Everybody is busy. With the way our society is cultivated these days, everyone has a thousand different things to do every day of the week. If you are a kid, that might involve doing your homework, practicing your favorite sport, hanging out with friends and playing Fortnite™. If you are an adult, it might involve doing well at your job, getting your kids to school and finding time to work out. If you are an older adult, it might involve playing cards with your friends, going to your grandchildren’s recitals and making time to go on a walk during the day. Whoever you are, it is imperative you make the most of your time with everything going on in your life. If your car breaks down, you go to a mechanic. If you feel sick, you go to the doctor. Going to the gym should have the same mindset, with trusting someone else to write your training program for you so you can focus on the other 428,000 things you have going on between now and next Tuesday. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Efficiency. We all love being efficient. Going to the gym and taking 15 minutes to decide which variation of a squat you want to start with is not a very efficient use of time. You can get a lot done and a ton of progress in four 40 minutes workouts per week. Having a scheduled workout individualized for you will take away the mental energy to plan your workout and increase your productivity in the gym. Win, win.
2. Accomplishment. Going to the gym and going through the motions is a waste of time. Trying the latest Instagram workout you saw or copying someone next to you may have detrimental effects if you don’t understand the purpose behind what you are doing and how to execute it effectively. Relying on a trained professional to help you get to your goals so you can dominate at your sport, be more active and live a balanced, healthy lifestyle is absolutely worth the investment. 90% of the work will be up to you, but let that 10% guidance from a strength and performance coach guide you along the way.
3. Safety. Doing plyometrics for cardio, Olympic lifting with poor technique and skipping all mobility drills are common ways I see people get hurt and put themselves in dangerous situations. There are so many different ways to get in-shape, improve your fitness and optimize your performance. You should try and find a coach who works WITH you to achieve YOUR goals in a safe, productive and efficient manner.
4. Enjoyment. There are some days when going to the gym sucks. We have all been there, where that first set of lunges feels like the world is going to collapse down on you. Using the mantra “a poor workout is better than no workout”, a coach can help you get through these tough days by modifying your workout, adjusting variables to get you through the day and providing encouragement that you might not find within yourself from time to time. Working out should be enjoyable!
If any of these reasons seem to resonate with you, feel free to reach out to me and we can talk about setting up a training program for you. Whether you are trying to make the varsity basketball team or like to workout at your local gym after work, I can help you reach your goals.
Tom Broback, DPT, CSCS
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