ed. note: I am off gettin’ married, celebratin’ and so I hope you enjoy all my awesome guest posts. Today you’re hearing from my BRF, Mar on the benefits of personal training! Yay, Mar 🙂
Greetings Eat Pray Run, DC readers!! I am excited for the opportunity to guest post on my BRF Courtney’s blog. And before I get to the topic at hand, I want to extend a hearty congratulations and best wishes to Courtney and K who are celebrating their nuptials. Woo hoo!
Today’s topic is pretty near and dear to my heart. I first started working with a personal trainer a few years ago when I was going through some health issues. I wanted to up the ante on my workout routine and get stronger in preparation for surgery and recovery. Since then I have had two other personal training experiences. I find that for me having a personal trainer helps keep me accountable and attain very specific goals.
Right now I train at Roam Fitness DC which offers functional fitness solutions for its clients and athletes. You can take strength training and yoga indoors or participate in an Outrun, which combines short runs with body weight exercises all with a DC backdrop. So, if you’re local to DC that’s my plug, check them out 😉
I stopped personal training last fall when I began marathon training. Running so many miles a week takes a lot out of you and I wasn’t as committed to my strength training days as I should have been. I ended up with a foot injury, no marathon, and a “little” weight gain. Gulp. I knew when I was able to workout again I wanted and needed some additional help to get me back on track. And that’s where Jake comes in!
He has been instrumental in helping me work towards my goals and I can see and feel me getting stronger every week. I’ve already run 2 half marathons since recovering from the foot injury. He takes the time to show me proper form and correct me where needed; has confidence in my ability and adjusts weights as appropriate (even when I give him a whatchu’ talking ‘bout Willis look); is knowledgeable and has a pleasant demeanor. This is so important when you are paying for this kind of service.
As with any relationship, fit between client and trainer is essential. You may have to “try” out a trainer to make sure there is a fit. Take advantage of intro sessions and ask questions!! Here are my benefits of working with a personal trainer:
- Help you reach your stated goals, be it weight loss, injury recovery or overall strength and toning
- Teach you proper form and technique
- Avail you to new perspectives and ideas in fitness (Exhibit A – TRX planks)
- Serve as a motivator and accountability partner
- Give you personalized attention and a tailored training program
Some might balk at the idea of a personal trainer because of the perceived cost. For me, I put a premium on my health and fitness so will make adjustments within my budget to make this a priority. Keep in mind you do not have to personal train forever. The right trainer will maximize your time with them and prepare you for moments when you are on your own. Jake gives me tips all the time for things I can do when I no longer see him. Though he’s such a pleasure to work with I know we’ll be friends for life (I’m not that easy to get rid of)! But that is also indicative of a good trainer and good client/trainer relationship.
Have you ever utilized a personal trainer? If not, would you try it?
Mar is a DC based RRCA certified running coach and overall fitness enthusiast who blogs her adventures at www.marontherun.com.