With this summer season nearly over, we are heading into fall with a renewed sense of purpose. Many of us have experienced months of emotional ups and downs that have had negative effects on our bodies. From stress eating to binge-watching hours of our favorite shows, our bodies have paid the prices of these uncertain times. However, now is the time to pick ourselves up and move forward with hope for ourselves and for the future, and the best way to get started is by getting back into shape.
The Power Of Personal Training
For many of us, the thought of heading into a gym is overwhelming. The stress of being lost in a sea of people trying to manage the machines is not typically a motivator to self-improvement. And specifically in these times when concern for health is on the forefront of everyone’s minds, joining in with a crowd of people working out seems to be out of the question.
Personal training has become a popular choice of physical fitness for many obvious reasons. One on one training with an instructor provides benefits such as personalized attention, development of goals, and a greater understanding of exercise and how it affects our bodies. When we work with a trainer to focus on our needs, we are able to achieve results faster than working on our own without any direction at all.
Focusing On What Works
Gyms that include personal training in their roster of other services may often fall short of delivering a quality experience. Many times these personal trainers are booked for months in advance and appear to be an exclusivity reserved for long-standing members. Understanding the importance of the positive effects personal trainers have on their client’s physical and mental well being, Raw Fitness built a transformative gym experience geared towards personal service.
A Personal Training Gym
Raw Fitness realized the need for people to have greater access to the benefits of personal training and created a gym designed specifically for offering personal training and small class sizes. No longer are you overwhelmed at the thought of entering a gym full of people, you are welcomed by your personal trainer at Raw Fitness in an inspiring environment that stimulates your desire to achieve.
Getting To Work
In order to make the most of your time with your personal trainer, you will want to come prepared for your session. Remember that the more time and energy you put into following your trainer’s direction, the better your results will be. Your sessions are designed for you, it is up to you to be ready to work. Once you begin to see the changes in your body and in how you feel, you will appreciate all of the efforts both you and your physical trainer have put forth.
New Season, New Beginning
As the season’s transition, there is no better time to take charge of your physical fitness. Let Raw Fitness help you achieve your goals.
Gyms are some of the businesses hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Before covid19, it was routine to see people darting into locker rooms with duffel bags and changing, showering, and working out together. Then the virus hit, and we realize that this may not be a sustainable way to operate in the current times…
Our model, however, was thoroughly complementary to what we already had in place in terms of small group personalized training. We already had people in the gym talking individually to trainers, and using personalized instruction, instead of a lot of different weight machines, to get the results they needed. That made it worlds easier to transition to a home training model.
What does it mean to “talk to your trainer?” Well, as we explore what’s possible on the web, we notice some of the best kinds of training relationships that promote health and wellness for our customers are based on this kind of consultation.
First, there’s the context. Those who are relying on trainers for workout assistance are still able to tell them about their newest favorite recipes, talk about what to do outside of a fitness session, and just commiserate about the way things are now. All of that can be done virtually!
We really shouldn’t discount this kind of interaction, because it really helps with planning your lifestyle when you’re trying to lose weight, tone muscle, or do all of those things that people do at the gym.
Another aspect of this is helping people to work out with minimal equipment. Again, we were on the cutting edge of this before covid19 struck. By offering detailed instructions instead of just moving people in and out of a gym, we were encouraging that kind of individual workout that people are now doing from the safety and comfort of their homes.
Another way to say this is that you don’t need a whole lot of fancy equipment to keep your body in good shape. People around the world know this, but in America, many people were accustomed to the full-scale gym experience, and that’s part of what impacted some chains of gyms so harshly when the virus limitations kicked in.
So if you want to talk to your trainer during covid19, sign up with Raw Fitness Personal Trainers and get the kind of personalized instruction that is social distancing compliant and also a great idea for when we do re-open our gym facilities.
If you have been pushing yourself during your workout, without making sure you rest and recover, you may be experiencing results that don’t feel all that good. By giving your body time to restore itself, you are giving yourself the best chance at coming back stronger and reducing the risk of injury. Consider some of our best practices to improve your workout recovery time and get stronger every day.
1) Get more rest.
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to your overall health, both mentally and physically. But you might be missing one of the benefits of sleep to your post-workout recovery if you aren’t getting enough rest. You want to be sure you get seven to eight hours of sleep, which will help you with your workout performance and your recovery time. If you are the type to exercise or train earlier in the day, take a short twenty-minute nap a couple of hours after your workout, which won’t get in the way of your nocturnal sleep.
2) Improve your protein intake.
Protein helps the body in a variety of ways, and the benefits of protein vary based on the time you are eating it. For example, eating protein right before bed, such as Greek yogurt, which is rich in protein as well as dairy, can help your muscles repair while you sleep. Having protein in during the morning can help rebuild your muscles and give you an energy boost for the day. If you haven’t eaten for a while since finishing your workout, make sure you get a protein boost afterward between 20-50 grams, based on your weight. Chocolate milk makes for a great post-workout snack.
3) Drink plenty of fluids.
Any athlete or individual with an active exercise lifestyle knows that hydration is essential to your body’s wellbeing. Having a proper amount of water before and after a workout helps prevent dehydration. Many people have water before a workout but forget to do it afterward, which can lead to dehydration. If you sweat excessively during your workout, replacing the fluids in your body is even more essential.
These simple tips we have listed above are the easiest ways to make sure you recover after a workout and reduce soreness. Keep in mind though as you continue to push yourself during your workouts, some soreness is expected. Raw Fitness offers personalized coaching sessions to get you to your best physical self.
At Raw Fitness, we’ve developed a competitive online program to help our customers to stay fit through this unanticipated pandemic. Our Raw Fitness Online training service brings the expertise and dedication of our trainers right into your home.
We adjusted to COVID quickly, but that’s not the only reason to maintain this kind of customized home training program for those who want to avoid making their fitness plans a casualty of coronavirus closures.
Even when we primarily used our Raw Fitness training center, our fitness training was always highly customized to the individual. Instead of running a big commercial gym with hundreds of machines and generic floor plans, we have specialized in running a boutique gym with small group training classes and resources for the individual workout.
In a sense, that fits with the online option that we’re offering, because it allows our trainers to really focus on one person at the time. For example, one thing we’ve learned is that it’s important to fit someone’s schedule. That can be easier to do with an online platform than it is with facility scheduling – especially if you do it the right way!
Understanding Key Challenges
At the end of the day, so much of fitness training involves understanding the triggers and keys that will either propel a person forward, along with knowing about the barriers and obstacles that can move them back or stop their progress.
Our trainers have experience – as those who have struggled with obstacles like cancer or disease, sedentary lifestyle, manic work schedules, and more. So we know how to break through these bad patterns and vicious cycles and enable our clients to go beyond, to thrive in whatever environment they are.
The COVID Era
As people continue to fear a very transmissible virus with few feasible treatment options, you’ll hear people saying that ‘gyms are dead.’
Gyms are not dead – what’s temporarily out of fashion is the idea that you’ll go in and rub shoulders with 100 or more people … the need for gyms and fitness training is still here.
By migrating temporarily to an online platform, we help you to keep yourself healthy in two very critical ways – first, by practicing the right kind of social distancing – and second, by maintaining resources that will help you preserve mobility, longevity, and overall health through better fitness every day. Talk to us about how this works so that you can stay fit through the pandemic without missing a beat.
Gyms come in a myriad of forms and with a wide range of options for people who enjoy exercising and working out. Whatever the size or scope of a gym may, they share a common value of gym etiquette. Gym etiquette is merely the value system in which members and clients adopt while working out and using a facility in order to keep the environment healthy and positive for all staff and clients.
While gym etiquette has a core of common practices that are shared by most all types of gyms, there are more specific practices that are targeted to niche specific gym businesses. Personal training gyms that have specific focuses require a more unique form of etiquette practices, as opposed to the large multi use gyms.
Etiquette At Personal Training Gyms
Personal training gyms such as Raw Fitness, center around providing one on one training and instructions that offers clients the benefits of personalized exercise and health plans. Since this instruction can be given in common areas where multiple trainers are working with their clients, there is a more specific type of etiquette that is adopted in order to keep the experience positive for everyone involved.
Familiarize Yourself With Posted Expectations
Regardless of if you are a personal fitness gym rookie, or a seasoned client who is well versed in the exercise style, there could be common mistakes that you are unknowingly making. While gym typically post rules and expectations, some of the etiquette rules for personal gyms are unspoken. Fortunately, there are a few tips to keep in mind that will make your experience go smoothly when working out at a personal training facility.
Be Punctual And Ready To Workout
As in any personal training session or exercise class, being on time is key, not only does being prompt show that you value your trainers time, it also is essential to your gaining the most value from your session. If you are late for your sessions, your trainer’s plan for your routine is altered, and you may even be disruption others if you are coming in late.
Silence All Phones
Properly storing items, such as cell phones will help you and your trainer remain on track during your workout. Phones should be turned off, or volume muted, even if they are stowed in specific storage area. Noisy notifications and ring tones can easily throw both trainer and client off task, causing interruptions for your session as well as those around you.
Be Aware Of Others Space
Personal awareness, and awareness of others around you is also important to gym etiquette. Be considerate of others space, know where you are and be aware of the space you will be using. While you may want to socialize with someone near you, remember that their time is valuable as well, and any socializing should be kept to a minimum or postponed until after the workout to ensure everyone gains the most from their experience.
Remember, personal training gyms involve individualized training sessions that require communication between trainer and client. Respecting this time is key to getting the best results.