Components That Make a Personal Training Program Effective
A basic personal training program should contain at least 5 essential components:
1. Corrective Exercises: Basically this component of a fitness program addresses your posture and how your body moves. I have helped many people look taller, leaner, and healthier by merely helping them to improve their posture and how they hold/move their body. By not focusing on the muscles commonly called your "Mirror Muscles", the muscles like the Pectorals, Abdominals, Biceps, and giving some attention to strengthen and move the muscles of the Spine, Hips, Neck, and Hamstrings. This shift in training focus can help resolve many postural issues. Better posture will lead to better function.
2. Resistance Training: This component of a personal training program may include traditional strength training techniques to specific functional training techniques. The Goal is to increase lean muscle tissue. Your body burns more calories with more lean muscle tissue, period. So we need to put stress on your muscles to stimulate the muscle growth and tone. Unfortunately, many personal trainers, good and bad, focus way too much time traditional strength training techniques. Which will truly limit the effectiveness and quality of results. Though an individual may get stronger, they may not lose weight, improve flexibility, and/ or improve cardio-respiratory health. Be sure that your fitness program is not focusing solely on ONLY resistance training.
3. Aerobic Training: "Cardio", this component you, as the personal training client, should do daily. Many sources recommend at least 30 minutes daily. I as a personal trainer of 13 years wholeheartedly agree that no matter what your fitness goal or ability is you must incorporate the time for aerobic training. That time can consist of anywhere from 30-60 minutes of some type of aerobic activity (running, swimming, boxing, cycling, etc.)
4. Stretching/Flexibility Training: This component is crucial to not only prevent injury but also this will help to give your body the "Shape" you want. During most of my personal training sessions I will put a client through a dynamic and/or a functional stretching routine at the beginning then an assisted stretching program at the end.
5. Nutrition and Water Intake: (How Much are you eating/drinking, How well is your eating, when do you eat, etc.) Your personal trainer and you should address the areas with your eating that need improvement. We,as personal trainers, will figure out what food you currently have (if any) that is good and what is not, then what to shop for to compliment the other components of your fitness program.
These 5 components are Essential to any fitness program and they are even more effective with the addition of a 6th component.
6. Professional Assistance from a Personal Trainer: The fitness program must evolve as your body changes and adapt to the other 5 components of our personal training program. We will not let our workout sessions with me or on your own get "easy" or "boring". We will always modify the various components to give you the best workouts and eating plan possible.
Your Fitness Program must be comprehensive and cover all of the components listed above. Otherwise the result and subsequently the fitness level you want, will not be completely or easily achieved.
Contact Andrew Fodge for more information about the Personal Training Programs of Fitness By Andrew LLC serving Old Town and North Scottsdale, AZ. My Personal Trainer Team provides the following services: Fitness and Weight Loss Intensive Programs, Functional Training, Golf Conditioning and Athletic Development.