Get Professional Help to Get in Quality Shape

Julia E Hubbel
May 6 · 8 min read
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Why it matters to invest in a personal trainer

Eugene is chock-full of gyms, and as of tomorrow, according to new guidelines from Governor Kate Brown, more of those gyms will be chock-full of folks. Which is a good thing, for many of us are chock-full of whatever we’ve eaten too much of under quarantine, which means that we’ve added pounds that can be painful when we start pounding the pavement again. If you haven’t already started.

  • Just do what the guy next to you is doing, right? Wrong. Because the guy next to you may and often does have poor form, may be rehabbing from an injury, may have a specialized program for just their body, not yours, I could go on. Another fast track to injuries or frustration or both.
  • Way too many people are getting creative on machines in ways that those machines were not designed to be used. People stand on machines designed for sitting. Not only is this inherently dangerous, these silly showoff moves might jettison someone across the room, hurting that person as well as others. It’s just dumb, but newbies don’t know better.
  • Your particular body, age, weight, athletic ability and injury history are unique to you. That means what works for Studly Do-Right over the in the far corner doing squats may not be the right thing for your quaking knees. May look impressive. Then again, so will the bill for your double knee replacement surgery.
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Doing it right is the whole point

Last Monday I was in the warmup area at Planet Fitness and a trainer came in with an elderly gentleman. I watched the man go through his paces. What was impressive was how focused he was. Clearly past seventy, and a bit wobbly on the bosu ball as are we all, the gentleman worked through an entire hour under the careful guidance of his trainer. All I could think was well done. His form was perfect.

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What about cost?

While personal trainers will be all over the board in terms of pricing, pricing is NOT your first consideration. It matters, sure. I invest about $50 an hour with Ryan. We have an agreement that when I master new exercises, I am going to train on my own for a while until I plateau. Then we regroup for a few weeks and get me to another level. That way I control the cost, but I also take responsibility for the work.

Specific for your sport

You wouldn’t hire a speciality Italian chef to teach you how to make sushi. Same with your body. You can find coaches of all kinds for the sports you want to do. While there are some folks who can train across multiple sports, here in TrackTown USA, if you want to run, you can find a coach to help you get started. For example, the right clothing, shoes, running programs, workout routines, whether or not you need orthotics, what kind of running you want to do and how to train for it. There’s a lot to consider.

Does it matter?

Well, yes. It does. Because early-on injuries, especially as we age, especially if we’ve put on some extra weight, can discourage us from sticking with it. The right trainer for the right sport for us can encourage us past our doubts, help us focus on fit vs. fat, and better ensure our long term (and life-long) success. If we choose the right match, that match becomes part of the inner circle that helps us succeed.

Is that worth $200 a month?

My 6:30 am Friday meetings with Ryan are a gas. He’s funny and intense, and he is very good at pointing out where my body is cheating. Even better, I can celebrate where I’ve made progress, after which he slaps me with something harder. That’s why I hired him. I want to grow, evolve and improve. But that’s what works for me.

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Julia E Hubbel

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Horizon Huntress, prize-winning author, adventure traveler, boundary-pusher, wilder, veteran, aging vibrantly. I own my sh*t. Let’s play!

In Fitness And In Health

A fast-growing health and fitness community dedicated to sharing knowledge, lessons, and suggestions to living happier, healthier lives.

Julia E Hubbel

Written by

Horizon Huntress, prize-winning author, adventure traveler, boundary-pusher, wilder, veteran, aging vibrantly. I own my sh*t. Let’s play!

In Fitness And In Health

A fast-growing health and fitness community dedicated to sharing knowledge, lessons, and suggestions to living happier, healthier lives.

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