Jumpstarting Your 2019 Fitness Goals with Celebrity Trainer Joey Thurman

Happy New Year, everyone!! Anyone else overdo it a bit on the carbs and sugar this holiday? Honestly – no apologies over here. I fully embrace the fact that December means all of the food I use willpower to resist the rest of the year. December was glorious in all of its Christmas cookie – fresh baked bread – cheesy goodness. But, January has come roaring along, and with it, a renewed commitment to my physical health. As many of you know, I adopted a rigorous workout regiment last January to prepare for my wedding. If I’m being honest, I had no idea what I was doing. I took up a popular workout program and wound up hurting myself. I wound up using it as a foundation for my workouts and mimicking the resistance and cardio schedule it suggested, but it took a lot of reading and trial and error on my part to find something that worked for me. While this will probably be true for you as well, I’m so excited to help you kick-start your New Year’s fitness goals with the below interview with celebrity fitness trainer, Joey Thurman. Joey has trained the likes of Terence Howard and appeared nationally on shows like GMA, TODAY, and LIVE with Kelly and Ryan. No idea where to start with your workout plan? Curious as to common fitness misconceptions? Want to know the ONE thing Joey would cut out of your dietary habits? Read below! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your career! I’ve always been into fitness – I’ve been an athlete my entire life. I’ve played every sport from soccer to baseball to hockey – I went to college to play hockey, actually.  Personal training wasn’t really prevalent at that point, but I ran into the physiology professor who started a program and certified me as a trainer. I moved to Chicago and took a job with Crunch fitness in Chicago. I then switched to another gym for four of five years until I started my own training business. At that point, I began working with a few celebrities and getting picked up by local TV. In 2016, I decided to write a book, and it was picked up by the TODAY show. I worked with two of their viewers for the Summer Slim Down. From there, I was booked on The Harry Connick Jr. show to discuss food and fitness. The producer from Harry Connick developed a show for me called Home, Sweat Home which was picked up by Facebook Watch. From there, I worked with Good Morning America on a “dad bod” 180 workout program. Most recently, I went on Live with Kelly and Ryan. What is the most common complaint you get when someone comes to you for training? The most common complaint is “I don’t have time to spend hours in the gym – my day is so busy.” Obviously, they’re unhappy with their weight, but most often, people think they don’t have time for it.  In reality, most of the time, people are wasting time in the gym – they’re on their phones, on Instagram, etc. They’re in the gym for an hour and a half or two hours, when really, you can get a great workout in in 25 or 30 minutes. You can be efficient in easily under an hour – my training sessions are under 45 minutes. What is the biggest mistake you see people making in their current workout routines? Complacency – not pushing themselves. If you’re doing the same routine over and over again for years (Monday being chest day, Tuesday is arms…and the same movements) and you don’t come out of the gym feeling like you’ve broken a sweat, then you’ve really accomplished nothing. I see people going for a light run and thinking they can treat themselves to a pint of ice cream – I’d rather you not do the light run and NOT eat the ice cream. You have to push yourself. Be efficient with your movements. If you want to lose weight, you have to resistence train. It doesn’t have to be lifting big heavy weights – your body can serve as your resistence, too. Work out hard, efficiently, and eat clean. You need to have a plan – if you wander aimlessly from machine to machine in the gym, you won’t accomplish much. Treat it like a business plan: you can’t build a business without a plan. Your body is your business. For those of us who have no idea where to start, can you help us develop a basic workout plan? Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your body. Going to the gym for a week and expecting to see results is unrealistic. Going as hard as you can for a week straight and expecting to see results will lead to burnout. You also can’t expect your body to be in the same shape as it was in high school or college. Let’s get you started: Start with a full-body routine 2-3 days a week with resistance training. Pick an exercise for each large muscle group: Legs – squats or lunges Back – rows or assisted pull-ups (machines are great here) Chest Shoulders Abs 2-3 sets for each muscle group, with 10 reps per set. Make sure there’s no pain as you go. If you start off doing 8 or 12 or 16 sets at a time, it’s too much stress for your body. Especially if you haven’t worked out in a while, you need to start slowly. 2-3 days a week of cardiovascular exercise. On the other days, go for a long walk or play with your kids – evening cleaning your house burns calories! Just don’t sit on your couch. What is your opinion on workout apps? I have an issue with a lot of these workout apps because people download and go without taking into account proper form or progressions. 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