Saturday, July 5, 2008
Day in and day out I go to my local gym and see individuals secure personal trainers that don't walk the walk. These trainers are knowledgeable but really don't live a fit lifestyle--they are overweight, they over emphasize exercise as a means to maintain weight, and they feel committed to providing an unusual array of exercises (that don't always look very safe). You don't need to have a trainer provide the motivation for your healthy lifestyle but it does help to have those around you support your goals. Every day, we see people dedicated to fitness (at the gym, in your neighborhood, at work) and they can be your role models. Create a "fitness" team of people (family, friends, co-workers) who will inspire you to maintain your determination. Please note: If you have never "worked out" and have little knowledge of physical training, a personal trainer can be very helpful. But as in any profession or service, some trainers are better than others. Once you learn the basics, you should be able to make progress on your own. My point in writing this post isn't to bash personal trainers (I am one) but to encourage you to learn what is necessary to maintain your own routine rather than become dependent on a trainer.