Comfort in numbers
As it has evolved, personal training has spawned even more options. Group personal training seems like a misnomer, but it's actually a very effective alternative to one-on-one workouts. In a group, people gain the support of those with similar goals and fitness levels without losing the attention of the trainer. This has the added benefit of being more affordable because the group is sharing the training fee. It can sometimes be tricky, but the most important part of the group dynamics is matching both the physicality and personality of the clients, which can lead to either the best or worst of situations. Great trainers have the aptitude to do this quite successfully.
Personal training is a great choice if you:
Remember: Personal trainers are not magicians or miracle workers. Some people mistakenly believe hiring a personal trainer and showing up at a gym will automatically transform their body. Even with a great trainer, these clients will come away feeling it's a waste of money. A personal trainer can only help you get out of a training session what you put into it.
The first step is showing up on time, adequately rested, hydrated and nourished, and the rest is 60 minutes of focused effort. You must prepare to train. When you do, not only will it work, it'll feel like a bargain.
Cindy Boggs, fitness presenter, author and Activate America director, has been an ACE-certified instructor/trainer since 1989. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to her at YMCA of Kanawha Valley, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, or e-mail cindys...@aol.com. Look for Cindy's award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World," at www.cindysays.com, or contact the YMCA at 304-340-3527.