So as it turns out, time is money.
You don't want to spend a lot of time becoming an expert in fitness and nutrition, you already have a job and a field that you excel in.
Becoming good at everything makes you an expert in nothing. This is why our economy exists, if you could grow or rear every food and learn every service you'd ever need, your quality of life would be lower simply because it really does cost less in the long run to trade with others.
This is why I'm never uneasy when 'selling' people on personal training. I only offer the options best suited to that person and frankly, I know that person's life is going to be better for working with me.
You want to get to where you're going as efficiently as possible, and a personal trainer certainly helps with that.
Goal setting is something that most good personal trainers will do with their clients. It's not because goal setting provides some secret benefit akin to the law of attraction. No, it's because if you want to get from point A to point B, you need to be clear about where you are now, where you want to go, and then you want to plot the closest thing to a straight line to get there.
This is particularly relevant to those who have deflated or over-inflated expectations about what is possible to achieve in a given time. You should know what to expect, and what it takes to get you there.
Going back to our straight line between point A and point B, it is very important to stay the course and trust the process. The bookshelf of a person who has unsuccessfully tried to lose weight many times, or perhaps experienced success but failed to maintain it, is filled with lots of different books, each one leading off on a different tangent.
The luxury of choice comes at a price, the straight line becomes a maze that you get lost in. When you have a 'bad' weigh in, your trainer is going to show you that actually, you've lost inches, and that you're probably a little heavier due to the high-salt meal you had last night. You're going to see that the process works, and you're going to avoid the guilt, and avoid getting lost in the maze.
It's this structure that takes all of the thinking out of improving your body and allows you to learn in the most efficient way, by doing.
Which leads me on to the fifth and final benefit of working with a personal trainer.
It's not always easy, a personal trainer's job role isn't limited to exercise and nutrition. Often times a personal trainer plays the role of the 'unofficial therapist'.
I dare say that stress is a large part of what causes people to become unfit in the first place. Long hours, strained relationships or just some pain-in-the-arse colleagues, can all make it much harder to stick to your goals and make positive changes in your life.
I know some very good coaches whose people skills are so good that despite only average levels of knowledge in exercise programming, their clients do brilliantly. This is because when you get the foundational elements of your life in order, it becomes much easier to make the changes you need to make.
Your health is so much more than just muscles and fat. When you get the support you need, and learn to challenge your beliefs and improve your thinking, everything else becomes almost easy. This is why support is such an important part of change, and why many fail simply because they don't have it.
That concludes part 3 of Why Do People Use A Personal Trainer?
I hope this opened your eyes to the world of personal training and what it can do for you.
Until next time,
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