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"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable." –Socrates

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3 reasons 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 you’re 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.


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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 don’t 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 goals.

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 dan@ironjunkietraining.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.


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