Americans around the country are beginning their diet and exercise regimens with summer just around the corner. Whether you’re planning a warm tropical cruise or you’re just hoping to feel more confident at the local pool, you may be wondering how you can tone and shape up your body before swimsuit season. In today’s post, we’ll explain why personal training should be your go-to solution for fitness this summer.

A.M. Total Being Fitness is Southfield’s Top Rated Local® fitness center, and we’d love to help you improve your fitness and well-being through the summer and beyond! We offer metabolic testing, VO2 max testing, and a variety of other services that can help you achieve your fitness goals quickly and effectively. Our approach to fitness goes beyond the physical – our training programs support spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social health. Are you ready to get started? Contact us today for a free, no-obligation fitness evaluation!

You’re New to Training

If your go-to piece of equipment in the gym is the treadmill or elliptical machine, then you may be a bit apprehensive about mixing up your routine with other forms of exercise like weightlifting and resistance training. From cardio and flexibility work to weightlifting and circuit training, a personal trainer can walk you through everything from basic workouts to more complex and advanced programs.

Suppose you’re interested in learning how to properly lift weights. A personal trainer will show you how to lift weights safely, effectively, and efficiently. Many people believe that lifting weights is as simple as picking a barbell or weight up and then setting it back down, but there are many different factors to consider when performing an exercise. These factors include:

  • Muscle Groups

    • One of the most important aspects of physical training is knowing how to train. Your body needs time to recover after strenuous exercise, and your body may not be recovering properly if you’re regularly training the same muscle groups in back-to-back workouts. Your personal trainer will develop a plan that rotates your muscle groups, providing you with a workout plan that maximizes both efficiency and recovery.
  • Repetitions

    • Usually shortened to “reps,” a repetition is a single completed exercise. For instance, one repetition of a bench press involves taking the weight off the rack, lowering it, and then re-racking it.
  • Sets

    • A set is a certain number of repetitions. Depending on your training goals, your trainer may have you performing a few sets of high-repetition exercises, or they may have you performing sets with fewer repetitions, but higher weight loads. Your current fitness level and your goals will determine how many sets and repetitions are included in your training plan.

Efficiency

No matter how dedicated to physical training you may be, it can be hard to find the time to work out. Between your job, family, friends, and other hobbies, you probably don’t have much extra time to spend in the gym. One of the best aspects of personal training is that it’s efficient. When you hire a personal trainer, the limited amount of time in which you and your trainer are working together forces you to progress through the day’s workout at a fast and challenging pace. In addition to cutting down on wasted time during your workout, you’ll also see results much faster. Your personal trainer knows which exercises you should be doing and how hard you should be pushing your body, which eliminates a large amount of the guesswork normally involved in physical training.

Dedication and Accountability 

Whether you normally work out first thing in the morning or in the evenings after work, one of the most common obstacles our clients encounter is a lack of motivation. While all of our clients intend to work out and improve their overall fitness when they first come to us, it’s easy to skip the gym if you’ve had a stressful day at work or a late night with your kids. Missing a workout here and there adds up, and before you know it, summer will be here and you may find yourself feeling upset at your lack of progress. When you hire a personal trainer, you’re adding an additional incentive to stay consistent. Even if you feel like skipping the gym, you’ll feel more accountable when you’ve invested in your health.

Specific Goals

As we mentioned at the outset of this piece, one of the most common reasons people hire personal trainers is to help them achieve a specific goal. Perhaps you have an upcoming physical competition you need to be in peak physical condition for, or maybe you’re hoping to trim your waistline before hitting the beach on an upcoming vacation. Whatever your goals may be, hiring a personal trainer is a smart and effective way to prepare.

No matter what you’re training for, VO2 max testing is an exceptional measure of your athletic abilities and overall health. A.M. Total Being Fitness has access to state-of-the-art VO2 max testing equipment that can be used by sprinters, long-distance runners, crossfit athletes, and other athletes that need an edge on the competition.

We hope that this post will motivate you to invest in personal training this summer. Whether you’re trying to lose 10 pounds or 100, our fitness instructors will help you achieve your goals. We offer free fitness consultations, and we’d love to help you become a fitter, healthier version of yourself. Contact A.M. Total Being Fitness in Southfield today to get started!

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