There are a few things that may initially deter people from hiring a PT, such as the cost or the thought of being pushed until you throw up! However, the benefits of having a PT are endless. A PT's goal is to help their clients achieve individual fitness goals efficiently, safely and injury free. Personal Training is hard work but it should also be enjoyable. Think of it as a financial investment, as there is nothing more important than your health!
Below are just a few of the benefits that a PT can provide...
1. THEY CHALLENGE YOU
If you feel like you are ready to take your training to the next level, a PT can help you challenge your limits. Have you hit a plateau? Are you getting bored with your current routine? Have you got into lazy habits? Think of your PT as a nutrition guide, life coach and motivator all in one!
2. THEY CAN HELP YOU TRAIN FOR A SPORT OR EVENT
Whether you are training for a marathon, a tough mudder or perhaps you are a swimmer or a golfer, a PT can come up with the perfect training schedule and can help you avoid injuries along the way. PT's can help you achieve the fitness levels required to do a particular event, given their knowledge and experience.
3. THEY CAN TRAIN YOU AT HOME
If you would like to exercise at home but don't have enough equipment or you're not sure what to do with the equipment that you have, home training is a great choice. You will experience benefits such as convenience and privacy, along with variety and equipment ideas, providing you have the space available!
4. THEY HELP YOU BUILD CONFIDENCE
Entering a gym with little to no experience can be very intimidating. Working with a trainer can really boost your confidence and will ultimately lead to better and more sustainable results. Most of us work harder in the presence of others, it's true! A trainer can provide the energy and encouragement you need to push through your workouts and obtain the results that you thought were never possible.
5. IT IS EDUCATIONAL
If you don't exercise right, the reality is you will never achieve your goals. Eduction when performing exercises is also crucial in reducing the risk of injuries. A PT will ensure their clients are performing exercises correctly and efficiently, to maximise results. If you would like to incorporate exercises such as squats, deadlifts, RDL's and so on into your programme, you need to hire someone who knows their stuff. Watching youtube videos simply won't cut it. These techniques take hours to master.
6. THEY HELP YOU SET REALISTIC GOALS
Realistic but CHALLENGING goals. Often people set goals but have an unrealistic expectation, causing them to become discouraged and therefore give up too soon. PT's will use their experience and knowledge to help you set short term and long term goals and will make sure you stay on track.
7. THEY HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE
This is extremely important. When was the last time you said "I'm going to the gym before work tomorrow" or "I'm going to train tonight" but end up skipping your session because you are "too tired"?! A PT is critical in ensuring you commit and stick to your fitness goals. If you have booked sessions with your trainer and INVESTED your money and time, you are far more likely to attend those sessions. Over weeks and months, imagine how much better you will feel and how much closer you will be to your goals, compared to the time when you skipped all those sessions.
8. THEY HELP YOU WITH MORE THAN JUST YOUR TRAINING
NUTRITION is huge when it comes to fitness and achieving your goals. A good trainer will help you with your nutrition, whether it be designing suitable food plans, helping you track your intake or just giving simple, effective advice. Eating right is key!
9. THEY HELP YOU FORM GOOD HABITS
It can take weeks to form good habits, and even longer to break bad ones. Your PT is there to help you in the right direction and answer any queries you have. Your PT will help you stay on track and provide advice when you are struggling to adhere.
10. THEY ARE VERY FLEXIBLE TIME WISE
You can only train weekday mornings at 6am before you commute or after work in the evenings? Not a problem. A PT is one of the most versatile professions in terms of hours. Everyone has different availabilities, so PT's are there to fit around your work and life commitments.