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Does signing up for personal training feel a little intimidating?

For some people, going to the gym or starting with a personal trainer can be pretty intimidating. The fear of the unknown and unfamiliar is perfectly natural as you step outside of your comfort zone.  To illustrate this point, I’ll share a recent story.

A couple of weeks ago I had a woman in her late 60’s enter my studio and remark that she just didn’t feel like she belonged there. Curious, I asked her to elaborate a little for me.

She said much of the equipment was unfamiliar to her, and she had reservations about using them for fear of injury. In the past. she has used machines or treadmills, which she is more familiar with. I was thankful that she mentioned this to me. I’m not naive and I understand that people often feel a little uncomfortable stepping into a gym. Especially one without any “normal” equipment.

That’s where having a personal trainer is key! I act as a guide to the equipment and help you feel comfortable with the exercises selected.

Let’s take a tour!

To help welcome her to the studio we did full equipment tour where she freely asked questions about the equipment. I love to teach and share knowledge, so for me, this was a dream client interaction! We discussed (and I demonstrated) some of the different weight bars that I use.

I introduced her to kettlebells, the prowler sled, landmine attachment, and other items that are far less common in a traditional gym. Most people have never seen or even heard of these odd implements, but they are key to functional fitness.

In the end, she said she was less anxious around the equipment, which is huge! As the sessions progress, so does her confidence. By using the items that she felt weren’t going to be a good fit for her she’s feeling more comfortable with barbells and non-traditional exercises. We simply modify where we need to and progress when ready. These items have found their way into my studio because they are easy to use, practical, and fit needs for nearly everyone.

With the equipment I use, I can scale exercises up or down easily to meet a wide range of client needs.

Interested in learning more?

I wanted to share this quick story because I imagine there are some of you who may be a little hesitant to reach out. My current clients have a wide range of medical conditions, ages, and goals. If you are on the fence or not sure if training is right for you, I’d like to hear from you! I work to make my gym a safe space free of judgments and an open space to learn and be curious about health and wellness.

You are encouraged to reach out for a free, zero-pressure consultation. Come on down, see the space, meet me, ask questions and let’s see if we are a good fit for each other!

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