Let's Get Personal (Training That is)
By Gary Picariello
There's a lot to be said for being “old school” when it comes to fitness. You know the drill: get up at the crack of dawn and start grinding your way through the early morning dawn. Just you and your thoughts. Sometimes though, that's not enough. Sometimes you need that certain someone who can spur you on to one more set or rep. Someone who acts as your muse and motivator. Such is the role of the personal trainer. The thing is, do you really need one? One thing I can tell you with certainty: if you need a personal trainer to help you focus, then make sure he/she is equipped to produce the results you're seeking.
Like Money in the Bank
A personal trainer comes at a price. Literally. A great article in Men's Journal breaks the whole personal training gig into black and white when it states, “People who thrive with a personal trainer have a specific end-goal or are trying to fix a certain problem with their training.” In other words, you need to know what you want and what you're looking for. If all you're looking for is company, there are cheaper ways to accomplish the endgame. But if you need a skilled professional who can tailor your workouts specifically for you, then a personal trainer is the way to go.
The Key to Motivation
Finding a good personal trainer is like buying a car. You need a test drive or, in this case, an interview or a trail run workout. What comes across as motivation for some may be aggravation for others. You need someone who knows when to praise and when to scream. To know which trainer can help you meet your goals, you have to identify whether you want to increase strength, endurance, flexibility, speed, balance, or a combination of those areas.
Trained and Qualified
On the technical side, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, ISSA, ACE, or the National Strength and Conditioning Association recommends that a potential personal trainer is certified, has insurance, and is trained in first aid and CPR. And it is entirely within your rights to see proof of the same.
Good training will yield positive results and a personal trainer may be the one to help you achieve your goals!
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