It is no secret that personal fitness can be difficult and if you are on the fence about hiring a personal trainer hopefully this will help you make a more informed decision. Learn more about the benefits of working with a personal trainer below.
Better Results Faster
A personal trainer can fast track your results and get you quickly moving towards your goals. Not only will your workouts move faster but your total time working out each week will be reduced as your time will be spent more efficiently.
Gain Muscle & Lose Fat
Two of the most common goals personal trainers hear are they want to lose fat and gain muscle not necessarily in the same order. As it turns out these two goals do not always work together since in order to lose fat you must lose weight by generating a calorie deficit. In order to gain muscle, you would need to create a calorie surplus as well as to do a form of resistance training. However, the more muscle you have the more calories you will burn as your body will need extra calories t to maintain muscle mass.
Injury Chance Reduced
Since a personal trainer is here to train you during a 1 on 1 session they have more time to correct your form to reduce injury. Also since this relationship will be a long term they be able to gauge your current level of fitness to make sure your workouts are challenging, but not so difficult that you are not going to injure yourself. Personal trainers will also be there to spot you during a weight training session ensuring that you do not drop weights on yourself.
Acquire a Lifelong Relationship with Exercise
Most people imagine young people who are already in good shape as the ideal client for personal trainers, but in reality personal trainers work with people of any age or body type. This means that even if you are 60 years old and have never set foot in a gym or fitness center you could work with a personal trainer. A personal trainer will design a workout routine to fit your skill level, current fitness level, and help expand your exercise knowledge.
Push Through Plateaus
WebMD states “Even if you get to the gym regularly, a trainer may be able to help you round out your fitness regime for optimal results and improved appearance.” This means that even if you have going to the gym regularly for years a personal trainer can help fill some of the gaps you have with your personal fitness routine for neglected areas like calves, triceps, or other small muscle groups.
Increased Motivation Through Accountability
According to Fitness Together, a personal trainer will help you stay motivated by keeping you accountable before the workout as well as during the workout. Working with a personal trainer is not like having a workout buddy because “your results are a direct reflection on your trainer’s skills and expertise”.
Correct Form and Exercise Education
A personal trainer will show you new exercises and modify existing exercises to maximize your potential. However this is more than just showing you a few new exercises and calling it a day, personal trainers will also help guide you to the correct form for all exercises. According to the Mayo Clinic, “The better your form, the better your results, and the less likely you are to hurt yourself.”
Personal Nutrition Plan
Personal trainers can assist you in reaching your goals by using nutrition. Some personal trainers will have you use a food journal or an app like My Fitness Pal. This is an easy way to make sure you are meeting your macros and that you are following a nutritional plan to help you meet your goals. Trainers may also have some recipes they can share since the Personal Trainer Development Center even states one way to help clients is by “Embrace the power of taste: make healthy food choices appealing”.
Personal Fitness Plans
When you think of a personal trainer you probably think of a coach yelling in your face at the gym to lift more and to run faster until you can barely crawl. The reality is a personal trainer works with you and creates a workout plan geared towards your current fitness level as well as your long term goals.
Livestrong states, “Workout routines for generally healthy clients may differ from the exercise prescription for clients with health conditions such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes.” This means that by having an open and honest conversation with your personal about your goals and any injuries whether recent or 30 years ago can go a long way. This allows for personal trainers to adjust workout routines for injured areas with the aim of strengthening those areas and preventing further injury.
Personal trainers also spend a great deal of time to ensure that you have the proper form to minimize the risk of injury and ensure correct technique to target the correct muscle groups.
Higher Quality Results
According to a Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise study, “Body mass, fat mass, and fat-free mass increased significantly after training in the SUP group.” By SUP they mean the group lead by personal trainers as compared to the group that worked on their own. The supervised group not only increased their strength faster but also increased their strength higher than the unsupervised group.
A personal trainer will work with you to reach your goal, but will also continue to push you past your first goal. Plus when one goal is reached your personal trainer will work with you to define a routine for long-term and short-term goals as well.
Work around your schedule
Being a personal trainer is not like working in an office where you have a typical 9-5 timeframe. Personal trainers are no stranger to working with clients at 5 AM or 5 PM while having clients show up for lunch or midday training sessions. According to Livestrong, “Evening personal training hours from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. are usually the busiest.” and “Afternoons between 2 and 4 p.m. tend to be the slowest times for personal trainers.” Meaning that personal trainers understand that client times will change from time to time and they are more than happy to fit a training session in for what works for YOUR schedule.
More than just a coach
A personal trainer does more than just motivate you and give you nutritional tips now and again. The relationship with a personal trainer is like a doctor, therapist, coach, nutritionist and of course a friend all mixed together. A personal trainer works with you to achieve your physical goals but they also care about your overall well being including mental health.
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