Showing posts with label Personal Fitness Trainer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Personal Fitness Trainer. Show all posts

How to Choose a Personal Trainer

How to Choose a Personal Trainer
The process through which some of the general public selects a personal trainer is faulty. Just like any service that you are paying for, you should choose someone who has the proper credentials and the proper experience to get you to your goal. Because many people aren't sure what questions to ask (or are too intimidated to ask questions), they end up not seeing results and become skeptical of working with personal trainers. The only way to match up dedicated clients with GOOD trainers is to educate individuals outside of the fitness field about what qualifies us to do what we do which is what I will attempt to do in this article.

Personal Training Companies within a "gym": beware of training companies who chase you around at the gym or "require" you to meet with them when you sign up. Many of these companies have become the "fast food" of personal training. The "menu" of exercises never changes, the service is poor, and you're just a number in a line of clients. Ask these questions:

1) Will you always have the same trainer (if you choose to)? If the answer is NOT "yes, absolutely" - move along. If you have 10 different trainers over the next 6 months, how are you supposed to make any progress?

2) Do you have to sign a contract? If you are unsure about whether or not you will like the trainer or the system, ask if you can purchase some trial sessions before you commit. Never sign yourself into a contract without having a good understanding of what you're buying.

3) Ask to speak with the trainer you will be working with before you buy sessions (see below about questions to ask). If you're not allowed to do that, move along.

4) Lastly, if you feel like you're being pushed into buying training like a car salesman tries to get you to buy a car, move along. A good trainer will never pressure you into anything because we understand that you will ONLY see results when you are READY to commit.

The GOOD training companies are usually led by a very experienced personal trainer who is selective about the trainers who work for him/her. This person will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and likely appreciative that you are doing research to make the best decision for you. You will usually find these companies set up as independent studios.

If you have found a trainer you might like to work with, here is what to look for:

1) Most importantly, do you LIKE the person? It sounds like a silly question but you will be spending a fair amount of time with this person and probably sharing some things about yourself that you might not share with other people. You want to make sure you can build a relationship based on trust with your trainer.

2) Does this person sound like he/she is willing to work with you? Does the trainer seem distracted or flighty? Is the trainer asking you a lot of questions, listening to and understanding you... or is the trainer just talking AT you? You will NOT reach your goal by hiring a trainer that does not listen to you.

3) What are the trainer's credentials? There are nationally accredited personal training certifications... and then there are certifications you can get in a cracker jack box. Some of the top certifications are: ACSM, NSCA, ACE, NETA. There are other nationally accredited certifications but these are the most reputable ones, in my personal opinion. I've also seen great trainers come out of the WITS program.

4) How long have they been training? Would you hire a mechanic who just started working on cars a couple months ago? I would hope not, but, we all have to start somewhere. If the trainer has been in the field for less than 2 years and they are working within a good training company being mentored by an experienced trainer, you're in good hands.

5) Are they experienced with clients similar to yourself and do they have testimonials and/or references? If you have a specific health issue or are training for a specific event, you can seek someone who has experience in that area but most trainers are versatile. If you have a good feeling about a particular trainer and he/she is willing to do the work to find out what they need to do to help you, you can feel confident in working with that person. A good trainer will be glad to give you references and/or VALID testimonials.

6) What's the plan? You're paying for it, so what is it?! A good trainer will be able to give you a general idea of how they will progress you toward your goal. Also, how will they track the progress? There must be a system in place.

7) Is the trainer trying to sell you on some kind of "miracle plan" that consists of special supplements and a "lose weight fast" type of program? There is no replacement for hard work and healthful eating habits. If this is not the trainer's belief system, move along. He/She is just trying to get you to empty your wallet exchange for short term results.

The Benefits and Considerations of In Home Personal Training

The Benefits and Considerations of In Home Personal Training
There are many things to consider when choosing a personal trainer for fitness, martial arts, or both. One of the many considerations is having a personal trainer come to your home to take you through a workout. There are many benefits to having an in home trainer, but there is also some things for you to consider.
One of the benefits is the convenience. Think about it, no driving to and from the gym or studio, which also means no driving in traffic. No getting in your car sweaty, smelly, and dirty, in fact you can run right up stairs and take a shower in your own bathroom. That's right, no more grimy locker room showers. Have a home office? How great would it be to respond to email, take important phone calls, or check stock quotes in between exercises or techniques?
Having a personal trainer come to your home also gives you the convenience of time. The drive to and from the gym can take 10, 20, 30, sometimes 60 minutes out of your day. Those are precious minutes that can be put to good use by stay at home moms who are running around all over the place for the family.
In home trainers are also great for people who like privacy and/or anonymity. There are those among us who at times prefer not to be in the eye of the public and there are others who would just like to keep their training and exercise regiment private.
The type of equipment you need in your home depends on the type of workout you plan on doing. There are some training regiments that need very little in the way of equipment and your trainer may even be able to bring these items with him/her. But if you are looking for a workout using weights and machines you may have to have a room dedicated strictly to exercise.
Now the price of having a trainer come to your home varies. In general, in home or at home personal trainers are more expensive then trainers who work exclusively out of a gym, studio, or dojo. The reason is opportunity cost. A trainer who works out of a gym can schedule an appointment directly before and after yours. But a trainer out on the road must factor in travel time to and from your home as an opportunity cost he/she missed. They must also factor in gas, insurance, and wear and tear on their vehicle.
Prices can range from $75.00 to $500.00 per hour depending on the experience of the trainer, the uniqueness of his/her program, and the number of people he/she might have to handle in that hour (if you workout with other family members or friends).
Having an in home personal training program is a very convenient luxury if you can afford it.
 You can stay in shape, be more productive in other areas of your life, and enjoy a healthy activity in the beautiful home you've created.

Personal Training and You

Personal Training and You
Another New Year has started and all those New Years resolutions for getting to the gym, losing weight and getting fit have come and gone right? Relax. This is perfectly normal and it happens to 99% of people who make those promises. 
Most people start each New Year with the very best of intentions. They want to get fit and lose those unwanted pounds so they get their shiny new gym membership card and promise that they'll go to the gym at least 3 times per week.
What happens to most people is they go to the gym, spend a few minutes on each of the machines they like the look of, head to the sauna and then go home feeling a bit deflated. There's no structure to what they're doing and because of this they consistently fail to achieve any kind of results. Definitely not the results they were expecting when they joined that expensive gym. And this is where the New Years resolution dies - the point of feeling like a failure. That you'll never be good enough.
What will make the difference to your health and fitness goals is a personal trainer. Your body is an engine and a personal trainer can help you fine tune its performance so that you get the most from it.
But why would you want to use a personal trainer? Aren't they're just for celebrities and rich folks?
Not at all and you'd be surprised at just how many of your friends are using personal trainers but keeping it a total secret!
Hiring a personal trainer isn't as expensive as you might think - it's actually well within the reach of the vast majority of people. As for the "Why would I need a personal trainer" a good personal trainer provides you with a workout plan customized just for you. This ensures that you're targeting the areas of your body that need the most work instead of just randomly working on different muscle groups or cardio fitness routines. They simply make sure you get the best results for the amount of effort you put in to your workouts.
Working with a personal trainer is a totally different experience to just using the gym and once you've worked out with one you'll notice this almost straight away. The fact that you have somebody there to push you when you feel like quitting can and does make all the difference to your workout sessions.
Good personal training goes beyond just the mere physical side of things though. Working towards, achieving and maintaining fitness and weight loss goals is as much a mental process as it is a physical one. No you can't think yourself fit or thin but if you have mental blocks and/or body-image issues it can make achieving these goals so much tougher for you. Having a personal trainer helps you overcome these mental barriers and helps you push yourself to new levels of fitness and personal excellence.
So what does each training session involve? The first meeting you have is to get a baseline for your fitness and weight levels and to get to know each other. Having a good relationship with your trainer is as important to the trainer as it is to you. Once your fitness and weight baseline have been set they'll come up with a personalized training plan for you. From there on in it's just a matter of scheduling your training sessions and enjoying the process of crafting that body you've always wanted.
The true goal of personal training is to give structure to your training, to push you and to help you establish and maintain best practices in terms of your physical and mental well-being. And once you've started down this road folks you're going to be amazed at the results you see in just a few short weeks of working out.

Top 4 Benefits for Personal Training

Top 4 Benefits for Personal Training
The initial costs of personal training can be somewhat dismaying, but it will be more than likely offset by the benefits listed below. You are guaranteed to enjoy each and every advantage listed here if and when you get your own fitness trainer.
Motivation
Professional fitness trainers have been schooled and trained to work with all types of personalities and consequently determine the ideal approach to use in order to keep them motivated to work out. Even if you feel you do not have the necessary self-discipline or willpower to keep to your diet and exercise plan, your fitness trainer will help ensure that you nonetheless stick to it - and achieve your goals in the end.
Also, the fact that you have already paid for your trainer's services should at the very least motivate you to get your money's worth even for just a session or two.
Specialized training
You can also ensure that you are working with a personal trainer who has the necessary expertise in the type of workout you are interested in, regardless of whether it has to do with weight lifting, aerobic exercise, or something else. If it makes you feel any better, you can also look for those with a proven track record in women's fitness or men's fitness.
Ultimately, the key thing to remember here is that you should work out with a personal trainer whose skills and competence you trust and respect - enough to inspire you to keep going.
Customized workouts
This is personal training, after all, and as such you can expect to get what you want when and where you want it and how you want it.
Basically, personal training programs begin with a talk between you and your trainer so that the latter could be informed about your fitness goals. Expect, however, your trainer to add a few more goals of his own and for you to achieve. Those additional tasks may seem like extra work but they are always intended to keep you healthy and fit. As such, you shouldn't mind adding them to your goal list.
Also, keep in mind that personal trainers are supposed to work around your schedule and not the opposite. You therefore have the power and the right to ask your personal trainer to work out with you at your preferred time and place. Of course, do expect to pay extra - or have a more difficult time finding a willing trainer to work with you - if your preferred workout schedule happens to be unconventional.
Safety
Exercise can be fun and challenging in a good way, but it can also pose a threat to your own health and lead to unwanted injuries if you are unsure about the proper ways to go about it. Thankfully, the presence of your professional trainer will ensure that no such incidents would take place during your workout.With these four benefits, you've hopefully realized just how much a help personal training can be.