Benefits of Personal Coach For Your Fitness Goal

James Jones
Created by James Jones
On May 26, 2019
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Benefits of Personal Coach For Your Fitness Goal

When you need an annual physical exam, you make an appointment with a medical doctor (General Practitioner). When you wish to file a lawsuit, you find the best lawyer that you can afford. Logic dictates that you follow the same reasoning for your workout goals. The expert here is an experienced and properly certified personal gym trainer. You can rest assured that a personal gym trainer with work with you to customize a workout plan accommodate issues such as injuries and scheduling and track your progress.

The first step is to find an expert in the field. Like most professions, there are many institutions and levels of certification for personal coaches. You cannot go wrong if you employ a CrossFit certified personal coaching. High standards are the norm for the CrossFit instructor. They must engage in extensive instruction and rigorous testing to become a CrossFit certified personal trainer. Level 1 certification introduces attendees to the ABCs of CrossFit while covering important issues such as safety and classroom instruction. Dedicated trainers go on to achieve Level 3 CrossFit certification. This is for experienced individuals who demonstrate the highest levels of expertise and dedication to personal coaching. It is administered by the American National Standards Institute. Level 3 certified trainers by the Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT) demonstrate the highest levels of expertise.  You can rest assured that you are under the care of a professional capable of steering you to your exercise goals.

A personal coach will get you to your exercise goals safely, efficiently and on your limited schedule. Safety is paramount because a personal coach will guide you in the proper manner to perform each movement. This includes aerobic drills, weight lifting or specific sports such as rowing and cycling. Participants are often ignorant of basic safety practices. The proper body position while deadlifting, or doing the squat and curl can be taught by a personal trainer. There is a follow up when the personal coach supervises each move and makes corrections as needed. There are many unsafe practices while running, cycling, weightlifting and even walking. Participants do not spot these unsafe practices even with the aide of a videotape. A personal trainer’s trained eye makes these corrections in real time before a participant gets injured. Another downside of poor form is the participant does not get the full benefits of the session. Poor form results in muscles not worked properly and wasted energy.  A common challenge for each participant is getting the right combination of weight loss and muscle gain. A trainer is specially equipped to work today's healthy balance. This becomes harder when a participant has limited time for exercise. It is imperative that participants get maximum benefit. The personal trainer is usually able to work out an acceptable schedule so the participant remains under professional care. Some personal trainers also design additional physical activities for times when they are not together. So-called ‘homework’ is part of a comprehensive physical fitness plan.

Personal gym trainers are best at helping the participant make lifestyle changes. Weight loss goals can be achieved by personal commitment and sacrifice. A participant can lose ten pounds and fit in the desired outfit. However, lifestyle changes require motivation and technical expertise. This is the ultimate goal of all participants. It involves not just losing weight but keeping it off. A personal trainer motivates and creates a plan with the participant for this to happen. Motivation takes many forms. The trainer may work with the participant to set achievable and realistic goals. Effective planning goes beyond mere weight loss. Goals may include major medical markers, examples include a lower resting heart rate, reduced waist size, improved cholesterol levels, a reversal to Type 2  Diabetes, better blood pressure number and improved mental health.

Personal coaches are good at helping you to track results and measure progress. Participants often use a scale to determine the number of pounds lost. However, personal trainers are able to log major medical markers and track these over longer periods. Participants are encouraged to keep a personal physical fitness journal. This may lead to discussions and then alterations to training programs. Goals may be adjusted as more data is analyzed. This process is facilitated by an abundance of fitness gadgets on the market. Smartphones, smartwatches, Fitbit trackers and the primitive pedometer allow participants to auto log progress such as total steps per day, heartbeats, calories and even quality of sleep. Personal trainers use this information to create a better fitness plan and customized goals. As the personal trainer and participants make more data-driven decisions, there is greater confidence in the overall fitness plan.

Personal trainers often spot a plateau early and design a plan to get past it. Plateau is a point in a fitness regime when the participant’s progress is slowed or stops. Personal trainers meticulously monitor progress and notice plateaus. They realize that this is a critical time when some participants get discouraged and even abandon their fitness regimen. Trainers step up at this vulnerable time and motivate the participant to persevere. This may include motivational talks, changes in drills, an increase in the number of repetitions, longer rest periods between sessions, more sessions, more ‘homework’ and dietary changes.

Trainers not only create a fitness plan but also help with dietary changes. These are the one/two punches necessary for effective weight loss. Trainers study the major food groups and they are knowledgeable about healthy food choices and the thermogenic impact of foods. They can guide participants in making better dietary choices. A diet may accompany the fitness plan to generate a holistic approach to goal setting. Motivational talks during each session keep the participant motivated and wanting to train harder and stick with healthy choices. Trust is built as goals are achieved. The bond between trainer and participant becomes stronger as time progress and the latter sees improvement. Participants see the trainer as an important part of their overall happiness. This is a good investment because hiring a personal trainer is a significant step in achieving meaningful and long-lasting good health.