Regular physical activity will help substantially reduce health risks such as heart disease, stroke and cancer, and improve your quality of life. While we understand the importance of exercise, not everyone acts upon it.
The gym can be a scary place if you’re unfamiliar with the equipment and an exercise routine. A personal trainer is the perfect person to help with the transition into fitness. They can show you how to use equipment, correct form when strength training, and suggest group fitness classes and workouts for the days you are exercising on your own.
Ask a member who utilizes personal training services and they’ll tell you the benefits include:
- A set workout schedule
- Ease of not having to plan a workout
- Ability to work harder than when alone
- Encouragement and support
- Success in achieving goals
- Personalized supervision during your workouts
A personal trainer is educated to carefully consider individual needs, limitations and personal goals.
According to canfitpro, the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry, education to receive certification as a Personal Trainer includes:
- Aspects of fitness, wellness and training principles
- Fitness theory: skeletal, muscular, neurological, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems
- Kinesiology and anatomy in action and bioenergetics
- Nutritional counselling and weight management
- Screening and assessment of new clients
This means you are working with a trained professional who will help design a balanced program while striving for maximum results. This can include things such as sport performance, basic nutrition guidance, injury rehabilitation, or working in conjunction with a health care provider to ensure a safe and efficient program.
No matter your level of fitness, a personal trainer offers specialized care and attention. You may be the type of person who pushes through pain, or one who gives up easily. A personal trainer will monitor your body signals and tell you when to slow down, or motivate you to keep going.
They can also introduce you to a periodized training plan, which involves the cycling of various exercises, weights and repetitions in different phases as you progress through your program. Each phase change allows you to push past the plateau line for ongoing results.
If you want the continuous support, your trainer will be there session after session. If you ultimately want to transition to working out on your own, your trainer will teach you how to design your own routine and give you the basics of building a program that will achieve your goals. You will have the confidence and knowledge to decide what is right for you.
It is important to feel comfortable with your personal trainer. Ask questions before you hire a personal trainer and learn about their certifications and specialties. Make sure you like their training style, the way they communicate with you and discuss expectations of the time you have together.
Most importantly, personal trainers help you focus on results and stop wasting your time doing inefficient workouts. A personal trainer has a plan and will help you get maximum results in minimum time.