Fitness Coaching

Why You Need a Personal Trainer

There’s a reason why celebrities and other highly successful people use coaches and trainers:  IT WORKS. 

And that is why so many people are turning to personal trainers to help them move from mediocre to excellence in their pursuit of health, fitness and weight loss.

The reality

More than 91% of people who start an exercise program quit early—even before their new routine becomes a habit, and 61% will give up within the very first week!1

Why?  Because changing your lifestyle is hard.  In spite of all the infomercials and ads claiming that you can lose weight and transform your body in thirty days (or six weeks at the longest), the truth is, getting fit requires a lifestyle makeover that takes

  • Time
  • Determination
  • Support

If any of these components is missing, the odds of success plummet.

The fix

The good news is that one component virtually guarantees the continued presence of the other two, and that is support--and support is the heart of what a good personal trainer provides.

A personal trainer helps with the time factor in two ways:

  1. Finding time in your schedule to actually work out
  2. Sticking with your program long enough to reach your goals.

A personal trainers supports you looking at your schedule and find ways to make fitness fit.  A seasoned personal trainer has much wisdom in the area of time management and is a master at figuring out how to work exercise into even the busiest schedules. He can also design workouts that are both efficient and effective.  Finally, a personal trainer can also provide the motivation that you need to keep going, long after you would have stopped were you doing working out by yourself.

Determination is also an area that a personal trainer supports you in.  At the beginning of your new fitness program, you have excitement, novelty and the joy of discovery to keep you going.  But eventually, what used to be new and fun becomes old and boring.  If determination fades, you will find yourself wandering off track in search of the next exciting pursuit.

Your personal trainer will help you keep your determination.  He will remind you why you are doing what you are doing.  He will get into your life and help you move past obstacles that arise, and he will talk you out of excuse-making.  He will constantly hold before you the consequences of your choices.  He will keep you moving forward.

And finally, a personal trainer supports you as your source for practical, step-by-step instructions for building health.  Your personal trainer is an expert in the field of exercise science.  While under the tutelage of a personal trainer, you do not have to design your own program of fitness, constantly wondering whether you are doing the right exercises in the right way.  A personal trainer will create a customized blueprint that will help you achieve your goals.

A personal trainer is your insurance policy against being another number in the appalling fitness drop-out statistics.  Don’t try to go it alone; we all need help.

Position yourself for success by working with a personal trainer and watch fitness and robust health become part of your life.



Why Your Excuses NOT to Get Fit Are Plain Wrong

Many people have a million and one reasons why they should not get fit. But are your excuses really justified? Here are some answers to the most popular excuses not to exercise.

Let’s look at each one individually and see why each is not valid to avoid starting an exercise program.

Exercise is boring

With the myriad of exercise venues and types available, there is literally something for everyone. But sometimes it requires thinking outside the box of what you consider exercising. Dancing is exercise, along with gardening, skating or participating in a group sport like couples tennis, or basketball. The key is to try different types of exercises until you find one you like. It doesn’t always have to be walking on a treadmill in a gym.

I’m too tired.

You are too tired because you are out of shape. Start small by exercising 10 minutes the first day. Gradually increase the amount of time you exercise by a few minutes each day. Before long, you’ll be exercising 30 minutes a day five days a week. Also eat a healthy diet as the types of food you eat could be dragging you down.

I tried before and couldn’t do it.

O.K., try doing a different type of exercising than the one you failed at before. If you plan on joining a fitness class, make sure it is at the fitness level right for you. If you are just starting, don’t get into an advanced class, because you won’t be able to keep up and in the end fail (again).

Who will watch the kids?

Many of the gyms today have a child care center inside, so this excuse won’t fly in most cases. Even if your gym does not, hire a babysitter to come over and watch your kids for an hour or so.

Or reciprocate with a neighbor that has kids. You will watch theirs when they exercise if they will watch yours when you exercise. There are many different ways to negate this excuse. Most of the time there are other underlying reasons why you don’t want to exercise and this one just happens to be the most convenient to use.

I don’t have the time.

And this one is the all-time favorite. Usually people using this excuse somehow seem to have the time to watch TV or be on social media for hours at a time, but they can’t seem to find the time to exercise. It comes down to a matter of priorities. When (or if) you decide you want to get fit, you will shuffle all the things you do in a day and find the 30 minutes you need each day to exercise.

And it doesn’t even have to be a continuous block of time. Three 10-minutes workout a day is just as good (and in some cases better) than one 30-minute one.

A healthy lifestyle should be the number one priority for all of us. That encompasses eating a healthy nutritious diet and exercising most days. As once said, “If you have your health, you have everything.” And it is so true, yet many people always seem to find excuses not to take care of themselves.