Feb 23, 2022
We are replaying one of our most popular episodes for you this
When it comes to fitness results, the key to rapid, positive
changes is having a coach who can give you the accountability
and motivation you need to work harder and more effectively while
still being safe. Brian Cygan and Amy Hudson discuss why
supervision is the key to effective strength training, and how when
that’s combined with the digital feedback at the Exercise Coach,
you can achieve the fitness results you’ve always
- It’s been said that the most forgotten variable in strength
training is supervision.
- There is plenty of research that verifies the personal health
benefits of strength training but we need to remember that the vast
majority of those studies are supervised. The researchers are
effectively acting as personal trainers who are supervising and
providing motivation and guidance.
- Other studies have shown that supervised strength training
leads to greater strength increases than unsupervised training. The
smaller the coach’s class size, the greater the effect.
- When researchers looked at supervised strength training with
seniors, they found that when the supervision stops the results
diminish or regress, even if the participant continues in a program
on their own.
- The supervision of strength training is the key to making it
- At the Exercise Coach, the coaches are present to make a
difference in three areas: safety, effectiveness, and
- When we talk about safety we are referring to not only keeping
a session injury-free, but also that workouts can be continued over
the long-term. A qualified professional is going to be watching the
form and techniques used while also choosing the right loads and
machines for the task. Your workouts should be designed for you and
your body, focusing on your current levels of fitness, strength,
- The effectiveness of an exercise session is determined by the
level of stimulus being applied to the body. Effort levels are of
paramount importance and supervision provided by a personal trainer
has to bring about higher levels of effort than an individual could
manage on their own.
- Studies have shown that people are capable of producing more
force and working harder when someone is present and giving them
verbal encouragement and accountability.
- Digital feedback from the exercise machines, when combined with
supervision, further increases a person’s ability to produce
- In order for strength training to be effective, you have to pay
close attention to form and technique. This is something that a
trainer can provide more effectively than someone exercising on
- Many people fail to achieve the fitness results they are
looking for from exercise because they are unable to exercise at
the right intensity. It’s also possible to work at too high of an
intensity and get injured. A coach helps you achieve the optimal
intensity for your body.
- The Exercise Coach creates plans that are personalized and
optimal for each individual. When it comes to efficiency, clients
never have to wonder which muscles to exercise or what to do next.
The coaches get everything set up according to plan. This allows
the client to focus on their form and their goal and makes it
possible to deliver those results with a 20-minute workout.
- When you work harder, it decreases the time it takes to see
improvements in your fitness, which is why we optimize every second
of every workout.
- A trainer’s supervision means that you are going to work
harder, but the encouragement of a good team will make it
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