When someone asks me about my professional life and I tell them that I own and operate a Personal Training fitness center, the first thing they always ask is, “Do people really need to have a trainer to work them out”. My answer is always the same, not everyone does, but for those seeking to learn what they need to do (and to do correctly) to succeed in their fitness journey, Yes. There are quite a few people that start an exercise program full of energy and commitment and then after a short period will allow other activities to eat up their time. They may start the day saying they are going to get their workout in and then something comes up and they push it to tomorrow or the next day, and before they know it, it has been a week. In order for that to happen a lot less, these folks need a fitness accountability partner, one that can set them up with an exercise program that keeps them excited about their workouts, heck they may even need an “appointment” to workout and that is where the Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) comes in. The CFT becomes your coach.
The International Health and Fitness organization, IDEA, reported in 2015/2016 that 75% of people that were exercising were not getting the results they desired. However, of the 25% that were getting results, 90% of them were working with a fitness coach. When you work with a fitness coach, you have an appointment for your workout. In a coach, you have an accountability partner, one that is focused on you for those 30 to 60 minutes every time that you meet to workout. Your coach will give you a break to get some water or stretch in between movements, but they will not let you stand around talking for 5 to 10 minutes to the person working out next to you in the gym. Your coach will partner with you to keep you motivated, committed and will also educate you on what you need to be doing to truly have success on your fitness journey.
Are you one that would like to start an exercise program, but are intimated by the gym environment? Are you just confused on where or how to start an exercise program that is right for you? Do you have questions about what types of movements or which equipment will be best for you to incorporate into your workout program? These are all great and very valid concerns and questions, even for folks that already workout. A professional CFT will start out by getting an understanding of both your fitness goals and fitness level. You should always fill out a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ) and go over that with your coach. This will allow your coach to design a program you are ready and able to perform. You will learn how to properly execute every movement and to go through a Full Range of Motion (ROM). As you master those movements, you will gradually increase the difficulty to continue to challenge your body.
As we are approaching the end of 2017 and you start thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions, do not put starting an exercise program off to January 2018. With the weather changing and more of your activities moving indoors, it is important that you make time to remain physically active. That is where having an appointment to meet with your workout coach, keeps you committed and focused. If you need a push, I want to encourage you to take that first step and set up a time to meet with a CFT and discuss your questions or concerns about getting started with an exercise program designed for you and your fitness journey. Working with a CFT will better prepare you with the motivation, knowledge, tools and accountability you need to get the results you want. I wish you great health and fitness, Bob.