My company isn't called Fitness Personalized because it sounds cool or is particularly easy to pronounce. It's because that's what I do. Every time you look in the mirror, you're reminded that you're different from everyone else on the planet. Why should your fitness program be just like someone else's?
To personalize your program, I start from wherever you are today. Your body is what it is; age, weight, male or female. Maybe you've taken pretty good care of it so far, or maybe life's other distractions have gotten in the way of that (it's not like you're the only one!) Then there are things like genetics, which affect such things as your metabolic rate and how big your butt is.
The good news is, you're OK! The better news is, you can get where you want to go, which is also a very personal consideration. When I personalize a fitness program for a client, I have no preconceived notion of what "fit" may mean to you. Maybe you want to take long walks with your partner. Maybe you're getting married, and you want to get ready for your wedding day (and night!). Maybe you'd like to improve your performance in a competitive sports activity. In short, you tell me where you'd like to go with your fitness, and I'll help you get there from wherever you are.
Here's how I do it:
- First, I begin with a thorough medical and health history. I want to know how your body's been operating for you, so that we can avoid doing anything risky. This allows me to determine your risk stratification, which is critical for allowing me to prepare a safe exercise prescription.
- Second, we talk about your fitness goals; what you like to be able to do, feel, and enjoy as a result of investing in your own improved fitness. I'll take the time to understand what you want to improve, and why, so that we can stay clearly focused on whatever is meaningful to you.
- Next, we'll engage in a fitness assessment, which is a battery of activities I'll have you do. This helps me gauge your cardiovascular condition and evaluate things such as strength and range of motion. It's important that we choose a safe route to achieving your fitness goals.
- Lastly, I match up your goals and objectives with the results of your fitness assessment and the contents of your health history, and create an Exercise Prescription that will allow us to accommodate your unique needs and safely achieve your personal fitness goals. While I am not a doctor, I too believe that a premature prescription without an accurate diagnosis can quickly become malpractice. That's not the way I work.
If someone is recommending a personal training program without spending about an hour with you first to do all of the above, you may want to review my tips on How to Avoid Really Bad Personal Trainers.
If you're ready for your own personalized fitness program, contact me, Patti Johnson, at 770-862-0357 and we'll get started.
You can also email me.