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2 main reasons to workout with a trainer at Manassas Park Community Center

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With the temperatures warming up outside, it’s natural to feel the urge to get up, get out, and get active.

There is still plenty of time to reach your fitness goals before beach season hits, but as we get closer and closer to summer, you may find it difficult to stay on task and stay motivated. That’s where personal training can come in handy.

To help you reach your fitness goals, the Manassas Park Community Center will give you an additional 10 free 30-minute personal training sessions when you renew or purchase an annual Basic or All-Access Passport membership throughout the month of April.

If you’re like me though, you may not exactly understand what personal training is or how it can benefit you. I sat down with our Deputy Director, Jay Swisher, who has worked as personal trainer and oversees our personal trainers here at the community center and asked him some questions I had about personal training.

Shriner: So, what exactly is a personal trainer?

Swisher: A personal trainer is someone who provides not only guidance in the technical sense but also moral support to someone in an effort to help them reach their fitness goals.

Shriner: I’m fully capable of going to the gym and working out or running on the treadmill. What is the advantage of using a personal trainer versus just going to the gym on my own?

Swisher: There are two main reasons to work out with a trainer:

First, you’re working with somebody who is specifically trained in an exercise science based discipline. That specialized knowledge will allow them to prescribe the most effective program to help you fulfill your fitness goals. Exercise prescription includes everything about your workout routine – the recommended exercises, repetitions, sets, weights, frequency, and so on. This knowledge is derived from different places including past experience or background, which can include education and formal training.

Second, you’re gaining a support system. A trainer will motivate you and hold you accountable. Sure, you can go online and download sheets of exercises or watch YouTube videos but those videos aren’t going to text you to make sure you’re keeping up with your routine or encourage you to keep going when you feel like you’ve plateaued. In addition, your trainer will be able to monitor your form by demonstrating how to properly perform exercises. You can put yourself at risk by performing exercises incorrectly, but also incorrect form means you aren’t achieving your maximum potential and getting the most from each exercise.

Shriner: Okay, so I’m convinced. What do I need to look for in a personal trainer? How can I make sure I’m picking a good trainer?

Swisher: The first thing you want to do when you’re considering using a trainer, or even when you want to work out on your own, is figure out what your fitness goals are. Search for a trainer whose skill set best matches your needs. If you have very specific fitness goals, you’d want to seek out a personal trainer who has expertise in that same area.

It’s important to vet your trainer to make sure they are truly qualified. Check their background, ask about their experience and certifications. When it comes to certifications, check for reputable agencies such as AAFA, ACE, or ACSM. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask for a mini session. Tell them about yourself. Say you’re a 44-year-old male with high blood pressure who has been sedentary for the past 15 years and one of your goals is to lose 10 pounds. Listen to what the trainer would recommend and see what they demonstrate. How do you feel about their training style? Ask them about their fitness philosophies – do they make sense to you? What it boils down to is you need to ask questions, listen to the answers, and observe their style. (more…)

Manassas Farmers Market has more vendors, ‘Take-Out Tuesdays’

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The City of Manassas Farmer’s Market is back for its 25th peak season. Running from April through early November, the market is open on both Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Thursday market will be housed at the Harris Pavilion beginning April 7, while Saturday shoppers can find all their market necessities in Parking Lot B, across from the Train Depot beginning April 9. (more…)

Growing security firm Always Protected urges Prince William homeowners to discuss safety, security plans

Donation to be made to Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship Endowment for new installations 

Always Protected is a local authorized ADT Dealer underneath the Safe Streets, USA umbrella. Mike Mess, the CEO of Always Protected, has successfully positioned this company to have a nationwide presence with over 1,000 real estate agents.

The real estate agents are currently enrolled in the company’s partner program, helping the brand continue a strong, aggressive growth plan that Mess has envisioned since launching this company.

Headquartered in Woodbridge, with a second location being launched in Norfolk on April 4, his goal in 2016 is to launch five additional offices. With their current locations and new to come, they hope to continue their outreach to assist homeowners in protecting their home against burglary, fire, and carbon monoxide emergencies.

A lot of people, when they think of ADT or home security, immediately think of protection against burglary or home invasions.

Mess stated, “What has always stayed close to my heart about this industry is the ability to assist in any emergency most families aren’t prepared for. Our keypads have Emergency Medical, Fire, and Police panics, so in the event a child was home alone, or elderly adults and something were to happen they can simply push a button and get emergency assistance immediately.”

Mess, who grew up in Woodbridge, and spent the first 21 years of his life in our hometown, strongly believes it should be mandated that homeowners have integrated smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide detectors in homes. This type of monitoring can save property and lives.

“To this day, before I go to bed each night, I always visit local news websites, and I’m always in disbelief of how many fires, gas leaks, and burglaries take place. It is so important to take proactive measures to your family’s safety because you can’t plan for an event like that to take place. The best you can do is have your family discuss emergency scenarios and have the protection of a security system that is being monitored by a company like ADT.”

Always Protected goes above and beyond for homeowners when they activate their security system. Because of their unique business model, they can waive the cost of equipment and installation for their customers.

“Now-a-days we can accommodate everyone’s needs because we can do everything from basic security to complete home automation,” stated Mess. Our company will always offer a free security consultation for every client because we understand the importance of educating homeowners on the importance of our life-saving devices.

As a way to give back to the community, spread fire awareness, and taking preventive measures with families across our area, Always Protected is going to donate $50 for every residence in Prince William County that gets installed to the Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship Endowment, via the George Mason University Foundation.

Wilson, 24, was the first Prince William County firefighter to die in the line of duty on April 17, 2007. Wilson was trapped after he went inside burning house in Woodbridge to search for occupants who had already made it out safely.

Always Protected will also provide a monitored smoke and heat detector. Both detectors, along with the cost of any other equipment, and the charge for installation, are free for all homeowners who want to take a proactive stance with fire protection and enter into a monitoring agreement with Always Protected, Safe Streets, USA, and ADT.

“I’m truly blessed to be in the position that I’m in, and the least I could do is give back to the community I was born and raised in,” said Mess.

For a free assessment of your home or business, please don’t hesitate to call us at 877-492-2711.

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