5 Reasons You Should Have a Personal Trainer

You Will See Better Results

You Will See Better Results

This is probably the exact primary reason why anyone would decide to go and get a personal trainer. Even with the best intentions, often people will find it quite difficult to keep themselves motivated in matters of fitness and at the gym. A lot of the time you will get to the point where you wonder if you are actually doing any good any more. You will be at that plateau point and maybe not know which way to go from there. I mean sure, you can ask friends or Google the answers you seek however, there are so many different opinions out there, so it might be best to get one from someone who has studied and is a qualified authority on the subject.

Even if you have been frequenting a gym for months or even years, employing the services of a personal trainer will surely give you a better chance of seeing the results you had hoped for before you began. It is not only their job to give you a workout program and give you positive reinforcement when you exercise under their supervision, but a good personal trainer should also be able to offer advice on your routine outside of the gym. If your personal trainer knows their stuff, then they will be able to give you a bit of friendly advice with your diet, which is the single most important thing to accompany a training routine where matters of fitness are concerned.

There might be many people who know exactly what they are doing in the gym and also the kitchen but even they can benefit from the regular influence of an outsider, if only to reassure them that they are on the right path, or perhaps to offer alternative exercises. But for most of us, a personal trainer offers a wealth of knowledge which provides us with a guide to achieve the results we want to see. At the end of the day, if we are going to spend time, energy and a bit of cash, at the gym and on food, we might as well do it in the correct way. It would be crazy not to, right? So finding yourself a personal trainer with the personality and knowledge to get the best out of you through advice and encouragement, makes your goals seem more tangible. Perhaps also, the control over our lives that we crave becomes a bit more realistic with the assistance of a personal trainer to show us the way.

You'll Have More Accountability

You'll Have More Accountability

They say that nothing worth doing is ever easy and well may that be right. However, the human mind has an annoying way of attempting to reason with itself in negative fashion when the going gets a little tough. Whether it be in attempting to keep training or to shake an addiction, your mind often wanders and tries to make deals with itself. For example, if you have ever attempted to smoke cigarettes it can be an extremely difficult thing to give up, obviously. You might find that you’re telling yourself at some point that you will just finish this packet and then that will be it. You begin bargaining with yourself; when that packet finishes you find a reason to just get one more. Like, maybe you’re going out for dinner and drinks for a workmate’s birthday or something. That really doesn’t sound like a good time to be quitting smoking, does it? You should probably wait until afterwards. But then there is another reason which means you only got a few days in to giving up before you found a new reason to begin bargaining with yourself.

You probably shouldn’t get too down and angry with yourself over such things – it can be extremely frustrating – but it is also perfectly normal too. Pretty much everyone does it. The same goes for the gym. If you get home from work one day and decide that you are simply too tired to hit the gym that day or it is too cold to go outside, you might find your mind speaking to itself, saying you will go an extra time next week – but that extra time never comes. And so the habit begins…. Again, it happens to a lot of people and you should not feel too bad about yourself for experiencing this. What you should do, is get something done about it. Which is where the personal trainer comes in to play.

If you have a date with the personal trainer, then you kind of have to keep it. I mean, if you have a death in the family then obviously you might have to give them a call and tell them you can’t make it. But if you call to tell your personal trainer that you won’t be able to make it today because you’ve had a big day….well, they are going to be a bit disappointed with you, aren’t they…..and nobody wants to disappoint a personal trainer, mostly because it makes you feel extra guilty. Feeling guilty is not a good thing, clearly, but you can use it as a motivational factor to make sure you turn up and be accountable for your own health and fitness. Eventually, that guilt will be replaced with pride in the fact that you were proactive about achieving your goals. And you got by with a little help from your personal trainer.



You'll Have More Independence

You'll Have More Independence

This one might sound like a bit of a contradiction really. I mean, how can you rely on the help of a personal trainer on the way towards independence in the gym? If you are truly the type of person who craves independence in general, how can you rely on the help of anyone, especially when it seems quite clear that you can get the job done without them? It truly seems in opposition to your goal of being able to achieve your goals and to be proud of yourself in doing it. But is it really?

Even if your goal in the gym is to create your own workouts and exercises by yourself, you can still benefit greatly from having the casual advice of a personal trainer. It doesn’t mean that you have the accountability issue that we mentioned earlier, but it can just give you that extra edge in terms of knowing that you are doing these exercises in the correct way. Or, it can reassure you that the way you are already going about things is the right one. A good personal trainer will fully appreciate the reasons behind wanting to do this for yourself, if for no other reasons than that they probably got in to it in the first place, for the same reasons.

The great thing here is, when you begin to delve further and further in to the human body and how it works, all of the Googling in the world won’t provide you with the personal insight of someone who has been there before and can respond to what you are learning about. A personal trainer will be able to provide you with great knowledge in terms of which specific exercises can be employed to target specific muscle groups, for example. Then of course, show you how to do those exercises whilst continuing to use perfect form.

When all is said and done, you still managed to do it by yourself and you can be no less proud of yourself in achieving it. But you just got that little bit of an edge from someone who blazed that trail before you. Whether you were completely inspired by them, or just learnt one or two little tricks, it was totally worth it.

You'll Be Better Prepared

You'll Be Better Prepared

Even if you aren’t the sort of person to go to the gym and throw around ridiculously-sized weights and bulk up, you might still be active and into sport. This doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from the help of a personal trainer.

It is great to have goals and the reason for this is that most people are in essence, goal orientated to some degree. What I am referring to more specifically is an attempt to become more proud of yourself by managing to achieve something. For so many people this will and desire materialises itself in the form of some physical feat, quite often a half marathon or something like that. Just because the nature of this goal might have you considering that what is most important is that you are pounding the pavement, doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit greatly from the help of a personal trainer.

Someone to offer assistance and even help you plan your mini-goals along the way to achieving the big one, can turn out to be a huge, often integral, asset in this situation. A personal trainer will be able to show you exercise to improve the muscles in our legs and the often-forgotten core, where running is concerned. So too, should they become someone you are able to report back to occasionally with how you are progressing or any concerns that you may have. All of these things combined will ensure that you are not only well-prepared come the big day, but also that you will have far less chance of being injured along the way.

It doesn’t necessarily need to be something as obviously physically demanding as running a half-marathon though. I mean, even golfers use muscles in such a way that they may want to consider exercising to prevent injury and build strength…



The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Finding a personal trainer is great for inside the walls of the gym but it can be equally rewarding outside too. The opportunity to get outside and breathe some fresh air whilst exercising can be one of the most invigorating things to do, and even before all the hard work pays off and you see the waistline shrink, the feeling you get straight after a good, hard, outdoor workout, is often quite exhilarating.

The only roadblock there is, that sometimes it can be very hard to motivate yourself in this environment. Despite the fact that you are out enjoying the fresh air, it isn’t like the gym. In the gym you are probably going to see at least a few other faces around you all red and covered in sweat and it makes you feel a little better about doing the same. Whereas outside in public, most of the people you pass as your feet hit the track, are walking somewhere doing totally practical things while they look you up and down thinking you’re crazy, right?

Doing a session or two of outdoors training with a personal trainer will give you a bit of that much-needed belief that you are on the right proverbial path and that it certainly isn’t you that’s the crazy one. They can also show you how the modern environment can be turned in to its own outdoor gym.

Fortunately for us, the idea of outdoor fitness classes are becoming more and more common. It is a great idea really; a bunch of people get together and take those red, sweaty faces to the streets, parks, or beaches. I guess it’s safety in numbers but what it does in reality, is serve to counter the constraints of the four-walled gym. If you find a happy balance between the two under the regular supervision of someone who knows what they’re talking about and wants to see you achieve your goals, then you just might make it happen.