Hi everyone, I’m Zach. I’ve been training at No Limit Fitness Studio since it opened in November of 2017. After just over a year of coaching classes, I became the general manager as well. I’m taking this opportunity to let those of you who haven’t had the absolute pleasure of meeting me in person get to know me and my training philosophy a little better.
Holding a CrossFit Level 2 Certificate, people often think that automatically makes me the “In your Face” type of trainer. While this may have been more accurate when I started training, I’ve learned a lot from my 10 years of training and have found that most people respond better to small adjustments delivered in a positive manner.
When correcting someone’s form/technique, I generally like to watch a few repetitions of whatever movement/lift my they are doing to figure out what needs attention first. I’ll then start helping my client make any big adjustments that need to be made to keep them safe. I’ve also found that giving people one thing to focus on (especially when they’re new) accomplishes a lot more than listing ten different things to fix at once. In other words, I like to keep it simple for you.
I used to be fixated on having people lift more, and loved to watch their PRs (Personal Records) go up and up. While I still do love this part of coaching, my focus has shifted toward proper movement and longevity. The great thing is PRs still come, and whoever gets the PR does so while moving better too.
TYPE OF TRAINING
The type of training I do is more functional, which is a term that gets thrown around a lot in fitness anymore. A lot of people say functional and then have clients standing on a Bosu Ball and doing curls, while others might call any type of free weights functional. When I say functional, what I mean is movements most resembling real life. For example, squats are sitting down and standing up. Deadlifts are picking something up off the floor. You’ll sit down, stand up, and pick things up off the floor every day of your life. We’re just adding some weight to it and teaching you the proper form so you get stronger in those positions and stay mobile enough to keep doing them.
When training clients, whether it’s personal training or group training, I like to keep things fresh. I almost never have anyone repeat workouts, unless it’s a benchmark that we’re keeping track of. Switching things up every day tends to keep people’s interest and avoids boredom. You’ll definitely see the same movements pop up, but I like to add different variations or pair the movement up with something different.
Who I Enjoy Helping
I’m comfortable helping any one with their fitness goals, but have found three groups I tend to work the best with. The first group are people who never really followed a training program before, much less lifted weights. I absolutely LOVE when someone I’ve been coaching starts doing lifts or a gymnastic movement they initially thought was impossible. This group is often more acclimated to going to a gym and walking on the treadmill or using the elliptical, so seeing the realization hit them that they are doing something they never thought possible is really exciting.
The second group I really enjoy coaching is teenage athletes. Having been a (mediocre) high school athlete myself, I know that high school weightlifting programs may have a chauffeur rather than a strength and conditioning coach. When I was in high school our weightlifting program was a football coach telling us to “go lift” with no guidance on form or how heavy we should be lifting. Taking high school aged athletes and showing them the proper form is pretty frustrating for them in the beginning, but having gone through the same thing myself I can properly explain to and show them why lifting needs to be done a certain way.
The third group I really enjoy coaching are former athletes. A lot of former athletes lose their way fitness-wise when their time in whatever sport they’ve competed in is over. They’ve been used to someone else controlling their fitness regime, and once that’s over they no longer have any guidance. Even if they had a really good strength and conditioning coach who taught them properly, knowing how to lift correctly and knowing how to put together a program are two different skill sets. Add in that former athletes know how hard they can push themselves and generally like to compete, and they’re a fun group to train.
Thanks for checking this out, and I hope to meet you soon. I’d love to help you meet your fitness and health goals.