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What Is Personal Training? What Should It Be?

11/28/2016, 5:00am PST
By Kelvin

If you've spent any time at the North Shore Winter Club, chances are you've had the pleasure of running into one of the most energetic, passionate personalities ever. 

And I'm not just saying that because he volunteered to write a guest article for us!

I'm proud to call Steph St. Laurent a colleague, a mentor, and a friend. Steph sent me a few thoughts for our reading pleasure to uncover some of the mysteries surrounding personal training. 

Take it away Steph!

What Are Your Goals? 

The thought of personal training often raises many questions. What is it? Why is it important?  How does it help me toward my goals?  Personal training with the right trainer can be the needed catalyst in reaching one’s health and fitness goals. This relationship encompasses many ingredients - trust being at the forefront. 

Someone seeking to assistance in their goals has to feel the element of trust in order to follow through on the process at hand. It's a process. There's no magic wand or pill one can take to arrive at their goals. However, there is the right path, the best path to get there with the help of someone knowledgeable. 

The first step in establishing a personal training relationship is the consultation. This step is very important. I refer to this as the discovery, where trainer and client determine needs and goals, plus covering any limitations or injuries if there any. The consultation also covers current levels of fitness, nutritional habits, and time available to dedicate to achieving one’s goals. 

After a clear picture has been painted? Then a path can be drawn. 

The Benefits

The benefits of having a trainer by your side with this plan versus going at it alone are many. Statistically, people who set out on their own see very little results with their fitness - at least initially. Many obstacles can get in the way, the least of which being your own commitment to a plan, plus knowing what to do and how to do it safely. 

Having the right level of intensity to create change is also crucial. A trainer can help keep you accountable and motivated toward your goals. This is where a trainer carries the bulk (sorry) of their value - the intensity and the encouragement to find the right level of work ethic. Trainers keep you excited and on track, especially on the days you don’t feel like working out. No one has ever regretted a workout. With nutrition making up 75% of the equation in these goals, it's super easy to struggle in this area. A trainer provides perspective and education on tackling this challenge. 

Are You Enjoying the Process?

Hard work can and should be fun. I've had plenty of clients over the years who have started and stopped numerous times. They've spent thousands on gym memberships with little to no return on their investment. They invest in fad diets instead of learning about proper nutrition on a daily basis. 

There's no question that there are many things stacked against someone regarding health and fitness. The biggest one? Making time for yourself. Again, back to the true value of your trainer, This is where he or she holds their true value, in keeping you accountable to setting this time aside. More than anything, your trainer keeps you in check with regards to your personal directives and ambitions. 

Everyone is looking for something different, and everyone has personal requirements. One of the common ones? Inspiration.

If you're looking for a little inspiration to get a start on your fitness journey or even just to make some small changes, a trainer is probably a good investment to make sure you start off on the right foot.

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