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Personal Training is Great for Your Health

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 26, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAWith the warmer weather approaching, swimsuit season is drawing near. For many, that could mean heading to the gym and even seeking out a personal trainer.

There are many different reasons why people choose to be active, and there are even more reasons why picking the right personal trainer is so important.

If it is time for you to start strength training, something everyone needs for health and weight loss, do it right and seek out a personal trainer.

Do your own interviewing when it comes to selecting her personal trainer.

Find out what kind of training the gym has, what kind of people and clients the personal trainer you are considering works with. Do you want to run a marathon, do you have a chronic injury, or do you just want to be stronger and healthier.

The trainer you choose should also ask you questions about your health and medical history so they can customize the workout just for you.

Your workout should be custom designed for your specific needs because not everyone is going to do the same workout. The workout should be designed for your fitness goals.

Here are some questions you should ask when it comes to picking a personal trainer.

  1. Are you certified?
  2. Do you have a degree in the field?
  3. Do you have any additional certifications?

Any additional certifications, such as contract and relax stretching, Pilates, and cancer fit training will show the trainer has more experience and can reach your specific needs.

However, certifications can give people a false sense of security. It is important to look at what qualifies a trainer to be good for you and your needs. Check references and speak to their other clients who have had similar needs to yours.

It is important to look for other things besides just being certified. Sit down and talk to them, see what their plan is for you what their experience is. If it isn’t a good fit after a few training sessions, switch personal trainers.

Personal training can give you the strength and the motivation you need to achieve your fitness goals.

Getting your own personal trainer can be best thing you can do for yourself and your health.

If you are interested personal training, contact the FieldHouse in Sudbury.

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Interval Training and Group Classes are Top Fitness Trends for 2018

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 07, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAHigh-intensity interval training will be the No. 1 fitness trend in the coming year, while smartphone exercise apps that prompt your activities will be out -- or so says the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2018.

Such training, known as HIIT, typically involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery: intermittently sprinting for 30 seconds, for example, during a moderate-pace jog.

The US national physical activity guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week with additional muscle-strengthening exercise for adults and 60 minutes a day for children. If you step it up a little bit and get your heart rate up and move from walking to jogging, it decreases to 75 minutes per week.

HIIT is a worthy way to meet your physical activity guidelines. But there's a word of caution with that: Anytime you do high-intensity anything, there may be an increased risk of injury.

If you doubt your ability to safely exercise in high-intensity bursts, get a good physical exam before starting a program.

Over the past 12 years, American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal has conducted a survey on thousands of professionals, including personal trainers and physical therapists, to predict the biggest health and fitness trends for the coming year.

This year's survey, which included responses from 4,133 fitness professionals around the globe, placed "group training" -- classes involving more than five participants -- in the No. 2 slot. Meanwhile, "wearable technology" -- such as activity trackers and smartwatches -- came in third, and "body weight training" -- the use of your own body weight as a form of resistance while doing modified pushups and other exercises -- came in fourth. "Strength training," or the use of barbells and weights, placed fifth.

The survey was developed for two purposes, the first being to help guide the fitness industry.

The survey is also done from the perspective of people who use the gym, the clients. It helps them identify gyms across the country that are offering the best kinds of exercise programs.

One of the biggest surprises on the 2018 list was the re-emergence of group exercise programs.

Another trend for 2018 will be older adults being welcomed back into fitness clubs.

Finally, yoga remains in the top 10, where it has been since the survey started.

For more information on a gym that offers adult group exercise classes, free weights, cardio machines and more, contact The FieldHouse in Sudbury.


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