Are you uncomfortable working out in a crowded gym? If so, why not consider renting a personal training space? Besides protecting your privacy, you will also be able to enjoy your workout session undisturbed and without feeling self-conscious. In addition, during the current global pandemic when people are having to adapt to the ‘new normal’, working out in private can be both preferable and necessary.
Naturally, if you are looking for a private training space, you will have your own particular preferences. For instance, do you prefer a quiet place or would you like some loud music blaring out?
How do you define private?
When you arrive at a studio for a workout, your personal trainer
will normally guide you through your exercises. You may be sharing the whole gym with another client or two and their coaches.
There are several factors to consider when looking for a suitable personal training space.
1. Does the gym have safety procedures to protect clients from injury or harm?
- Are the personal trainers thoroughly familiar with all the equipment you intend to use? You will probably need their advice regarding the equipment’s proper use.
- Are the staff/trainers knowledgeable about providing first aid, such as CPR?
- Do the staff wipe down the equipment after use or at least provide some cleaning instructions to you?
- After a hard workout, proper stretching exercises are vital in order to minimise or avoid potential injuries or fatigue. A responsible trainer should ensure that you complete your stretches.
- Do you have convenient access to water dispensers and vending machines? After your workout, it is essential that you hydrate and obtain proper nutrition.
2. Are the machines and equipment adequately maintained?
You should avoid gyms that have poorly maintained equipment or facilities. For this reason, it is important to check the following aspects:
- Layout – There should be sufficient room for your workouts.
- Temperature – The air conditioning or heating should be set at a comfortable level. You are more likely to experience fatigue in extreme temperatures.
- Exercise equipment and other machinery – The exercise machines should be in good working condition.
- If any of the equipment is faulty, this should be clearly indicated with appropriate signage.
- The facility – Do the gym operators observe the necessary health and safety practices? For instance, are spills cleaned up promptly?
- Have smoke detectors and fire alarms been installed in the gym?
- Does the gym have a fire evacuation procedure?
- Are the escape signs clearly worded, and are the routes unobstructed?
3. Is the gym well-equipped?
The perfect training space
is also a well-equipped one. Whilst most gyms have the traditional treadmills and ellipses, most of the equipment listed below is also very popular.
Agility ladders – The single and two-legged drills are not only excellent for strengthening your legs but for cardio fitness as well.
– These are useful for adding or removing resistance to other lifts. You can also add sideways or rotational resistance to your standard move to make it more challenging.
Bars and plates
– No weightlifting
workout is complete without the bars and plates. You can also use safety bars for squats and trap bars for deadlifting. Furthermore, the platform should allow deadlifts and Olympic lifts while being smooth enough to slide across.
– These are excellent for your cardio fitness and shoulder work. You can trace shapes and do slams to emphasise your core.
Dumbbells and kettlebells
– These are essential pieces of training equipment due to their versatility. You can do a serious workout with a dumbbell and a bench. Meanwhile, kettlebells are helpful for:
FT2 functional trainers
- Cardio drills
- Endurance training
- Power movements
- Quirky lifts, such as the Turkish get-up
– The FT2 replaced the plate-loaded machines. They are better than dumbbells as you can do lots of workouts using the:
- Two main adjustable pulleys
- Six additional pulley attachments
- Smith bar
- Pull-up bar
With an FT2, you can perform various exercises ranging from leg curls to triceps pushdowns.
Leg press – This is useful for strengthening legs; however, you must ensure you use it properly to avoid potential injury. This equipment comes in two forms – horizontal and 45-degree.
Medicine ball and Swiss ball – Both are excellent for your core and balance work. The Swiss ball can provide stability to your:
- Bicep curls
- Chest presses
- Dead bugs
- Plank knee tucks
Power rack – If you are looking to do some heavy lifts, go for the power rack. It is loaded with bars and you can use it for:
- Bench presses
- Rack pulls
Sled – There is nothing complicated about pushing a heavy sled. However, this exercise is both functional and tiring. It can also heat your body for several hours. If you are eager to try more challenges, consider tying a rope to the sled and then pull it forward.
Steps – You can use the steps for:
- Elevating barbells
- Sitting on them while doing your workout
Track – This is useful for various activities, such as:
- Dynamic balance drills
- Frog hops
- Shuttle runs
- Sled pulls and pushes
- Walking lunges
TRX – This is a suspension training system where you work on your core and balance.
A personal training space is not only desirable but also essential during the ‘new normal’. You can focus on working out without having to worry about social distancing. In addition, the privacy provides you with a sanctuary away from the crowd and prying eyes. If you are looking for a suitable gym, ensure it follows all the safety standards, such as sufficient uncluttered space for a workout. Besides employing competent trainers, the gym should also offer various pieces of fully functional equipment to support your quest for fitness.