The Path to Better Health Sometimes Needs a Guide

Wednesday October 30, 2013

“At the end of the first thirty days, I had lost 15 pounds and had more energy, strength and flexibility. I was sleeping better, didn’t have a single headache, and generally felt the best I had felt in ten years.”-D.L.

Many of us set goals related to improving our health and well-being and have great intentions to achieve them within a specific timeframe. We make the effort to go the Wellness Center regularly…three days per week or maybe even 5 days per week….but then life happens and we miss an entire week…sometimes more! If you are ready to progress to a healthier and more fit you, but you’re feeling a little lost; our Personal Training team is here to help.

Our educated and experienced Personal Training staff has diverse backgrounds and there is sure to be someone that will be the right fit to help nudge you in the right direction. Here are some crucial aspects of our Personal Training program as well as some current client testimonials.

  • Assessment

We strongly recommend all of our members complete a health evaluation to assess their current health and fitness level. Knowing where you started is so important, so that you can see how far you’ve come!  Personal trainers can measure parameters such as strength, endurance, speed, power and body composition, so that you can see quantitative results of your progress.

  • Individualized Programming

Although you may have the same goals as your friend, you may have to work differently to achieve those goals. We can help you construct the best program for you based on your level of fitness, time, exercise preferences, etc.

“She quickly assessed where I was and what I knew. After six weeks, I feel comfortable with the variety of routines she suggested and I feel I can now work to return to the level of physical fitness I had previously experienced. I feel that my needs are understood and met at UNC Wellness.”-M.M

  • Accountability

Scheduling appointments makes you accountable to someone else. Sometimes this is what is needed to get started establishing your new fitness routine.

“I have used clipboards, spreadsheets, online tools, you name it, to keep myself accountable but I learned that I needed to be accountable to someone other than myself. I signed up for Personal Training.”-G.K

  • Support & Motivation

There are days you have it and days you don’t! Your trainer will always be there to assure you stay on track through your current workout as well as for the long haul.

“I have my trainer’s support for questions when I don’t understand something or forgot something she mentioned, email to check-in and update my status, and above all the motivational “’at a girl!!” even us adults need once in a while.”-G.K.

  • Education

It’s important to learn WHY you are doing what you are doing. You will be more likely to stick with it if you know and understand the benefits.

“He listened closely to my goals and not only gave me his recommended plan but explained the benefits of each component and really educated me.”-D.L.

  • Goal Attainment

You know where you want to go, but perhaps you’ve been traveling the wrong road. Personal Training can help you design the right program based on YOUR goals.

 “Just in these three months, I am seeing quantifiable results like going from an almost 22WP to 14WP in pants. Almost 3X to L in tops. When I started working out I burned 6 calories and felt worn out but with guidance from my training session, I have safely moved up to burning 400 calories.”-G.K.

  • Efficiency

If your time is limited, like it is for most of us, learn how to make the most of your time in the Wellness Center. We can help you create fitness plans that combine strength, cardiovascular and flexibility exercises so you don’t have to spend hours working out.


“He made me confident that my time spent in the gym would be efficient and would target the specific goals I had set.”-D.L.

  • Safety

Your trainer will teach you correct form and execution of all exercises recommended in order to prevent injuries and enhance effectiveness. In addition, based on any orthopedic concerns you may have, your trainer will help you determine which machines and exercises are best for you and which to modify or avoid.


“Being safe was important to me because of back pain, knee, ankle and neck issues. Training showed me the right equipment and correct posture so I don’t hurt myself.  Investing in personal training is an investment I feel is going to pay for itself my entire lifetime.”-G.K. 

Personal training is an investment in your health.  If you would spend $65 for dinner out with your partner, why not invest that money into a training session that will yield benefits for months!  Each person utilizes personal training in different ways. Some meet with a trainer 1-3 times per week on a regular basis. Others may meet with a trainer for 1-3 sessions to get started, and then continue on their own. There are also members that choose to meet once, proceed on their own then meet again a few weeks or months down the road to reassess and modify their program as they progress. Each individual can choose what works best for their schedule, budget and lifestyle. We are here to help in whatever way we can.

You will gain the custom program that will enable you to improve strength and endurance, lose weight, train for that first race, lower blood pressure and blood sugar and most importantly, help you feel great!  There are several tiers of training you can try.  One-on-one sessions are $65 per session (or check out our packages to save some money), share a session with your friend or partner for $80 (just $40 per person) or take part in a small group training program, where the classes are led by a personal trainer. You will get individualized feedback and most cost $10-15 per class.  For a full list of prices or more information, check out out our Personal Training Brochure here.