When Do You NOT Need A Personal Trainer?
That’s a bit of a strange question, right? After all, personal trainers are all the rage these days and for a good reason.
So let’s see if there really are any reasons why you DON’T need a personal trainer.
You can motivate yourself perfectly fine
Are you one of those self-starters who can leap out of bed and be on the floor banging out 50 push-ups before the alarm’s stopped ringing? You’re extremely lucky if you are. For most of us, exercise is a means to an end, but hardly a laugh a minute.
We exercise to lose weight, tone or gain muscle. We exercise to recuperate from an illness or injury. But most of us aren’t sufficiently motivated to stick with it through up days and down days.
A personal trainer holds us accountable. We can’t bring out our long list of lame excuses, why today doesn’t feel right. We’re paying someone to help us reach our fitness goals, and they expect us to be as reliable as they are.
Your gym has free introductory sessions
True, most gyms will give you a couple of sessions with an instructor to learn the ropes, the pulleys and the dumbbells. Chances are they’ll also write you up a decent starting workout.
So if a trained gym instructor has shown you how to use the equipment and armed you with a weekly program, why on earth would you then pay for a personal trainer?
Well, here’s why. You were shown how to use the equipment once in a rushed hour. Who knows if you’re using the correct technique – you might be doing your body more harm than good.
And do you have any idea what the use-by-date for that workout is? Yes, your body gets used to a workout, especially if you’re not familiar with progressive overload. And that means a good workout soon becomes an ineffective workout.
A personal trainer keeps everything fluid and evolving so your body’s performance never plateaus.
Walking costs nothing
Also true. And running, biking and swimming are also free and great ways to get some serious cardio. Who needs a gym or personal trainer when you can hit the road or dive into a pool?
And no doubt about it, if you’re heading out on a fitness-minded quest, these forms of exercise are a great starting point, particularly if you’re recovering from illness or trying to lose weight.
All fine and dandy until you start to get bored with the sameness. The best exercise routines succeed through variety – a bit of road work here, some yoga there, maybe a few weights thrown in once a week.
The best exercise routines keep you interested, and for that, you need good advice from a trainer.
The internet is full of great workouts
Another factual statement; there are some incredibly good workouts floating around in cyberspace; there are also some diabolical ones.
Remember, in the online sphere; everyone’s a fitness expert happy to lead your shopping cart down the aisle of self-improvement. And there are some scams.
There are also some obvious pitfalls. Who is on hand to ensure you’re using the correct technique? And who is going to keep you motivated once you’ve passed through checkout?
Again, many of the tried and tested paths to your fitness goals are best walked with a personal trainer. Yes, it costs money, but it’s money well spent when not an ounce of sweat is wasted getting you where you want to go. Think of it as an investment, in yourself.
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