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You’ve just joined a gym and made a list of your fitness related goals.

Awesome! You’re off to a good start!

But how do you achieve those goals? If you haven’t a clue, you’re not alone!

Enter Personal Trainers. They are certified professionals who can help you get from point A to point B on your journey to fitness.

Wondering if investing in one is the right decision for you? Read on…

8 Benefits of Hiring a Personal Trainer:

  1. ACCOUNTABILITY – Scheduling specific appointments to workout with your trainer will help to ensure you actually go to the gym. Knowing that someone is there awaiting your arrival sure does make it harder to hit that snooze button amiright?! Plus, you’ve already paid for the session, so if you miss it, that’s your hard earned cash down the drain.
  2. GOAL SETTING –  Your trainer will work with you to set specific, measurable, and realistic short-term and long-term goals. Remember that results are not immediate. Getting in shape takes time, perseverance, and patience! Don’t expect to have six pack abs in a month – consistency is key!
  3. PERSONALIZED WORKOUTS – Remember those goals? Your trainer will create for you a personalized workout plan to achieve those goals. To create that plan, your trainer will take into account your current fitness level, your workout preferences, and any injuries or medical conditions that affect your workout.
  4. REDUCED RISK OF INJURY – A trainer will teach you the proper form for the exercises in your plan, and can correct your alignment or technique in real time to prevent injury from occurring. Pain in your shoulder? A trainer will know that it’s not a good time for military presses.
  5. MOTIVATION – We all tend to work a little harder when someone is watching us. Having a trainer who is there just for you, cheering you on, really makes a difference and will help you achieve that last rep you didn’t think you had in you!
  6. VARIETY – Personal trainers are awesome at changing up your workouts to avoid boredom and keep you on your toes. Combining different workout styles, like free weights, machines, body weight exercises, etc., and increasing intensity over time, will help you avoid those nagging plateaus.
  7. CONFIDENCE BOOST – After working with a trainer, you’ll have a plethora of workout knowledge and the confidence to show up and do it on your own. That gym-timidation you used to feel will be no more!
  8. FUN! – Hire a personal trainer with a personality that meshes well with yours. A good trainer can make your workout challenging AND fun, so you’ll actually look forward to your sweat sessions!

    Under VIM’s TRAINER SPOTLIGHT for January: RICH!

    rich destefaniRead on to get to know him:

    Rich first started lifting weights when he was 14, preparing for high school football. Even before then, Rich grew up on a farm so he spent his childhood “lifting things” as well as understanding the meaning of hard work.

    Even though Rich was always a strong guy, he had a history of being overweight. Rich was 140lbs around the age of 7 and was already over 200lbs by 12. Rich was finally able to get his weight in check by sophomore year of college (down to 230lbs from 280), until 21 hit.

    From 2009 to 2016, while Rich competed in strongman, he did not follow a nutrition program and eventually, his weight blew up to 325lbs and was mostly fat.

    After a poor performance at a major strongman competition of March 2017, Rich set goals for himself to reach a certain body weight and win a national championship in strongman. In June 2017, he became the 275lb national champion. Since then, Rich has traveled to Finland and Greece to compete and has become a professional strongman.

    It doesn’t matter what your end goal is, Rich wants to help steer you on your journey to success.

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    ryan trainer spotlight

    Under VIM’s TRAINER SPOTLIGHT for December: RYAN!

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    Athletics have always been a major part of Ryan’s life. Whether running track or playing basketball during his middle school days, or on the soccer and wrestling teams during high school and college, Ryan learned early on that consistency is key and mind has to be matter in order to see success.

    Practice off the field was important too as an all-season athlete, and Ryan began lifting weights early on as part of his regimen. But like when any athlete pushes their body past its comfort level, Ryan sustained various injuries over time, including a broken humerus, surgery on his meniscus and multiple stress fractures. His injuries definitely served as short-term setbacks, but Ryan didn’t let anything stop him from getting back to working out. He continued to weight train smartly during his time off, which in fact helped him recover more quickly, stave off any repetitive injuries and also push him to explore new modes and methods of working out and see fitness gains in areas he’d never realized before.

    As an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Ryan today uses his past experiences coupled with his deep knowledge of fitness to design exercise programs that can help his clients make strides in their own exercise and athletic goals, all while keeping them as healthy and injury free as possible. He truly believes that there is always a new goal to reach and surpass in the workout arena and, by extension, in other areas of life.

    Hobbies/Experience/Interests:

    • High School/College Track: 200m, 400m and relays/Watch all things track and field when possible
    • Soccer Interest/player since high school
    • Love the Kettlebell
    • Watch all Strong Man competitions possible
    • Train all levels from young to older, perfect health/injury carrying individuals
    • Have own injury back ground that I dealt with with (i.e. meniscus surgery on knee, broken arm/humerus surgery, stress fractures, etc.)
    • Began Training in 2006

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    Under VIM’s TRAINER SPOTLIGHT for October: AMY!

    [slideshow gallery=”3290,3231,3230″ width=”402″ align=”left”]Read on to get to know her:

    Amy received her certification from the American Academy of Personal Training (AAPT). She also graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a BA in English and a minor in dance.

    Coming from a professional dance background and after a series of painful injuries (tear in ACL and hip, fractured sesamoid), her training methods focus on proper alignment and body awareness combined with high intensity workouts. More importantly, she emphasizes injury prevention and facilitated stretching. Amy believes that training, or “getting into shape,” should not only include nutrition and exercising, but also developing a positive mindset and outlook on life.

    When she’s not teaching or sweating it out in the gym, Amy spends the rest of her time in the studio. She is blessed to be dancing with several Boston and Cambridge-based companies.

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    VIM is pleased to welcome our newest trainer, Sarah!

    [slideshow gallery=”3099,3279,3280,3281,3283″ width=”699″ align=”left”]Read on to get to know her:

    Sarah is a long term athlete who currently competes on the Tufts Track and Field team. She’s completed hundreds of running races including a half marathon and a triathlon. A long history of injuries encouraged her to start strength training, and she now throws hammer, shot put, and weight.

    She is also a passionate vegan and yogi, and in her free time she enjoys biking, reading, and blogging.

    She is an ACE certified personal trainer and loves to work with athletes of all levels to help improve their performance.

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    Want a complete mind-body workout? Work with Kevin, one of VIM’s awesome trainers!

    Kevin has served the Boston community as a catalyst for health and well-being since moving here from Minnesota in 2014. Kevin has completed two Yoga Teacher Trainings with CorePower Yoga in both Power Yoga and Yoga Sculpt, and has 1,000+ hours of experience teaching / coaching yoga, group exercise, individual & corporate private sessions.  He has been a yoga and fitness instructor in Minnesota and Massachusetts for 6 years. With a background in Kinesiology, his style of teaching blends elements from yoga, strength training, and cardio into a complete mind/body workout.

    In his free time, Kevin enjoys music, friends, exploring the city, and any adrenaline-inducing adventure.

    Kevin is now offering private sessions in both yoga and personal training. Kevin can help you develop and evolve specific areas of your yoga practice and fitness regime including strength, posture, flexibility and balance. His approach is to empower your mind and body from where you start, so your vision is clear and your effort is focused for the work to be done. You can expect a fun and engaging challenge in every class/session you take with him at VIM. See for yourself!