Weightlifting with a Personal Trainer:
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Weightlifting, especially if you are going to be using free weights, is not something that should be approached without getting proper training or instruction first. Most injuries that are reported due to weightlifting, or most reasons why people fail to achieve the goals they are going for, are because of improper weightlifting technique. While you can and many do, learn the basic techniques of the basic weightlift exercises from a video or on-line virtual program, still many believe the best way to learn is with a Personal Trainer.A professional personal trainer can not only teach you proper technique, but gets to know you as an individual. Evaluates your progress and changes and modifies routines so that they are right for you. A personal trainer can help you with your over all lifestyle to maximize your weightlifting goals. A personal trainer will be able to make recommendations on the best diet to go along with your weightlifting, the best nutritional supplements, and the other types of workouts you should be doing to enhance and compliment your weightlift routines.So where do I find a Personal Trainer and what should I look for in one? The best place to start looking is at your neighborhood healthclub, most professional gyms have personal trainers on staff and will develop a program of sessions with one as part of a membership package. If they do not have trainers on staff they will be sure to be able to recommend one to you. Personal Trainers ought to be certified by a trustworthy health institute such as ACSM -The American College of Sports Medicine, or ACE - The American Council for Exercise. You should get information about your trainers background, how long has he or she been a trainer, how many students do they have. Ask for personal references. Find out if they hold any other degrees, awards or certifications in fitness. If you have specific goals in mind or specific medical conditions be sure you are working with a trainer who has knowledge and experince in these arenas. For example if you primary goal is Bodybuilding, you do not want to work with powerlifting coach. If you have a back injury, or heart-trouble you want to work with a trainer who knows about workouts and weightlifting routines designed for people with such conditions. Before you pick a trainer it might be a good idea to just observe some training sessions at the gym, and see which trainer seems to be using teaching techniques you like or has a personality that you would be comfortable with.A weightlifting session with a personal trainer will usually be around 60 minutes. The first time you meet with the trainer will be used to asses your physical abilities, focus on your goals, and get prepared for any special needs you may have. You will likely be weighed and body measurements will be taken to have a "baseline". Subsequent sessions will be devoted to a customized routine of aerobic exercises and muscle training for your specific weightlifting goals.