I think the difference is perception, Lisa.
Any decent personal trainer needs to see the tie between what the mind thinks and the body does. Personally, my technique i have been developing over the past eight years takes the mind out of the equation and allows the body to do things that the client’s mind had deemed impossible (ie and older man being told he can’t walk by “experts” and his mind making that a reality physically).
The difference is usually the arena. The transcendental, peaceful worlds of tai chi, quigong, or yoga are seen as mind-body activities, where as muscle development somehow gets classified into the hardcore, dumb muscle area. I like to blend them. Both are important for both mind and body.
Mind-body implies much more mental influence than personal training. Whether it’s true or not I’m not sure. The real key is making sure that your client understands that keeping a fitness lifestyle is the bottom line. Eat healthy most of the time, stay with the exercise schedule………..those are the keys.
Kinda agree with the above posts.
The hardest part of lifting is the mental part. Lifting gets a bad reputation because everyone thinks people who lift heavy are lacking in cranial development.
Anyone who lifts competitively will say its COMPLETELY a mind game. Forcing your mind to tell your body to lift an extra 2.5 or 5 lbs on your max can be the toughest yet most satisfying thing to do in the world.
I like the answers. Mind-body to me means incorporating the self-perception essential to any high level of training. Personal training focuses on the physical dimensions of strength, cardiovascular and/or flexibility training routines. It’s a subtle difference, and there may certainly be a significant cross-over.