You might see posts or articles about personal trainers on facebook, in internet articles, or in your local or national newspaper.
Maybe you’ve used a personal trainer, maybe you’ve thought about it. Perhaps you’ve never thought about it and don’t think having a personal trainer would provide a benefit for you.
Personal training, as an industry, has exploded. The good side of this is that there are lots more people helping others to improve their health, and often, change their lives. The bad side is that there are many more inexperienced personal trainers who simply do not yet understand how to help the people they are working with.
In this three-part post, you’ll discover why people choose to work with a personal trainer, what the ups and downs are, and whether you’d benefit.
Some of the parts covered will seem pretty obvious, but some of them won’t.
I dare say that most people reading this have at least a basic idea of how to lose weight, and also a pretty good idea of how to build muscle. It’s important for your personal trainer to be knowledgeable of their profession but there is much more to it than that.
Still, let’s cover how the knowledge of a personal trainer can benefit you.
Although you may know that you need to eat less to lose weight, do you know where you should cut the calories from? Do you know how to make sure that you’re not hungry all the time? Or whether you’re eating too much or too little? How about supplements? Often it’s more about how much commission there is rather than what’s good for you and your goals.
All of these little questions, combined with all of the conflicting information in fitness magazines and on the internet, make it hard to know what the hell you’re supposed to do!
Sometimes it’s nice to let go of that side of things and have someone else handle it for you. This is why businesses hire accountants! Sometimes it’s better to clear your brain and leave it to the people who know best.
Take notes though, the goal is that you learn enough to eventually do it yourself if you choose to.
When it comes to exercise, this is even more beneficial. A lot of the exercise advice out there is awful, and if you think ‘experts’ aren’t affected by the same trends that the papers, magazines and billions of people are, you’re wrong. Papers will just pick the experts to suit the article they’re writing.
Doing the right exercises the right way will save you a lot of time and minimise the risk of injuries and setbacks. Not every exercise is right for every person, knowing when to spend a bit more time to learn an exercise and when to substitute it for an alternative is key to improving your body safely.
A grounded view of an experienced personal trainer who has worked with people like you is invaluable, as s/he is prepared for most of the obstacles you’ll run into throughout your journey. Rather than a problem stopping you in your tracks, you’ll often find helpful advice or a small change of approach will normally do the trick.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t have to work at it, it just means you’ll know exactly what you have to work on, so you’ll spend your energy in the right areas and stay on track.
A personal trainer’s knowledge of anatomy, physiology, nutrition and exercise aren’t enough though. They must also become an expert in you. You’ll have different habits, different triggers and different circumstances to other people, a good personal trainer will ask lots of questions to help you to make the changes you can make in your life, and mitigate the damage from the things you can’t change.
This is why it’s better to work with a personal trainer over a longer period of time, even if you see them less frequently. The more they get to know you, the better they’ll be of service to you.
You ca find more benefits of working with a personal trainer in part 2.
Until next time,