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“You can’t motivate the body without the mind”

Alex Gonzalez founded AFIT under a single idea: to teach others to move with purpose. Initially the company began as a small start-up, providing individual training along with group training in the form of Fit Camps.

By June 2012 AFIT had acquired a contract with the Upper Dublin Sports Center (UDSC).

In March 2013 AFIT began setting the ground work for a transformation. In October 2013 with the help of fitness expert Jon Goodman, AFIT became AFIT Coaching Solutions. The newly transformed company now emphasizes teaching and time management utilizing an online support system.  Why were you determined to bring psychology to the world of fitness?

Alex:   As personal trainers, we do so much more than just showing our clients how to exercise. We motivate them and inspire them. In order to effectively motivate and train my clients, I seek first to understand them. Find out what it is that they are truly after and use those desires to drive them forward. Simply put, you can’t motivate the body without the mind.  What are some of the biggest mistakes you see people make when it comes to exercising and how can they be avoided?

Alex:  Program hopping or program sampling. Working out is easy, get to the gym, pick something heavy and move it around for 30 minutes. Training is hard, you need a plan and you need consistency. Often times I see gym goers jumping from training program to program without getting results. One week they are yogis, the next they are CrossFitters, now they are powerlifters.  Not that variety is a bad thing, but you have to have a solid core – no pun intended. What kind of advice would you give to someone of a moderate fitness level looking to run their first marathon?

Alex: What the heck are you running from? Just kidding, I would recommend starting to train early and slowly. It can take upwards of 2-3 months to acquire the conditioning required to endure a 26.2 run.  Stagger your runs, 2 shorts runs and 1 distance run a week. Look deep into your soles. What gets worn down first the heel, the forefoot, left or right? Looking at your wear pattern will give you an idea of your stride, and what you need to focus on when training.  What inspired you to add aquatic survival training classes to your offerings?

Alex: I love being in the water, and I am always surprised when people tell me they can’t swim or are afraid of water.  70% of the planet is water; aquatic training is just one of those survival requirements. Also, it is a great way to have fun get in shape and discover a new passion.  Aquatic training is also a great rehabilitation tool, participants can move freely without having the fear of slips, trips, or falls. What are some things that a client can do to get the most out of their sessions with a personal trainer?

Alex:  Do your homework! Unless you train with a trainer 3-4 times a week, chances are you’ll have to perform your own workouts. Don’t skip the solo training sessions. It is like a math problem. Reading over it you think you have, but you really learn it by doing it. Plus working out on your own will help identify your hang ups it will give you questions and issues to bring to your next training session.  What are some trends in the fitness industry that you’re excited about or on the flipside, think are overrated?

Alex:  As controversial as it is, I like the CrossFit trend. Like everything else there are good and bad CrossFit gyms and instructors. Overall, what makes CrossFit great is the way they bring everyone on the same team and make it a real cohesive unit. This way it is no longer just you but a whole group of people training and motivating you towards the same goal.

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