Thursday, October 27, 2005
Your Personal Trainer and You
Do you need a personal trainer? Well, this depends on your fitness level and knowledge. If you are a novice going to the gym, or pursuing a new sport, it is an excellent idea to get a personal trainer or coach. A good personal trainer will make sure that you have an okay from a physician to work out. Then they will ask you what you want to do: tone up, have arms that are more cut, trim your waist, run a marathon, hike, be more flexible, become a size 4 or whatever else. The personal trainer or coach can be there to see the greatness in a person even if the person does not see it on her or his own. Her or his job is to show you their knowledge, monitor your posture and results, see what works for you and empower you in your motivation. It is your job to be motivated, to say how you feel, to get to know your body, to monitor your own results as well, and to be disciplined in being on time and following your routine and diet (if assigned a special one). It is also your job to get to know the cardiovascular and weight routines and equipment, and to get to know what muscle does what, how to stretch and rest your muscles and how a fitness program works. That way, when the time comes, you can fly from the nest. (I don't mean to be cliché.) In a year or less, it is usually best for a client to be on their own and follow the program and even add to it or modify it by themselves. This will give the client a sense of independence. If you have a new fitness goal, then go ahead and hire or take on another personal trainer or coach for a while. Otherwise, once you get to know the tricks, be on your own. You can do it! Don’t forget to check out my web site www.louizapatsis.com.