Consistent resistance and endurance training produces physiological responses that are beneficial for
health and wellness. This should be obvious. For example, if you engage in strength training on a
regular basis, you will (among a mind-bogglingly long list of benefits) have a better blood lipid profile,
increased insulin sensitivity, and increased bone density and lean muscle mass. Unfortunately, when
you stop training, those benefits dissipate over time. This is the principle of detraining. If you don’t use
it, you lose it. Physiological reductions that come with detraining can be partial or full, and
cardiorespiratory endurance losses are greater than muscular strength losses. As a coach, this is
concerning when my (once superhuman) athletes regress to a geriatric level of cardio. As a personal
trainer it is equally, if not more concerning that a few weeks off of training means that my already
hypertensive client’s blood vessels, heart, and respiratory muscles have already lost much of the
elasticity and strength gained from months of hard work in the Richmond Gym. Does this mean that you should
feel intimated by the level of commitment you have to make in order to get fit and stay fit? Maybe.
BUT YOU SHOULD DO IT ANYWAYS FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH’S SAKE.
At Crux Fitness Richmond, our personal trainers strive to get our members to maintain a baseline level
of fitness. We use a variety of techniques to keep our clients consistent. We check in with members
regularly to ensure that nobody is skipping workouts or making excuses. We make sure that workouts
are not torturously hard or monotonously easy. We run our sessions in a loose, fun fashion in order to
make working out enjoyable. We put equal emphasis on endurance and strength training, so that in
keeping with the aforementioned rapid endurance losses and less drastic strength losses, cardiovascular
health is maintained at the very least while strength and muscle mass are constantly improving. And in
the event that one of our members does fall off the wagon, we pick them up, dust them off, and put
them right back on the path to health and wellness.
Preventing detraining is the primary goal. If anybody has the ambition or drive to reach above and
beyond just attaining a baseline level of fitness (please say yes!), then by all means, we are willing and
able to do that as well. But getting healthy and staying healthy is top of the priority list.
Pat Koo – Personal Trainer at Crux Fitness Richmond