Today’s post isn’t going to be as informational as other ones I’ve done, but I’d like to inspire others who are either getting started with their own personal training goals and those that are having trouble sticking with it. Like you, I had to start somewhere and my beginning fitness plans weren’t exactly what you could call substantial. I’ve since developed my skills into great exercises that not only help me stay fit, but also keep me healthy so I can enjoy a happy and productive life.
Today’s post is going to explain how a personal trainer can help you better your fitness progress and give you an insight into what my personal trainer did to help me along. And because I understand a lot of the readers of this blog may not have the money to afford a personal trainer each month, I’m going to give some tips on how you can get the same types of workouts without an expensive trainer.
I started getting into fitness training a few years ago as part of a plan to help me lose weight. I started out by going to the gym twice a week and jogging for about half an hour without much luck in the weight loss department. After about 3 months of failed gym trips, I decided to try upping the ante by going to the gym more frequently and doing some weight lifting and other exercises in addition to the jogging I was doing. I started to see a few pounds come off, but it still wasn’t enough to justify calling my fitness plan a “success.”
One afternoon (It was a Wednesday. I remember because I had soy sauce on my shirt that day from the lunch I’d had before heading to the gym. A few buddies of mine and I used to get Chinese food after work every Wednesday because of a great group meal deal we found. Anyway, I digress….) I was making my way out of the locker room towards the front door when I heard someone call out after me from the front desk. I walked over to the counter to see what was up. The guy that called me over told me that he’d been watching me struggle for the past few weeks of me going into the gym almost every day and wanted to help. I admit, I was skeptical about how he could “help” without trying to sell me something out of my price range.
He told me that he was a personal trainer at the gym and that I was more than welcome to try him out for 2 or 3 lessons to see how I liked having a personal trainer, and if at the end of my few free lessons I liked the results I was seeing and feeling, I could hire him full-time. I’m normally not a sucker for getting signed up for unnecessary programs, but I figured that I couldn’t turn down 2 or 3 free lessons.
I’ll fast forward through the mumbo jumbo and the awkwardness of how I realized how out of shape I was. Needless to say, after the first 3 lessons with my personal trainer, I knew I wanted more. My gym membership had been a joke in comparison to the workouts I’d been getting with my trainer and in just under a month of working with him, I’d seen a weight drop of over 15 pounds.
While a personal trainer isn’t for everyone, if you find that you’re struggling to find the motivation and creativity to pursue your own vigorous exercise routines to help you lose weight and keep it off, a personal trainer is definitely the way to go. Now, having said that, it’s very easy to get roped into a whole package deal with your gym and end up with plenty of fixins’ that you don’t actually need.
What I Recommend
What I recommend doing if you’re just starting out with a personal trainer is schedule a meeting with them once a week and then use what they teach you in the one-on-one sessions to craft your own exercise routines outside of the class when you go to the gym on your own. What I liked to do was divide my personal training sessions into 3 segments. Then, instead of rushing through a wall of different exercises, I’d focus on 2 or 3 each day I went to work out. That made each workout day a different focus and my workouts didn’t get boring. Having said that, you could in theory replicate your personal training workouts each time you go to the gym, but the chances of getting bored are much higher than if you try and space everything out.
OK, so this may be the real point of the entire article. I’m fortunate enough to be able to afford not only a gym membership, but a few personal training classes here and there. I swear by my personal trainer’s ability to keep me in shape, but I know that’s not always an option for everyone out there. If you want the same results as what a personal trainer can deliver, but simply don’t have the funds to make it happen, I recommend these DVDs.
They’re not quite the same thing as a personal training session, but both I and my personal trainer recommend these at-home fitness DVDs to get you started. If you’ve read any of my other posts you’ll know that I stand by these videos 100% and when I can’t make it to the gym, these are what I have on my TV at home. It’s easy to come home from work and jump straight into a workout DVD without having the hassle of driving to the gym.
Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred: This exercise program is technically designed for women, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I use it as well. It’s really a kick in the butt to get you in shape and by gosh, in 30 days you’ll be in better shape than you ever thought possible. If you’re new to exercising, this may be a bit of shock to your body when you start working out, but within a week you’ll be flying through the exercises.
P90X: I say it time and time again…this is the by far the best workout program I’ve ever used. The trainer is extremely motivating and if you follow the workout plan to a tee, in 90 days you’ll look like a damn fashion model. I know that sounds really gimmicky, but after just two weeks of working my abs with Ab Ripper X (A module within the greater workout plan), my stomach was solid. This isn’t a good starting set for anyone who hasn’t worked out before, but once you’ve gotten your footing, it should be a great workout to get you into shape quickly.