Why use a Personal Trainer
Once a luxury that only the rich and famous could afford, personal training has become popular in gyms, parks and even trainer’s own garages. The personal training industry has experienced strong growth over the last five years and, according to industry sources, continues to grow.
This means that, as consumers, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a personal trainer. However, it’s worthwhile doing some homework on finding the person bested suited to you.
SO i say WHY NOT?!
There’s lots of reasons to get advice from a PT. Maybe your brand new to the gym and have no idea what you’re doing (seriously, that machine looks like something used for torture). Maybe you’re training for a specific sport or event (that 5km fun run is only 2 months away!).
Whatever your reason, a personal trainer can help to keep you accountable and help you to reach your goals. They can also make sure you’re training safely and effectively. Training with a great personal trainer will often give than going it alone.
Know what you’re actually looking for!
Start by analysing your own requirements – would you prefer to train outdoors, in a gym or at home? Are you training for a specific sport or looking to complete an event such as a fun run? Do you like tough love or a softer approach? Knowing what your goals are will help guide you when choosing the right trainer for you. Some people want an individualised program so they can lose weight or get in shape whilst others want a more hands on approach and to be help accountable.
Here are just some of the things a good trainer can do:
Look at your current program to search for ways to change or tweak your workouts to make them more efficient and effective.
Push you a little harder: Often people don't see results because they're not working as hard as they could. It's easy to slack off when you're by yourself but having someone there to challenge you may make a difference in the scale.
Examine your goals: He or she can also help you figure out if your goals are realistic.
Hold you accountable: He or she might work with you to set weekly goals and check in on a regular basis to see how you're doing.
Help you stay motivated to exercise: Knowing you have an appointment with a pro can help you stay on track during the week.
Teach you how to lift weights and do other exercises: Too often people focus on cardio to lose weight, but you need strength training and core training as well. These are things a trainer can teach you how to do the right way.
If you're an experienced exerciser, maybe you haven't considered working with a personal trainer. However, it can be a great choice if you need some variety in your workouts. It's easy to fall into a workout rut, doing the same workouts over and over.
Not only is this boring but it can also lead to weight loss plateaus, overuse injuries, and burnout.
Here's what a trainer can do for you:
Bring a fresh perspective to your workouts: A trainer is coming at this with an objective eye and may see some things about your program or workouts right away that can make them more interesting and fun.
Bring new ideas to the table: Trainers are experienced in all kinds of workouts like:
High-intensity interval training such as Tabata training.
Using different methods of strength training like supersets, pyramid training and more.
Help you discover new equipment: There are new pieces of equipment coming out all the time like the Kamagon Ball which is filled with water to challenge your body in a different way.
Help you set new and more challenging goals
Push you harder than you push yourself
REASONS TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER
If your personal trainer does any of the following, it’s probably time to run…
Cannot, or will not, provide evidence of their qualifications or insurance.
Commits you to a long term “package” or training agreement before you’ve had a chance to establish whether you’re compatible.
Is hesitant to refer you to other healthcare professionals within their network e.g. exercise physiologist, physiotherapist, GP or dietitian.
Prescribes exercise that is inappropriate for your level of fitness or insists you “train through pain”.
Advises you in areas outside of the scope of their practice – for example, in depth dietary consultations and special diets. If you have dietary concerns, they should be referring you to an practising dietitian or nutritionist.
Does not perform an adequate initial needs assessment and pre-screening.
Does not monitor and track your progress, through either measurements and or performance.
Is critical about your shape, size or performance.
A great personal trainer can stretch you beyond your perceived limits and make you feel like a rock star in the process. But remember, it pays to take some time to find someone who is a great fit for your needs!
Good Luck!!! And happy training