Why Do I Need a Personal Trainer?
You may find yourself asking: “Do I really need a personal trainer?”
If you’re anything like me you’ve had access to a gym since you were sixteen years old but didn’t have the knowledge on how to get the most out of your time or your gym membership. Before I started working with a personal trainer myself, my workouts consisted of hopping on the treadmill for a while, avoiding the weight room at all costs, maybe trying out a couple of machines, and integrating a class or two a week. I don’t think I am alone in my gym experience and unsurprisingly I was not getting the results I wanted to achieve. Now years later, I have learned a lot from experience and my own professional training and I have summarized for you the reasons why a personal trainer is essential to achieving your fitness goals:
- It’s educational: Personal trainers are taught which exercises are most effective in helping you reach your goals. Also, a qualified personal trainer will teach you the correct way to execute your exercises minimizing your risk of injury.
- They help perfect form. Executing your training properly will help you maximize results and decrease your risk of injury. Another set of appropriately trained eyes will help you make the adjustment you need to perfect your movement.
- They can help you with your unique requirements: Everyone’s level of physical ability is different, and in a group class you may not get the attention you need to meet your fullest potential.
- They help you set realistic goals: A trainer will bring the appropriate knowledge to the table (i.e. diet) to help you maximize your goals in an appropriate timeframe.
- They can help you with very specific goals, such as training for an event.
- They hold you accountable: It’s much easier to blow off a gym session if you’re not meeting anyone. However, if you have an appointment you’re paying for, you are less likely to skip a session with your trainer.
- No wasted time = maximized results: Most people have hectic lives and meeting with a trainer ensures that at your designated time you are getting the most out of your work out and staying on task.
- It’s not just fitness they can help you with: Exercise is only one component in achieving your weight loss goals. Nutrition is another key component to achieving your goals. A properly educated trainer can help you with your diet as well.
- They help you with your mental health: Exercise helps mental health and a personal trainer can help you find the right exercises that will safely release the endorphins that will lead to a healthier mind.
- They’re an unofficial therapist: Most trainers care about you as a person and want you to succeed in and out of the gym. When talking to a trainer during a session it may help you de-stress from a tough day at work… a much healthier choice than grabbing cocktails with friends after work and complaining about your day.
- They help you form good habits: Again, trainers keep you on track and help you recognize and break bad habits.
- Personalized training plan: Since you are their client, they know our strengths/weaknesses and a good trainer will customize a plan that will help you tap into your strengths and strengthen your weaknesses.
- They fit into your schedule: Choose a trainer that will fit with your hectic life. Most trainers have day and evening availability.
- Increased flexibility for location: Sometimes a gym isn’t for everyone; some trainers will meet you on location (i.e. a local park).
- They challenge you: If you feel as if your self-workouts have plateaued and you need an extra push, a trainer may be just what you’re looking for.
I have found all of these to be true in my experience working with personal trainers. Most importantly working with a personal trainer can give you the the tools and training you need to confidently execute a gym session with or with out them. For more information or to set up a consultation with one of our trainers, please contact us today.