For those of you who may question why working with a trainer may be a better choice than working out on your own I would like to share some info on what often brings people into my gym and how working with our trainers has helped. Reasons to seek out a trainer range from the desire to be motivated by someone who could help you achieve your goals more effectively to the fear of feeling as though working out alone may cause injury. There are also many who simply have learned that they will not stick to it on their own without help.
Unfortunately a foot on the scale or breaking out that summer wardrobe is often the driving force in hiring a trainer. Most of us have good intentions, but have had trouble sticking to a fitness regimen. An appointment with a trainer is a commitment to make time available for yourself and your well being. It’s also a way of sending yourself a message that your level of fitness is important enough to devote a focused amount of time with a professional. Having someone help to clarify your goals and working toward them with you is a huge motivator.
There are also those who seek out help from a trainer due to aches and pains that didn’t used to be there. Lack of energy may be a problem as well. This population sees their quality of life declining and simply wants to feel better. They may not only have specific goals, but also special needs that can be addressed more effectively by a trainer who is educated on how to address those needs. For example, a common limitation of someone new to fitness is lower back pain. How can you begin to know how to lessen that pain and avoid making it worse? Often people begin a workout regimen on their own and get injured which causes them to quit. A qualified personal trainer will not only help you work around an injury, but should be able to give you workouts that can help minimize pain.
Finally there are those who have been working out on their own, but have hit a plateau and are unsure of how to progress beyond their current level of fitness. This is frustrating because where you may have developed the discipline to work out regularly, the initial results may have stalled. Your body has the ability to adapt to what you are doing so in order to continue to improve your program must evolve along with your fitness level. A trainer should be able to continuously challenge your body and help you come up with alternatives to the workouts you have adapted to.
Whatever the reason that inspires one to seek our a trainer, better results can be counted on. Your chances of preventing injury and achieving your goals will be greatly enhanced. Better habits will be formed and your time in the gym will be far more productive.