With more than three decades of fitness experience and more than 45,000 training sessions under his lifting belt, it makes sense to classify Michael Blauner as a bona fide fitness expert. The New Jersey-bred trainer’s client list extends from athletes to runway models, local working moms to even “Real Housewives.”
Along with his personal training duties in the New York City area, Blauner is also a respected top-level gym designer in the region.
“I pride myself in being able to train anybody,” says Blauner who’s trained “Real Housewives of New York City” star Sonja Morgan. Whether training a celebrity or the average weekend warrior, I train each client differently. Each person is unique and requires specific training suited for their needs.”
What is your “fitness philosophy” for you and your clients?
Be consistent and have fun doing it. Find the workout that suits you. Set realistic goals, and at the same time know that you don’t have to overdo it.
What pieces of equipment should people have at home to work out?
For me, it would be a pullup bar, simply because I believe all routines should have the three basic motions of pullups, pushups, and squats. Since you can do the other two without equipment, the pullup bar would be the clear choice.
If you had to incorporate one exercise into everyone’s workout, it would be what move?
The one exercise everyone needs to incorporate is absolutely the pushup. It covers a lot of ground and there are several different variations of it which allows people to do one kind or another.
Have there been any misconceptions about training at home that you keep hearing from clients?
MICHAEL BLAUNER’S FULL-BODY CIRCUIT WORKOUT
TIME: 30 minutes
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Pullup bar, dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands
INSTRUCTIONS: Perform each exercise in this circuit for 60 seconds for 2 to 3 rounds. Rest 60-90 seconds between rounds.
WHY THIS WORKS: “I love to do short, intense, large-circuit workouts,” Blauner says. “This hits everything and because you’re moving fast it’s definitely got a cardio element to it and the muscles complement each other so you don’t have to do a ton of sets for any particular muscle to really get a great workout!”
2. Goblet Squat
4. Kettlebell Swing
5. Dumbbell Chest Press
6. Kettlebell Lunge
7. Dumbbell or Band Row
8. Standing Dumbbell Curl
10. Narrow-grip Pushup
11. Full Situp
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Website: Personal Fitness by Michael Blauner
by Jeff Tomko