Want to hear a secret? Even certified personal trainers many times purchase personal training sessions for themselves, at their own gym. They know the value and benefits of working with another professional fitness trainer. Below are the top 6 reasons for anyone hiring a personal trainer:
1. Proper Form
Even if you know exactly how to execute a move, you may not always do it correctly. There are lots of things to think about at one time. A personal trainer watches you from every angle and gives you cues about posture, breathing and proper body alignment. The importance of this cannot be overstated. Doing a move correctly not only increases its effectiveness, but also is critical to injury prevention.
We all know the benefits of working out. Most people can even recall how great they feel after an intense sweat session. Yet, this isn’t always enough to get us to the gym and working at our full potential. A personal trainer encourages you to work harder than you would on your own and, as I often say, this is “where the magic happens”. Muscle growth and cardiovascular improvements occur when you continuously increase your personal limits.
The knowledge of a personal trainer goes far beyond knowing which exercise works which muscle group. A reputable trainer will continuously inform you why you are doing a certain move and all the benefits it provides. He/she can also offer on-the-spot modifications to make an exercise easier or different (if you are just starting out or have an injury) or more difficult (if you’ve reached your potential).
4. Follow Through
Having a personal trainer makes you accountable to someone else. Having that appointment on your calendar encourages you to follow through, even on days when you’d rather curl up on the couch with a good book. It is this consistency that produces results. Sure, you have to work hard each and every session, but the regularity of your workouts will go a long way toward helping you reach your goals.
Personal trainers evaluate your fitness level and discuss your goals with you. They then create a plan specifically for you that will get you the results you want. A personal trainer repeats assessments to show you how far you’ve come (and let you know what you may need still need to work on). This is essential to insure that you’re making fitness gains with every workout.
6. Stave Off Boredom
Most trainers make it their mission to stay on the cutting edge of what’s going on in the fitness world. As a result, a personal trainer can introduce you to new and exciting ways to strengthen your heart and your muscles. In addition to keeping your workouts interesting, you will also be rewarded with increased fitness. You body adapts quickly to a specific routine, as a result, you have to mix it up to continue seeing results.
A bonus benefit of hiring a trainer is you will always have a workout buddy. Exercising with someone else is more fun, encourages you to work harder and allows the time to pass more quickly.
Have you worked with a personal trainer before? What was your experience like? Share with us in the comments below!