Personal Trainer or Not  


GREAT, you have finally decided to get into shape, but how and where do you start? After all, you may not have worked out in a while and you may not think you can do it. You are wrong! PIKE FITNESS CENTER located on route 739 in Dingmans Ferry PA 18337 (570) 686-9496 has some interesting advice for you.

The primary reason for failure in fitness and wellness programs is lack of planning; it is not your ability. What are your goals and where are you now? The point is to get started, start slowly, be realistic, and realize that your current physical condition, or decondition, may be holding you back. So here are your choices for where to get started:

1.      Home workout

2.      Join a gym

3.      Personal Training (Home or Gym)


The home workout plan is convenient, but are you disciplined enough to follow through? After all, you have been postponing any intervention to date. But it is possible today with videos, books and computer/phone apps to begin a home program; however, there are limitations:

·        Life at home can get busy and priorities get in the way

·        No one can see you cheating or correct your form and provide feedback

·        Investment in equipment, though not essential, can be expensive

Home workout programs save time and money but only a few can commit to make it a success. One way to make it work is to have a workout buddy. An experienced friend can help introduce you to routines, equipment and keep you on track. Nevertheless, staying motivated long enough to see results can be an issue for both partners. Boredom, consistency, and lack of feedback are major downsides to a home program.


Membership to a community gym or fitness center such as PIKE FITNESS CENTER is not necessarily expensive. The facility provides you with access to all the expensive equipment that you would rather not buy or store in your house. Also, at PIKE FITNESS CENTER, exercise classes such are included in the membership. When choosing a gym membership, be sure to check if these services are included. While many gyms do not include them, PIKE FITNESS CENTER does!

A workout buddy at the gym is still a good option. If you don’t already have one, you can easily befriend someone at the gym who probably has similar goals. This reduces boredom and provides variety and supportive feedback. PIKE FITNESS CENTER’s staff members are available to get you started, tour the facility, instruct in proper use of equipment, and prevent you from being overwhelmed.


At home, there is no one to guide you or progress your program. Additionally, typical fitness center staff are there to orient you and assist, but they are not all personal trainers. If you are a beginner or even an experience member, you may need guidance or re-motivation to get your health and life back on track. Personal Trainers are knowledgeable professionals with the experience to start you on your way or even take the veteran member to the next level.

A plan, guidance, and feedback are essential, as well as attention to the following areas:


1.      Proper form to prevent injury

2.      Body mechanics especially with weight lifting

3.      Program with balance between cardiovascular and muscle building routines

4.      Diet and nutritional recommendations

5.      Motivational couching

A Personal Trainer will address these issues and help you establish achievable goals as well as formulate a personalized fitness program. But is it expensive? Everything is relative, and the question should be can you afford to fail in your fitness endeavors. You don’t necessarily have to have a long-term commitment to your trainer and you can limit the number and duration of training sessions. PIKE FITNESS CENTER has affordable beginner personal training packages, and a 20% discount for current members and options for non-members. Failure, injury, or - worse of all - “giving-up” are all more expensive. Expensive to your health and wellness, expensive to your ego and self-worth. The benefit of success will make your decision to get started the right one. At PIKE FITNESS CENTER (570) 68MYGYM WE HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED:









·        BOOTCAMP

With memberships as low as $ 39.00 a month PIKE FITNESS CENTER is the place to start your pursuit of health and wellness. Come join us!

Pike Fitness Center 1346 Route 739

Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 (570) 686-9496