Whether you’re new to exercise, looking to drop that last five pounds or are an aspiring athlete looking for that extra “edge” you may want to consider hiring a certified personal trainer as a part of your workout program.
Watching Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels on “The Biggest Loser” gives you a glimpse of what certified personal trainers can do. But not everyone is 200+ pounds overweight and needs to lose weight to reverse metabolic diseases (like coronary heart disease, diabetes, or organ failure). Many of us are just looking for help getting the physical results we are hoping to achieve. Below is a list of reasons why most people should consider hiring a personal trainer:
- You’re exercising for the first time
- You’ve hit a “plateau”
- You’re “bored” with your workout routine
- Training for a sport (or upcoming event)
- You’re having (or recently had) a baby
- Recovery from an injury
- Looking to get results … FASTER!
- You are considering a career as a personal trainer
You’re Exercising for the First Time
If you’re not currently a member of a fitness club, YMCA or recreation center and are considering a membership you may want to consider hiring a certified personal trainer. For the 85% of people in the country that are not members of a gym, a fitness club can be a very intimidating place. Top reasons why people don’t exercise or join a gym include:
- They don’t like exercise.
- They don’t know how to exercise.
- They aren’t motivated to exercise.
- They can’t commit to an exercise routine.
- They don’t have time.
A certified personal trainer, first and foremost, provides education and guidance. Knowledge is power and, in a fitness setting, it is also a source of confidence and motivation. In a few sessions you can learn a lot about the services offered in a fitness facility, about exercise in general, about yourself, and how to motivate yourself to continue down the path of success.
Secondly, a personal trainer is a coach and a member of your support team. They are just as accountable to them as you are to them. There are no excuses. You paid for them to be there so you had better show up! They give you a reason to get out the front door to get to the gym and are supportive in your workouts to ensure your safety while getting the most out of each workout.
Motivation (by definition) is generally a desire or willingness of someone to do something. Motivation can be either “intrinsic” (where motivation comes from enjoyment from doing the task itself, without the need for outside factors) or “extrinsic” (where motivation comes from the knowledge that performing an activity will be rewarded with an outcome). In other words, someone who is intrinsically motivated does an activity because it makes them feel good. Someone who is extrinsically motivated is expecting a reward for doing something (i.e. money, recognition, a reason to buy new clothes). No matter what the task (from doing the actual exercise to simply getting out the front door and to the gym), if there isn’t enough reason to do it … you most likely won’t.
Personal trainers are in the business of motivation! They are masters when it comes to getting people motivated to exercise … and to keep doing it! They not only give you a reason to simply get out the front door and to the gym, they also provide feedback and emotional support to help you get the most out of each exercise and every workout.
If you look on the internet there are a million different websites that provide information about fitness and exercise. With so much information at your fingertips (good or bad) it can be confusing when trying to do what’s right for your body when you have a specific physical goal in mind. Certified personal trainers are educated by organizations that are the authorities in fitness and are required to maintain a level of knowledge in their field. The best person to ask if you aren’t sure about the latest fad you read in Men’s Health or Shape is true or not or if you just need some advice about certain exercises and how to perform them correctly. You can learn a lot in a single session with a personal trainer that can produce significant changes to the results you are getting from you workout program.
You’ve Hit a “Plateau”
Regardless of whether you are new to exercise or Michael Phelps chasing your 22nd Olympic medal, your body will experience plateaus (where you are not seeing an improvement in your exercise performance). In order for the body to change, it needs to be exposed to challenges that force it to make changes. In other words, the body needs to be pushed out of its “comfort zone” in order to change. Unfortunately, as human beings we are creatures of habit and like doing things that make us feel safe, competent and confident.
Certified personal trainers are walking “fitness encyclopedias”. The biggest difference between a certified personal trainer and someone who reads a lot about fitness is … experience! It is the difference between someone reading a Betty Crocker cookbook at Barnes and Noble and the Executive Chef of an award winning restaurant trained at the Culinary Institute of America. Personal trainers work with several clients and translate their knowledge into tangible results each and every day. They have experience knowing what works, what doesn’t and how to create programs that match the needs of a wide variety of people.
You’re “Bored” With Your Workout Routine
Whether you’ve been working out for a few weeks or several years … boredom is inevitable. If your exercise routine isn’t motivating or exciting, you:
- Won’t enjoy the workout as much.
- Won’t work as hard during your workout.
- Won’t make it to the gym as often.
- Won’t get the results you are hoping to achieve.
Certified personal trainers can help you “spice up” your workouts with new exercises, new training techniques and complete programs to give you new ways to challenge yourself. By investing in a few one-on-one sessions a personal trainer can assess your overall fitness (muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance/capacity, flexibility, etc.), identify strengths and weaknesses, develop a customized workout program to help you achieve your desired results and walk you through the workouts to ensure proper form and technique for positive results.
Stay Tuned …
For more information look for the next post in the series, “Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer (Part Two)”.