If you are thinking about hiring a personal trainer there are lots of things to consider to make sure the investment is worthwhile. Hiring a personal trainer is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. At the very least there should be one good reason for doing it. That reason, whatever it may be, sets a goal for you to reach and a timeline for the personal trainer to help you achieve that goal. Otherwise, you could end up dropping money into a bottomless pit with no tangible return on your investment. The scenario may be good for the personal trainer … but not so good for you!
In “Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer (Part Two)” we continue down the list of reasons why personal training might be a good option for you and the goals you have for the near future.
Training for a Sport (or upcoming event)
Whether someone is learning a brand new activity or sport, is a weekend warrior or competes at a high level in their chosen sport an effective fitness and exercise program can greatly benefit one’s overall performance. Millimeters and milliseconds can be the difference between winning and losing.
The ability to perform during a sporting event relies on how the body functions (ie. strength, endurance, reaction time, speed, flexibility, etc.) and the structure of the body (ie. muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, heart, lungs, etc.). Practices, drills and competitions will help improve athletic ability but they won’t necessarily change the structure of the body. On the flip side, if you change the structure of the body, you can significantly improve athletic ability.
Personal trainers with experience in sport-specific training can develop a workout program that addresses the needs of a specific sport. Sport-specific programs are designed to enhance athletic performance while decreasing the chance of injury. Well designed programs take into account the need for rest and recovery, an athlete’s strengths and weaknesses (as it relates to the sport) and their training schedule and competition deadlines.
You’re Having (or recently had) a Baby
An expecting mother experiences physical, social and emotional changes during and after pregnancy. Being prepared and educated can help them to accept their changing body and give them the right tools to deal with their emotions. Labour is a very physically demanding experience that requires a great deal of physical stamina, strength and awareness. A personal trainer experienced in pre-natal fitness can be a valuable addition to a woman’s pre-natal plans if she is looking:
- To start an exercise program to improve overall health.
- To stay consistently active during the pregnancy.
- To make modifications to an existing workout program (used before the pregnancy began) to ensure safety during exercise.
- To effectively exercise specific muscles needed for labour.
- For support and feedback as her body goes through major changes (ie. motivation, self-confidence and support).
In several studies women who exercised regularly after the birth of their baby reported more rapid physical and emotional recovery than those who did not. A personal trainer with post-natal fitness experience can be extremely helpful in getting women back to their “pre-baby” body shape and weight. Post-natal programs, supervised by a personal trainer, can:
- Accommodate for the limited amount of time a mother with an infant may have to exercise.
- Outline suitable exercises and modify them as the body returns back to its pre-pregnancy state (ie. hormonal changes).
- Address the change in energy levels and physical abilities of a mother with an infant.
Recovery from an Injury
Regardless of how an injury happens it can have a major effect on a person’s daily life. The process of letting the body heal and getting the body back to the level of fitness it was at before the injury can be a daunting task.
Common reasons why people who are injured avoid exercising (even though it is beneficial to their rehabilitation) include:
- Fear that the injury could get worse.
- Fear that they could sustain another injury.
- Not knowing how to manage the pain associated with the injury.
A personal trainer can be a great addition to any rehabilitation program. Personal trainers experienced in injury rehabilitation not only help to rebuild the strength and flexibility of the affected area they also strengthen the supporting structures to help a client gain confidence as they learn to function in their day to day lives. With careful exercise selection and effective program development a client can regain strength and stability, while reducing and alleviating tightness and pain.
Looking to Get Results … FASTER!
Changing the physical make-up of the human body is a science. Changing the body is kind of like baking a cake. You need the right combination of ingredients (in the right amounts), the oven needs to be set at the right temperature and the alarm needs to be set to the appropriate time. To change the body a person needs a program with the right combination of exercises, the right level of intensity for each workout, adequate rest and recovery time in between workouts and a deadline to reach. Personal trainers are experts at juggling all of these elements to help a client achieve their end goal.
A fitness and exercise “recipe book” is especially important for an inexperienced exerciser who can benefit from learning exercise basics, safe exercise practices and who needs help staying on a regularly scheduled program. A seasoned exerciser can also benefit from the education, program structure and consistent schedule. A personal trainer can provide the knowledge, experience and third-person perspective needed for a client to start seeing measurable results. The more fit a person is, the more challenging it can be to see changes in the body and the more specific a fitness program needs to be.
You are Considering a Career as a Personal Trainer
If you are considering a career as a personal trainer, the best way to learn is by spending time with different personal trainers. The perspective of a client can be helpful in better understanding the nature of the work, what styles of training you like and don’t like, what type of environment you would like to work in (ie. fitness club, small studio, in-home, corporate office, school, etc.) and the business side of one-on-one or group personal training.
Having one or more mentors is invaluable as you start a new career or build a new fitness business. By hiring a personal trainer and respecting their time and knowledge you establish good relationships with your peers, versus creating competition in a very competitive market. Investing in your relationships can be as valuable as (if not more) investing in your personal trainer education and certification.
Next Steps …
If you have made the decision to seek out a personal trainer there are several places to find certified personal trainers near you. Below are a list of websites where you can find a listing of certified personal trainers (and their areas of specialization):