By Isabella Broggini
Deciding to work with a personal trainer is no small commitment; you need to be prepared to invest money and time into the service. Working with a good personal trainer, however, can be a life-changing experience. Choosing to work with a trainer was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I chose to work with one because I knew about the great benefits of weightlifting, but I did not know what exercises to do in order to achieve my #bodygoals. I also felt very lost when trying to train using weights. Working with a personal trainer helped me build a foundation for good weightlifting and knowledge of different strength-training exercises; it is for this reason that I am now able to lift autonomously. If you are struggling to reach your own fitness goals, or if you’re just looking for a way to get over a fitness plateau, hiring a personal trainer could help you solve these problems. Here are six great benefits that you can expect to receive from working with a personal trainer:
1. Someone To Hold You Accountable
Often the biggest struggle that we face with exercise adherence is actually getting ourselves to the gym. If we are able to get our butts off the couch and to the gym, we have already won half the battle. However, especially in the cold months of winter (or spring, if you live in New York) finding the motivation to go to the gym can be very challenging.
If you regularly make a commitment to go to the gym and then back out at the last minute, hiring a personal trainer may be the solution that you need. If you have an appointment to meet your personal trainer at a given time at the gym, you will be a lot less likely to back out of your workout at the last minute. Just as you wouldn’t cancel a doctor’s appointment minutes before or not show up, you wouldn’t want to flake on a training session. The result is that you will feel more motivated to get to the gym.
2. Planned Personalized Workouts
Have you been doing the same workouts for the past couple months but not seeing any results or improvements? Chances are you may not be doing the most effective workouts that will help you reach your fitness goals. Hiring a personal trainer would allow you to put the creation of your workouts into the hands of a professional. Good personal trainers will design a personalized training program for you catering every exercise towards helping you achieve your desired goals. Bonus: your workouts will be more efficient because you won’t be wasting time by walking around the gym for half an hour, trying to decide what weight machine to use.
3. Your Trainer Will Track/Monitor Your Progress
If you’re afraid that you’ll commit time and money towards personal training only to see zero results; don’t sweat it! In order to keep challenging you at every workout, your personal trainer will track your progress (whether it be by monitoring your resting heart rate or by tracking the weight that you use for each exercise) and he/she will be able to show you concrete improvements in your fitness month by month (Meet Our Team Here). Remember that if your fitness goal is not realistic (i.e. you are trying to lose 10 lbs in the course of a week) it’s not your trainer’s fault if he/she cannot get you there. It is important to set goals for yourself that are challenging but still possible to achieve in a healthy way, otherwise, you will be discouraged and disappointed once you find that your goal is not attainable.
Having a personal trainer to work out with can make going to the gym a lot more enjoyable. Trainers are usually very friendly and if you find one that you click with, you’ll find working out with them to be similar to working out with a friend (but in this case, your friend actually gives you valuable fitness advice).
When seeking the services of a personal trainer, make sure that you find one who has a similar personality type to yours. If you are more reserved and would rather just focus on your training during your sessions without too much small talk, find a trainer that shares this similar mindset. This can be a topic of discussion to have during the first meeting you have with your trainer. If, instead, you find that casual banter actually makes exercise more fun for you, then find a trainer who enjoys joking around with his/her clients (there are plenty who do!).
If you’re new to personal training and you don’t immediately feel comfortable around your trainer, this is totally normal! Having a person giving you directions in a one-on-one exercise setting can feel weird at first, so it is likely that you will need to participate in a few training sessions before you feel more comfortable. You shouldn’t, however, give up on personal training just because you feel uncomfortable at the beginning: like any new experience, you just need some time to get used to it!
5. Increased Motivation
As I said before, if you are able to get yourself to the gym, you’ve already won half the battle. However, once you are at the gym you actually need to put in some work; unfortunately, rock-hard abs and sculpted butts are not made by lying on a yoga mat and staring at your iPhone. A trainer can go a long way in helping you keep motivated throughout your workout. It is also likely that if you’re paying money for a training session, you’ll actually want to give it your all so that you don’t feel like you’ve wasted it. You are a lot more likely to challenge yourself by going up in weight or by doing an extra burpee if you have someone telling you to do it and watching you until you get it done. The key here is to find a trainer that uses motivational tactics that work best for you. Some people are motivated to exercise by Sargent-style commands, while others prefer friendly encouragement.
6. Decreased Risk of Injury
Not using the correct form during exercise (especially when lifting heavy) can be an easy way to get injured. Having a personal trainer to monitor your form while you exercise makes working out a lot safer, especially for beginners. If you’re trying to achieve the awesome results that come with weightlifting (benefits that include weight loss) having a trainer to spot you during heavy lifts can be beneficial even for the most experienced of lifters. A spotter will allow you to lift until failure (i.e. until your muscles give up during a lift) and therefore will enable you to use heavier weights without having to compromise on safety.
To learn more about personal training and to get started on your fitness journey, contact us today! You’ll thank yourself later for investing in your health.