Monday, September 15, 2008

Personal Training

By Courtney Westlake

Staying on TRAC is focused on helping you live a healthier lifestyle, and a great way to stay on track if you need a little help is with personal training program.

"If you are looking for a way to lose weight, get healthy, build muscle and get toned, a personal trainer is a great way to help you reach those goals," said Amanda Jillson, assistant director of fitness and instructional programs at the TRAC. "A trainer will help you make program and help you stick to it. You can meet once a week, three times a week, for one hour, half hour- whatever you need."

The TRAC has several personal training packages available. The Getting Started Package is a "great way to get started with personal training," Jillson said. The Getting Started package includes a complete fitness assessment and 2 one-hour sessions with personal trainer, for a total of $55.

"All of our packages are definitely reasonable, and I can say unbeatable compared to other facilities in the area," Jillson said.

To sign up for a program, you must be a recreation center member, come to the TRAC and bring your I-card.

The first session of all of the training packages is a fitness assessment, Jillson said, which tests the participant's "basic fitness level."

"The trainer needs to know where to start program at for the participant," Jillson said.

The assessment is comprised of a flexibility test, weigh-in, health history, strength test and a cardiovascular test, which measures how much oxygen the participant's body can consume and process during exercise.

There is also a body composition test, which compares lean body mass to adipose tissue to give results of the fat percentage.

"Once we compile all that data, we'll be able to put a program together specifically for you," Jillson said.