Most people assume they don’t need a personal trainer. They know how to exercise, they know how to lose weight, they know how to gain muscle, etc. And sure, maybe some people don’t need a personal trainer. But I’m here to tell you that you probably do.
Not sure if you fall into this category? Here’s a list of reasons why you should hire a personal trainer!
If you are one of those people who knows what they’re doing when they get to the gym, that doesn’t mean you’re always getting to the gym. If you have an appointment with your personal trainer (and likely an appointment that has financial consequences when you cancel), you’re way more likely go get your butt off the couch and go to the gym!
Change It Up
So you’ve been doing the same routine for years; cardio, some free weights, hitting the machines, crunches galore. It worked for you in the past, but now? Stagnant. Plateau. No results. This is a great time to hire a personal trainer. Trainers are required to take continuing education courses forever to maintain up-to-date knowledge on new fitness trends, new ideas, and what works (and what doesn’t). Adding some new exercises or changing up your program can make a world of difference.
Check Your Form
As a Certified Personal Trainer, I often want a personal trainer for myself! Often times, I see people at the gym doing all the right things, but doing them all wrong. Squats with their knees tracking way over their toes, locking out joints at the top of an exercise, swinging their whole bodies into a bicep curl. I want so badly to approach these people and give them my business card. Even if just for a few sessions, it’s important to make sure you’re getting your form right to avoid injury at all costs.
As a private in-home personal trainer, I find a lot of my clients telling me they’re intimidated by the gym and that’s why they don’t work out. If you don’t know what to do, the machines can be scary, and the weight room even scarier. Hiring an in-home personal trainer is a great way to build up the confidence to hit the gym on your own. Also, most gyms offer free personal training consultations or a few discounted sessions to get you started. Do it. Have a trainer take you around the gym and introduce you to the machines and the weight room. Have them take you through some basic moves. You’ll see that they aren’t so scary at all!
After a good ass kicking, my clients often tell me that if they tried that day’s workout on their own, they would’ve quit halfway through, or worked through the entire working, but thrown in the towel and given it minimal effort. It’s always a great idea to have someone pushing you to your limit, and that someone should be a professional who knows your limit!
If any of these apply to you (I bet it does!), consider reaching out to local personal trainers. Most will offer a free consultation, so it doesn’t hurt to try!
If you live in the Hoboken/Jersey City area, I would (of course) recommend sending me (Liana!) an email at LivePracticallyPT@gmail.com