Have you been trying to get into better shape and aren't sure which way to turn?
There are dozens of fitness systems available — and each week it seems like a new one is featured in the headlines.
Choosing the right program that meets you at your current level and challenges you in the right ways can be hard to find. Plus, maintaining motivation is not always easy to do.
That is why so many people are turning to personal trainers. Personal trainers offer you fitness programming designed for your needs and goals.
The Paseo Club is a social club in the Santa Clarita Valley. We have been supporting members in their fitness goals for almost twenty years. We know it can be hard to know how best to train, so we offer several fitness programs.
This article will explain what a personal trainer is, who can work with a trainer, what costs you can expect, and the benefits of exercising with a personal trainer to help you achieve your fitness goals.
What is a personal trainer?
A personal trainer is a certified professional who works to help clients attain their fitness goals while working out safely and effectively. The trainer creates a relationship with the client and designs custom programming based on the client's current fitness level, goals, and any injuries or limitations.
How much experience does a personal trainer have?
Like many professionals, there are varying levels of training available to become a personal trainer. Trainers can acquire certification in quick and intense weekend courses or a multi-year program, and everything in between.
The best personal trainers not only have a strong foundation, but continue their education as they train, learning updates in exercise science, health, wellness, and best practices.
Can personal trainers work with people of all ages and abilities?
Some personal trainers can work with anyone, while others become specially trained to help specific demographics. It’s always best to team up with the type of trainer you are most compatible with, especially if you have any limitations.
Do personal trainers instruct in different types of fitness modalities?
Some personal trainers limit their knowledge base to one specific type of training and make it their specialty. Others train in multiple styles, offering variability to their clients. Depending on what you are looking for, you can find the trainer best suited to your needs.
What are the benefits of working with a personal instructor?
1. Goal setting
When you work with a personal trainer, you have someone in your corner to advocate and guide you. Want to run your first race? Find a trainer with run training experience who can not only teach you how to grow mileage, but can assess your running abilities, show you some cross-training techniques, and even join you on the course. Paying for one-on-one time means your workouts are all about you.
When you have a personal trainer, you have chosen to put your fitness in someone else’s control. A skilled trainer will balance how much you can push yourself with keeping you safe and avoiding injury. They can also teach you how to have proper form when you train on your own.
It’s easy to grow close and become friends with your trainer. You see each other regularly, and they begin to learn a lot about you as you train together. For many people, their trainer can be a friend, a therapist, and a person who helps them to de-stress.
4. Customized workouts
Group classes are fun because you are training with your buddies, and there is often great camaraderie. Exercising on your own is beneficial when you want to follow your program and work out at times convenient for you.
If you want someone to help you with your specific body and goals then a personal trainer is the best choice. All of your sessions with a personal trainer are designed just for you. This is especially helpful if you have an injury or other limitations, want to learn how to exercise safely, or feel plateaued and want professional guidance to help you achieve gains.
It can be hard to stay motivated when you train on your own or attend group classes. Hiring a personal trainer increases accountability many times over. When you have a session scheduled, you know it is just for you. The trainer is showing up, and you have to too.
6. Learn a new method of exercise
Many people are looking to cross-train to achieve optimum fitness. But learning a new training style or sport can be tedious — and sometimes embarrassing in a group class environment. If you want to learn tennis, Pilates, weightlifting, or some other type of exercise for the first time, a personal trainer can be a great way to get special attention to help you be knowledgeable and confident.
7. Schedule accommodation
Whether you are a busy parent, a person who works wacky work shifts, or are self-employed and are working from home, the morning or evening classes that are typically available at fitness centers may not be what works for your schedule. Maybe you need to train hard on the weekends, at lunch break, or 2:00 pm before picking your kid up from school. A personal trainer can meet you when you are free.
8. Training plans for the future
Many people hire personal trainers for a specific period such as three months. Others want a personal trainer once a week but work out three times per week. In these cases, you will need help developing exercise plans for when you are not with your trainer. Personal trainers can help outline workouts that will help you maintain and continue your progress.
9. Lifestyle support
Personal trainers know that exercise is just one key factor to achieving good health. Nutrition, recovery, rest, mobility, and many other factors play essential roles in how you feel and perform. Personal trainers can answer questions and advise you on these matters.
Choosing the best personal trainer for you
Make sure to interview prospective personal trainers. Some questions to consider are:
What training have you received?
How do you motivate your clients?
Do you offer lifestyle coaching as well?
How do you customize training sessions?
How long have you been a personal trainer?
Do you specialize in a certain type of training?
Do you have specific hours when you are available to train?
Final thoughts on personal training
Personal trainers can help you achieve your fitness goals faster compared to attending group classes or working out on your own. They customize your workouts and encourage you while instructing you in having safe techniques.
The Paseo Club offers over gym facilities for training on your own, over 60 group fitness classes, and personal training for members who want specialized one-on-one attention.
The personal trainers at the Paseo Club can help you with almost any of your needs! Our trainers are thoroughly educated in many facets of fitness. They can assess your goals, help you feel comfortable in the gym, and guide you in new fitness challenges.
New Paseo Club members receive one free fitness assessment, which can help determine which areas of your body to target. Our Fitness Director, Cezanne Youmazzo can help you to find the perfect trainer. Or, you can choose your trainer by meeting our team.
Personal training sessions cost $45- $60 for thirty minutes and $75 - $100 for an hour, depending on the trainer.
To learn more about the Paseo Club, come in for a tour and check out the gym, studio spaces, pickleball and tennis courts, and junior Olympic pool. You can meet members, staff, and instructors.
Jen Azevedo is a person of many talents. She is a tennis professional, pickleball professional, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and the general manager of the Paseo Club. She loves the community at the Paseo Club and that it is also a safe and fun place for her daughter. Jen’s favorite activities are joining her tribe for trail races or her partners for tennis matches. Occasionally Jen slows down to relax with a book — she reads over 100 a year!