I usually hear people saying that there is no need for a personal trainer and that they can do fitness training all by themselves. Sure they can; you don’t need an adviser to tell you to walk half an hour every day to keep your fitness levels to a minimum. But in my view, for those who want to start a serious training program, having a personal trainer with them is a big plus. I see three significant advantages of working with a personal trainer. Check them now.
One of the main problems people mention, after realizing they failed their fitness and exercise goals, is the lack of a mate. You’ll certainly agree if I say that it’s not that easy to find someone to get along with and share the practice. Your family may totally support your decision to go fit, but it doesn’t mean they can do it with you. Maybe because they can’t, especially for small children, perhaps because your husband or wife doesn’t share the same daily free time as you. Or simply because they’re not into it. Doing exercise all by yourself can get boring; you might get distracted or don’t have a reference point to compare with. I know it by experience! Even professional athletes acknowledge that they need to do their training together with their peers, so it’s only natural that amateur athletes, like you and me, could feel the same.
In these situations, it’s easy to skip practice and gradually lose the rhythm of regular training until a full stop is reached, and you go back to where you started.
The personal trainer works like a teacher. It’s someone to whom you commit to show up and do your best. It’s someone who interacts with you before, during, and after the training. Even better, it’s someone who does all this in a professional way.
The “professional way” I just mentioned takes us to the second advantage of having a personal trainer: results. If you train and practice all by yourself, it’s harder to measure your progress. You might try to read about it, but still, you’ll be an amateur trying to do a professional’s job.
The personal trainer will do a lot more. He will start by setting your goals; it will depend on what you want to achieve (losing weight, improving general fitness, developing muscles, etc.), together with your current physical condition. Then he will set a weekly plan, stating what you should do each day. Eventually, he will assess with you what has been achieved and adjust the program, if needed. You might need to work in a different way – or maybe in a harder way because you have reached your goals, and you’re ready to work harder!
Believe me, the personal trainer is someone who knows what he’s doing, which can save you a lot of troubles.
Again, my last statement takes us to another advantage. The personal trainer doesn’t care (and know) only about your results, but also about your safety.
I frequently find people ultra-motivated to excel themselves that start a huge training program, above their capacities – only to find out, later, that they have severely harmed themselves. Another frequent scenario is people – typically men – focused on exercising the upper body, especially the biceps and the whole arms muscles. After some hard work, they get fit arms, but the legs do not correspond in the same. It may look good, but I’m sure it’s not healthy.
The personal trainer will ensure that your training plan matches your ability and that your goals are realistic and safe. Avoid minor lesions or severe injuries by having a qualified professional with you!