By Martin Ebner
With summer already here, pool parties, skimpy clothing and sunburns are a daily occurrence. Many people sign up to gym in the new year with great intentions of sculpting a body that will leave other envious but find themselves losing interest after just a couple of weeks.
Regardless of your current physical condition and experience. Whether you're new to exercise or are an experienced athlete looking for something fresh and innovative. Absolutely everyone can benefit from working out with a trainer.
You don't know where to start
You arrive at the gym excited and determined at the prospect of transforming your exercise deprived body back into the form of its life. You hop on the stationary bicycle, spend 10 minutes spinning the peddles, hop off, look around and think, now what?
When it comes to exercise, using your available time intelligently is one of the keys to consistency and success. There's nothing worse than arriving at the gym NOT really knowing what you're there to do. Creating a personalised and suitable training program to meet all of your goals and specific requirements takes time, knowledge and experience. This is where a personal trainer can be of the biggest help. Knowing which exercises to do, how to perform them correctly, which weight to use and how many sets and repetitions to perform can be a little overwhelming at first. A trainer will help you maximise your time and results.
You need accountability and motivation
One of the hardest things about starting regular exercise is the daunting task of actually starting. "I'll start next Monday..." I swear if I had a dollar for every time I'd heard that i'd be a millionaire! We all need the occasional kick up the arse from time to time. By employing a personal trainer, not only are you investing money in your exercise program, you're investing your precious time too. Motivation comes as part of the package! There's nothing better than having a standing appointment to get your butt moving and into gear. Not only that, a trainer provides some accountability so, even when you're not working out with your trainer, you know your he'll be asking you, did you stick to your diet and follow your exercise plan over the weekend!?
You're not seeing results
If you've been exercising consistently for several weeks, months or even years and aren't reaching your goals, hiring a personal trainer is a great choice. A trainer will analyze your current program, the intensity of your workouts, your eating and lifestyle habits and will be able to inform you on which changes you need to make to create more effective and rewarding workouts. Sometimes the reason for under-achieving is something very simple which without solicited advice can be very hard to pin point. A trainer can also help determine whether or not the goals you have set for yourself are realistic and attainable. “I want J-Lo's ass” well tough, it's hers, you can't have it!!
You want to learn how to exercise on your own
Even if your goal is to create your own workouts, hiring a personal trainer for a few sessions can be greatly beneficial for learning the “right” way to exercise. This is especially true if you want to learn more about the muscles in the body, the exercises that target those muscles, how to complete those exercises with correctly and how to prioritize the exercises.
You're bored with the same old workouts
If you're an experienced exerciser, maybe you haven't considered working out with a personal trainer. Sometimes exercise plans and patterns can become repetitive, anti-motivational. Exercise plans should be changed, experimented with and altered every 8-16 weeks. The body is very intelligent and doing the same exercises and workouts for months on end can become very counterproductive. The body reacts incredibly well to change and variety and the key is to keep your body guessing. As a result, you'll reap the rewards.
You want to workout at home
If exercising in the comfort of your own home sounds more appealing but A.) you either don't have a lot of equipment or B.) aren't sure how to use what you have, in-home personal training is a fantastic choice. A trainer can show you exactly how to use what you DO have to get the most out of your workouts. “Equipment” can often be used in very non-conventional ways. A chair for example. To you it's just a chair, to a personal trainer, it's multi-functional piece of exercise equipment. Your trainer will check out what you have at your disposal, show you how to use it and compliment that with their own selection of equipment and fitness accessories.
You struggle to complete your exercise routine
For many, working out at intensity can be very difficult. A lot of people tend to slack off during workouts, especially when the tough gets going. This can be detrimental when it comes to reaching your goals. A trainer can motivate you to push past those self-imposed limits, encouraging you to lift heavier, go longer, harder and to challenge yourself more than you would on your own.
No pain no gain!
Separating fact from fiction
There is a mind-boggling amount of fitness, nutrition, and health information available. It is almost impossible for the average person to have time to sift through all of the readily available information and to separate the facts from the fiction. Is that new fad diet really effective? Is it sustainable? Will I end the diet and regain all the weight I fought so hard to lose? Will I be able to get an exact replica of Rihanna's hot bod if I train hard enough?
It is the job of the trainer to stay on top of health trends and to keep their education up to date in order to provide you with the safest and most accurate information. Trainers can use their education, knowledge and experience to provide you with tips and tricks on how to develop a healthier lifestyle.
You want supervision and support
Often people think they know how to exercise properly. Unfortunately for many this is not the case. I so often see people in the gym performing exercises incorrectly. This can lead to a variety of problems including; poor posture, aching joints and muscles and on occasion, Injuries. Unless you know how perform the exercises correctly, support and supervision are very important factors. If you're lifting very heavy weights for example, working out with a trainer could be a very good choice for you. He can spot you during workouts, help you improve your form and prevent your skull from being crushed when you max out and can't return the weights to the bar.