Five Great Things About Personal Trainers

Personal trainers | YMCAHave you been working out regularly but still aren’t reaching your fitness goals? Or are you having trouble squeezing a workout in with your busy schedule? A YMCA personal trainer could be the solution you’ve been looking for. Friendly and professional, our trainers know what they’re doing, and they can work with you to help you get out of a plateau. Here are five reasons why personal trainers are a good investment for your fitness!

Personal trainers will show you new things.

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new! If you’ve always wanted to give the machine room a try but were too intimidated, your personal trainer can help you ease machines into your fitness plan. He or she can teach you how to properly use different machines to target different areas of your body. Your trainer can also give you tips on your form when you’re running or lifting, which will help you a lot more than simply watching yourself work out in the mirror.

Personal trainers | YMCAThey will be your #1 cheerleader.

When you’re reached a plateau, it can be difficult to keep up with your workouts. But the most important thing is that you don’t give up! Your personal trainer is not just a fitness coach; he or she is your biggest cheerleader, always encouraging you to keep going. Working with a trainer gives you a real person who has overcome real obstacles.. If your trainer can do it, then so can you!

They can tailor a plan to your lifestyle.

Your trainer gets it: life is busy. That’s why he or she will plan a fitness schedule that you can work with while juggling kids, a job, and other obligations. This involves a lot of conversations between you and your trainer: when you’re free, what you can handle, and why you’ve taken this next step to meeting your goals. No two people are the same, so once your trainer understands a little more about you, he or she can help you stick to a workout plan that makes sense for you.

Your trainer will help you learn to be patient.

Results may not come overnight, but they will happen with a little bit of patience. Your fitness plan will probably start off on the “easier” end so that you can work your way up from there. Your personal trainer will remind you that working gradually toward your goal will prevent injuries that come from doing too much all at once. By committing to your workout and putting in the time and effort, you will reach your goals. After all, slow and steady wins the race!

Personal trainers | YMCAThe relationship you build with your trainer will drive you to get better.

One of the best parts about having a personal trainer is that accountability factor. It’s a lot harder to cancel on someone who’s waiting on you than it is to push back an independent workout on your own time. He or she will also make sure you’re getting better each time you come to the gym. Even when you feel like you can’t do another rep or run another minute, your trainer will encourage you to finish strong. Once you start seeing those results, you’ll be glad you did!

The Lafayette Family YMCA wants to help you achieve your fitness goals! Our certified personal trainers will sit down with you to create an individualized plan to give you the results you’ve been working toward. We offer FREE consultations, where we focus on putting your fitness needs first.

We understand that it can still be challenging to squeeze workouts into your schedule or stay optimistic about your goals, even with a trainer to guide you. An alternative to personal training is GRIT — a 30-minute, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class of no more than 15 people at a time. If you’re a busy professional who’s looking for a convenient group workout, then GRIT is for you. Our GRIT instructors are great about walking around and helping each person individually with their form. So it’s somewhat like a personal training class! As we said earlier, having a personal trainer is a great way to hold yourself accountable and stay motivated; with GRIT, you’ll have others in the room to encourage you, too! With good music and a supportive environment, GRIT is the class to try if you’re looking to sculpt your unique body. Check out our Downtown and 18th Street schedules to see when you can go to GRIT!

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