Millions of people will be planning to lose weight and get healthy as the New Year rolls in. The problem, however, is that the success rates for those resolutions are dismal, as most people will abandon them just days or weeks after making them. One good way to increase the odds of succeeding in meeting the weight loss goals and being healthy is to work with a personal trainer.
“Working with a personal trainer means having someone in your corner who understands your goals and how to help you personally make them a reality,” explains coach Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “A trainer can help hold you accountable, devise a plan that is unique to your needs and abilities and can help keep you motivated for the long haul. You will have a better chance of succeeding in your New Year’s fitness goals working with a personal trainer.”
Millions of people will experience what psychologists refer to as “holiday remorse.” This is when the guilt feelings settle in for all the overeating and not exercising that took place over the holidays. This will prompt many people to vow to get exercising more and lose weight as the New Year begins. This year, one of the trends will be in hiring a personal trainer to help people meet those goals.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 300,000 fitness trainers and instructors in the country. Yet not all of them are created equal, and not just anyone will be a good fit for every person. It’s important for those who will work with a personal trainer to reach their fitness goals to find the right one for them. Here are some tips for choosing the best personal trainer for you:
- Experience. Always opt for a personal trainer who has experience working with people like you, who has helped them achieve the types of results you are after. Inquire about the types of clientele they have helped, and if possible, get some testimonials. Perhaps you can stop by and see them in action and meet some of the people they have helped, too. Their experience is going to be needed in order to help define your program and motivate you to see it through. Be sure to also inquire about their training, certifications, and professional training experience.