Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010...3:06 PM
The Benefits of Hiring a Personal Trainer
Not everyone needs or wants a personal trainer. For those who do, there are many potential benefits, but no trainer is one-size-fits-all. The right fit is important. At Libra Fitness, we cater to Austin, TX clients who want to build a supportive, encouraging relationship with a trainer in a non-threatening, quiet, and caring in-home environment. If this sounds like the type of personal training experience that would help you meet your goals, contact us! In this post, guest blogger Jillian Gile outlines the myriad benefits of hiring a personal trainer.
by Jillian Gile
Some of the most fit and visible people have personal trainers – celebrities obviously spring to mind. But you don’t need to be a red-carpet star in order to take advantage of the many benefits of a personal trainer. Gyms have trainers available for hire for a reason. Their purpose is to help and support you – so why not give an introductory package a try? Below are some great benefits if you do!
• Get started.
Your trainer can, and will, help you with this! When you start any exercise regimen, you’ll find disclaimers that say “check with your health professional before starting.” This means consulting with your doctor to make sure you don’t overdo it. But, trainers are health professionals, too, certified in the correct way to exercise. They can assist you so you achieve your goals with less risk of injury. Trainers are also a great resource for exercises and diet tips that work.
• Get started, part two.
A personal trainer can not only ensure that you don’t hurt yourself and motivate you to start your program, but if you are an absolute novice, there is no one better to show you how to use that strange piece of equipment. Becoming something of an expert yourself, by learning from the best, will motivate you to keep up your regimen.
• Check your form.
All the reps and routines in the world will have little result if you’re not doing it correctly. Maybe you’re compensating in weight lifting and you don’t even realize it, or you’re not using a cardio machine properly. A personal trainer can point this out, give you tips on how to do it better, and she’ll do all this while educating and empowering you, not making you feel like an idiot.
• Hit your target.
If you’ve been working out alone for a while, chances are you’ve hit a plateau, physically, mentally, or both. Personal trainers can amp up your workouts to hit your targets, give you new exercises to keep it fresh, or otherwise motivate you to say on the path you’ve chosen – and you will get there!
• A personal trainer can be your workout buddy.
If you’ve ever picked up a fitness magazine, the top “hot training tip” is to work out with a partner. Sometimes this isn’t an option, whether you’re new to a town or your friends just don’t want to go to the gym. Personally, I find trainers come to feel more like a friend, and you look forward to working with them.
• Trainers can help you at home – yours or theirs.
You might have to sign up for lessons at the gym, but if you’d prefer not to spend a lot of time around sweaty strangers, you can certainly take the routines home. Just let your trainer know you’re looking for routines you can do at home, and they can introduce you to equipment like exercise balls and resistance bands, staples for a home gym.
• Trainers will optimize your time.
Sometimes longer isn’t always better – intervals are a great example of how shorter, more intense workouts can produce more results. A personal trainer can tailor an exercise regimen for you that will help you get the results you are looking for in less time. And who couldn’t use a few more hours in the day?
There are tons of reasons to use a personal trainer; this is simply the tip of the iceberg. Sessions can be extremely affordable and should definitely be something you treat yourself to – even if you’re a regular gym rat. If you’re strapped for cash, you can even check out the trainers in training at your local college. Always make sure that your trainer is certified (ACSM, ACE, etc.), and don’t be afraid to try a few different trainers to find the perfect fit.
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