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Three Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer

Here in the new dunes we are out and about all the time. There are so many wonderful trails and dunes in the area, but as much as we at Dig the Dunes want you to get outside, we also want to make sure you are fit and ready to tackle some mileage, tall dunes and the lake without getting hurt. One of the best ways to do that, is to hire a personal trainer who can help you prepare. Troy L. Ford, a personal  trainer in the dunes has written this article to help inform you of some of the plusses of hiring a personal fitness trainer, for not only your body, but your mind!


By Troy L. Ford

We all need a little help with exercise sometimes, whether we’re just starting out or a veteran. Personal trainers are not just for the elite, trainers are used by people of all backgrounds to help make lifestyle changes that they wouldn’t achieve by themselves. Still, there are people who shy away from personal training. Unsure of what they’ll get out of the experience or whether it’s worth the money. Personal training can be a good investment in one’s health and well-being. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why working with a personal trainer could be for you.

1. Personalized Workouts A quality trainer knows how to customize and prescribe workouts based on your individual strengths, weaknesses and your specific goals. There is nothing more demotivating and frustrating to be exercising consistently for several weeks or months and not reaching your goals. Hiring a personal trainer is the perfect way for you to get help setting and achieving your goals. And seeing movement toward your fitness goals is a great way to stay motivated and committed. A great trainer will push you harder than you will push yourself but keep you from rushing ahead too quickly. A personal trainer that’s versed in a myriad of forms of training can help keep your workouts fresh and interesting which can also keep you motivated.

2. Expertise & Mastery A good personal trainer will watch closely to ensure that you are doing the exercises properly with good form to maximize results while reducing risk of injury. Consistently doing an exercise incorrectly can lead to serious injury and an injury is a sure-fire way to derail a workout program and progress toward your goals. If you’ve got specific injury issues, the right trainer can show you ways to improve the situation. The best trainers educate their clients in many other aspects of wellness besides exercise, including general health and nutrition.

3. Motivation & Inspiration When it comes to fitness, finding the motivation to exercise can be the biggest hurdle. A qualified trainer can provide motivation for developing a lifestyle that places a high priority on health and activity and can help you brainstorm ways to overcome your biggest obstacles to exercise. A personal trainer will monitor your progress and fine-tune your program as you go, helping you avoid plateaus. Some trainers provide mind-body activities, such as yoga or Qi Gong sessions. Your personal trainer may help you uncover new insights about yourself or find potential you didn’t realize you had.

Troy L. Ford began his one-on-one personalized fitness instruction career in 1994, and owns and operates TroyBuilt Fitness from his studio in Michigan City. With more than 20 years of experience as a trainer, author, motivational speaker and community leader, he has helped numerous clients of all ages and abilities enjoy the benefits of a more active and healthy lifestyle. Troy is certified by the nationally recognized ACSM, American College of Sports Medicine, and he holds a BA in Health and Wellness Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.


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