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Benefits of a Personal Trainer in Raleigh, NC

I think we can all agree that we have all set many of health and fitness goals, in our lifetime so far?  It is our human nature to muster up mindset, motivation and willpower to convince ourselves we can do it all by ourselves. Fact is, we all need a little help sometimes.  That is where I am in life and have accepted that my pride will only get in my way and although it might allow me to push myself and reach a short term “goal”, it is almost impossible to maintain. Which means that I will lose my mindset, motivation and willpower, at some point and find myself back to “square one”. Being a Personal Trainer does not mean that I am any different and at times, I lose my motivation and need an extra push. So, I may workout and train with another Certified Trainer, athletes or with friends to shake things up and drive each other past personal plateaus. It is for this reason that I capitalize on the tremendous personal trainingbenefits of working with a Personal Trainer.  On the contrary, Personal Trainers in general are not just for stars and athletes.  In fact, all ages and walks of life can benefit from working with a trainer.  Personal training is truly an investment in one’s own health and well-being. Here is a specific breakdown on how and why anyone and everyone can achieve more with that bit of help from a certified Personal Trainer.

ACCOUNTABILITY & MOTIVATION– Having a set, paid appointment with a Personal Trainer will open the door of accountability but a Personal Trainer in Raleigh, NC does not stop here. Your Personal Trainer will soon turn into your Lifestyle Coach, which will allow the door to stay open and possibly kicked off the hinges with results! This is about you and where you are at with life while developing realistic and achievable short term goals, which lead to long term success. Personal Trainers specialize in this and “CAN’T” is not in their vocabulary.

DEVELOP A ROUTINE– Not all trainers are the same, meaning some do not “practice” what they “preach”. They may look the part but it is important to find a trainer that is highly educated and knowledgeable on the most effective ways to help YOU get to your health and fitness goals. Whether you have not seen your workout shoes in months or feel that you have hit a personal plateau and need a specific routine to hurdle over it.  Maximizing your time in the gym, obtaining results, while not overwhelming you is what we strive for!

FRESH NEW PERSPECTIVES & IDEAS ON HEALTH, NUTRITION, AND FITNESS– There is an overwhelming amount of fitness, nutrition, and health information available. It is impossible for anyone to have time to sift through what is valid, accurate and what can actually be applied to work. This is where we shine! It is our job and passion to stay in the “loop” of all health trends and further our knowledge and education in order to provide you with the safest and most accurate information in the industry. Is that new “fad diet” really effective? Will I really get a bikini body by doing that “popular” workout? Is it true what I read in that fitness magazine? Believe it or not, the list goes on but the good news is, these are just some of the questions in the daily life of Personal Trainers. We are constantly sharing recipes and ways to contend with obstacles in your nutrition such as “candy in the office”, or how to manage menu’s when dining out with friends. Personal Trainers invest in you, while holding you accountable to taking care of yourself nutritionally, physically, and with your overall health!

SOLID, CONSISTENT, NON-JUDGMENTAL SUPPORT– Not everyone has your best interest in mind. Your personal trainer, though, only cares about you and your success. Your trainer will be there. Each hour you spend with your trainer is an hour to focus on you and only you! They will provide consistent feedback to help you better yourself and achieve your goals. Most importantly, the trainer is able to do this without making you feel inadequate or judged. We have all gone into the gym and worried about what we look like doing an exercise or compared ourselves to someone else. Trainers don’t judge or derogate. They help you to see all of your successes, big and small, even when you can’t see them yourself. Through this support, trainers will hold you accountable and motivate you, despite your feelings about yourself!

PROPER TECHNIQUE & FORM– Watching all the you tube videos in the world and reading all the fitness magazines, does not substitute having a person by your side providing you immediate feedback on form and technique. It is very easy to hurt yourself in the gym. Trainers pay attention, cue both your mind and your body and help you achieve your goals more quickly by making sure you are doing each exercise correctly. They can help you develop better running form, improve your posture, and increase your strength by teaching you to recruit the proper muscles and making a mind body connection. With each exercise trainers will hold you accountable to proper form and technique preventing injury!

SPORTS SPECIFIC TRAINING– Are you an athlete? Even a recreational athlete can get better at their sport. Personal Trainers in Raleigh and throughout the country have studied body patterns and movements. They know the best exercises to help you develop strength, endurance, speed, and agility for your sport. A personal trainer will know if you have been keeping up your routine through your performance and will hold you accountable to the sports specific exercises in your program!

MAXIMIZE WORKOUT/MINIMIZE TIME– You will burn more calories in less time when working with a personal trainer in Raleigh or anywhere else. A trainer develops a program that is efficient and allows you to get the most in, in the shortest amount of time. Time does not need to be lost at the gym. If you are finding it hard to find time to work out, not only will a trainer help you to get the most out of your work out, but they will teach you how you can do that on your own. Each week trainers will follow up to see if you achieved our workout goals for the week, holding you accountable to exercise on your own time and make tweaks to the program to help you be successful!

INJURY PREVENTION and/or INJURY REHAB– Often people shy away from equipment in the gym because they are afraid of hurting themselves. Likewise, one may stop attending the gym due to an injury. Trainers will teach you how to use equipment properly so that you do not injure yourself. Trainers will also work with you to prevent injuries in everyday life by helping you increase your balance, flexibility, and core strength. They are able to focus on specific exercises that will benefit you based on your activities of daily living. And in the chance that you have suffered an injury, trainers are able to work with you to safely exercise, keep your range of motion, and get your strength back. A personal trainer will not let you use an injury as an excuse to not workout!!

PERSONALIZED PROGRAM– Personal training is just that, PERSONAL! A trainer will develop a program that is specific to you and your goals. If you have an injury, if you want to climb a mountain, if you want lose weight to become pregnant, have lower back pain… The program will be specific to you and only you! A program your trainer takes the time to develop and teach to you. You know they are going to hold you accountable to achieving the goals of that program!

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING– Some of my favorite time during the week is with my clients. You develop a relationship with your trainer like no other. Your relationship is very personal. There are not very many people whom you share your goals so specifically, who in turn will work so diligently to help you achieve them. Often that hour (or two, or three) a week you spend with your trainer, is the only time in your week that is truly devoted to you, your goals, and your successes. I have had sessions in which my client is angry and just wants to workout. There is no talking for the hour. I have had sessions with clients who have recently lost a loved one and their hour with me is their time to escape. I also have sessions with clients where they are so excited to share with me their personal successes and how what we are doing in training is translating into their life outside the gym. Often time’s intimate details of life are shared in sessions and I am so grateful that people trust me enough to allow me these details. It is these personal relationships and the intimate knowledge of who you are that helps the trainer work specifically with you and to hold you accountable to your goals!

RESULTS– Last but certainly not least, working with a trainer will allow you to achieve the results that you cannot achieve on your own. Each person’s goals are extremely personal. Whether it be weight loss, injury rehab, sports training, or seeing your trainer as a life coach, a personal trainer is going to develop goals that will lead you down a path to success. As a personal trainer in Raleigh, I work diligently with each of my clients to help them recognize their results, tangible and intangible, as well as results they never anticipated having. It is these results that not only hold you accountable to me, but they hold me, your trainer, accountable to you!

 

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The 4 Principles of Functional Training- Principle #4 Multi- vs. Limited Movement

 

 

Finish- Overhead Kettlebell Lunge

Overhead Kettlebell Lunge

Overhead Kettlebell Lunge

 

 

 

 

Your body performs along forward, backward, rotational and diagonal planes of movement everyday. A lack of balanced strength along these planes will result in injury-such as a twinge in your back when picking up a suitcase or indulging in your first golf game of the season.

To be fair, machines do have a place in rehab and training, when muscle isolation, or the ability to control movement, speed, direction and intensity is desired. Machines are also useful for novice exercisers who may need a very structured program of movement to build some very basic strength. Machines can also have a role in “bulking” up the body with muscle for unspecified strength. Obviously, body builders will want as much muscle as possible, and aren’t as concerned with how that muscle performs precise, athlete movements. But functional training should be the core of a fitness program for anyone who wants to develop an athletic body along with strength, skill, agility and balance for sports (and life) outside the gym.

 

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What is Wellness?

Transformation Personal Training & Wellness Wheel in Raleigh, NC

Wellness is first and foremost a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life. It begins with a conscious decision to shape a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is a mindset, a predisposition to adopt a series of key principles in varied life areas that lead to high levels of well-being and life satisfaction.

A consequence of this focus is that a wellness mindset will protect you against temptations to blame someone else, make excuses, shirk accountability, or whine.

Wellness is an alternative to dependency on doctors and drugs, to complacency, to mediocrity and to self-pity, boredom and slothfulness.

Many wellness promoters, myself included, see wellness as a philosophy that embraces many principles for good health.