5 Reasons You Need A Personal Trainer
I want to make it clear that you do not need a personal trainer to workout safely and effectively. However, with the possible dangers and complexity of working out in a modern gym, it could be a really good investment to hire a personal trainer.
Most important than anything is one’s health. We go to the gym to be healthier, happier, and fitter, so it is imperative that we don’t cause harm to our health.
Walking into a gym can be overwhelming. With all the different machines, dumbbells, etc., knowing how to effectively begin can be difficult. And this is not to mention the serious dangers that can occur if improper form is used. It is alarming how many people at the gym use terrible form that will eventually cause damaging effects to joints and muscles.
A good personal trainer will show you correct form at the gym, so that you can workout hard without hurting yourself.
Perform a squat with an arched back, bicep curls with your back bent backwards, or a heavy bench press without a proper warm-up, and you are asking for a serious injury. Utilizing a personal trainer can help you achieve all the results without the pain.
2. Increase Strength
In a study conducted at Ball State University, subjects were placed into two groups. The individuals in one group were each given a personal trainer while the other group was not. Both groups were given identical workout regimens, with the same exercises, repetitions, sets, and rest time.
At the end of the 12-week routine, the group with the personal trainer experienced a 32% increase in upper body strength and a 47% increase in lower body strength.
There are many other studies that have shown strength increases for those with a personal trainer.
Knowing when to increase weight can be difficult, and, especially for beginning lifters, it can be difficult to workout properly. Having a personal trainer to push you to your limits can be extremely beneficial.
A good personal trainer will know when it is time to make things a little bit more challenging, and what exactly you need to do to take it to the next level.
3. Mix It Up
Let’s face it. Even if we know what we are doing, doing the same boring routine can get pretty monotonous. Having a personal trainer to mix up the workouts and make things exciting can be a world of difference. This will keep you on your toes and help you get past those lulls where you simply go through the motions.
This can help you progress with your goals and attain the results that you desire. By switching up routines, increasing difficulty, and adding specialty lifts, such as negatives, the chances of success are substantially higher.
We all could use some encouragement. Although working out with a friend can provide the motivation and accountability you need, it is a little bit different when you have a personal trainer.
For that hour of work, the attention is placed solely on you. When you need to be gently pushed, you will be gently pushed. When you need a strong boost of encouragement in the form of passionate yelling, you will get it. Whatever you need in the form of encouragement you will receive.
I know a lot of you are probably thinking that this is a form of weakness and that if one is strong-minded, external motivation is not needed. If we are being honest with ourselves, we know this is simply not true. We all have moments where we hit that wall and need a little bit of help. “Will-power” can only go so far until we need some help from others.
And having a personal trainer can help turn an average workout into a good workout, and a good workout into a great workout. I like to think of personal trainers as knowledgeable personal cheer leaders at the gym, who have your best interest in mind.
Again, you do not need a personal trainer to be consistent and diligent. However, when you make a commitment, it puts a little more pressure on those days where you would rather watch television on the couch than get to the gym after a long day of work.
It also helps to remember why you are doing what you are doing. If you made a goal to lose 40 pounds so that you can avoid the diabetes and heart disease that plagues your family, or you want to put on 15 pounds of muscle so that you can boost your self-esteem, or you want to increase your strength and power for the upcoming football season, having a personal trainer can be a reminder of that goal.
Change is challenging, and going to the gym day in and day out can often be difficult. However, when you have a friend and mentor to help guide you along the journey, it can go a long way.
Personal trainers are very expensive and it may be out of your budget. Also, not all personal trainers are competent, and many are not passionate about their jobs at all. However, a capable, enthusiastic trainer can go a long way.
Knowledge is power, and whether you would like to learn about fitness, nutrition, or a variety of other health topics, hiring a personal trainer can be the best decision you ever make regarding your health.
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About Danny Maman My name is Danny Maman. I have a real passion for health and fitness and enjoy having a life that revolves around this. I have my bachelor's degree in exercise science with a minor in allied health. I am also a certified personal trainer with ACE and am a former college basketball player.