Personal Training – Who’s doing the Real work?

A Natural

A Natural

My daughter Gabriela showing us great technique on a deep squat. I especially think the “up eyebrows” will guarantee a clean lift.


I’m not one to criticize the value and quality of work provided by most certified personal trainers. But, it’s important to keep in mind that more fitness is purchased with sweat than with dollars. Fitness is about doing something great for yourself. No one else can do the work for you.

You don’t need a PhD to plan a moderate workout. Just take a hike. If you want a vigorous workout, speed up , go farther, or go up hills.

Of course, among other services, a Kinesiologist can offer you more specialized athletic services such as Athletic Testing, Assisted Myofascial Stretch, and Performance Coaching. The combination of all three aspects of my practice have really proven to be a winning combination. Why?

The athletic testing clearly identifies strengths and weaknesses. It can also show you things like how your weight gain or loss affects performance. ( not everyone is better skinny), or what type of cardio actually benefits YOU the most.  Assisted stretch can relieve aches and pains and attempt to create the optimal body balance. And performance coaching uses peer reviewed literature and scientific methodology to retain the best results.

A personal trainer can give you weight-loss advice, companionship, vital motivation, relief from boredom, instruction on injury avoidance, and help with your sports, exercise plans and techniques. Hiring a trainer for big dollars won’t necessarily give you a better workout or lead to better fitness. Typical fees can be $15 to $150 per hour. And for many, every penny is worth it.

Interestingly, media reports that celebrity trainers can earn more than $1000 per hour. Wowza! If the client star maintains a workout pulse rate of 150 beats per minute, his trainer will collect $1 for every nine beats. That’s not bad pay, especially for a person who’s telling the other guy to do all the real work.


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