Should we hire personal trainer or continue rely on your knowledge.
1. A personal trainer can look at your physical condition and write a workout plan that will help you meet your specific physical fitness goals.
If, for instance, you have been steadily exercising for years but you have seen very little muscle development, a personal trainer can help you tweak your workout to fit your fitness level and your body type, thereby ensuring that the strength of your biceps (or your triceps or your gluteus maximus or all the muscles in your whole body) are seen by everyone you know. A personal trainer can help you work out through injuries by ensuring a workout that gets your heart rate up but does not exacerbate the damage. A personal trainer can help you lose weight, develop muscle definition, or lower your BMI. Often, a personal trainer can help you do all of this and more.
This is probably the primary reason people pursue a trainer. If someone makes me show up, then I have to show up! If I’m paying someone to train me, I definitely will be there! One of the biggest issues with making fitness a lifestyle versus a temporary roller coaster ride is accountability. We have created such strange aversions to working out and in some cases, have actually convinced ourselves we hate working out! I can’t wrap my head around it. Here’s the deal, our bodies were MEANT to move. Guess what else? The stories we tell ourselves over and over are what become our reality. Guess what else? No one else on this planet can tell your story for you. Shocking right? Sharing a favorite quote of mine from a well-known Crossfitter and current residency student, Julie Foucher.
“Someone told me before to listen to the story that you’re telling yourself…Because a lot of the times we make our reality by the stories that we’re telling, and you can tell any story in a positive way or in a negative way, and so it helps to stop and ask yourself, ‘OK, what is the story I’m telling myself: Is this really a reality, and how can I change this story to make it a better reality?’”
How powerful is that?! So YES, working with a trainer can help keep you accountable and create positive habits for yourself. There’s nothing negative about it.
3. A personal trainer will watch you exercise and will be able to make sure that you are using the correct form.
We all like to think that we are using correct form while in reality we just cannot watch ourselves exercise the way someone else can. Incorrect form can lead to, at best, a lack of results, and at worse, some very serious injuries.
4.Everyone Starts Somewhere
This definitely overlaps with number 3 above. If you are just starting out on your workout journey, it can be challenging to know not only what to do, but how to not injure yourself and overdo it. Personal trainers are qualified and educated to get you started in the best possible way. Any fitness is better than no fitness. If you need to start with an expert, go for it.
5.Higher Intensity Workouts
This is not always the case but in most cases, I’d argue that someone standing over you, pushing you further, adding extra reps and motivating you will lead to a better workout than if you were doing this on your own. Another great pro.
6.Trainers are salespeople first, personal trainers second
There’s a reason most first-time gym goers are ferried into an introductory training session. Training is big money for gyms. Not only are the training sessions themselves profitable, gyms use their trainers to push nutritional products on clients, like protein bars and powders, which are usually heavily marked up. And many commercial gyms have their own proprietary workout accessories that are mainly sold to trainees.
As much as I hate to suggest it, I’m starting to believe that this is all a giant conspiracy. Trainers play into the business model of a gym — get as many people paying a monthly fee, but not actually using the facilities — as possible. If they really showed you how much fun working out could be via compound and Olympic lifts, you would actually use the facilities.
Personal trainers are often expensive, usually starting at $1/minute. Three 45 minute sessions per week could mean spending $540 per month. If you can commit to working out on your own for the majority of the week, one session per week could be enough, but if you are going to pay a personal trainer, you might as well let them do their work, which means letting them take a lot of your time and a lot of your money. You could look at this point in a different way: when something costs money, that thing becomes more valuable. Then, perhaps the cost of a personal trainer will create more accountability.
8.Lack of Self-Sufficiency
This is a biggie for me. Working out with a personal is great for all of the reasons above but it can also create a dependency. If you only work out when you have a scheduled training session, that’s not a great thing. You should be able to, eventually, get in a workout on your own accord, regardless of where you are or who you are with. This is why I mentioned above that’s it’s good for those just getting started. When you show up for a training session, you should be ready to learn as well. What can you take away from that session that you can do on your own? Also, if something changes in your life that requires you to stop seeing a trainer, it shouldn’t be a reason to stop working out!
9. Are they certified?
Some gyms have created their trainer certifications, which may or may not comply with state and federal trainer certifications. Any trainer should be able to tell you details on their certification and prove that it is current. Finding the answers is simply a matter of a little research on your part, but you should do the research.
10.Lack of Variety
I do want to preface this by saying that not all trainers fall under this category. I am confident that there are plenty of amazing and well-rounded trainers out there. In my own personal experience, the trainers I have encountered and seen do not offer enough variety during the training sessions. In their defense, I think the people they are training are not coming often enough to really be able to take them outside their comfort zone. If you are going 1-2 times a week, they don’t have as much time and experience with you to increase your routine, weights etc.
Generally speaking, if you aren’t doing the things that really push you outside your comfort zone, then you are likely not making enough progress. If working out was easy as pie, you everyone would be doing it all the time! Challenge and struggle come along with being better. If you choose to work out with a trainer, don’t ever hesitate to tell them you are ready for the next step, harder workouts, heavier weights etc.