I read a lot of fitness blogs and I’ve noticed that everyone has an opinion on the benefit, or lack thereof, in having a personal trainer. At the end of the day, I think that whatever method gets you working out and staying healthy is the one that is right for you!
Personally, I’ve done various programs, both with and without a trainer, and I can honestly say that having a trainer makes a huge difference for me. So based on my own experience, here are my top five reasons to hire a personal trainer.
If someone is waiting for me to show up for an appointment, I’ll be there. However, left to my own devices, I’ll always find something more “important” to do than working out. Before I know it, the day is done and my workout never happened. Not good.
Simply put, I want to impress my trainer. If he asks me to do 10 reps, I’ll do 11. Yeah, I’m one of those people. It’s all about knowing what motivates you. Being strong and looking hot in a bikini should be enough for me, but history has shown me that it’s not. Getting praise from my trainer is what makes me grit my teeth and get through a tough workout.
I can’t stress enough how important this is. Proper form helps you avoid injury and get the most out of your workout. For me, it’s especially important as I’m dealing with chronic back issues. Having someone watch my form keeps me from making them worse.
I get bored very easily. I can only do so many squats, lunges, tricep kickbacks, and rows before I get tired of the same old routine and stop. My trainer mixes things up all of the time. Between interval training, TRX, boxing, kettlebells, and plyometrics, I’m never bored!
This ties into my point above. Because I get bored so easily, I’m constantly searching for new workouts. I could spend hours on the Internet every week, putting together new routines and learning new techniques. With a trainer, it’s all done for me! Talk about a time saver!
And if I haven’t convinced you, here are even more reasons to try working with a trainer at least once! I realize that trainers can be a pricey investment. You need a celebrity-sized paycheck if you want to train every day! So here are some of my tips for getting the same benefits with a smaller cost.
share your trainer
Go for semi-personal training, or even a group training class. Your individual cost will be reduced when you share the session.
buy in bulk
The hourly rate can be a lot cheaper if you buy a package of training sessions vs. pay-as-you-go.
go once a month
If you opt for the pay-as-you-go option, schedule an appointment with your trainer only once a month. You’ll receive a plan, instructions on proper form, and you’ll still be held accountable when you check-in with your trainer every month!
Have you ever hired a personal trainer? Did you like it?
Are you a personal trainer? What type of clients do you love/hate?