A new year is a great time to start a new workout routine. And if you really want to get started on the right foot, working with a personal trainer can help maximize your workout efforts. Here are 10 reasons to get a personal trainer:
- Injury Prevention
When you’re injured, you can’t move. If you can’t move, you won’t meet your goals. So why waste your time risking injury by starting a fitness regimen without proper instruction? A trainer will not only demonstrate proper form and give cues to guide you through each and every rep, but they’ll watch your form and immediately correct you if they see a potential for injury.
When you have an actual appointment with the gym and have made that financial commitment to your goals, you’re definitely going to be more likely to stick to a program. You know your trainer is not only there waiting for you, but they’re also going to hold you accountable to those nutrition and strength goals. They’ll keep you on track and check in on you to make sure you’re sticking with the program to get the results you’re looking for.
Have you ever had a day where you just didn’t want to work out? News flash: We all have! Your trainer will not only change that attitude, but they’ll motivate you to push for that last rep! People may walk into their sessions with their heads hanging low, zero motivation, and no energy, but you better believe they leave feeling energized, focused, and ready to take on the day.
Would you ever start something such as skiing without first taking a few lessons from a professional? Probably not! We should apply that same logic to fitness. Whether you’re new to the game or have been lifting weights for some time, proper instruction from an educated professional is key to getting started or taking your fitness program to the next level. Finding a trainer who has a bachelor’s in science and an accredited personal training certification will ensure that they’re the most qualified to meet your needs.
The gym can be a little intimidating for first-timers. There are so many different pieces of equipment — it can become so confusing and overwhelming that you just give up and leave! A trainer will slowly integrate the proper movements for your body while utilizing different tools to help you achieve the best results. After a few weeks of working in the gym with your trainer, you will feel more confident and capable of walking into that weight room solo.
Let’s face it — doing the same thing over and over again can get boring! Beyond that, it’s also ineffective. If you’re that person that walks straight to the elliptical and then maybe finishes off their workout with some sit-ups on the mat, I’m talking to you! A personal trainer is the best way to break up the monotony and get you started on a new program that incorporates more movements to keep your workouts fresh and effective.
Just getting up and moving is always encouraged and recommended, but if you’re someone who doesn’t want to waste your time with a routine that isn’t moving the needle, getting a trainer is the best way to get more bang for your buck. A trainer will make sure your program is specific to you to help you achieve your goals. So be clear about your desired results so your trainer can gear your program towards that finish line.
- Sports Performance
Want to get a better golf swing? Or maybe keep up better on that basketball court? Well a trainer can definitely help get you there. Sport-specific training is very effective. It can help you up your game while keeping you injury free.
If you’re nursing an old injury or have just finished physical therapy, a personal trainer can serve as a perfect transition back into the gym. Learning which rehabilitative exercises you should be doing, and which exercises to stay away from, are key to your recovery. Proper form and technique with a progressive program will get you back in shape in a safe and timely manner.
Having a trainer helps creates friendships that go beyond the gym! Working with a trainer presents the opportunity meet other people that may be working towards similar goals as you. You may even decide to partner up with someone for your workouts to create some friendly competition and keep things fun. Having a fitness community increases your likelihood of adhering to your fitness program because you now have a higher level of accountability and get to share in your road to success with others.
There are so many reasons to work with a personal trainer, but the most important one is the one that will help you achieve your goals. So when working out, whether it’s by yourself or with a trainer, keep your ‘why’ in mind. Our personal trainers look forward to working with you to help you achieve your best self this year, so what are you waiting for? Come in and chat with one today!
About the Author
Rochelle played basketball and ran track in high school and still enjoys shooting hoops for cardio. She graduated from Arizona State University and had experience with physical therapy as she was a tech for two years and had the privilege of working with Muhammad Ali. She had five knee surgeries all before the age of 22, all resulting from error in mechanics on the basketball court. Therefore, she chose her career as a personal trainer. She has two kids that keep her busy and she loves to run, hike, cook and bake.