Are you bored with the same workouts that you perform everyday when you go to the gym? Has your home fitness routine become a drag anabolic steroids? Do you find excuses to skip your fitness routine as it no longer has the charm that it once had? If your answer is a resounding “yes” to all or most of these questions, it’s time to shake up your workout schedule and introduce custom fitness training in your routine.
Different people have bodies that respond differently to exercises. The same set of exercises can show significant results in some people while others may see no visible difference in their physique. Then, there are some who have certain health conditions that need to be taken care of while planning a fitness schedule. Due to these factors, a one-routine-fits-all is no longer a good idea. This is where custom fitness training can help. This is a personalized training, which is developed to suit your specific needs, while being fun, satisfactory and safe too. Whether you need to focus on improving your flexibility, do some cardiovascular exercises, or add some resistance training components to your fitness routine, custom fitness training can do it all. By offering a variety of fitness programs to meet the unique needs of each user, such training has become the norm these days.
Most Fitness Professionals know that as every New Year approaches, people start to think about the importance of exercising as it relates to weight loss and overall health. Many New Year’s resolutions are made to start an exercise program or increase one’s level of physical activity. According to International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), more than 12 percent of gym members join in January compared to an average of 8.3 percent per month for the full year. New gym memberships also show an increase in March as people start to focus on the way they want to look for the summer months.
As a Certified Fitness Professional that works as a Personal Trainer in a corporate gym, it is amazing to see how many gym members try to achieve their fitness goals on their own with little or no knowledge of sometimes even how to operate the machines they decide to use. Often times members rely on friends that they deem “in shape” or “fit” to help them reach the perceived level of fitness success they may have, with no real science behind their exercise routines or programming. What most people fail to realize is that the difference in a person’s body type can often have an effect on how their body responds to the same exercise done by someone else with a different body type.
Aside from consulting with a medical professional prior to starting any exercise program, it is also important that an initial fitness assessment be conducted by a Certified Fitness Professional. This assessment should take into account a person’s health, fitness background, current level of activity, previous injuries, surgeries, medications being taken and any limitations or specific recommendations given by a healthcare professional. These important aspects about a person are crucial to a Fitness Professional prior to any exercise program design. An “in shape” friend with no education or knowledge about a scientific approach to exercising will more than likely not do an initial assessment and could unintentionally coach their friend into a possible injury because of this neglect.
One day in January 2014, because the weather in Los Angeles was so nice, I decided to change things up and do an outdoors workout. As I was climbing the Culver City stairs at Baldwin Hills Scenic Park, I crossed paths with several groups of people working out together. There was a group of women that I passed by twice and the second time, one of the women was obviously not doing well. I watched from afar as four fire trucks and one ambulance made their way up the hill attempting to come to this woman’s aid. Although I didn’t find out exactly what happened to her, it appeared to be an example of a friend pushing another friend past her level of fitness. A classic example of why it is important to hire a Fitness Professional that will design an individualized program according to your fitness level and appropriate for you to have the success you desire.