HEALTHY YOU – Trainers focus on client

NANAIMO – A personal trainer assesses the body mechanics of each client and designs a program to help meet the person’s fitness goals.

  • Jan. 24, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Jon Wengel

Jon Wengel

Want to improve your physical fitness but don’t know where or how to start?

That’s where a personal trainer comes in.

“The ultimate job of a personal trainer is to objectively match clients to a safe and effective fitness program based on their unique needs,” said David Gilks, owner of Core Essentials fitness studio.

He said a personal trainer assesses the body mechanics of each client and designs a program to help meet the person’s fitness goals – whether it be losing weight, getting stronger or training to run a marathon.

The program must also match each person’s lifestyle and ensure clients do not injure themselves while trying to achieve results – sometimes people end up beating themselves up a bit by picking an exercise program that is too aggressive for their fitness level or doesn’t suit their particular physical needs or goals, said Gilks.

He said people engage coaches to help them with different sports and fitness is no different – a personal trainer gives people the one-on-one direction and guidance needed to succeed.

Jon Wengel, owner of Full On Fitness, said the amount of time people spend with a personal trainer varies based on their goals and finances – he helps a lot of athletes who engage his services over the long-term because they want to keep on top of their game. Other clients want to tone up, lose weight and/or build strength.

“Our job is to help them achieve their goals,” he said. “The biggest thing that they get is confidence.”

And because clients are more confident, every aspect of their lives is impacted, said Wengel.

He enjoys watching the transformation – one client came into the gym recently with some before and after pictures she had taken of herself and the difference between the two blew Wengel away.

“We really enjoy what we do,” he said.

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