In the last few months, many of us have found ourselves with extra time, and perhaps, a greater interest in our overall health. If you’ve considered working with a trainer to help guide you through your fitness goals, read on friends. Working with a certified trainer sets you up for success by having a trusted resource to help guide you towards your goals in a systematic fashion. It boils down to this, would you like to sweat for an hour with no structured plan or would you like to learn a little bit about your body, optimize your movement, and build healthy life-long habits?
Where are you in your fitness journey? Have you attempted a fitness routine before? What worked? What didn’t work? Do your goals directly align with your values and what matters most to you? How will you measure your goals, by a dress size or how much stronger you feel? Are your goals realistic? Is improving your health a priority; for example, improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, increase stamina, etc., or is it getting a 6-pack? Are you ready to be held accountable? Are you ready to modify your lifestyle?
The above is the value of what a 1:1 training program brings forth, it identifies:
- Clear objectives;
- Provides you with tools and strategies to stay consistent, which helps you to function at your best;
- It reveals how resilient you are;
- Helps develop specific skills, and the confidence to maintain your achievements on your own;
- It provides you with a customized and systematic training program to help you reach your goals safely.
Finding a Qualified Trainer
Choose a trainer that aligns with your values. Research, get recommendations, find out their specialty. Does their skill-set and experience complement the goals you are looking to achieve? Is their fitness certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies? NCCA is a gold standard for fitness certifications, their focus is to ensure programs follow the health, welfare, and safety standards to provide quality programs to the public. It ensures the trainer is current in the fitness field. With that being said, personality and character will play a huge part.
It is a journey, a journey that you must find worthwhile. If you are seeking a lasting change, behavior and lifestyle modification is key. You are paying a fitness trainer/coach to lead you through the journey; for guidance and inspiration. You must commit to the schedule and put in the physical work. There are no quick fixes.
I’ve been a certified trainer for 13 years. In the last 6 years, I have focused my continuing education in corrective exercise, injury prevention training, and post-rehabilitation exercises. Movement compensations due to muscle imbalances breed chronic tension and feed movement limitations that lead to injury and musculoskeletal issues. I know, that was a mouthful!
My point, move often, and learn to do it well with a trusted professional in your corner. I can tell you, the basics go a long way. Many people move in a way that will throw out their backs, it’s inefficient. Learning to optimize fundamental movements will help you get the most out of the process. Training should be systematic and gradually progress. Working with a trainer should improve your body awareness, offer you valuable insight, be purposeful, fun, and leave you with tools to sustain your fitness.
As a trainer and massage therapist, my programs focus on helping you attain better health through customized fitness routines. You’ll improve functional strength and reduce the risk of injury with proper progressions and guidance. My holistic approach offers a well-rounded program with emphasis on adequate recovery and self-care, guiding you towards sustainable habits. Learn more about my training style, book a free 20-minute consultation by clicking here, we’ll connect by phone or video chat.
I hope you have found this blog post helpful. Your feedback is welcome and appreciated. Visit my online training menu on the Trainerize app by clicking here. I also offer sessions via Zoom and Skype. I train individuals 1:1 or in small groups, up to 3 people. Head over to my contact page if you would like to shoot me a message and check out my partners here for discounts on items that align with a healthy lifestyle.
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NYS Licensed Massage Therapist