So you finally decided to sign up for a fitness program in a gym. You start out eagerly going to the gym week after week, trying out all the machines, even surfing the net for tips on getting better workout results.
By the end of the first month, you weigh yourself, smugly sure that you’ve already made headway only to discover that you’ve barely lost any of the flab and pounds you were so sure you’d lose. Worse, you may discover you have even gained more weight! Disillusioned, you are ready to throw in the towel and accept that you are stuck with all that flab.
Before you do, it’s best to analyze why you failed. You may have set unrealistic goals, month of workouts is not enough to lose all the weight or achieve the muscle tone you want. An irregular workout schedule may also be contributory. Some people usually start out strong and go to the gym every day, working out for more than an hour, then get burned out and drop out of the gym for a week or two. Space your gym visits to give your body a chance to rest and recover. An hour three times a week is good enough. Lastly, while it is good to try all the machines, loose weights and cardio equipment, you must have a fitness program that is designed specifically for you, taking into consideration your diet, body structure, weight goals and limitations. The program should change as you progress in your training, challenging you to achieve more each time.
At Training Techniques we will design a fitness program for you, starting with an evaluation of your current state of health, lifestyle habits (such as smoking and drinking alcohol) and assessment of your fitness level. A walkthrough session of cardio and weight exercises will determine the latter. From there, the fitness program will be crafted and revised as you go along.
With a personal trainer, achieving the best results is a guarantee, because your progress is monitored properly. While some people’s results plateau at some point, your personal trainer will make sure you continue to yield muscle tone and shed extra pounds because your training program will continuously change, constantly challenging you to give a little more. More than just a personal trainer, they will keep you motivated to pursue your fitness program.
Be sure to look out for the following when choosing a personal trainer:
- Professional Certification
- Years of experience
- Knowledge of First Aid
- Listening & Motivating Skills