WHY USE A PERSONAL TRAINER?
ACCOUNTABILITY & MOTIVATION
Personal Trainers are experts at holding you accountable. You have a set, paid appointment. Your trainer will be there smiling and waiting for you every time you show up. They help you to not only develop your own personalized goals but to also develop a realistic and achievable plan to attain these goals. Trainers believe in you even when you are feeling at your lowest and don’t believe in yourself. “Can’t” is not in a trainer’s vocabulary.
DEVELOP A ROUTINE
Sure, it’s easy to get to the gym and hop on the elliptical, but then what? Trainers are educated on the most effective ways to help you get to your fitness goals. They will work with you to develop a routine that makes sense and is realistic for you. If you haven’t worked out in months and are just returning to the gym, a trainer will not expect you to begin a fitness regimen of 60-minute routines 5 days a week. A trainer will help you to figure out what makes sense in your life to maximize your time in the gym but not overwhelm you. They will work with you to develop an exercise routine that takes you on the path to achieving your personal goals, holding you accountable and providing motivation!
FRESH NEW PERSPECTIVES & IDEAS ON HEALTH, NUTRITION, AND FITNESS
There is an overwhelming amount of fitness, nutrition, and health information available. It is impossible for the average person to have time to sift through this information for what is most valid, accurate and up to date. It is the job of the trainer to stay on top of health trends and continue their education in order to provide you with the safest and most accurate information in the industry. Is that new fad diet really effective? WilI I really get a bikini body by doing that popular workout? Is it true what I read in this fitness magazine? These are just some of the questions trainers deal with on a daily basis. Trainers are able to use their education, knowledge and experience to provide you with tips and tricks to help you develop a healthier lifestyle. They are constantly sharing recipes and ways to contend with obstacles in your nutrition such as candy in the office, or how to manage menus when dining out with friends. Often trainers are the first to say, “Hey, you’ve been complaining about this for a little bit. Maybe you should go see a doctor, massage therapist, nutritionist, etc.” They see you on a regular basis and can recognize if something is different or just not right and they’re happy to point it out and refer you to the appropriate expert. They care about your health and well-being. And they will hold you accountable for taking care of yourself nutritionally, physically, and with your overall health.
SOLID, CONSISTENT, NON-JUDGMENTAL SUPPORT
Not everyone has your best interest in mind. Your trainer, though, only cares about you and your success. Your trainer will be there. Each hour you spend with your trainer is an hour to focus on you and only you.They will provide consistent feedback to help you better yourself and achieve your goals. Most importantly, a trainer does this without making you feel inadequate or judged. We have all gone into the gym and worried about what we look like doing an exercise or compared ourselves to someone else. Trainers don’t judge or derogate. They help you to see all of your successes, big and small, even when you can’t see them yourself.
PROPER TECHNIQUE & FORM
Watching all the YouTube videos in the world and reading all the fitness magazines simply can’t compare to having a person by your side providing you immediate feedback on form and technique. It is very easy to hurt yourself in the gym. Trainers pay attention, cue both your mind and your body and help you achieve your goals more quickly by making sure you are doing each exercise correctly. They can help you develop better running form, improve your posture, and increase your strength by teaching you to recruit the proper muscles and make the mind-body connection. With each exercise, trainers will guide you to proper form and technique, preventing injury.
INJURY PREVENTION OR REHABILITATION
Often, people shy away from equipment in the gym because they are afraid of hurting themselves. Likewise, one may stop attending the gym due to an injury. Trainers will teach you how to use equipment properly so that you do not injure yourself. Trainers will also work with you to prevent injuries in everyday life by helping you increase your balance, flexibility, and core strength. They focus on specific exercises that will benefit you based on your daily lifestyle. If you have suffered an injury, trainers work with you to safely exercise, maintain your range of motion, and regain your strength. A trainer will not let you use an injury as an excuse to not work out.
SPORTS SPECIFIC TRAINING
Are you an athlete? Even an accomplished athlete can get better at their sport. Trainers have studied body patterns and movements. They know the best exercises to help you develop strength, endurance, speed, and agility for your sport. A trainer will know if you have been keeping up your routine through your performance and will hold you accountable to the sports specific exercises in your program.
MAXIMIZE WORKOUT/MINIMIZE TIME
You will burn more calories in less time when working with a trainer. A trainer develops a program that is efficient and allows you to get the most in, in the shortest amount of time. Time does not need to be lost at the gym. If you are finding it hard to make time to work out, not only will a trainer help you to get the most out of your workout, but they will teach you how you can do this on your own. Each week, trainers will follow up to see if you achieved your workout goals for the week, holding you accountable to exercise on your own time and make tweaks to the program to help you be successful.
Personal training is just that, PERSONAL! A trainer will develop a program that is specific to you and your goals. If you have an injury, if you want to climb a mountain, if you want lose weight to become pregnant, if you have lower back pain -- the program will be specific to you and only you.
You develop a relationship with your trainer like no other. Your relationship is very personal. There are not very many people with whom you share your goals so specifically, and who in turn will work so diligently to help you achieve them. Often, that hour (or two, or three) a week you spend with your trainer, is the only time in your week that is truly devoted to you, your goals, and your successes. Sometimes you’re angry and just want to work out. There is no talking for the hour. Other times, you may be so excited to share with your personal successes and how your training is translating into your life outside the gym. Oftentimes, intimate details of life are shared in sessions because your personal trainer has earned your trust. It is these personal relationships and the intimate knowledge of who you are that helps the trainer work specifically with you and hold you accountable to your goals.