Personal trainer helps get your action plan in gear

The first few months of the new year is a time when people tend to reflect on the past and vow to make positive changes in their lives.

One of the most popular new year’s resolutions is the one to lose weight and/or get into shape. It is a fantastic resolution to make because there is no better feeling than the one you get by improving your health and fitness.

Your body will look and feel great and it will thank you for it.

Unfortunately for a lot of people, once this resolution is made, there is no “plan of action”. Many people start out with the best intentions but, for so many reasons, fall short of their original goals.

A lot of people turn to personal trainers to help them keep their resolutions and achieve their fitness goals.

Working with a personal trainer is a great way to help you develop a plan of action and keep you on track. Whether someone requires constant supervision two or three days a week or only occasionally to update or give feedback on their programme and progress, it is good to have someone to be accountable to and makes it more likely that you will stick to the programme.

Benefits

Although personal trainers aren’t for everyone, they can provide certain benefits that you can’t find when working out on your own.

Motivation is one of the main reasons people benefit from personal trainers because people often lose or simply lack the personal drive to stick with a consistent exercise programme. Personal trainers can provide structure and accountability and help you develop a lifestyle that encourages health.

In addition to keeping you motivated, individualised programmes based on your personal goals can be developed by a trainer. Everyone has different goals and each programme needs to be individualised to a person’s needs.

Once these goals are identified, a trainer can get you focused on your programme and ensure your workouts are as efficient as possible to get maximum results in minimum time.

One goal for many people is to improve a specific aspect of fitness. For example, a golfer might want to work on improving core strength and flexibility or a skier may want to increase their leg muscle endurance and knee stability. For the more seasoned athlete, a trainer can design a program to improve a specific sport skill or help you break through plateaus you might be experiencing.

If you ultimately want to learn how to go about designing your own routine so you don’t need the use of a personal trainer, working with one for a few months or even a few sessions may be all you need. They can ensure you have the correct technique to continue on your own.

There is a good reason why people hire personal trainers to whip them into shape – it works!

Working with a trainer is one of the fastest, easiest and most successful ways to improve your health and fitness.

Personal trainers are used by people of all fitness, age and economic levels to help make lifestyle changes they couldn’t achieve by themselves. So whether you are young or old, fit or a work in progress, an athlete or recreational sports person, you can utilise a personal trainer to obtain your fitness goals. So what are you waiting for?

Deanna Smith is a certified exercise physiologist and Pilates instructor at ENERGY. She can be contacted at [email protected] or 946-6006.

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Working with a personal trainer is a great way to develop an action plan.
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