The Fitness Journey: What a Personal Trainer Can Do For You

Strength gains, resistance training, cardiovascular health.  These may be foreign terms to many people who want to embark on a course toward a healthier life but don’t know where to start.  In order to help you navigate, think of hiring a personal trainer as your tour guide.  Your fitness journey begins where ever you currently are and will take you where ever you want to go.  Your trainer will be there to help you decide on your destination, map the route to get you there, plan and execute the itinerary, and be there to help you if you get lost along the way.  All you need to do is show up and enjoy the ride.

Pick your destination:  First, you’ll need to decide where you want to go, or set your fitness goals.  This seems simple yet many people have not given their goals much thought.  Setting your goal destination is the most critical step of the process, because you will never know when you get there if you don’t know where you are going.  If you are first time traveler on a fitness trip, you may want to start with any easily attainable goal.  This will allow you to gain some confidence in your ability to control of your environment and body.    If you would like to see some weight loss, an easy start would be a 5 pound goal.   It’s easy to get to, kind of like Chicago, drivable and scenic, but not very exotic.  Your trainer will work with you to help you decide what an attainable goal will be specific to you.

Decide on your mode of transportation:  Florida is a great destination, but it’s going to take you a long time to get there from Minnesota if you walk, even longer without a map.  Same goes for big fitness goals and no plan for how to get there.  Your trainer can help you by putting together a detailed plan and attaching a timeline to it so you will know exactly what to do and when you expect to see results.  You and your trainer will work together to find the perfect mix of challenge and variety that will make the journey enjoyable and interesting instead of drudgery.  Having a firm plan in place will keep you on a steady pace.  Think of it as being handed a first class plane ticket when you thought you’d have to drive your broken down vehicle. It makes for a much more enjoyable trip. Perhaps one you could even look forward to instead of dreading. Don’t worry if you do get sidetracked periodically, just get back on course and focus on the final destination.

Enjoy the trip:  This journey is not about a starting point and an ending point, rather the journey itself becomes the adventure.  Embrace the changing scenery and savor the local flavors.  In other words, as you see changes in your body, acknowledge that your hard work is paying off.  Revel in the fact that your clothes fits better.  Delight in having more energy.  Delight in a better attitude toward your body and celebrate your feeling of contentment knowing you are doing the right thing.  This will definitely help you stay motivated and on course to the final destination. Your trainer will keep you on track and engaged by offering a variety of new exercises whenever things start getting stale. Enjoy the foods that will nourish and fuel your body and avoid the ones that will prolong you from getting where you are heading.  Your trainer can also help you put together a nutritional plan allowing you to experiment with exciting new foods and flavors that you wouldn’t have come up on your own.  Challenge yourself to find new ways to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Remember that the journey is the experience.

Rinse and repeat:  Once you reach your destination and bask in your accomplishment for a while, it’s time to set a new goal and enjoy another tour.   Your trainer will be there to help set another goal, suggests a different course and help you get there once again.  Your success will be the key to staying on course and your trainer will be the one to offer you a plethora of options to get there.

Before you know it, you’ll become a seasoned traveler.  You may even gain the confidence you need to go it alone.  You’ll be running, cycling, swimming, whatever you can imagine.  Your trainer will applaud your efforts and accomplishments and hand you some shiny brochures on other places you may want to try in the future.  Kettlebells?  TRX?  Boot Camp?  Bring it on, you’ll say.  I want to see it all


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