Apr 032010

When setting off to lose weight, there are many options available to you to aid your efforts to some extent. Sure, some manage to cope all by themselves, but in many cases, getting the most external help you can is the best course of action. And surely, one of the most commonly used “shortcuts” is hiring a personal trainer. Considering how it can be quite costly though, people tend to wonder whether it’s worth it in the end.

The most obvious advantage to having a personal trainer is that you’ll get an exercise program that’s tailored specifically to your needs. Whereas by doing things yourself you’ll most likely have to use a pre-made program – which, while not bad in itself, will never be as effective as something designed for your own body’s needs.

A personal trainer will also ensure that you’re properly performing all of your exercises – you may not realize it, but you’re probably wasting a lot of energy performing some of your exercises in a wrong way. Having a trainer, you’ll know as soon as you start doing something wrong, and you’ll also learn much quicker. Us humans always tend to learn things much easier when we’re shown personally by someone.

Something else that gets overlooked when considering a personal trainer is the aspect of motivation – many people’s biggest pitfall is losing their will to go on. You’ll sooner or later reach a point where you no longer make solid progress, and it takes a lot of effort and dedication to keep pushing forward. In these situations, many tend to simply give up and tell themselves that they’ve done well enough already.

But having a trainer will ensure that this won’t happen – a good personal trainer will be very experienced in motivating you, and he/she will be able to set you in the right mood and mindset to go on. Often, it just takes the right kind of encouragement, and this is exactly what a trainer can offer you.

This goes for those “slacking off” moments as well – everyone’s had those days when you just wake up and tell yourself “meh, I can skip gym today, it’s not like one time will harm me in any way” – but you’re wrong in thinking that, as missing even one workout can put a solid spike in the wheels of your progress. Your trainer will be the one to explain this to you, and motivate you to get through the day’s portion of your workout.

Last but not least, a trainer can become a good friend too – there’s an old saying that sharing your joy doubles it, and when you’re sharing it with someone who knows exactly what you’ve been through to get there, that really lifts your mood and can have a huge positive impact on your state of mind. So even if you think you know it all and have a solid will – you can still benefit from a trainer! It can’t hurt to try, certainly.

  One Response to “Should I Hire a Personal Trainer?”

  1. A good article and a positive encouragement for anyone looking for a personal trainer, but I’d have liked to see a mention of diet in regard to fat-loss.


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