Benefits of a Personal Trainer or Coach

Benefits of a Personal Trainer or Coach

As you go along your fitness or health journey, a personal trainer or one-on-one coach is a valuable resource for achieving your goals. You might think that you can just hit the gym, do your half-hour of cardio, and lift some weights every few days to see results. This might be true, but using an educated professional who is trained to push you just the right amount and in the right ways can take you further than you ever realized. 

 

Education

Personal trainers are certified in physical education, nutrition, and kinesthetics. Not only are they well-versed in the right ways to exercise to prevent injury, good form, and how to combine movements for greater efficiency, they can teach you these skills so that you can take them further into your life. 

Knowledge is power. If you know why you are doing something a certain way, exercising and resting in certain patterns, and making specific food choices, then you’ll be more likely to continue with the program. 

 

Correct form is key

A one-on-one coach makes sure that you are holding your body in the correct posture the entire time you’re exercising. Correct posture ensures that your muscles are being worked out in the way that strengthens them the most, while preventing injury. 

Eventually, your body and muscles will become so used to doing things in the exact right position that you won’t have to think twice about it. When you have a personal trainer who is watching your individual movements and helping you pinpoint the ways to perfect them, you know that your exercise time is being used to its full potential. 

 

Get individual help

Exercise regimes and nutrition plans aren’t one-size-fits-all. Every person’s body is different, and everyone comes into their journey with different knowledge and goals. As you grow, strengthen, and improve, your goals will change as well. Having someone that can help adjust your plan to your needs ensures that you’re always exercising and fueling your body to maximum potential. 

 

Goal-setting partner

Most people want to see results right away, which isn’t often practical (or possible). A personal trainer knows the process and can help you set goals that are both short- and long-term. They are experienced in health-related journeys, so they can tell you what to expect and help cheer you on as your short-term goals make way for the long-term. 

 

Make plans for events or activities

If you have an event, competition, or race on the docket, a one-on-one coach can help you make a plan for what you need to do each day, week, or month previous. As you go along, these plans can be altered if necessary. 

These events don’t have to be your run-of-the-mill marathons, either. Let’s say you want to learn to scuba dive or horseback ride, but you’re over the weight limit. Or you need weight-loss surgery but have to get to a certain point before you qualify. A personal trainer is the best way to help you meet your individual needs.

 

Accountability

We’d all like to think we’re our own best cheerleaders, but that’s usually just not true. When there’s someone else who we “answer to,” we are much more likely to stay on the true and narrow path. This is often even more true when you’ve paid for a service—you want to make sure you get your money’s worth. 

 

Minimize waste, maximize results

Gyms can be overwhelming, especially if you aren’t well-versed in what the specific machines are supposed to be for. How many people have you seen walk into a gym, half-heartedly use an arm machine, wander over to a leg machine and push for a couple of minutes, then walk out? (If that’s you, we understand.)

If you’re spending your valuable time in the gym, you want to know that every minute is making you stronger, leaner, more capable, and flexible. You definitely don’t want to find out that the months spent doing an exercise a certain way weren’t helping you at all. 

A personal trainer makes a plan specific to you so that when you get there, you can get started right away. They’ll also show you exactly how you should be performing each movement so ensure your muscles are working to maximize potential. 

 

Nutritional guidance

Every certified personal trainer is also educated in nutrition. Exercise is important, especially for strength training, but what you put into your body is of foundational importance to a healthy physique. Food is fuel, too, so if you plan on working hard, you’re going to need to fill yourself up with energizing foods that last. A one-on-one coach can develop a plan specific to your body that you’ll enjoy following. 

 

Prioritizing mental health

Physical exercise and proper nutrition are closely linked to mental health. Exercise creates endorphins, serotonin, and oxytocin, all of which are “feel good” hormones that keep you in a positive state. A personal trainer will help you stay motivated, challenge you appropriately, and cheer you on when times get hard. They support you and are often another solid relationship that you can count on. 

Consistency and creativity

During your fitness journey, you want to stay consistent, developing strength going forward so that you can accomplish bigger goals with time. You don’t want to concentrate on one muscle group for a little while, then move to only another, and fall off all the way. However, you also don’t want to get bored. A coach will make sure that you’re building on your strengths while switching up exercises and circuits so that coming to the gym continues to be an exciting experience. 

 

Final thoughts

Using a personal trainer or coach is an investment in yourself. You deserve the time and attention that an individual coach can give you. Personal trainers or one-on-one coaches are a valuable resource that can help you maximize your workout time while helping you achieve any goal you set for yourself. 

 

Resources

https://fitness.edu.au/the-fitness-zone/15-benefits-only-a-personal-trainer-can-provide/

Tips on Returning to Your Gym Routine

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Tips on Returning to Your Gym Routine

Each of us has faced many challenges in the last several months and we now collectively look forward to a phased-in reopening of our economies and gaining a semblance of life that extends past quarantine. The world we now encounter is different and foreign in so many ways. 

As economies begin to re-awaken, many are thinking about and anticipating returning to gyms and fitness studios.  You are likely excited to get back into your old exercise routines in a safe manner.  Stay in touch with your local gym/fitness studio and follow their social media about opening dates and new safety protocols that will be in place.
 
In addition to understanding your gym’s new protocols, take a moment to reflect on your current fitness level coming out of quarantine life.  Maybe you have been active during the quarantine – adapting with different types of workouts and/or focusing on certain aspects of fitness like improving your mile time.  Or, perhaps you’ve slacked off on your physical fitness during the ongoing weeks of stay-at-home isolation.  In either case, getting back in the gym may require you to ease into old routines with a solid strategy. 

Here are my tips to get back to your gym routine safely.
 

 

Start Slow & Light
Give yourself time to work back into your old gym routines.  For many of us, we may want to go BEAST MODE and push hard!  That approach can lead to injury so be smart and make a plan.  If you’ve been relatively inactive, give yourself several weeks to build up to your old routine. 
 
Even if you have been active, acknowledge if your gym workouts are significantly different than your quarantine workouts.  For instance, if you continued strength training at home with body weight exercises or light weights, give yourself time to build back up to the weights you were lifting.  Do not expect to go from body weight squats to heavy barbell back squats in your first week back in the gym.  That may spell I-N-J-U-R-Y.
 
Don’t Skip the BOOKENDS of your workout:  Warm up and Post-Workout Stretching
This is not the time to by-pass a proper warm up and jump right into a sprint workout or heavy lifting session.  Use a foam roller to increase circulation and loosen up knotted fascia and tight muscles.  Add mobility drills to increase your joints’ range of motion.
 
When you finish workouts, schedule in 5-10 minutes of stretching and foam rolling.  Shorten your workout if you do not have time for the bookends.
 
Prioritize REST
Build in rest periods into your workout – even if you had not previously done that.  This includes rest periods between exercises and supersets.

Schedule rest days.  These days are perfect for active recovery activities like easy bike rides, walks, and light ocean swims. 

Get adequate sleep.  Our bodies repair the stress we put them through while we sleep.  I recommend setting a ‘bedtime’ alarm on your smartwatch or phone if you have difficulty getting to bed at a reasonable hour.  The alarm is a gentle nudge that it’s time to unwind.
 
Fuel your body with whole foods and water every day
Your body undergoes tissue breakdown and metabolic stress from hard workouts – whether that’s a sprint, HIIT (high intensity interval training), or heavy lifting session.  Give your body plenty of water to flush out metabolic waste and whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals to aid in repair.
 
As we return to lives under the “New Normal”, stay safe, keep bodies and immune systems healthy & train smart.