When I first meet a potential client I go through a consultation process. During this I always ask them their goals. Quite often the client will have a number of goals that they want to achieve. These can range from being healthier, losing a few pounds, having more energy or getting in shape for a holiday or wedding.I will always ask them to pick the one that is their overall goal and that they want the most.99% of the time the goal will always be weight loss and muscle ‘tone’. This allows me to plan out a strategy that can best help them reach their goals in the time frame that they are thinking of.When a person decides to set out a goal for themselves, and the goal is weight loss, they will usually take the path of least resistance.Quite often that path will be running.They choose it because it’s free, anyone can do it and you don’t need any equipment. To me, running is not an entry level activity for someone who is currently sedentary or overweight.With each foot strike you are putting 2-3 times your bodyweight through your hips, knees and ankles.So if we take someone who is 18 stone, with every foot fall they are putting between 36 and 54 stone of pressure through their joints.Alwyn Cosgrove gives a great analogy.‘’Imagine that you’re just starting a fitness program, and you ask a trainer for advice. ‘’Here’s what I want you to do on the first day’’, he says. ‘’Hop 750 times with your right leg. Then hop 750 times with your left leg’’ Would you do it?Of course you wouldn’t! Who in their right mind would class this as exercise?So you refuse to do it. ‘’Okay the trainer says, do 750 hops, but alternate legs and move forward while doing it.”You try it and realise that it feels a lot like running and that’s because it is running. Why 750 times? It’s because that is what it usually takes to run one mile… 750 foot strikes per leg, 1500 in total.That is an enormous amount of pressure to be putting on someone who has never exercised before and whose joints may already be in a stressed state due to being overweight.Now, let me make this clear. I have nothing against running. I have the utmost respect for anyone who has the physical capacity to do long distance running, but we have to go back to our goals.Is your goal to be a runner?If it is then the answer is easy, you have to run.Is your goal to burn fat and ‘tone’ muscle?Then running is not the most optimal way to do this.Yes you can lose weight through running, but if you are a certain body shape you will just end up a smaller version of the shape you are now.If you want to change the shape of your body you have to do some sort of resistance training.This doesn’t mean you have to start off by going onto the dreaded ‘black matted area’ of the gym, where all the angry looking guys hang out. (We’re not actually angry; some of us just need a hug!)Use a few basic bits of equipment such as a step, a simple set of dumbbells and a set of resistance bands.Add in some bodyweight exercises such as squats, push ups, lunges and planks and you can put together a full body workout that can get you great results.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training and Nutrition you can contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and Performance.EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: WEIGHT LOSS – TO RUN OR NOT TO RUN? was last modified: March 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnRunning
No, it’s not your imagination.Prices for merchandise at vintage thrift shops like Aaardvark’s Odd Ark and Decades have gone through the roof in recent years, giving new meaning to the term “thrift shop.”Sarah Bergman, manager of The Way We Wore, a high-end vintage shop on La Brea Avenue, said demand for vintage is the highest she’s seen in her 20 years in the business. It’s essentially a reflection of basic supply and demand — along with the eBay factor.“It’s harder for pickers to find collectible vintage in the world,” she said. “You would think it would keep circulating, but it doesn’t. There’s more of an awareness of what it is worth. People know, I can sell it on eBay’ now.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.John Schoen, general manager of the Roadium, a swap meet in Torrance, said he’s been noticing in the last two years that a lot of his vendors scour Southern California for old high school letterman jackets and Levis, then ship it by the containerful to Japan and other Pacific Rim countries. “The jackets go for over $3,000 bucks in Japan,” he said.While the outsourcing of Southern California’s castoffs may not be enough to tip the U.S. trade deficit, it’s significant enough to drive prices higher for used clothing here, said Bergman.She chalks up the demand from Asia to improved local economies. “In Japan, denim was king in the ’90s,” she said. “Then that market crashed. A lot of the Americana that went overseas came back. Then the Japanese economy improved. We’re seeing a resurgence in Japanese clients, also demand from Koreans and Chinese.”Despite the higher prices, Asia hasn’t completely cornered the market on vintage wear. Bergman said her store gets requests from all over the U.S. too.“People are hungry for this stuff,” Bergman said She credits the Hollywood film industry for creating a homegrown vintage market. “If the hot and trendy girls here want to wear it,” she said, “the hot and trendy girls everywhere want to wear it.”– Barbara Correa160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!