by Dr. Rogers Center Fitness Center Personal Trainer, Jonathan Herrick
A personal trainer is a fitness expert whose main role is to help clients achieve fitness goals. Goals can be weight loss, toning, or just practicing a more healthy and balanced lifestyle. Personalized training is a custom workout plan designed just for you to work toward your fitness goals.If personal training has piqued your interest, we invite you to read these words of workout wisdom by Dr. Rogers Fitness Center Personal Trainer, Jonathan Herrick.
Q. Why do we plateau during an exercise?
-The body is a very unique machine with one main goal. Adapt. Adaptation is the number 1 reason why results seem to taper off, and the progress you were seeing starts to slow down.
-What is adaptation? It’s exactly what it sounds like. Your muscles and body adapt over time every aspect of your workout. From the exercises you’re doing, to the rest you’re taking in between each exercise; you’re body’s number one goal is to adapt.
-To counteract the body’s natural adaptation a personal trainer can change several different acute variables to make your program as specific to you as your goals.
-Program Specificity. No two bodies are the same, and everyone has different goals. Depending on what your goals are, a personal trainer can create a specific workout program that will keep pushing your limits and pushing you towards your goals.
“Take care of your body…it’s the only one you have.”
-regular exercise and strength training is an important piece to any fitness puzzle, however, improper form or unsafe loading can result in injury. Injury leads to recovery and more time off.
-Muscle Imbalances are caused by overactive and underactive muscles not properly playing their part in completing a movement. When presented with too heavy of a load, whether you can lift it properly or not, your body wants to lift it by any means necessary. Over time this builds up imbalances, which reinforce bad form, and ultimately lead to injury.
-Spotters are integral to any safe exercising environment. They can help you spot bad form or, most importantly catch a load should you drop it unsafely. A reporter once asked Mohamed Ali how many crunches he does. He responded, “I don’t know. I only start counting when they start hurting because that’s when it counts.” The last few reps, when it hurts, are the ones that are doing the most for your progression, but sometimes you need a spotter to do it safely.
“Maximize your Time!”
-When do you want to lose that extra weight? How soon would you like your perfect summer body? How fast do you want to feel healthy again? If you’re like most you probably answered something like ASAP! Your time is valuable, and a personal trainer can help to make the most of every minute. A personal trainer takes all the guesswork out of spending time working towards your goal!
-Imagine what you would do on an average 45 trip to the gym. You might walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes, and follow it up with a few sporadic exercises using various pieces of equipment. Could you alone maximize every minute you were there? A personal trainer builds every workout for you, assembles all the equipment you’ll need for that workout, and modifies as needed to ensure you are getting the most out of every workout!
-A S.M.A.R.T. Goal is Specific, Measured, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Personal training can help you develop your goals, and a personal trainer can build a workout program that is specific to them. When a program is lined up with your goals, so will your results!
-As your body begins to adapt a personal trainer can make adjustments to the program. These adjustments could be in the intensity, tempo, volume, rest, rep range, or even in the exercises themselves. Your acute variables, and their modification, play a huge role in the results you see, so adjusting or modifying is a must when on your fitness journey. Doing it wisely for your benefit is where your personal trainer comes in!
“Mental Benefits of Using a Personal Trainer”
-Encouragement is one of many keys to success on your fitness journey. Although there are several places to find that encouragement, even inside yourself, somedays you just don’t want to work out. Pushing through this wall is a great mental exercise to creating new neural net pathways and new habits, but somedays you may just need that extra push. A personal trainer can be that extra push for you. That extra bit of accountability will make all the difference. In addition, knowing you’ve already paid good money for your time with this trainer may incentivize you getting your money’s worth.
-Do you remember homework? It definitely wasn’t the most fun of school, but what was worse was having to tell your teacher you didn’t do it. Very similarly a personal trainer will give you “homework” in the way of exercises or tasks to work on till you see them next; just like your old teacher, they will ask you next time how it went. A personal trainer can be that added accountability for you.
-When you go to the gym what do you do first? Is it the same thing every time? Do you ever switch it up? Why do you switch it up? One of the most valuable things a trainer brings to the table is structure. Knowing what to do or when to change it up can be a daunting task, especially with so many fitness fads online. A personal trainer structures you program around you and your goals. From the days you meet up to the exercises you do each day, there will be a rhyme and a reason for everything.
To schedule your personal training appointment in San Antonio, call us at Dr. Rogers Fitness Centers 210-495-2117.