Whether you have a regular membership to a gym facility or you are just looking to get started with your fitness journey, Personal Training has a lot of benefits for you.
Just because you attend regular classes at a gym, doesn’t mean that you couldn’t benefit from some one on one training – either long term or just here and there to work on some special skills. Maybe you are just getting started with your fitness journey, and looking for some personal attention based on your needs and current abilities. Many people are intimidated by group classes (and that’s OK), Personal Training can help you get ready if group classes are a goal of yours.
There are many reasons to request the help of a Personal Trainer. And the benefits are just as plentiful!
Accountability, Motivation, Challenge, Results
Maybe you are bored with the same old workout DVDs or repetitive classes. You need to be challenged both mentally and physically. It’s helpful to have someone to personally help you set goals with an objective eye to keep them realistic. If you are not seeing results or not sure where to start, a Personal Trainer can help you reach your goals and maintain them. They will be in tune with you and what you are working for and are going to be sure that you are putting in the work to get the results you expect. They are also going to know you well enough to be sure you are challenged as you progress (and to keep you progressing.) They are going to make sure you are seeing results.
Education and Efficiency
A Personal Trainer isn’t just going to tell you what to do for the hour you are with them. They are also going to educate you on all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. They are also going to make sure you know proper movement technique. Your training doesn’t last just that 60 minutes – you will have information you can use in between sessions as well. You may even get homework to do so you can keep working towards your goals and progressing at a suitable rate. Eating for your goals, sleeping well for recovery, plus safe and proper movements you can do at home in between your scheduled session are all very important. The goal is maximum results in minimal time.
Many amateur and professional athletes work with a Personal Trainer during the off-season to prepare themselves for in-season competition. Whether you want to shave some strokes off your golf score or beat your brother-in-law at tennis, a Personal Trainer can tailor your program to your sport of choice. Do you need a lot of power, agility, and skill to get the ball down the soccer field? Do you need a lot of strength to throw that discus further? Do you need a lot of speed to run that football to the end zone? Would an improved vertical jump help you with your basketball game? Training for all those things is completely possible, and very different, depending on your goals, and your Personal Trainer will develop a training plan specifically for what you need.
Injuries and accidents can prevent you from participating in your favorite activities. An experienced Personal Trainer, however, can make the road to recovery a smooth one by recommending exercises that emphasize overall muscular balance to prevent future injuries. Even if you can’t be back to doing all of the things you love, it is still good to get up and moving to prevent too much muscle loss (and depression from not being active and doing things you love.) Maybe you aren’t going to be doing 100m sprints with a strained hamstring or squatting 300 pounds with achey knees, but there are still a LOT of other movements you can do to keep your mind and body sharp and to gain strength around the injured area to prevent future down time.
Research confirms that individuals with health challenges such as diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, or heart disease benefit greatly from regular physical activity. These conditions, however, can make exercising safely a challenge. Many personal trainers are experienced in designing programs that address the special needs of these and other conditions. The goal is always to make quality of life better, both short term and long term. A major reason the aging population ends up in a nursing home is because they can’t take care of themselves. Things like getting off the toilet (an air squat) or getting up after falling (a burpee.) Worse yet is breaking a bone in a fall because of weak bones (which can be made stronger by lifting weights.) Personal Training has been proven to help cognitively, physically, and socially with other types of special needs such as ADD/ADHD, autism, Parkinson’s and more in both children and adults. There are all kinds of enrichment available through exercise – and not just physical – there are mental aspects that can be added to workouts.
Plus, if all of that wasn’t reason enough, Personal Training can give you a few extra added bonuses as well!
Your trainer can teach you new things. It’s great to have fun and try some new things – maybe tumbling or some gymnastic movements. Even movements like power and Olympic lifting that maybe you never even knew you wanted to know how to do! You will even take home some movements and workouts you can do at home in between your personal sessions.
Your trainer will also become your sounding board and therapist. Something about having your trainer see you at your most vulnerable in the middle of a workout just makes you want to get all sorts of things off your chest. Sometimes life around you affects our workout at the gym. It’s good for you to tell your trainer what is going on. If you need to work out some frustration, maybe a heavy, fast paced workout will help. Your mood will affect your workout performance and your trainer needs to know what is going on so they can best help you work through stuff AND get a good workout in that day. With a Personal Trainer, each workout is geared for you.
Your trainer will help you get over your fears. Whether real or imagined, we all have fears. It might be the fear of being inverted in a handstand, or maybe it’s a fear of lifting heavy weights, or maybe that 20” box seems like a mountain to you. Sometimes we can be our worst enemy and facing change isn’t easy. Having the extra support to guide you and lean on can give you the confidence that you need. You should never stop pushing your limits. Growth only happens outside of your comfort zone.
At CrossFit Recursive we have a variety of experienced Coaches to help you with whatever your needs and goals are. Schedule a No Sweat Introduction to come in and talk and we can help you get started with the program that is best for you. We can’t wait to help you get started!