A personal trainer might be the fix.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the number of personal trainers in the U.S. is expected to grow by 13 percent over the next few years. What is driving the growing popularity of this profession? One main reason is nearly everyone could use a little help finding the motivation to exercise regularly. A personal trainer may be just the individualized attention we need to achieve our fitness goals.
Should I hire a personal trainer?
The right personal trainer can help people who have tried other methods in the past and failed. Maybe a chosen workout did not yield the expected results, or perhaps it just came down to finding the time or motivation. Either way, a trainer could make the difference.
What should I expect from a trainer?
Jason Jensen a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness on Dupont Road in Fort Wayne said a trainer should sit down and design a fitness program specifically for each individual. The program should keep the client’s strengths, weaknesses and experiences in mind. “A personal trainer can help to motivate and hold you accountable,” Jensen said. “Trainers are here to educate you so you understand how your body works and what it needs.”
And a trainer’s direction to his client goes even further. Jensen said a trainer will help a client with proper form, correct use of equipment and good eating habits. Professionalism and a positive, fun attitude should also be expected. “If a personal trainer cannot make it enjoyable for a client, you will never move forward into helping yourself create a healthy lifestyle,” said Jensen. A trainer should also be educated, experienced and help clients find a comfortable pace.
How much does a personal trainer cost?
This will vary according to the type of gym (budget versus upscale) or if a package deal is purchased. The cost can range from $25 to $60 per hour, or more.
How can I find a trainer?
Heather Bennett of Catalyst Fitness said most people find a trainer from referrals, and Jensen suggested simply walking into the nearest gym and speaking with the trainers there so they can help locate the best person for your needs.
Commit to be fit!
The “Short on Time” Workout
Even if only a small amount of time each day can be dedicated to exercising, results are possible if the time is spent on strength training. Lifting weights, even just for a short time, is beneficial because calories continued to be burned after the workout. Contrast this with a cardio workout, which only burns calories while exercising. This weight training method works best if done with high intensity and no breaks. Just be careful to use different muscle groups, thus avoiding overworking one group and becoming injured!
Source: Heather Bennett, Head Trainer at Catalyst Fitness