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Should A Woman Get A Doctor's Clearance To Exercise? - Fitness Instructor Scott Keppel (VIDEO)

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Fitness instructor Scott Keppel explains why a woman who wants to start exercising should get approval from her doctor.

Fitness Instructor Scott Keppel:
If you want to start exercising you should definitely get a doctor’s clearance because you don’t know what’s going on internally, and exercising is placing stress on your body. When you lift, in particularly, you’re tearing muscle and it’s the rebuilding of that muscle that makes the muscle grow, and again, it doesn’t mean that’s going to grow and you’re going to get bigger like a football player. It means it’s going to grow and get lean muscle, and a muscle is three times smaller than fat.

So that’s the thing to remember is when you’re going into weight training you’re not going to get big and bulky. You’re going to build lean muscle and become a more efficient basically, machine, that’s what we are if you look at it that way. So you want that doctor’s clearance to make sure that okay, everything has been checked, you don’t have asthma, you don’t have high blood pressure, you don’t have diabetes, everything is good.

If you do have any of those, it doesn’t mean you can’t exercise, but you may need to watch how hard you jump into it because many individuals start off and they’re like, “I am ready to go. I want to lose this weight. I want to lose this baby weight or this whatever weight it is that I put on, it’s menopause weight," whatever.

And they’re excited, and good for you, but the last thing you want to do is jump into it and get hurt. That’s why you should get a doctor’s clearance. Then have a professional trainer assess you and say, “Okay, this is what you should do and this is how I would go about doing it,” and then you can get even a monthly check-up with the trainer and just have them look at you and re-evaluate your goals.

Another benefit of having a trainer is that they help keep an individual accountable. So, you know you have to show someone your food log, your exercise log, whatever it maybe, because they’re going to look at it, assess it and say, “Okay, you’re right on track,” or, “I don’t think you need to be eating this much junk food and you’re not getting in the gym enough.”

About Fitness Instructor Scott Keppel:
Scott Keppel has been part of the fitness industry for over 14 years. Now the proud owner of Scott's Training Systems, Scott has taken his vision to the next level. He is keeping true to his philosophy of empowering every client, so they can achieve not only their fitness goals, but their personal and professional one’s in a safe and effective manner. STS has evolved from a one-time Trainer of the Year at Bally Total Fitness to his garage (taking 19 of 21 clients with him) to an 800 square foot studio and now two studios each over 1300 square feet and a following like no other. Scott is a well respected fitness instructor that has been featured in both national and local media and was the winning trainer for channel 3's weight loss challenge each of the 3 years it was held. He later created their first fitness challenge. He is a lifetime natural competitor who has trained dozens of clients for bodybuilding, figure, and fitness competitions, a number of which have placed in the top five and several who have won overalls! He is also certified in pre/post natal training and has trained many women to term.

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