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Fitness Secrets of a Fitness Trainer

September 24, 2013 0 comments Health and Fitness

By Chris Freytag

Just like you, I can get overwhelmed with work, family, business travel and numerous other obligations. To stay on track with my fitness routine, I have to plan ahead. I have some personal rules I follow, as well as some time-saving solutions for those crazy busy days. Here are my trainer secrets for fitness success.

Tip: Wear a heart-rate monitor and follow the two-day rule. My Heart Rate Monitor is my motivator—I love tracking my heart rate each workout and feeling good about my calorie burn. I also try not to ever go more than two days in a row without making the time for exercise. Since I travel almost every week, it’s easy to let a few days slide, but I hate the way I feel so I only allow a maximum of 48 hours between workouts even on my busiest weeks. I will run stairs in a building if I have to.

Tip: Schedule the time for your workouts and try to include your friends.  I put my workout schedule right into my Outlook program on my laptop just like business meetings. I work out with a variety of people throughout the week. I teach group classes three to four days a week and lineup outdoor runs with friends on the weekends. I arrange walking business meetings whenever I can. My husband and I also like to use an evening walk as a chance to catch up….it usually takes us to Starbucks for a quick coffee.

Working with a Trainer
Working with a Trainer

Tip: Enter competitions to create some specific training goals. I love to do 5k and 10K races. They are doable training distances for a novice and comfortable distances for a fitness enthusiast. Sign up for the next charity event that involves friends, fun and a good cause. It also creates the need for a training schedule which can keep you on track.

Tip: Cross-training, include many different formats of exercise throughout the week. I am a creature of change so I love to cross train. During any given week I’ll teach kickboxing, spinning, yoga, Pilates, strength training and I may even take an outdoor run or walk. Get addicted to the excitement of something different. It’s a great way to train your muscles to work in many directions and keep your mind in the game.

Tip: Increase the intensity of cardiovascular workouts. When I am short on time, my motto is: Go Big or Go Home. I will pick up my pace when I only have time for a one mile run or 15 minutes on the elliptical. I often throw in some intervals where I push myself for one minute and recover for one minute … do that seven times with a little warm-up first, and you have a 15 minute workout! Everyone has at least 15 minutes to devote to exercise!

Make sure you prioritize exercise and get it on your daily schedule!


Chris Freytag is a health and fitness expert, author and speaker. She has been teaching fitness classes and personal training for over 20 years. She is a contributing editor for Prevention Magazine; the fitness contributor for the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis; and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Council on Exercise. Chris has authored 5 books; has created dozens of fitness DVD’s; and sells her signature line of healthy kitchen and fitness products on QVC. Connect with Chris at www.chrisfreytag.com  www.Facebook.com/ChrisFreytagpage or on Twitter @ChrisFreytag

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Chris Freytag
Chris Freytag is a nationally recognized fitness expert, speaker, and contributing editor to Prevention magazine and an author of several books. Chris has served as the chairman of the board for the American Council of Exercise for several years, and was named as a top ten influencer in the world of fitness by Sharecare. Chris has appeared nationally in SUCCESS magazine, on The Today Show and as a regular healthy lifestyle guest on QVC. Chris also appears weekly on NBC’s Minneapolis/St. Paul affiliate Kare 11 News, in a segment called Motivation Monday, featuring actionable nutrition and exercise tips. Some of Chris’s books include, Get Started with Weight Loss, Get Started with Clean Eating, and a healthy living cookbook titled, CHOOSE THIS! For a complete listing of all of her books, click here! While Chris has dozens of fitness DVDs, her latest two are Prevention’s Get Your Body Back , and ACE HIIT Series DVD which features high-intensity intervals. Chris is also a certified yoga and Pilates instructor, and her fans consistently pack her live classes at Life Time Fitness in Minneapolis. For a complete listing of her workout DVDs, click here! Known for her high energy style and dynamic presentations, Chris inspires audiences in both corporate settings and on the national stage with her mission to motivate bodies and empower minds. Chris resides in Minneapolis with her husband. They have three children ages 22, 20, and 17 and a dog named Dakota. When Chris isn’t working or working out, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, outdoor activities and giving back to her community. Join Chris’s community and receive her FREE weekly email filled with great health and fitness advice (and healthy recipes!) here!
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