Mike Olivas, training here with Claudia Perez Olivas, says being a personal trainer is not just about helping clients look better. "It's about improving their life through better health and lifestyle changes."
With the holidays in full swing, you're likely focused on gatherings, gifts and grub. After hitting the afterparty menudo (and aspirin bottle), you’ll probably turn your attention to your New Year resolutions – including to lose weight and get fit (and to never ever party like that again).
To stick to your fitness resolution beyond January, consider hiring a personal trainer.
“It’s not just about helping someone look better, it’s about improving their life through better health and life-style changes,” says Mike Olivas, owner of Fit for Life gym. “When the vaccines were made available, we had a huge influx of clients. People were ready to get fit after being indoors for a year. As is always the case, we’re expecting a big turnout again once 2022 comes around.”
For those who either aren’t ready to go out yet, or just can’t make it to a gym, all isn’t lost.
“I actually started my business during COVID,” says Katrina Forti, owner of Work It Fitness Boutique. “Because people were home, we offered live training sessions online. Anyone who is still feeling uneasy going to the gym, or mom’s that have young kids and can’t go to the gym, can still do so virtually on a daily basis.”
Forti believes new year turnout may be higher than usual.
“For all the years that I’ve trained, we’ve always seen a big bump after the holidays and we’re expecting the same thing this year,” she says. “But because the COVID numbers are going down, more people than ever could be looking to get back into shape.”
7 Things to Know BeforeHiring a Personal Trainer
1. Compatibility: Every trainer is different, some are loud and intense, some are calmer. Just like a marriage, there has to be a comfortable feeling between trainer and client. If personalities clash, the training will suffer.
2. Qualifications:Some trainers have degrees, some are certified, some are just knowledgeable. The more qualifications a trainer has, the better and safer your experience.
3. Recommendation: Clients will spread the word on how good or bad a trainer is. A client’s recommendation carries more weight than any TV commercial or advertising flier.
4. Cost: It’s always good to compare rates and find a trainer that fits your price range. It’s good to find a bargain, but remember the adage, “you get what you pay for.” Group rates are always less expensive than individual training.
5. Location/Facilities: Whether you drive from home, or from work, find a location that meets your needs. And whether a trainer rents time at a gym or owns their own facility, things like gym size, cleanliness, equipment, adequate shower and restroom amenities, and room temperature, can make a difference.
6. Availability: How often is the trainer able to see you? Maybe you work during to the day and can only workout in the evenings, or maybe you only have time on the weekends. Make sure the trainer and facility meet your timing needs.
7. Programs offered: Some people like face-to-face training, some like the group training experience. Some prefer heavy weights or cardio or swimming or flexibility or cross training. Make sure your trainer provides all the services you require.
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