As we move into the holiday season in these final months of the year, it is no secret that our bodies will directly be affected.
For most of us, the holiday spirit is an open invitation to an over-indulgence of food. No amount of pushups will be able to account for the caloric surplus that comes with celebrations, parties, and get-togethers. So then, what can we do during this time to stay active and keep the body fat from piling on? If only there were people out there who were knowledgeable, studied, and trained in the field of physical fitness who understood the human body and the ways to improve the well-being of others. The solution that will be discussed in this article is a fairly simple one; however, it may not be the one we all want to hear. We are talking about working out with a personal trainer. Here we will discuss the ins and outs and the dos and don’ts on how to find and work with the right trainer.
One request is that we all, for the duration of this article, leave our egos at the door, put aside our pride, and forget about any past experiences we’ve had with personal trainers.
Yes, the thought of giving another person responsibility for our physical well-being is frightening. However, if we give it to the right one, the probability of seeing and maintaining results will rise through the roof. Who knows, we might even make a new friend and develop a relationship in the process. When pursuing this next step on the path of fitness and wellness, we desire a personal trainer who is so invested in our well-being that it feels like they care about our health more than we do. These ideal individuals are out there, and the right one for each of us is probably much closer than we think. Let’s continue and discuss both where to look and what to look for in a personal trainer.
The methods of finding a personal trainer are endless.
We can simply walk into a few corporate gyms that are close by, and we can inquire about its personal training staff. These fitness centers include gyms such as Gold’s Gym, Crunch, 24Hour Fitness, and LA Fitness. If the corporate setting is not for us, there are plenty of private training facilities around as well. These exclusive spaces are set for one on one training in a more personal gym environment. Again, we can simply walk in, grab a few business cards, and check out the trainers that work out of that gym. Many personal trainers rely on word-of-mouth and referrals from clients. Try asking a friend or co-worker if he or she knows of any good personal trainers in the area, and chances are, a name and number will be offered. To make it even easier, in 2017, we don’t even need to get off of the couch to find a personal trainer. A few minutes of focused research could result in the finding of a trainer who can take us to our optimal fitness levels.
What to Look for:
The first experience with a certified personal trainer should be some form of an initial consultation.
Before any exercise is issued, time must be taken to discuss matters such as medical conditions, exercise history, goals, and injuries. Red flags should go up when a trainer is ready to throw you into a workout before knowing anything about you. As time goes on, there should be a genuine connection between you and your personal trainer. There is nothing personal about it if there is no communication or trust between the two parties. A good trainer will work to develop that inner connection with his or her client. This trainer will be a good listener who is present and attentive at every moment of the session. In this case, the red flag behavior includes trainers who are on their phones during the session and those who ramble on with nonsense for an hour, paying no attention to what you are doing.
A personal trainer who is truly invested in the well-being of his or her client will constantly be checking in with them.
With this trainer, we can expect to hear the question “How are you feeling?” be asked over and over throughout the exercise session. This trainer will call or text during the week to keep his or her client honest to make sure they are eating the right foods and doing the right things outside of the gym. No one needs a trainer who just shows up once a week for a workout and then says “See ya later.” This is a huge red flag that exposes trainers who are more in it for the money than they are for your health. A good personal trainer will have a custom plan for you to reach goals and will take measurements to track your progress. If requested or required, a good trainer will happily explain the instructed exercise in a way that you can understand. The red flags go up for the trainers who don’t know their s*** or practice what they preach. Most importantly, when finding a personal trainer, find one who is consistent; one who always has a smile on, ready to help you become a better you. You will know you have found the right personal trainer when he or she can somehow turn an hour of physical pain into an enjoyable experience that you look forward to each time.
In conclusion, when weighing the pros and cons of working with a personal trainer, there really is no comparison.
Yes, it can be pricey, but what is our health and well-being worth to us? Many gyms and trainers offer a free first session and other affordable package deals. Why not inquire and try it out? Yes, personal trainers often get a bad rep, but there are actually those who have authentically chosen to dedicate their time and energy to the service of others in the area of fitness. What better time to get started than NOW? Starting a custom designed regimen with a certified personal trainer at this time will help balance what we take in during the holidays, and it will also build a foundation on which to start the New Year. What is there to lose? 2018 will be here in the blink of an eye!