The Benefits of a Personal Trainer in your Life [Interview][Transcript]

Shawn_Wing_personal_trainingGuest: Shawn Wing
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Shawn Wing is Owner and CEO of Defined Fitness and also A Rehabilitative Manager at Georgetown Family Chiropractic in Georgetown, Kentucky USA.

Segment overview: Shawn Wing discusses the type of person that will benefit from a personal trainer and how to design an exercise program in general population with “0” risk factors.


Health Professional Radio – Shawn Wing personal training

Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio. I’m your host Neal Howard, thank you so much for joining us today, for that we are very, very grateful. The focus on health is a never ending focus as it should be. Here at Health Professional Radio our focus is on Healthcare Providers, First Responders, those that provide support to the Health Care Industry, etc. Now when it comes to health, health on a personal level, sometimes gets lost in the conversation, we’re so caught up in what is the HMO going to do and what is this Medical Group going to help us, how is that going to help us. But when it comes down to “What are we going to do for ourselves, above and beyond what the television tells us to do, above and beyond what Congress tells us to do?” What are we gonna do on a personal level? Sometimes we need help. Our guest in studio today is Mr. Shawn Wing, Rehabilitative Manager, currently associated with Georgetown Family Chiropractic in Georgetown, Kentucky and he’s here today to talk with us about Personal Fitness, incorporating it into your daily life and how he offers that help to us. How are you doing today, Shawn?

Shawn Wing I’m doing great, Neal. How are you?

N: I’m doing well. Being a Healthcare Provider, not necessarily an MD, not necessarily a specialist, but being a Healthcare Provider and that you help us take care of ourselves on a personal level hands-on. How did you get into that, Shawn?

S: First, I just want to say thank you for having me on the show today. Second, basically, I was kind of lost a little bit as you could assume and imagine …through high school. Trying to set up, if what’s next and what I really wanted to, and it all kind of started, the health field actually kind of flourished in my mind a little bit, for me and my neighbor, actually gave me his old, worn out weight bench, it was just a piece of wood wrapped with cloth. It’s a bench press type style of weights and gave me a couple of weights to go with it and some bars and other. Well, hey…just to throw it away, so that started my mind into where it’s kind of dawned today. Then from high school I have a Physical Education Teacher who was fresh out of College, just graduated, started with his Teaching Degree and he was a younger guy and we were later roll well a lot of like newly Thai karate type stuff and then to building a pretty good relationship and that was the kind of a guy he actually really pushed me towards the whole fitness goal and health fitness career field and try to be better in it as a whole. He taught me a whole lot of pointers… how to correctly execute the moves and not only with the new Thai stuff, but also the health fitness industry through exercise.

N: Now currently, as I mentioned in intro you’re a Rehabilitative Manager with Georgetown Chiropractic, but you also do personal training with Defined Fitness, your own business. Talk about how personal training became an interest of yours.

S: Of course. So one of the things that you really got to remember is the fact that the body is meant to be… it’s one of those things when you’re sedentary and I tell this a lot to my client, you’re gonna be sore, you’re gonna be tender, it’s gonna be tough to get you up and get you started but one of those things it’s just especially if you go through with all the things. So being active, the body is meant to stay active and be active and living that lifestyle and that type of way, really helps one, not only keep you healthy but hopefully increase the longevity of your life.

N: Okay. So rather than going down the street with twenty or thirty other people and getting into an aerobics class or jazzercise or some type of group setting, even at the gym. What type of person benefits from personal training, say, one on one sessions with no distractions in their own comfort zone or maybe in your own comfort zone? What type of person benefits from that type of environment?

S: Really anybody from younger children, younger adolescents, let’s say maybe 12 years old…60-65 years old just depends on their specific goals are, what their mind set it is, where they trying to go, have been physically fit in their lives prior to this, is this something that they’re training for specific event or just looking to lose weight, maybe possibly even gain weight, anywhere from your typical middle school athletes to the elder individuals with two to three risk factors who’s looking to decrease their hypertension and really try to overall increase the longevity of their lives. But that goes into more, a more detail, because as you work with the younger children, a lot of research used to show that weight bearing exercises for younger children were actually causing them to be a little shorter as they got older as far as height wise is. But now it’s actually telling that the younger that you can start the children, not necessarily with the weight training, but more of mobility movements and exercises, increases their lifespan significantly.

N: Now earlier you’ve mentioned learning how to correctly execute moves, is a Personal Training, say with in a one on one setting, are you able to transmit the information on how to correctly execute a little bit better than in a group setting where you have to worry about people who are paying attention or maybe someone who’s not getting attention that they need?

S: Of course. Anytime you work with somebody one on one, it’s really obviously all about them. So it’s kind of like their hour as with the group setting, the group setting you got to be more general because you have to understand different people are on different fitness levels. The guy next to you might not be as physically fit or as basically capable to do what you need or what you need him to do. So working with clients one on one really allows you to kind of specialize and kind of focus on what they need, kind of tailor the exercise for them to their specific goals. I teach a high-intensity class and it’s pretty significantly demanding on the human body, especially the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system and it’s usually a class that’s more focused on the people who has been at least physically active for one year or greater in a high demanding exercise. But yeah, I mean it’s all about the clients and what their own goal is.

N: Now we mentioned that Defined Fitness, your personal training endeavors, talk a little bit about your personal, I guess philosophy when it comes to training an individual, you’ve mentioned tailoring your regimen to their particular needs. Talk about your personal philosophy of how someone should arrive at that fitness goal from your point of view? How do you help them?

S: So what I would do as you come to me and you’re needing help, first you develop an initial consultation to see if they are the right client for you? And then once we establish that and they established the fact that they are ready to make a change, not necessarily a temporary change, I want my clients who come to me and understand this is a lifestyle change. This is something that you’re gonna be doing for the rest of your life, you want to live healthier. So what we’ll do is we’ll take some basic measurements, get their height, get their weight, get their…get their skin fold…measurements, plug that into an equation, basically then from there, let them know what’s a burn, you’re walking on a treadmill at estimate speed, 27 minutes, blah, blah, blah. Here’s your expected core of expenditure, from this point it would take three weeks to get to your goal or whatever or like that. So we basically map that out for them and then from there they kind of have a general idea as how much time it’s gonna take, how much effort is expected to them. And then the nutrition goals, we follow up with nutritional diets and goals and making smarter choices, not eating after 9 or whatever their goals are that’s how we gonna tailor their nutrition too.

N: Alright, well it sounds like you’ve got to handle on really getting hands-on and personal with the person, nothing cookie-cutter coming out of Defined Fitness, right?

S: No sir. We try to keep it individualized and personalized. Everybody is different and that’s one of the main things that you’ve got to really focus on. There is no equation for just getting somebody in shape, there’s always factors, you’ve got to think of age, you’ve got to think of their family history, the immediate family history, mother’s, dad’s side, stuff like that. And then you’ve got to take into…consideration what are they’ve been through, are they active, or are they sedentary, how long that they’ve been sedentary, did they smoke, you did drink alcohol, it’s all these kinds of stuff plays into effect.

N: Now I’m glad that you’re doing something that you love because when you do something you love, you never have to work again, right?

S: (laughs) That’s what my dad always says. Yes sir.

N: Alright. You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. It’s been a pleasure talking in studio today with Mr. Shawn Wing, Rehabilitative Manager at Georgetown Chiropractic in Georgetown, Kentucky. And also owner and CEO of Defined Fitness where he’s a Personal Trainer, a Personal Fitness Trainer and Consultant. We’ve been here in studio today talking about the right type of person that would benefit from Shawn’s personal training skills. And also how to make it a lifestyle change and not just simply and immediate or temporary change. It’s been great having you here with us today Shawn.

M: Thank you Neal. Thank you for having me.

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