a spinning class alone couldn’t generate!
Total Balance is all about laying down the foundations for strength. You’re encouraged to speak with an expert (such as myself), to tailor the program to your exact needs, and your exact fitness level. Coaches can then build up your mobility and strength in parts, depending on your current and long-term goals. We’re here to motivate!
SpinFit guarantees better results, and the best perspective on endurance training. The classes will be more personal, more inspirational, and most definitely more positive an experience for everyone involved.
The second major change has to do with the aesthetics of the studio: we will be removing the wall separating the spinning class from the rest of the gym in order to open up the space. This gives us massive amounts of room to add customized programs, and accommodate all new clients.
Total Balance is not a substandard way of working out: we are dedicated to providing clients with the tools they need to be their best selves. The team and programs are evolving for the better, and passing the benefits to the clients who join us on their fitness journey.
My goal, above all else, is to be there for YOU.
By: Paul DeAngelis, Founder