“…The truth is we personal train because it pushes us past where we would push ourselves alone.”
- Jourdan Ilardi
Time To Get Back to Being You
The Covid-19 pandemic brought a massive amount of uncertainty and change into our lives. Six plus months spent mainly in isolation has led many of us to alter our physical lifestyles. Without the gym, we were forced to come up with new ways to exercise. Many of us took to the great outdoors to get our daily movement in or participated in online workouts. On the flip side, many of us also became more sedentary. It was a shocking realization to discover how difficult it is to exercise alone and how easy it is to prioritize other things over your exercise regime. Perhaps you used to come to the gym every day at 9:30 am. Now your children are home and need your help, or maybe your work schedule has changed, and you work during that time now, or perhaps a tumbleweed of dust blew by and cleaning your house is suddenly more important than your exercise. No matter what the reason was, many of us fell out of our usual routine. And when routines change, it can be extremely hard to get back into one. One of the best ways to get back into a workout schedule is by meeting with a personal trainer.
An appointment with a personal trainer is a time you schedule in for YOU. It is a 30, 45, or 60-minute session where you are doing something to better yourself both mentally and physically. Coming back to the gym to work with a personal trainer may seem intimidating. There are so many reasons to feel that way. Maybe you haven’t worked out in months, or are afraid of being exposed to people at the gym. Let’s address these concerns. A personal trainer is there to guide you, teach you, and support you through your fitness journey. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time stepping foot in a gym or an avid, experienced exerciser; a personal trainer will help you achieve your goals.
The Fear Factor
If you are afraid of meeting with a personal trainer because of COVID-19 concerns, I want you to start by noting any of the places below you have been to in the past three months:
- A Restaurant
- Grocery Store or Supermarket
- Lowes, Home Depot or Costco
- A Clothing Store
I have been to all of the places listed in the past three months and can assure you I was exposed to more people and less sanitary conditions at all of the above places than you will be at the gym. Our first priority at Fitness Incentive is to make sure you are in a safe environment. Before you meet with your trainer, you will be required to fill out a COVID health screening and waiver form. We will take your temperature each time you arrive at the gym. Your trainer will assure you are following all gym guidelines and are masked and socially distanced at all times. All equipment will be cleaned both before and after your use to ensure ultimate cleanliness. And on top of all of our protocols, you will be doing the most important thing of all: taking care of your physical health. Allowing your exercise regime and health to deteriorate during this time is one of the worst things you can do. Exercise is especially important in fighting illness because it can reduce stress, prevent weight gain, boost the immune system, and improve sleep.
You Won’t Get There Alone
Like my client said today, “You come to a personal trainer because that’s the only way you’d ever do lunges.” I had a good laugh at this, but the truth is we personal train because it pushes us past where we would push ourselves alone. It challenges us, keeps us on schedule, and motivates us to prioritize our health. Your trainer is your friend, your coach, and the foremost advocate for your health, and that is something we all deserve.
About the Author
Jourdan Ilardi is a Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Primal Health Coach.
She also manages the Front Desk at Fitness Incentive.