One benefit to working with a personal trainer that may not be top-of-mind for many is injury prevention. In this blog post, we explain why working out with a personal trainer can help you reach your fitness goals while minimizing the risk of getting injured. We aim for our clients to feel great and enjoy an active lifestyle outside of our studios, so preventing workout-related injuries is very important.
Here are 5 whys for how our Personal Trainers help clients to prevent injuries during their sessions.
Proper form is key when lifting any amount of weight. With your body in the correct position, you are less likely to pull a muscle, tendon, or create any other form of tension. Proper form also aids in your body having an easier recovery after your workout.
Our personal trainers are skilled at looking for non-verbal cues for whether the amount of weight their clients lift is too light, too heavy, or just right. When the weight is too heavy, it can put excess strain on other parts of the body or pull the body out of proper form – both of which can cause injury. It is better to start lighter and work your way up to a heavier weight. You and your trainer can work together to find an appropriate starting point.
3. REPS / SETS
‘Reps’ (aka: repetitions) refers to how many times an exercise is performed within one set. A ‘Set’ refers to a collection of reps. For example, 3 sets of 10 reps each. Based on the exercise being performed and the amount of weight being lifted (this may include body weight), your trainer can assess how many of each you should perform given your level of fitness and your fitness goals. Too much of either has the potential to overburden your body and cause injury.
4. LIMITATIONS / MODIFICATIONS
If you have any physical limitations in your body, modifications to how you perform an exercise may be necessary. Or you may need to try out different movements that work the same body part to find what feels best for you. Your trainer’s expertise in body movement and function can help you determine what will be most effective for you while minimizing the risk for injury.
5. DURATION / FREQUENCY
Duration and frequency refer to how long and how often you should workout. There are a variety of factors to consider, including fitness level, type of exercise, health concerns, goals to strive for, etc. Each person is unique and every client’s fitness plan should be unique to them. Talk to your trainer about what they feel is appropriate for you based on what is important to you. We don’t want you to over-exert yourself during your workouts. It’s about finding the appropriate balance for you to make progress without causing injury.
ZenRock’s personal trainers and yoga instructors are here to support you on your health and wellness journey while minimizing the potential for workout-related injuries. They provide accountability and create a customized fitness plan that meets you where you currently are, providing goals to strive for and achieve. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule a complimentary fitness evaluation and training session as a new client at either our Bellevue or Redmond studio locations.