A Full guide to finding a Personal Trainer in San Antonio
Knowing the benefits that exercise has on our health, energy levels and the way we look should be reason enough to have a regular workout routine. Unfortunately, that is not the case for most of us. Why? There are many reasons, such as lack of time, the cost of exercising, or simply laziness.
Nowadays, there should be no excuses! There is a simple solution that isn’t too time-consuming and is very affordable and motivating. It is working with a personal trainer.
If you don’t have enough time to go to the gym, a personal trainer can come to your house and the costs for this are no longer too high. This approach also motivates far more than just deciding to start alone, since when you do, it is mostly the famous: “I will start as of tomorrow,” and we all know how that works in the majority of cases.
So, if you know that working out contributes to better health, as well as feeling and looking better, then the only remaining issue is choosing the right workout and the professional who will help you.
Luckily, if you are living in San Antonio, the offer of both various pieces of training and of certified personal trainers is more than satisfying. Next, to those working at gyms and other facilities, there are more than 500 freelancers to choose from.
What Type of Personal Trainer and Exercise Will You Seek?
This primarily depends on what you want to achieve with your training. Lose weight? Build muscle and improve the way you look? Raise your energy level so you can keep up with the daily routine? Recover from an injury and/or an illness?
Fortunately, whatever the reason might be, you can find the appropriate solution. Most of the mentioned goals are achievable with any choice of workout, but there are significant differences in the levels of fitness that you can reach, depending on the type of the training regimen you choose.
Here are some of the possibilities offered by the health and fitness industry:
We start with the system which is suitable for practically anyone since it does not require you to already be in good shape in order to be able to start exercising. Also, this type of workout is the best choice for those recovering from injuries or sickness. The most famous workouts of this type are the so-called “Pilates” exercises which were developed in medical therapy for those who suffered injuries or had consequences from surgeries or longer illnesses.
Your personal trainer will focus on improving your physical condition by having you exercise your normal movements. This is not a routine which builds more muscle or allows you to run a marathon, but it will enable you to handle your daily tasks with less effort and more energy.
The results will include enhanced mobility and stability, achieved by repetitive movements such as rotating, pulling, walking/running, squatting, hinging, etc. But in order to achieve them, as is the case with all exercise routines, your diet has to be adequate as well.
Like functional training, yoga/life balance is also something you can start with regardless of the shape you are in. Another similarity is that you don’t need special equipment or even a venue since it can be done almost anywhere.
There are many personal trainers to choose from but also many varieties of these training. In order to find the right one, inform yourself and consult with a professional.
The main results of these types of exercises are internal peace, a better posture, more flexibility, and strength, as well as improved balance and breathing. What is more, the medical research found that these exercises are beneficial for your immune system and your mental state as well.
Strength Training/Weight Loss
Here you face a more demanding type of training. The focus of your personal trainer is to help you:
- Build muscle,
- Lose weight,
- Have more stamina,
- Build up your strength and endurance.
In order to reach such ambitious goals, the training will also have to be more complex and include a variety of exercises. Building muscle is done by weightlifting, while weight loss comes from aerobic/cardio exercises and a strict diet.
Most often, the training sessions take around 90 minutes. They include three parts:
- Warmup and stretching (to prepare you for the training and to avoid injuries),
- Weightlifting (bench press, shoulder and leg press, squats, sit-ups, deadlift, etc),
- Cardio exercises (treadmill, running, cycling, stairmaster and similar), followed by additional stretching in order to avoid cramps and to relax muscle tissue.
Boot Camp Training
This type of workout demands that you are at least on average, or even above average shape. The training is not very long, they mostly take about an hour, but are very intense.
The exercises your personal trainer will have you do are part of a whole-body workout system. The main goals are more strength and endurance. You certainly will not be bored, since every session requires different sets of activities.
One additional advantage is that you don’t need special equipment and that there are many places available for such training in San Antonio.
Where Will You Go to Exercise?
Luckily, the choice is entirely up to you! If you find yourself more motivated to take the time and work out at a gym, then you will find that almost all of them offer in-house personal trainers. However, should you feel more comfortable with doing it at home, there will be no shortage of possibilities. Furthermore, when the weather allows it, and the average of 68 ℉in San Antonio means it quite often will, you can do it outdoors.
Some Helpful Statistics
With the development of the health and fitness industry came the growing offer and a variety of possibilities. According to surveys, there are more than 600 thousand personal trainers in the US. Additionally, nowadays, they have to be licensed, so you don’t run the risk of hiring an amateur.
Since San Antonio is one of the “cities of sports”, with the “Spurs” in the NBA, the “Rampage” in the AHL, the “Missions” in baseball, just to name a few, the number of places, as well as of professional and licensed personal trainers is more than sufficient to meet the wishes and the needs of everybody.
The following links can give you additional information about personal trainers:
How Much Does It Cost?
Luckily, hiring a personal trainer is no longer out of reach for the average person. Sure, the prices vary, depending on the gym, the part of town, or on how popular a certain trainer is, but you can still find an adequate value for money.
You can find such services for as little as $15 an hour, but also for $150. The average is, however, around $50 per session.
So what are you waiting for? Get started!
Thomas Matthys a former world-class track & field athlete and the founder of Swol Headquarters. He graduated from the University of Fordham with a Master’s degree in Science. Matthys is a certified sports nutritionist and personal coach of several professional athletes. Matthys has been involved in various clinical studies within Track & Field including one on the factors associated with muscle recovery and HIIT.