[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]This week, Jess Demicoli – a trainer at Icon Health Club, Camden Street – has given us her thoughts on some of the realistic, achievable goals that you should set for yourself. As part of that process, a personal trainer could be invaluable – but the most important thing is that you remember your goals are achievable, as long as you make the effort and are following a programme that’s just right for your needs.
Everyone has a different reason for joining a gym or health club. There is no one programme that suits us all.
We all have different levels of fitness, likes and dislikes or even injuries.
Therefore, a good trainer will take the time to chat to you about what you want to achieve, how much time you have to train and what type of training you’d like to do.
It is then the trainer’s role to disseminate this information and put together a programme tailored to your specific needs.
It’s important to remember that even if you haven’t worked out in a long time – or ever – your goals are achievable.
With the information your trainer gathers from you, a programme can then be recommended and demonstrated that will best serve you. It may include personal training, group exercise classes or, our Milon Circle.
Jess says: “We’re not going to throw you into five days of working out every week right off the bat.
“The newer you are to exercise, or the longer it’s been since you exercised, the more time your body will need to rest and recover.”
Jess recommends that you choose a gym that will support you every step of the way and that includes an ongoing programme design as part of your membership.
“It’s important to change your programme every 4-6 weeks even if you still find it challenging.”
If a person at that true beginner fitness level has a goal to lose 40 or 50 pounds, their personal workout plan will be a progression to get you on track rather than one programme to get you one specific target.
The reason for this, Jess says, is “that you will not only get bored, but your body will quickly adapt to the exercises, thereby reducing their effectiveness”.
She adds: “In addition, we often find when we follow up with clients that they may have found they prefer certain types of workouts and want to include them more, or that they want to focus on a different short-term goal.”
Meeting a trainer if you are just starting out and getting a fitness programme is a great way to have a game plan. If you have been a member for a while, it’s also a chance to take a look at your goals and refocus.
People are generally not okay with being uncomfortable, and because of this, they will avoid using the equipment that will correctly elicit results.
“We are more than happy to show you how to use a piece of equipment properly,” says Jess. “We want to make sure that you are confident and motivated to exercise, but we also want our gym goers to make smart choices about the equipment they use.”
Finding the correct resistance load for you is also important. Often, people try to lift heavier or lighter than they should or attempt speeds and movements that they are not ready for because they see others doing it.
A trainer will ensure that you are training correctly and efficiently in order to achieve your ultimate fitness goal in a timely manner.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]