Have you ever thought about seeing a personal trainer? Not sure what is involved, or why you might pay someone to count your reps for you?
Whether you have just set foot in a gym for the first time or have been training for years, a personal trainer is a smart move if you are serious about your goals. A personal trainers ultimate goal is to teach you how to help yourself as best as you can, you will be more of a student to them rather than just another client. I feel accomplished when I have a client no longer training with me yet still making progress week after week by themselves. I have helped them get to that point in their fitness journey, and it feels great for both them and me.
When considering if you should talk to a personal trainer, it’s good to know what they will help you with.
Faster & better results - You should always enter the gym with a plan and attack it head-on. Your personal trainer will make sure you are utilising all of your gym time effectively and heading in the right direction. Tracking your progress is key to knowing if you are getting better. If you aren’t tracking today then how do you know if you’re better tomorrow? Your trainer will help you track your progress so you can see how far you have come.
Reduce injury - Reducing chances of injury or even strengthening the areas of old injuries plays a very important role in a lifelong fitness journey. Beating your last deadlift record by 10kg always feels great, but without proper form, you could be rolling the dice for a back injury.
Motivation - Keeping yourself motivated is very difficult, especially when you are first starting out. Your trainer is there to keep you focused and motivated. If the gym kind of feels like a second job, something you have to do a trainer will track your progress. When you start to see and notice some differences, the workouts will start to become a hobby; you can’t wait to get back in the gym and beat whatever record you previously had.
Accountability - Holding yourself accountable is almost impossible, skipping a workout or having an extra snack is easy when you don’t have to answer to anyone. When you know you have a Monday morning weigh-in, maybe you won’t open that extra bottle of wine Sunday night.
Establish a lifetime exercise habit - Sure you did two great workouts last week, and it made you feel good, but how do you know if you are doing the correct exercise for your goals? Were your 30 minutes of fat burning cardio defeated by two Tim Tams after dinner? Trainers are not only great at giving you the best workout for that day, but also at assisting you to make lifestyle changes that will only help you progress faster. They will help you work on creating new healthy habits, and removing any older unhealthy habits you may have.
Everyone wants to hit their goals straight away, be it weight loss, strength or just six-pack abs. These are great goals, but it can be discouraging if you haven’t hit any goals by week 2. Setting realistic and achievable goals will make the world of difference, and that is where a personal trainer can help.
Maybe your goal is to achieve a ‘bikini body’ for summer. A trainer can help with altering your diet, setting up a good mix of weights and cardio, setting a timeframe when this can be achieved, tracking progress and keeping you accountable.
Trainers are also perfect to help with specific goals. For example, if you are looking to join the army or police force, you will be expected to reach a certain level of strength and fitness. Your trainer will help set a program specific to the fitness test and even track your times/progress so you can be 100% confident of passing.
Investing in a personal trainer is as good as investing in yourself. They will teach you how to be a better version of you.