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  • What’s Your Trainer Doing to Make You Better?

    I think it’s very common for people to be jaded and hesitant about training with a personal trainer. If you are currently working with one, you need to ask yourself if your trainer is doing anything to make you better.
    While accountability is important for your trainer to have, at the same time, they shouldn’t just be your cheerleader. If you’re looking for a cheerleader, go to your friend’s house and they can do that for you. If you are looking for results, then you need direction. You also need information about what you’re doing in your workout and why it’s important. You don’t need a trainer who is going to just sit there and text ....

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  • Why You Should Leave Behind Your Corporate Gym and Join Icon Instead

    You need to ditch the corporate gym once and for all. Why? Let me explain. To start with, corporate gyms just don’t work
    . Corporate gyms may have a lot of machines and be able to fit a lot of people, but you won’t really learn anything there. On top of the $50 gym membership fee, you may end up spending another $120 for a single session with a trainer who isn’t invested, hasn’t done any coursework, and has no way of showing what they have done in terms of education. At a gym like this, you ultimately get nowhere. It’s time to start thinking about what you’re trying to achieve overall with your health. Like I tell people who come in to Icon, it is ....

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  • The Ins and Outs of the Keto Diet

    The keto or ketogenic diet is the most popular diet out there at the moment. So many people are jumping on the bandwagon that I decided it was a good idea to address it—is it really as beneficial as everyone says? In my opinion, most people probably do not need to do this diet . Many of the most popular diets all lead to the same results. One question that we should ask ourselves before participating in a popular diet is whether or not it is going to be sustainable. The ketogenic diet consists of 70% to 75% fats, 20% protein, and 5% carbohydrates. Carbs mainly come from things like low glycemic vegetables and cruciferous greens. The key to the keto diet is ....

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  • What Are Healthy Fats?

    The concept of ‘healthy fats’ is one that is still confusing to a lot of people. To get the most bang for your buck in terms of your diet, you do need to be aware of what kinds of fats are good for you. That’s what I’m here to discuss today. First, let’s get something straight: F
    ats are not the cause of inflammation and other health issues Americans face today. A lot of these problems are caused by the overconsumption of processed carbohydrates, inflammatory foods, and other things that just aren’t meant to be consumed. Foods that once ran, swam, flew, or grew are some of the most important foods to eat in order to give your body what ....

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  • How to Deadlift With the Proper Form

    The deadlift is a key exercise for not only building muscle, but also strengthening your posterior chain, and today I’ll show you how to do it properly. There are a few different ways to perform a proper deadlift, but the first and most important thing you need to do is make sure your form is perfect. At 0:49 in the video above, you can see me first demonstrate the deadlift with dumbbells, which you can use if you don’t have a barbell. First, start in the standing position and hold each dumbbell at your sides with your shoulders pressed back. Imagine you have plates stacked around your feet that rise from the floor up to your mid-calf area or a little higher. ....

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  • What’s the Biggest Mistake Most People Make at the Gym?

    Today I want to talk about the biggest mistake that people make when going the gym, whether it’s their first day back after a month or their first day back after a few years. If you’ve been thinking about getting out there and getting back into shape, first off let me congratulate you on taking the first step. When you’re ready to get back in there, these are great tips for you to follow. When you are committed to getting in shape and are really trying to get after it right away, my best advice for you is to slow down. After 15 years in the fitness industry, this one thing has stood out to me most. People tend to go too hard too fast and it ....

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  • You Don’t Need Crossfit—Try These Exercises Instead

    Crossfit is a very popular workout regimen these days, and I have nothing against it—it’s gotten a lot of people in amazing shape. However, from what I know, it’s also gotten a lot of people injured. This may be due to the inexperience of its newer participants, but these exercises I’m about to show you are ones you can do at the gym or at home, and they will help increase your strength and improve your posterior chain. By “posterior chain,” I mean the backside of your body—your shoulders, upper back, etc. The issue with Crossfit is it’s anterior-dominant, meaning it focuses on the front side of your body. Focusing on the ....

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  • Is Your Mattress Affecting Your Workout?

    Your mattress could very well be affecting your workouts. What do I mean by this? How you sleep is going to directly impact every part of your life. Not only will it affect your workout, but it will also affect your overall energy. If your mattress is old or worn-out, it may be causing you a lot of issues. You might wake up sore or tired. If your sleep isn’t as good as it could be, you might want to check out your mattress. You can visit this site to check out different mattresses and compare what they offer. If your mattress is eight to 10 years old (or older), It’s time to get a new one. If you have any questions in the meantime about ....

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  • What You Need to Know About Pre-Workout Nutrition

    Everyone talks about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While that myth has been debunked by various methods such as intermittent fasting, pre-workout nutrition is extremely important. Pre-workout nutrition is the meal that you eat before you train or work out. The general rule of thumb for pre-workout nutrition is that you want to have something in your system. Some people train really early in the morning at 5 a.m. If that’s the case, you may not feel like eating, and I completely understand. That’s why they make things like essential amino acids that can help preserve muscle mass and give you a little boost during your workout. You can ....

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  • Ditch the Treadmill and Try These Fun Cardio Ideas

    Cardio exercises don’t have to be a chore. Even though a lot of people dread it, it can be fun. Today, I have a few tips you can use to get in a good workout and have fun doing it. If you join us at Icon Gym, I can introduce you to “The Tank.” This is no ordinary workout; it’s not a treadmill, elliptical, or a boring stationary bike. It’s something we use to really get your heart rate up while you’re doing something other than sitting mindlessly on a bike. For an added touch, play upbeat, motivational music that you like to your routine. Other fun forms of cardio include:
    Strongman training—find a small tire to go outside ....

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