A little help at the Gym
Lisa Maria-Booth, co-owner at Fortitude Health + Fitness, was recently interviewed for the Hippo Press January 22, 2015 issue for an article called A little help at the Gym: How personal trainers get results. Below is an excerpt from the article or you can click here to read the full article on the Hippo Press website.
Lisa Maria-Booth, owner and trainer at Fortitude Health and Training in Manchester, said personal training is great for people who can’t stay committed to the gym.
“With personal training, you got an appointment. The trainer has something prepared for you. You’re going to honor your commitment; it’s something more concrete,” Maria-Booth said.
She said trainers can design workouts around client limitations, like a bad back, and programs can be specifically tailored to certain goals, like an upcoming race or a vacation.
“They can do a shorter personal training session, so they can dig in and focus on their goals for that particular time coming up,” Maria-Booth said.
People who are new to exercise or need to build self-confidence before joining a group workout can benefit from personal training as well, Maria-Booth said. Additionally, trainers can provide clients with a list of exercises so they aren’t lost wandering around the gym and will know what to do on their own.
“It’s definitely expensive, but people make that commitment [and] the results are fantastic,” Maria-Booth said.
She said finding the right trainer for you is important too, and noted the most solid, reputable gyms will have trainer biographies on their websites. Fortitude does a lengthy questionnaire with new clients to make sure they are matched up with the right trainer. You don’t want to have an out-of-shape 60-year-old woman paired with a 23-year-old power lifter, Maria-Booth said.
“It’s got to be the right match. That’s the point,” she said.