Have you ever listened to a sales pitch from a personal trainer at your gym?
Did you bite or did you think it was way too expensive and you can do it on your own? Trust me, I’ve been there before too. Personal training is expensive. Just like those Starbucks lattes. Of course, as a personal trainer myself, I’m a bit biased here, but hear me out.
Personal training is worth it, especially if you’re trying to reach a major health and fitness goal. I’ve been a certified personal trainer for close to five years now and even I work with a trainer occasionally. Hiring a personal trainer shouldn’t be viewed as another expensive purchase but rather an investment in your health.
If you think personal training is expensive, have you considered the lifetime costs of health-related conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity? Chances are those medications will cost you a whole lot more than a few sessions with a personal trainer.
Let’s look at a few reasons why you should hire a personal trainer.
Raise your hand if you’ve packed your gym bag to lift weights after work only to drive straight pass the gym because you’re tired? Yes, my hand is raised too. We’re all human. When we’re tired or having a bad day we just want to go home and sleep.
The only person you’re holding yourself accountable to is yourself. But, if you hire a personal trainer you have another person who is holding you accountable for your workouts. As humans we rarely want to disappoint other people. A personal trainer will hold you accountable for your workouts to make sure you’re making progress towards your goals.
Help Avoid Injuries
Working out and getting healthy does have some adherent risks. However, the benefits do generally outweigh risks so you can’t use that as an excuse. Strength-training exercises require proper form so you don’t hurt yourself. Certainly you can watch YouTube videos or some of the “meatheads” at the gym and copy them. But, are you really doing those exercises correctly?
A personal trainer can not only teach you the proper technique so you don’t end up hurt yourself in the long run, but can also serve as another set of eyes. Personal trainers are trained to observe body movement and weaknesses in human bodies. While you might think that you’re capable of overhead shoulder press, your personal trainer might notice that your right scapula isn’t tracking correctly saving you from months of physical therapy from a torn rotator cuff.
Personalized Program to Help You Reach Your Goals
Everyone is different. You’ve probably heard this since kindergarten. It’s true. Just because your friend can bang out 100 burpees followed by 25 chin-ups doesn’t mean you can or should too. Your fitness plan is going to be different from everyone else’s because of your body type, goals, and lifestyle.
Sure, you can always go online and print some cookie-cutter exercise plan that will probably work for a while, but eventually, it doesn’t. A personal trainer will customize a personal health and fitness plan based on your unique goals, body type, and lifestyle. If you’re looking to shed some weight and gain a set of Michelle Obama’s arms, a personal trainer can help you with that. What worked for Michelle Obama will probably not work for you. Don’t be discouraged. That’s why you hired a personal trainer. She will create a plan for you based on you.
You Hit a Plateau
Let’s continue with the example from above. For six weeks you’ve been following that Michelle Obama arm workout you found on the Internet. It worked for her so it’s totally going to work for you too, right? For four weeks you saw continuous results. The underarm was getting tighter and you could lift more weight. Then it stopped.
Your body is smart. If you do the same workout out over and over again your body gets used to it. It becomes easy. In order to see any growth or changes in your body you need to change your workouts to challenge your body. A personal trainer can take your current workout to the next level. She can add in different exercises or more weight and you’ll start to see a difference again.
Working out can be boring. Some people even hate it. If you do the same thing over and over again chances are you will get bored. Imagine running the same five miles on the same route at the same time everyday. How boring would that be? A personal trainer can make your workout, dare I say it – fun!
Personal trainers always have a few cards up their sleeves. They keep up on the latest trends in the fitness industry and probably have access to some pretty cool toys. A personal trainer can introduce you to things like the TRX, kettlebells, plyometrics, and loads of other exercises that can end your boredom at the gym.
Yes, personal training is expensive. It’s time to stop thinking about it has another expense. Start to think of it has an investment in your health. A personal trainer can create a personalized plan to meet your goals and hold you accountable to those goals. Talk to your local trainer today.