Getting into shape can be one of the hardest things to do, it is by no means an easy process. If it were then not many people would be overweight and the general public would be a lot healthier.
One of the main concerns that I have come across as a Personal Trainer is a simply lack of knowledge needed to confidently implement a fitness regime that targets their lifestyle requirements and also a willingness to make small changes, to stick to them to make the big change that they say they want all on their own but again if you could do that, then I would be out of a job.
With everyone leading such hectic and busy lifestyles, taking the time to actually research topics related to health, fitness and nutrition is becoming more and more difficult. I’m finding that most people just do a workout that is from a website of a magazine because they like the look of the celebrity that is in the pictures in the article. It’s one of the reasons why I think you see so many guys just working upperbody and not legs in the gym, they follow the Wolverine workout that Hugh Jackman follows in prep for his movies and it’s why women just work legs every training session because they follow these bubble butt workouts that millions of women on Instagram post every day.
Although there are several solutions to this problem, by the far the quickest and easiest route to follow is to hire a Personal Trainer. You might scream now that they are expensive but how long have you been trying to do it yourself, how many fad diets, two week fixes, or magazine routines have you followed and then given up on the moment something new has come along?
A good Personal Trainer is an individual with expert knowledge across a large array of fitness topics and exercise types. In fact, a Personal Trainer will most likely be able to guide you step-by-step through a fitness program that is specifically designed to meet your needs and goals. By doing so, a Personal Trainer will be able to assist you in maximising your efforts and obtaining your specific goals at a rate quicker than if you had taken your personal fitness journey alone.
However, there are a couple of items associated with personal fitness trainers of which you should be aware. Now some Personal Trainers would take this moment to highlight just the pros of hiring one of us and then leave it at that, but I want you to make an informed decision so I’m including the cons too that are associated with hiring a Personal Trainer as your guide to reaching your goals of better health and fitness.
The most obvious benefit you will gain from hiring a Personal Trainer is their specific knowledge and expertise about health, fitness, nutrition and mental well-being. However, it may be a challenge to find a Personal Trainer that is well-versed in all of the aspects associated with good health. Do not be discouraged if you have to work with several Personal Trainers before you find the one that works best for you. Personal Trainers are just like any other service-oriented profession (i.e. plumbers, builders, accountants), so do not get discouraged if you have to cycle through a few Personal Trainersbefore you find the one that works best for you.
However, once you have found a knowledgeable Personal Trainer that you are able to work with, they will be able to provide you with expert knowledge related specifically to your body and the best way to go about obtaining your personal fitness goals. This approach will save you an enormous amount of time, minimise your frustration due to trial and error, and jump-start your fitness program.
In addition, a Personal Trainer will be able to maximise your results and minimise the time you spend working out, since you will be performing a fitness program that they have specifically designed to meet your unique needs and goals. Finally, a personal trainer will be able to periodically modify your workout routine to ensure that your body is in a continual state of development and that are consistently moving closer to achieving your personal fitness goals.
Another benefit derived from hiring a Personal Trainer is motivation. This is one of the biggest pro’s with hiring a Personal Trainer. They will expect that you show up to perform all of your scheduled workouts, and will hold you accountable when you do not. They will also lay out their expectations of you and what they expect you to bring to the table.
Personal Trainers will also provide you with motivation when you are actually working out. This will include pushing you to your physical and mental limits so that they assist you in maximising the efficiency of your workout time and creating an environment where you are able to achieve your personal fitness goals in the shortest time possible.
At times, it may seem like your Personal Trainer is pushing you – aggressively – and that they are not as “nice” as when your training relationship began. Do not let this bother you, as they truly have your personal health and well-being in mind as their top priority and you have to remember the nice approach hasn’t worked for you in the past and at times you may need to be told the truth. You are paying them to get results and if they see you slacking then they will need to pull you up on it and get you back in line.
One of the disadvantages that some individuals associate with Personal Trainers is the cost of hiring one (which we had already touched on above). As consumers, we associate perceived value and money as one. There is nothing wrong with this approach. The reality is that if you believe that hiring a Personal Trainer to assist you in obtaining your personal fitness goals is the best approach, then do so. In order to find a Personal Trainer that is qualified, knowledgeable in a large number of fitness and health topics, and someone you feel comfortable with, you are going to have to make a financial investment. Just remember the old adage – “you get what you pay for.” Personal Trainers are like any other professionals – some of them are good and some of them are not.
One way to possibly reduce the time necessary to find a suitable personal fitness trainer is to ask your friends and colleagues if they personally know of, or have worked with, a Personal Trainer that they would recommend. The bottom line is that you need to define your personal fitness goals and then discuss them with a Personal Trainer. Thereafter, you will need to evaluate whether you believe that your Personal Trainer will be able to assist you in obtaining your goals at a rate faster than you would have otherwise.
Another concern with hiring a Personal Trainer is that it can be very difficult to truly evaluate their level of knowledge, dedication and personal commitment that they will make to you after just one initial meeting. This being said, if is a good idea to ask each potential personal trainer for a list of references. Their list of references (most personal trainers should have testimonials, you can check out one of mine here) should include individuals that they have trained in the past as well as individuals that they are currently training.
One reason for this level of caution is that there is an incredibly large turnover rate among fitness trainers. In addition, many fitness trainers have no more than an average level of knowledge regarding the human body and the specifics of how it actually functions.
Just because a fitness trainer is certified does not mean that they are competent in the field of health and fitness. It is always recommended that you talk to the personal trainer beforehand so that you can evaluate their level of knowledge prior to making a financial commitment.
It is also recommended that you limit your search to personal fitness trainers that have made a career out of training individuals just like you, rather than someone who simply does it in their spare time and those people who just train in the gym and pretend they have lots of knowledge but know as much as you from reading the same articles and magazines. (No one likes Bro Science).
Finally, you should evaluate the personal trainer’s level of health and fitness. If they are in optimum shape, look healthy and vibrant, and consume a well-balanced diet, then you can safely conclude that they not only believe in good health and fitness, but live it as well.
So there you have it, my opinion on the pro’s and con’s of hiring a Personal Trainer, do you think there are any other things you should look out for?