The Pursuit of Optimization

The Pursuit of Optimization

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!

 

3 Steps to Meeting Your Fitness Goals, with Total Balance

3 Steps to Meeting Your Fitness Goals, with Total Balance

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!