Studies show that supervised training programs can help exercisers of all levels achieve their fitness goals – no matter what those goals are.
What Can a Personal Trainer Do For You?
- A personal trainer serves as your fitness coach and cheerleader. Whether you’re just starting an exercise program, or are an experienced fitness buff, a personal trainer can help you meet your goals. Always check with your doctor first though before you increase your activity level.
- Individual programs
- There is no one-size-fits-all approach to fitness. A personal trainer will create an exercise program for you based on your goals, interests, ability level and schedule. Your trainer will modify the program as goals are met.
- Free-weight exercises
- Convenient in-home training
- If you’d like to exercise at home but either don’t have a lot of equipment or aren’t sure how to use what you have, in-home personal training is an excellent choice. A trainer can show you exactly how to use what you have to get the best workout for you or she can bring equipment with her to give you a great workout. She can also make recommendations for equipment that will help you reach your goals.
- Your trainer should teach you proper exercise techniques that minimize injury risk and maximize results. If you have a question or your form is wrong, your trainer should be right there to help you. Also, she can encourage you to keep going when you feel like giving up.
- Fitness evaluation
- This is a series of tests – overall fitness, flexibility, muscle strength and endurance – used to measure your fitness level. Your trainer should ask about your health conditions, medications and exercise experience.
Your first personal training session will probably consist mostly of a physical assessment of your overall fitness level. After that, it’s on to the exercises, but the first session will consist mostly of step-by-step training and guidance with different exercises, with the trainer making sure your technique is just right. Once all the kinks are worked out, you can expect a more strenuous workout on your next session with the trainer depending on your fitness level.
Some people may want to meet with a trainer 2 or 3 times a week, while others may just want an occasional check-in to get feedback. It’s up to you.
Please visit the Personal Training page for more information on training session rates.
For information about the benefits of exercise, please visit the Benefits of Exercise page.