Working with a Certified Personal Trainer isn’t like what you see on TV or in magazines.  Generally speaking a personal trainer is not a drill instructor that screams at you until you’re crumpled in a pile of sweat on the floor.  Nor does a personal trainer just force the “best” exercises on you regardless of your goals and capabilities.

The role of a Certified Personal Trainer is to work with you to create a customized exercise program designed to fit your needs.  Everyone is different and must be treated as an individual.  This means that you won’t be working out to whatever the latest crazy happens to be.  A personal trainer has a responsibility to ensure that any program provided is appropriate for you.

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As a personal trainer I view our relationship as a partnership. We’re in this together.  Working with a personal trainer is also a process.

In your first meeting we’ll be discussing your goals, previous experience, and any health issues that you may have. You’ll also be doing some simple assessments. From there a I can go off and create a program for you.

In your second session we will do a “walk-through” of your program.  This is where I teach you the exercises to ensure that you understand them and can execute them properly.  This will also be your opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.  If something doesn’t feel quite right you’re free to speak up.

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Your program will draw from many disciplines and may include:

Proper stretching is often overlooked by the casual exerciser. Preparing your muscles for the impending workout not only reduces the chance of injury but also makes the workout more effective. Many of us also suffer from muscle imbalances which can be improved through stretching as well. Stretching is also part of the cool-down period to allow your body to slowly return to steady-state.

Core training is often relegated to just doing a bunch of ab crunches. But the core really encompasses the area from the upper thigh to the bottom of the rib cage and goes all of the way around your body. That makes your core an incredibly important part of your body when it comes to stability and being able to lift heavy objects. So it only makes sense to incorporate a variety of exercises designed to strengthen your core.

In balance training we are basically performing movements on one leg. Training in this fashion allows us to correct muscle imbalances that have resulted from injury or just our everyday lifestyle. And as we age, stability becomes a concern. Balance training can help re-connect our mind with our body to aid in those times when we start to feel wobbly.

Plyometrics is basically jumping. So it will not be for everyone, especially if you have knee issues. But it can be a great way to get your heart rate up and improve your explosive power.

SAQ training is all about moving quickly in different directions. On the surface it sounds like something that should only be for hardcore athletes. But even us mortal folks can benefit from the cardio component and from improving the interaction between our mind and body.

When you think cardio training you probably think hamster on a treadmill. But there are plenty of ways to get your heart rate up that are fun, even low/no-impact if you have joint or other health issues. Cardio training can also be achieved by performing resistance exercises in a circuit fashion (little to no rest in between).

Weight lifting is somewhat of an outdated term. With the various types of equipment available these days, like dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, etc. resistance training seems like a better term. But no matter what you choose to call it, it is a critical component of any training program. A common misconception is that picking up a weight will make you big and veiny. It will not. Controlling the number of repetitions, sets, amount of weight and other variables will dictate how your body responds.