• DisciplineFitnessCoach

Why You Should Have a Personal Trainer

Updated: Jun 21

If you are just starting out with an exercise program or you aren't seeing results with your current routine, then a personal trainer can give you the help you need. Knowing how you can benefit and whether it will be worth the expense can help you decide whether this is a good choice for you.

There are a number of reasons people work with trainers. Some want an individualised program so they can lose weight or get in shape while others simply need to be held accountable for their workouts. Wherever you are on your exercise journey, a personal trainer may be just what you need to finally reach your fitness and weight loss goals.

Here are 10 reasons (in no particular order) why hiring a personal trainer may be a smart move for you.

1. You're Not Seeing Results

Personal Trainer and their Client
Help from a PT can be beneficial

If you've been exercising consistently for several weeks or months and aren't losing weight or reaching your goals, hiring a trainer may be a good choice.

Here are just some of the things a good trainer can do:

  • Look at your current program to search for ways to change or tweak your workouts to make them more efficient and effective.

  • Push you a little harder: Often people don't see results because they're not working as hard as they could. It's easy to slack off when you're by yourself, but having someone there to challenge you may make a difference in the scale.

  • Examine your goals: He or she can also help you figure out if your goals are realistic.

  • Hold you accountable: He or she might work with you to set weekly goals and check in on a regular basis to see how you're doing.

  • Help you stay motivated to exercise: Knowing you have an appointment with a pro can help you stay on track during the week.

  • Teach you how to lift weights and do other exercises: Too often people focus on cardio to lose weight, but you need strength training and core training as well. These are things a trainer can teach you how to do the right way.

You may even find that you are getting results, just not in the way you expected, something a trainer may see more clearly from the outside.

Sometimes you just need a few weeks to get new ideas for exercises and workouts. Then you can go out on your own.

2. You Don't Know Where to Start

PT showing their client data
Personal Trainers can be a powerful tool in your journey

If you're new to exercise, you realise how complex it is and we're not born with the knowledge of how to do it. When facing the task of setting up a complete exercise schedule, you may feel so overwhelmed you don't do anything.

Trainers know everything that goes into a complete program: Cardio, weight training, and flexibility training. And then there are all of the elements you have to figure out, from what activities to do to how to fit it all into a busy schedule.

If you have no idea what you're doing, a trainer can help you:

  • Figure out the right activities for you: Maybe you don't even know what would work for your body, schedule or available equipment. A trainer may be able to suggest activities that fit with all of those areas.

  • Help you put together a reasonable program: A trainer can help guide you in exactly how to start and how much exercise you can handle at first.

  • Help you with the basics: The workouts you do are based on the F.I.T.T. principle, meaning you choose the frequency, intensity, time and type of workout you're doing and manipulate those elements over time. A trainer can help you navigate all of those things, showing you how to:

  • Figure out how hard to work during exercise and how to monitor your exercise intensity

  • With weight training, he or she will show you how to choose exercises, weights, reps, and sets

  • Use different tools like a heart rate monitor or activity tracker to enhance your workouts.

  • Help you with your schedule: It's often this that gets the most confusing. A trainer can sit down and help you go through your calendar and figure out when you can work out and what you'll do on those days you're not working with a trainer.

  • Help you maximise your time while keeping you within your own limits so you don't overdo it.

3. You're Bored From Your Current Workouts

Having a PT can increase your output

If you're an experienced exerciser, maybe you haven't considered working with a personal trainer. However, it can be a great choice if you need some variety in your workouts. It's easy to fall into a workout rut, doing the same workouts over and over.

Not only is this boring but it can also lead to weight loss plateaus, overuse injuries, and burnout.

Here's what a trainer can do for you:

  • Bring a fresh perspective to your workouts: A trainer is coming at this with an objective eye and may see some things about your program or workouts right away that can make them more interesting and fun.