If going to the gym for the first time scares you, you’re not alone. You walk in feeling like the new kid in class, bewildered by what you see. The unfamiliar machines look more like torture devices, and everyone else seems to have it all figured out. Whether you’re new to the gym or have years of athletic experience, you can probably benefit from meeting with a qualified personal trainer.
Starting any new exercise regimen can be intimidating. Even seasoned gym goers can feel confused or alone when beginning a routine or setting new goals. People who have been working out for years sometimes need to brush up on their form and return to the experts to finetune their routines.
A personal trainer will:
HELP PREVENT INJURY: When done correctly, exercise delivers benefits that can’t be beat – including improved mental health, better sleep, and greater self-confidence. Unfortunately, exercise can have a downside, which is its potential for injury. Fear not: a personal trainer can teach you how to work out safely, ensure you’re using proper form, and guide you toward appropriate exercises for your current skill level.
MAKE YOU FEEL AT HOME: Even the boldest among us can feel shy when walking into a new place filled with strangers. The good news is you don’t have to jump in alone. A personal trainer can help you feel acclimated to your new environment, guide you on a tour of the gym, and orient you to the equipment you’ll be using. During your first appointment, your trainer will also discuss any limitations you may have, including knee or back pain. He or she can help ease your transition into exercise.
HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE: When you only have yourself to answer to, it’s easy to make excuses for skipping your workout. You’re more likely to stick to an exercise plan when you know you have an appointment with a trainer. The right personal trainer does more than just teach – he or she will also motivate and inspire you to reach your goals. Meeting with a trainer once or twice a week will also condition you to a new habit of exercise you can continue once your sessions end. Some research even suggests that working with a personal trainer can positively affect the way you think about physical activity.
SET THE RIGHT GOALS: Speaking of goals, how do you know you’re setting the right ones? A personal trainer can answer that question and help you set goals that are S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. A “S.M.A.R.T.” goal is achievable but challenging, and most importantly, goals are unique to everyone. Your trainer can assess your reasons for working out, while taking into account any health issues or limitations and adapt your workout goals accordingly.
WON’T BREAK THE BANK: Some people think of personal training as an expensive endeavor. Medford Fitness strives to make physical activity safe, fun, and affordable. All new members receive a free one-on-one fitness consultation with a personal trainer. For the month of July, we’re also offering two free personal training sessions for a limited time, no membership required.
At Medford Fitness, our personal trainers are passionate about exercise and helping people reach their goals. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, improve your health, or become a better athlete, reach out to one of our trainers by calling (609) 654-1440 for more information and to register for your two free personal training sessions.