When to hire a personal trainer

A personal trainer will figure out what you may have been doing wrong and what you could be doing better based on your exercise history.

A personal trainer makes you accountable for your workouts by keeping count of your repetitions or enforcing proper form.
A personal trainer makes you accountable for your workouts by keeping count of your repetitions or enforcing proper form.
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Are you in a rut with your workout routine ? Do you find yourself at the gym several times a week with little results to show for it? Are you subsisting on a steady diet of carrots and green tea? Is all of this causing you to lose your motivation?

If you answered “yes” to at least one of these questions, you may want to consider calling in reinforcements in the form of a personal trainer . In addition to making you accountable for your workouts by keeping count of your repetitions or enforcing proper form, your trainer will also figure out what you may have been doing wrong and what you could be doing better based on your exercise history.

This includes types of activity, frequency with which you do them, exertion levels, and related dietary issues . Personal trainers are especially beneficial and worth the time and financial investment if:

  • You want to work out more efficiently. A trainer will help you reach your fitness goals without spending excessive amounts of time working out. They can also help you analyze caloric consumption and expenditures , which play an important role in weight loss. They will educate you about fitness and health in general so that you can internalize their lessons for life.
  • You have reached a plateau. A trainer is well versed in the science of muscle confusion , whereby we challenge our muscles to perform different, challenging activities in order to strengthen them and thus lose fat. When you perform the same types of exercises week after week without adjusting intensity levels, the result is minimal. A trainer will help you reach higher heights.
  • You need motivation. If even the thought of putting on workout gear to go to the gym, pool, or running track intimidates you, consider the extra benefits of having a personal trainer. Most trainers will want to get to know you and, in time, they will become like any close friend who wants to see you succeed. If you still feel unsure about the idea of a personal trainer, consider asking him or her if you can group train. Rather than a one-on-one workout, you perform as a team; certain individuals are simply more comfortable with a group dynamic. This way, you have an extra support system, not to mention you save money by dividing the cost of the session by at least two people.

While we marvel at people with envious physiques—from Jennifer Aniston to Jennifer Lopez—most people do not have the energy, willpower or knowledge to train their bodies to look like that of a movie star. However, for those of us who are determined to get into shape for whatever reason, a personal trainer can help you achieve your fittest, most beautiful body possible in a safe, quicker and smarter way.