How personal training can help you reach your fitness goals faster.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the gym. Perhaps you, like me, want to get back into exercise but don’t know where to start. Honestly, it’s hard to get motivated when you don’t know what type of exercise will get you results — and how often and intensely you should work out. My high school reunion is coming up quickly, and so I decided to try the gym one last time. Out of desperation, I scheduled time to meet with a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym Norcross.
Why, you ask? I learned that a personal trainer is like my very own fitness coach, someone who will help me identify realistic goals (like look and feel better for my reunion), help me develop a routine, and get me started on exercise that matches my fitness level and preferences.
For example, I really don’t enjoy cardio training on single station equipment. Although my trainer introduced me to the cardio training area — where I saw over 100 pieces of equipment — I can’t hold myself accountable when working out on my own.
Instead, I much prefer group exercise, and this gym in Norcross offers all types of classes for every age and fitness level. For those just starting out (or those, like me, who have been away from the gym for a while), there are low impact options that allow me to build up strength and endurance. There’s spinning, Zumba, Group Power, and Group Core — you name it.
My personal trainer also introduced me to functional training, which has helped build my strength, balance and endurance — all while preparing my body for the everyday physical movements that can stress, strain and exert your muscles and joints if you’re out of shape. Have you ever tried carrying a toddler in one arm while pushing a grocery cart and bending to pick up all the goodies he drops? Yea.
We’re all different — different shapes, weights, ages and fitness levels — and personal training is one way to get a personalized program that is unique to you. Your trainer will hold you accountable, encourage, coach and celebrate with you when you succeed.
Bottom line, I will probably never again fit into the jeans I wore in high school. But I have learned about lifestyle changes that will help me stay healthy. I feel better, look better, and have more confidence than I ever thought.