3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Personal Trainer
When you see the words “personal trainer”, what do you think of? Maybe your initial thoughts are Jillian Michaels, boot camp, crazy workouts. Or perhaps they’re more along the lines of get me in shape, strict, scared. Whatever your opinions may be about personal training, it’s important to know that there can be benefits to hiring someone in order to better your health and fitness.
I’m coming up on my fourth year of being a personal trainer, and it’s amazing how much I’ve learned over the years. Starting out, I knew it wasn’t going to be a cake-walk, but it’s been pretty eye-opening to see how much MORE training encompasses. It’s not just putting people through workouts and then sending them on their way (read more personal training myths here). I’ve learned that building a relationship with my clients and getting to KNOW them helps me create better workouts. I’m learning that I enjoy being more than just 30-minutes or an hour of their day. Frequent communication helps ME help THEM foster a long-term relationship with their health and fitness. #allthehappyfeelings
Friends and trainers who sweat together…
3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Personal Trainer
Before we dig into the nitty gritty of why I think you could benefit from working with a trainer, remember that I am one out of MANY. My opinions may not reflect thoughts of other trainers out there. However, in my experience, this is why people hire me. Or learn why they keep me.
This is probably the biggest reason why people hire or stick with a trainer. Many of us already have a general idea that we need to be active, but gosh is it hard to do that unless we have a HUMAN BEING to meet. Not virtually. In the flesh! Think back to the last time you met up with a friend for a workout – you were less likely to flake, right? Same idea.
With a trainer, even though you may know what kind of workouts you need, the trainer will be there to make sure you follow through. I don’t have research to share regarding the likelihood of following through with something when we have a real person to meet, but I’d be curious to read studies if you have any!
We may know that we need to workout, and we may have a handful of exercises in our back pocket…but do we know how to safely and effectively use them? A trainer can compile a workout that directly targets your needs, whether you’re training for a race, recently discharged from physical therapy, or just need a good butt-whooping! Personal trainers will not only provide direction, but almost always help with basic form (one of my fitness commandments).
No studies to back this next statement, but I think it’s safe to say that at least a third of the people on the fitness floor are performing their exercises incorrectly. Not only is this an eye-sore, but it can pave the way for near-future (or future) injury. A personal trainer can keep a close eye on your form, in order to help you get the MOST out of your workout.
Push through plateaus
Raise your hand if you’ve ever kept resistance weights the same for more than four weeks! I’ve done it too. Unless there is injury or other health issues involved, we can call that a plateau. Yes, keeping the weight the same can help with maintenance, but that’s not usually what we’re looking for.
Making progress and getting stronger and healthier requires us to push PAST our limits (safely), and to get out of our comfort zones (safely). That’s where your personal trainer comes in. We are there to help you remember that you’re stronger than you think!
You won’t know until you try…
When I first started working as a personal trainer, it was hard for me to make the sale. One of the reasons was because I had no experience as a CLIENT, and didn’t know the true value of the service. My co-worker and mentor at the time took a small group of us through a workout each week, and man, did I learn a lot. I discovered that I didn’t work NEARLY as hard as when someone else was watching me; I’m stronger than I think (especially with a spotter nearby); quality personal training is something that is worth every penny if you are committed to it.
If one of your goals this month is to improve your fitness and wellness, I highly recommend trying the whole personal trainer thing out. Maybe you’ll like it, but maybe you won’t, and that’s OKAY. I may be biased, but seeing people change their health, get stronger, and be happier individuals is what makes me so happy to talk about PT!
Trainers are ready to help you dream, believe, do, and repeat!
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Let’s keep the conversation going!
- Have you ever worked with a trainer? Thoughts?
- Are you more likely to get something done if someone is there with you?
- What kind of plateaus have you worked through?
- How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve?