The Key to Weight Loss Is to Move
If you have done everything in Part 1 and Part 2, chances are that you are already at your target weight and have more energy! Fantastic! The question then becomes what to do with all this extra energy? And the answer is, you do what your body was designed to do, MOVE!
By making the internal adjustments first you have laid and foundation and paved the way towards extraordinary gains in strength, movement, and endurance. You will see that although it will be slow going at first, in five to six months’ time you will be light years ahead!
There are really two main ways to go about physical training. You can either take the DIY (do it yourself) approach, or you can go to a class or personal trainer.
Personal Training Recommendations
If you are inclined to go to a personal trainer my recommendations are:
In Oak Park:
Constance Contursi Barker at HitIt! Fitness located at 811 South Blvd in the Hemingway District of Oak Park.
Ross Oberlin at https://www.rc-fit.com/ located at 248 Madison St. in Oak Park.
Angela Tomassetti at https://www.fitclubdepot.com/ located in Berwyn’s Depot District at 6936 Windsor Avenue.
I have seen each of these trainers personally and spoken with them extensively about their distinct approaches to fitness and how they bring people along in their journeys. They are all very effective and bring their unique perspectives and styles. One of these trainers will match up well with who you are.
DIY Approach Recommendations
For those who would like to take the DIY approach my recommendations for resources:
Power to the People by Pavel Tsatsouline
This book makes exercising for increase strength gains simple. Pavel’s direct manner and simple style and approach makes becoming extremely strong very attainable within a very reasonable budget. Easy to follow instructions and his outlined approach make this very safe and effective for becoming strong without bulking up.
For more structure in the privacy of your own home, please visit https://www.gymnasticbodies.com. Coach Sommer has put together courses designed for adults with no experience to begin and flourish. I suggest beginning with the fundamentals course.
Just a gentle reminder that it’s your job to make sure that you don’t do too little or too much. The work you put in is only good if you can recover from it. But if the work is too easy, then no gains will come either.
The advantage of the DIY approach is that it’s less expensive. The disadvantage is that you are left to track what you are doing, track how you are feeling that day, figuring out how much you can push yourself safely, and then executing the plan.
No matter which path you choose, my advice is not to look for the best method. But rather, gravitate towards the one that makes you most satisfied, content, and fulfilled. Often, you will find you begin in one type of training and then move to another. And that’s OK!
You will begin to understand your body and how it moves, it’s inherent strengths and weaknesses, and you go from there. I wish you good luck in your movement journey. Thanks and bye for now.
Psst! Did you miss the first 2 parts of this amazing series? Check out the 1st installment here>>
About the Author
Nick Arestopoulos is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist and co-owns Palmgren Acupuncture in Oak Park, Illinois. He holds a black belt in karate and a blue belt in jiu jitsu. When he’s not busy helping people lose weight, he enjoys practicing karate and jiu jitsu and teaching self-defense. Nick loves encouraging people to grow and improve wherever he goes. You can find Nick on LinkedIn.