Programs & Personal Trainers
“Just write me a program and I will be OK doing it on my own.”
Famous last words. I can be sure of that as the filing cabinet at our gym is full of unused and unread programs.
If you are new to a gym and have never really given much thought to strength training; a program shown to you by a trainer as a one-off session will not be of great use or benefit to you. At this stage you will have spent anything from $AUS90 – $AUS120 and the reality is that the next time (usually 2-3 days later) you get to actually try out your program, you have forgotten almost all of the exercises….
We as trainers may include visual pictures of the exercise as well as definitions and explanations as part of any given program however; unless you have an exceptional ability to grasp all the technical points that go along with each exercise and a photographic mind; the average newcomer flounders and eventually gives up! Not an ideal outcome for your health, wellbeing or wallet.
Why not invest in your “new” approach to an active life by aiming to budget for at least 10 sessions with a trainer; even 30-minute sessions are of assistance to you. This way over a period of say 3 months, not only will you have established a routine, but you will understand the mechanics of each exercise and will approach your program with confidence (and dare I say excitement!)
Most of us invest in a daily cup of coffee or two without even flinching over the cost. Surely then the investment in your health and wellbeing is worthwhile? A 3-month period utilising the skills and knowledge of a personal trainer; would, in my humble opinion be of great value and worth every hard-earned cent.
In this digital age there are various “apps” available to set up training programs. It would be interesting to know how an inexperienced gym-goer decides which app is most suitable for them. The 2 points that come to mind for me when thinking of training apps regard correct technique t0 ensure the program does not cause more harm than good as well as the vital encouragement, support and feedback; or in this case lack of.
I would love to hear your comments regarding the benefits of a trainer with or without the individual confidence, expertise, and necessary knowledge to tackle a program.
Cheers for now,