So many fitness trends. So little time to figure out which is best. Thank goodness for personal trainers. They know that one person’s awesome workout is another person’s “meh!” The personalized element in personal training is what makes it important. When you work out with your trainer, you never waste time on sloppy technique, or on exercises that don’t fit your goals.
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Certified personal trainers never take a “one size fits all” approach to fitness program design. Their clients receive a series of assessments, which include strength, flexibility and aerobic fitness tests, as well as body composition measurements. Most trainers also take a resting heart rate and blood pressure test, and have you fill out a health history questionnaire. This series of tests identifies the faulty movement patterns that occur while your body is in motion. It helps your trainer identify muscle imbalances, and prescribe the best exercises to correct them.
Fitness instructor certification programs teach personal trainers to design safe, efficient and effective workouts. Based on your fitness assessments, your trainer can sometimes predict what you might do to make your workouts unsafe, inefficient and ineffective. Trainers have an eye for detail. Their radar can detect even the most subtle deviations from proper exercise form. Common errors include inefficient breathing patterns, improper alignment and using momentum instead of control. Your personal trainer can help you break these inefficient exercise habits.
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Personal trainers not only help you devise a fitness program. They help you stick to it. As they learn new
exercise trends, they periodically revitalize your program to prevent boredom and burnout. If you’re not particularly excited about exercise, or if you tend to start and drop out of a program, the results of a study performed at the University of Wisconsin indicate that personal training inspires clients to change their attitudes about physical activity. During the 10-week experiment, the trainers discussed issues such as barriers to exercise, relapse prevention and goal setting. The researchers believe that this problem-solving approach contributed to the success of the program.