If the thought of working with others in the fitness industry, whether it be a personal trainer, or a group fitness instructor, has ever crossed your mind, I have some pretty important information to share.
When you are working with anyone to improve their fitness, and pushing them to lift more, run further, go faster, you need to know a bit of background about them. In most cases, they don’t have any medical needs that are serious, but sometimes they do. Depending on their background, each person will fall into one category: low risk, moderate risk, and high risk.
Let’s go over what these mean.
**Low risk– To consider yourself low risk, you don’t have any symptoms and have no more than one risk factor (we’ll go over those!)
**Moderate Risk– If you have 2 or more risk factors, but no symptoms, youa re considered moderate risk. With moderate risk, you should have a medical exam and clearance prior to participating in vigorous exercise.
**High Risk- If you have one or more major cardiovascular, pulmonary, or metabolic disease signs/symptoms or have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular, pulmonary, or metabolic disease. If you are high risk, you must have a medical exam, medical clearance, and exercise testing done prior to participating.
Those risk factors they are talking about are the following: age, family history (including disease, death, medical problems), cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, prediabetes, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle.
With any of these risk factors, you should check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. Maybe you never even thought of what category you fall in to, and that is ok! It’s better to know now, and talk to your doctor if you have any questions. Also, if you are teaching classes, make sure you know your participants. Know if they have a condition so you can watch them a bit closer. Make sure you ask about their background, and see if this might be the first workout to begin a new lifestyle. That’s great they want to start exercising, but you need to make sure they aren’t trying to push themselves too far too fast! Just a little bit of information to keep in the back of your mind! You may not think this will ever hit close to home, but it just might like it did for me.
Some of you may know this, and some may not. Aaron has always been a healthy guy, far healthier than I was. He never had problems he went to doctors for, and besides a cold or flu here and there, he was totally fine. After starting his job after college, he had to get a physical from the doctor on site at work. This would be when they found a murmur in his heart, and after going to a cardiologist, Aaron was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. His heart doesn’t pump the blood as well as it should. However, he is totally lucky that he knows about this, as do I. His work also knows, and if he went to a gym, they would know also. This is the heart disease that usually kills young athletes. It typically goes undetected, but a strong amount of exercise can push your heart past its demands, and it can’t keep up, causing death in most cases. It’s not always known, though, and that’s why everyone should be checked prior to starting a new exercise program.
Thankfully, Aaron’s heart condition is under control, but he has to watch what he does every single day. He falls into the high risk category, and he knows it. He alerts people if they need him to do something that is too strenuous, just like everyone should. You shouldn’t be ashamed and try to hide your medical background! The best thing you can do for yourself, and for others, is to know, and let others know. I make sure Aaron wears his Road ID bracelet whenever he’s out just so if something happens, anyone around is aware of it.
Just a few tips to remember!
And for this week’s…
This is a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout that I always fall back on. I am trying to do more of these a week, and this is a perfect one. It’s only a half hour, but you will be ready for that half hour to be done!
You could absolutely use this rowing, walking, on the bike, or the elliptical! This is a great HIIT to get your metabolism fired up! Also, if you can’t make it to 25 minutes, feel free to cut it down to 20. You will still get an excellent workout in!
As always, let me know if you try this!