For those who want to improve their health and fitness, a personal trainer is one of the best ways to get started on your journey, and Superprof is an excellent place to find one.
Let's have a look at some of the reasons why a program with a personal trainer'll help you feel great:
What can a great personal trainer offer you?
In general, trainers want to know everything about you so they can create a unique, specialised program.
From previous experience in the gym, to nutrition, to sleep. They also want to know what clients are looking to achieve from sessions, so they can support them class by class.
Putting all of this information together, they'll set up a program is completely different client to client, and will change over time as you achieve each new level of fitness.
A holistic approach to each session
In the past, many personal trainers have only used sessions to get clients into the gym and exercising. However, recently the objectives of many coaches have changed. They don't just want to get their clients fitter, but also to improve their life in general.
This is a holistic approach to training, and it considers not only what you do in your training sessions, but everything you do before and after.
They will assess your nutrition, to ensure that you are fuelling your body properly, with a balanced and sustainable diet.
A holistic trainer may also help you with mindfulness, through yoga and meditation before and after sessions. We know that training our mind is just as important for health as working on staying fit, and if we take the time to connect our breathing and body right from the start of each session, we'll get more out of each workout.
As you progress, you can learn to focus and be present, which is a habit you can take into your everyday life. Eventually, a holistic coach will help you to create habits that allow you to maintain your new found health and fitness for life.
Support to help us reach our goals faster
Not everyone is convinced that a personal trainer is worth the extra cost, especially as we can get health and fitness information everywhere on the internet.
So why is a trainer essential if you seriously want to achieve your health goals?
Well firstly, they keep you safe. Working out can be dangerous if not done properly. Having a professional who knows your fitness level choosing your drills and watching your movements can keep clients safe from pushing too hard and injuring themselves.
They're also there to make sure you warm up and cool down when you need to, and even to massage parts of your body that are cramped or sore.
Next, how many times have you had a plan to get moving, and then not followed through because of work, kids etc.? Once you've made appointments with a trainer, you're more likely to follow through and actually show up!
Through years of studying and gaining experience, great coaches are experts at helping their clients establish healthier lifestyles.
Working out can be stressful, but with a trainer to plan, organise and manage your sessions, you can focus instead on becoming a better you!
From resistance training to yoga: Different styles of training
Of course, not every personal trainer in the industry offers their clients the same services.
Some are specialised in different types of training, that they believe can get people closer to their goals.
Coaches might also vary the style session by session, based on client's progress and health. Here's a quick overview of some types of training and what you can achieve.
A functional workout
This style of exercising is a wonderful way to strengthen your joints and muscles. I
t's largely based on methods used for rehabilitation, and exercises are based on the common movements we do every day.
By doing compound movements that use many muscles, like yoga poses, it allows us to build more stability in our core, reduce our risk of injury and help us feel stronger as we move through every day life.
Some example exercises are multi directional lunges, deadlifts, bent rows and more.
Also known as strength training, each session of resistance training involves using either body weight or equipment like resistance bands or dumbbells to build muscle.
While most people think it's strictly a way to gain mass, they don't often realise it's also excellent for weight loss.
The larger our muscles are, the more energy they use up both during a workout but also for a while after we've finished, commonly known as the 'after-burn' effect.
So through high-intensity weight training, we can both build muscle and lose excess fat.
More commonly referred to as cardio, this high intensity form of exercise aims to get your heart pumping, but in a way that is sustainable and controlled throughout the whole session.
While running may be the first activity that comes to mind, other activities like spinning, boxing and dancing are also good for aerobic training.
There are many benefits to cardio, like your heart getting stronger with every session, your stamina level increasing and your lungs working more efficiently.
Of course losing weight is one of the most sought after and common effects of this style of training.
Getting outdoors in beautiful Brisbane
Besides being the capital of QLD, Brisbane is also an excellent place to start getting fit.
There are a huge range of places to work out, from a gym, to team sports clubs, to a yoga studio. You can always take it outside to one of the beautiful parks, and even search for one where there is free exercise equipment to use.
From inner city spots like Powerhouse Park to costal areas like Wynnum Wading Pool Park, it's easy to take your group or private sessions outdoors.
Brisbane is also an excellent place to take care of your nutrition.
There are amazing restaurants and cafés like Botanica and Charlie's Raw Squeeze where you can still go out with friends to have a tasty meal, but keep the calories down.
Where to look and what to think about when you book your first session with a personal trainer
There are so many personal trainers in Brisbane and Qld in general, that it can be overwhelming just thinking about how to book your first session.
Looking just on Google, you can see that personal training is a competitive industry, with an amazing range of trainers available online, mobile and at gyms. So where to start?
Of course you could check out your local gym or studio, to see if any of the instructors offer private or small group sessions.
They often do, and you can have some peace of mind knowing they also work in a professional environment. There are a range of places you can look at a coach's profile online, like Oneflare.
One of the best options is to check out the list of Superprof coaches in Brisbane, where individual coaches upload their profile with information like what services they offer.
When you start your search, it's a good idea to have a checklist of ideas, so you know exactly what you're looking to learn from each trainer profile.
Qualifications are a good place to start. Does the trainer have any certificates that are recognised in qld or Australia?
Experience is another important consideration. A coach who's been going for years may be the best option for clients who need to achieve their goals quickly.
If you need a trainer for a specific reason, such as training for a team sport or boxing matches, then you should look at whether they have any specialisation in that particular area.
Some personal coaches in the industry are experts in nutrition, others losing weight or gaining muscle and more.
You might be interested in other services they can offer as well, such as diet plans that'll allow you to stay on track, or perhaps they are qualified in massage.
Of course, logistical issues are also something to consider. First is location. Are they in your local area? Do they work in a gym or studio where you can do classes? Or perhaps they are mobile and can come to you.
You also need to think about how often in a week you want to meet, and if they are available.
All of these questions will help you choose the best coach profile for you. Best of all, you can find all of this information on the Superprof website by checking out each individual trainer in QLD's profile!