Should you hire a personal trainer?
Is there any benefit to hiring a personal trainer?
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With a question like this as a personal, it can be difficult to give an answer that is unbiased.
I here the question come up in conversation often and I can’t help but want to jump in and say, “yes. Here is my business card. Call me maybe.”
To write an honest article though, I want to give you the chance to come to your own answer based on the details.
What I see daily at the gym
When it comes to losing weight or building muscle, it is all actually quite simple.
If you want to lose weight, eat a little less and do some cardio.
To build muscle you need to eat more and hit the weights.
It is as simple as that. However, the end result is not great.
There is much more to health than aesthetics.
Simply losing 30 pounds or so does not translate as many think it will. When you work so hard to achieve a result but at the end it feels like a let down, people commonly stop training.
You get these see saw efforts where you train hard for 6 months and then stop for 6 months. Back and forth we go.
I think a lot of this stems from bad information being passed around. What we often call bro-science.
As a result I see individuals at the gym grinding away for hours but not really training efficiently.
Or you have the ones who really have no idea what to do and they sort of remember someone doing something and thought they would try it. Yet, they are not really doing much of anything.
Lastly, you have people that go in with some good foundation of knowledge. However, this is not always a good thing.
Like the saying goes, ” They know just enough to do some damage.”
I think that’s how it goes…
Why you may benefit from a personal trainer
I honestly believe that most people if not all would benefit from hiring a personal trainer.
For some it could be as little as 1 month of training down to even two or three sessions.
Even if you consider yourself an advanced lifter, you can benefit.
Simple things like finding flaws in your form, guidance on mobility, or tips to increase your gains are all valuable.
This is an awesome book on how doing some simple mobility drill can really take you to the next level. When it comes to athletic performance or preventing yourself from hitting a plateau, these simple mobility drills are the key.
I Want That
However, like I mentioned before many people just don’t know a lot about the steps needed to see the greatest efficacy in training.
If that is the case you would definitely benefit from having someone guide each step of the way to ensure you see results fast.
And, for many, a personal trainer is a great source of motivation. It can be tough to convince yourself to go the gym. Even as someone who goes regularly, there are days when I say I don’t feel like it. What is one missed workout going to do?
That is where your trainer can say get off your butt and so you can show it off later.
A personal trainer has the ability to be a valuable tool in helping you get results.
Whether it is to fix a flaw in your form or you have big goals, a trainer has the training to ensure your success.
Truth is though, you may be doing just fine without a trainer. Even if that is the case, one session may be what you need to unlock that potential you have been missing.