Proper Form Receives National Acclaim for the Success of its Personal Training Program

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On two separate occasions last month, the staff and clients of Proper Form were featured on NBC's Today show. The television segments highlighted the success of the gym's personal training program and the high-tech "Bod Pod" device they use to monitor client progress.

the busier Americans are, the less time they have to work out—so when they find the time, they need to make sure they get the most out of every exercise session. Hiring a professional trainer who can provide an effective program, client motivation, and the right tools to measure progress is the best way to do that.

In the first televised segment, aired on April 5, 2006, several members of a group of twenty Miami businessmen who recently completed their bi-annual, twelve-week body fat challenge, were interviewed by the show’s Katie Couric. During the interview, the men discussed their success with the program and relayed their thoughts on the key components of a successful fitness regimen.

The group of men, ranging from 28 to 48 years of age, have participated in the bi-annual challenge for the last six years, putting a considerable sum of money on the line—up to $500,000 each—to shape up or pay up. This year, the men hired Proper Form to help them with their program and to monitor the results of the participants, utilizing the gym’s Bod Pod, an advanced body composition measurement system that uses air-displacement technology.

Originally developed for use in major universities, hospitals and other research facilities, the device represents the state-of-the-art in body composition measurement equipment. "More commonly used methods such as skin fold calipers and BMI calculations simply cannot come close to the level of speed, accuracy and comfort provided by the Bod Pod," says Proper Form owner George J. Pilibosian. He adds that while it’s an expensive device—available at around $24,000—he finds it to be an indispensable tool when measuring the success of a client’s program. The group of challengers agree—the winner reduced his body fat by over 12 percent during the competition, even though his overall weight went down only by about half as much as the average weight drop of fifteen pounds.

In the second televised segment, which aired on Today on April 27, 2006, NBC’s Kerry Sanders reported on key reasons why diets can fail. In the segment, Mr. Sanders discussed a recent Pew Research Center poll that found that most Americans set unrealistic goals when trying to lose weight. The poll also found that faced with difficult food choices, especially when eating out, dieters often make mistakes that can hinder their success.

When it comes to exercise, the research found that while 86% of the people asked recognize that it’s an important component of any weight loss program, only 28% of them implement an exercise program. To illustrate the importance of exercise, a Proper Form client, Glenn Gregory, was asked about his program and how it changed his life. Having shed 45 pounds, Mr. Gregory explained that he couldn’t have done it without a well-rounded exercise program like the one implemented by his trainer at Proper Form, and he says that he will never go back to the sedentary lifestyle he used to lead.

The success of the Proper Form personal training program and the national recognition it has received, says Mr. Pilibosian, highlights how important hiring a professional trainer can be to an individual who wants to lose weight and get into better shape. He adds that “the busier Americans are, the less time they have to work out—so when they find the time, they need to make sure they get the most out of every exercise session. Hiring a professional trainer who can provide an effective program, client motivation, and the right tools to measure progress is the best way to do that.”

Because they feel access to accurate information is such an important factor in the success of their clients’ fitness programs, all Proper Form personal training packages include regular Bod Pod testing on a complimentary basis. However, any individual wishing to have the test done may contact their reservation desk at (305) 531-8818 to schedule an individual Bod Pod appointment. More information about Proper Form and the Bod Pod is also available on the company’s website.

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