Updated: May 8, 2019
Not all fitness resources are created equal! Yes, there are gratuitous amounts of materials out there claiming to be “the best workout”. There are often, literal, hundreds of thousands, to millions, of views. Will that work out actually be “best” for you?
That’s the first thing one-on-one training is designed to figure out; what is best for you. A personal trainer will assess your current physical abilities and design a program that will be tailored to helping you achieve your fitness goals; hence, personal training.
When you are working with a trainer, you don’t have to do the research. At RX Fit, we are all certified trainers. We have been professionally instructed on how to identify and work to improve areas of weakness and muscular dysfunction. Muscular dysfunction will be covered in more detail in a future posting, but in short, it just refers to muscles acting in a way that fights against the most efficient movement pattern. We focus on teaching you to move with proper form and technique which will reduce your risk of injury and leave you with the most energy to work toward your goal. All you have to do is show up, and you will be lead through a workout that is designed specifically for your body and your needs. Which leads us to our next benefit; accountability.
When working out on your own, it is so easy to get overwhelmed by the daily stresses of life and think, “I’ll just skip my work out today,” and the next thing you know, it’s been two months since you last exercised.
A trainer offers outside accountability; you know someone is expecting you to show up and work out. On top of that psychological incentive, you will be paying for that block of the trainer’s time whether or not you show up. Getting to your session means you successfully invested in yourself, because once you walk through the door, the trainer takes it from there.
Whether you’re drained and knotted up from a day of stress at the office, or you went for a run and pulled a muscle in your calf, a trainer can modify a workout to accommodate what your body needs on that given day. Trainers are not doctors, nor do we claim to be, and safety will always be the primary focus. That being said, a trainer can help alleviate minor discomforts such as hyper tensed muscles through releases and various stretches. Programs can also be rearranged to avoid an aggravated area while keeping you on track to achieving your goal. If a trainer ever feels something is beyond their scope of practice, they will defer to a doctor, but often times minor discomforts can be alleviated or accommodated in session.
This entry just touches on three of the many benefits of working one-on-one with a trainer:
On the Spot Program Modification
We will continue to cover other benefits including realistic goal setting and progression, overcoming mental blocks, and lifetime fitness habit formation in the weeks to come!