Alright, let’s get real, how many times have you set a new fitness goal or goals for yourself, only to fall off the wagon in a couple of weeks? Sometimes we all could you use a little help. For this reason you can capitalize on the awesome benefits of hiring a personal trainer! Personal training isn’t just for celebrities and athletes, any one can reap the benefits of working with a knowledgeable expert in the gym. It’s truly an investment in one’s own health. Now, let’s take a closer look at why people achieve more by working out with a personal trainer.
First of all, your trainer will hold you accountable to show up to the gym. After all, you do have a set, paid appointment and he/she will be there waiting for you with a smile. They help you to set short and long term goals that are also realistic and achievable. Even if you are having a bad day, your trainer will always have an enthusiastic attitude to motivate you through your workout. Their job is to make sure you succeed!
Sure, it’s probably easier to get on the elliptical for an hour, but then what? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.
Trainers are knowledgeable on the most effective ways for all kinds of people to achieve their fitness goals.
They know people come from very different fitness backgrounds, and adjust training regimens accordingly to meet their clients individual needs. They will only set you up for success especially by holding you accountable and providing motivation.
Trainers also act as educators on health, nutrition, and fitness. There’s almost too much information out there and researching what is most valid can be overwhelming. It’s a trainer’s job to stay current with the latest fitness trends to provide you with the safest and most accurate information in the industry. What’s the Paleo diet all about? Should I try working with a trainer? Trainers are equipped to answer questions like these while sharing their knowledge and experience to help you kickstart and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Trainers are constantly sharing nutrition tips and how to combat situations in which you maybe tempted like dining out with friends and family for example. A good personal trainer will genuinely care about your health and well-being! And he/she will even hold you accountable to taking care of yourself nutritionally, physically and overall health!
Support and Confidence
At one point or another, I think most of us can admit we have felt self-conscious especially in a gym setting. Another benefit of having a trainer is the consistent, non-judgmental support. They are there for you and to help you succeed, no matter what your situation is. Every time you have a session, that is an hour completely devoted to you and your goals! No more feeling worried about what you look like while working out or comparing yourself to other people. A trainer understands the concept of small victories and strives to make you feel good about even the smallest achievements!
Safety and Proper Technique
I see a lot of people in the gym rifling through fitness magazines and trying to teach themselves proper form and technique. But let me tell you, that doesn’t beat actually having a professional right by your side giving you constant feedback and making sure you keep the integrity of the exercise at hand. It is very easy to get hurt in the gym if you don’t quite know what you are doing. And you definitely don’t want to be that guy/girl featured on a YouTube video because your form sucks. Personal trainers will teach you proper running form, improve your posture, and increase your strength and how to look good doing those things.
Some people stay away from the gym because they are afraid of getting hurt or they have a previous injury. Trainers are beneficial in this respect because they know how to work around all kinds of injuries and help with injury prevention.
Personal trainers will teach you movements in the gym that can translate to your daily life. For example, working on your deadlift form would translate to helping a grandma properly pick up her grandchild.
Trainers don’t just get you fit, they also serve as physical therapists essentially.
If you are an athlete, personal trainers can help you advance in your sport by programming sport specific movements into your workouts. Every athlete can benefit from the endurance, flexibility, strength, speed, and agility training to help him/her get that edge over the competition. A trainer will push you and hold you accountable for progressing in your sport.
Don’t just casually get on the elliptical for an hour, get the most out of your time by working with a trainer. Trainers know how to maximize workout potential in minimal time frames. You will definitely burn more calories by varying the exercises and keeping your muscles constantly guessing and having to adapt to new fitness routines then just doing your usual long, slow distance cardio. Trainers will also work around your schedule to find the workout times that are best for you!
Personal training is called ‘personal’ training for a reason. Your trainer will develop a program completely individualized to you and your goals. Whether you have an injury, want to complete a 5k, want to lose weight, are pregnant, etc…, the programming will be completely tailored to you! And a personal trainer will become invested in your success inside and outside of the gym.
You develop a relationship with your trainer like no other. There aren’t many people in your life that you share some of your biggest insecurities with and who you turn to to help you reach your goals. The relationship you have with your trainer is very personal. You build a deep trust with someone that no matter what is going on in your life, your workout is supposed to be a positive experience each time and will hopefully turn your day/mood around for the better. It is through this intimate relationship that the trainer work specifically with you and hold you accountable to reach your goals.
If I haven’t hashed out the benefits of personal training enough, the last and most important point is RESULTS. Hiring a personal trainer will help you to achieve the results that you couldn’t on your own. They help you to realize your full potential. Every person’s goals are different and trainers help set you up for success on the journey to your goals. Trainers will help you achieve results that you probably didn’t even anticipate having. It is these results that will motivate you to be accountable to your trainer and, conversely, hold your trainer accountable to you!