Monday proved to be the highest traffic day in MichaelGrayFitness history. Apparently a picture of a kickin’ six pack on Facebook will cause multitudes of people to click on a link. (Note to self: put more pictures of six packs on Facebook links).
Monday also brought some new subscribers to the blog. So to those of you who are new, welcome! Feel free to chime in in the comments section with any questions or comments you may have.
Now, on to business.
The reasons that people come to me for training are often the same. The most popular reason is to lose weight/body fat. The second most common reason is to gain some muscle/get stronger. After that, it’s usually some kind of rehabilitation or ache and pain that someone needs to be worked through, which usually is remedied by either losing weight or gaining strength or a combination of the two.
No one ever comes to me asking for help in dropping their cholesterol or to lower their blood pressure. (Sometimes people do, but it’s usually after 5 or 6 sessions…”Oh yeah, my doctor said if I don’t get my cholesterol down within a month I’ll probably die. I guess I should have told you that huh?”) Yeah…that would have been good.
However, it isn’t uncommon at all for people to see benefits in areas they weren’t expecting. In fact, I’m not sure if I can think of an example of a client of mine who hasn’t seen some kind of benefit in unexpected, or unplanned ways. Troublesome knees stop hurting. Weak wrists get stronger. Bad backs get better. And on and on.
One area that is common is that of sickness. And no, I’m not saying that I make my clients sick, but that a lot of them notice that they don’t get sick near as much as they used to. And, even if they do get sick, the duration of said sickness is much shorter than it used to be.
Here’s a quote on this from an article a client of mine sent to me:
In fact, one study found that people who exercised regularly (five or more days a week) cut their risk of having a cold by close to 50 percent. Exercise likely cuts your risk of colds so significantly because it triggers a rise in immune system cells that can attack any potential invaders.
Imagine that, aside from all the other benefits of exercise, it also helps keep you from getting sick. So get your butt into a gym, get your immune system jacked up and keep that sickness at bay!