As a society, we are facing a public health crisis of epidemic proportions. On a large scale it is affecting our economies, and placing an enormous burden on our health care systems. On a personal scale, countless people are feeling depressed and helpless, especially over their personal state.
Statistics show that 65 percent of Americans are overweight. Out of those, 30 percent of the population is obese. Those figures have increased by upwards of 10 percent over a five-year period alone. There is a desperate need for people who can help. We need education, coaching and instruction in the ways of health and preserving longevity.
Personal training has become become a very popular service, even in this uncertain economic environment. Unfortunately, it is NOT a profession that is regulated at all. This has led to wave upon wave of people breaking into the field with nothing more than a weekend certification course or worse, a certification earned through an online exam.
This is a very unfortunate situation for one very important reason. Mingled in with these dubiously qualified personal trainers, which unfortunately are more the norm, are a few very accomplished trainers who have the qualifications and practical experience to help people realize their health and longevity goals.
This is what a highly qualified trainer can do for you that you can't do for yourself:
Motivation: Not everyone is a self starter. Sometimes you need external motivation to build the momentum you need to sustain healthy habits.
Accountability: Some people need that "appointment" to make their training work.
Eliminate the guesswork: Hire someone to make sure your training is progressing correctly.
Safety: Proper instruction will make sure you are training for maximum effect with minimal breakdown. This means more progress because you are avoiding injury and illness which can result from poor training practices.
Keep things interesting: A great trainer will know how to keep you excited about your training while staying focused on your goals. This is an important distinction. Average personal trainers will use lots of fancy bells and whistles as well as gadgets and gimmicks to keep you entertained without continually moving towards your goals.
These are just some of the benefits of working with a professional trainer. The problem is, how do you sort the pretenders and fakers from those of us who have the education and practical experience to help you achieve your health and longevity goals.
Stay tuned for part two, which I address what to look for in choosing a professional trainer from our team of instructors.