The Art of Personal Training | Exercise Your Core | Portland, Oregon

If you want to get in the best shape of your life, you are going to have to work your core, trunk and stabilization muscles. All of the machines, dumbbells, and group fitness classes are great, but if you want to take your body and fitness to the next level, you need to do a combination of everything to really shock your system and produce results. Living in Portland, Oregon has given me a huge eye opening experience on what people think fitness is and how they think they are taking their body and fitness to the next level.Riding your bike to work is great, but when it is for commuting purposes and for the environment, it is merely just that. Riding your bike or running for distance is great for the cardiorespiratory system when it is challenged at a certain level and for a certain duration. Meaning, if someone rides their bike to work for a few miles, the aerobic system is not going to be taxed enough to get the benefit that you would get from taking a spinning class. The same goes true for running, but in a different way. Running is an awesome cardiorespiratory workout, especially after a prolonged period of time. The one that that it does not do is strengthen the body in other planes of motion.When we have a runner who comes to us to become better conditioned, we notice immediately that the moment we start to have them move lateral and at various angles, their fitness level reveals itself. The muscles are so used to going in a straight line or plane of motion that they are not conditioned enough to move quickly laterally or be able to do a weighted lunge to the side. A lot of times individual’s groins, hamstrings and back muscles are not limber enough to do these movements, and their muscular endurance and strength is severely weakened due to the repetitive movement that you get from biking and running.This is when being a professional personal trainer is so important. It is our job, passion and requirement to let a runner or commuter biker know the pros and cons of doing a certain activity over and over again, and where it can create imbalances in the entire body. I personally love running because it is an awesome sweat and you burn a ton of calories. Recently, my knees have been killing me when I run even small mileage, so I am taking up spinning instead of running because I feel that those half marathon and full marathons are just not going to be happening anytime soon. I have to say spinning has been a great experience, but as I stated earlier, I have increased my Core and Trunk exercises with every workout I do. If I spin for 40 minutes, I am lifting weights and incorporating trunk stabilization and functional exercises that I can do with dumbbells and body weight. The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington Street, Suite 137Portland, Oregon 97214(503) 953-0241