Personal Training

How to Find the Best Personal Trainer For You

How to Find the Best Personal Trainer For You

Finding a personal trainer, like any other interpersonal interaction, is a matchmaking process. Investing in a good trainer will pay dividends over the years by adding health and vitality to your life. It is an investment, however, so make sure you choose the right trainer to maximize your benefit.

There are currently no legal requirements to be a personal trainer in the United States. Anybody can do it. Anybody. Scary, right? Estheticians and manicurists have more legal and health rules than personal trainers do. By knowing what to look for, you can increase your chances of finding a great working partnership and reaching your goals quickly and safely.

How do you know who is right for you? In an industry full of big talkers and charlatans, you have to do a bit of research. It might sound overwhelming, but it is manageable and worth it. Let me help!

Free Workout Plan, and Access to Training App. Link Here!

Free workout ahead! This is Month 1 of a new workout series I will be programming. Follow along if: 

  • you need structure
  • you like having a plan to follow
  • you want said plan to be simple but effective, basic and well designed
  • you are free of major illness and injury or have a doctor's approval to begin exercise
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(Screen grab) Bulgarian split squats are tougher than you think!

 

What is the Program? 

This is a program I designed for one of my favorite people, a former client who still makes exercise a priority in the midst of a crazy busy season in life. As I was writing it, I realized it applies to many people: healthy, motivated, but busy busy, and sitting at a computer much of the day.

It will begin with one home workout, which requires only a towel. This workout uses a Swiss ball, but you can substitute that this month by doing the exercise on the floor.

Next week I will add in a full body gym workout. You, as the individual exerciser, will alternate home and gym workouts at a frequency that works for you. If you only get two workouts a week, it's two better than none! If you get 4, great!! If you are getting 6, we might need to talk about diversifying even more. Questions about your plan? Email me: kathryn@kathrynalexander.com

If you don't have a gym yet, just do the home workout every other day or 2-3 times a week.

 

How Does This Work?

I will program the workout in a training app called Train Heroic. You can download the app, join my team, and follow along. Train Heroic is a fantastic tracking tool that allows you to view workout programs complete with tailored set/rep schemes and explanatory videos.

It allows you to track your workouts and helps answer questions so you know what to do if I'm not available to answer a quick question... or if you workout at midnight, like some of you crazies do, when I'm sleeping like a baby and definitely not texting you back.

My clients love Train Heroic. (And so do I!) And how much does it cost? Free! 

Every week I will publish two workouts, and every month will be a new program. 

 

I Want In! What Now?

Download the app and join today. Click here for the link. The Team is called Stronger Faster. (Get it? You're getting stronger without spending hours in the gym... faster.) The first workout is published on November 29, 2017. I will publish two workouts a week, on Monday and Wednesday. If you workout on other days, that's ok! You just scroll back like you would an iphone calendar to find the workouts, which are posted on Monday and Wednesday.

The coolest part is that you can check off the workouts as you go, set by set. You can note if you do more weight, or a different amount of reps, etc. It truly track your workout for you.

Please let me know if you have questions about the sign up process. Other questions? Let me hear 'em! 

I would love for you to join me on this process! What have you got to lose? Talk to you soon. :) 

 Hamstring curls with a band and a towel... harder than they look. Haha!

Hamstring curls with a band and a towel... harder than they look. Haha!

Emily does pull ups before the wedding!!

Emily is a smart, funny woman. A dream client, really. She showed up on time, worked hard on short and long term goals, and her sense of humor made me laugh every session. 

Emily began training with me in July 2015. She was already beautiful and fit, but wanted to start being more active, both for her upcoming wedding, and to be healthy in general. The pull up goal, though… that might have been my favorite.

Emily wanted to learn how to lift, but didn’t consider herself a gym person. (Yet.) She wanted to learn the right way, and that served her well. 

What she didn’t realize was that this was a huge benefit to her since her form was perfect; she moved naturally, completely devoid of bad habits.

Can I tell y'all that this girl is a trooper? She had no idea how hard she worked, simply because she didn’t have a gauge. I have worked with clients for over 11 years, so I have a huge perspective of people in the gym and can tell you honestly she worked harder than most people. She set her mind to it, and got the job done. Another set of heavy squats? Ok. Three more heavy deadlifts? Done.

I asked her a few questions about her gym experience. See below.

Why did you decide to go to a gym and lift instead of zumba, group classes, etc.?

Before last summer I hated gyms. I always felt intimidated when I would go because I did not know how to use the machines or weight lifting equipment. Of course I could ask someone, but who wants to do that? I’ve tried the group classes and I’d find myself in the far back corner not really trying that hard and wishing the class would just hurry up and be over. I would also find excuses to not make it to a certain class because the class time would not fit with my schedule that day. For someone like me, just getting to a gym with flexible hours is important. Knowing how to actually use the equipment was the next step.

Why did you decide to see a trainer?

I needed someone to push me, hold me accountable AND I wanted to learn how to properly use gym equipment. I’ve known people to hurt themselves lifting weights, whether from bad form or too heavy of weight and I didn’t want that to be me. I had a friend training with Kathryn and I used my upcoming wedding as the motivating kick I needed to get myself in a gym.

What was your main goal? 

I wanted to be stronger and healthier. I wanted to not be scared to go to the gym by myself. Oh, and I wanted to be able to do a pull up.

What was your favorite part of working out?

I am really surprised that I liked squats so much. (Kathryn: she's good at them! See proof below.) I mean I actually enjoyed working out! I didn’t enjoy pull-ups much, but it felt so great when I was able to do several of them in a row. The results I saw in the mirror were also quite nice. Having friends and family notice my muscles was very flattering.

Anything surprising you learned from the gym? 

Gyms aren’t scary (though I always knew that). I feel totally comfortable being the only female in the free weight section of the gym now. 

Anything else you want to add about your experience?

If you’re considering making some healthy changes to your life, a personal trainer is a great way to start. I think learning proper technique and form is vital and something you can take with you when your training ends. Kathryn makes the whole experience fun. I was sad when my training with her ended, but I’m going to the gym by myself now 2-3 times a week and I’m very thankful for all that she has taught me. It’s definitely worth it!

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A trainer with a degree in exercise physiology, current certifications, and experience with many clients can help you in immeasurable ways. Given the plethora of exercise options, workout gadgets, and get-fit-now! marketing out there, a personal trainer’s guidance is invaluable.

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Tactical Strength & Conditioning Annual Training

Tactical Strength & Conditioning Annual Training

Last week I attended the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Tactical Strength and Conditioning Annual Training, a meeting of leaders in the police, fire and military community. Why a tactical conference?