With more weights, machines and frat boys than you ever knew existed, it’s easy to feel lost at the gym and settle into a safe routine. But, before you throw in the towel, consider taking advantage of the free personal training services offered by Penn State Fitness.
“It’s extremely easy to get started with the Get Fit Program,” says student trainer, Colin Crawford. “All you have to do is walk up to the front desk at the White Building or Rec Hall and ask for an appointment”.
If you normally have difficulty finding the time to schedule a workout, consider taking advantage of the program’s flexible hours. Get Fit offers it’s services five days a week from 9am-9pm.
Each session, led by a student trainers like Crawford, begins with an educational consultation to establish your fitness goals and needs. Whether you’re trying to lose those extra five pounds or build muscle mass, personal training can help you redesign your fitness plan to optimize your health.
“Starting a program like this when you’re young is really important for when you get older,” Crawford says.
“It helps you maintain your daily routine and is really important for your future in terms of avoiding things like heart attacks or muscle tears.”
Once you and your trainer have discussed which types of goals you’d like to achieve through training, you’ll be lead through what to expect upon arrival. Before slipping into your sneakers, it’s important to know which exercises you’ll be performing and how they’ll challenge your body.
“One of the biggest objectives of the program is to teach people how to exercise properly and efficiently. It’s a lot of educating, but after that’s done its just a matter of practicing and getting more fit,” Crawford says.
Being aware of your expectations before you get to the gym will prepare you for your actual training session. There, the student trainer will walk you through each workout and show you how to record the weights and repetitions on a tracking table. The table, provided by each trainer, can be kept and used for future workouts. In fact, it’s one of the most helpful tools to track your progress.
“Personal training can be the most rewarding experience. Seeing my clients change, improve their lives and get results is an amazing thing to watch,” Crawford says.
Pulling yourself out of a fitness rut is possible with Penn State’s Get Fit Program. With the help of student trainers, you’ll be able to re-conquer the gym one rep at a time.
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