Personal Trainer – Do You Really Need One?

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? The answer is not so simple!

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?


22 thoughts on “Personal Trainer – Do You Really Need One?

  1. Great article! It really boils down to self-drive and motivation. But I’d say that if you’re the kind of person that doesn’t need someone else to motivate you, you’d already be in great shape! Which is why PTs are great.

  2. This is a great post. Ive been going back and forth as to if I should hire a personal trainer. I have a Nutritionist who has been wonderful in helping get my food intake healthier.

    I get up at 5am each day and workout for an hour before going to work. So far so good. Ive lost 15 pounds and am starting to see the benefits from lifting weights. I do think I might see results faster with a personal trainer, but maybe not.

    1. It sounds like you’re already doing a great job!! If you have the money and want to go for it, a personal trainer would definitely help you, but it doesn’t sound like you’re the kind of person that truly needs one! Remember, there’s also TONS of options online you could look into, like purchasing a program, or finding an online PT to simply add that extra little help! Congratulations on losing 15lbs, that is AMAZING!! Keep up all the hard work 🙂

  3. If you do want a trainer, you also need to find the right one. I thought I found one, signed up for 6 months and then wasn’t very happy with her. I felt I got better direction from online videos. However, I have had friends swear by their trainers.

    1. Such a key point! You’re spending money for a PT, you should be happy with them! I’m glad you found something better that works for you

  4. I love going to the gym on my own and working out, but recently I’ve been thinking about getting a trainer just to add that little extra push! I love this post! Great job!

    1. Thanks Ryann! Sometimes all you need is that extra push!! A PT could definitely do it, or maybe even a friend who is also into working out!

  5. I ask myself this question from time to time, not only about personal trainers. I think this is true for other skills that require time and training like having a piano teacher or language tutor. If a personal trainer or any other teacher will get you where you want to be and you wouldn’t do it well or quick enough on your own, then I think it’s worth it. Great post!

    1. You make a very good point! When you think about it, all those who teach something must learn it first, so if you’re able to learn it well enough you won’t need a teacher! But if not, then they are a great resource!

  6. Introverted personalities like myself would be the first to say we do not need a personal trainer, but it could help us get over the initial inertia of going to the gym. I would never need to be accountable to someone long term, but the idea of someone helping me get started or get over a hump sounds brilliant.

  7. Hi Kathleen! I have considered a personal trainer in the past, but have always come to the same conclusion which you confirm here: My self-motivation is plenty to keep me going.

    That being said, I am also the type of person who is prone to over-training, and if anything, would likely use a PT in order to help me back off and get adequate active recovery (I can’t stay in zone 1 – 2 on a recovery day to save my life! I just always find myself paying “visits” to zones 3 – 4). Any advice on this?

    1. Hi Scot, thanks for your comment! What are you doing for your recovery days? It might be that you need to completely take a day off (as in NO exercise, scary I know!). Or you could try something else like yoga, or a 20 minute stretching routine. You really need to take those rest days to allow your muscles to recover and make the gains you’re hoping for!

  8. I used to only workout at home, and it was great for maintaining. I found that having a trainer really helped to push me and get me more motivated!

    1. I’m glad working with a trainer was so helpful! Sounds like you don’t necessarily need a trainer all the time, just in order to break through those plateaus! Keep up the great work!

  9. I’m a personal trainer and I totally agree. Needing a PT is not so cut and dry. There are a lot of things to consider and to discuss before a decision is made.

    1. Yes, definitely a lot of things to consider, and the awesome part is that there are so many options! Some people tend to think you have to go to a gym in order to use a PT, but that’s not the case anymore!

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