I’ve already written about personal training before, but I’d like to revisit the topic. Since around 2008, I’ve worked with a number of personal trainers and gone through dry spells as well. Like anything else, there are pros and cons to regularly working with a trainer, but in this case the pros heavily outweigh the cons. I think the only downside to working with a trainer is the costs — both financial (though some practices will take medical insurance as long as it is rehabilitative) and of time.
If you struggle with self-discipline and regulation, a trainer will no doubt keep you accountable to getting you to the gym and working out on a consistent basis. Also, a good trainer will also keep an eagle eye out on your form to make sure you’re doing the exercises as correctly and efficiently as possible. They’ll also evaluate your eating habits to make sure your nutritional needs are met and ensure that you’re working out on your own too.
I’m fortunate enough to have had a free training session with a trainer at my gym who wowed me! In thirty-five minutes, she had me burn 380 calories (to know this, a heartrate monitor is an excellent tool) without my getting on a single cardio machine! The explanation? The exercises she had me doing were specially tailored to my needs, rather than just being the generic one-size-fits-all programs that everyone does.
I’ll only be working with her once a week, unfortunately, but with her guidance I expect results to show quickly. My particular program will first factor in what’s called corrective exercise, involves logging what I eat every day, and requires me to get in cardio as much as possible in between the strength training. In addition to my chiropractic strength and balance exercises, I should be just short of bionic by the end of a couple months!
I’d love to ask my trainer, who is apparently also a writer (and a dancer!), to write a guest article for us, so I’ll keep you posted on that.
To our healing,