During a professional sporting event, cheerleaders are present to help fans root for their team when they are winning, and occasionally distract them if they are losing. Any professional athlete will tell you that there is a marked difference in how they perform when people are cheering versus when the audience is subdued. As physical as it all seems, there is a mental aspect to what they do as well, and without the support, they can feel undermined and less than motivated.
In a sense, that makes them no different than you or I when it comes to working out. Granted, they may have a few extra plates on the bar they are bench pressing, but some days, they can find the motivation hard to locate just like anyone else. They can question the results they are getting, wondering if it is worth it and fight the urge to just crawl back into bed. In other words, they can be human, too.
They might seem like the last people who would need personal training. Miami is full of athletes - college, professional and retired - and as much drive as they have on their own, they need the help and guidance just like everyone else. One part of personal training that helps people reach their goals is the ability of the trainer to mix up the regimen so a person keeps growing. After several weeks of doing the same routine over and over, a person's body plateaus, and it requires more effort to get diminishing results. A personal trainer knows different programs, different ways to target various muscle groups, and also specific exercises designed to focus on weaknesses that the athlete needs to overcome.
That is, of course, a big part of what personal trainers do, but it is only one part. The other is to be that voice in the person's ear. The voice that says "you can do this," the voice that pushes them to make two more reps, the voice that challenges them to step it up in their boot camp class and the voice that gets them out of bed every morning. That support, that mental aspect of letting them know they are doing well, is just as crucial to their success as anything else.
Think about it. A professional athlete spends his or her offseason thinking about the goals they have for the upcoming year: returning as a starter, recording more sacks, winning the Super Bowl. Even with that to look forward to, they still need the physical and mental guidance of a personal trainer. What goals do you have set out for yourself? Lose ten pounds? Fit into that dress for your high school reunion? Or just to find a way to live a healthier lifestyle. If a professional athlete in Miami can ask for help, don't you think you can, too?
Jack Terry is a freelance writer who lived in South Florida for several years. http://www.legacyfit.com