We all want to look better and feel better. When January rolls around many of us break out New Year’s Resolutions that reinforce this, fitness clubs sell memberships in droves and personal training sales are at an all time high.
Personal training is more popular than ever. Today more than 90% of health clubs offer it, and more than 6 million health club members in the US are signing up for sessions to lose weight, get stronger, get more toned or just feel good in their own skin. These numbers don’t even take into account the large number of personal trainers that offer fitness training in small studios or those who train clients in their own homes.
While some people consider personal training a luxury, others view it as a necessity. Surveys indicate that fitness enthusiasts (with very little free time), as well as people with medical needs, are willing to make the required financial sacrifices to afford a personal trainer. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the majority of us who want to look better but can’t afford paying the price for ongoing guidance and assistance in reaching that goal.
But there is an inherent flaw in traditional personal training. Working out with a personal trainer does not necessarily guarantee results. Ideally, when we pay for personal training services we are paying to get results, not make friends with a fitness guru. Unfortunately, most personal trainers don’t have the tools to make good on that promise no matter how good they are.
Exercise is work. We need to do the work to change our bodies. Technology can’t make the exercises easier or do the actual work for us. That would defeat the purpose. What technology can do is provide information, motivation and variety to make personal training more effective.
Technology can be used in combination with personal training to:
- Make it more affordable to reach your health and fitness goals
- Keep you motivated to stick to your long term program
- Make exercise fun and enjoyable
- Track results and see real progress
- Incorporate good nutrition to maintain a healthy weight (food is as important when it comes to achieving your health and fitness goals, too)
Successfully achieving your health and fitness goals, regardless of where you start and where you want to end up, is not just about doing exercise. What truly dictates one’s ability to reach those goals and maintain the changes accomplished is about compliance and consistency. The broad spectrum of fitness technologies available today is providing a wider variety of workout options and, more importantly, the tools that motivate people to stay on their programs for longer so that they can see physical results and achieve their goals faster!
In this four part series we will look at the list of benefits outlined above and how fitness technologies can significantly improve personal training results in more detail. We will also provide a few examples of technology-based solutions (and where you can find them) to help you make the most of your personal training investment.