Why You Need to Hire a Personal Fitness Trainer
Do you want to live a happier, healthier and functionally fitter life? Perhaps you just want a fab bod or you want to get ripped. Regardless of your goals for going to the gym, a qualified personal trainer can always help make your goals reachable.
Here are reasons why you should consider working with a personal trainer:
You’re a beginner.
Pumping iron is not as simple as lifting heavy objects, putting them down, and lifting them up again. You may think you’ve got it so easy, but why and how 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 love the machines so much.
Do you usually use the leg press machine or Smith rack rather than do proper leg squats? Have you never ventured into deadlifting before? Do you often use the pec deck? In terms of lifting, nothing works better than old school, which means free weights. Machines do have their uses, but use them more for “finishing exercises.
You’re too focused on the bar muscles.
For men, without a doubt, women dig bulging biceps, but that’s no reason to get stuck there. Look at your body in its entirety. 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 just love the pec deck.
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 hurting yourself and/or not making any real progress.
Weightlifting is so important. A professional will ensure that you’re lifting right, getting the best results and protecting your joints at the same time. Stop flopping around, trying to bench more than you need to.
You’ve hit a plateau or are simply bored.
You may be an accomplished lifter, but you still need a trainer who can help you mix things up and keep things exciting.
If you’re convinced you need a personal trainer (well, most people do, at least, in the beginning), don’t just pick any trainer. Find someone who will gladly give you references and has certification. Not all certifications are created equal though. Examples of reputable ones are IDEA Health & Fitness Association, ACE (American Council on exercise), and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).
Definitely, you must also ask regarding payment. In most cases, you will be able to get a discount for a package of around 10 to 20 sessions. Make sure the trainer’s philosophy matches yours, or you won’t be happy with them and you’ll barely progress. Finally, give your trainer a look. If he’s not in the best shape, ask why. It’s impossible to get motivated by a coach who himself is unmotivated.