Village personal trainers give advice on exercising for new year

Tellico Village resident Julie Ricchio works out using Cybex strength equipment at the Wellness Center.

With another year come and gone, Wellness Center trainers and officials have some insight on how Tellico Village residents can get in shape for 2016.

Wellness Center personal trainer Mikki Barr said during this time of year she “most definitely” sees an influx of people looking to get in shape for 2016. However, of the people who make fitness-related resolution, only about 35 percent stay on track, she said.

Maintaining a person’s exercise resolution is all about setting realistic goals, Wellness Center personal trainer Theresa Bainlardi said, noting it was “extremely important.” Bainlardi has been a personal trainer at the Wellness Center for about 5 1/2 years and has worked in fitness for more than 22 years, she said.

“A lot of people set really long-range goals,” Bainlardi said. “They need to set intermediate goals, and realistic, obtainable goals. So basically, you look at your calendar and you see what you have available to exercise. You plug into that realistic part of your life and say, ‘OK, I can definitely do this, this and this.’ But if they put something in there that’s unrealistic, they’re not going to have the time to do it, and they’re probably not going to follow through with it. So it should be always short-range goals as well as long-range goals.”

Personal trainer Brent Parkhill, who started taking clients in July at the Wellness Center, agreed that setting obtainable goals was important, but at the same time people should not set goals that are too easy to achieve.

“I think far too often people set goals that are either way unrealistic or not aggressive enough, and there’s — I kind of break it down into different sets of goals too,” Parkhill said. “So there’s a process goal, which might be like, ‘I want to lose weight. I want to lose 5 pounds, 10 pounds.’ That’s part of the process, but then there’s like an overall goal. Where do you see yourself in the next 30 days, 60 days, 90 days? So, we can kind of set (a) blueprint on how to get to those process oriented goals.

“Like I said, far too many people either set unrealistic goals that are just pie in the sky that might be achievable but like not in any kind of reference of time as far as a month or two months,” he added. “They’re usually like two-year goals, or they’re just want to lose 5 pounds when really they have 20 pounds to lose.”

Parkhill said the most important thing a person can do is to set a plan.

“The primary focus with any kind of training at all, whether doing it on your own or with a trainer, is to have a plan,” Parkhill said. “Know what you’re getting into, know what you’re going to be doing, and know that it’s going to take some time. Nothing’s going to happen overnight, and training is not easy. It’s hard, and people just have to understand it takes effort, and it takes time.”

Setting up a buddy system could help newcomers stick with their exercise goals, Bainlardi said. Workouts at least 30 minutes per day is a “good start,” she said.

“The point is it makes it a little more fun and then on top of that it also — they have a buddy system that if that person’s planning on them being there, they’re going to go because they want to be there with them and not let them down,” she said. “So it’s a good support system.”

The cost for attending the Wellness Center is $340 for individuals and $530 for families for one year. Six-month commitments are $225 for individuals and $345 for families, Holly Bryant, Tellico Village Property Owners Association recreation manager, said. Information on personal trainers can be found at the Wellness Center.

Newcomers interested in exercising are encouraged to participate in the weight equipment orientation at the Wellness Center. Upcoming orientations are scheduled at 2 p.m. Jan. 12, 14 and 19.

“The Recreation Department is ready to help everyone have a healthier year in 2016,” Bryant said in an email correspondence. “With over two dozen fitness classes, racquet sports including tennis and pickleball, state of the art Cybex Eagle Strength Equipment, along with our latest addition, the half-mile walking path surrounding the Wellness Center, we have just about everything our members need to keep them moving in the right directly towards achieving their resolution goals. We are looking forward to an active New Year.”