When it comes to getting fit there are so many options out there for people to choose it can become a minefield of what is best for you. Health clubs and gyms are now common place offering a range of services, from those that are low cost and have 24 hour access to those that offer everything under one roof from swimming to tennis and everything in between. If you don’t want to join a gym then you can always train at home using one of the many workouts you can find online or download an app on your phone that will monitor your every move, count steps and tell you how many calories have been burned. With all these options now available I decided to write this article looking at personal training. Many people might wonder just why they need a personal trainer as many of the options already mentioned are low cost and can be done by yourself and in the comfort of your own home. Below are my 5 main reasons that I feel having a personal trainer can make to you and why if you are serious about achieving your goals and seeing results then a good trainer can prove invaluable.
I started training at 17 years old wanting to increase muscle mass, power and speed. I remember that first session, I couldnt lift my arms in the shower afterwards & that was the first feeling i fell in love with. Knowing that I had nothing left “in the tank” is one of the best, most rewarding & satisfying feelings.
The second part i fell in love with was helping others and helping them achieve their goals. Over the years my training techniques & programming have changed greatly as I have learned, with experience, what works for each individual client.
The third part I fell in love with is nutrition, planning food and my macros at the start of the week and tracking them throughout the week is very rewarding. The other great thing is because of the intensity of my training, eating regularly and increasing my metabolism I now need around 3600 calories a day just to maintain my weight. Thus meaning, the odd meal out or a weekend cheat meal does not effect my goals. I also teach my clients how to do this too, so they dont get bored of the same old ‘health’ foods.

1: Effective training

It’s one thing doing a workout but it’s another thing getting the most out of your time. While I do believe that there is no such thing as a bad workout as anything you do is better than nothing I do also believe if you are going to do a workout why not make sure it’s as effective as possible. A trainer’s job is to make sure that the workout or programme you are following is tailored to you and will help you towards your goals. A good trainer will not just dish out the same workout to each and every client but will make sure it is personalised to you. When I used to work in health clubs I would often see the same people come and go, each workout would be the same and often half hearted. They would literally be going through the motions. A good personal trainer would make sure that every session you did was different, challenging and progressive to make sure you didn’t hit plateaus. They would be on hand not only to tell you exactly what you were doing but also to push you all the way. This leads on nicely to point number 2…

2: Motivation

Training on your own whether at a gym or at home can be difficult. As humans we all like to work within our comfort zones and it’s counter-intuitive to want to push ourselves to the point of fatigue and discomfort. A good trainer will be on hand to push you to make sure you give 100% in every workout and get the most from that session.

More often or not it will be the mind that gives out before the muscles or the body does and having someone there to motivate and encourage you can make all the difference. Whether this is done through gently encouragement, shouting or any other way, a good personal trainer will be able to find what works best for you and get the most out of you each and every time. Also the number of times I’ve had people tell me they didn’t feel like training that day but only came in because they had a session booked and didn’t want to let me down and yet after the workout they felt great for doing it. This brings me to point 3…

3: Commitment

We all have days when we don’t feel like exercising, whether it’s because we have had a long day at work or we are feeling tired after a big weekend. We can all find excuses not to train and skip workouts. Consistency is a big part when it comes to training and getting results and this is another reason why having a trainer on hand can help. It is easy to let ourselves down and skip a session but if you have a session booked with your trainer then chances are you will make it because you don’t want to let someone else down. Making that weekly commitment can help to keep you motivated and reduce the chances of workouts being missed.

4: Reduced risk of injury

This point ties nicely in with the first point I made. Not only will a trainer make sure the workout is effective but they are also on hand to make sure it’s done safely and correctly. They will make sure your technique and form is perfect all the way through the workout.

Not only will this help make sure the workout is effective it also reduces the risk of any injuries or niggles that can be easily picked up if you lose technique. When we start to get tired and reach fatigue it is very easy to lose form and posture.

The body is a clever piece of kit and you will always try and find the easiest way of doing something especially when you’re tired, unfortunately this isn’t always the best way of doing it and can result in injury. A trainer is on hand to reinforce technique, correct posture and to make sure you are doing everything safely and correctly from start to finish.

5: Nutrition

When it comes to getting results whether it is losing weight/body fat, building muscle or increasing aerobic fitness, what we put inside ourselves has a huge impact. While doing the right training is important the nutritional side is just as much if not more so. Often as much as 80% of the results you achieve are down to what you eat and drink. The old saying of you can’t out train a bad diet is very true. A good personal trainer will be hand to help you with this side of things as well. From writing out full diet plans to offering advice and support along the way, they can make the changes to your diet that may be required to really hit the goals you are after.
As you can see from this, finding a good personal trainer can really help you to achieve the results you desire. Why not book in today with one of the Results team and see just what we can do for you.