It’s New Year’s day and you’re inputting your card details for your local gym as you did last year. How many of us are guilty of starting out with good intentions to join the gym only to end up going once or twice a month?
The gym floor can be a scary place full of all kinds of equipment and human muscle machines downing their protein shakes. It’s no wonder then that so many of us feel a little out of place. You don’t even have to be a newbie at the gym to be unsure of what you’re doing, even comfortable regulars can feel like they’re not doing the right thing. Cue the personal trainers.
While the idea of a personal trainer might seem a little extreme to some, they’re actually incredibly useful for improving just about everything in terms of your fitness. From functionality, stamina and lifestyle, they can ease you into better work-outs that will guarantee you see results.
Here are five reasons why you should think about hiring a personal trainer.
1. Reduces your risk of injury
Let’s be honest, we’ve all gone to pick up a heavier weight to make ourselves look better to other gym-goers. And how many of us have then tried an exercise with a heavier weight and given up after a few reps? (pause for people to put their hands up).
One of the worst things you could do in the gym is cause harm to yourself, and worryingly, it’s pretty easy to do.
Personal trainers will ensure you’re picking the right weight for you as well as checking your form while you’re doing movements. Often, people will just throw some weights around for as many reps as possible thinking this is going to get the best results. Guess what, it’s not.
Your trainer will teach you that it’s all about doing the exercises correctly, not quickly. Their guidance will make sure you’re getting the most out of your time in the gym.
2. Long-term motivation
One of the main reasons people give up on their fitness goals is because they lose motivation for it. We can spend hours in the gym and feel like nothing has changed. With a personal trainer, they’ll keep you enthused and excited about working out which means you’ll definitely feel committed to your goals.
3. Nutritional guidance and support
While not every personal trainer is qualified for giving nutritional advice, most are. This is ideal if your main goal is to lose weight or even if you’re just hoping to improve your general lifestyle.
Your trainer will be able to talk to you in detail about what it is you’re looking to achieve and work with you to create a personal plan that will help you reach your targets. While they’re there to offer support, they’re not going to go full drill sergeant on you and stop you from having that cheeky pizza with your girlfriends on a Friday night.
4. They fit around your personal life
One of the best bits about hiring a personal trainer is that they are easily able to fit around your personal life. Because you’re not necessarily tied to the gym floor, you can meet your personal trainer at your local park, near work or even just your back garden.
This makes getting in your important social plans that bit easier as you can work out with your trainer in the morning, afternoon or evening. Because you’re not missing out on those cocktails with your friends, you’re more likely to stay on track with your fitness routine!
It’s a little obvious, but the results that you’ll see with a personal trainer are second to none. While you can definitely reach your goal on your own, with the help of a personal trainer, you’ll get there quicker and with better form and insight to your own body.
It’s not just about the physical results though, personal trainers give you invaluable advice on lifestyle changes, nutrition and help you to target the specific areas you want to improve.
So, next time you’re in the gym, flag down one of the personal trainers for a chat to find out if it’s the right thing for you. Or, you can look online for trainers in your local area. Either way, with the help of a personal trainer, your fitness goal isn’t as far away as you think.