Personlig Træning I Horsens

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Velkommen til!

Jeg hedder Max Micheelsen, og jeg arbejder til daglig som Personlig Træner i Horsens.

Jeg hjælper hver dag mange mennesker med at nå deres mål for sundhed, hvadend det handler om:

  • Vægttab
  • Muskelmasse
  • Overordnet sundhed
  • Bedring af deres fysiske form
  • Kondition
  • Spisevaner
  • Og mere

Sundhed og træning er min store passion i livet, og derfor elsker jeg at hjælpe andre med at nå deres mål.

Min tilgang til træning er videnskabeligt funderet, og jeg stræber altid efter den mest effektive måde at få mine klienter i mål, så de får mest for pengene. Jeg mener at dét også danner det bedste fundament for motivation, når man rent faktisk kan se håndgribelige resultater fra uge til uge.

Jeg forstår at vejen til et sundere liv kan være både sværd og hård og derfor skal der masser af inspiration, motivation samt sparring med en proffesionel til for at blive på kursen mod målet.

Hvis du har lyst til at finde ud af mere om, hvordan jeg kan hjælpe, så ring eller skriv til mig på nedenstående adresse, og lad os booke en uforpligtende konsultation til dig, hvor du kan høre mere om, hvilken plan jeg vil forslå for dig!

Personlig Træner – Max Micheelsen
Max.micheelsen@gmail.com
93 88 85 21

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If you want to work less, starting from today

With the lifestyle that I currently live, I am basically only obligated to work 1.2 hours a day (5 days a week) to make ends meet. This does not include the help I potentially could get from investments.

Having to work fewer hours a day depends on two very basic components:

  • Fewer expenses
  • Making more money per hour

Getting to the point where you live with very few expenses is a process, and it has taken myself some time to get where I’m at. And I’m still not done yet. I still have student loans to pay off, and other monthly costs that can be brought down.

Luckily, I enjoy this whole process of requiring fewer and fewer resources to function, so it is all good.

The making more money per hour part may sound tough to some people, but it can actually be very simple.

Right now, I freelance as a personal trainer. A personal trainer is not expected to have clients from 9 to 5, and this is accounted for in the salary. The pay that I get is not the best in the world, but it is very far from the minimum wage in Denmark too.

Many other job functions are not expected to work non-stop for 8 hours a day. I could imagine that it’s the same for sports massage therapists, any other kind of therapist or maybe even dog walkers – I don’t know. I know that the class instructors at our gym get a pretty good salary too.

Finding some kind of job that isn’t expected to do full-time work can in many cases increase your hourly output by a lot.

Combine this with the idea of bringing your expenses down to an absolute minimum, and you are now forced to work very little every day.

We ought to make Playstations and Xboxs illegal

You might get the impression that I am into communism or totalitarianism based on this headline. But I am as liberal as they come, so I don’t really stand by it – I just say it to make a point.

This idea for a post came to me after watching the Netflix series on the Unabomber to make things even better!

It occurred to me that the massive health crisis we face in the developed world today is mostly coursed by technology, and there is almost nothing we can do about it. This evolution of our daily lifestyle that started around 50-60 years ago has already been set in motion, and it is too late to stop it now.

We move too little and have too much food available.

The overall economy has centralized all jobs around very few major cities in every country. Housing prices in the cities have gone up with this development, so most people work in the cities but live outside of them. This makes sedentary transportation forms such as trains and cars obligatory in getting to work.

The jobs that we have today are mostly sedentary as well and takes place in front of a computer screen. I have nothing against computer screens, but they sure do make most people’s workday immobile.

So if we sleep lying down for 1/3 of our day, and sit down for another 1/3 of our day due to our modern jobs, that makes it obvious that we have to find a way to stand or move in our spare time.

Sitting down, playing video games or other sedentary spare time activities almost becomes criminal when you look at in this light.

A big key to a healthier life, for most people, must be to cultivate a hobby that involves some kind of movement. Anything. Doing woodwork or gardening would be fine.

Technology has already dictated one-third of our day. We need to fight a little bit to keep the rest of our time human.

A rule of thumb for buying insurance

Should you buy the add-on insurance for your iPhone that covers your loss in case you drop your phone and crush the glass?

Or should you get the one that covers your house, car or bicycle?

The insurance market can be a jungle to navigate sometimes, but I once learned a great lesson from a professor at finance school, that I have lived my life by ever since.

Only buy insurance that can save your life from ruin or total catastrophe

Would it be a total catastrophe if you had to pay for a new iPhone screen out of your own pocket, in case you dropped your phone? Probably not. Otherwise, you shouldn’t buy such an expensive phone.

What about if your house burned down? … That would ruin most people.

Make this distinction and you have a pretty simple and clear guideline for when you should buy insurance and when not to.

When you buy an insurance deal, it is essentially the same as placing a bet in a casino. The insurance company is the casino, and remember: “The house always wins”.

I know it would suck hard if your flatscreen TV fell off the wall and you had to go out and buy another one, but the odds of this happening is calculated into the insurance premium, and the odds are not in your favor.

Most people pay for many different insurance services that they never end up using because they have overestimated the likelihood of them getting triggered.

You don’t want to be that much of a sucker, do you?:)

Now would be the time to pay off some debt

Here is a time-sensitive post for you.

There is no question about it: times are good right now in the financial sphere. Stocks are going up (and have been for years), internet-articles about people living as daytraders are popping up all around, the Bit-coin craze is at an all-time high and housing prices are unfathomably ridiculous no matter which country you look to.

I am not here to try and predict a new crash in the market. I couldn’t possibly guess whenever everything blows up the next time. I am just saying that things aren’t at a low point these days.

The average amateur investor usually jumps on the train when everything looks shiny, and every banker in town is drinking champagne for lunch. But the capitalist/banker type is only partying right now because they have had stock in the marked ever since things looked a lot worse – so they are taking home a lot of profit at the moment.

So I believe that there is a lot of risk and potential for downside in getting invested in the market right now, and the rest of us, the regular mortal people, should probably stay out of it and allocate our money somewhere else.

You could look towards the safer option in bonds instead, but since the interest rates are so low in that field, your best bet is most likely to pay off some debt if you have any.

Next time you should get invested in the stock market is when there is blood in streets and one of your neighbors is getting thrown out of their house because they can’t afford it any longer. Then you invest in stocks or index funds, or what have you, like a real, cold and cynical capitalist.

Thanks for reading.

The problematic aspect of the minimalist movement

I love that minimalism has won as much ground as it has these days. Questioning the whole buy-and-throw-out mentality, that is endemic to our society, can only be interpreted as something good.

However, most of the minimalists you see talking about the subject on the web, are neglecting a crucial part of the conversation. They love to talk about throwing out most of what they own, only to forget the fact that they’ll soon need to buy some stuff again because they just trashed a lot of useful items.

I have been through this whole cycle myself. Me and my wife went through a long period, where we threw out most of our stuff as a fun weekend-activity. Getting rid of stuff had a cleansing feeling to it. It was liberating, and I can understand how people get hooked on the whole throwing-stuff-out fascination.

While you are in the middle of getting rid of most of your possessions, you get the sense that there is real gold at the end of some rainbow – that throwing out stuff will actually make you happy.

…. and I’m sorry to announce: it obviously won’t.

It does feel liberating to have more space in your apartment, once you have less clutter in there, and it does give you a certain high to think about how little you need to thrive in everyday life. You’ll learn a lot about this.

But like many other things; the high you get is very temporary, and it won’t result in long-term happiness.

What does bring long-term happiness is an ever-increasing feeling of freedom – at least for me – and throwing out stuff won’t in and of itself result in freedom.

So if you really want to contradict the buy-and-throw paradigm; stop buying and stop throwing out things just for the sake of it. What really matters is paying attention to what you actually need to be happy, and what you can be perfectly satisfied without. Then you stop buying the things you don’t need, and then freedom begins 🙂

Have a nice day.

Opportunity Costs

It is no big news that the ability of the human mind, to think perfectly rational and logical, is at best unimpressive.

We come preprogrammed with all sorts of mental biases, that we should be aware of, when we make important decisions, in order to account for any illogical proclivities.

I have benefited immensely myself, from learning about concepts such as The Sunk Cost Fallacy, Confirmation Bias and other ways in which we aren’t able to think clearly.

I discovered another flaw in my own thinking a year back, when I was still in my full-time position, and I was considering leaving it for a more uncertain job situation.

Back then, I hadn’t finally decided to quit yet.

A friend told me that a TED conference was being held in Copenhagen, and he asked me if I wanted to go. When I discovered that I couldn’t, because it was held during my regular working hours, I was reminded of what I was losing by staying with my company.

I primarily wanted to go that conference for my own entertainments sake, but I could never know what kind of interesting people I would meet there, and what opportunities that would present.

And I still don’t know what could have happened.

The point is, back then, my brain was mostly thinking in terms of having nothing (no job) or having something (a job) when I contemplated quitting.

I think that we all tent to do this. We underestimate the potential opportunities that lies ahead – when they are unknown –  if we decide to free our schedule from whatever it is we are doing right now.

I am not saying, that everyone should quit their job and open themselves up to unknown opportunties, obviously not.

I am just saying that we usually have potentially great options ahead of us, when we decide to stray off the fully known path, and that is something.

Our brains can’t really assign the correct value to this optionality, when it constructs it’s algorithms for decision making, and therefore we have to do it consciously for it.

Remember that just because the future is unknown, it doesn’t make it bad or dangerous by default. A positive outcome is just as likely if you work hard to influence it.

Derfor virker det at få en personlig træner

Jeg arbejder til daglig som personlig træner, og oplever en stigende interesse for faget for tiden.

Personlig træner branchen ser ud til at have det godt i disse opgangsår, hvor økonomien har det godt, og derfor tænker jeg ofte på hvor længe dette boom i branchen mon kan holde ved. De flestes anser det nemlig som en udpræget luksusvare, som man køber når man har luft i økonomien og vil være lidt god ved sig selv.

Når man, som jeg, står på den anden side af det, opdager man dog også, at mange hyrer en personlig træner af streng nødvendighed, fordi alt andet de har prøvet for at forbedre deres livsstil har fejlet dem.

Der er for mig heller ingen tvivl om, at når først en klient har truffet beslutningen om at hyre en PT’er, stiger oddsene for at der endelig bliver gjort noget ved træningslivet markant.

Med dette indlæg vil jeg forsøge at udpensle, hvorfor jeg tror det virker at få en personlig træner.

De nedenstående overskrifter står i prioriteret rækkefølge, hvoraf den første (efter min mening) er den vigtigste.

Det koster penge

Man skulle ikke umiddelbart tro, at jeg har incitament til at minde læseren om, at en personlig træner er dyr – og at det blandt andet af denne simple grund virker.

Personlige trænere kan man få i mange forskellige pris-, forløb-, og klippekortsordninger. Mange steder ser du i prisoversigten forløb der koster mere end 30.000 kr.

Det er basal menneskelig psykologi, at vi føler os forpligtede på noget som vi har betalt penge for.

Hvis du nogensinde skulle befinde dig i en situation, hvor du har betalt 10.000 kr. for en personlig træner, som du aldrig får brugt, så ligner du en stor idiot i dine venners og families øjne – og ingen har lyst til at ligne en stor idiot.

Hvis du i samme scenarie ligger derhjemme og føler dig doven på sofaen, og har en aftale med en træner, vil det føles som en stor økonomisk og social omkostning, hvis du vælger at brænde ham eller hende af. Dét gør det mere sandsynligt at du indledningsvist kommer afsted.

Man er forpligtet overfor en anden person

Ikke nok med at vi mennesker ikke vil ligne fjolser overfor venner og familie, så har vi slet ikke lyst til at gøre det i fremmedes øjne.

Det at man har et professionelt forhold til en fremmed person, tilføjer en yderligere dimension af pligtfølelse. Hvad en komplet fremmed personlig træner tænker om os, har underligt nok en stærk psykologisk effekt!

De første to punkter jeg nu har nævnt har udelukkende handlet om, hvordan en PT’er sikre dig at du rent faktisk kommer afsted til træning.

Det kan måske undre nogen at disse punkter er prioriterede som de vigtigste, men det er nu engang det aller vigtigste at træningen først og fremmest finder sted.

Der er nul beslutningsomkostninger

Der ligger et meget større mental aspekt i træning end mange tror. Selv det at skulle beslutte på egen hånd hvordan man skal træne kan skabe en barriere.

Ikke nok med at man er træt og udkørt efter en lang arbejdsdag, så skal man også til at forholde sig til hvilke øvelser man skal lave og hvordan, når man træner på egen hånd.

En af de store værdier som en PT’er tilvejebringer er, at han eller hun træffer alle beslutningerne for en.

Er det best at træne cardio? Styrketræning? Full-body program? Split Program? Maskiner? Håndvægte? Forget about it! Din PT’er ved forhåbentligt hvad der er de bedste værktøjer for dig og dine behov.

En personlig træner er bedre til at se klientens fremskridt

Mange har en upræcis forståelse af, hvor fremskridtene i træningen først viser sig. Langt de fleste kommer til en personlig træner med et ønske om at skulle tabe sig, men hvis kropsvægten er det eneste parameter man måler på for at spore fremskridt, kan man hurtigt miste motivationen.

Fremskridt i træning udtrykkes som regel altid først som fremgang i klientens styrke.

Man kan stort set altid se det fra gang til gang, når man først begynder at styrketræne, og når en PT’er nøjagtigt noterer al vægt der bliver løftet i hver session, bliver fremskridtene nemme at forholde sig til.

I starten kan man derfor vælge at forholde sig til disse sekundære sejre, for at skabe motivation, og inden man får set sig om, er de primære parametre begyndt at flytte på sig – som for eksempel vægten.

At kunne se fremskridt er, efter min mening, den vigtigste forudsætning for motivation.

En personlig træner kan optimere træningen

Jeg nævner med vilje dette punkt som det sidste, for at vende det hele lidt på hovedet.

Jeg tror at rigtig mange går til en personlig træner, fordi de vil have træning der virker!

De vil have træning og vejledning som er så hylende effektiv, at de får resultater de aldrig har kunnet få på egen hånd.

Sandheden er imidlertid, at min rådgivning, optimering og træning aldrig bliver det der flytter bjerge. Det gør en forskel – naturligvis, men i træning vil den største sejr altid være at man overhovedet kommer afsted. Dernæst at motivationen forbliver høj. Og til sidst hvordan træningen er planlagt.

Dét kan man muligvis kalde at undersælge sig selv, men ikke desto mindre er det virkelighed.

I sidste ende ved vi alle hvad der skal til, for at vores livsstil kan betragtes som nogenlunde sund. Og vi er også alle klar over, hvordan man får sig lidt sved på panden og ømme muskler på egen hånd.

Udfordringen ligger primært i at gøre dette til hverdag for almindelige mennesker, som har tusinder af andre ting at tænke på i deres dagligdag.


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Acquire these 2 skills to increase your sense of freedom

Freedom is at the root of everything I write about on this blog.

I write about minimalism because it eliminates your dependents on stuff and your fascination for it.

I write about financial freedom because… Well, you can probably guess why.

The minimal and frugal way of life are both nice, because they increase the amount of free time you got. Once you’ve eliminated the worst expenses from your monthly budget, and thereby don’t have to work as much, what are you supposed to do with that time? I would suggest something that could increase your sense of freedom even further.

But let’s first define what freedom exactly is. In my view, it’s about being able to take one’s own needs, without the help from anybody else.

Freedom is taking care of yourself.

So, if you can manage to take care of your most basic needs, all by yourself, you are by my standards free to go about your life and care very little about the rest of the world.

And your most basic needs should be obvious: food and shelter.

Increasing your skills in the domains of acquiring food and shelter, are both very attainable and scalable to your level of ambitiousness:

You can learn how to bake bread with a sourdough starter or go to the end degree and produce your own flour.

Or you can learn how to do basic maintenance around the house, or actually build it from scratch.

That’s all up to you.

The point is, I think most people who feel trapped by life, can experience a higher sense of freedom by improving upon these two basic human skills.

A mindfulness exercise for anxiety: Let this moment unfold

Here is an exercise that I have been utilizing recently, whenever I deal with any kind of anxiety or worry about the future.
Usually, we worry about the future, based on the assumption that we can predict exactly what it is going to be like. But what we often end up finding out, is that the thing we were ruminating about was not that bad when it finally happened. Other times we realize that we aren’t able to predict the events that we really should be worried about.
We make our plans, and god laughs.
So this is were mindfulness and paying attention to the present moment comes into play.
The following thought experiment, is what I perform in moments of worry in my own life:
  • Stop and notice this current moment
  • Pay attention to every little detail about this moment you can (sounds, your breathing, the sensations in your body)
  • What is good about this moment? What is not happening right now, that you might worry about will happen later on?
  • Now think about what is going to happen next. What is the next moment you’ll notice going to be like? How is it going to be different from this current moment?
  • If you visualize your future as a long long series of moments that sit like pearls on a string – what are they going to be like? How likely is it, that they will be pretty similar to this moment, which you are grateful for?
If you believe in the power of mindfulness, the lesson here should be, that there is plenty about this current moment that you can find gratefulness in, and that the same is probably true for the next future moment that you will notice.
By extension, your future will most likely be relatively similar to this present moment, if you just take it for what it actually is.