Seven Reasons Why Having a Personal Trainer Is Important

By: Lisa Lorraine Taylor

During my 19 years as a personal trainer I have often been asked should I use a trainer? What are the benefits?  Why is it important?  What is the best way to engage one?

Many people feel that only celebrates, athletes and wealthy people have and    can afford personal training.  I’m here to dispel those myths and give you some great facts that will open your eyes on who personal trainers are, what we do and what we aren’t.

First, personal training is for EVERYONE! From young adults and college students, women and men wanting to lose a few pounds or a little body-fat, to mature adults who want to work on their flexibility, balance while raising their energy level, feel more youthful or avoid injuries.  Working with a personal trainer can be one of the easiest, most fun, rewarding and most successful ways to improve your health and fitness.

Second, we are not those personal trainers that you see on television.  We don’t yell at you, we don’t scream at you and we certainly don’t spit or froth at the mouth.

What Certified Personal Trainers do is help you set positive realistic goals, cheer you on to successful accomplishment of your goals and stand by you every step of the way (all that and no frothing)!

7 Reasons Why Having a Personal Trainer Is Important (in no particular order):

1. Goal Setting – Want to lose weight? Want to decrease your overall bodyfat? Want to increase your lean muscle? What about preparing for an upcoming competition (fitness, running, 5k, 10k marathon), start hiking or want to improve your cardio endurance? Your personal trainer can help you in all of these areas and much, much more!  Books and videos are fine, but a book or video can’t watch you and correct your form to prevent injuries nor understand when you need a little support to get over that next level.

2. Guidance – If you’re new to working out, it’s always best to have a professional help you with the equipment in the gym or equipment that you may have purchased at the sporting goods stores so that you don’t injure yourself.  We’ve all been the newbie in the gym, but having a personal trainer with you for assistance in making sure that you’re working out properly and with the appropriate amount of weight can make all the difference in get the results that you want.

3. Personalized Workout – Your workouts are designed by your personal trainer with a focus on results.  While its great to read about the latest workout or to purchase a workout video, neither can give you immediate feedback on your form, let alone if you’re actually executing the exercises correctly. A personalized workout plan typically will give you better results than a cookie-cutter approach. Your trainer watches and corrects your form, while making sure that you’re getting the results that you’re seeking.

4. Accountability – This is one the biggest reason that people have personal trainers.  Often, people have a problem committing to their personal workouts and goals.  When working out on your own, it’s very easy to skip your workout or not track your progress. This can result in to falling off the workout wagon completely.  Having a personal trainer to hold you responsible and accountable to be there and give your best, offers you the best chances of getting results.

5. Motivation is often difficult to maintain when you exercise on your own. Regular sessions with a personal trainer enhance your motivation to continue with a workout regimen. Even if you don’t use a personal trainer for every session, knowing that you’ll meet with your trainer soon will motivate you during workouts. You also get the satisfaction of showing your trainer the improvement you’ve made…woohoo!

6. Pre-Existing Injuries – If you’re starting out with pre-existing injury or physical limitations, your personal trainer will help you, by designing a safe, efficient program that works around them.

7. Kick-Start Your Workouts – It’s hard to get started, let alone know how to get good results on your own, especially when you’re new to exercising.  Your personal trainer will start with a consultation to gather information about you, your current health condition, lifestyle and nutrition well as your personal goals, in order to develop a customized fitness routine that will help you reach those goals.

Whether or not you use a personal trainer for months or years, having a personal trainer’s expertise and guidance is a great investment in keeping you fit, healthy and happy.