Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be talking about quality vs. quantity in every situation. This is going to be the first part in a two part series, so be on the lookout for part two coming soon. And if you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

So today I wanted to talk to you about quality vs. quality in, essentially, everything that you do.

Whenever people are trying to get into the whole health and wellness realm, they’re trying to get fit and they’re trying to get healthy. There seems like there are so many options to choose from, and they feel like they just can’t figure out which one is the best to choose. So a lot of times it comes down to quality vs. quantity. What are you getting out of the program, and is it the right quality of what you are needing? Is it the right caliber? Or is it just going to be some sort of fluff that’s a short term crash thing and then you’re done? Then after those crash type diets and exercise plans, all of the weight comes rushing back, or all of the benefits that you’ve gotten from it are gone.

So whenever you look at it from the first step, you look at fitness. And with fitness, you have the option of movement, or you have the option of benefit.

Now, people hear that it’s healthy to move thirty minutes everyday, and it is. But if you’re not moving well, then you’re more likely to risk injury and risk making yourself work backwards and away from your goals. You may start working backward because when you’re not working well, then you risk yourself to things like injury. You might have to take a timeout from a broken ankle that could have been prevented. Even just a shin splint or something along those lines can affect things. So you want to make sure that the quality of your movement is definitely beneficial to you.

You want to be doing the right quality, which means a lot of things. It means the right form and technique, that you’re taking your time to really focus on what you’re doing and how you’re doing it, and you want to make sure that you’re engaging the right muscles.

You’ve probably heard those stories of people that say they can do things like 500 crunches in a day, or can hold a plank for 20 minutes, and all kinds of other crazy things like that. Well, that’s great good for them, but are they doing that correctly? Also, is there a benefit from doing what they’re doing? A lot of times there isn’t that benefit.

So if you can hold a plank for 20 minutes, then you probably should have stopped about thirteen minutes ago and started doing something more beneficial to your body. Because holding that movement isn’t going to help you in the long run. Instead you want to be working on beneficial movement that is actually going to give you results rather than injury.

This is really where we talk about the quality side of quantity vs. quality. Instead of thinking about how you’re going to get in 500 squats, you want to be focused on how you can get in ten really great squats. By focusing on the quality, you’re going to be seeing a difference in your form and technique, and therefore you’ll see the difference in your results. And results include muscle tone, body fat percentage, and all of that good stuff. Whenever you start to focus on the form and technique of what you’re doing, you’ll start to do those exercises correctly and that will show in your results.

So when it comes to nutrition, how do you apply quality vs. quantity into that?

Well, a lot of people count calories, and I don’t knock that at all, but calorie counting isn’t the most accurate way of tracking food. The way that we figure out how many calories are in a food, and how many calories your body is burning, is not as an exact of a science as a lot of people perceive it to be.

The calorie count can actually be off by quite a bit depending on how many calories are in a given food, or how many calories are burning by doing a specific activity. Obviously if you’re picking an activity off of an app, then it might not be accurate as far as the level of what you are doing this activity at or what specific activity that you are doing. So for some people, an all out run can be like a jog for others. You want to be sure that everyone is getting the right information here.

So I’m going to end part one here. In part two we’re going to be talking more about nutrition and we’ll talk about the last part of this series which is lifestyle.

If can’t wait for part two, or you want to know more about Custom Fitness and what we do here, then please give us a call. If you’re wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. Our trainers are here to look out for you and make sure that you are meeting your goals in a safe way. At Custom Fitness, we customize a plan for you. We sit down with you and find out what your needs are and then build a health and fitness plan around that. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.