How Personal Training can help YOU!
Benefits of Personal Training
A personal trainer can put the “personal” back into your workout. Trainers make a point of keeping current in the latest fitness trends and research, so you can be assured that your fitness routine will never be outdated.
A trainer for every body
Many people equate personal training with celebrities or hard-core strength trainers and body builders. This is only part of the picture. Anyone, young and old, in shape and out, can utilize a personal trainer for a variety of reasons.
The work of most personal trainers focuses on increasing and/or maintaining clients' fitness levels, assisting in weight loss and overseeing strength-training and cardiovascular activities. Strength training, in particular, has received increased recognition in recent years because the lack of strength is now known to be a risk factor for disease, especially for older populations.
Personal trainers often serve not only as coach, but also as confidant, role model, educator and a major source of motivation and encouragement.
Some people meet with a trainer two to three times a week, which makes them more likely to stick to their program because they are accountable to someone else for their exercise time. Others may prefer to see a trainer only on occasion to update their exercise program, or for periodic fitness testing to receive feedback on their progress.
The novice exerciser can benefit greatly from personal training. Working with a personal trainer for a few sessions is often all it takes for some people to feel comfortable with independent exercise.
Here are just a few of the things you can expect to receive:
- Fitness evaluation
A series of questions and simple tests designed to assess fitness, body-fat, flexibility and muscular strength and endurance. Oftentimes a trainer will take body measurements for the client as a way to track progress based on their individual goals.
- Personalized exercise program
An individualized exercise program is designed based on the individual's fitness evaluation results and personal fitness and health goals.
- Supervised exercise
Personal attention during exercise is the primary function of personal trainers. Clients are given an orientation and are educated about the fundamentals of strength and aerobic training, as well as the proper and safe use of equipment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I use a Personal Trainer if I already work out on my own?
A: A trainer can help motivate and educate you so that you do not waste your time, energy and other resources doing things that do not work. With a trainer you will do what works for YOU which will help you achieve your goals much faster.
Q: How often should I meet with a trainer?
A: This depends on your goals, how quickly you want to reach your goals, your schedule and your budget. On average clients do best when they meet with a trainer 2-4 times per week. The more frequently you meet, the faster you will achieve results and reach your goals.
Q: Will a trainer put me on a diet or expect me to change my lifestyle?
A: While Personal Trainers are generally very knowledgeable regarding nutrition it is important to remember that they are not licensed dieticians. Your trainer will discuss nutrition based on your goals. Remember, being healthy and achieving low body fat is 90% nutrition and 10% working out.
Q: Aren’t trainers for serious athletes or people who want to lose a lot of weight?
A: No. Personal Trainers are there to motivate you and design a program that will work for YOU. Variety is important in exercise. Doing the same workout over and over again is the #1 reason people hit plateaus with results. A trainer will give you new and improved ways to work out.
Q: Isn’t it expensive to work with a Trainer?
A: This depends on your interpretation of expensive and your view of such an expense. Personal Training is not a cost; it is an investmentin yourself which gives you information and experience that will benefit you for a lifetime. How much are you willing to spend on your health?