Fitness Plans

should you hire a personal trainer

As a beginner in fitness training, you would do well to hire a personal trainer. Though watching other people train may appear an easy way to lose weight, there are many nuances to physical training which require the expertise and guidance of a trainer with the right experience and knowledge. So look out for a good personal trainer, someone who can guide you to reach your personal goals.

Starting with the basics

Find a trainer who you feel you can trust, someone who will make sure you progress in the right direction. Do not get taken in by just look of the trainer, the individual has to have the right background with proper education like fitness instructor courses and he should also have a great technique. The trainer should be able to show you how to use the different types of equipment; help with your work outs, and make a suitable plan for you to achieve your goal in your fitness journey.

Where to look

If you are confused as to where to find a good personal trainer, you could check out the local gym. Most all gyms have several trainers just meant to help people during their exercise routines. If you are more interested in doing your workouts at home, you could check out the internet where you will find a good few personal trainers hiring out their services. Once you have selected a particular candidate, check out the following:

  • Check out the trainer’s education and qualifications, and whether he has any pertinent certifications
  • Is the trainer qualified to take care of any special needs you may have with regard to your health condition?
  • What is the type of fitness training the trainer has done in the past?
  • Does the trainer keep updated with the latest developments?
  • What type of clients has the trainer trained in the past?
  • Does the trainer have any liability insurance?
  • Can the trainer fit in the workouts within your schedules?
  • How long will each session be?
  • Lastly and of course very important, what are the trainer’s fees?

When you are satisfied with answers to the above queries, you can check out any referrals the personal trainer may have. Check out with previous clients he has worked with and how successful they were under his guidance. Keep in mind that personal trainers do not train only beginners. They also train athletes who are taking part in big races or competitions.

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To have a better idea of what courses your personal trainer should have completed to be fully qualified.

Special medical needs

You may have a medical condition that will require special handling when training. You would need to inform the personal trainer about such a condition and check that he has the experience to deal with it when planning your training. Exercises can help to relieve the symptoms of a good few medical conditions, but they could also make them worse.

Do not be in one big hurry to find a personal trainer. Look around and check on all the above aspects before you make a choice. To find the right person to suit your needs may take time. So take your time and ensure you hire a person who will help you to achieve your goals. You should also swing by PTCertifications for personal trainer courses Malta!

Weight Loss Basics for Beginners

If you are a beginner when it comes to weight loss training, there are some basic facts you should know. There are three types of training – weight, cardio and protein building. The first helps you to shape up your body. Cardio is meant mainly to keep your lungs and heart in good shape. Protein helps as building blocks for the muscles.

How to keep fit

The main point for keeping fit is to constantly add resistance when building your muscles. Such resistance can be achieved by regularly adding more weight.

To build muscle you have to keep repeating the workout. Unless you work out consistently, the results of your efforts will not be seen for a few weeks.

Weight training is all about reps and sets. Simply put, reps mean the number of times you repeat each action. Sets mean how many times you do each sequence. E.g. if you are squatting 10 times the whole sequence is called a set. The number of times you go up and down is known as reps.

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Results from training

After you have been working out for some weeks you would probably find some of your clothes becoming loose. Your actual weight on the scales might not reflect any change in weight, though. This means that what you have lost is body fat and what you have gained is more muscle mass.

You could be carrying a lot of body fat making it difficult to see your abs. Do not think the problem is due to any muscle mass. Such fat can be removed by a proper diet which is meant to help you gain muscle and lose fat. The muscle starts forming during your workouts.

As you begin to lose weight, remember to adjust your calories as well, the less you weigh – the less calories your body needs to function… this is called BMR, or Basic Metabolic Rate.

When I did the 6 Week Body Challenge with they put me on calorie restiction diet of 20%, the program was awesome!

Points to keep in mind

As a beginner in fitness training you should start slow. Build up your workouts gradually so you will not find a sudden change difficult to cope with. If you take it slow as you go along you can make necessary changes without feeling the pressure.

You could start by going for weight loss sessions for two days in the week. Fix the same days and timings so it kind of grows on you like a habit. Then even if there are times when you do not feel up to working out and give the sessions a miss, because you have cultivated the same as a good habit you will want to restart your exercise routine.

Always remember to keep your posture erect. It is one way to know that you are performing the exercises properly. A good posture consists of chest out, shoulders back whether sitting or standing and your abs held tight.

On the meal front

When you are planning your diet just make a few modest changes at first. Start by eating one healthy meal in the day for one week. Food items such as whole grains, vegetables and fruits, fish, lean meat, seeds and nuts are considered ‘healthy’ when it comes to weight loss. Once your body has accepted this food routine you can up the figure to two such healthy meals daily. Soon it will become a habit and you will discover that your eating habits have changed for the better.