So you have decided you want to get into better shape. Investing in your own health and fitness at any age is beneficial. Improved physical fitness has many benefits:
- Can lower health insurance premiums
- Less doctor visits
- Reduction in work missed due to illness or injury
- Improved stamina
- Better sleep
- Longer life expectancy
- More energy
- Less chance for depression
However, for some of us, we don’t know where to start. How fit am I? What exercises are best for me to meet my goals? That is where a personal trainer can help. They can determine your current fitness level and help you customize a fitness program that will help you meet your goal. Just as important, a trainer can help you be accountable. They are regularly checking in on your progress and you will be less likely to blow off your workouts.
Set a fitness goal – This is important in order to help the trainer structure a program that can give you the success you desire. For example, do you want to lose weight? Or possibly firm an area? Increase your stamina or train for a specific event? Decide this so you can inform the trainer. If you have an event make sure to share your time frame, this will help in determining the intensity you need to train at.
Location –Just like real estate the location of your personal trainer is VERY important. Do they come to you or do you go to them? If you travel to a facility is it convenient to either your home or work? The more convenient, the more likely you are to stay with the program.
Cost – Personal training prices vary by where you live and how successful the trainer is. Someone new to personal training may have lower prices in order to build up clientele. You will also find increased prices in areas where there are fewer trainers than the demand calls for.
Average costs $80 to $125 per one hour session.
Some trainers only train in a gym. In that case you will need to purchase a gym membership on top of training costs. However, trainers that work in gyms often charge a lower fee per session than those that train in your home or in their own facility.
Many times if you commit to a multiple session package you can obtain a discount.
Session length – Most sessions are for 1 hour. That gives your trainer the optimal amount of time to work with you. You may sometimes find a trainer who will offer you a 30 minute session but this is rare.
Activities you enjoy – If there is an activity or exercise that doesn’t feel like work to you let your trainer know. For instance if you enjoy swimming more than breathing, your trainer can incorporate that into your routine.
Personality – It is important that your trainer and you mesh personality wise. You need someone to encourage and motivate you in a way that actually does work. Many of us have had a coach in the past that spoke in a way that wasn’t motivating. Spend some time getting to know your trainer and get recommendations from personal friends who know you and the trainer you are considering.
Training experience and education – Check out your perspective trainer’s profile. How were they trained? Are they certified? How long have they been a trainer? You want to find a professional that takes their job seriously. Experience may or may not be important to you. However, if you are training for a specific event like a marathon, finding a trainer that had trained marathoners before could be key to your success.
Try before you buy – Just like many services you may hire, a trial session might be a great idea. It is nice to try a gym before you join or a new dry cleaner with one item before they become your go to place. Many trainers will allow you an introductory session to get to know each other. You lay out your goals and they lay out a possible program. This will give you great insight into how well you will work together.
Congratulations on wanting to improve your health! If you decide to hire a personal trainer to help you meet your fitness goals, don’t neglect doing some research first to find the right fit for you. Many of us need this extra accountability in order to find fitness success.
“If fitness came in a bottle, everyone would have a great body.” – Cher
Fitness After 40 by Vonda Wright, M.D.
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