My Gym, Your Gym, No Gym

Exercise BallsI designed my gym to include the modern tools necessary to create and execute programs of natural movement – this is what we call “functional training.” There are no multi-station gym products, rowing machines, treadmills or ellipticals. You don’t need to pay a trainer to watch you walk or row in place, or ride a fake bike.

In the gym, we will work with exercise balls, Bosu balls, medicine balls, resistance tubing, dumbbells, and suspension tools. I don’t target muscles, I target movements. There are no machines that helps you kick a soccer ball, grab something heavy out of the car, or reach for something off a high shelf. Machines can’t improve the balance of a senior and reduce the risk of a fall. Instead, I coach real-world functional training that prevents injuries and helps you move better, perform better and feel better.

The other by-desigPoeReverseFlyXn aspect of my gym is that it’s portable. I can take any of the equipment in my car and train you at your home or office.BartGayeHike2zx

Yet my programs are not confined to the gym. Depending on your needs and wants, I can easily incorporate outdoor exercises that take full advantage of all that this beautiful area has to offer. The gym is on picturesque Westlake Lake, with easy access to one of my favorite tools: kayaks. I’m also steps away from fantastic trails that are excellent for hiking. The uncrowded and friendly residential streets of Westlake Village are perfect for walks and bike rides.  By incorporating the great outdoors into the program, we keep the workouts fun, fresh, and a natural addition to your lifestyle.

Who

Over 40

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Starting to feel the downside of hours in front of a computer and lack of exercise that used to come so easily? Do you find yourself shying away from the weekend basketball game (or any other sport) because you fear the pain that is surely to follow? Not thrilled with the reflection in the mirror? You might even have a home gym or treadmill that sits unused because you’re not sure of the right program to undertake, or you’re just plain bored of the same ‘ole thing.

Get back in the game! Start a training program that is fun and makes you feel great again. Develop those muscle groups that let you play the game you love. Pain free! Burn calories to shed the fat you hate.

Seniors

Did you know that unintentional falls were the #1 reason for those aged 45 and over to visit an emergency room? Approximately one third of the population over the age of 65 will fall in a given year. About 53% of seniors discharged from the hospital/doctor for fall related hip fractures will experience another fall within six months.

Seniors have diJack Pushing - Seniors in Actionfferent needs. As we age, the muscles become shorter and stiffer. Bones become brittle, balance starts to suffer, and range of motion decreases. So what do we do? Usually, we become less active and more sedentary. And this only makes things worse. If we don’t use muscles, we lose them. It doesn’t have to be this way. Properly done, personal training can improve a senior’s balance, increase the range of motion of joints, and build strength in muscles that have become weak. Not only will the client be able to have a more active life – but they significantly reduce the possibility that they will fall.

Every day the odds of a fall increase. Start training now!

Athletes

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I know coaching, training, and sports, and I know how to improve athletic output. Let me help you take your abilities to new levels and give you advantages over the others trying to make the roster.

But it doesn’t stop with making the team. You need to stay healthy. As our teens complete their growth stage, injuries become more prevalent, and keep them off the field. Sports are no fun when you can’t get in the game. Stay healthy and strong with a regular training regimen. Let me design the program, and you can execute it with me, or at home.

What

General Fitness

The best way to maintain your muscles is to use them, yet this isn’t as easy as it seems. LIFE happens and we can’t seem to find the time to exercise like we know we should. Simple movements become difficult and pains become more frequent. Nature is conspiring against us and trying to shrink our bodies, slowly but surely, back OmiMedBall1to the fetal position.

Back In The Game Health will design a program for you that opens your body up, strengthens muscles, and improves your ability to handle simple and complex movements. This is “functional training.”

With improved general fitness, you can feel confident in your ability to participate in athletic activities without injuring yourself, enjoy life movements (lifting and reaching for objects, sitting in “different” positions without pain…), and most importantly, revel in a feeling of improved physical health.

Weight Loss

LisaComparoJanMar2013xAssuming you are not experiencing a chemical imbalance, the primary way to lose weight is to expend more carbs than you intake. It’s very simple in concept, very difficult in execution. I’ll create a program that increases your carb burning, and help coach you on how to reduce the carbs in your diet. Together we can turn the tide in your favor, and you’ll see pounds gradually start to slip away. No trendy diets and no working out in a wetsuit. We’ll do it right, and in a way that helps you keep the pounds off forever by changing your lifestyle.

 

Strength Training

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Through dumbbells, rubber tubing, and our body’s natural weight, we will train muscles groups to overcome resistance in multiple planes of motion. Balance exercises will also be emphasized to act as a sound foundation on which to build. Strength doesn’t have to mean increased muscle size. With my workouts, we emphasize muscle endurance and health over size (hypertrophy). This typically means lesser weights but more repetition. I’m helping you prepare for the challenges of the real world. If you want a bodybuilder physique, I would be happy to recommend you to a different trainer.

 

Balance / Flexibility

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As we age, our muscles tend to shrink and reduce our various joints’ range of motion. This often leads to our body’s inability to maintain correct posture and balance. To overcome this degeneration, we must stay active and maintain 3D movements that seek to maximize our body’s ability to move freely and maintain safe and proper positioning. In trainer-geek speak, this means exercising in the frontal, sagittal, and transverse planes and continuing to train and improve your body’s proprioception. The older we get, the more important this is, as unintentional falls become the greatest risk to our health. It’s easier to prevent a fall than it is to survive one.

 

Athletic Performance Improvement

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While skill is one way to measure an athlete’s ability, physical output is often just as important. In most sports, the athlete who can jump higher, run faster, get more physical with opponents, and stay healthier has an advantage. Almost all serious athletes looking to take their performance to the next level utilize a personal trainer – whether at the high-school, college, or professional ranks. And now we’re seeing that happen at an even younger level, with athletes in the middle schools looking for better coordination, balance, and power. If you are looking to make an impact at a level beyond just recreational playing, let’s talk about customizing a program that will get you the results you are after.

 

Lifestyle

YouWillieSwan don’t have to be in a gym to develop muscle movements, improve strength, burn carbs, or improve your balance. Many of the functional training programs I design incorporate the same muscle movements in outdoor activities. Kayaking is a great way to develop the upper body, and standing up in a kayak is an excellent way to improve balance! What about the muscles you build walking/hiking up a hill, or biking through the streets? How about the benefits to your cardio-respiratory system? These lifestyle activities are fun and a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors.

Me

I need to be active.

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As a youth, I’ve played practically every sport under the sun. And as I moved into adulthood, I have played at the highest levels of soccer, competed in mountain bike racing and martial arts tournaments, and run in major marathons, including Boston. Additionally, I’ve coached youth basketball and baseball, and in soccer, I have the Advanced Coaching certification with AYSO, and a license with the United States Soccer Federation.

And I’m a certified personal trainer (CPT) with NASM.

It’s difficult to find a more “local” person than myself – having been raised here since the mid 1960s. From Brookside Elementary to Calabasas High School, I haven’t strayed far from the Conejo Valley. Even my big four years away at college only had me travel up the road an hour to UCSB. Now I live in Westlake Village with my wife and two boys.

I invite you to browse my website to learn more about me and how I can help you improve your health. Every picture on the site (except for the three below) were taken of real clients I am training, either in my gym, or in the local outdoors. We live in the most beautiful area on the planet – let’s enjoy it! Actively! Whether it’s in my gym, or outside on the lake or trail, we’ll get you Back in the Game, and have fun doing it!

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