IN-HOME PERSONAL TRAINING
In my fourteen years as a personal trainer, I have worked with several clients in their homes. Any strength training program must be adhered to on a regular basis in order to be effective. The best or only way for some people to adhere to their program is to have their personal trainer come to their home instead of the gym. One reason why some people prefer in-home training is time constraints with their career, family, and other activities. The other main reason is environment. A client may not be comfortable in any type of fitness facility or may simply prefer their home over any fitness facility. I have always coached people to have a positive attitude toward their training program and their attitude is most of the battle with exercise adherence. So if training at home promotes a better experience, than by all means plan on working out at home.
After someone has decided to workout at home, an area needs to be set up for your training. Large and expensive weight machine equipment that is advertised for the home may not be necessary. The basic pieces of equipment for a general strength program can be very simple. First of all, a bike or treadmill is needed for your warmups and cardiovascular work. An exercise mat is needed for any floor exercises and stretching. Dumbells ranging from 3 pounds to 15 pounds are needed to begin with, more can be added if and when needed. Exercise tubing and bands are very essential. Also needed are a step with risers, an inflatable stability ball, adjustable bench, and a 25 pound barbell with removable weight plates. All of this equipment can be found at a fitness equipment store or sporting goods store. I personally have done the shopping for clients and prefer to find the equipment for them. With this equipment a knowledgeable personal trainer will be able to incorporate a variety of exercises throughout a calendar year for the entire body.
Working with a personal trainer in your home may increase the “per hour” cost of training but it is typically offset by reduction of gym fees, travel time and cost. Furthermore, working out at home can be a solution for a consistent and positive workout experience.
Matt Reynolds is a certified personal trainer with fourteen years of experience. Matt works in the Humble/Kingwood area and in the central Houston area. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 713-542-3885.