If you're like many people, you'll resolve to be fit
in the New Year, or maybe you'll resolve to shape up
for spring break, or for swimsuit season or for a special occasion.
Setting your personal fitness goals is a great step in the right
direction. Working with a personal trainer helps keep you motivated
and accountable to effectively attain those goals more quickly than
you would on your own.
Collins started working out once a week with a certified personal
trainer at Oak Marr RECenter last March for a very simple reason.
"I wanted to slim down for a trip to the beach and I didn't feel
motivated," said the Vienna, Va. mother of two. "I felt like
I was in a rut and wanted someone to set me in the right direction,
to make sure I was using correct form and to keep me motivated."
Now, thanks to the help of certified personal trainer Cindy Ford,
Collins says she's achieved goals that may have seemed out of reach
for her before she started training just eight months ago.
"I ran in my son's elementary school 5K race, and Cindy trained
me through that," Collins said. With stoked confidence, Collins
set her next goal – to run in a 10- mile race. "I asked Cindy,
'Am I crazy to think I can do this?'" With the help of her
personal trainer, Collins declared 'mission accomplished' when she
crossed the Army 10-Miler finish line in October.
of the biggest benefits of personal training is building confidence
to achieve your goals," said Ford, who is both a certified
personal trainer and fitness class instructor at Oak Marr RECenter.
"It's about listening to the client, assessing whether their
goals are realistic and giving them the guidance and the confidence
to attain those goals."
As a result of personal training, Collins says she is stronger, has
greater endurance and remains motivated to stick with the program.
"I wasn't good at doing it alone, and Cindy keeps me honest,"
she said. She also appreciates having access to a service in Park Authority RECenters that she
once thought was out of reach to her. "I had been a member of
other [commercial] gyms. Personal training was financially
unattainable to me there, and I wasn't getting what I needed from
classes," she said. "The fitness classes here [at RECenters]
are good and personal training is affordable. This is just right for