Resolve to be Functional in 2015

It’s almost 2015, and everyone is at least thinking about resolutions, even if it’s deciding not to make any this year. Inevitably, though, people consider their health. Some even set the goal to improve their health. Still, according to researcher Richard Wiseman, 88% of New Year’s resolutions fail completely, with most never even getting off the ground. What is the solution?

Manassas Virginia Personal Trainer Charles Thomas says, “I believe a new year’s resolution should be taken in small steps. It should be something that would enhance the quality of your life and people in your circle.”

Charles focuses on functional exercise, a kind of exercise that sprang from the rehabilitation model in which therapists incorporate activities specific to the needs of the patient. Goals are set, and as they are reached, new and higher goals are developed. Functional exercises focus on building a body capable of doing real-life activities in real-life positions, not just lifting a certain amount of weight in an idealized posture created by a gym machine.

Charles uses weight bearing activities that target core muscles, such as those in the abdomen and lower back. He mixes and matches exercise to the ability and needs of the client. The result is not only increased strength, but better joint mobility and stability.

“The key to functional exercise is integration. It’s about teaching all the muscles to work together rather than isolating them to work independently,” says Greg Roskopf, MS, a biomechanics consultant. “If there are isolated weaknesses, they’ll cause a detriment in functional movement…If you don’t address integration, strong muscles get stronger and the weak ones stay weak, and you create a pattern of compensation. If you blend the two together, functional exercises teach isolated muscles how to work together.”

Now tie this in to your New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you want to achieve a higher level of fitness because you are an athlete. Or perhaps you have children and want to be able to engage with them more actively. It could be you just want to get up the stairs without feeling like you’re going to pass out. These are all good reasons to consider hiring a personal trainer. But Charles believes the best part of training is that it can make you feel better physically, mentally and spiritually. “When you feel good about yourself, you radiate positive energy, and that benefits you and everyone else,” Charles says.

Jump start your New Year by setting up a no-obligation consult with Charles. Email Charles at, or call 571-335-6878.

Charles Thomas is a licensed, insured Personal Trainer certified by the International Sports and Science Association (ISSA).  With over two decades of personal training experience, Charles has helped to improve physical fitness and enhance the quality of life for his clients who range from young children to seniors.

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Call 571-335-6878 to schedule and start your personalized journey to a healthier you.

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