Are you showing up at the gym week after week and not seeing results?
Are you fed up with not participating in family dinners or social events with friends because you are on such a restricted diet plan that you can no longer enjoy social gatherings involving food?
Are you someone who doesn’t really have any plans for your gym sessions? Rather, you just show up and hop around to a few different machines, maybe do some cardio and then call it good?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you need help! And I say that with all due respect to the effort that you are putting into being the best, healthiest version of yourself.
But the truth is, it sounds like you need help from a qualified professional who can help you design a program that will get you results. A professional who can provide nutritional advice for achieving results while still maintaining a healthy social calendar of events. Yes, even those that involve food!
Many people dismiss the idea of hiring a personal trainer for a few reasons. Sometimes people think they should already know how to get in shape so their pride gets in the way. Some people feel shame about their current condition and think they need to get in shape before they hire a trainer to avoid embarrassment. And even still, some people dismiss the idea because quite simply, they do not want to pay for it.
To that I say, it is an investment in your health and your quality of life. What good is money if you are not healthy?
Consider the following Ten Reasons for hiring a personal trainer…
Most of us work harder when others are around. Our competitive or prideful nature takes over which can positively influence your workout. Having a trainer by your side can provide the encouragement, energy and motivation you need to work hard consistently.
Are you someone who works out once and thinks that’s good enough for the week? A trainer can hold you accountable and help you overcome all the excuses you might use to avoid your commitment to exercise. It’s a lot harder to skip the gym when you know someone is waiting for you. A trainer can also help you set goals, create a plan to accomplish them and celebrate the day you reach them.
Fitness can be confusing. There is a lot of information to sort through. Eat this, not that. Cardio before or after strength training? Your trainer can help you find credible information and provide direction on your fitness journey. A trainer can help remove the guesswork so you can put all your energy toward accomplishing your goals.
The gym can be intimidating. Working with a trainer allows you to become confident with how to perform exercises, use machines and navigate the facility. After a few sessions, you will feel ready to tackle the weight room on your own. Even better, an ego boost during exercise can promote stronger self-confidence and self-efficacy, which can help you stick with your exercise program over the long term.
If you are new to exercise or find that some movements are painful, it is worth hiring a trainer to be certain that you are moving in a safe and effective way. Taking the time to learn proper exercise technique can improve your results and prevent annoying injuries.
When it comes to fitness, everyone is different. Your unique body mechanics, experience, goals, fitness level, likes and dislikes can guide your trainer in creating a plan that is specific to your needs. With a program that fits, you are more likely to maintain the habit and see results.
Do you want to run your first 5K or prepare for a backpacking trip? Looking to shave some strokes off your golf game? Your trainer can design a fitness program specific to your sport, which will improve your performance and reduce your chance of injury during the event(s).
Training With Medical Conditions
Exercise is beneficial for preventing or managing many common chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. However, exercising with a medical condition requires additional precautions. A knowledgeable trainer with experience training clients with chronic conditions can design a program that ensures your safety and provides a positive exercise experience.
Our bodies change as we age. Perhaps the exercises you used to do no longer work with your body, or maybe you’ve stopped seeing results. A trainer can help you adjust or adapt your program as you age, which will allow you to maintain both function and strength.
Believe it or not, exercise can be fun. A personal trainer who takes the time to get to know your personality can make exercise both effective and fun. Training with a partner or in a group setting is a great way to turn up the fun, make exercise social and have the accountability and motivation you need to be consistent. Additionally, working with a trainer who you like and respect can provide bonus levels of gratification and exercise endorphins!