What is keeping you from working with a personal trainer?
I can tell you what I was thinking for so long.
I used to think it was a waste of money. Instead I spent $1000’s on at-home workouts, shakes and supplements. I thought I knew all that I needed to know to get me to my goals. I believed just having the accountability of a Facebook challenge group would be enough. I even had a gym membership for a year and I am pretty sure I went less times that I can count on my two hands. And when I did? In wandered around, no plan, just using whatever machines were open. Staying away from the free weights and barbells (I was scared) and at least 30 minutes on the elliptical…BORING AND INEFFECTIVE.
While you’re sitting on the fence deciding whether or not working with a personal trainer is for you, here are just a few of the benefits.
Personalized Training Plan
Cookie-cutter online programs, DVDs, Free Pinterest calendars, you don’t work with anyone to figure out what is best based on your ability levels. If adjustments need to be made, who do you ask? Google? Are you doing the exercise correctly? You follow the cues from the ‘trainer’ on the screen, but it feels awkward. And what if you have an injury? Do you know how to keep moving and working with it or do you quit because you are scared to hurt yourself even more? A qualified personal trainer will be able to work with you through all of that.
Knowledge is essential for maximum effectiveness and reducing the risk of injury while creating a plan, again, to reach YOUR INDIVIDUAL GOALS. There is so much contradictory information out there. Google search ‘strength training for beginners’ and the results are overwhelming. Where do you start?!? And yes, being in an accountability group does have the benefits of community, but how qualified are the people in there to actually answer questions you have? They aren’t. I used to participate in those groups and would be very wary of giving any advice. Even when I begin studying the course work to get me to my personal training certification. A personal trainer, who continues their education through courses and seminars is far more valuable than a Google Search.
Proper form and having the tactile feedback, along with the in-person verbal feedback increases the likelihood that you will perform the exercises exercises correctly on your own, at home or in a gym. Reducing risk of injury. I don’t want anyone to get hurt. I have seen too many friends and challenge group participants end up with a lower back injury, knee injury, or shoulder injury – including myself – because of the combination of improper movement patterns, mechanics, and EGO.
Clarity and Confidence
I get it why your on the fence. I used to be to. But, as I work with more women, fixing movement patterns, encouraging progress, and teaching the WHY behind what we are doing each session, and the progressions coming, the more I realize how important my job is. How does what you are doing correlate to your everyday life? You love to run, what can you do to improve your times, endurance? You have toddlers at home who love to be picked up and carried, what can we do to make that easier on you?
I also want you to feel confident enough to walk into a gym, head straight for the dumbbells, not intimidated by the gym bros or women filming their workouts and know exactly what to do – how many sets, reps, rest time – and walk out within an hour. Everyone deserves to take up space at a gym. And if you’re not there yet? I want you to be able to knock out an effective session within 30 minutes while the kids nap.
Training with injuries and medical conditions
Exercise is beneficial for all of us. That cannot be disputed. However, exercising with a medical condition or injury may require additional precautions. A knowledgeable trainer with an understanding of how to work with clients with chronic conditions can design a program that ensures your safety and provides a positive exercise experience.
I don’t just want to help you move more, I want you to be able to move better and get stronger so every day life gets easier. EVERYONES starting point is different.
Cookie-cutter workout programs do not take individual fitness levels, abilities and goals into account. Working with a personal trainer will help you get to your goals faster and more efficiently. Not only that, working with a trainer you know and respect will provide you with more accountability, support, consistency and fun as you progress faster and more efficiently towards your goals for maximum results.