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Is Personal Training Only for Athletes?

Is personal training only for athletes?

Over the years, personal training has become synonymous with athletic training. After all, why would someone need to be trained if not for a specific sport or athletic event? However, personal training is NOT just for athletes. In fact, you don’t have to have any athletic ability whatsoever to benefit from a personal trainer. 

Personal training is a type of program available to any adult who wants to get in shape or take their workout to the next level. It is also available to athletes who want to maximize their talents and break through any training plateaus they’ve experienced on their own. At SOL Physical Therapy + Performance, we have a team of certified personal trainers who offer one-on-one sessions to anyone who wants to get everything they can out of a workout. We teach you to move your body with maximum strength, bust down your limits with increased endurance and specifically train for the type of lifestyle and activities you enjoy. 

What to expect during a personal training session

Each personal training session is tailored specifically to fit your goals and current athletic abilities. However, there are a few main goals we aim to train during each session, including:

  • Speed and agility
  • Muscle strength
  • Flexibility
  • Explosive movement
  • Quick position changes
  • Endurance

Our personal training sessions begin with a light cardio warm up to get your blood flowing and prepare your body ready for what is to come. We then do a preliminary stretch to help loosen your muscles before we dive right in to the core of the training session. Each session varies depending on where the individual is in his/her custom training plan. Often, a personal training session will include a combination of endurance training (which also includes speed and agility training) and muscle-strengthening exercises. In many cases, we use a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) approach to promote quick position changes and explosive movements throughout the session. 

We will also train you on how to move your body during each of these sessions in order to maximize your abilities and help reduce the risk of future injury. 

Schedule your personal training session today

It’s time to take your workouts to the next level. Whether you are an elite athlete or you just want to get in better shape, our personal training sessions can help you reach your goals. We offer personal training sessions at our location in Oakland, California. Contact us today to schedule an initial appointment.

About the author

Sports + Orthopedic Leaders Physical Therapy & Performance Training serves the communities of Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Orinda, San Francisco and beyond. SOLPT’s award winning team of Physical Therapists, Performance Coaches and movement experts has helped thousands reach their rehabilitation and performance goals to move beyond pain. We're committed to helping anyone of any fitness level move effectively and more powerfully for a lifetime. We offer rehabilitation and performance services to all populations, with specialties in Sports Rehabilitation, Active Release Techniques, and Manual Therapy Techniques plus Personal and Small Group Training, Sport Clinics and Wellness Services.