Years agO, personal trainers were people who pretty much just held the hands of their clients as they took them from machine to machine. They'd count reps and keep their clients company and maybe make them feel less intimidated about being surrounded by all the odd-looking machines (and people). If a person were lucky enough to hook up with one of the better personal trainers, he or she might actually see some progress in a few months or years. More often than not, the trainee would develop complete dependence on the trainer, learning nothing about the hows or whys of training the body.
Things, obviously, have changed. At least I hope they have. Today's personal trainers are students of biomechanics, physiology, and nutrition. Today's personal trainers teach clients about form, mental focus, biomechanics, supplements, workout pace, and intensity. They want their clients to make as much progress as possible and take pride and pleasure in seeing a client undergo dramatic changes.
I'm Roger Applewhite, and I'm one of the new personal trainers. I'm not a pro bodybuilder, and until recently, I never appeared in any of the bodybuilding magazines. I started training when I was 11 years old, and right then and there, I discovered something that would make me happy the rest of my life. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about training. I read all the muscle magazines, all the journals, and spent hundreds of hours experimenting with new techniques. I pursued two training certifications and built up a thriving personal-training business in Houston, Texas. There may be other trainers out there who possess a similar body of knowledge, but few are more passionate about what they do.
I consider myself lucky because each day, I get to work in an environment I love and do something I'm passionate about. I can't think of a better career—I get to share my knowledge, help other people reach their goals, and make money at the same time.
However, I'm usually limited to the amount of people I can reach. After all, there's only one of me, and there are only so many hours in a day. Then, in what I consider to be one of the luckiest things to ever happen to me, Bill Phillips, the Executive Editor of Muscle Media magazine, noticed me, liked what he saw, and recruited me to write a "Personal Trainer" column for that great magazine.
Since then, I've reached an enormous number of people, and I'm proud—and a little overwhelmed—to say that most of the audience wants more. Hence, this book. I've compiled training routines for each body part, along with helpful advice on such complicated concepts as set/rep schemes, time under tension, and proper form.
It doesn't matter if you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced weight trainer—I'm certain the information in this book can help you a great deal. If you're just starting out, you'll have the opportunity to learn the right way to train from the get go. Those of you who've been training for a while, pay careful attention to my tips on biomechanics and proper form—you may discover that by making a slight adjustment here and there in your workouts, you could significantly enhance the effectiveness of your training program.
I'm gonna take you through a full-body workout, and at the end of this book, I'll give you tips on how to organize your whole routine. We've got a lot of information to cover, so let's get to it!
Note: Please consult with your physician before beginning any new exercise, nutrition, or supplement program.
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