Hello SOTGC community,
Hiring a personal trainer can be a daunting task. After all, you belong to a gym, why would you pay extra to have someone train you when you can simply take a group exercise class?
Well, those group exercise classes, although fun, are one size fits all. And yes, you will likely work up a good sweat and even be sore the next day, but here’s why working with a personal trainer will be a more effective use of your time and help you reach your goals.
When you begin working with a personal trainer, that person will review your medical and health history, discuss your goals, assess where you are today and make recommendations based on your body, your capabilities and your goals.
The program will be individualized based on your needs and every exercise will be shown to you to ensure you are moving properly. You may ask why this matters? Something as simple as a squat, done incorrectly, will miss the mark of targeting one of the biggest muscles in our body – our gluteus maximus, or may even result in knee pain. Simply learning how to perform exercises correctly and understanding which muscles should be working is worth the time with a trainer. You hire someone to do your taxes, why wouldn’t you hire someone to develop your workouts?
When working with a personal trainer, you become accountable because you need to show up when you make an appointment and you need to put in your best effort every time. Sometimes all we need is a reason to get to the gym. You will probably have to report back on your habits, what you’re eating, as well as what you are doing in your free time. I’ve had clients text me after their walks, runs, yoga classes or after making a healthy meal!
Here are many more reasons why hiring a trainer can be beneficial to your fitness.
With a commitment to hiring a personal trainer comes the need to find the right one. Education, professionalism, someone who walks the walk are all things that come to mind. Someone like this friendly looking lady ….
Obviously a personality fit is also important, but make sure this person is not just a friend – you don’t want to be gossiping during your hour of exercise.
Here are key things your trainer should be doing:
- Asking about your medical, health, and exercise history before starting the exercise program.
- Taking information (photo, measurements, weight, fat percent etc.) for a baseline to measure progress.
- Assessing your movement; explaining how to move properly through each exercise.
- Discussing your strengths and areas of opportunity, as well as setting expectations on reaching your goals.
- Talking to you about the importance that nutrition plays in your life and making recommendations based on your circumstances.
- Always taking notes and checking in with you; knowing when to push you and knowing when to be supportive.
- Communicating, including sharing knowledge and asking questions.
In the end, know that the choice is about you and the results you want to achieve. For some, a personal trainer is the way to go, for others, small group training or group exercise may be just as beneficial. The bottom line is there is no one size fits all, but if you do work with a personal trainer you might just learn something that will change your life.
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