Why everyone needs a personal trainer

One of the main questions I ask every person I meet at my job is if they’ve ever worked with a personal trainer before. And if they have, was it a positive experience. If not, I dig deeper to see why. Most of the time, the response is that it was a great experience where…

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One of the main questions I ask every person I meet at my job is if they’ve ever worked with a personal trainer before. And if they have, was it a positive experience. If not, I dig deeper to see why. Most of the time, the response is that it was a great experience where they were able to reach their goals and have the body they wanted. If they’ve never had a personal trainer, I always ask if they have ever considered getting one. I ask this because I feel like most of us, at one time or another, have thought of hiring a personal trainer to help us achieve our goals. But we may have hesitated, likely over the cost of a trainer. Today I’m going to go over why I feel like everyone needs a personal trainer, at some point(s) in their life.

Why you need a personal trainer

  • Workout planning. “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Benjamin Franklin had it right. If you go to the gym without a workout plan, you will just be winging it every time. And with that comes a lot of guessing and free-styling it, but also you’ll likely just do the same routine every time they’re at the gym. This isn’t ideal as our bodies get used to the same exercise and you will stop seeing results.
  • Tracking your progress. Most people only track their progress by weighing themselves, but this can be very discouraging. Especially since muscle is more dense than fat, the number on the scale may not change as much as your measurements and body fat. A personal trainer will take your measurements at least once every month or two to verify you’re seeing results.
  • Proper form and technique. Without any prior training or education in relation to exercise, it’s hard to know the proper form and technique for all exercises. Also, it’s hard to know what type of exercises will help you get to your specific goals. That’s where a certified trainer can help immensely.
  • Health advice. In addition to fitness and exercise advice, personal trainers can also help provide overall guidelines in regards to health. While we aren’t nutritionists or dietitians, we can give our clients a general idea of what they should be focusing on when it comes to their diet.
  • Avoid injury. This is huge. The amount of injuries that occur at the gym is substantial. Without proper form and technique, it is easy to hurt yourself. Having a personal trainer to demonstrate and verify that you’re performing exercises correctly mitigates the risk of injury.
  • Accountability & motivation. Having a trainer keeps you accountable. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t pay for a trainer and then not show up to my sessions. Money is a great motivator, and once you start seeing results the motivation will just start pouring in!

Exercise is complex

Exercise isn’t just science, it’s also an art form. The key to exercise is variety, and to know not only the right type of exercise but also the different variations is needed to reach your goals. Without proper knowledge and education, it’s hard to walk into a gym without feeling intimated. Big weights and barbells can scare off anyone. That’s where a trainer comes in.

Have you ever had a trainer? Or do you currently have a trainer?

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Best Gym Deals of 2018: Stretching your dollar

Looking for a gym deal? It’s that time of year again. You know, the time when everyone gets a reset button. Many take this opportunity to change up their normal habits. For example, some choose to start eating healthier or working out more often. For many, a new gym membership is on their minds. But,…

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Looking for a gym deal?gym deals of 2018

It’s that time of year again. You know, the time when everyone gets a reset button. Many take this opportunity to change up their normal habits. For example, some choose to start eating healthier or working out more often. For many, a new gym membership is on their minds. But, you still want to save up for maybe a new car, house, or vacation. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can do both with the best gym deals of 2018. Continue reading to see where your dollar goes the furthest.

Best Gym Deals of 2018

  • Bottom of the barrel:  Planet Fitness is your best bet. Until Wednesday January 10th, it’s only $1 initiation and $10 a month for a gym membership. Of course, you get the bare minimum with this membership: only one club access and Planet Fitness doesn’t offer any extra stuff other than a few classes, cardio and weight machines.
  • Most bang for your buck: LA Fitness is where it’s at. Membership ranges from $24.99 to $29.99 a month depending on if you want single club or multi-club access. The initiation fee varies, but generally ranges from $49.99 to $99.99. The best part is there’s no contract and LA fitness has locations almost everywhere. Most locations have amazing amenities such as sauna, spa, pools, basketball and racquetball courts. In addition to these, LA Fitness also offers many different classes that are all included in your membership. Classes range from yoga, spin, kickboxing, aqua aerobics, and even slower-paced silver sneakers classes for the elderly. Whatever your fitness level, LA Fitness has a class for you.
  • If you want to splurge: Equinox is the nicest by far, but you’ll definitely be paying for it. They have a great January deal going on where you’ll get your initiation fee back if you workout at least 8 times in your first 30 days, which is about a $300 to $500 value. Equinox has everything that LA Fitness has but even more. More variety of classes, elite equipment, and steam rooms in addition to the pools and saunas. If you want to live a life of luxury, and don’t mind spending upwards of $140 to $250 a month for a gym membership than Equinox is for you.

What gym do you go to? Which gym do you think is the best deal?

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What does athletic mean to you?

When you hear the word athletic what comes to mind? A runner? A swimmer? A weight lifter? What does it take to be considered athletic? The average person is active for about two hours a week, which is just below the recommended two and half hours a week. The average athlete works out 1-2 hours…

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When you hear the word athletic what comes to mind? A runner? A swimmer? A weight lifter?

What does it take to be considered athletic? The average person is active for about two hours a week, which is just below the recommended two and half hours a week. The average athlete works out 1-2 hours a day with a rest day each week, so about 10 hours week. And the type of training depends on what they’re preparing for, but across the board most athletes incorporate strength training and cardio into their workout regimes. And high intensity interval training (HIIT) is a common go-to training style across the board.

In addition to athletes using HIIT, there are many benefits being seen through recent fitness studies on this style of training. Beyond it being one of the best ways to train, it has benefits on the cellular level. HIIT combined with weight training can improve cellular function and slow the aging process at a cellular level. So not only will you look athletic and fit, you’ll also feel younger and better! But back to the image that comes to mind..

When you hear athletic, do you think about muscles or just a slim body? Do you like the athletic body or do you prefer a little more cushion? Do you think athletic is sexy or scary?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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SPENGA what?

SPENGA: Spin, Strength, Yoga. Last week I tried my first SPENGA class, kinda. It was on a rooftop and not in the studio, so unfortunately there were no bikes and therefore only strength and yoga (50/50). Despite missing the spin, I had a great time! It was a gorgeous, breezy night in Oak Park, and I…

SPENGA what? was originally published on Self Evolve

SPENGA: Spin, Strength, Yoga. Last week I tried my first SPENGA class, kinda. It was on a rooftop and not in the studio, so unfortunately there were no bikes and therefore only strength and yoga (50/50). Despite missing the spin, I had a great time! It was a gorgeous, breezy night in Oak Park, and I…

SPENGA what? was originally published on Self Evolve

New Year’s Specials

I know we’re already a few weeks into the new year, but I wanted to share the New Year’s Specials I have going on currently. At Snap Fitness in Glenview, IL I’m offering free 30 minute consultations/orientations to new and existing members. Call me today at 847-401-2640 to set up a time to meet me…

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I know we’re already a few weeks into the new year, but I wanted to share the New Year’s Specials I have going on currently.

At Snap Fitness in Glenview, IL I’m offering free 30 minute consultations/orientations to new and existing members. Call me today at 847-401-2640 to set up a time to meet me and discuss your fitness goals. If you’re interested in training with me, I have great packages of 5 sessions for $225 or 10 sessions for $400. Please note, membership to Snap Fitness is not required to train with me!

At Chinese Martial Arts in Chicago, IL I’m offering free initial assessments and consultations for members of the Chinese Martial Arts and Wellness Center. If you’re not a member, there is a discount on the first session. Contact me today for more information!

If personal training isn’t your thing, I also am going to have some group classes at Snap Fitness coming up. These classes will cost only $10 and will be geared towards your fitness goals. Reach out to me today for more information. My email is jenlbrice @ gmail.com

If you’re interested in a group class at Chinese Martial Arts, there’s a Tuesday night Conditioning class that’s a great option to drop in and try. If this day and time doesn’t work, let me know and I may also do a few group classes on the weekend here as well.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Invitation I invite you to work out with me! 🙂

 

 

 

New Year’s Specials was originally published on Self Evolve