Experience the power of a customized fitness program tailored to your unique needs.
Experience the power of a customized fitness program tailored to your unique needs.
Each client is different. Each session is tailored to achieve progress. Each day is a great day to live.
I grew up swimming competitively and 20 years ago I decided to give back to the swimming community. I can teach anyone to survive in a body of water and I can teach anyone proper swimming technique.
I can train outdoors with a variety of Personal Training Equipment that is mobile.
Personal Training should be individualized and there is absolutely no cookie cutter approach to my training style.
Personal Training With Matt
I graduated from California State University of Northridge with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While attending School I was fortunate to have a Scholarship for Swimming on a Division I Big West Conference Team. Not only was I able to go to school full time, but I was able to practice what I was learning on a daily basis. 20 plus hours a week of Practice (Swim, Lift Weights, Dry Land & Mobility/Stretching). Each week I would learn a lot on how the body works and I would be able to put it use while practicing. Each week I would be able to have great conversations with my peers as well as professors.
After I received my Diploma I decided to become a Personal Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness. After 6 Months I decided that being micromanaged was not the way I wanted to train my clients. I branched off and started my own business. 13 Years later I am happy with that decision. I am able to do what I am good at and deliver quality training to each of my clients.
I treat all my clients as individuals. Each person has a different goal and each person has different needs. I work with people that are injured, recovering from an injury, trying to better their health, feel better and all other types of goals.
Each training session will incorporate: Strength, Cardiovascular, Coordination, Balance, Core & Flexibility. These are the 6 Pillars that make up humans moving through our environment. The only that that changes is "Aging". If you want to age correctly, incorporating all 6 Pillars will ensure that you will be more likely to be independent as well as functional to do what you like. Being independent is a priority to enjoy life to its fullest.
Give me 1 Session and I will help you understand what fitness and health is. I guarantee you will get a lot of great info to help you in the future.
Strength is simply stress demand on the body. As basic as holding your body weight in a Straight Arm Plank (Push Up Position) or a Squat Hold Position. Or a Bicep Curl with Cable Machine or Free Weight Resistance. More advanced like Progressive Weight Loading with long pauses (Isometric Contractions) between Repetitions. If you are an athlete looking for Fast Twitch Training, Slow Eccentric Loading with Explosive Concentric Contractions will guarantee more Force Production as well as Quicker Speeds. All these are examples of Strength Training with modifications to serve each person.
Cardio tends to be very confusing. We think of doing cardio for 20 or more minutes and sweating profusely, while out of breath. This approach is great for endurance training (example: 10k, Half Marathon or more distance). If you want to lose body fat or just satisfy "Being Healthy", perform your cardio using HIIT (High Intense Interval Training) Templates (example: 30 secs Fast followed by 1 minutes Easy). That will target more per session than slow/medium pace for longer periods of time. The goal is Intensity! This is an area that draws a lot of question and confusion. Contact me and I can teach you all the different forms and which one would be suitable for you to start with and how to build upon it to keep challenging you.
This is the part that I enjoy. The body is complex. Working out should be equally complex. Try balancing on one leg. Try balancing on the same leg while looking forward. Try balancing on the same leg and reaching with the opposite hand and touching the ground (in front of the toes). Are you still keeping up? If so, Same leg try taking 1 free weight (5 or 10lbs) and perform a Bicep to Overhead Press. This is a simple template to targeting all those small stabilizing muscles that provide the full range of motion of all of the joints in the body.
Think of this like dancing. You learn the 1st Step, then the 2nd Step, 3rd Step, etc... The second step to Coordination is blending/ transitioning Step 1 to Step 2. Then doing the same with Step 1,2 & 3. You get the point. The final step is learning all the steps without thinking about it, just letting the body do what it has been practicing. And if you are still intrigued with it, you have to be fluid throughout the steps so that you look and feel effortless. That is what we witness watching Professional Sports or the Olympics.
When it comes to balance people immediately think of standing on one leg or balancing on a tight rope. Yes that is balance, but for regular people that are just wanting to be healthy and fit you need to look at balance as an older (aging) person. Next time you are walking it the store or if you have older family and friends around you, see if they need assistance standing, sitting, walking on flat ground or up and down the stairs. Simple things that younger people do each day, these are things when you age become harder and even become scary because falling can cause life threatening situations. Each day challenge yourself with a balance exercise to test yourself. That will prevent one day waking up and noticing you have poor balance, which might be too late to fix it.
There is no need to be able to reach down and touch your toes. It would be great if you could, but the main goal is to make sure each joint in your body has good range of motion. With time the shoulders become stiff and we tend to not notice it till we do some activity that involves overhead reach. Question: Can you keep your arms straight while reach your hands up to the sky? Your elbows should be touching your ears. Another example of flexibility within the joints of your body are your hips. Can you sit on the floor with your legs crossed like we all did in grade school? Do your knees have a hard time bending or do your knees have a hard time lowering down to the floor? These are all signs of Stiffness or Tightness. The great part of Flexibility is that starting a Stretching Program is easy and doing it once a day will benefit you while you are awake and while you are sleeping.
Foam Rolling Back and Shoulders to help with range of motion.
The beauty of swimming is the diversity of simplicity or extreme complexity. Why not start from the beginning to fully understand "Efficiency (move through the water effortlessly) & Mechanics (understand what drives forward movement)".
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I am fascinated with holding my breathe underwater. Since I was exposed to Freediving, adding underwater swimming to the end of my workouts have been a blast.
Everyone can benefit from mind & body connection workouts. These Blazepods use a timer, random sequence of lighting up, reacting to the pod which needs to be hit & using cardiovascular endurance to maintain focus. If you are someone that can't move quickly, I can place them on a wall and you can use your hands and not your feet/legs.
Rotation is something we do everyday. When we walk we are rotating. Small rotation or big rotation. Just depends on the activity and how much pressure you want to place on the body. I like to think of rotation as a measure of your "Movement Health". If movement feels great, then rotation is engaged. If movement feels bad, then rotation is restricted.
Take it a step further by adding variables to the Blazepods. In this video I demonstrate adding a Resistance Band to the body, Laying out the Blazepods on the floor, benches, mirrors & physioball and add more colors to the spectrum will demand more concentration and cardiovascular endurance.
These are more TRX Rip Trainer exercises that are challenging. If these exercises are challenging or difficult, that means your exposure to movement is restricted. When was the last time you climbed a tree, jumped/climbed a fence or place soccer with friends? Those movements allow the body to imitate "PLAY", which is crucial for being physically healthy.
I am a big fan of PhysioBall exercises before your workout. Using the PhysioBall allows your CNS (Central Nervous System) to wake up. I use "Wake Up" as jump starting your whole Mind & Body connection to better prepare you for whatever movements you will be doing next. That is why I categorize it as a "Warm Up".
Dissecting exercises into its basic form is a way you can incorporate physical therapy into your fitness routine. Engaging your core and stabilizing your body while performing basic exercises will help achieve a Physical Therapy Approach. Concentrating on full Range of Motion is another piece of achieving a Physical Therapy Approach. The goal is to fully focus on each repetition of each exercise without any distraction. That is Mind & Body Connection.