Should I Work With A Personal Trainer

The short answer here is a resounding yes. But that likely will not suffice as a legitimate answer for this article. The fact that I have been a personal trainer for 15+ years may influence my opinion on this, but I can assure you it comes from a very real place and a strong belief. 

I’ll start off this article by acknowledging and warning any and all potential readers that not all personal trainers are created equal. In fact, there is quite a wide range of personal trainers, specialties and skill levels. As a result, it is in your best interest to do your research first. Know what you are looking for, ask good questions, and don’t be pressured into accepting the help of someone or something that isn’t right for you. Talk to a few trainers, workout with a few if they offer an intro session, and see how you feel with each one. Don’t make quick decisions for something as important as your health.

That being said, personal trainers almost always mean well and tend to have your best interest at heart. It would be difficult to get into the fitness industry (and stay for any reasonable amount of time) without having the intrinsic desire to help people. 

I find there are a few key ways that personal trainers can help just about anyone regardless of their fitness level. What are those ways? Glad you asked!

Let’s get into it!

  1. Accountability:

Have you ever gotten up in the morning or just gotten home from work with the intention of going to the gym only to have the most minor inconvenience to throw you off? Or worse, you simply just lost all your motivation and don’t feel like going.

Yeah, me too. 

This is one of the biggest benefits to having a personal trainer. When you have an appointment with your trainer all of those excuses go away. This is in part because it is not just your time anymore. It is your trainer’s time too. To not show up would not only be rude, but straight up disrespectful. Using a trainer is the ultimate time hack because you are doing something for yourself and your health, while being aware of not letting someone else down or wasting his/her time. Trainers are perfect for people who are not great at putting themselves first or are constantly focused on other people. Treat it like any other appointment, and all you have to do it show up. 

On top of that, having a trainer takes out all of the chance of you not pushing yourself hard enough, eating properly, or doing your cardio. Having someone who has your health in mind as their top priority is great because you now have to answer to someone for your decisions that may or may not benefit you. Someone holding you accountable for your wellness might be the exact motivation that you need.

  1. Mindlessness:

How many times have you had the most stressful day, or even week? One of those where your brain is going a million miles an hour. The kind where every extra decision you make is difficult and taxing. Life happens. Sometimes things are stressful, and let’s face it, sometimes it overwhelms you. 

This is where a personal trainer comes in handy. Many hardworking and busy people put others, their jobs, and daily life tasks before their own health. This is because after doing all of those things you still have to show up to the gym and formulate a plan on how to be healthy and get a good workout. Oof. Exhausting.

Working with a trainer can be an amazing life hack in this regard. They take all of the guesswork out of your gym experience. All you need to do is show up. The plan is already set, and you don’t need to think about it at all. All you do is execute, and hopefully have some nice conversation!

  1. Injury Avoidance:

Many people avoid the gym for the simple reason that they have no idea what they should do. Furthermore, they are afraid of hurting themselves because of this gap in knowledge. Having a good personal trainer will eliminate this fear and possibility almost entirely. 

A good trainer is educated in proper biomechanics and anatomy (read: how bodies are supposed to move and what muscles they use). This will give you the benefit of becoming a bit more educated in your fitness, as well as being assured your safety is their top priority. On top of that, you can rest easy knowing that you will get good, tough workouts that are not going to hurt you. 

Hopefully I have convinced you of the benefit to having a personal trainer including saving time, assistance following through with goals, education, and low injury rate. I don’t know about you but these sound pretty good to me! All you need to do is make the call and the rest is showing up. I look forward to seeing you in the gym! 

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