In-home personal training vs. big box gym training?
Jan15

In-home personal training vs. big box gym training?

Which is better… in-home personal training vs. big box gym training? Peak Physique is an in-home personal training company. So, of course, we believe that you’re going to get the most benefit from working with us. But, it’s not just because we want you as part of our team. No drive time / traffic – Peak Physique trainers come to you or meet you wherever you want.  Let us be the ones who deal with the traffic, and we’ll be on time, on your doorstep, and ready for your workout! You only have a limited amount of free time–spend it working out with us, not in the car! Flexible scheduling – At gyms, you have to deal with when it’s open, when the trainer is working, and when the trainer is available to see you.  At Peak Physique, we know that you live busy lives, so we make it easy for you.  We train you at any hour of the day.  We have many clients who work out before the crack of dawn, late into the evenings, and even on weekends. Exercises easier to replicate on your own – Peak Physique trains you and shows you how to do your workout with little to no equipment.  This way, you don’t have to spend extra money to purchase equipment for when you work out on your own. Working with your Peak Physique trainer and/or on your own will be much easier and more effective. And workouts with us will always be creative—based on what you need, not what the gym pushes or their machines allow. Personalized touch – We don’t have fancy computer programs that spit out a pre-designed workout for you. We have people, who listen to what you need and design programs with you in mind—not their quota numbers. Peak Physique trainers give you a thorough consultation, discussing your goals, time frame, and current nutrition and fitness.  Then we design a program with all that in mind.  In the end, that will give you better results. No waiting for machines and no over-crowding – When you walk into a gym, it’s often so overcrowded that you can’t even do the workout you’d planned.  But when you train with Peak Physique, you spend the entire hour actually working out, with no standing and no waiting around. Our equipment is always ready, just for you, and we have an exercise for you to do. Plus, you can do it the in the privacy and comfort of your own home, with no one watching you. Opportunities for on-site training – Sometimes, you just don’t want to be inside a gym to work out, especially on a beautiful...

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Benefits of working with a Peak Physique trainer
Jan08

Benefits of working with a Peak Physique trainer

What are the benefits of working with a personal trainer, especially a Peak Physique trainer? Concierge service It may sound fancy, and not often associated with a gym, but for Peak Physique, it’s a necessary service for you. Peak Physique tailors everything for your lifestyle. We meet you when and where it’s convenient for you. Early mornings, mid-day, evenings or weekends, we’re ready to train you. And it can be in the convenience of your home, community fitness center or a local park. Our motto “Your Results, Your Way, On Your Time” says it all. Accountability With a Peak Physique personal trainer, you get someone who is making sure you reach your goals and stick to a plan and program that’s designed specifically for you. Your trainer is there to keep you on track. Encouragement/motivation Whether you need a high five, a fist bump, or an attaboy/girl, your Peak Physique personal trainer is there to keep your energy up and motivation high. Exercising is hard work, so you can count on your trainer to keep you going—during your session, before, and after. On your time A Peak Physique personal trainer is available for you when it’s convenient for you and your schedule. No need to worry about driving to the gym and dealing with traffic; we will be at your doorstep with everything we need to lead you through an awesome workout. For some people, the best time to work out is the early morning, for others it’s midday, and some need the evenings. You can schedule your appointment any time, to work best with your time and your family’s time! Expert/personalized At Peak Physique, we offer you expert and personalized personal training. Everyone has different goals, different body types, and different schedules; that’s why we work with you on an individual basis to give you a personalized program that will fit your life and lifestyle. Program/routine It’s our job to help you make exercise and nutrition a part of your everyday routine. We will give you a plan to follow for when we’re with you and when you’re working on your own. Healthy eating and exercise is a lifestyle, not a short-term plan. Peak Physique personal trainers will help you incorporate all this as part of your daily routine and life. Technique/safety Your safety is our biggest priority. The phrase “No Pain, No Gain” doesn’t apply here. You can’t get the results you if you’re injured. Peak Physique personal trainers make sure that you’re performing every exercise correctly and safely to get the result you desire. Maximize/effective There’s no need to work out for hours and hours when...

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Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions
Jan03

Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2018! This WILL be the year that you finally stick to your healthy New Year’s Resolutions. Every year, so many people make resolutions to lose weight, gain more muscle, or to eat healthy. But then, they fail to reach those goals. One reason? Their goals aren’t specific enough, and there was no real plan to achieve them. You don’t have to fall in to those traps. Here are 5 easy steps you can follow to help you finally keep those New Year’s Resolutions: 1.            Set your goals Set goals that are specific to what you want to achieve, and then create a plan of action to achieve them! Don’t say “I want to lose weight…” but instead, “I want to lose 15 pounds in time for my summer vacation.” And then ask a Peak Physique personal trainer to help you plan the exercise, diet, and lifestyle that you need to achieve them.  No excuses! Remember: It may be cold outside right now, but you’re working toward bikini season! 2.       Set your plan After you’ve decided exactly what you want to do, you need a plan to achieve it (that you can actually stick to).  How will you achieve the goal that you’ve set? What exactly are you going to do — and how often will do it?  Think: “I will eat 3 healthy meals and 2 healthy snacks every day … yet allow myself one cheat meal on Sunday.” Or “I will do 30 minutes of cardio training five times a week, and strength training three times a week.” “I will get 6-8 hours of sleep every night.” A Peak Physique trainer can help you design this plan based on your specific goals, and can help hold you accountable. 3.       Set your schedule We’re all busy, and we often get around to doing only those things that are on our calendar. So, why not put your workouts on your calendar, just like you would a meeting at work? What days and times does a workout fit in your calendar? Put it in your smartphone and set alarms, or write sticky notes and place them all over.  Make your plan where you can see it daily! Think: “Monday, I can do 30 minutes of cardio in the morning before work. Tuesday I can lift weights at lunch. Thursday, I can go for a jog after work. On the weekends, I can go hiking with my family.” And if you don’t have time to go to the gym, remember that Peak Physique trainers will come to you. 4.       Set your menu Since we’re busy, it’s often easiest just to pick up something to eat on the...

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Q & A with Monica Woodward
Sep01

Q & A with Monica Woodward

Get to know a little bit more about one of our top certified personal trainers Monica Woodward. 1. What’s your favorite exercise, why? I love to compete in triathlons as exercise. That involves swimming, cycling and running. Always do what you love. If you hate doing a specific exercise, you probably won’t do it often. 2. What’s your least favorite exercise, why? Organized sports. I’ve never played soccer, softball, etc. So I never got into that as a form of exercise. 3. What’s your favorite healthy meal? I like fruits and veggies that are super fresh and seasonal! Least favorite? I hate fish and mushy, over cooked veggies. 4. What’s your favorite cheat meal? Nachos!  5. What’s your favorite motivational quote or personal mantra? I am constantly seeking new quotes and mantras for each stage of my training or season of life. I post “Quotes of the Week” on my social media to keep me focused and motivated on my goals. 6. Why did you become a certified personal trainer? I lost over 75 pounds 2009-2010 mostly doing my own research and trial/error. Many people asked me how I did it. And I learned that everyone is so different with their body types, needs, and motivation. I’ve always been a teacher in some way shape or form, so I was inspired to become a certified personal trainer. I fell in love with fitness and exercise science and made it my career. 7. What inspires you or motivates you? I an inspired by the people I surround myself with. I’ve been so lucky to train amazing clients from all walks of life; I do triathlon training with some of the hardest working athletes I’ve ever met; and my friend circle includes smart, funny, and humble people. They all inspire me to become a better trainer, athlete and friend. I am better because of them. 8. Best or favorite personal fitness moment. I have 2! 1) Losing more than 75 pounds in 2009-2010. I didn’t know I was capable of making such a lifestyle change and creating a new life I didn’t know was possible! 2) Crossing the finish line at my first triathlon in 2016. I overcame (still working on it, occasionally) fears of failure, cycling, and not being mentally, physically, and emotionally able to become a triathlete. I did it and it has changed my life! 9. Best or favorite client story? So many!!! I’ve had clients lose weight and become healthier. Some who wanted to look better in their wedding dress on their special day. A few that just needed help gaining strength so they can do day-in/day-out tasks. And a couple that have crossed finish lines at half-marathons when they couldn’t run a...

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Q & A with Tony Adams
Jul03

Q & A with Tony Adams

Get to know a little bit more about one of our top certified personal trainers and Peak Physique owner Tony Adams. 1. What’s your favorite exercise, why? My favorite exercise is probably my least favorite exercise to do myself, for the simple reason is that it is so physically demanding.  The squat.  But, the squat not only works some of the largest and most important muscles in the body, many of those same muscles are ones we under-utilize in our daily life. 2. What’s your favorite healthy meal? Vegetable Turkey Meatloaf with balsamic glaze 3. What’s your favorite motivational quote or personal mantra? “There are no special tricks to achieving your fitness goals, only good direction and consistency.” 4. Why did you become a certified personal trainer? Growing up I played team sports and was a competitive runner. I always struggled with gaining muscle and was constantly plagued with injuries.  These challenges inspired an interest in learning more about how and why the body works the way it does.  While studying exercise physiology in college I developed a passion for the science of exercise and how a real knowledge of the body could greatly improve how you take care of it.  Naturally, I made my way to personal training because it gave me an avenue  to share that passion. 5. What inspires you or motivates you? Developing a very personalized plan for a client, and then watching my clients reaching their goals. 6. Best or favorite client story? When my client competed for the title of Mrs. Virginia.  Read Jeanette’s journey here! 7. Do you have any specific fitness goals for yourself? My goal for myself is still the same… build muscle and maintain functional fitness and symmetry to help prevent injury.  8. Where’s your favorite place to travel/vacation? I love any beach… I really enjoy visiting lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, catching up with my closest friends. 9. Do you exercise when you travel? Or just relax? Yes. Exercising helps me relax.  10. What’s your favorite movie? “Man on Fire.” 11. Do you listen to music when working out? Genre? Whatever is playing in the gym. 12. If you had a different career, what would it be? A medical doctor or real estate investor  13. Do you have any special skills or unique hobbies (unrelated to fitness)? I am a fairly decent cook and enjoy golfing with friends. 14.  More about me … I’m an only child, and my parents moved from Richmond, where we grew up, to N.C. a few years ago. I have 2 cats, Gabby and Smokey, and they keep me vacuuming often. To schedule a consultation with Tony or to discuss personal training options, contact us for more...

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Q & A with Michele Nierle
May30

Q & A with Michele Nierle

Get to know a little bit more about one of our top certified personal trainers Michele Nierle.   1. What’s your favorite exercise, why? Yoga, because there are so many options within the yoga practice of how to take care of myself.  2. What’s your favorite healthy meal? Salad with nuts, berries, cheese 3. What’s your favorite cheat meal? I love ice cream, but I don’t call it cheating, I call it bliss. 4. What’s your favorite motivational quote or personal mantra? “Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness.” – David Steindl-Rast 5.  Why did you become a yoga instructor? I’ve had great teachers and lots of practice in my life so far, and it is important that it is passed on to others, so others might benefit from that which has been so meaningful in my life. 6. What inspires you or motivates you? Nature, birds, my husband’s love, the wisdom of older adults. 7. Best or favorite personal fitness moment. A memorable moment was when I was taking a yoga class with a shoulder injury. I really had to modify my practice, which made me upset, to the point of tears. Then, a shift occurred:  I got the message that I needed to love and care for the injury, that being upset at it wasn’t helping anything. I chose in that moment to embrace all of it, the parts that felt good and the parts that didn’t feel so good, and that was pivotal in my approach to dealing with discomfort. 8. Best or favorite client story? I remember meeting an animal-loving client at a woodland park, assuming this would be a fine place to meet.  After we got deeper into the woods, she said something like, “Michele, where have you brought me?!?! This is scary and we might get eaten by bears!”  We had a great laugh, and I then learned that, while she loved animals, she did not want to be anywhere close to where they might be in the wild! 9.  Do you have any specific fitness goals for yourself? As I get older, I seem to carry the family torch of fear of heights, and I’d like to reverse that. This means I have to start getting around things that require heights, like ladders, or rock climbing, etc.! Eek! 10. Where’s your favorite place to travel/vacation? Ideally anywhere around 65-85 degrees. 11. Do you exercise when you travel? Or just relax? Depends what my body needs. Usually there’s lots of walking and some yoga mixed in. 12. Do you listen to music when working out? Genre? Sometimes I’ll play...

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