If someone were to hand you a violin and ask you to play Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, would you be able to play it? Unless you’ve spent years studying, learning, and practicing to play the violin, the chances are good that you wouldn’t even know where to start. You probably wouldn’t even know how to hold the violin.
That’s because you haven’t been taught how to play the violin. You haven’t had an instructor show you how to properly hold the bow, grip the neck, and form the necessary chords. Could you eventually learn to play without an instructor? Sure. But there’s a good chance you won’t ever reach your true potential, and the process would probably take much longer than necessary.
Working out is a lot like playing the violin or any other instrument. It’s not as simple as going to the gym and slinging around dumbbells. There are many components (exercises, technique, nutrition, etc.) and a lot you need to learn. Sure, you can learn by trial and error. But that’s probably what you’ve been doing, and probably why you’ve given up on multiple occasions.
But have you ever had an instructor (personal trainer)? Someone, who was a master at the “art of getting into shape” that could teach you how to do it right? If not, then it could be the missing piece of the puzzle. The piece that allows you to finally achieve the body you’ve always dreamed of having.
5 Reasons Why Having a Personal Trainer is an Excellent Idea
Reason #1: Motivation
This is single-handedly the greatest benefit of having your own personal trainer. Think back to the times you’ve tried to get into better shape but ultimately gave up, and lack of motivation will always be a factor. It’s hard for us to stay motivated. That’s just a fact of life. Even the fitness buffs that love to workout struggle with motivation. The only difference is that they’re more disciplined in the fitness area – just like a writer is more disciplined in sitting down and writing.
But for the rest of us, external motivation is key to getting into better shape. And a good personal trainer will be able to provide you with that motivation. He’ll learn what personally motivates you and then use it to keep the momentum in your favor. He’ll be with you every step of the way, encouraging you to reach your goals.
Reason #2: Expertise
If you were learning how to play tennis, whom would you rather learn from Venus Williams and Roger Federer or two first-year instructors?
See, a lot of people don’t realize that in order to get real results, you must learn how to work out properly. You don’t just pick up some weights and start slinging them around. There’s a technique behind every exercise, a formula for every diet.
Personal trainers are experts at fitness. Point blank, they know what they’re doing. They’ve taken a difficult certification test from a nationally accredited institution and passed it. They know what the best exercises are for your personal goals and how to perform said exercises correctly – to maximize results. They take out all of the guesswork so you can show up and get to work.
Reason #3: Variety
Personal trainers are walking encyclopedias of fitness-related information. They know what exercises are needed when they’re needed, and how often they’re needed. And they know when those exercises need to be changed to promote growth.
You may already know this, but doing the same workout day after day can get dull quick. Trainers know how to mix things up and keep the workouts engaging, exciting, and effective. More importantly, they know exactly what you need to do in order to get over those bothersome fitness plateaus.
Reason #4: Goals and Tracking
Unless you’re a hardcore Type-A personality, chances are good you’ve never been able to stick with a fitness journal. With a personal trainer, that’s no longer an issue. Trainers will help keep track of your progress and ensure you’re staying on the right track. They’ll make sure your goals are at the forefront of everything you do, and they’ll take all of the necessary measurements (i.e. skinfold) as you progress.
They’ll also help you track your nutrition – making sure you’re eating the right quantities of protein, carbs, healthy fats and other important nutrients. Basically, they eliminate most, if not all, of the tedious “administrative” work, so you can focus your energy on doing the workouts.
Reason #5: Time Management
At the end of the day, most of us want to see positive results from working out without spending hours in the gym each week. Guess what … personal trainers don’t want to spend hours with one client either. They want as many clients as possible. Because the more clients they have, the more money they stand to make. But they also can’t afford to lose clients. That would hurt their bank accounts.
So they have learned how to get the best results in the shortest amount of time. They intentionally design workout regimens that will help you reach your fitness goals as efficiently as possible. For you, this means better results with less time in the gym. For them, it means less time with one client and more time to take on new clients. It’s a win-win for both parties.
Could you eventually learn to get into shape and motivate yourself without a personal trainer? Sure. But there’s a good chance you won’t ever reach your true potential. Why would you leave your health and fitness to chance?