You may be a complete newbie, cautiously navigating the weird and wonderful, minefield that is fitness. Or you may be a seasoned pro, with lumps and bumps in all the right places. One thing is for sure, everyone can benefit from expert advice, regardless of experience.
Our list contains five of the most common issues you are likely to encounter, or have encountered, and how having a personal trainer can help you overcome those obstacles.
#1 You Don’t Know Where to Start
Starting a new exercise regimen can be scary, especially if it’s all new to you. We’ve all been there, we’ve all pretended that we knew how to use the gym machines on our induction, and as a result we’ve all been stuck at some point, trying to discreetly figure out how the pull-wire-thing works.
As with anything completely new, you can be left feeling a little overwhelmed. Working out is no exception. You can either sink into a pit of despair and hopelessness, or you can choose to tackle the challenge, head-on.
Personal trainers can help alleviate the stress and allow you to focus on working out and getting used to your new routine. Your PT will choose the right exercises for you, guide you through your workout, keep track of reps/sets, and will make sure you get it right, first time.
Doesn’t that sound better than the alternative?
#2 “The Plan? … What Plan?”
That’s right, you need a plan of attack. If you tend to ‘go with the flow’, or seek safety in the closest machine that looks a familiar shape, it’s because you haven’t planned ahead.
As the clichéd motto goes “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.
Creating a plan involves taking the time to create a workout program, including exercises that align with your goals, recording and tracking your progress, and actually sticking to it.
You’ll have to battle your way through contradictory advice, countless exercise guides, get your plan written down, and take it with you every time you exercise.
Just the thought of all that planning is enough to make you quit before you even start.
Your personal trainer will work with you to craft a fitness plan, ensure your goals are aligned, personalise the workout to your body type, track your progress and monitor your results. Oh, and they’ll bring it with them so you don’t have to.
Surely that sounds like a godsend?
#3 Copying the Fittest Person in the Room is How You Learn, Right?
Do you Follow the leader?
That huge guy over there surely knows what he’s doing, and the girl with perfect abs must be doing the right thing. If you’ve had these thoughts, or you’ve caught yourself playing a secret, one-sided game of “Simon Says”, it’s probably time to call in the ‘big guns’.
What one person is doing might not be right for you, I mean if they jumped off a cliff would you? Jokes aside, everyone’s body is different, and what they’re trying may not work for you. There’s also the bad exercise habits you could pick up, and of course you run the risk of being noticing watching every move, and you becoming known as the local creep.
A trainer will ensure the exercises you doing are right for you, aligned with your goals, and make sure your form is perfect, from the outset. Throughout your training your PT may add in different variations, mini supersets, or choose to increase the difficulty.
You’ll no longer spend your time attempting to steal sneaky peeks of others.
#4 “No Exercise Today, Thank You”
Have you ever felt super motivated? You wake up and decide you’ve had enough! Determined, you proudly create a to-do list, update your Facebook with a motivational quote, and then you go to sleep knowing tomorrow is when you’ll start crushing it.
Then when you wake up, the feelings gone? You have your plan, you know what you want, yet you just can’t bring yourself to do anything about it.
Staying motivated is a real hurdle, and you’ll have to face at some point. It’s just one of the ways you’ll be tested on how far you’re willing to go, in order to achieve your goals. Lack of motivation is often worse than a physical barrier, as the battle is internal, and only you can decide on the outcome.
Having to overcome these barriers attribute to just how sweet success tastes, when you finally achieve your aims. Your PT will be your friend, colleague, boss, partner in crime, spirit animal and so much more. They will be there rain or shine, they won’t quit, they won’t let you quit, and they will hold you accountable. You just need to show up and they will guide you through the rest.
#5 Sniffle, Cough, Ache or Break
Working out is hard enough when you’re in full, working order, but if you have an illness, It can be that bit more difficult. Having someone there to support you, and help you find a way to effectively work around ailments, well that type of support is priceless.
Similarly, if you an injury or have a recurring issue that impedes your ability to exercise in certain ways, a personal trainer will be able to adapt your routine to prevent further injury, and ensure you continue to progress.
Personal trainers can often accommodate you further by hosting personal training sessions from the comfort of your own home, bringing the gym to you. This way you avoid placing unnecessary stress on your injury, yet still exercising other areas that are not affected.
So there you have it, 5 signs you can benefit from hiring a personal trainer.
There are of course many other reasons you may decide to hire a PT, but the list would be endless. If you are guilty of any of the above, or you’ve noticed one or more of these signs, get in touch with us or request a call back to find out how we can help.
We’d be happy to offer you advice, just have a friendly chat, or help you find a way to give your workout routine a boost.