Personal Trainers Are Now for "Regular People" Too

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The reduced cost of personal training and increased awareness of health and fitness has spiked personal training businesses.

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The number of people who workout with a personal trainer is increasing every year. Working out with a personal trainer is no longer just for the rich and famous.

While it used to be rare to see "regular" people working out along side a trainer, that is no longer the case. In fact, the number of personal trainers in the United States grew by 44 percent between 2001 and 2011. In Canada, the number of licensed personal trainers has grown by 50 percent since 2005. And according to the IHRSA, the number of people who have hired a personal trainer has jumped from 0.5% in 2003 to over 3% in 2013.

It's easy to see why.

While lack of exercise, obesity and other similar issues are often linked to serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and death, recent trends are shifting towards health. Studies show that Canadians are starting to make healthier food choices and that obesity rates are starting to level off after growing for several years.

Overall, many people want to start making healthier choices and being more active, but find it difficult or overwhelming to workout on their own. They either do not have the time or the motivation to hit the gym by themselves or they are intimidated by the entire process and not sure where to start.

This is where working out with a personal trainer becomes incredibly helpful. Not only does signing up to work with a trainer provide you with the motivation to exercise regularly, but it also reduces the fear that many people have about starting to exercise regularly.

Dan Mezheritsky of Fitness on the Go, a Canadian company providing in-home personal trainers, says, "More and more people are starting to realize that an investment in their health today will pay off in the long run. Getting into better shape now will prevent medical issues in the future and make life right now more enjoyable. Our service ensures a workout is going to occur, as opposed to buying a membership and never using it. We keep our service priced lower than the competition, while paying our trainers more, so we can make a bigger difference and appeal to more of the population, as opposed to making personal training a luxury reserved for the rich."

Fitness on the Go is a fitness franchise which provides services in over 30 cities across Canada including personal trainers in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

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