Why Hire a Personal Trainer?

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Why Hire a Personal Trainer?

 A personal trainer is not a luxury!

It’s a great investment in your health and well-being! Ask any fitness expert and the answer is always the same. The best way to get started on an exercise program is to use a personal trainer.

Personal trainers work intensively with individual clients to develop training programs best suited to help them achieve better health and well being – then supervise every workout to assure maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Workouts are fun and safe, leaving you feeling exhilarated, not exhausted.

  • New clients get a fitness program tailored to their precise needs and desires, assuring progress without exhaustion. They learn the safest and most effective way to perform each movement.
  • Clients with medical conditions get a program coordinated with their doctor or physical therapist. Personal trainers are experienced in dealing with a wide range of exercise limitations.
  • Need help sticking to a program? Hit Fitness trainers make workouts fun. We work around your schedule. We motivate, encourage and keep your routines fresh.
  • Not making any progress? Hit Fitness trainers know all the tricks for getting you to that next level. We know all the best training programs and newest techniques.

What you can expect from your trainer?

Here’s What Happens:

The basic idea is for us to get to know each other, and for you, as a prospective client, to get a feel for what it would be like to work with us. We’ll ask you a bunch of questions about your health and fitness background, discuss your fitness objectives, and then lay out an overall program to get you where you want to go.

The procedure goes something like this:

  1. We complete a Medical Health Questionnaire. This helps determine: a) whether you should get a doctor’s clearance before beginning a serious exercise program, b) whether there are problem areas we should work around, and, c) whether there are old injuries or weaknesses that we can help with therapeutic type exercises.
  2. Next comes a Lifestyle and Activity Analysis. We’ll start by gathering some basic information such as your height, weight and so forth, calculate your body Mass Index (BMI), and do a body fat analysis using electrical impedance. Then we will discuss your exercise history. Most relevant is what you’ve been doing recently but everything counts. If you were very active 10 or 20 years ago, it will be much easier to get back in shape than if everything is brand new.
  3. We then discuss: “What do you want to get out of an exercise program?” There will probably be some give and take here because we want to ensure that your goals are challenging but realistic. For example, we want any weight loss to be long lasting, not based on water loss or unhealthy eating patterns.

At this point, it is up to us to use everything that we have learned about you to lay out a balanced, healthy exercise program and if you wish, make some recommendations on your diet. Most programs will include elements of cardio, strength and flexibility work.

We go through an “Exercise Recommendations” form which includes space for:

  • Aerobic exercise recommendations – type of exercise (treadmill for example), frequency, duration, and intensity level, based on heart rate. We’ll explain the concept of your training heart rate zone and how to use it in your training.
  • In the strength training section, we typically recommend 12 to 14 different exercises to target all of the major muscle groups of the body. The mix will largely be determined by your objectives and exercise background. We will also be careful to include any appropriate rehab or preventive maintenance exercise.
  • Flexibility work is often overlooked but is extremely important, particularly as we age. We will describe some basic stretches useful for everyone, and then those that are especially good for your individual circumstances.

We will probably expect you to do part of the recommended program on your own, and other parts with us. Usually that means doing your cardio work on your own and strength and flexibility work with us. We will establish your cardio program and monitor your performance, but we will generally not stand there and watch you walk on a treadmill, for example.

If you choose to work with Hit Fitness Training, we can start talking about scheduling future appointments. If not, you can just take our recommendations and train on your own. In either case, you’ve received a full hour of one-on-one attention from a highly qualified fitness professional. Give us a call at 267-784-3626 or e-mail Dan@HitFitnessTraining.com, and we can set up a convenient time for one of our trainer to come to your home or for you to come to us.