When to Hire a Personal Trainer

Exercise Is One Part Science

Anywhere I go, I usually get asked about "what's the best exercise for [insert body part or medical issue]?" I have a standard response for this: "well, is there any issue associated with [said part]?"

No, it's not fair to answer a question with a follow-up question, but exercise should be based on data. If you are just looking for exercises, then a Google or YouTube search will turn up plenty of options. The question we should be asking first is, "what is the best exercise or are the best exercises for me?" 

Exercise is one part science. Too often, it focuses on aesthetics and this is unfortunate because how you look doesn't always tell us the whole story. "Being thin" doesn't always equal healthy, especially if there are underlying issues being ignored because right now you look just fine.

You Can Just Start Exercising on Your Own

Exercise is a broad enough term that you can start with anything to get yourself going. Walking, hiking,biking, running, joining an exercise class, participating in a team sport are all examples of exercise related activity that can address your body's metabolic needs. Your body needs exercise to regulate processes in the body, such as heart circulation, maintain bone density and muscle mass, digestion, lymphatic function to prevent disease, transport energy throughout the cells, just to name a few! You don't need a coach for this type of activity. 

Hiring a personal coach or trainer should be to help educate you and motivate you. You should feel comfortable sharing any concerns you have with your trainer or coach. A good coach spends their time listening to your issues and helping you find the resources to address them, either through their own knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) or via a referral to another specialist. Bring in a trainer just like you would go to the doctor or dentist: for preventative measure and examining the data.

A Personal Trainer Is There to Help You Make Healthy Decisions

Your meeting with your personal trainer should have assessments to see if you've been missing something from your current life decisions. Assessment types include:
Looking at all of the data!
  • Mobility -  can you accomplish tasks like bending over to reach the floor, looking behind you, or reaching over your head?
  • Balance - do you have difficulty ascending stairs without holding on, stepping onto a raised platform, or stepping down off a curb?
  • Strength - can you easily lift yourself from the floor, climb a ladder, move heavy objects, or carry luggage?
  • Endurance -  can you walk uphill for an extended period, complete a hike, or walk from the far end of a parking lot?
  • Safety -  can I perform my workout without risk of injury?
We conduct a fairly broad screen to rule out any possible injuries, metabolic disorders, or any other factors that could create problems relating to your increase in exercise activity. We consider it our role to collect enough data about you using screens and body analyzing technology to create an effective and safe workout for you at our facility or at your own.

We consider it a privilege to build you an exercise program that you will enjoy and empower you to provide as much feedback and ask as many questions as you would like. Program building is done best with plenty of client input. Clients should continue to be well-informed about their care, be able to sustain their workout programs, and feel they are successful in sticking with the program.

Should You Hire A Trainer? 

Give us a call and let's see if now is a good time 240-630-0298 call or text

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