Why Adult PT?
The first step into the gym can be the hardest, especially if you’re an adult with a spouse, a job that demands most of your time, and kids to drive around. Once you’re already in a busy routine, the thought of adding “working out” to the list might seem ludicrous.
But I’ll make you a promise: it’ll be the best investment you ever make for yourself in terms of time and money.
Why? There are a few reasons that strength and conditioning, for adults especially, is so unique and important:
- “You either pay your trainer or you pay your doctor.” You may have heard this phrase before. Although it’s a bit hyperbolic, and there are many conditions where there’s no replacement for going to the doctor, there’s a good deal of statistical truth that getting into the gym can help you avoid doctor bills. With 2/3 of the American population overweight, and excess weight and body fat linked to most chronic health conditions, investing in your health on the presentative side has an almost certain chance of keeping you out of long-term health trouble and hefty medical bills.
- While strength & conditioning for young athletes instills healthy habits & safe movement patterns in kids as they develop, S&C for adults often focuses on reversing unhealthy habits and improving movement deficits that have developed over time from injury or too much sitting. It’s the other side of the curve, and it’s every bit as important.
Regardless if you’re 25 or 75 years old, you’ve likely developed unhealthy habits related to nutrition and/or physical activity over the years. Having a knowledgeable trainer and a strong client community will give you the guidance, support and accountability you need to hack the habit loop.
Additionally, almost every adult I work with has an immobility or movement deficit that holds them back from their optimal level of comfort and movement freedom. Personally, I didn’t realize how much my shoulder impingement was limiting my movement until I started training at Force. More importantly, I didn’t realize it was reversable until Coach Matt started programming warm-ups for me. Every day, the Force coaches program for and guide dozens of adults to free up their movement and improve the way they feel through measures such as improving their degree of shoulder external rotation, learning to engage their glutes, boosting core recruitment, loosening up lats, and strengthening abductor muscles.
All of these things are seemingly miniscule but they have grand-scale results: improving posture, reducing knee pain and shoulder pain that’s been there for years, recovering abilities they had in their youth sport days, and simply feeling better day to day.
- It goes beyond the physical activity standards. While walking 30 minutes, 5 times per week is undoubtedly better than doing no exercise, that kind of “working out” isn’t empowering. What’s empowering is being able to get your first pull-up at 40, pushing twice your body weight on a prowler, and working up a sweat alongside a bunch of people you’ve grown to know either before you head to work or after you get off. Setting and meeting goals is empowering, and that’s where training will get you.
I am passionate specifically about adult personal training for all these reasons. Many adults think their fitness prime is over once they hit their 30’s or have kids, but through coaching experiences, I’ve learned that’s just not true. I love guiding adults to hit PR’s on the trap bar, do their first push-up, touch their toes for the first time, or simply check off their first full month in 10 years of working out twice per week. I believe that strength and conditioning for adults can reverse detrimental habits and clear up pain and movement deficits to produce for people of any age their best years yet.
“Working out” implies a task you have to check off; “training” implies moving forward towards something – improved mental health, more years with your kids, a more mobile and capable you. When you are training, you are making an investment, and it’s worth taking that first step.