Sometimes Some of us tend to want to make a difference in our physical performance in and out of the gym. But unfortunately most of us don’t know enough about fitness and the process it takes to achieving a good level of physical fitness, so we just find the nearest gym to us and join, hoping that this is all it takes for us to change the way we look, feel and perform physically.
Although joining the gym is a great first step in the long journey to achieving physical fitness, but unfortunately it often takes a lot more then a gym membership in order for us to achieve our goals.
Having said this there are a lot of people out there who are not happy with their current lifestyle, their poor level of physical fitness and low levels of daily activity. But haven’t or are not planning on doing anything to improve it. So for you to make that positive long term investment in your physical wellbeing and join the gym should be applauded.
However new gym members with good intentions often never last. Recent studies from “The Fitness Industry Association” show that around 62 percent of new gym members who sign up will quit within 24 weeks, and many more would probably quit a lot sooner if their weren’t tied into a six months contract.
This comes down to many reasons, some say that it is too difficult to follow a diet or workout regimen, others say it’s too hard to get back on track once they have falling off, but most of the members who quit within 24 weeks says that they find it hard to get started after they join the gym as they often don’t have a progressive programme or a routine to follow that works for them so their often become overwhelmed by the amount of equipment in the gym and quit after weeks of randomly using machines and not see any real results.
There has been a small amount of research done relating to personal training outcomes, theses researches has generally focused on biometric assessments, exercise adherence, or movement across the stages of change. The transtheoretical model (Prochaska and Velicer, 1997). McClaran (2003) found that weekly sessions with a personal trainer significantly increased clients ability to move upwards through the stages of change in regards to physical activity. Overall 75 percent of the studied participants moved up one stage, while 48 percent moved up two stages, demonstrating evidence of strength, health and behaviour changes over a 10-week period.