The journey to becoming a Master Athlete. Have you started? I certainly have! Join me in this amazing new phase of my life. Ask me Anything!

Velocity Athletic Training
Jul 4, 2018

Interesting how the past seems to come back around. Being a self-motivated youth athlete playing sports such as Volleyball (my fav.), Floor Hockey, Baseball, Track and Field, and Dodgeball, moving my body was the game! Which was quite rewarding in many ways.  During my high school years, a new wave of fitness started...the "Aerobic BOOM" and boy were we BOOMING! Moving our bodies to the music of 145 - 150 bpm! I took on a part-time at a local gym where I taught five classes every evening, adding in my Track and Field training...I was on fire! I continued to teach classes well into my forties while operating my business, Velocity Athletic Training. I have now shifted gears with my personal journey in Athleticism and that is - I'm embarking on the road to becoming a Master Athlete. Yes, a Master Athlete is anyone over the age of 35 years old. Since I began this profound journey, I have been blogging about it. Have YOU started this journey as well? If you have... Feel free to Ask me Anything!

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When do you feel that circuits should be used with high-level athletes?
Jul 11, 5:55PM EDT0
What publications or websites do you read on a regular basis to keep up with current trends in the industry?
Jul 11, 4:00PM EDT0
Core strength is talked about loosely in strength and conditioning but much of it is stable with low loads and low velocities. what's the best form to strengthen the core strength?
Jul 11, 3:19PM EDT0
Who do you work with on a day-to-day basis, both inside and outside your company?
Jul 11, 7:15AM EDT0

Great question Numanyasin! Thanks for asking. Athletes 16+ as well as Master Athletes. Both indoors and out!

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 11, 9:48AM EDT0

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

www.velocityathletictraining.com

All questions are good questions. I am available to answer them. First rule of thumb, if you are planning on embarking on the journey of becoming a Master Athlete, it is imperative that you obtain Medical screening beforehand. This would include - Blood work, Cardiovascular Screening, Body Weight.

Jul 9, 12:02PM EDT0

What's the best way for someone over 40, overweight, overworked to become a Master Athlete?

Jul 9, 7:28AM EDT0

Great question Tracey! Thanks for asking. Please read through this answer -

Someone who is overweight and or obese should not partake in any Master Athlete Training until they experience weight-loss. The physcial and physiological demands on an Athletic body are tremendous, mixed with a sound nutritional plan must be followed, one who is over-weight and or obese may find quite challenging. As well, a thorough physical examination, blood work must be done before hand prior to any type of exercise regime whether you are over weight and or obese, this is to rule out any hereditary disease or any evolving disease due to being over weight. These issues must be dealt with as well.

First step - Medical Examination

Second step - Embark on a weight-loss program recommended by your physcian

Third step - Hire a PROFESSIONAL, CERTIFIED Personal Trainer to assist you in your journey to optimal health and wellness.

Fourth step - Decide whether or not to embark on the journey of becoming a Master Athlete.

The second half of your question, overworked I would like to add in, practicising, TIME Management. Make your goals SMART.

S - Specific

M - Measurable

A- Attainable

T- Type and Time

If you are Self Employed, it is important to pencil into your schedule a work-out regime. Self-Employed clients tend to be overworked, over-weight and very very stressed out. Begin with a small time committment and each week increase that training session in time or frequency...ie once a week, leads to twice a week and so on.

**Always consult your physician prior to embarking on a health and wellness journey**

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 9, 11:55AM EDT1
Can someone become a master athelete with little time to train because of their job? What is the minimum amount of time one should spend per week to become a master athelete?
Jul 8, 11:56PM EDT0

Good question RANAXP! Thanks for asking. Here's a train of thought - If one has already put it in their minds they don't have time, or have minimal time to train as a Master Athlete...then they should not consider becoming a Master Athlete....especially if you are on a Track team...you would not only be letting yourself down but the team as well. Your time may fluctuate per week, especially if you are on a team. Training time takes a lot of dedication, so when you book that time, you need to commit to it. On average I train 20 hrs/week sometimes less, it all depends on how I design each training week.

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 9, 11:46AM EDT0
How do you keep your client consistent with their training regimens?
Jul 8, 7:47PM EDT0

Good question MKPUNSALAN! Thanks for asking. Each one of my packages includes a number of training sessions which clients must commit to. If they fail to commit, then they fail to improve their athleticism. All appointments are pre-booked, if they cancel they are charged for cancellation.

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 9, 11:40AM EDT0
Do you have workout regimens in place that are able to work for every one or do you custom design training regimens according to a person's goals and abilities?
Jul 8, 5:19PM EDT0

Good question SAGAR! Thanks for asking. All my training programs are custom designed according the each client's abilities, their goals, their nutritional plans, lifestyle etc.

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 9, 11:37AM EDT0
Can someone who is physically unfit or obese train to become a master athelete or should they work on their weight loss first?
Jul 8, 10:26AM EDT0

Very good question MPOP! Thank you for asking. Someone who is overweight and or obese should not partake in any Master Athlete Training until they experience weight-loss. The physcial and physiological demands on an Athletic body are tremendous, mixed with a sound nutritional plan must be followed, one who is over-weight and or obese may find quite challenging. As well, a thorough physical examination, blood work must be done before hand prior to any type of exercise regime whether you are over weight and or obese, this is to rule out any hereditary disease or any evolving disease due to being over weight. These issues must be dealt with as well.

First step - Medical Examination

Second step - Embark on a weight-loss program recommended by your physcian

Third step - Hire a PROFESSIONAL, CERTIFIED Personal Trainer to assist you in your journey to optimal health and wellness.

Fourth step - Decide whether or not to embark on the journey of becoming a Master Athlete.

Best of Luck!

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it.  Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 9, 11:34AM EDT0
What made you pursue the challenge of becoming a master athlete?
Jul 4, 12:43PM EDT0

Thanks for asking NOMEDZ. Please read the answer that I shared earlier -

I shifted gears towards athleticism because it was not finished. In high school I had made it into the Indoor Games, which back then would be a Provincial level competition. At short notice I told my coach that I had decided to do modeling instead. He had tears in his eyes and commented..."No, don't shift your gears, you have Olympic potential." So, in my time of reflection over this past year, that memory stood out for me. That's when I shifted my gear. I thought and felt that my athletic career was unfinished, incomplete. So, here I am today and believe or not, I wish I had continued on to that competition at the Indoor Games. When we're young, we tend to make decisions without thinking clearly about them. Now, I'm thinking clearly and I have a different mind set as well as  different determination!

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 4, 2:23PM EDT0
What is a master athlete and what are their characteristics?
Jul 4, 7:54AM EDT0

Thank you for asking CAROLINELOPES! A Master Athlete is anyone over the age of 35 years old. They are usually retired athletes or simply persons with the desire to compete and train as a Master Athlete. One of the main characteristics of a Master Athlete is the "MIND SET", these individuals are fully commited mentally and physically to Athleticism.

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 4, 2:20PM EDT0
What sort of training/conditioning is needed to become a master athlete?
Jul 4, 6:29AM EDT0

Great question DEJAN! Thank you for asking! Training and Conditioning really depends on the Sport and or Track & Field sport the Master Athlete chooses. It can vary as well as Nutritional needs may vary depending on the amount of Energy Expenditure during training.

To become and embark on this journey involves a lot of time committment, planning and a mind set. So in the beginning, I suggest taking your time to make the necessary adjustments, speak with a coach, be sure to book an assessment to reveal your strengths in Cardiovascular, Strength and Flexibility. This is the first step to take and I high recommend it. If there are any health issues a doctor's note may be required. It's also important to look at any hereditary family diseases...heart, cancer, diabetes to enable the Master Athlete to training SMART not only HARD.

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 4, 2:07PM EDT0
Where do you usually train? What are your workouts like?
Jul 4, 2:37AM EDT0

Thanks for asking Johnbukasa! I usually train at the track close to home. I take my dog HEMI who is a mix of husky/wolf to assist me in training. He runs fast, so when we are on track together, he will lead me, he assists me in building up my speed! When I'm not on track, I will go for light jogs for 20 mins and mix it up a bit by doing interval training. For ex. Run for 1 minute then do jumping jacks for 3 minutes and vice versa. I will add in push ups, ab work, cycling. Each week my workouts are mapped and planned along with my nutrition! No workout is ever the same!

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 4, 2:51AM EDT0
Do you have any recovery tips for master athletes that you follow regularly?
Jul 4, 12:58AM EDT0

Thanks for asking Dumohin! Recovery tips depend on the intensity of the training and for what sport they are actually training for. Biomechanics also plays a role. Being a short distance runner there is a lot of demand put on my body, and mind. So, my recovering would be different than other master athletes recovery. I always recommend for others and for myself to cycle recovery. In the beginning I was training five days a week.  I change that up a bit, for ex. I train two days, then one day off, then train two days, then another day off, train one day then the last day off.

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

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Jul 4, 2:22AM EDT0
What sort of services are provided through your business Velocity Athletic Training?
Jul 3, 11:47PM EDT0

Thank you for asking Alex.Le! At Velocity Athletic Training I offer various packages - One Month, Three Month, Six Month and One Year. Each package comes with various perks...check it out at -

velocityathletictraining.com/athletic-training

velocityathletictraining.com/corporate-fitt-retreats

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 4, 2:26AM EDT0
Why did you shift gears towards athleticism?
Jul 3, 7:07PM EDT0

Great question JasonChong! Thanks for asking! I shifted gears towards athleticism because it was not finished. In high school I had made it into the Indoor Games, which back then would be a Provincial level competition. At short notice I told my coach that I had decided to do modeling instead. He had tears in his eyes and commented..."No, don't shift your gears, you have Olympic potential." So, in my time of reflection over this past year, that memory stood out for me. That's when I shifted my gear. I thought and felt that my athletic career was unfinished, incomplete. So, here I am today and believe or not, I wish I had continued on to that competition at the Indoor Games. When we're young, we tend to make decisions without thinking clearly about them. Now, I'm thinking clearly and I have a different mind set as well as  different determination!

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 4, 2:34AM EDT0

What are your short and long-term goals with regards to your training towards becoming a master athlete?

Jul 3, 6:35PM EDT0

Thanks for asking Mauroam! My short term goals are basically to bring down my body weight and train more functional as much as possible with less machine workouts. So, very high cardio, interval training, outdoor conditioning using the elements. Long term goal, I say in six months begin competing, although I have been asked to compete but I declined because I know my body weight will slow me down. I want to be one of the top athletes in my age category! This is what I told coach! One thing for sure though..I'm still a smooth runner with a lot of SPEED!

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 4, 2:42AM EDT0

How did your background influence your decision to become a master athlete?

Jul 3, 6:25PM EDT0

Thanks for asking Auksasful! As I shared my story with Jason, I will share with you as well -

I shifted gears towards athleticism because it was not finished. In high school I had made it into the Indoor Games, which back then would be a Provincial level competition. At short notice I told my coach that I had decided to do modeling instead. He had tears in his eyes and commented..."No, don't shift your gears, you have Olympic potential." So, in my time of reflection over this past year, that memory stood out for me. That's when I shifted my gear. I thought and felt that my athletic career was unfinished, incomplete. So, here I am today and believe or not, I wish I had continued on to that competition at the Indoor Games. When we're young, we tend to make decisions without thinking clearly about them. Now, I'm thinking clearly and I have a different mind set as well as  different determination!

Get up. MOVE. Unleash Your Inner Athlete. Believe it. Be it. Live it.

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 4, 2:44AM EDT0

Where can one read your blog and posts about your training journey?

Jul 3, 5:15PM EDT0

Thanks for Asking Parvez. Please visit me at velocityathletictraining.com/

My blog is located in the "What's Happening" at the bottom of the page. There you can read up on my journey!

In Athleticism,

Helena

Jul 3, 6:05PM EDT0
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