Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer
We all experience moments in our lives where we create fitness goals like, losing a certain amount of pounds, running a certain distance in a set amount of time, bench pressing a new personal record, etc., but how often do we follow through with these plans? If you are like the average human, you probably find yourself setting high expectations, only to find the execution more daunting. Here’s where a personal trainer might come in handy, to keep you honest, motivated, and on par with your goals.
A good personal trainer is not just somebody that understands different training programs, or how your muscles interact; a good trainer is somebody that can push you, both verbally and through your workouts. In other words, if your trainer is simply putting together a workout regimen and having you go through the motions, then you might want to consider a different trainer as there are many capable, motivated trainers out there.
The reason why we often find ourselves coming up short on our goals (like the infamous New Year's Resolutions) is because we ourselves are often the only source of accountability. While this may work for some people, most people find it difficult to push themselves to that level without a trainer or a mentor to keep them on track. This can be especially beneficial in combat sports like MMA or jiu-jitsu, where you’re being pitted against one other opponent, who will win if he or she has been more disciplined in their daily workout regimen.
3. Personalized Plan
When it comes to your training program, the one-size-fits-all narrative is discouraged as everybody has different goals. If your goal is weight loss, your trainer should be able to set you up with a more cardio dominant workout routine, or high intensity interval training. Find a trainer that can sit down with you, review your goals, and create a personalized path to achieving those goals.
When you are training by yourself, it can be easy, for instance, to ignore that last rep on a squat, or that final lap on your run. No one is there to tell you otherwise, except for yourself. A good trainer will find ways to push you past your limits so you can grow physically and mentally.
Trainers who you have worked with frequently should catch on to your habits and find ways to break you out of a plateau or a monotonous routine. If you have been working on your pull up, for instance, a good trainer will find other ways to challenge your back muscles, like through the use of a TRX.
Even bodybuilding greats and legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger had personal trainers. MMA fighters also rely heavily on a good trainer, or a sparring partner that is willing to their test limits. The most important component is to make sure you are following through with your goals and expectations, which will be much more achievable with a personal trainer.