In your fitness quest, you’re the daring hero with a mission to fulfill. You want to look and feel your best, have energy for what you enjoy in life, and be present with your loved ones for years to come. But, like any hero, you may face obstacles on your journey: overwhelm, fatigue, and even discouragement.
The good news?
There’s a wise mentor ready to help you navigate your path. Hiring a personal trainer is like having your Yoda or Gandalf at the gym with you. A trainer helps you avoid common pitfalls and maximize your progress — so you can reach your fitness goals faster and become the wellness hero you’re destined to be.
If you’ve never worked with a personal trainer before, you may be wondering if the investment is worth it. (Spoiler alert: your health is always worth the investment.) In this blog, discover 9 powerful ways that hiring a personal trainer helps you thrive on your fitness journey.
1. Personal Trainers Make Working Out Less Intimidating
If you’re just starting out as a gym-goer, walking into the weight room for the first time can feel like stepping onto another planet. There are machines you can’t begin to guess how to use, a whole new lingo to learn (what does RDL stand for anyway?), and a bunch of other people who seem totally confident in what they’re doing.
And even if you’ve already been on your fitness journey for a while, working toward a new big goal, like running a marathon, can still be overwhelming.
Personal trainers know the ins and outs of the gym, the jargon, and all things fitness related. They answer your questions and act as your personal guide to help you feel as comfortable in the gym as you do at home.
2. Working With a Trainer Gives You Built-In Accountability
No matter how driven you are on your fitness journey, you’ll inevitably have days when you’re tired, busy, or just don’t feel like working out. And if you’re relying only on your own willpower, it’s easy to fall off the train of good habits when things get rough.
Having a personal trainer gives you a built-in accountability buddy for your workouts. And the more time you spend with your coach, the better they’ll know how to motivate you on days you need an extra push.
Of course, you’ll still need to dig into your own “why” to make progress on your way to improving your fitness – like are you looking to improve your golf swing or set a good example for your kids? But having someone there to cheer you on, hold you accountable, and pump you up can keep you from losing your momentum on tough days.
3. Your Trainer Tailors Workout Programs to Your Fitness Goals
There are countless fitness and wellness resources available online. The problem is that not all of this information is a good fit for you. And when you have specific fitness goals, “just any workout” won’t do.
For example, if you’re looking to grow your glutes but suffer from crippling sciatica pain, your trainer will have to adjust your booty-building program to avoid exercises that add stress to your lower back.
Instead of sticking with generic how-tos, videos, and E-books, your personal trainer guides you through workouts tailor-made for your goals.
4. You and Your Trainer Build Workouts Designed for Your Age, Health Needs, and More
Similarly, you may struggle to find workout tutorials online that align with your unique lifestyle and needs. Many factors play into what fitness routine is right for you, including:
Build and body type
Diet and nutrition
Current fitness level
When you hire a personal trainer, you get someone who takes a holistic look at everything influencing your health goals. Then you can reap the benefits of having a fitness program that’s designed just for you — helping you maximize the progress you make in every single workout.
5. Your Personal Trainer Teaches You Correct Form and Techniques
Another thing you can’t learn from watching videos online (are you starting to see the trend?) is how to correctly perform an exercise for your physique. Using secondhand information may lead you to adopt flawed approaches or techniques without even realizing it.
The truth is that it’s hard to spot errors in your own form or technique.
For example, you might be:
Landing with too much weight on the wrong part of your feet during box jumps
Overarching your back during a squat or deadlift
Not bracing your core properly during heavy lifts
And you might think these mistakes seem insignificant. But exercising with incorrect form not only leads to injuries but also doesn’t get you the fitness results you’re training for.
Personal trainers understand the nuance of exercise. And they’ve completed hours of their own training to get a solid grasp on the best way to perform each kind of workout. They can help you correct any issues so you’re able to enjoy the full rewards of your time in the gym.
6. A Professional Trainer Helps You Prevent Injuries
Possibly one of the most important reasons for hiring a personal trainer is so that you can avoid injuries while you exercise.
When you’re working toward a fitness goal, almost nothing is more frustrating than getting hurt and having to put your progress on hold. Fortunately, many of the injuries that happen during exercise are preventable.
A personal trainer can teach you crucial safety lessons like:
The best way to warm up and cool down your muscles
Proper forms to avoid extra strain on your body
Risky trends or habits to avoid (we’re looking at you, Tik Tok workouts)
Warning signs you should watch for, like excessive soreness after a workout
This extra layer of protection is especially important if you’re dealing with a previous or current injury — or if you have existing health concerns. With a personal trainer watching your back (get it?), you can stay safe, healthy, and on track to reach your goals.
7. When You Work with a Trainer, You Avoid Ruts or Plateaus In Your Progress
When you work out often, you might start feeling like every day at the gym is the same. You show up, do the same exercises, wrap up, go home, and repeat the next morning. Groundhog Day, anyone?
Your personal trainer keeps things interesting by changing up workouts and designing routines that help you stay engaged. And as they get to know you better, they’ll be able to spot when you’re getting bored or starting to fall into a rut. Or when you’ve had a super stressful day and need to blow off some steam (nothing a quick slam ball session can’t fix).
Another common challenge is hitting a plateau in your goals. Maybe you’re no longer making gains in your lifting, or you’re no longer dropping pounds despite your extra training sessions every week. Personal trainers can help diagnose the cause of your plateau and get you back into your groove.
8. Learning from a Personal Trainer Empowers You to Continue Your Fitness Journey
At the beginning of this post, we likened a personal trainer to your very own Yoda or Gandalf. But if you think back to these movies, you’ll remember that the mentors weren’t with the heroes every step of the way. The mentors gave the heroes the tools and wisdom they needed to succeed. Then, once the heroes were ready, they were able to step out and continue on their own.
In a similar way, your personal trainer helps you build the foundation and confidence you crave on your path to a healthy life. Their job is to bridge the gap between beginners and fitness experts and teach you how to create workout routines you can enjoy on your lifelong wellness journey.
Life Needs You Fit — a Personal Trainer Can Help You Get There Faster
Whether you want to build muscle, boost your energy, or stay fit as you age, we’re here to help guide you as you work toward your goal. And we want to help you get there faster!
Hiring a personal trainer gives you the edge you need to conquer tough days, workout plateaus, and everything else life can throw at you. And since your trainer gets to be with you in the thick of it all, they can design a program as unique as you are.
Take the next step in your quest and sign up for a free fitness evaluation today.