For many, the arrival of a new year involves reflection on the past year (what we did, what we didn't do) as well as a list of resolutions and/or goals for the upcoming year. Based on what you want to accomplish in 2017, you might be in the market for a personal trainer to guide you towards achieving your health and fitness related goals.
Health and fitness has become a multi-billion dollar industry, often using gimmicks, fads, and misinformation to generate profit from consumers just wanting to look and feel their best. This environment makes is difficult to find a personal trainer with the education, knowledge, and experience that will deliver the results you want without and of the *BS* you don't want. If you really want to set yourself up for success in 2017, do your research. Here are the top five things to look for when choosing a personal trainer:
First and foremost, make sure your prospective personal trainer has current credentials from an accredited source. At PEAK Custom Fitness Solutions all of our trainers are Certified Personal Trainers and/or Corrective Exercise Specialists through the National Academy of Sport Medicine.
For more than 20 years, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has set the standard in certification, continuing education, solutions and tools for health and fitness, sports performance and sports medicine professionals. NASM has pioneered evidence-based health and fitness solutions that optimize physical performance and allow individuals to achieve a variety of fitness activity goals.
2) Common Interests/Experience
Look for a trainer who has interest and experience in that which you want to accomplish. For example, if you want to improve as a runner in 2017, find a trainer who runs AND also coaches other runners.
3) Ability to provide Corrective Exercise Protocol & Long Term Programming
Find a trainer that will 1) complete an objective assessment of your current fitness level and 2) design and modify your programming based on your goals and level of fitness.
At PEAK Custom Fitness Solutions, every client starts with a Health and Movement Consultation where we collect as much information as possible about how the individuals moves. We design programs that provide the appropriate levels of corrective exercise, balance/coordination, cardiovascular conditioning, resistance training, and flexibility/mobility based on the individual's goals and needs.
There is so much more to training than just resistance training or cardiovascular conditioning! If these are the only aspects of your training routine, or if they have no rhyme or reason, you might be leaving yourself open to injury and/or stunting your performance potential! If your training routine cannot be directly linked to your performance goals, ask yourself (or better yet, your current trainer) why not?!
4) Integrative Approach
Research has proven that there are many factors that effect health and performance beyond your training regimen; for example, sleep/rest, nutrition, stress (or stress management). You might put in the work in the gym, but imbalances in other aspects of your health can slow down or even halt your progress.
At PEAK Custom Fitness Solutions, you don't just get a personal trainer; you get access to a team of highly skilled providers with the expertise and knowledge you need to take your health and fitness to the next level. In addition to our customizable training solutions, PEAK also offers nutritional services and yoga. For services that fall outside of our scope of practice, we partner with like-minded health care professionals including a sports psychologist and physical therapists.
Whatever your goals are, big or small, find a trainer who can meet you where you are and who knows how to coach not just train. A trainer who can also coach will be able to keep you motivated when challenges and hurdles arise and will praise you as you accomplish milestones and congratulate you when you achieve your goals. You want a trainer who takes your training as seriously as you do - who keeps appointments, shows up on time, and who is ready with a program specifically for you.
At PEAK Custom Fitness Solutions, we make a promise to our existing and future clients to deliver safe, effective, and science-based training. We don't sell gimmicks, we don't give in to fads (unless they are effective!). Our trainers act with professionalism. We promote an environment of learning and fun, friendly competition. We are willing and able to coach clients of all abilities levels to reach their PEAK.
If you are interested in learning more about our PEAK Process or how our services might help you reach your health and fitness goals in 2017, contact us at....
Ruthie O'Hehir, CPT, RYT-500, PICP Level 1 & 2