For almost no one is a secret that exercising daily is one of the best recipes for maintaining good health.
The problem is that not everyone has the disposition to stay in an exercise program on its own. How to achieve it? Who can help you? What should you keep in mind?
The first thing, to start exercising regularly, is to have motivation and willpower, says certified personal trainer Carli Dieppa, who believes that it is vital to stay in an exercise routine on a regular basis. Especially, if you do it without a guide or without supervision.
So if you are one of those who start to exercise and in a short time you get tired or looking for an excuse not to continue, seeking specialized professional help can help you achieve greater and better results.
In fact, in recent years more people consider that hiring a personal trainer is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. More than anything, because they have realized that without the support and proper guidance of an expert it is more difficult to start an exercise program.
“The coach will take you from the simple to the complex, will be aware that you do not get injured and that you do the exercises correctly,” says Dieppa.
It can also help you to keep eating healthy and do a proper routine, according to your physical condition, limitations or goals, says Dieppa.
For example, he points out that the most common mistakes among those who do exercises without any supervision are related to the posture or the way in which the exercise is done.
“Because of that, they often get hurt and stop exercising, fall behind and eventually lose motivation,” warns the coach. But the person who is injured, Dieppa advises, should continue doing exercises, although not the same as before or with the same intensity.
“For example, if you injured a leg, you can work the arms,” recommends Dieppa, who believes that the coach’s role is to prevent that kind of problem from occurring.
Another situation that often occurs, says the coach, is that many people say that they can not exercise due to a physical condition or problem that limits it. But that excuse is not necessarily true.
“Everyone can and should exercise. The important thing is that the coach knows what is the physical problem of the person to choose the right exercise routine, “emphasizes Dieppa, while stressing that the body needs constant movement.
Therefore, if this year you want to succeed in your endeavor and you decide to hire a personal trainer you must take into account some fundamental criteria so that the money invested yields fruit.
Among them, Yariza Yulián, personal trainer and owner of the Zonactiva gym, recommends that when choosing a coach you ask her what kind of certification and studies she has.
“There is an extensive number of certifications and some of them only provide you with an exam that you can take online and do not require continued studies,” says Yulián, who stresses that a good certification requires ongoing studies. Some of the reliable certifications, according to the coach, are:
• National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
• Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
• American Council on Exercise (ACE)
• American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
• National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
• Certified Strenght and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
It is also important, adds Yulián, the experience that the coach has regarding the interests of the client. For example, if you want to improve in a sport such as tennis, you should ask what experience you have in that area.
“There are coaches who focus more on seniors, others on athletes or those who have injuries,” explains the coach.
Another fundamental criterion mentioned by Yulián is the personality of the coach. One option to learn more about him is to watch different trainers in the gym and see their performance and how they train other people. “I would say it’s one of the best ways to choose a coach,” he advises.
The cost is also an important factor. In Puerto Rico, most coaches charge between $ 30 and $ 60 per hour. However, this is an average and each coach has different offers. Julian also warns you to be careful if:
• You feel pains that do not allow you to move normally. But it is normal to have some muscle discomfort at the beginning of a workout.
• The coach is constantly using your cell phone while training you.
• Ignore your questions.
• It makes recommendations for strict and specific diets, supplements, pills, etc.
“The right person to make a specific diet is a licensed nutritionist