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Through an interesting set of circumstances, I met up with Bryan Nunziato, personal trainer and owner of Synergy Fitness in Albany, New York. Bryan was a guest on my show, Red Hot Customer Service, which is aired live  on Talk 1300. I thought that I was in pretty good shape, having worked out at the YMCA in downtown Albany, New York for several years. Unfortunately last summer the YMCA closed. I  transferred my membership to a YMCA in East Greenbush, New York but it wasn’t the same even though I had the  same trainer. I had continued to train occasionally and compete in local 5 K races.

Okay so by accident I consider myself an athlete; in actuality of love running and spent plenty of time at the gym. I call myself “the gym rat” and would love to consider it my second home.

Their are lots of keys to staying in shape but it can get boring. Setting goals, losing weight, requires lots of time and commitment.But when you think about it, your body is what keeps you moving and in the game of life. I laughingly say that my goal is to be able to carry those 50 pounds bags of ,Feline Pine Kitty Litter up the stairs for the rest of my life.

Immediately I knew Bryan was different than my last trainer. Bryan talked with me about interval training; something which I had recently read about. Interval training is different but not new. The method is used to train high powered athletes and works both the aerobic and the anaerobic system. During the high intensity effort, the anaerobic system uses the energy stored in the muscles (glycogen) for short bursts of activity. Anaerobic metabolism works without oxygen,  it uses the stored glycogen as energy for the workout. The activity is for short duration but your body will know it has been “worked.” Trust me, you won’t be bored, it will be over before it starts and you will feel the changes in your body before you leave the gym. This combined with keeping a food diary can help you achieve your goals.

I have worked out with Bryan 3 times, tomorrow is my 4th. I will note my goals for you and you can watch my progress over my shoulder. Remember, exercise and health are just habits that you can decide to acquire.

In my book, having a personal trainer makes you a professional athlete. Like many of you I’ve lived my life as a professional, setting goals and being the best.

I have recently started reading The Everest Principle

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