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Why You Should Work with a Personal Trainer

Personal trainers possess the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to design safe and effective fitness programs. They instruct and assist people in reaching personal health and fitness goals.

People work with personal trainers for many reasons. Whether you’re looking to get in shape, develop an individualized program to support weight loss goals or simply need someone to hold you accountable, a personal trainer can be a great resource.

If you’re still on the fence, here are a few reasons why you should work with a personal trainer.

A Personal Trainer Will Help You Get Started

There is not a one-size-fits-all exercise routine. Whether you want to lose weight, put on some muscle or just learn how to lift weights properly, a trainer is a wealth of knowledge. Their job is to design a personalized program for you that will help you reach your fitness goals efficiently and effectively. They will assign exercises, weights and the correct number of reps to help you get the most out of your workouts.

Your Trainer Should:

  • Write down what you do every session.
  • Take regular measurements.
  • Return text messages, phone calls and e-mails promptly.
  • Follow up with you to see how your sessions are going.
  • Thank you personally for doing business with them.
  • Always be sympathetic to your needs.
  • Take your complaints and suggestions into consideration.
  • Keep an individual file for you to keep track of your progress.

They Have a Genuine Concern for You

Care is more than just a four-letter word. It also stands for “Clients Are Really Everything.” Your personal trainer doesn’t need to wipe the sweat from your brow, serve you water between each exercise, or cut into their next client’s session to show you that they care. They should however check-in with you regularly to see how everything is going. Trust me, having someone by your side that genuinely cares really makes a difference!

A Personal Trainer Will Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

Certified fitness professionals are trained to work with clients of all ages and fitness levels. No matter where you are in your fitness journey, a personal trainer will help you set realistic goals. While designing your program, they will take into account your age, weight, body type and fitness level. If you need help achieving a specific goal, a personal trainer is the perfect tool. He or she will help you break your goal down into easy-to-reach objectives or benchmarks that you can aim for as a way to track your progress.

You’re Bored with Your Workouts

It’s easy to fall into a workout rut, doing the same workouts over and over. This isn’t just boring; it can also lead to weight loss plateaus, overuse injuries and burnout. A trainer offers a fresh perspective and new ideas to challenge your mind and your body. They might see areas of your program that could be adjusted to make your workout more interesting, more challenging or just more fun! Even if you only do a few sessions, it can be refreshing to have new workouts and exercise equipment to try.

You Need to Be Challenged

People often don’t see results because they think they’re working harder than they actually are. Having a trained professional by your side to encourage you to push harder can definitely be helpful. If you want to push through a plateau, lift heavier weights or train for a competitive event like a local race, triathlon or Tough Mudder, they can put you on the right path.

You Want to Learn How to Exercise Properly

Unfortunately, many people in the gym are not performing exercises properly leaving them susceptible to injuries. Whether you choose to work with a trainer on a regular basis or for a limited time, they will teach you proper form and technique. This is especially true if you’re new to strength training. They can show you the exercise, instruct you through it and correct any problems with your form and technique. When you learn how to do exercises properly, you will reduce the risk of sustaining injuries and increase the efficacy of the movement. If you’re someone who prefers to exercise at home, knowing a variety of exercises that target different muscle groups will allow you to create your own workouts. Learning about your muscles, as well as how they work, is an essential part of the process.

A Personal Trainer Provides Motivation

Motivation is usually hard to maintain when you’re exercising on your own. A personal trainer can be a great source of motivation! Even if you know how to exercise, you may want to hire a trainer for additional support and supervision. He or she will make sure you show up for scheduled appointments, keep you motivated when you need it the most and make sure you remember “why” you started your journey.

You Have a Specific Illness, Injury, or Condition

People with health concerns such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease can consult with a trainer to understand what elements of a fitness routine are most effective to them. Your trainer can monitor you for any negative effects to exercise that are common to their conditions. If you just want to work on your balance, core strength and stability, you’re in luck. Your personal trainer will most likely incorporate core and balance training in the majority of your workouts. If you have a specific injury or condition, an experienced trainer can help create a program that works on the areas you need without risking re-injury.

A Personal Trainer Has Connections

Reputable trainers are educated in their field and should have a solid network of other professionals such as chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists to assist with client needs. This shows a level of credibility. Your trainer will be able to assess pretty quickly what you need and how effective another qualified specialist will be for you. So, trust who your trainer recommends!

In Conclusion

Why work with a personal trainer? Why not! Working with a personal trainer can be one of the best investments you ever make. A trainer offers a fresh perspective and new ideas to challenge your mind and your body. Even if you only purchase a few sessions, it can be a refreshing change.

It’s important that your personal trainer is educated and certified by a reputable organization, but more importantly, their number one priority should be you. If your trainer has a genuine care and concern for you, keeps you motivated and helps you reach your fitness goals, you have a keeper!

Jennifer Nastasi Guzelak
I have been a personal trainer for over seventeen years and I absolutely love what I do. I honestly feel that I have one of the best jobs out there! The most rewarding part of my profession is helping one of my clients succeed at reaching their personal fitness goals. Making a difference in someone’s life makes it all worthwhile. I am currently certified by the National Sports Conditioning Association, Apex Fitness Group, and the International Sports Science Association.