Our friend and fitness guru Bob Merz, of Houston, sees too many baby boomers who have gone too long without exercise, and at our age, that’s not healthy. That’s why we think Bob answers an important question here: Does a Baby Boomer Need A Personal Trainer?
So after several years of being sedentary, you’re going to do something about your fitness. Good! And now you’re wondering if a certified personal trainer is for you. Well, you’re a boomer and unaccustomed to exercise, so the short answer is “Yes indeed,” for several reasons.
For starters, a personal trainer can provide you much more than simply knowledge; he or she can also provide motivation and accountability. That was particularly important to me when I first worked with a personal trainer at age 48. I hadn’t exercised regularly for years and having someone to “report to” was a critical component for me.
I had a nice on-site fitness center at work, but my employer wouldn’t allow outsiders, so I actually met with my trainer only every four weeks at my house. He would review my workout log, assess my progress, give feedback, encouragement, and adjust my routine. He also gave a quick demonstration of the strength-training moves and designed my workout.
And it did work. In nine months I’d lost only 10 pounds, but reduced my body fat by a full 8% and had to have a tailor resize my suits!
Actually, because of the inconvenience of my employer’s gym, my trainer might have been the first virtual trainer way back before the 50plusPlusFit Online Personal Trainer. We had no idea what was to come with today’s online options.
So let’s summarize what a personal trainer can do for you:
1. Transformational Body Changes
Even if you exercise regularly, a personal trainer will round out your fitness routine for optimal health, and appearance too. For example, our trainer programs will help improve posture, tighten tone, and make you look pounds thinner without even losing a pound! And ladies, don’t worry about bulking up— a good trainer will bring you the benefits from strength-training without big muscles.
2. Flexibility and Balance
Personal trainers can improve both your flexibility and balance, which we all need to be aware of as boomers. Good balance and flexibility will be of increasing benefit as we notch off yet another year.
3. “No Pain, No Gain” – My Boomer a#@!
A good trainer practices safety first. Many trainers even work with your doctor or physical therapist if need be. They encourage proper warm-up before your routine and a brief cool-down afterwards. And of course, making sure that you are performing moves with correct form is paramount to making progress and avoiding injury… meaning, No Pain with Gain!
4. Functional Training
Some trainers specialize in functional training, which helps you, well, functionbetter. Your training can be tailored to improve performance in your occupation, your favorite sport, or just everyday life. For example, our online personal trainer has routines specifically designed for the golfer, tennis player, runner, or cyclist.
Bottom line, if you need knowledge, guidance, motivation, a second conscience, a counselor or any/all of the above, a personal trainer is for you!