Chicago Personal Trainer Shares Most Common Fitness Mistakes

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Chicago Personal Trainer Craig Kastning works with dozens of clients on any given day and he has heard it all! He shares some of the top fitness mistakes people make in hopes that you’ll avoid doing the same. Visit to learn about one-on-one and group personal training opportunities.

Chicago Personal Trainer Craig Kastning wants to help local residents lose excess pounds and get in the best shape of their lives. Yet, he can also see why many people have failed to shed unwanted weight on their own. “There are so many misconceptions about fitness circulating, that it can be difficult for the average person to sort fact from fiction,” Craig explains. He has agreed to share some of these fitness fallacies and missteps in hopes that he can help at least one person avoid the pitfalls.

"The most common mistake is that people aren’t ready or willing to make the commitment,” the Chicago personal trainer says. “People want to think they can slog away at their jobs all week, eating convenience meals, getting their ‘workout’ from walking to their cars in the parking lot – and just make up for lost time on the weekends. That’s really not a healthy outlook. It takes a conscientious effort every single day to remain in peak physical condition. What I teach people is that it doesn’t have to be torture; it can be fun!”

Another common mistake people make is that they fail to hydrate themselves. “I had one woman tell me she ‘didn’t want to put on water weight.’ I just about had to pick my jaw up off the ground!” Craig laughs. “There is a lot of fear of water weight, but the fact is, if your body is hydrated all the time with fresh water coming in, there is no need for your body to store water in your tissues. On the other hand, the people who are dehydrated will puff up considerably.” The Chicago personal trainer adds that his goal is not to help people lose water weight, but to help them lose actual fat, so people should divide their weight in half for an accurate estimate of how many ounces of water they need each day.

The third most common mistake Craig and his fellow Chicago fitness friends see is people on a starvation diet. “What I consider to be a starvation diet ranges from person to person, but generally speaking if you’re consuming anything under 1,200 calories for women or 1,500 calories for men, you are not getting enough nutrition. When you’re working out, you need to be taking in more calories to fuel your workout and your recovery. You need to keep your metabolism revved up with lean protein and an assortment of healthy vegetables.”

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