Philly doesn’t just have historical monuments in every corner, now it seems that every corner also has a new gym, fitness center, or a yoga studio.
Whether you are located in Northern Liberties, University City or any other Philly neighborhood your workouts are not limited to traditional gyms. Emily Leaman, reported that there has been a new rise in alternate forms of exercise in Philly. Traditional gyms are being replaced with free outdoor yoga, Facebook running clubs, and even pilates fitness studios.
Those conducting these alternate classes are personal trainers that have picked up on the trend. They are stepping out of the comfort zone of the gym and testing more exciting ways of helping their clients stay in shape.
A personal trainer is a professional that can provide an individualized approach to increase your fitness levels but also be able to take into consideration your present conditions and limitations. They understand that not one size fits all, especially when it comes to workouts.
They will help to clearly define your fitness goals and explain the techniques to help you achieve them.
If you are looking to improve your health but stay away from a boring monotonous gym routine, whether you’re living in Philly or New York or LA, a fitness instructor might just be the perfect solution.
Personal trainers can be found working in a variety of different settings. Each location provides a personal trainer with tools that mold the services they’ll be able to provide.
Self-employed personal trainers usually have the most flexibility in their schedules and workload. Because they don’t answer to a gym or club, they will be able to work with you with little restraint.
If you want your sessions to be indoors, your trainer will be able to meet you at your gym or in your home. If you like the feel of fresh air, your personal trainer can even meet you at Fairmount Park for a session.
With so many accessible parks in Philly, they are great options for a fitness session with your trainer. (Photo by Madison Nickel on Unsplash)
If you find your personal trainer through a health club, they will be able to provide more sophisticated equipment and space for your training.
Working at a gym such as Lifetime Athletic or the Training Station gives the trainer access to reserved areas for sessions and heavy equipment. Equipment such as kettlebells, treadmills, and specialized benches would most likely not be available if you are working outside of a gym.
There are also trainers that work on special needs clients. These trainers will have specialized areas of focus such as working with senior fitness, youth fitness, corrective exercise, or pre and postnatal workouts. Specialized trainers work on a niche group of activities. You can hire a special needs trainer if you or a family member would like to address specific issues via fitness training.
Group fitness instructors also constitute as personal trainers; they just train multiple people at once. They are most likely found at gyms or health clubs holding group exercise classes. Working with trainers that hold classes allows you to attend a multitude of their classes and be motivated with your peers. These types of trainers are usually the most affordable not just in Philly but in larger cities such as Austin and Chicago, too.
There is no one single body that certifies personal fitness trainers in the US. Rather there are several that give accreditations to those who complete their fitness and kinesiology education programs.
Personal trainers must study a degree of exercise science and kinesiology to be certified. (Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash)
There are hundreds of accreditation methods and programs throughout the US for personal training. The following are the most popular nationwide:
In addition to these certifications, fitness professional will also have CPR and AED certification.
If your trainer has any of the above certifications, you are in great hands. If they do not, no need to worry! Ask your potential fitness coach about the requirements for their trainer certification, they may be quite similar to those listed above.
As you get ready to go to your first session with a fitness professional you might ask, so what am I supposed to bring? What should I wear?
Your first session with a trainer will be an assessment. They will ask about your current and past routines concerning fitness and health. They will also ask you to fill out a couple of forms such as waivers, client contracts, and a PAR-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire).
Make sure to wear athletic shoes for each session with your trainer. (Photo by Kristian Egelund on Unsplash)
Before your first session, make sure to do the following:
One of the biggest perks of having a personal trainer is that their goal is to help you maximize productivity at the gym. They know exactly what exercises to focus on for your specific goals and are aware of what works and what does not.
Time is precious, especially when it comes to fitness with a trainer, make sure to always be on time for your sessions. (Photo by Aron Visuals on Unsplash)
With no time wasted and the correct exercises completed, progress can come quite quickly but it also means that you need to put in the effort on your side.
Here are some ways that can help you make the most out of the workout sessions with your trainers:
Whether you are looking for a total body reformation or for simple muscle toning, a personal trainer is a great start. They will be able to provide a personal training program to help improve your overall health and fitness.
Whether through cardio, endurance training or boot camps, a couple of sessions with a trainer can be the jump-start to a healthier and more confident you.