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How To Use Personal Training To Get What You Want

It’s no surprise that life is full of different seasons.  For instance, consider being single and in school, single and working, working with a significant other/spouse, working while supporting a new family, working to support a family and being involved in middle aged parent madness running your kids everywhere, empty nesters, retirement.  The list provided could form a map of a “typical” lifetime.  Your path might be similar or it might be different, but no doubt your wants, needs, and focus will shift over time.

This article is going to show you how personal training can help you achieve your goals, no matter where you find yourself.

The data supports the idea that working with a personal trainer is the fastest way to get results from your workout time.  A Ball State study found that working with a personal trainer led to “32% more upper-body strength and 47% more lower-body strength than the other. No performance-enhancing pills were involved – the only difference was that the more successful group had a personal trainer watching over their workouts.”

The case is clear that personal training can help people get a higher level of fitness and lose weight.

What most people don’t consider is how using a personal trainer can help you achieve other goals too.  For instance, say your goal is to hike the Appalachian Trail next summer with your wife and college age kids.  Being “in shape” is better than not being “in shape” but what would be the most effective use of your training time to make sure that you were ready to hit the trails with confidence?  Should you spend more time lifting weights?  More time running?  More time on the inversion table?

Lets say that you want to complete your first triathlon this summer.  (I said, “complete a triathlon” not “win an Ironman”.  These are 2 completely different goals and a personal trainer can help with the first while a special sport coach would be more appropriate for the second.)  So if completing this triathlon is the goal, but maintaining your strength and power for the next thing after that is still of interest to you, what should you do?  Swim everyday?  Bike everyday?  How far?  How much strength training is appropriate for this goal?  What do you have in mind as a follow up for the triathlon?

Maybe your goal is to be able to continue getting off the ground in case you fall as you move into your twilight years.  Maybe your goal is climb Mt. Kilomanjaro.  You still have a limited amount of time and attention yet you have this specific goal you want to achieve.  Your Personal Trainer’s job is to help connect the dots and help you create a plan to get there!