Are you on the fence about hiring a personal trainer? You may have tried personal training before but aren’t sure if you want to invest time and money into another custom exercise program. And let’s be honest; it’s cheaper to join a gym and plan your workouts than to hire a fitness professional. But you’re also not getting the same benefits.
To help you decide, I’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons to hire a personal trainer. If none of these apply to you, you’re probably doing well with your current exercise routine. But if you can relate to one or more of these statements, set up a consultation with a personal trainer in your area to see how they can help. AP Wellness Training & Consulting offers online and in-person training based out of San Francisco, and I’d love to speak with you.
1. You struggle with consistency in your workout routine.
We all have good and bad days, but it can sometimes be hard to stay consistent with your workouts. The average adult needs around two and a half hours of physical exercise per week, with two days devoted to strength training. So if your average weekly exercise consists of taking the stairs at work, it might be time for a change.
A personal trainer will help you make a tailored plan to reach your specific goals so that you still know what you need to do to stay on track even on tougher days. In addition, you’re less likely to cancel or skip your workout when you have a personal trainer waiting for you at the gym.
2. You don’t know how to start exercising.
It can be intimidating to step into a gym full of fit people and not know what you’re doing. You could try to figure it out, but that’s a lot of trial and error (and potential injuries).
A personal trainer can help you ease into an exercise program, teaching you proper form and technique as well as helping you select the right exercises and equipment for your body type and goals. Then, once you start feeling more confident about your fitness journey, you can branch out on your own.
3. You have an illness or injury that makes exercise difficult.
You don’t need to avoid exercise when you have a health condition. In fact, exercising can help manage and even improve many illnesses and chronic injuries. A good personal trainer will assess your needs and create a program designed to meet your recovery goals while also managing potential risks.
Be honest with your trainer about your health history, so they can protect you from re-injury. It’s also always best to check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine. They can explain what exercises are safe for you to do and coordinate with your personal trainer to help you get the best results.
4. You lack variety in your workouts.
We all have our go-to exercises, but after doing them over and over again, they can start to feel stale. You may even avoid the gym because you don’t know how to mix it up. A personal trainer is like a fresh set of eyes; they can give you new ideas and suggest exercises that challenge and engage your body in different ways.
Plus, adding variety to workouts can help you break through plateaus and avoid overuse injuries.
5. You aren’t seeing the results you want.
If you’ve been working out regularly but don’t seem to be getting the results you want, it might be because your fitness plan isn’t tailored to your specific goals.
An experienced trainer can help create an individualized plan that focuses on the right exercises and intensity levels so that you’re more likely to see progress in a shorter amount of time.
6. You’re training for an event.
Whether you’re training for a marathon, triathlon, or any other kind of endurance event, you need to ensure you’re training in the right way to reach your goals. A certified personal trainer can create a program tailored to your needs and adjust it as needed throughout your training period.
An experienced personal trainer will understand exactly what muscle groups to condition for your event while maintaining a balanced fitness routine. They can also help with race strategy and mental preparation so that you feel confident and ready on race day.
7. You don’t have the time to stay up-to-date on fitness research.
Staying informed on the latest fitness research and trends can be overwhelming.
That’s where a personal trainer comes in. They are constantly learning about new techniques, equipment, and methods to help you progress faster. With their knowledge and experience, they can ensure you’re up-to-date with your workouts to get the best results.
8. You want to be challenged or try something new.
Personal trainers can provide the push you need to take your fitness to the next level. Working with a trainer is like having a coach who will motivate and challenge you while ensuring you stay safe.
They can encourage you to try new types of exercises during your training session that you may never have attempted on your own or push you to do one more rep to hit that personal record.
9. You’re feeling discouraged.
It can be easy to become discouraged when you don’t see the results you want in the gym. Having a personal trainer by your side will give you an extra boost of confidence and support. They cheer for your successes, celebrate your accomplishments, and help maintain motivation even when things get tough.
Think of your trainer as an experienced workout buddy. They can remind you of how far you’ve come even if you haven’t met your goals yet. Plus, having someone to talk to and share experiences with can make your workouts more enjoyable.
10. You’re short on time.
Finding time to fit regular workouts into a busy schedule can be challenging. So hire a personal trainer who can create an efficient program that maximizes your time in the gym and helps you get the most out of each session. They can also come up with creative solutions, such as quick and effective bodyweight exercises that don’t require any equipment or extra time so that you can stay fit without sacrificing time.
Get Started with Personal Training From AP Wellness Training & Consulting
If one (or a few) of these reasons resonated with you, contact me today. With online and in-person options available, I can work with you regardless of location and give you the custom plan and accountability to meet your fitness goals. I am also a certified nutrition coach so that we can take a holistic approach to your fitness. I’d love to help you enjoy the long-term benefits of a healthy lifestyle.