GETTING Personal

If you think that personal trainers are only realistic for celebrities, the wealthy, or reality TV contestants, think again. The number of personal fitness trainers has increased and can be a realistic and affordable possibility to help you meet your goals too. Some advantages of working out with a trainer are:

Avoiding injury. Your trainer can give instruction and watch your form so you won’t get hurt. Planning/designing your workout. A trainer will design your workout, assessing where you are strong and what you need to improve on. Better results. A trainer will push you farther than you think you can actually can go. It is these last few reps that will help you see your goals.

Choosing a Trainer. The most common way to find a trainer is at your local gym or fitness center. Take your time and find someone that you will feel comfortable with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Make sure you choose a person that you like and feel you have a good rapport with. The first thing to look for is a trainer with an accredited certification. The respected credentials for certified trainers are through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

A trainer that you get along with and is generally interested in helping you will motivate you with positive reinforcement. Some people find having a personal trainer really helps provide motivation.

 "Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it." - Zig Ziglar