We’ve all had to alter our lives to continue doing all the things we love and need to do during these changed times. Our homes have become our offices, schools, and fitness facilities. On the bright side, there are certainly some positives to staying fit at home.

“Having a personal trainer visit your home is convenient and time-saving. There’s never any need to worry about finding a babysitter for the kids or spend money keeping them in daycare for an extra hour. You don’t have to spend time sitting in traffic commuting to the gym or worry about sweaty equipment and germs,” says Mike Tangreda, CEO at In Home Personal Trainer for Simcoe County and surrounding areas.

The gym can often be intimidating for some people, or it can simply become less enjoyable when you hear people singing out loud to their favourite music.

“Between the grunting, the crashing of weights, the inconsiderate users and the smell of sweat, the gym really can be an unpleasant atmosphere. Of course, it’s still important to maintain your level of health and fitness, which is why so many people invest in a home gym, or simply re-purpose part of their home as a fitness space,” shares Tangreda.

Training at home saves you money on gym memberships that can incorporate hidden fees, or include the use of other facilities or classes you’re not interested in.

“A mobile Personal Trainer can advise on equipment purchases, use of space, exercise programs, lifestyle changes, and prepare programs based solely on using your body weight.  In essence, your body becomes the machine,” enlightens Tangreda. 

You don’t always have to purchase the most expensive equipment either. Sometimes the simplest, less expensive exercise equipment will suit your fitness goals.

“We help our clients make smart equipment choices. For example, say you were considering purchasing an elliptical. This might cost upwards of a thousand dollars for a decent unit, which will have a limited lifespan. If your trainer looks at your situation and recommends a set of kettlebells, you now have equipment that takes up less space, can develop your strength as well as your cardiovascular conditioning, is cheaper up front, and can last a lifetime unless you drop it on concrete,” informs Tangreda.

Hiring a personal trainer can get you on the right track to your fitness goals and give you the initial motivation you might need.

“Participants under the one-to-one guidance of a coach or trainer have been shown to have far better results. In fact, one report suggests it may be the single biggest contributor to successful weight loss. The biggest failing training at home has compared to a gym is a lack of support. There’s no one to tell you what you’re doing is wrong or dangerous, nor to help if you have any kind of accident. In-home personal training offers the safety and support of the gym environment without the awkwardness or the ill-informed advice that can come from your fellow gym-goers,” advises Tangreda.

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