Personal Trainers Beneficial
In Or Out Of The Gym - Study Finds
In-Home Personal Training Also Effective
Main Category: Sports Medicine / Fitness
Article Date: 13 Jun 2007 - 1:00 PDT
Personal fitness training doesn't
have to take place in a gym to have
worthwhile health benefits or increase
motivation, according to a study presented
at the 54th American College of Sports
Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in
Researchers who compared clients
working with a personal trainer at
the gym and working with a personal
trainer at home found slight differences
in fitness improvements between the
two groups during a 10-week period.
The in-facility group lowered body
and body mass percentage, and the
in-home group improved cardiovascular
function. Changes in muscle strength,
muscle endurance and flexibility were
not significant for either group.
In addition, compliance with the
program was the same for both groups,
with the same number of absences reported
for each. A self-reported psychological
questionnaire was given to participants
following the study to gauge motivation
and well being. The two groups scored
similarly on the tests.
Because the gym did not prove to
a motivating factor in the study,
co-author Dianne Sykes, an exercise
physiologist, believes more research
needs to be conducted to determine
why many people do not stick with
their fitness routines.
"If we can gain additional insight
as to why people fail to adhere to
exercise programs, then we can enhance
the level of service we deliver,"
Sykes said. "Then we can start
to prevail over diseases like obesity,
metabolic syndrome and diabetes."
But, points out study co-author Lauren
Probst, although there is more to
learn about the relationship between
exercise and human behavior, research
supports the use of a certified personal
trainer to achieve fitness results.
ACSM has more than 15,000 certified
exercise professionals, many of whom
hold Certified Personal TrainerSM
or Health/Fitness Instructor® designations.
The College also offers a searchable
database, ACSM's ProFinder, which
includes fitness professionals who
have achieved ACSM's Gold Standard
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