I’m sure it’s pretty clear that I love working out and staying active. Quite honestly, in addition to bettering myself, this has become how I stay sane and centered. BUT, I couldn’t do it all on my own. I’ll be the first to admit, I didn’t really know ALL of the benefits of working with a personal trainer until I started working with on myself. While some people may think of having a personal trainer as a luxury, it’s actually a great way to maximize your time in the gym and (in my opinion) get the most out of what you spend on fitness. And there’s so much more to it than you’d think. Let me explain …If you're like me, then you've walked into a gym, looked around at all of the equipment, felt overwhelmed and wanted to crawl into a corner. Or maybe you're that girl whose gotten ready for her at-home workout only to get lost in the thousands of YouTube videos that target everything but your eyebrows
In both of these scenarios, you've probably ended up doing something quick, random, ineffective, or maybe nothing at all, because you just weren't sure where to start. Having a workout plan will not only make your time spent working out more effective, it will make it easier for you to workout on a consistent basis.
1. A WORKOUT PROGRAM TAILORED JUST FOR YOU.
There’s no comparison to having a certified fitness professional giving you individual attention for an hour at a time. Your trainer will do some sort of full assessment on your body, natural movement patterns, goals, needs, overall health & wellness and design a workout program that is tailored specifically to you and there’s no better way for it to be. In order to be certified to be a personal trainer, you have to learn, understand and master a number of health and science principles, which you use to put together plans to help clients. A training session is not just a few exercise moves thrown together to make you sweat, a real workout program is designed with things you want to do and things you should do, based on your overall fitness and needs. Therefore, if you have a goal in mind, a personal trainer can give you a science-backed way to do it and will also maximize your time in the gym. While there is nothing wrong with working out at home or on your own (I do it, too), online plans can never replace the advice of a professional and personal hands-on assistance a few times a week- keeping you on track to achieve something. And remember, no goal is too small.
2. NOT HAVING TO THINK ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT OR WHAT TO DO THAT DAY.
One of the many things I love about working with that trainer guy is that I don’t have to think at all. I show up to the gym and just listen to his instructions. It’s awesome. A good trainer will have a program on hand for you each day, as well as offer you recommendations for things you should be doing on other days of the week (I swear I’m going to take that darn Pilates class!).
3. GETTING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE.
Change only happens when you make the effort. Even though I’m pretty good lately about keeping up my workout routine and going to the gym, I don’t always get out of my comfort zone or try totally new things. While I love group fitness, to be totally honest, the motions are always similar and my body craves diversity and doesn’t always get it. When I work with that trainer guy, I want anything that I wouldn’t do in my group workouts. That means I get enough of the plyo (gag me) workouts in my group and I crave something a little more individually challenging. And for the first time in my life, someone showed me how to incorporate weights into my workout, as well as some ridiculously hard core & upper-body exercise moves on the TRX. It’s never easy, but that’s exactly the point. Plus I’m always up for the challenge and I look forward to the workout of the day and feel so good after I’ve completed something that was very hard for me, regardless if I may not have been good at.
4. HAVING A PROFESSIONAL NITPICK MY FORM.
We are human, we may think we know what we’re doing in the gym, but maybe just like me, you're making unknown mistakes. I’ve found that people tend to have less body awareness than they know. A personal trainer can help you achieve (near) perfect form. Trust me, I'm always asking that trainer guy "is this right, I'm not sure I'm feeling what I'm supposed to be feeling etc" Proper form not only helps you avoid injury, but it'll help you achieve your goals faster if you're doing the exercise correctly vs incorrectly. Do you have good mobility in your hips? Do you really know what it means to “brace your abs”? Are you able to focus on proper breathing patterns or fully engage your glute muscles? Maybe, maybe-not, but even for a casual exerciser, these are essential techniques to master and I sure am learning them.
5. A PERSONAL TRAINER WILL ASK YOU HARD QUESTIONS.
There are so many habits that we have that are unhealthy for us, and we just choose not to talk about them. But when you work with a personal trainer, they’re probably going to ask you if you got any sleep, did you remember to eat breakfast, What did you do this weekend, what are your short term & long term goals. And they’ll be asking that, because they know so many things play into an overall healthy lifestyle. Would you benefit from an extra little voice sitting on your shoulder devoted to whispering healthy motivation in your ear? I do!
6. BEING MOTIVATED BY SOMEONE WHO MAKES ME FEEL LIKE HE WANTS ME TO SUCCEED.
Nine times out of ten, I’m my own motivator when it comes to getting my butt to the gym. But when I work with that trainer guy, he wants me to lift heavier, run faster, finish the last rep with great form and go harder in all the things. When I want to give up on myself, he pushes me to give him just two more (I’m convinced 2 is his favorite number). It feels good to have someone (seemingly) in my corner, and it sure makes me want to do a good job. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to be bad at things or new at things. But that’s life. Working with that trainer guy has humbled me and reminded me what it’s like for people who do something for the very first time or trying to find my way back into something I once loved. It’s not easy. You aren’t always sure of what you’re doing and that makes you second guess yourself, but having that trainer guy reassure me that I am making forward progress helps tons.
Give it a shot, just to see what you learn about yourself. Sometimes just eight weeks with a trainer can really be a game-changer for your health and wellness. It’s okay to stumble and fall when you take on something new, because you’re still lapping those who are on the couch. I honestly think that personal training can work for anyone, whether you’re in shape, out of shape, an athlete, totally sedentary or anything in between. Yes, it does cost money to train in a one-on-one setting, but it’s an investment in one of the most important things in the world — your health.
Keep at it.