As is probably very clear to regular readers, I am pretty hands on when it comes to fitness. I do it all under my own direction. I don’t use a personal trainer to get and keep me fit. I don’t have anything against them. In fact, I have several friends who are personal trainers that I like and respect a lot. However, for much of my adult life, I have been on the short end as far as finances went. I have been married and divorced two times with children involved each time. So a personal trainer never fit my budget.
Also, I feel about personal trainers about the same way I do about religions and financial advisors. There is more than one way to skin a cat. The major religions come at worship in different ways, but they end up in pretty much similar places. Ditto financial managers. When I was in the investment business I was amazed at how many terrifically intelligent advisors there were available who came at investing from totally divergent viewpoints. And, all of them were right at one time or another. So, I ended up going my own way. Since I am now retired, I could have done worse. Same with exercise.
I know a lot of friends who use personal trainers and they are satisfied with them.
Having said all that, if you are interested in a fitness coach, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering fitness coaching absolutely free. You can go to their website and sign up for weekly or monthly emails from Coach Max or Coach Tina.
According to the National Institutes on Health, “If you’re looking for some no-nonsense motivation to help you stay on track, look no further. Coach Max may be tough, but he just wants you to be your best. He wants to challenge you to be more active, pick up the pace, try a little harder. And do it all safely. Don’t mind someone who tells it like it is? Then Max might be the right coach for you. Sign up for weekly or monthly emails from him today!
If tough love isn’t your cup of tea, “Maybe you need a cheerleader to inspire you to be more active. Coach Tina is a perfect fit for you! She knows that everyone needs to start somewhere and that any physical activity is better than none. She’ll encourage you to try activities you enjoy, remind you to move to the next level of fitness, and celebrate your accomplishments. Sign up for weekly or monthly emails from Tina and get started on your journey to a more active you!”
If you try this, please drop me a line and let me know how you like it.