Q & A with Will Wright
Apr25

Q & A with Will Wright

  Get to know a little bit more about one of our top certified personal trainers Will Wright.   1. What’s your favorite exercise, why? Deadlifts for functional strength and burpees for overall fitness. 2. What’s your least favorite exercise, why? Pretty much any isolation exercise. Quit wasting your time and DO WORK! 3. What’s your favorite healthy meal? Sashimi! Or Thai mango salmon. Really any fresh fish makes me happy. Least favorite? If it involves kale or beets, you can count me out! 4. What’s your favorite cheat meal? A jar of peanut butter and a spoon! Least favorite? I’m not a fan of sweets. 5. What’s your favorite motivational quote or personal mantra? “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle 6. Why did you become a certified personal trainer? To me it’s all about changing lives and saving lives.  7. What inspires you or motivates you? God, my family, my friends, and my clients. 8. Best or favorite personal fitness moment. Placing in the top 2% at my first Spartan Race was pretty cool. 9. Best or favorite client story? I ran into an old client at the Monument Avenue 10k back in 2013. We hadn’t seen each other in many years, and in the time that had passed he lost over 70 pounds. He cried when he saw me, hugged me, and told me that I had completely changed his life. In addition to running races, he informed me that he now leads an organization-wide fitness program. I was so proud! It was really an emotional moment. 10. Do you have any specific fitness goals for yourself? Completing the Spartan Trifecta in 2017. A podium finish would be nice, too! 11. Where’s your favorite place to travel/vacation? Vietnam 12. Do you exercise when you travel? Or just relax? Of course I exercise! Traveling is no excuse to give up on your fitness goals. Gravity and the world around you provide you with all the power you need to be your healthiest self. 13. What’s your favorite movie? Braveheart 14. Do you listen to music when working out? Genre? Depends on the workout. If I’m lifting heavy, hard rock and metal really helps me dial it in. 15. If you had a different career, what would it be? Professional athlete or pastor 16. Do you have any special skills or unique hobbies (unrelated to fitness)? I can wiggle my ears. Does that count for anything?? 17. Give a small description about the things you love in your life. I have been in Richmond pretty much my whole life, and am very grateful to have such a large, diverse group of friends in the area. When I am...

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Peak Physique Myths vs Facts
Mar10

Peak Physique Myths vs Facts

As certified personal trainers, we frequently are asked questions about fitness and nutrition. There are many myths out there that need to be busted.  It is our job to make sure you, our clients, receive factual information and expand your own knowledge so you can get the results you want. Here are a few “myths vs facts” examples that give you the correct information about fitness and nutrition. Myth: Lifting weights will make me bulky. Fact: There are many reasons to lift weights: to build strength, to tone muscle, to gain muscular endurance, and to gain more muscle mass.  If your goal is to become a body builder, there are specific workout and nutrition regimes to build up that muscle mass and make you “bulkier.” However, most clients aren’t after that look. So we make sure you are doing the appropriate weight, sets and reps to help achieve the goal and look you want.  Now that doesn’t mean you are only lifting lighter weights. Lifting heavier weights will make you stronger, help you burn more fat, and give you a leaner look. Myth: Doing only abs and squats will help me lose fat on my tummy and thighs. Fact: Unfortunately, there is no such thing as spot reducing. What we can do is help you focus on your nutrition so your body is consuming the right calories and macro-nutrients. We also can help you tone those areas with a variety of exercises so you get better results. As you lose body fat, your muscles will be strong and more defined. Myth: You need to do a ton of cardio to lose weight. Fact: No, you don’t. How much or little cardio you do will depend on what your personal trainer designs for you and your fitness goals. Cardio alone won’t help you lose weight. A well-rounded plan will give you the best results for weight loss. That includes an appropriate strength-training program, cardio routine and a nutrition plan. Myth: I need to do a 21-day cleanse to jump start weight loss. Fact: Eating the right balance of calories and macro-nutrients (carbs/proteins/fats) will help you lose weight. Frequently, fad diets like 21-day cleanses may cause people to lose a lot of weight early on. That weight loss is usually water weight. When they return back to their regular eating, the weight comes back on—and usually with a few extra pounds. Personal trainers will help you focus on your nutrition and workout plan so you lose weight steadily and permanently. For long lasting weight loss results, remember:  It’s a marathon not a sprint. Myth: I need to go to the gym to get...

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Peak Physique Featured on ABC NEWS-WRIC 8
Jun30

Peak Physique Featured on ABC NEWS-WRIC 8

Peak Physique Certified Personal Trainer Will Wright was featured alongside ABCNEWS WRIC-8 reporter Evanne Armour in a story called 3 Ways to $ave. Will took Evanne through several workouts around Richmond demonstrating that you can workout anywhere and enjoy the great amenities our city has to offer. Will and Evanne worked out at the Bryd Park Vita Course, the shore on Belle Isle along the James River, and up the Libby Hill Park stairs. You may see Will and other Peak Physique trainers using our city’s resources as backdrops for our clients’ workouts. You don’t need a gym membership. You don’t need additional equipment. All you need is a plan of action and great day outside here in RVA. Check out Will Wright and Evanne Armour in action....

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Benefits of working with a Peak Physique trainer
Feb01

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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In-home personal training vs. big box gym training?
Jan04

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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Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions
Dec29

Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2017! 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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