Everywhere you go these days, there’s a new gym or workout studio that’s offering some form of group exercise class. Whether it’s Zumba, Crossfit, or a yoga class, these classes are abundant and really popular. One must be careful when picking a workout routine or class to participate in. Picking the wrong program can lead to minimal results or worst case scenario, an injury.
At Acceleration Sports Performance, we provide science based sports training, agility training, speed training and power training in the Naperville and Chicagoland area.
In this post I will discuss some things to look for when picking a program to participate in.
1) Check The Trainer’s Credentials – Many times a person will see someone with an amazing physique and assume that they are very knowledgeable about training. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are a lot of unqualified trainers out there with nice bodies who are getting results in spite of what they do, not because of what they do. A qualified trainer should have a recognizable certification from ACSM, NASM, NCSA, or ACE. If they aren’t certified they should have a bachelors or masters degree in Exercise Science or Kinesiology. Education doesn’t guarantee a great trainer but it’s a much better option than going off someone who just looks the part.
2) Make Sure The Class Isn’t Too Advanced For You – A lot of problems with group exercise classes is that they treat everyone the same. This can be an issue for those who haven’t worked out in a very long time or beginners in general. A competent trainer will have modification for those who are advanced and those who are beginners so that everyone can have an equally good workout. If they are throwing you into the fire, then you are at risk for injury. Try a class out before committing to it, so if the trainer wasn’t able to provide a variation for you sklll level, that’s a class you don’t need to be a part of.
3) Look For The Results – This one may be a little more difficult, especially if a class is new but try to find out the results people are getting from the class. You are going to have to ask some question and/or do some research online. If you can’t find anything, chances are it’s not worth your time and you should consider another class. Trainers with awesome success stories are going to share them at the gym, their social media, and/or their personal website. If the reviews are solid then definitely give it a try.
FitFast provides science based training, led by a certified personal trainer who also holds a masters degree in Exercise Science. The class uses science based progressions that allow everyone to have a safe and effective workout. Whether your goal is weight loss, strength, or the weekend warrior, our staff is great at making sure everyone is one step closer to reaching their results. We provide quality workouts, nutrition consultation, and regular follow ups to ensure you’re on the path to success.
Whether you’re interested in improving your athletic performance or just want to get in shape so you can look and feel better, our sports performance facility in Naperville is the premier destination for athletes and those looking to get in shape the right way.