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Hypnotherapy used to stay fit

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Published: May. 17, 2017 at 11:42 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Working out can be a pesky task and there are many different ways to keep yourself fit. One local man is sharing his story about using hypnotherapy to stay fit.

"I just want to be healthier. That's it,” said Adam Jacobson, client at Focal Point Training.

Nine months ago, Adam Jacobson was in search for a new way to work out.

"Over the past five years, I gained like 20 pounds that was demotivating,” said Jacobson.

He went out looking for a program, that wouldn't change who he was.

"I still want to go out, I still want to have fun, go out to dinner but I want to be healthier by doing it,” said Jacobson.

That's when he met personal trainer Tyler Smith with Focal Point Training in Madison. The gym at Focal Point Training looks like a normal gym. But if you look closely, you'll find black dot stickers also known as focal points. Focal Points are part of the hypno-therapy offered by focal point fitness. Smith offers a 12 session hypnotherapy program.

"Hypnotic workouts are more about creating a heightened sense of awareness and helping the individual create a narrative or focus for the individual themselves,” said Tyler Smith, Focal Point Training owner.

He says it's not about the amount of sets you do every time you work out. He says It's about setting your limitations in the moment.

"A lot of people neglect that with fitness, there's a lot of injuries, there's a lot of burn out and that free weight can be a very hard dangerous activity when you give it your 100 percent effort,” said Smith.

He says he believes for the vast majority of people, pushing limits and stepping out of their comfort zone is unsustainable.

Ten sessions focus on actual work outs. Two of the sessions focus on hypnosis, where clients work to build confidence, self belief and give you more focus. Smith describes it as an active day dream.

"The client sits down on a comfortable chair. We have them count down progressively from 5 down to one and we have them visualize the little black focal points and have them merge their thoughts and ideas with the little black focal point,” said Smith.

The black focal points are also given to clients like Jacobson. Clients are encouraged to put them around the house, reminding them every day for goals they have set for himself.

"It catches you. It makes you pause for a moment and makes you think. Do I really want a glass of wine or should I drink some water,” said Jacobson.

Jacobson says hypnotherapy has worked.

"Previously, when I went other gyms, like big commercial gyms, I would only go to like the treadmill or the elliptical machine and I would watch the clock for 45 minutes,” said Jacobson.

Jacobson says he would recommend the hypnotherapy program to anyone, looking to try something different.

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