There are countless different types of fitness training programs available to exercisers today. From classes such as Zumba, Jazzercise, or Barre, to less stressful fitness programs like yoga or pilates, it can be confusing to know what’s best for yourself. Especially since the introduction of CrossFit or Training Bootcamps telling you to work out until you pass out, otherwise, it’s not a “good workout”, it’s understanding that many people don’t know who or what to trust. Today we’re going to explain some of the different fitness training programs available and help you find one that’s going to be the right fit for you.
Understanding Components Of Fitness
It’s important to understand the five components of fitness in order to find the best fitness training program for you. Cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition are the five components of fitness. Endurance is the ability of the heart and lungs to work together to provide the needed oxygen and fuel to the body during sustained workloads like running or swimming. Muscular strength is exactly what it sounds like, the force a muscle can produce as seen in weight lifting; for example, a bench press or bicep curl. Muscular endurance is different in that it is actually how long your muscles can perform an activity continuously without fatiguing. Flexibility focuses on the joint and the ability to move within the full range of motion intended for that joint. Last but not least, body composition is the amount of fat mass compared to lean muscle mass, bone, and organ, and can be measured in several different ways, some more accurately than others.
Not every fitness program is appropriate for every individual. In addition to that, not every fitness program is equal when it comes to the different components of fitness. At Peak Physique we see many people that need to work on their flexibility and range of motion before they will be successful in increasing their muscular strength. Without correcting the underlying issues they may have with flexibility, the probability of injury, soreness, and quitting increases.
Benefits Of Different Fitness Training Programs
With the many different fitness training programs out there, it’s important to understand each one when trying to decide what program works best for you.
One of the biggest benefits of Zumba is that it’s fun! Working out can become boring, and one of the ways to keep it fun is Zumba. Zumba is also great for weight loss, toning your entire body, boosting your heart rate, and improving coordination.
The downside to Zumba is that it’s in a class atmosphere, so if you don’t like working out with a group of people, or are anxious about working out, this may not be the best environment for you to thrive.
Jazzercise is similar to Zumba, and many people also talk about how fun it can be. Similarly to Zumba, Jazzercise helps boring workouts become fun, can help you lose weight, and improve your heart health.
Again, similar to Zumba, Jazzercise is done in a class setting, if you’re looking to work out alone or in a small group of people, this isn’t going to be the best option for you. If you’re looking for a workout that’s tailored to you, Jazzercise also isn’t for you because it is done in a class setting. You don’t get the individual attention from the teacher, and the exercise is more of a one size fits all rather than the perfect plan for you.
Barre is one of the best core workouts you could get. It also helps to improve your posture, and increase flexibility. Another great benefit of Barre is that it’s low impact training, so you won’t be putting a lot of pressure on your joints while working out every muscle group.
Once again, like Zumba and Jazzercise, Barre is done in a class setting. You won’t be getting individual care like you would from a personal trainer.
Yoga is known to increase flexibility, improve your breathing, help with weight reduction, and help you improve your athletic ability. It also can be very relaxing, peaceful, and help to reduce your stress levels.
However, yoga doesn’t give you a strenuous workout, your heart rate doesn’t ever get high enough to really make you sweat like you would from running on a treadmill, or working with a personal trainer. Yoga typically is done in a group setting as well, so you’re most likely going to be surrounded by people.
Similar to other fitness training programs we’ve been explaining, Pilates is great for increased flexibility, increased muscle tone and strength, and increased balance.
Pilates, again, is done in a group setting, meaning you’re not getting personalized, individual care.
Custom Fitness Training Program
A custom fitness training program is exactly what it sounds like, a custom plan just for you. These are ideal because you work with a personal trainer on your specific goals, and aren’t thrown into a one size fits all workout, as some of the other programs do.
These are important aspects to keep in mind when searching for a fitness training program that’s going to be ideal for you.
Why You Should Choose Peak Physique’s Fitness Training Programs
The benefit of coming to a personal training studio, such as Peak Physique, is that we have trainers with the experience to build a fitness program specific to the goals a client is trying to achieve. A big gym can be a great place if you are educated in fitness and know-how to fix imbalances and issues so that your workouts are effective and safe. However, most individuals do not have this knowledge. Our certified Peak Physique trainers have the education and the knowledge to plan a fitness program so that your goals can be achieved safely. We start every new client with an evaluation and correct their walk, how they sit and stand (yes, most of you do it incorrectly), and posture. We design at-home exercises for our clients in order to continue working on issues such as the ones mentioned above so that their workouts can progress successfully towards their goals. We work on every component of each client’s fitness as appropriate for their body and fitness level. What’s right for one person is not for another which is often why people are injured in classes with a high number of individuals with no personalized instruction.