Fitness goals are unique to the individual. The challenges faced by one body might seem effortless to another. And, according to BeFIT Health Studio Certified Personal Trainer Dom Calpe, working with an experienced professional who understands the intricacies of this concept is essential to achieving quality, long-term health.
“Personal training is about being able to adapt your skills to the needs of the client,” says Dom. “Whether it be their current level of exercise intensity, pre-existing injuries, sport specificity, etc., it is my responsibility to develop an appropriate program that will address their personal wants and needs in a safe and effective manner.”
These individualized programs do not follow a cookie-cutter design.
“The greatest benefit of working with a personal trainer is getting a custom-made program that encompasses the key components of fitness based on the client’s goals,” Dom says. “Following an initial assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses, we prioritize these components to design personalized workouts the client can complete with confidence.”
With so many different approaches to fitness, a personal trainer ensures clients continue to progress while they enjoy unique workouts that keep them engaged and committed to the program.
“In a studio environment, the number of exercises that can be performed with proper equipment is limited only by my imagination,” Dom explains. “Introducing clients to these exercise alternatives or progressions is essential to avoid reaching performance plateaus, but it also involves a learning curve. Successfully incorporating different pieces of equipment or different levels of balance stabilization will take time and patience. I usually take a more conservative, progressive approach to teaching these movements, since it is less likely to overwhelm my clients, even though the process may take a bit longer.”
Dom also believes consistent communication is critical for a successful trainer/client relationship.
“Ongoing, two-way feedback produces the most beneficial long-term results,” he says. “Engaging with my clients throughout the workout helps to affirm what I perceive from them visually with how they are actually feeling mentally and physically that particular day. A simple ‘How are you feeling today?’ at the beginning of a workout can go a long way. Throughout the years, I’ve had the privilege to make a positive impact in the lives of my clients that extends well beyond the walls of our studio. The friendships I have developed with them are a true blessing.”