Updated: Jul 9, 2019
A good personal trainer can do wonders. If you have just started out training then correct instruction in how to correctly exercise and diet can set you up for a successful experience - almost everyone hires a driving instructor when they learn to drive! If you are a regular gym-goer you can build an effective exercise plan and be pushed to your limits. Whatever stage you are at in your fitness journey, you can benefit from the guidance and experience of a good PT.
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Here are 4 benefits to hiring a PT:
Some people prefer to workout alone. Some people prefer to workout with a friend or partner. Some people prefer to workout in a group of people. Everyone differs in their preference when it comes to exercise. Everyone, however, trains harder when there is a good coach pushing them to achieve more. When people are by themselves they often play it safe and don’t push to their limits, and if you are one of those people who are driven and can give it their all, it is often in the wrong manner. This can lead to injury and keep you out of action for a long time. A good coach will know when to push you harder, and how to go about that which, in turn, will get you better results and keep you safe and injury free.
When you make the decision to become healthier and fitter you are sometimes met with resistance from those close to you. Friends or even family members might attempt to sabotage your goals in some ways, not through maliciousness, but through, well, I don’t know why to be honest. It happens though, and all too often. Having a supportive personal trainer on your side can really help to keep you on track and keep your spirits high. The more people you have supporting your goals the better your chances are of achieving them.
The same way the people you have supporting you can help you to stay on track, they can also hold you accountable if you stray off track. Think of it this way. If no one knows about your fitness journey, the only person you let down if you fail is yourself, which most people are OK with. Letting others down is harder, especially if that person is putting a lot of time and effort in to helping you achieve your goals. A good personal trainer cares about your progress, not only because it is a reflection on our own work, but because we build a rapport with our clients and care about them. Don’t let us, or yourself, down!
This one is a no-brainer. A highly qualified personal trainer should know what they are talking about. This knowledge and experience is invaluable when it comes to safely and effectively improving your health. There are a lot of under qualified and inexperienced trainers out there so make sure you speak to them before hiring.
Now, maybe it is an ego thing, but there are some who think they do not need a trainer as they “know how to train”. Everyone can benefit from professional guidance when it comes to exercise, even us trainers! Learning new exercises, movements or perfecting your technique can help you to remain injury free and progress faster.
Everyone can benefit from a trainer. Even if you budget does not extend to hiring a trainer regularly, one session a week or even every two weeks can really help you to achieve your fitness goals. If you would like to know about personal training with me, check out the personal training page.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Maitland is a personal trainer with over 10 years’ experience. He has worked alongside a wide range of leading CEO's, entrepreneurs and medical professionals. John is a keen athlete and holds a black belt in Shaolin Kung fu. A fan of the great outdoors, he can often be found exploring the British countryside and mountains...or breaking pine boards with his fingers.