Personal training is not just about losing weight or gaining muscle. It is about developing fitness, balance, and health. Weight loss and muscle gain are merely welcome by-products of efforts to attain optimal fitness.
Optimal fitness is an elusive concept, as individuals have unique needs and goals.
For individuals who are healthy and without serious movement impairments, who want to increase total performance and athleticism, Maria assesses their abilities in power, speed, endurance, and flexibility.
Fitness is a balance of these aspects of training.
Maria’s approach to training is unconventional in that there is no such thing as a routine. The word “routine” is an indication that “exercise” has stopped. Maria never gives the same workout twice. “The body adapts more quickly when it doesn’t know what to expect. It has to be primed for all types of demands.”
Her style of training is one which requires the body to perform on multiple metabolic pathways, week-to-week, day-to-day, and more often than not, within the same workout. By combining metabolically demanding training with a balanced, nutritious, whole food diet, she helps her clients optimize the rate at which energy is utilized in the body. “This,” she says, “enables people to perform like elite athletes, and eat like them, too.”
Maria’s style of training is not suitable for everyone. “I am only interested in working with people who assume responsibility for their actions, and who can be passionate and thorough in their approach. I have no interest in training anyone who is not prepared to make permanent lifestyle changes.”