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What is Personal Training?
Personal Training is the science and art of developing maximum strength, flexibility and power for an individual. I think the role of a personal trainer is to show clients appropriate and safe ways to strengthen the body with both isolated and integrated movement patterns. It is also important to educate clients on how to maintain muscle health and explain why you design programs for them the way you do. My favorite clients are the ones who ask lots of questions.
Programs include stretching and strengthening all muscle groups: core, back, chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps, quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.
Corrective Exercise Training focuses on solving muscle imbalance problems which can cause pain and weakness.
Performance Enhancement Training focuses on making the muscles stronger and more responsive to the demands placed on them.
Balance Training is often overlooked, but it should be incorporated into most training programs unless there is an underlying medical condition that would make it inappropriate. Balance is important for helping to prevent falls, however there is also a deeper purpose. It makes muscles smarter. What I mean is that when the body is placed in an unstable environment (which is what balance training does), the brain learns to develop quicker muscle recruiting patterns because the body’s natural instinct is that it wants to be stable. Instability activates more muscle fibers and at a quicker speed. This is important for improving all athletic performances.
Plyometric Training is not just for athletes. Basically this type of training revolves around jumping and quick movement patterns which usually involve sports, but this concept can also be adapted for most individuals. The premise is to generate rapid force and then decelerate that force. Bouncing utilizes this same concept, but in a less stressful way. Of course, this is type of training does put the most stress on joints and muscles so care must be taken before incorporating it.
How will it help me?
Personal Training can benefit anyone interested in reducing pain or increasing strength, flexibility and performance, whether you are an athlete, post-rehabilitation patient, someone suffering from chronic pain or someone looking to improve his current level of physical fitness. I have worked with all kinds of people from athletes wanting to improve stability and performance to those with chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Long Term Benefits
The long term benefits of personal training are achieving more pain free motion, increased endurance, improved cardiovascular health, more stable blood sugar levels, independent living, and better balance which helps prevent falls and injuries.
Short Term Benefits
Weight loss, higher energy levels, more strength, and more flexiblity