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Guest Post: Should You Workout With A Personal Trainer?

This week’s Guest Post is from: Adana of My Dumbells Affair.

(If you would like to guest blog, then check out my guidelines here.)

Whether you’re someone who’s just getting started on a health and fitness program or you’ve been at it for a few years now and are just looking to take your progress a step higher, working with a personal trainer might be something that you’ve thought  about.

While there will always be a cost to using a personal trainer, when do the benefits it provides out weigh the cost?

For many people, the best way they will see results is by working with a personal trainer, so by determining if  you happen to be one of those people, you can feel confident about your decision of whether or not to invest in one.  Let’s have a look at the main factors to consider when deciding whether you should work with a trainer:

  • Your  Motivational Level
    Perhaps the single biggest reason why many people do turn to working with a personal trainer is to help them maintain their motivational levels. If you’re someone who just  can’t seem to find it within yourself to get to the gym on a  regular basis but yet when you know you’re paying a personal  trainer to work with you it’s not a problem, then making the  decision to hire one is likely a good move. Since you really only  will see benefits from your workout when you actually do it, it’s a  must that you’re getting there regularly. Personal trainers do  serve as very good motivational tool, so from this perspective they  could very well make or break your progress.
  • Your Knowledge Of Exercise Strategies
    Second, you should also look at how much you know about various  exercise strategies. If you’re someone who has never stepped foot  in a gym before, getting a personal trainer for a couple sessions  to at least show you proper form will be a must. It’s vital that  you learn how to execute the exercises correctly or else there’s a  good chance you won’t target the muscles like you were hoping you  would and even worse yet, you could wind up injured. If you’re  someone who has been working out for a while and has a good handle  on form, you may also find that you’ve come to a point in your  program where you’ve progressed as far as you think you will and at  this point you need some type of advanced workout strategy to take  it up a notch. When that’s the case, again, a personal trainer will  be the best place to turn. They’ll be able to show you those  advanced techniques that you can use immediately to get right back  on track.
  • Your Previous  Efforts
    Also take a look at the previous attempts you’ve  had with your workout programs. If you have tried to go on a  workout before, but have not had much success on your own, then you  are likely a very good candidate for working with a personal  trainer. Since our previous behaviours do tend to be very good  benchmarks for future behaviour, unless you want your results to  repeat themselves once again, you have to do something different.  The personal trainer is the difference that could get you started  on the right foot this time around and bring you to the results  that you were missing the first time. If you have had good results  in the past but just fell off the program for other reasons due to  a busy lifestyle or injury, then you may very well be fine going  about the program your own again as well so consider the alternate  scenario.
  • Your Social Workout  Preference
    Finally, think about how much of a social  element you want with your workout sessions. Some people actually  do prefer doing their workouts on their own as for them it’s a  chance to clear their heads. Others, however, prefer to be in the  company of someone as they feel bored when doing a work all by  themselves. A workout buddy would be another way to solve this  issue, but some may prefer going the trainer route instead.  Identify what suits you best and then take action to fulfill that.

So there you have the main things that you  should keep in mind when deciding whether you want to work with a  trainer or not. You should always remember that you can sign up  session by session as well, so nothing says you can’t try it a few  times and see if it helps you out. Having a trainer who you trust,  and get along with, can be one of the most beneficial ways to boost  your progress.

Adana is a fitness enthusiast  who loves hitting the gym & blogs at My Dumbbells  Affair


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  • Kris @Krazy_Kris
    December 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Great post – I LOVE my trainer – and now that I think about it, I passed your test, so I should work with one! I love being accountable to show up, I love having someone who pushes me harder than I would on my own, and I love learning. I’ve had trainers before (blah), but Sonjia is amazing. She has opened my world to compound, functional, HIIT training that is fun, dynamic, and effective.

    Great post – thanks for sharing!

  • Adana
    December 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    @Janice: Thank you for publishing the guest post!
    @Kris: Having a trainer is always a good thing, you never know you can push through the limit until someone actually told you that you can do it, & most of all, it’s fun!

    Happy Holidays! 😀

    • Janice
      December 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      No problem! Thanks for submitting it! I’ve corrected the formatting – for some reason it didn’t post right from my iPhone.

      Thanks again and have a very Merry Christmas!

  • cheryl
    December 24, 2010 at 3:59 am

    This is a great post-and very timely for me.
    I just hired a personal trainer for 3 sessions for exactly the reasons you identified in your post. Now, I have a great fitness program that is repeatable…one that I can follow on my own. I will gladly pay for another few sessions in the coming week/months as I will need a tweak or two to stay motivated and keep my muscles guessing.

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  • Joe Cannon MS CSCS NSCA-CPT
    January 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I conduct educational classes to certify personal trainers. Here is an insider secret to picking a good trainer. Ask them who they are certified by – you only want to hear the person tell you want the letters in the organization name mean. For example, I am certified by the NSCA – that stands for National Strength and Conditioning Association. That’s what you want to hear.

    Anyone who cant tell you in 1 second the answer to this question is probalby not a quality trainer.
    Joe Cannon


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