Today is the day. You’re committing to get in shape. Great! Now what?
If you’re serious about shedding unwanted pounds or just feeling like your best self again, joining a smaller training studio with experienced, educated instructors will put you on a fast track to get there. You’ll trade the overhyped gimmicks, distractions and large, impersonal group classes found at more crowded gyms for what you really need to hone your body: personalized attention from a dedicated expert who can provide you with a wide variety of training tools to meet your specific needs.
An experienced trainer will typically have a degree in kinesiology or exercise physiology. Consultations will help you to understand your needs and create a strategy tailored to you. The workouts are planned over the long-term for progressive gains. And, if you like working out with others, a majority of these gyms also offer smaller group classes and a strong sense of community.
Good instructors also recognize problems, have the know-how to correct them, and will keep you on track to continually improve and hit personal records. If you’ve had an injury, they will know how to treat it with corrective exercises. Your workouts will be modified to actually heal imbalances either caused by injuries or that could develop into one.
When it comes to fitness, nutrition is key. Adults simply don’t lose weight without proper eating habits. A good studio will do more than just hand out a flyer with a one-size-fits-all nutrition plan. Staff will know how to counsel you on nutrition, something other types of gyms don’t do well.
At the same time, expertise comes with a cost. Training studios often have the highest price point among gym options because they take on fewer clients in service of providing personalized, dedicated care. Putting your fitness and health first is worth it. That’s why many clients at these gyms make modest incomes but have decided to prioritize their training. Instead of wasting money on infective routines that don’t get results, do your due diligence on the front end to find the studio for you, and you’ll see fantastic results.
Here are a few things to think about before you start.
Getting in shape requires work. It doesn’t happen magically. You have to show up regularly and put in a consistent effort to get results. People who don’t commit to the process end up quitting soon after they start. In fact, 80 percent of people who join a health club in January stop showing up by February. So, keep a mental picture of yourself getting buff. And recognize the benefits. While the benefits of exercise on physical health are a no-brainer, it’s well documented that it also increases energy and focus and improves moods and memory. By reminding yourself how good you feel after a workout, you are more likely to make it a regular part of your life.
Do your research
The fitness industry is rife with charlatans. Even among higher priced studios, instructors may market themselves as having expertise they don’t actually have. If you are interested in a studio, ask for a consultation. Make sure that the staff takes the time to sit down and listen to you. Have they assessed your physical condition? That’s important before you start, to know the right level to begin. You may also try a class or run through a workout before you sign on. Along with your hard-earned cash, you’ll be investing valuable time and energy.
Once you’ve joined a studio, take stock of your progress every few months. Are you leaner? Stronger? Is your endurance better? There are plenty of examples of people who see the same trainer for ten years, and aside from being a decade older, they don’t appear fit. Ask yourself, is the program I’m on making me eat, feel and perform better? If not, talk with your trainer. And if he or she can’t respond, it may be time to move on.
Life passes in a blink of an eye. So why wait? If you live near Ithaca or Albany, sign up today for a free consultation at Infinity Athletics!