Ever thought about getting a personal trainer? Sure, I’m biased. But I think working with a trainer is a great way to jump start your workouts, reignite tired routines or bump up the intensity. Not convinced? Here’s my top five reasons to consider working with a professional.
- Physical Assessment. No matter how fit you are or what your goals may be, everyone (no, really, EVERYONE) can benefit from getting a physical assessment. The more measurable information you have about your body and its fitness ability, the easier it is to design a program to lead you toward a goal AND to quantify success along the way. There’s so much more than just stepping on a scale.
- New Ideas. I’ve been exercising/training for 30 years and have been a certified personal trainer for 15 and I’m still learning new things all the time. I love picking up new exercises from magazines, television, and online, but there’s nothing like meeting other trainers and asking them what their three favorite exercises are for themselves and for their clients. Even if you’re a regular exerciser, booking a session with a trainer who’s creative and innovative could be just the thing to spice up your workouts.
- Form and safety check. It’s a familiar complaint. I hear from people all the time who say they’re exercising regularly, but either aren’t getting the results they want or they’re frequently battling injuries. Fortunately, this is usually easily fixed by analyzing their workouts to make sure that they’re doing the right exercises with the correct form. Just because you are spending 2 hours at the gym DOESN’T mean you’re doing a great workout. A few training sessions are usually more than enough for a trainer to ensure that you’re working out safely and efficiently
- Intensity. Another reason that a person might not be seeing the results they want? They’re working out at the wrong Intensity. When someone asks me what they need to do to get over a plateau, I immediately look at the intensity of their workouts. The human body only changes for the better when it’s forced to. No matter how frequently or how long you work out, if the intensity isn’t high enough to truly challenge your body, you’ll never see increases in strength, endurance, or overall fitness. Booking a session with a trainer can show you just how lacking your workouts have been. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve heard a client or class participant say “I don’t work out that hard on my own,” which is exactly why we trainers exist.
- New Energy and a Fresh Perspective. I’m sure that there are at least a few people who have read through this post so far and are thinking – I’m already in great shape, I have a whole library of workouts, and I’m seeing the results I want. Great! But! Even if this is the case, EVERYONE can benefit from an injection of new energy or an outside look at their training routine. Personal trainers don’t just work with people who need multiple sessions a week, I’ve had numerous clients over the years who I only met with a few times a year. Whether it’s trying new things or just upping the intensity, sometimes one session is all it takes.
Whether it’s conducting a fitness assessment, answering questions, or just pushing you through an hour of intense exercise, there are so many things a personal trainer can do to help you reach your fitness goals. All you need to do is ask. (And remember: fitness consultations at Second City Fitness are free. Just click here for more information.)