By Danielle Michels
VIDA Fitness Blogger
There are times we could all use a little help.
This rings true for every aspect of our lives: sometimes it’s a professional mentor at work, a financial advisor, or a therapist for your romantic relationship or your relationship with the closest person in your life, you.
So if you’re having trouble in the realm of a healthy lifestyle, why go at it alone? Finding your fitness therapist in the form of a personal trainer might be just the change you need to hone in on developing and building yourself up on more of a physical level.
Even if you’re great at making working out a priority, maybe you’ve hit a plateau or you’re getting bored with your routine. Maybe you’ve given yourself a challenge to try out a new fitness feat and you need help navigating the waters to get where you need to be to rise to the occasion.
No matter the case, personal training is exactly how it sounds, personal. This means that although personal trainers are all certified to guide you through a workout, they all have their differences, and some may be a better fit for you then others.
Here are some tips guiding you to your perfect personal training match:
Determine what matters most
First things first figure out what your motivation is. Do you need someone that’s going to make you go hard non-stop for an hour, or someone who is going to go a little slower and show you all the ropes so that you feel more comfortable going solo in the gym? Dependent on your fitness goals and reasoning for seeking out a trainer, you may favor a certain style of training.
Most trainers also have various specializations and niches. Some have more of a background working with people recovering from an injury or serious illness, while others have done fitness competitions and can guide you based on similar training experiences.
Then there’s also male versus female. You may not care, but some people have a preference based on past experiences, or whichever sex they may feel more comfortable with. Your trainer will be evaluating your body’s movements and you’ll want to be comfortable with them being hands on to ensure you’re doing the exercises properly.
Take advantage of your consultation
When you initially signed up for your VIDA Fitness membership you got this thing called a vidafit. Part consultation and part workout, your vidafit is the tool that we offer to make sure you start off your membership on the right foot and know a trainer up on the main floor that serves as not only a resource, but also as a familiar face.
Now here’s a lesser-known secret: all you have to do is ask. You may not know that a vidafit is always available to you (at any point your membership) to help you get back on track, or answer any questions about training you may have.
Ask to speak with someone on the membership team to pair you with a trainer based on your things that matter most to you and schedule a time to meet for a vidafit. The membership team is there for you to make sure that you get on a trainer’s schedule and that the trainer you meet with will be someone that could be your match.
Test the waters
Go in to your vidafit session open-minded and honest. Your trainer for the hour is going to ask you some questions, and the great part about preplanning by figuring out what matters to you is that you’ll be armed with answers.
The more information and background you can provide your trainer the better. It’ll be key when it comes time to do your workout and you can really get a feel for how your trainer is going to respond to your needs based on what you talked about.
Also, know that if your workout is difficult, that’s a good thing. That shows that the trainer tapped in to your needs and gave you a preview on what you can develop and accomplish with their help.
Like with any goal you’re trying to reach you have to be realistic. What is the investment you are willing to make, both financially and with your time?
What are you going to do to measure your success and results? Sitting down and formulating the possibilities of making personal training part of your fitness or healthy lifestyle equation will help you in deciding which trainer to go with and how often you would like to train.
Make your Match
Take the plunge and get training!
Document your journey with a journal, pictures or exercise log to stay motivated toward your goals on days you don’t see your trainer, and to stay aware of what you’re learning and accomplishing in this new step on your personal health journey.
For more information on VIDA Fitness Personal Training please visit http://vidafitness.com/training or see your club manager.