I think it’s a shame when people didn’t have the right information available to them when making a decision to invest in a fitness program.
You should hear some of the crazy stories I get. These examples will blow your mind…
A fitness pro/bro (in this town) told a woman that she would need to live on broccoli and chicken while working out 7 days a week with him if she wanted to change her body. I also heard of going a month consuming nothing but protein powder and bananas.
Another client confessed that her former trainer had her doing 5-mile runs every day in addition to the workouts 3 times per week.
Let me shed some light on what you should know before investigating a fitness program. This will save you thousands of dollars and probably your long-term health!
1) Is your trainer certified? Verify the certifying agency. In my opinion, these are the most reputable.
The above are primary certifications there are also secondary certifications which are great additions to a trainer’s resume but not a replacement to the above like USAW, RKC, CrossFit, Strong First and others like AFFA Group Fitness and TKB or Piyo.
There are other reputable certifications out there but there are also garbage certs anyone can get online. I also know trainers in the business for years who never had any certifications. Ask to see their certification credentials. If they can’t produce them, walk.
2) Is your trainer using a “human-powered” multi-joint, multi-planar, proprioceptive, plyometric, and periodized workout system or are they using machines like you see at Planet Fitness? (Machines have their place but only to compliment the right system)
If you are not moving and learning to move within the context of human movement, your results will be less dramatic and your body may even develop muscle imbalances.
3) Is nutrition incorporated into their program and to what extent?
What methodology is the nutrition following?
Many nutrition programs thought to be healthy are actually causing acute inflammation and even autoimmune disorders. If someone tells you should eliminate carbs or fats completely you should walk.
Your fitness results will only occur at a cellular level. If you are not fueling your body with the right foods, before, during and after your workouts, you will see minimal results at best. At worst, you could become ill because your nutrition is not supporting your activity and normal body functions, thereby compromising your immune system.
I’ve seen this happen. It’s not pretty.
I’m not trying to scare you but if you are a little concerned that’s good. That means you have taken the first step toward becoming a discerning consumer.
All I want is for you to thrive and enjoy all that life has to offer from a position of abundant health.
I hope this filtering process helps you!
P.S. The Summer of Fitness Event Starts this Friday, June 1st.