Hiring a Personal Fitness Trainer – Do You Really Need To?
Want to be healthier, happier and more functionally fit? Maybe you just want to have a gorgeous bod or a ripped bod (whatever the difference). No matter what your goals for hitting the gym, a qualified personal trainer can always help you reach them.
Here are solid reasons for hiring a personal trainer:
You’re a newbie.
Pumping iron is not as simple as lifting heavy objects, putting them down, and lifting them up again. You may think everything is so easy, but what makes you so sure? If you have a “workout partner” helping you out, what makes you think he’s giving you the right coaching? It’s great to have friends working out with you, but a professional trainer is the only one who can guarantee you’ll do it right.
You tend to dwell on the machines.
Do you prefer the Smith rack or leg press machine over doing proper squats? Have you never tried a deadlift before? Do you often use the pec deck? If you talk about lifting, old school is the only choice, and old school means free weights. Machines do have their uses, but use them more for “finishing exercises.
You focus too much on the bar muscles.
For the men, no doubt women dig bulging biceps, but that doesn’t mean you should stop there. Consider your entire body. A good personal trainer can create an overall lifting program that helps you achieve your particular goals, while also giving you a healthy and high-power body that is attractive to women.
You love the pec deck a lot.
It’s okay to do some bicep pumps, but you need an all-body approach that works multi-joint movements – squats, deadlifts, overhead press, bench press, chin-ups, and rows.
You’re causing injury to yourself and/or barely making progress.
Weightlifting is important. A professional makes sure that you’re lifting properly, so you get maximum results and still protect your joints. Don’t flop around, trying to bench more than you have to.
You’re bored or plateauing.
Even as an accomplished lifter, a trainer can still help you tweak things around so that lifting will stay interesting or exciting.
If you’ve been convinced you need a personal trainer (most people do, especially at the start), don’t go with just any trainer. Find someone who can give you references and is certified. Certifications are not necessarily all equal though. Some of the reputable ones include ISSA (International Sports Society Association), ACE (American Council on Exercise), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and the AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America).
Certainly, you must also inquire about payment. You can usually get a better rate on a package of, say, 10 to 20 sessions. Remember, your trainer’s philosophy must be in line with yours, or you won’t be happy training and that can compromise your results. Lastly, take a look at the trainer. If he’s out of shape, you should seriously wonder why. It’s impossible to get motivated by a coach who himself is unmotivated.
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