Is Hiring a Personal Trainer Worth the Cost?

Is Hiring a Personal Trainer Worth the Cost?

In an ideal world, we’d all have the best strength and training coach or personal trainer to guide us through our workout routines, keep us honest with our diets, and motivate us to get better every day. The reality, however, is that hiring a personal trainer can be expensive, especially if you’re hiring a good one. For many people, a quick look at the numbers is all they need to decide they’re better off figuring it out on their own, while others know they can benefit from the expertise of a good trainer and take the plunge. If you’re on the fence about hiring a personal trainer, read on to come to a better understanding of the value that personal training provides and if the cost is worth it to you. Avoid the “Instagram Trainer” The main thing you need to watch out for when deciding to hire a personal trainer is quality. The number one reason why personal training gets a bad reputation is that there are literally thousands of under-qualified or inexperienced people who claim to be personal trainers, either on Instagram or at the gym. It’s relatively easy to grab a personal training certification online or get results for yourself at the gym and then promote yourself as a trainer. These types of trainers you absolutely want to stay away from. You will end up wasting your time and money on a “personal trainer” who has no idea the complexity of training someone other than themselves. Look for a Quality Trainer While we just finished discussing how personal training can be expensive, it’s much better to...
The Best Equipment for Any Home Gym

The Best Equipment for Any Home Gym

People are more health conscious now than they have ever been. Because of this, commercial gyms are seeing their memberships increase and big box gyms are opening on seemingly every corner. While this increased awareness of health and fitness is a great thing, it can lead to a difficult or frustrating gym experience. Too many people and too little equipment, packed locker rooms, and poor gym etiquette are all things that could discourage you from going to a commercial gym. While many people enjoy using their gym membership, you may fall into the crowd that prefers to work out in private. The answer to this dilemma? Create your own in-home gym. While the idea of building an in-home gym can seem intimidating or expensive, when you consider the long-term savings of not paying for a monthly gym membership, it can be quite worth the initial investment. In fact, building your very own home gym can be done with just a few pieces of equipment. Keep reading to see our top picks for in-home gym equipment! Barbell If you ask any professional personal trainer what the number one piece of exercise equipment is, they will very likely tell you it’s a barbell. Barbells can be used to work any part of your body. With a barbell, you can perform movements such as squats, deadlifts, overhead presses, bench presses, bent over rows, standing calf raises, and more. If you could invest in just one piece of equipment, the barbell is a very safe bet. If you need weight plates to add to your barbell set, you can find both rubber bumper plates...
Didn’t Get Everything on Your Wishlist For Christmas? Buy it Now!

Didn’t Get Everything on Your Wishlist For Christmas? Buy it Now!

Christmas is over, the presents have all been opened (and maybe some returned), and you realize there are a few things missing from your fitness wish list. Fortunately, you can often find post-holiday sales going on and get the gear you wanted at discount prices. We can’t guarantee you’ll find the following items on sale, but if you didn’t get these things for Christmas, you’ll definitely want to add them to your shopping list. Powerlifting Shoes If you’re looking to improve your performance at the squat rack or bench, powerlifting shoes are a must-have. Designed with a raised heel, powerlifting shoes allow you to get a stronger grip on the floor and better depth of squat. They also help reduce strain on your ankles by adjusting the angle of your squat form. Powerlifting shoes can also help you with your bench press by providing your feet with more stability on the ground for transfer of power. Weight Lifting Belt For those who like to lift heavy, your very own weightlifting belt is a huge asset. When you have your own belt, you don’t need to use a generic gym-provided belt that doesn’t fit right or smells to high heaven. Having a weightlifting belt that fits properly can make all the difference on your next deadlifting PR. A good weightlifting belt will provide support to your core and help prevent hernias. TRX Slam Ball Workouts with TRX balls are becoming more popular by the day. Designed for athletic training, TRX ball workouts engage your core while providing cardio and power exercises. Simple and easy-to-use, TRX Slam Balls are a fast, fun...
Part 1: What’s Better, Free Weights or Machines?

Part 1: What’s Better, Free Weights or Machines?

When it comes to the best daily workout routine, there are as many opinions as there are equipment choices. On one hand, you have the gurus who will swear by using machines to get fit and build muscle, and on the other are weightlifters who will tell you free weights are the only way to go. With so many differing opinions, how do you decide what’s best for your own workout plan? Read on to find out the pros and cons of free weights, then next time, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of workout machines so that you can make the decision for yourself! Free Weights: Pros Most of the body builders that you see are going to be big proponents of using free weights. That’s because when you use free weights, the muscles in your body not only have to lift the weight of the bar and plates, they also need to constantly adjust for your balance. The muscles that get worked while adjusting for your balance are called stabilizer muscles, and will be different depending on the workout you’re currently performing. For example, when performing a bench press, your pectoral muscles are the main muscle being worked. However, during the exercise, your shoulders, abs, arms, and even your legs are working to stabilize your body to complete the bench press motion. That’s why big compound workouts like the bench press, dead lift, and squat are considered full body exercises. Working out with free weights provides other muscles an opportunity to strengthen themselves in ways that machines don’t allow for. Free Weights: Cons After hearing that working...

Floor Model Sale Through September 10

Want to get serious about your health goals this fall? Good news—from now until September 10, Balance Fitness is able to offer a sale on equipment to get you on the right track. Floor models of our equipment will be discounted with up to 40% savings at both showrooms—but once they’re gone, they’re gone. This is a once-a-year event, so don’t miss it! We’ll also be offering Labor Day specials all through the week. Stop by one of our two showroom locations and see what we can do to help you reach your fitness goals. Let’s make this season a great one for your health! San Mateo Showroom: 905 North Amphlett Blvd. Phone: 650-348-1259 Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) and Sunday (11:00 am – 4:00 pm) Santa Clara Showroom 3109 Stevens Creek Blvd. Phone: 408-244-3010 Hours: Monday – Saturday (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) Sunday (11:00 am – 4:00 pm)...

What To Expect When Hiring A Personal Trainer

So you finally decided to take the plunge and hire a personal trainer…we’re glad you took our advice! While you can’t go wrong with a personal trainer, there’s a few details you need to understand before you start your consultation and regular sessions with them. While this blog shouldn’t scare you, it should however, prepare you to take on each meeting with your personal trainer with an open mindset and an optimistic outlook. They’re Going To Ask A LOT Of Questions: The first session you have with your personal trainer will be the most informative session, for the both of you. In order for your trainer to customize your personal plan, they need to know everything in terms of health goals, fitness goals, and health and exercise history. Remember they want to personalize your workout and get to know who the person is they are helping. Throughout your sessions, they’re still going to ask you things such as how you’re feeling, how the workouts are going, if the meal plans are easy to follow along, and so on. Be sure to give them honest answers so they can tweak where necessary. A Fitness Test: This should happen after they get to know you. This fitness test allows the trainer to see where you currently are in your fitness journey so they can give you a plan that accommodates your current situation before they build to the hard stuff. The test will help both you and your trainer to come up with short term and long term fitness goals that are realistic and reachable. They Can Be Intimidating: Everyone is...