you should consult a trainer:
|As 2009 begins to wind down, I am sure many of you are
starting to think about your new years resolutions. For many people, the item on the top
of their list is to lose weight or start an exercise program. It should be at this time
that you at least seriously consider consulting a trainer. I know youre thinking, of
course I would tell you to see a trainer and that this is a bit self serving since I am a
trainer. But to be honest, I too consult a trainer to continue to increase my strength and
to stay motivated. He also helps me push thru the pain to reach new levels of strength and
endurance. Even the most focused, motivated and dedicated people need help sometimes.
Which is exactly why I am writing this article today.
|First thing that comes to my mind is planning a
workout. One of the things I see most often is when a person comes in to the gym is this,
they work one muscle group and then wanders around aimlessly for the next 30-45 minutes
because they have no idea what they should be doing next.
|Next is motivation. We all have days that we simply do not
feel like going to the gym. Or we feel like the weight is not coming off, or in my case, I
just dont feel like I am getting any stronger. It is days like these that a trainer
can be overwhelmingly valuable. I try to gently remind people I expect them at a certain
time on a certain day and that usually works. But there are some that need to be pushed a
little harder and reminded that they did not get to their current state over night and it
is not going to get better over night. It may take days, weeks, months, and yes, even
years to get to the level of physical fitness they want to achieve. A trainer will help
you keep focused on your goals and keep your mind off of how difficult you think this
journey is. As well as remind you of the progress you have already made. Which leads to my
final point, tracking your progress.
In order for anyone to know how far they have come, they MUST know where they started, how
long they have been working, what they have been doing and where they are currently. When
I meet a new client for the first time, I like to take some body measurements and get
their current weight and body fat percentage. This allows me to chart their progress and
show them in writing what they weigh and what their body composition is and what it should
be. Then about once a month, I check their weight and body fat to help show them they are
making progress or they are not making progress. This also allows me to regularly evaluate
what may or may not need to be changed in the workout routine to better achieve what your
I hope that you will at least consider consulting a trainer to help you accomplish your
fitness goals. We, as a group of fitness professionals, do want to see you not just
succeed, but to exceed your fitness goals and we are willing to do anything in our power
to get you there. Hope these tips help you on your quest for a healthy lifestyle. And it
is exactly that, a lifestyle. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at
email@example.com. Just reference the article in question and I will be more than
happy to get back to you!! Dan Foreman is a Personal Trainer at DCS Fitness.