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The price of health, the price of life.

Posted by on January 16, 2013

So let me get this straight. When you get a medical bill from the hospital for a couple of 100 bucks, it’s okay, it’s necessary, it’s inevitable, but when a personal trainer says a session is about 150 bucks, it’s the most impossible price you’ve ever heard? And when you pay a couple of 100 bucks a month for the gym and make it there a grand total of 2 times in 3 months, that’s okay, but when you can get someone to guide you and motivate you and teach you the right technique so you avoid injuring yourself for less than that price, it’s exorbitant? Right.

I’m Karen, a personal trainer, and I am here to educate why having a personal trainer is not a method used only by the rich and famous, and should not be the last resort for those who are clinically obese only.

A personal trainer’s job is to help you achieve your goals. And more often than not, your goals can sometimes be unrealistic, so your personal trainer will be there to share with you what are attainable in the near future so you don’t get disappointed when you fail to achieve your goals. That’s right. Contrary to popular belief, exercise and fitness is waaaaaaay more scientific than you think and for best results, you’d better plan it out. Your personal trainer can do that for you.

A personal trainer’s job is to make sure you do it safely. There are many ways and methods to increase strength, gain fitness, lose weight and improve health, but a vast majority of them either makes you feel extremely sick, or worse, causes injury. With your personal trainer by your side, you can ensure you get fitter and stronger more safely, and without the setbacks of an injury, you get there more efficiently as well.

Because every one of us are different, what that totally buffed guy at the corner is doing may look easy, but may not really be the best exercise for you just yet. Sometimes something as simple as running on the treadmill needs hours of training before half an hour of speed 12 kph is achievable. This is what your personal trainer can help you with. Building up your fitness progressively and safely is the key to achieving results. Let your personal trainer keep track of your own records.

With regards to my previous article on senior citizens, certain demographics require special care and attention. The last thing we want is to have a heart attack or a broken hip. We know that exercise can significantly improve your health but we’ve also heard that it can go the wrong way if not done properly. Let the personal trainer do the research, learn up on your conditions and help you out in any way she can.

DSC_4731_DxONot forgetting our best known accolade, personal trainers are the kings and queens of motivation. Whether you like it rough, tough and dirty or gentle, smurf-like and encouraging, we will ensure you get your bum to your appointment and finish that hour with us, sweat, tears and all, and not just because you paid us so much money! We will be there with through your feel good moments, but even more through the moments you feel like giving up.

Finally, most personal trainers I know are people with a passion for health and fitness. We are a group of people who consist of those who either grew up loving it all through our youth, or quit our boring jobs because this is what satisfies us most. We are the ones who chose this path, and not settled for it. And so your personal trainer will definitely work with you to achieve your goals, improve your quality of life, and if you’re lucky, get you to love a new way of life! Our charisma and enthusiasm are said to be pretty contagious, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself taking up new fitness challenges in the future by spending all that personal time with us.

So, put a price on health by paying someone who can help you avoid the hospital, not by the amount at the bottom of your medical bills. :)

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