Personal trainers offer fitness motivation

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MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — National Personal Trainer Awareness Day is January 2.

The initiative was designed to bring attention to the dedication of personal trainers.
January is typically one of the busiest time of the year for trainers who often have clients with New Year’s resolutions.

According to research from the University of Scranton, most people give up on their goals within six months. Fitness professionals say having someone to guide you along the journey can keep you motivated.

“If you come into a club and you get with a trainer, it definitely makes setting your goals faster, said Matt Pribonic owner and vice president of Fitness U and iRock Fitness, located on W 15th Street in Millcreek Township.

“You achieve your goals faster, and getting involved in any program is what I’d recommend to people unless you’re that kind of person; but if you’ve been out of fitness for a while it’s definitely a nice thing to do for yourself to get a guide.”

One of the people guiding guests along their journey is Ray Johnson, a personal trainer at Fitness U and iRock Fitness. He said being setting clear goals is the first step, because “we sort of get distracted. A personal trainer is always at the gym, always in, always keeping you excited and ready for a new workout.”

The advice is similar at LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center on Peach Street in Millcreek Township.

“You need to know where you’re starting before you know where you’re going to go,” said Dave Hopkins, the gym’s fitness manager.

“So, it’s important to have someone there to keep you accountable, if that’s a support system at home or if you’re coming to the wellness center, then it’s good to have a personal trainer.”

But personal trainers need cooperation.

He said, “People say that ‘I’m going to get a personal trainer. They’re going to change my life.’ Well, really it’s the other 167 hours I don’t see you a week. Those are the ones that really matter.”

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