Jane Bogordos has been an exercise physiologist for 21 years. She has been an exercise physiologist and fitness supervisor at Omni Health & Fitness since 2010. Previously, she spent 15 years working in outpatient physical therapy helping athletes, stroke patients, people suffering from industrial injuries and people recovering from surgery.
How did you get started personal training?
I have always been active, played sports in high school and college, and loved helping people either get started on exercise programs or challenge them to higher levels with their current workouts. Working first in physical therapy and now back in fitness has allowed me to help so many people improve their strength, function, and overall health.
What is a personal trainer? Do trainers specialize in different things?
A personal trainer is a certified health professional who is there to help motivate, educate, support, and provide accountability to their clients. Many of the trainers at Omni have different areas that they specialize in. A few of the specialties include functional training, body building, power lifting, Pilates reformer training, youth sports performance, body fat reduction, and endurance training. Omni offers not only one-on-one training, but also semi-private, small group training, and youth training as well.
Who needs a trainer?
Everyone would benefit from having a trainer. Anyone who is new to exercise would benefit from the expertise and education of a trainer to make sure they are learning proper form and technique. A person who has been exercising independently for a long time, but who is not getting the desired results of all their hard work, also would benefit from a trainer to change up their exercise routines and take their training to a higher level.
How do you choose a trainer who is right for you?
Choosing a trainer that is the right fit for you is very important. We assess everything from the clients goals, preference for female/male trainer, the desire for one-on-one vs. group training preference, and the time/date availability of the client.
6. What should I expect in my first session with a trainer?
First, if the session is a private training session, the trainer and client will discuss goals, previous exercise experience, preference for specific exercises, medical history, and training schedule, followed by your first training session.
If you are participating in small group training, you will first complete an introductory session to learn the basic fundamental training exercises and then continue onto the small group training sessions that are available throughout the week.
7. What are the benefits of working with a trainer?
The greatest benefits of working with a trainer are motivation, accountability, and results! If you have a specific goal of reducing body fat and building upper body strength for instance, often it is very hard to do it on your own. We are creatures of habit and get stuck in a rut doing the same exercises week after week, not making any strides to reach our goals. Trainers are able to use their education, knowledge and experience to provide you with tips and tricks to help you develop a healthier lifestyle and make it easier for you to reach your goals.