Do You Need a Personal Trainer?
How does one know if they really do need a Personal Trainer?
“Honey, it’s 7 am. Aren’t you supposed to be at the gym?”
“I am, but I seem to be burning enough calories stressing over my unused gym membership.”
We’ve all been there because it seems like an excellent idea at the time. We commit precious, hard-earned cash to a local facility perfectly capable of getting us fit and then become equally capable of not going there.
Why? Well, because it looks like hard work and if we do dip our toes in the workout water, we quickly discover that it is. Memories of the pain of that first experience can linger until our gym membership runs out and we vow never to make the same mistake again.
However, what’s the real mistake? We’re human, and it’s human nature to avoid anything that causes us to fall in a sweaty, agonised heap. Gym workouts tend to do that; at least a little. Unless we have a clear and present reason to go back, we snuggle up to our physical deficiencies and decide we’re fine with them.
That’s human nature, and we all do it. The trouble is it won’t get us fit, it doesn’t pack on that dreamed-about muscle, and it sure doesn’t shed those unwanted pounds.
How can we motivate ourselves to train?
If the only person we let down by not training is ourselves, chances are we can win the “Let’s skip it today” argument every day.
So, what do you need? Quite simple: a training buddy. Find a friend, ideally with similar fitness objectives, whether that be strength training, weight loss or something in between. What does that do? For one, it stops you hitting snooze ten times; you must now adhere to someone else’s fitness expectations, and a good personal trainer will hold you accountable. This will force you to hit the gym even if you’re doing it to appease them…initially.
The more you go, the more the fitness bug will grab you. Health and fitness can get in your blood and can soon become the nicest addiction you’ll ever have.
However, even this buddy system has its limitations and pitfalls.
How can your buddy know if you’re training wrong?
That’s the big problem. The two of you are thrashing away in the gym three days a week and loving it. But you’re looking in the mirror and stepping on the scales, and it feels like nothing’s changed for a month. The same exercises aren’t working anymore.
Oh, and that back niggle keeps coming back.
Why does all this happen? One, your training partner can’t hope to know when your prescribed workout has passed its use-by date; two, they won’t notice when you’re training WRONG.
Gym programs run their course because your body stops responding to them, but your body will continue to react to poorly performed exercises. Often the body will respond to this most emphatically: pain and injury, potentially long term injury unless correct technique and form are employed.
So what’s the answer?
Hiring a personal trainer! Having someone who not only wants you to succeed but actually need you to succeed. The relationship is symbiotic, when you win, they win.
They’re still like a training buddy that keeps you honest and meeting your fitness commitments. But a personal trainer is so much more than that. They’re a qualified expert who can tailor a highly specific fitness program for your needs and adapt it over time.
If you’re serious about fitness, a personal trainer will get you where you want to go faster than anything else.