10 Reasons Why You Should Work With A Personal Trainer
We all could use a little help with exercise; whether you're just starting out or you've been at it for a long time. Working with a Personal Trainer has become more mainstream; still, there are people who shy away from training, unsure of what they'll get out of the experience or whether it's worth their time and money. Take a look a few reasons people typically work with personal trainers and see if it's the right decision for you.
1) You're Not Seeing Results:
If you've been exercising consistently for several weeks or months and aren't seeing the changes you'd like, hiring a trainer may be a good choice. An experienced trainer can look at your current exercise program, lifestyle and eating habits and work with you to identify changes to your exercise selection, eating habits and lifestyle choices.
2) You Don't Know Where to Start:
Knowing how to set up a balanced and realistic exercise program can be confusing and frustrating. The great thing about working with a trainer is their ability to help you maximize your time while helping you stay within your own physical thresholds so you don't overdo it. They can also help you set goals and map out a specific schedule so you know when, how and where you'll fit in your workouts.
3) You're Bored with the Same Old Workouts:
If you're an experienced exerciser, maybe you haven't considered the benefits of working with a professional trainer. The right trainer can bring a fresh perspecitve and new ideas to challenge both your body and your mind. Even if you just decide to do a few sessions or meet every few weeks, you'll find it refreshing and motivating to have new workouts and challenges to keep you going.
4) You Need to Be Challenged:
When life gets in the way, the intensity and frequency of our workouts take a back seat, especially when things really get tough. A trainer can motivate and push past those periods, encouraging you to lift heavier, go longer and challenge yourself more than you would on your own.
5) You Want to Learn How to Exercise on your Own:
Even if your ultimate goal is to create your own workouts and exercise by yourself, hiring the right trainer is a great benefit for learning the right way to exercise. This is especially true if you want to learn more about the muscles in your body, the exercises that target those muscles and how to do those exercises with great form.
6) You Need Accountability and Motivation:
Trainers come with built-in motivation. Not only are you investing money into your exercise program and overall health...you're investing time as well. There's nothing like a standing appointment with a trainer you look forward to seeing, to get your butt in gear for a workout. Not only that, a trainer provides accountability even when you don't have a session, by asking if you did your planned workouts on your own. Just knowing that may make it harder to skip your own workouts.
7) You Have a Specific Illness, Injury or Condition:
If you have any specific medical issues like arthritis, heart disease, old injuries, etc., working with an experienced trainer can help you find a program to help you to properly heal injuries and avoid any further problems. It's also a great idea to work with a certified trainer if you're pregnant and want a safe, effective workout to keep you healthy and fit.
8) You're Training for a Sport or Event:
If you're training for a race, marathon, golf tournament or some other type of sport or event, an experienced trainer can help you determine what you need to do to stay strong and focused. She can also help create a training program and map out a plan for the upcoming event.
9) You Want Supervision and Support During Workouts:
Even experienced exercisers like having a trainer around for support and supervision. They can help "spot" you during difficult exercises, or partner with you.
10) You Want to Workout at Home:
If you'd like to learn how to exercise at home but don't have a lot of equipment or aren't sure how to use what you have, personal training is an excellent choice. A trainer can show you exactly how to use what you have to get the best workout for you and can also make recommendations for home-based equipment that will fit your budget and help you reach your goals.
*This article was prepared by Len Glassman, Nationally Certified Personal Trainer and Owner of Personal Best Fitness Center in Garwood, New Jersey. Personal Best is apersonal training & pilates studio specializing in functional, goal-oriented training for all ages and abilities. Len can be reached at 908-789-3337, or you can check out Personal Best's Website at www.pb-fitness.com