Why You Should Have a Personal Trainer
Updated: 5 days ago
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
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
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
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.
Bring new ideas to the table: Trainers are experienced in all kinds of workouts like:
High-intensity interval training such as Tabata training.
Using different methods of strength training like supersets, pyramid training and more.
Help you discover new equipment: There are new pieces of equipment coming out all the time.
Help you set new and more challenging goals
Push you harder than you push yourself
A trainer can bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to challenge both your body and your mind. Even if you just do a few sessions or meet every few weeks, you'll find it refreshing to have new workouts and new exercise toys to play with.
4. You Need to be Challenged
If you feel like you're stuck or you're ready to take your training to the next level, an experienced personal trainer can come up with new ways to challenge yourself.
A trainer can:
Help you challenge your limits: One way to really push past plateaus is to go heavy with your weights. A trainer can be there to help you choose the right weights and spot you for the more challenging exercises.
Workout with you: Another option you may have is having the trainer engage in the workout with you, adding a competitive element to your workouts. Partner exercises can also
Help you find and train for competitive events: Maybe you want to run a race or do one of those crazy races like the Tough Mudder where you run through an obstacle course or some other local event where you have to dig deep to find your strength.
You'll find it's very hard to slack off with a trainer standing over you, telling you to do just...one...more...rep. You may even find hidden strengths you never knew you had, which can motivate you even more.