A personal trainer is a hot commodity these days. It seems like everyone wants to have one or be one. Because living a healthy lifestyle is becoming so important, personal trainers are even more essential than ever. BUT, do you really need one??
Personal Trainer – Do you really need one?
I spent a lot of time studying and learning, reading and re-reading, and a good chunk of money to become a Certified Personal Trainer (in fact, I spent that time studying while making a baby, which I consider double duty!). So you’d expect me to emphatically say “Yes, you DEFINITELY need a personal trainer, in fact, HIRE ME!” But in reality, the answer is not so cut and dry.
Here are just a few benefits of having a personal trainer:
- Motivation – they can keep you going and working hard throughout an entire workout, especially when you feel you’ve given everything you have
- Accountability – they can make sure you show up for every session (and rightfully make you feel guilty if you miss!)
- Experience – they understand the different movements, can execute them safely, and can create a schedule of exercises that aligns with your goals
- Efficiency – they can ensure your plan is designed to effectively meet those goals
So what’s the answer – don’t you or do you need a trainer?
There are Those That Don’t
The internet is a wonderful source of information, you can google anything you’d like and get an answer in one click. You can find TONS of different work out schedules, diet regimens, and whatever else your heart desires to help you reach your personal fitness goals. You can follow some awesome fitness bloggers like Nourish Move Love and Pumps & Iron (two of my personal favorites!) to get ideas, workouts, and motivation. And for some people, that is enough.
Some people have the internal drive and motivation to do their own research and hold themselves accountable. They have the knowledge and skills to create effective workouts and see progress. For those people – no, you probably don’t need a personal trainer. You CAN do it yourself! In fact, I recommend following these tips to make exercising work for you!
And Those That Do
For others, they can’t distinguish between what workouts and diets will benefit them. Or maybe they’ve found a routine but aren’t making any progress and aren’t seeing results. Maybe, they’ve come up with too many excuses to skip out on today’s workout. For those of you that fall into this category – then yes, a personal trainer WILL be beneficial!
I can come up with a schedule that will tune in on your personal goals and help you reach them. I will ensure you’re working your butt off to get the most progress, and you better believe I will hold you accountable for attending each and every workout.
One piece of advice? Don’t limit yourself because there are so many different options out there. You can go to a gym to see a trainer, have a trainer come to you, go to a trainer’s home, or assemble your squad for a group class. My advice to you is this; try it on your own first, if that doesn’t work, then explore your other options including enlisting in a personal trainer.
Whatever you do, DON’T stay with a personal trainer you don’t like, don’t get along with, or isn’t wholeheartedly interested in making you better. You are PAYING for their services and you DESERVE the best.
In the End
I want every single person to become a healthier version of themselves, while of course, keeping it SIMPLE! That’s why I’m giving you so many options. If you want to be your own personal trainer, go for it, and use my written workouts whenever you want (like this, or this, or even this). If you want to follow along to full videos on YouTube while movements are explained throughout, do it! Or, if you want to jump in and join a group class at your local gym, I’m sure they’d love to have you! Personal trainers are meant to help you and be honest with you, starting with letting you in on the secret, that NO, you don’t really need us, but we’ll always be here, to guide, coach, and watch you succeed!
How do you feel about personal trainers? Have you ever used one? And what did you think?