Hiring a personal trainer is an important step towards getting and staying fit and healthy, no matter what your age or income level. Personal trainers aren’t just for accomplished athletes with a lot of experience. In fact even if you’re a complete fitness newbie, a personal trainer can help you achieve the success you’re seeking. So check out these 7 reasons to hire a personal trainer.
1. To Help You Learn How to Do It Right
Your first visit to a gym can be an intimidating experience: all those scary-looking machines, confusing cables and dumbbells that weigh more than you do! All those more experienced members in their fashionable fitness gear. It’s easy to forget that they were all new to the gym once, too.
Even one session with a sympathetic personal trainer can help you navigate the fitness centre with confidence. He or she will guide you to the right equipment, show you how to set it up, explain concepts like reps and sets, and coach you toward proper technique. Most importantly, a good trainer will steer you clear of a common newbie mistake — imitating others in the weight room and unwittingly picking up their bad habits!
2. To Make Fitness Fun!
Working out with a buddy can be so much more fun than going solo — even better when your buddy is a seasoned pro with only your best interest at heart! It’s important to find a trainer you connect with. If you want a drill sergeant to kick your butt, seek that individual out. But not all trainers want to yell at you! My personal style is one of encouragement and motivation through feedback and two-way communication. My clients and I share the exhilaration of success and talk through the inevitable setbacks without judgement. Best of all, we laugh — often! Because sometimes life’s just funny. (Laughing is great for your health, too!)
3. To Correct You If You Need It
Squats, deadlifts, push-ups: they’re amazing for the body — when they’re performed correctly. Done wrong and they could actually do damage. Lifting too heavy, using equipment incorrectly, not recognizing when equipment isn’t set up right — all of these can result in spectacular gym fails. Even walking needs to be done properly!
Pictures and videos may give you an overview of correct techniques, but they can’t give you personal feedback or suggest improvements. Is your Plank Pose leaving you with back pain? Do squats hurt your knees? A trainer will guide you to perfect your form, and you’ll reap the benefits without the risk of injury.
4. To Help You Stick With It
Be honest with your trainer if you feel you’re losing motivation. It happens to everyone — even trainers — and we’ll how to help you get back on track without making you feel guilty.
5. To Accommodate Your Special Requirements
6. To Mix it Up
Our movement diet should include things like jumping, pushing, pulling, bending, reaching, stepping and climbing. Trainers know this and can help you get the widest variety of movements in your routine.