Martín Giacchetta , a personal trainer by profession, with more than 20 years of experience,, has made healthy living and sports his style and way of life, helping hundreds of people to achieve their goals of healthy habits: “I consider that the Health is everything and much more in the face of a pandemic. A trained person, like me in this case, has gone through the coronavirus and practically without knowing it, “explains the expert at 20Minutos.
To take care of yourself physically and mentally, training is a fundamental part, although it should not be the only one: “I know a lot of sedentary people who go to the gym every day , 40 or 45 minutes ago, sometimes an hour, and then they are all day sitting down, he moves in the car and sits down to work.
In the end, he is a person who is still sedentary and who, with that little hour in the gym, does not combat sedentary lifestyle “, continues Giacchetta.
“It is true that doing that time of daily sport is more than anything , but you have to have an active mind,” explains the coach, who takes the opportunity to walk while answering the interview questions. “These steps may seem silly , it seems like you’re not doing anything, but when you add up all that mobility, you become an active person.”
Thus, small gestures, such as walking to work or taking the stairs instead of using the elevator, at the end of the day represent “a very important calorie burn” , possibly more than just going to the gym for a little while.
“It seems like you’re not doing anything, but when you add up all that mobility, you become an active person.”
With the pandemic, both Martín Giacchetta and other coaches have had to adapt and use new technologies to be in contact with their public: “It is a great option to be able to do it digitally, something that even helps us coaches to be able to do collective classes, “he indicates. “A short time ago I gave a class to 1,000 people together, which is unthinkable in person.”
However, he doubts that people continue to be motivated for a long time in front of a mobile phone and acknowledges that he, personally, does not like to be in front of a screen: “I think that when I have been with people I have taken my best version of training.” Thus, he concludes that “in the long run, I believe that human relationships will win.”
Regarding this training, Giacchetta states that the important thing is to set real goals: “There are people who want to gain muscle mass and do not need it, there are people who want to tone muscle and do not need it.” Therefore, the first thing is to know what the weak point or the physical needs of each person are and start working from there.
On the basis that a person wants and needs to tone their body, “it can be worth a fullbody or a workout , that is, general work, without making specifications in any area, although sometimes it may be recommended.”
On the other hand, “when you want to gain muscle mass, you have to work harder on your strength , handling a little more load, always with exercises that are at the level of the student,” recommends the expert. “To work on strength and gain muscle mass, you have to work more in large loads, with shorter series. To tone, simply, we can work with a weight 70% of what each person can lift, more or less.
In addition, with regard to work related to a specific area, it is noted that some people can “obsess over something and, perhaps, it is not what they need. There are people who lack strength in a muscle and in reality what they lack is flexibility, Or otherwise”.
Therefore, routines focused on specific parts of the body are only good sometimes “so that there is a perfect body and postural relationship”, as long as they are supervised with “a professional assessment”.
“In general, women are more obsessed with glutes, inner leg, abdomen and triceps, and men are more upper body. Is that okay? It depends on the person,” says Giacchetta. However, for him, the best routines are those that include the whole body: “Personally, they are the ones I like the most. When there is a harmonious body I love to keep it and it stays that way, working the whole body.”
Asked about the possible injuries that a person can suffer while training, he points out the importance of “not making up for lost time from a session”. In addition, he adds that one must “start slowly, not always do what the teacher or the coach or the networks tell us, because the first thing is to know where each one is “.
“Many times, coaches mark complicated training sessions, with a certain intensity, and that can make us think that we can too, and sometimes we can’t. There are minds that are sometimes too demanding,” he concludes.
Food is the basis of health and well-being. In addition to training, Martín Giacchetta, also a specialist in nutrition and dietetics, points out that “food is the basis of health, well-being and everything.” “There is no use training like an animal and then eating badly. You are throwing, not only training, but also your health.”
To understand it with a clear example, for Martín Giacchetta, health and nutrition are “like having the best car in the world and putting the worst fuel on it, in the end it doesn’t work.” Thus, it is precisely about that, “put on good fuel, that the food you eat has the necessary quality”.
“Health and nutrition are like having the best car in the world and putting the worst fuel on it.”
In addition, it adds some simple and very clear guidelines on eating, which include “increasing the intake of fruits, vegetables, unprocessed foods, eating fresh, eating a little more protein at night and not so much carbohydrate and also exercise. ” This is one of the keys to achieve the proposed objectives.
“Sometimes, I see many people who eat poorly and do not get the results they want. Of course, if you put 2,000 calories in a meal or dinner and then burn 600 in one hour of exercise, you think that effort of that hour is going to give results. No, it is not going to give results at all, “he explains forcefully.
For all this, the basis of a healthy life is in food, in controlling what is eaten, as well as in exercising, turning the lifestyle into something healthy, without being limited to an isolated training per day, with objectives realistic and whose main goal is health.