If you made a New Year’s resolution regarding your health and fitness in 2018, you are not alone. Millions of people aim to lose weight, move their bodies more, and feel better as they look ahead to the future, but many are also missing out on a critical “secret weapon.” We’re talking about certified personal trainers. Here’s a closer look at how these professionals can help you reach your fitness goals in the year ahead.
The Power of Personal Trainers
For the third consecutive year, “educated, certified, and experienced personal trainers” made the top five in the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends” for 2018.
It’s with good reason; the services of these qualified fitness experts are increasingly in demand due to the power they have to change people’s lives — starting with helping them set SMART goals.
Goal Setting 101
There’s a lot of wisdom out there about goal-setting. One of the most common pieces of advice is to be SMART about it. This popular method involves choosing goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. This applies no better than when it comes to fitness-based resolutions. The more your health and wellness goals embody these characteristics, the better positioned you are to achieve them.
Our personal trainers can help you apply SMART strategies for your own short- and long-term goals. For example, maybe you’re a novice runner. While a long-term goal may be to run a 10K by the close of the year, a short-term goal may be to run/walk four days a week for 20 minutes at a time. The trainers at Brick Bodies can also help you establish a baseline — both for determining realistic goals as well as measuring benchmarks along the way.
The Many Pros of Personal Training
Beyond goal setting, what can our personal trainers offer that you can’t find on your own? Motivation is a big one. If you’ve struggled in the past with sticking with a workout routine or nutrition plan (these 12 Healthy Dessert Recipes are a great start), a personal trainer can offer unparalleled accountability and consistency which, for many people, adds up to the inspiration to keep returning to the gym and working toward your goals.
Unfortunately, many people are so eager to jump into new fitness plans that they end up doing too much too soon. Not only can this lead to burnout, but it can also cause injuries. A personal trainer will also help you set a reasonable pace while simultaneously teaching you proper exercise techniques which will simultaneously help you avoid getting hurt while maximizing results.
The expertise of certified personal trainers doesn’t end with exercise. They can also help you customize a nutrition plan aimed at best supporting your fitness goals.
One last thing to keep in mind is that all personal trainers aren’t created equal. Because there’s currently no regulated licensure for personal trainers, anyone can declare themselves as such. Brick Bodies’ personal trainers are nationally certified and offer a wide range of specializations to help you meet your fitness goals.
Choosing a certified professional trainer is the best way to know you’re working with someone with the right training, skills, and experience. (On that note, the ACSM’s Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends also highlighted a movement toward legislation mandating licensure for fitness professionals as a top 20 trend.)
There’s a reason why the American Council on Education (ACE) declared hiring a personal trainer to be “one of the best investments you can make in your overall health and well-being.” If you’re looking to optimize your workouts toward making your own fitness-related New Year’s resolution a reality this year, sign up for a personal trainer session at Brick Bodies today.