Personal TrainingApril 11, 2012
I don’t talk a lot about “Personal Training” for the obvious reason: It’s Personal! Personal Training is not for everyone; however some people have special needs or circumstances that require a personal touch.
When “George” was in his 20’s he had a bad car accident that landed him in hospital paralyzed from the waist down for 4 days. (Fake name to protect his identity). Gradually over time he gained back the feeling and ability to move his legs. At 67 years old George was still dealing with the results of that accident. He enjoys playing golf and playing with his Grandchildren and was finding both difficult due to scar tissue that has built up in his back from that old accident. After several weeks of physical therapy he started working with me to gain flexibility and strength. Some days he comes in ready to go and do a regular “CrossFit” workout. Other days he sends me a message a few hours before his appointment to let me know that his back is “acting up”. In those cases we do a warm-up that will last about 20 minutes with gradual increasing intensity until by the end he is breaking a sweat a little bit. Then we spend about 30-40 minutes stretching. His back is usually pretty good for at least 2-3 days after those types of sessions and if it isn’t he knows it’s time to go back to the physical therapist.
In the past 2 years that George has been working with me I think he has gotten about 6 years YOUNGER! It took a lot of work, but George tells me all the work is worth it: Workouts with me 2 days a week, jogging 2 days a week, walking the golf course 2 days a week and trying to keep a healthy diet low in processed foods and “moderation” when it comes to vino and partying with the boys.
It is circumstances like George’s that make Personal Training a better option than group classes. If George was signed up for group sessions he’d probably miss about 1/3 of them because of the issues with his back. This way he gets the personal attention he needs when he needs it and gets a good old fashion workout the rest of the time.