Is It Time To Hire A Personal Trainer?

Is It Time To Hire A Personal Trainer?

More and more people are living a sedentary lifestyle, which is dictated by their work or hobbies. Technological advancements and the increase in reliance on it have brought us professions such as web design, programming, copywriting, etc. Whether you’re a financial bookkeeper or a nanotechnologist, if you spend most of your days sitting down, be certain that it’s hazardous to your health.

The logical conclusion is – be active. Some people like to navigate their fitness efforts themselves and want to spare themselves the expense of hiring a personal trainer. Whether you want to hire one or not is, thus, an entirely personal choice. However, everyone can certainly benefit from hiring a good personal trainer.

How Can a Personal Trainer Help You?

When should you consider hiring a personal trainer? When you realize that you can’t really maximize the benefits and reach your goals with your self-created exercise routine. If you’re a first-time gym-goer and don’t know how to use the machines or don’t know which exercises to perform, you should know that many gyms hire trainers that offer a free training session to help you set your fitness goals and evaluate your current fitness level.

While many people are still self-taught, due to the abundance of information and tutorials on the Internet, nothing can compare to having an experienced person who can transfer their knowledge to you directly, one-on-one.

Personal trainers can serve as great motivators, because we don’t always feel like going to the gym, and having standing appointments can make things much easier. Also, if you don’t feel comfortable when working out in a gym, having someone to guide you and help you relax is also significant. A personal trainer can save you from inefficiency and injury by showing you how to properly use the gym machines and by creating a personalized fitness routine for you. If you’re considering supplementation, but don’t know where to start, a personal trainer can offer valuable input. Some people want to achieve their goals as fast as possible, so they turn to substances such as steroids or SARMs. With a personal trainer beside you, you can learn more about supplementation and avoid ruining your health (consciously or unconsciously).

What to Look for in a Personal Trainer?

Philosophy. Every personal trainer needs to have his own training philosophy and set of principles according to which he or she works. This factor can make or break your experience. How did they develop their training program? Are their workouts meant to be performed in the gym or outside and why? Would you be using gym machines or sticking to free weights? Their philosophy should match your goals and preferences.

Credentials. Don’t consider hiring a personal trainer if he or she doesn’t have a certification in their area of expertise. They need to have their skills tested and verified by the NASM, NSCA, ACE, or whichever accredited organization in your country may be. Excuses for not being able to show some credentials don’t exist.

Specialty. People appreciate when you have a particular area of expertise. If somebody wants to start a bodybuilding program, they’ll want to have help and support from a personal trainer who specializes in bodybuilding.

Personality. Some people have a thing against a little yelling, while others prefer a harder touch. It’s important to choose a trainer which suits your own personality. Once you start working with a trainer, you’ll know whether his or her training style matches your preferences.

Communication. Whatever kind of relationship we talk about, whether it’s a personal or a professional one, communication is at the core of interpersonal connections and understanding. A good personal trainer should be a good communicator – able to think critically and be an effective listener. It is necessary for them to know the path you wish to take, as well as where you’d been and where you are now.

If you eventually decide to hire a personal trainer, be consistent, otherwise you won’t experience true progress. Does your trainer like to book his trainees at the same time each week, or does he have a revolving schedule? How many clients does he have at the moment? Can you make up for missed trainings? As a busy person, you need to know these things, so you can fit in your fitness sessions with other important obligations.

Author: Mathews McGarry

 

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