Advice from a Trainer by Andrew Shoen

About 6 years ago, I moved back to Syracuse. I had been through a teaching career and relationships that didn’t work out as planned and realized I was nearly starting over at 30. I figured it was just as good a time as any to attempt to do something I always wanted to do, and something I felt passionately about. Fitness had changed my life in such positive ways, and I wanted to do the same for others by becoming a personal trainer here at Elevate Fitness.

Getting involved in fitness can be an altogether life-changing experience. If I could offer something to live by, I would tell people to “be their best” both in fitness and in life and to find (and allow themselves to experience) happiness, whatever that may be for them.

I find there’s a great correlation between what we accomplish in the gym to its application in daily life. When people achieve great things in our workouts, they then are able to tackle the world (jobs, relationship, etc) with a newfound confidence.

If I had any advice to give to those not involved in a lifestyle of fitness and health, it would be this: We are given this one body, and oftentimes don’t take care of it. Why is that?

People take better care of their cars and lawns than the very vessel in which they reside. You don’t have to settle for getting by every day. Do things that make you feel great. Make your body a priority, the biggest one, and you will develop the health and drive and longevity to do all other things you want to do. I’m not talking about looks or six-pack abs; I’m talking about training and developing your body to be strong, conditioned, mobile, flexible, balanced, and pain-free. When that is the prime focus, your health will greatly improve, and you will be able to do the things you wish to do. The aesthetics will come along as they will as you reach whatever genetic potential your particular body possesses.

  • Written by certified Personal Trainer, Andrew Shoen.

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