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Get Fit: Secrets From A Celebrity Trainer

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Celebrity trainer Demarco Dodson is a certified personal fitness instructor and a former college football player who has been active in the health and fitness industry over 10 years. He has been influential in coaching various celebs, professional athletes and corporate executives in adopting a healthier lifestyle through dieting and exercise.

With a desire to steer away from the average mundane workout DVD, he implemented a unique style along with his training techniques to create his workout collection DVDs, DOMINATION. Vixen recently chatted with Dodson to steal some secrets on how to achieve our fitness goals and the proper steps to molding the perfect body.

 

1. Set Goals

Working out negated of a set goal will ultimately result in mediocre results. Once you set specific goals, it will provide you with the motivation needed to work out during the times you may not feel like it.

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2. Hire A  Professional Trainer

If you are new to working out or perhaps it has been a while since you've gotten in the groove, consider hiring a knowledgeable fitness professional. Seeking assistance can go a long way in helping you get back on track with a safe and effective exercise routine.

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3. Have Control Over What You Put In Your Body

I often come across people who want to see a change in their bodies, but aren't willing to discipline themselves when it comes to eating and drinking alcohol in moderation. If you are committed to a change, there must be a sacrifice in one way or another. Ultimately it's the best investment to better living.

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4. Supplements can be helpful.

There are 3 key factors to any fitness goals: diet, exercise, and supplementation.There is nothing wrong with taking a few supplements based on your body's needs. Exercise sessions can maximized by consuming the proper nutrients at the right time. To determine which supplements are right for you, consult with your professional trainer or an employee at a supplement store.  If you are unsure about which products are right for you, consult with a professional trainer or supplement store. Walk in prepared with your own research as to what products are recommended based off of customer reviews. All supplements are not created equal, so make sure you make an informed buying decision.

 

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5. What works for one person may not work best for you.

People are constantly asking how they can achieve the aesthetic look that they have set out for. For females, it's mostly butt, legs and abs. For guys, it's chest, arms, abs. Don't compare yourself to others when setting out a plan to get the results you want. Depending on the body, some people will see better results in a short amount of time using different training techniques. Stay committed to your workout routine and goal - eventually you will get where you want to be.

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6. Your Motivation Should Surface Beyond the Physical

Every woman wants a body that is attractive and fit. However, the purpose of fitness and living a healthy lifestyle is also to improve the functionality of your mind and body. Your motivating factors should be to create a means to managing stress, maintaining good blood circulation, lean body mass and extending your life span.  If you are not currently active, you need to really take into consideration your overall health and longevity in life. It's a marathon, not a sprint, so be prepared to stay in it for the long run.

 

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7. Get a gym partner

Grab a gym partner so that they can keep you on track and establish some accountability. This doesn't mean that you should drag your lazy fat friends to the gym with you. Recruit someone who is positive and eager to reach similar goals as you.

 

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8. Change It Up

Honestly, going to the gym all the time can start to feel monotonous.  Here are some things you can do to keep things interesting: take a class, workout in a different setting (perhaps outdoors), hire a new trainer, register for a 5k run or other fun competitions. The goal is to  keep things interesting, fresh and stimulating.

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9. It Becomes A Lifestyle

Once you embrace fitness, it will become a part of you. Working out boosts your confidence and gives you a sense of accomplishment. I can guarantee if you committ yourself to being the best you can be in terms of your health and fitness, a lot of other areas in your life with reflect a positive change as well. It all starts inside of you, so get your mind right and get to work!

 

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10. Get DOMINATION!

DOMINATION Total Body Workout is my latest workout DVD release. It provides an effective workout that you can do from pretty much anywhere. Time should no longer be an excuse in terms of working out. This program will keep you on track, minimize time wasted and help you get maximum results. The program is sold in DVD format as well as streaming capabilities to any connected device so you can do it on the go. No more excuses! Get down with DOMINATION by visiting my website at dominationworkout.com

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