A personal trainer needs to be a good listener. To listen for bone-on-bone clicking, history of injuries, goals, physical and psychological vulnerabilities, how it feels from the inside. He or she needs to help discern good pain from bad.
Especially the sedentary may not know the difference. Bad-pain is the aberration, usually. That “weird” sensation. Sometimes described as a strange tickle, or restriction in range of motion, or throbbing ache after-the-fact or searing pain at-the-time.
Relatively inexperienced trainers have no clue. They only know about their own body tendencies, not others. Training should be absolutely safe for any age regardless of your level of fitness, or lack of coordination.
Many hire a personal trainer as a way to force themselves to workout. Otherwise, they know they’d never do it. And they know the workout will be more effective with someone watching over them.
See you at Heavy Lifting Tuesday, Friday Yoga, and Saturday Abs.
There’s a time to rest. And a time to get off the couch. A time to coast and do the minimum, and a time to put the peddle-to-the-metal and go for broke.
In your workout, as in growing a business, momentum is something to be aware of. Even a minimal workout is maintaining your momentum. And once you’ve completely lost your momentum it may be difficult to get it going again.
You may feel sluggish to start. Go easy at first. You’ll find your groove after 5 minutes. Suddenly, you feel like it. And then, and only then, you step up the attack. Look out.
Rest is a skill too. You have to be good at resting to exert yourself at a high level. Rest indulgently, and without guilt. The time will come, and when it does you’ll be ready to catch that wave and go the distance.
Yoga tonight. Abs tomorrow. Heavy Lifting Tuesdays.