If you’d like to build up some muscle, lose some weight, and get healthy, then you can take a step in the right direction by hiring a personal trainer. A good personal trainer will be able to help you create a program that will meet your needs and help you meet your goals as well as teach you the best way to exercise. Locating and choosing a trainer can be quite confusing, and for some, very intimidating. It isn’t easy to ask for help, but when you go in with more knowledge about exactly how personal training works, it makes the decision a little easier.
What is a Personal Trainer?
A personal trainer will, at the very least, be certified and educated through a fitness organization with a good reputation. Their job will be to take an assessment of your personal fitness level, help you figure out what your goals are, or if you don’t have any specific ones, help you set some. Additionally, they will be able to keep you motivated. They will help you to power past your personal comfort level, which is something you may not be able to do by yourself. A personal trainer will also offer the following:
Help you reach your goals
Educate you on basic nutrition, cardio, and strength training
Motivation to show up to the gym every day or week depending on the schedule you set up
Keeps you responsible for meeting your goals
Provides ways to track your personal progress
A session with a personal trainer will typically last about an hour. Your first meeting will be devoted to assessing your body measurements, fitness level, health and exercise history, as well as setting your goals. You should be ready to step up on a scale, have your body fat measured and be able to answer some specific questions regarding your goals. After that, you will be spending each session doing exercises, such as weight training, cardio, flexibility, and other things depending on your goals. Your personal trainer will teach you the proper ways to do these exercises, help you to figure out how much weight you need to use with weight training and give you some suggestions to get the most out of your exercise program.
Check with your local gym and see if they have a personal trainer directory available to help to guide you in the right direction for choosing a personal trainer.