YMCA of Greater Erie

BY Kelly Latimer M.Edu, ACMS-HFS, AFFA

personal trainingOnce upon a time personal trainers were just for Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes, but today personal training is highly affordable and beneficial to anyone!   According to IDEA Health and Fitness Association, personal trainers are used by all ages, economic and fitness levels to help make lifestyle changes people couldn’t achieve on their own.  Whether you are looking to lose weight, gain muscle or need motivation not to skip your workouts, a personal trainer can help you reach all your fitness goals. Talk to your local YMCA and see what personal trainers are available!  Don’t forget if you get a buddy to join the YMCA you both will save 20% on your membership!  Saving 20% and small group training with your BBF sounds like a winning combination!

  1. Accountability – Have you ever jumped out of bed and thought, “right after work, I’m going to the gym!” Then your day flies by in a furry of stressful meetings, cranky kids, endless errands and by the time you get home all you want to do is put on sweat pants and play Candy Crush?    Personal trainers are great because they help hold you accountable.
  2. Small Group Training – Personal training is even more affordable now because of small group training. This type of training allows for a group of friends, athletes or strangers to work out together with a knowledgeable “coach”.   You’ll still get personalized workouts but at a lower price point than individual training.


  1. Motivation – Personal trainers take on many roles: the coach, the educator, the friend and most importantly the motivator. When working out alone, it’s hard to push yourself 100% but with a trainer you have your number one fan, rooting you through every repetition!
  2. Knowledge – To become a certified personal trainer, individuals must go through an accredited certification process. Some certifications even require that you have a 4-year degree in an exercise related field.   A personal trainer will guarantee you a safe, effective and individualized workout, each time you meet.
  3. Specialization – Working out on a regular basis is good for everyone, especially someone who’s recovering from a heart attack, injury or looking to control diabetes, asthma or any ailment. A personal trainer can develop a fitness routine that focuses on your unique health concerns.


  1. Get Out of Your Workout Rut –It’s easy to get into a boring gym routine. When this happens your motivation levels plummet and you are less likely to see results.  With an overwhelming amount of health and fitness information on the internet, it’s not always easy to know what workout will help you obtain real results.  A personal trainer will put together a new, exciting and individualized workout every time you meet.


  1. Safety and Injury Prevention – Whether you have been to the gym 1 or 1001 times, a personal trainer can help prevent injuries and keep you safe and can also assist with form or spotting. A personal trainer can evaluate what you are doing and suggest changes that will help you maximize your workout.
  2. Sport Specific Training – Do you have a specific fitness goal but not sure how to reach it? Whether your goal is to participate in the QUAD swim, improve your golf game, learn to cross country ski, or just decrease your chance of injury playing recreational soccer, trainers can tailor a program to your sport of choice.