It’s cold in Vancouver. Actually, it’s freezing right now in Vancouver. It’s a lot harder to be active or get outside in the Winter. You have to put on bundles of clothes just to stay warm and even that doesn’t help beat the weather some days. This can be the reason we’re typically less active in the Winter. Although for some, they love the winter. Skiing, snowboarding, and skating are their favourite activities. But what if you don’t love winter activities?
We always want to be active in the warmer months. We can walk, run, play a sport outside and tons of other things. It makes it easy to stay active. Statistics tell us we gain an average of 1-5 pounds more weight in the winter. This could be because of the back to back family dinners we experience at Christmas time or the partying around New Years, but us not being as active has to have something to do with it.
Think about yourself. What do you do that’s active in the summer and winter? I bet that the winter list is a lot smaller. So what can you do to stay active in the winter months? Well, you could pick up winter sports. If you haven’t tried skating or skiing maybe this is your year to start. These 2 things can also be a lot of fun and a good workout or you could join a gym.
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Join the Gym
Joining a gym can be the easiest way to stay active this winter. You don’t have to join a gym because you want to lose weight, build strength or build muscle. You can simply just join to stay active. For warning though, you might see an increase in strength or you may start to lose weight, but I assume that’s an okay side effect.
If you’re unsure about joining the gym or are nervous it's normal. I love going to the gym. It’s great stress relief, a great way to stay active and a great place to go with friends. It’s a hobby of mine that I would encourage everyone to try it. The biggest factor you may be feeling is you don’t want to feel embarrassed or be judged. These two factors can easily change. Everyone in the gym is just focused on themselves. That’s the reason we work out, it’s for ourselves. We’re not trying to impress anyone; we’re just there to work on ourselves to get better.
If you do feel embarrassed about going and not knowing what to do, you’re not alone. The gym has a lot of strange equipment and you can usually see someone doing some odd gym exercise, but I promise you, you can feel comfortable in a gym.
Become Confident In The Gym With A Personal Trainer
Hiring a personal trainer has endless benefits. One of the main reasons for hiring a personal trainer is they can get you comfortable doing exercises and using the equipment. It’s like starting a new job. At first, you don’t know what to do and you feel awkward but after a few days can you start to settle in.
A personal trainer also has these benefits.
Safety should always be on your mind in the gym. We’ve all heard someone getting injured in the gym. Chances are this person was performing an exercise incorrectly and wasn’t under the guidance of a personal trainer. Your trainer will be able to keep you safe. They’re going to be able to teach you the safest way to perform an exercise. They’re always going to be there with you every step of the way.
You need a program that’s all about you. Yes, there are programs online that are for the general population, but these programs are for the average person. You need a program that looks at your needs, issues and problem areas. This could be an issue with mobility or even certain exercises you don’t like doing. Your trainer will be able to accurately asses you and design a program that will work best for you. Everyone’s body can adapt differently to a program even if it’s the same program. Get a program that’s designed for your needs.
Your trainer will hold you accountable. You’re going to have days when you don’t want to go to the gym. Or there’s going to be days when you’re having trouble to stay on your goal. Your personal trainer will be with you every step of the way. The gym is all about being consistent. Having a trainer waiting for you means your less likely to miss a workout.
There are so many other great benefits to hiring a trainer. These 3 above are only the beginning of utilizing a trainer. For more benefits of hiring a personal trainer, check out personal training in Calgary. Vancouver offers 100s of great trainers. You just have to start looking for one that’s going to work best with you.
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Vancouver Personal Trainer's
Every gym in Vancouver looks incredible. From studios to big box gyms there’s a gym for everyone in Vancouver. Most gyms will offer personal training it’s just going to depend on the facility you want to train at.
2 Types of Gyms
- Studio gyms are my personal favourites. They have a personalized touch meaning they truly get to know their members; you don’t just feel like another member. Studio gyms can be more expensive but this is because most studio gyms limit their member count. This means they can keep their members from walking into a busy gym.
- Big box gyms are a great cheap alternative to studio gyms. These gyms have tons of amenities from saunas, towel service, hydro beds and tanning just to name a few. The downside to big box gyms is they can be busy. This means you can be waiting around for a machine. I wouldn’t say this is a huge issue. It's going to be busy at peak hours but if you go anytime else they’re usually okay.
Check out these places to get started with a trainer!
GroundWork Athletics – Groundwork is a studio gym located in downtown Vancouver and South Surrey. They offer personal training, group training, active rehab and nutritional coaching. GroupWork is truly dedicated to creating a fun interactive work out area. Their team of certified trainers are guaranteed to get you results in the gym and you’ll have a great time. Check out their wonderful testimonials online and get started.
Spartacus Gym – Spartacus is located in downtown Vancouver and is one of Vancouver’s most affordable gyms. Don’t let their name intimidate you they have memberships for all ages, men and women. They’ve been servicing Vancouver for over 20 years. They offer memberships for anyone that wants to work out alone. They also offer personal training and group classes. Spartacus team of trainers looks incredible and will be able to get your results as well as have fun doing it. Check out their website to book a consultation to get started.
Rep1 Fitness – Rep1 is located downtown Vancouver. They are dedicated to helping Vancouver improve their lifestyle. They have over 7500 square feet dedicated to fitness. They have space available for private training. If someone is uncomfortable about using a gym or a first-timer nervous about working out around other people, this would be an amazing option. Rep1 also has the state of the art equipment, outdoor fitness area, and lots of amenities. Check out Rep1 today to get started improving your life.
Online Training – Online training is becoming increasingly popular. Online training has the benefits that an in-person trainer you just don’t train with them in person. This style of personal training is usually cheaper than most in-person trainers and is a great option for anybody looking to save money. There can be a downside to hiring an online trainer. You will have to complete workouts by yourself. For some this is okay, but others may want the guidance and safety of having a trainer there with you.
Superprof offers tons of online personal trainers in the Vancouver area. Our tutors are dedicated to helping you reach your fitness goals or keep you active this winter. They’ve spent years perfecting their craft and now they want to help you.
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Vancouver has so many great gyms it would be impossible to list them all here. Vancouver has some pretty cool fitness places besides gyms. For starters, they have Momentum Ninja. If you have watched American Ninja Warrior on T.V or even have heard of it, it looks like so much fun to try. Momentum Ninja offers obstacle course classes. It’s not just for kids they have an adult class as well! Vancouver also has tons of rock climbing gyms. One to check is the Hive Bouldering gym, they welcome all ages and skill levels.
Curious about other gyms around you check out our article about personal training in Canada.
Pick Up A New Hobby
If winter sports or activities isn’t for you, you can always join a gym this winter. It may even turn into a great new hobby that you continue to enjoy all year long. Or maybe you had a fitness goal you wanted to reach this month. You can start today by joining a gym.
If you’re worried, scared or just nervous to join it’s normal. This is why I recommend hiring a personal trainer in Vancouver. Your personal trainer is going to have you feeling comfortable in the gym. It’s the best way to get started in the gym. Check out the personal training gyms above.
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