How to find the personal trainer for you
Your personal trainer is there to help you reach your goals. Your trainer is a person you may meet with once a month or once a day. When going to a consultation with a trainer or to meet yours for the first time, be yourself! You want a trainer that pushes you to be your best, but you also want someone you can see yourself getting along with.
Have some goals in mind
If you're thinking about getting a personal trainer, brainstorm some goals you may have for beginning a program. Want to improve your form? Rehabilitate an injury? Do you have any weight-related goals? These goals don't need to be specific, but it's a good idea to have something in mind. Your trainer should be able to understand your goals and help you refine them to make them achievable.
Don't be afraid to ask
When looking for trainers, don't be afraid to ask the trainer if they have experience in certain fields. Are you looking to gain strength after having a baby? Ask your trainer if they have experience with postpartum mothers. Not sure where to start after having a knee replacement? Ask the trainer if they know about the exercise recommendations for joint replacements. A good trainer will be honest with you about their comfort level working with these types of situations. You need to feel comfortable that your trainer knows what they are doing when working with you!
Try them out
Ageless Fitness recommends at least one personal training session with your trainer before choosing to stick with a program. Any trainer can talk you into a deal, but until you experience what a session will be like, you won't know what you are signing up for. Its a good idea to try the trainer out and see how you like their style. Don't hesitate to ask questions, this is your time to get to know the person you may be working with!
Keep communication open
Choose a trainer you feel comfortable talking to. There should be open communication regarding your goals, how you're feeling, and if you are getting the results you want. Trainers want you to speak up if you want something to change in your program. We are designing programs for you, but that doesn't mean we aren't human. You should feel comfortable being honest with your trainer about your goals and how you feel about your sessions. A fitness journey isn't perfect, but your trainer is there to encourage you along the way.
Not sure where to go?
Ageless Fitness provides one-on-one and small group sessions for individuals looking for a safe, home-like atmosphere for exercise. Ageless Fitness plans focus on building strength, balance, functional fitness, and confidence. Not sure if Ageless Fitness is right for you? Send us an email at email@example.com or call us at 805-845-7277 to discuss setting up a free consultation to meet with our trainers and see if it's a match!
The Benefits of Walking
By Olivia Fishlow
Walking: Here For A Good Time, AND A Long Time
People who walk regularly see improved physical condition, which directly correlates to a longer lifespan. A study from the American Cancer Society found that even low levels of walking are linked with lower mortality. Walk more and live longer!
You Can't Buy Happiness, But You Can Walk To It!
Walking is found to lift daily mood, and fill you with natural endorphins! In fact, a study from Walking for Health stated that walking, especially in groups, lowers depression, relieves stress, and enhances sense of well being! With spring having sprung, there is no better cure for a bad day than a walk out in the sun!
Walking the Walk Helps You Talk the Talk!
Walking isn't only good for your body--it helps your mind as well. It has been found to increase blood flow to the brain, improving focus and making you feel sharper! Tired of forgetting that word that's just on the tip of your tongue? Maybe a walk will help you remember!
Walking is Free!
In today's world of acai bowls and kale infused muffins (surprisingly tasty), it seems that taking care of yourself means neglecting your wallet. But that doesn't have to be the case! One of the best ways to stay in shape is through walking, and best of all, it's completely free! All you need is a pair of shoes and the willingness to start.
In short, the benefits of walking are many: better physical and mental health, longer lifespan, and completely free. One of my favorite ways to start the day is with a short walk to the beach to watch the waves and, with the weather being better, I'm excited to check out some of the trails in the Santa Barbara mountains! If you have any favorite walks you would like to share, are interested in a group walk, or just athletic training in general, contact us!
One More Thought
How come you can "take a walk" but you have to "go for a run"?
Julie is the program director and head personal trainer at Ageless Fitness. She focuses on wellness and health education with her clients and encourages the process of creating programs to be individual and informative