Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! My name is Ioan and I am a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) working at Equinox, a high end gym chain here in New York City. I was inspired to start this blog because I tend to hear the same questions and see the same things when it comes to training and I wanted to do my part to try and help. There are also elements to training that I feel are both interesting and completely ignored by a large number of gym goers (such as the hip hinge, one of the first posts I have planned).
As a trainer, my philosophy tends towards that of a strength builder. Almost all of your goals would be easier to achieve if you were stronger. Fat loss is easier when you have the strength to move decent weight throughout a circuit and strength training helps maintain muscle while dieting. If you are looking to get bigger it couldn’t hurt to be able to work with bigger weights. Many areas of potential injury can be kept safe by strengthening the appropriate muscle groups. Strength in itself is a worthy goal and you will find your physique and performance improve if you give it the attention it deserves. This is not to say that you can't get bigger or lose weight without getting stronger (I'm sure you all know people who have) but it can never hurt and could be the missing link in your training.
Expect to see my first fitness post tomorrow and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or topics you want to see covered.