Personal Trainers. Any regular gym goer has seen them. They are the task masters, guiding people through workouts. They are the plotters and planners, helping people reach their fitness goals.
I have often asked myself if having a personal trainer would benefit me. For many gym-goers, they may feel like they know what they are doing. There are plenty of online resources like Bodybuilding.com or Nerdfitness.com to learn from. These resources provide workouts, nutrition information, and motivation for the fitness lifestyle.
The problem with the online resources is just that, they are online. They don’t see who I am and what I struggle with. They can’t correct my form or tweak my workouts to fix a lagging body part.
I had been lifting weights on my own for a year when a buddy talked me into getting a personal trainer. At first, I was hesitant because I felt like I knew what I was doing. I had the online resources to figure out what I didn’t know. Then my mind changed.
After meeting with my personal trainer and defining my goals, my workouts changed. For the next six months, I was pushed, prodded and challenged in a variety of ways. I experienced more progress in those six months than I had in the previous 12 months.
From that experience, I realized there are five core reasons why you need a personal trainer.
The first reason you need to work with a personal trainer is for their knowledge. Many of today’s certified personal trainers (CPT) receive specialized certifications. These certifications give them a depth of knowledge that a website won’t give you. Additionally, good trainers attend conferences and seminars to keep their knowledge current.
The second reason you need a trainer is for their instruction. Everyone has been to the gym and seen people doing crazy things. One of the trainers primary focuses is teaching you proper technique. Proper technique is key to avoiding injury and staying active in the gym.
The third reason is to get customized workout programs. Putting together the right program is critical to reaching your specific goals. Knowing how to switch up your training keeps you progressing and prevents plateaus. You can get great workouts from Youtube, but are they right for you?
A fourth and critical component of a personalized training program is nutritional advice. CPT’s have received some training on nutrition. Also, they live what they teach. They have experimented with various nutritional programs. This knowledge is valuable as you work on your nutrition.
Finally, personal trainers hold you accountable. Lacking accountability is a big obstacle in achieving goals. Having someone to report to keeps you motivated. Having a solid support system is key to experiencing success in the gym.
The final bonus of working with a personal trainer is you get to understand your body better. Well trained CPT’s have a good understanding of various body types and what works for them. That understanding applies to nutrition and cardio work as well. Even if you have been going to the gym for a while, you may not understand your body and what best affects it. A good trainer will help you sort through it and save you a lot of time and effort.
There are investments and commitments that come with hiring a personal trainer. If you want to take your fitness to the next level, it is a worthwhile investment. Contact one of our personal trainers today and learn about our Pac Off The Pounds program and how it can help you.