Have you ever thought about hiring a personal trainer? Here are 10 reasons you should seriously consider it.
In late 2014, I started working out with a personal trainer for the first time. I actually opted to pay for small group training, which meant that sometimes I’d work out with up to two other people. However, most of my sessions were one-on-one, and I enjoyed both my private time with a trainer, and my time with others.
After having my daughter in early 2014, I turned to a personal trainer when I found myself struggling to lose baby weight. On top of that, my gym offered childcare for a low $15 per month. That meant that I could potentially be paying $0.62 per day that I brought her in, or $0.31 per hour, assuming I came in every time childcare was offered. That was nothing short of a steal.
I found out many things about myself and fitness during that time, and have since worked with another personal trainer. I actually loved personal trainers so much that I just became one myself.
If you have experience hiring a personal trainer, maybe you know what I mean about learning so much. If you’ve never worked out with a trainer before, here are ten important reasons you might consider it.
Top 10 Benefits of Hiring a Personal Trainer
Like anyone else, you’ll find that there are times when you just don’t want to work out. Personal trainers have magical powers that sense your unenthusiastic attitude and help you push through it. Plus, when you’re doubting your ability to complete a task or workout, your trainer will help you get it done. Because a good trainer will only ask you to do something they know you can – they have more confidence in you than you might have in yourself.
2. Learning how to use the equipment
If you didn’t grow up in sports or fitness (I didn’t), you have no idea how to use half of the equipment in the gym. You also probably don’t know the names of muscles or how to make things harder or easier. That can be intimidating and cause you to skip certain machines or tools for fear of “looking stupid” at the gym. Hiring a personal trainer will help you learn about everything that’s available to you – so that you’re equipped for times when you’re ridin’ solo.
3. Clarifying misconceptions
There’s a lot of hype and JUNK out there in the health and fitness industry. I feel so strongly about it that I wrote a whole post about it. Anyway, your personal trainer is held to a standard that most fitness influencers and companies aren’t – they need to be certified. And being certified means that even though they might not have a Bachelor’s degree, they did need to learn quite a bit about exercise science and nutrition to become a trainer. Your trainer can help clarify what health trends are well, actually healthy and effective.
Even if you aren’t working out with a small group, knowing a personal trainer is like having an automatic friend. They’ll likely introduce you to other gym employees and maybe even other clients that have similar goals. A friendly face at the gym will help you have positive feelings about exercise and that’s really important.
My trainer used to not only send me a text to check on me in between sessions, she used to occasionally monitor my MyFitnessPal account! Good trainers will make you want to be accountable because you have someone else rooting for you. They’ll call you out when they see you selling yourself short, too.
It’s not a trainer’s job to directly help you gain self-esteem, but the good ones will do it naturally, in my opinion. That’s because they can see things we can’t always see about ourselves – like how capable we really are! Our bodies can usually go a lot further and work harder than we tell them too. When you work with a personal trainer, every little accomplishment will start to build your self-esteem. Your trainer notices things you might not!
7. Personalized support
A good personal trainer will find a good balance between friend and teacher. If you let them in a little bit, your trainer can offer more personalized support. This means they’re more likely to pick up on it when you’re starting to slack, lack enthusiasm, or are emotionally drained. For example, at the beginning of my work with my last personal trainer, I was honest about being depressed and wanting to get healthy for my daughter. Then, when I missed a session, she was able to draw from those specific things in my life to inspire me and get me back in the gym.
8. A personalized fitness plan
You can surf the internet for free workouts, but there are two problems. First, a huge amount of them were not designed by fitness professionals. Secondly, they weren’t designed for YOU. While just moving your body and overall exercise is important, I believe that correcting imbalances and strengthening specific weak muscles is key. A personal trainer can identify you’re exact needs and strengths and help you where you need it most. Plus, they’re able to make adaptations for you specifically.
9. No judgement
Personal trainers understand that people from all walks of life will become their clients. Most of them are so passionate about helping you that they are going to be your biggest fans. No matter what you look like or think you can or can’t accomplish, your trainer will hold you in high regard and won’t judge your shortcomings. That’s the opposite of what they’re trying to do!
10. Being at the forefront of industry trends
There are always new fads. (Waist trainers, anyone?) Personal trainers are required to take continuing education courses or workshops to maintain their certifications. That means that they’re constantly learning. Since fitness and nutrition are actually sciences, you’ll probably learn a lot just from the new things your trainer learns and applies. That means you can be challenged continually.
Have you ever thought about hiring a personal trainer before? Tell me why or why not below!