5 Reasons Why to Hire a Personal Trainer
Do you have fitness goals? Are you trying to lose some weight, get stronger, or just be healthier overall? Have you ever thought about hiring a coach to help you get the job done?
More and more people are getting involved in some type of fitness routine. From Zumba to bootcamps to yoga people are joining gyms all over the country. Many people join a big gym in hopes to go and get the body they desire all on their own. This is a tough task for most. From knowledge to motivation it can become a grueling process to go to the gym over and over all alone. There are so many factors that come into play when it comes to fitness that many can get overwhelmed and discouraged.
This is where a coach comes in. Hiring a coach can add accountability, knowledge, and drive into your daily routine.
Skeptical about paying someone to train you? Here are five reason why hiring someone can help boost your training and health:
You need motivation
One of the major factors that hold people back from getting healthier is a lack of motivation. New Year’s comes around and motivation is at its highest. You join the gym, start eating healthier, and make it a routine. After a few months though it gets tougher, life gets in the way, and excuses become more frequent. This happens year after year and gym attendance falls from spring to summer.
If you are trying to make this journey on your own, excuses are easy to come by. You don’t feel like going to the gym so you don’t go. Eating that extra piece of pizza isn’t going to affect anyone but yourself. It’s easy to slip. If you have a coach however, it becomes a lot harder to skip a session. You won’t only affect yourself but your coach as well. Someone will constantly be checking in on you making sure you are eating well, sleeping well, and taking care of your training like you are supposed to. Your coach will be behind you 100% and it always feels good to have someone believe in you and want you to reach the goals you have set. Let a coach be your motivation and help create motivation within you.
You have goals
Everyone has goals. Whether those goals are appearance-based, performance-based, or pain-based we all want to improve our body and health. To reach a goal there has to be a plan set that moves you towards achievement and within that plan exists a number of factors. Nutrition, training, and lifestyle all contribute to our health and physique. That is a lot of factors and sometimes it is hard to manage all of them. That is a coach’s job. A coach can set out nutrition and training plans and provide lifestyle changes to be made. A coach can also keep track of these programs so that you don’t have to worry about monitoring, just doing. It is much easier to reach a goal when there is a plan set versus going about it blindly. Hire a coach, set some goals, and follow the plan.
You have been on the same routine
Maybe you have already set goals and have a plan set out to achieve these goals. If so, good work; step one is done. However, if you are like most, you have been doing the same routine in the gym since you began. Maybe it’s strength training, maybe it’s cardio, or maybe it’s a little of both. Whatever your routine is, it needs to be switched up. You shouldn’t have a different workout every time you go to the gym but there does need to be alterations to your training program every couple of weeks. These changes could range from sets and reps to exercise selection to the length of the workout. Most of these changes are based on science, practice, and results. Without changes the body will adapt and results will be brought to a screeching halt. Hire a coach to help guide these changes and tweak your program. Going to the gym shouldn’t be doing whatever body part you feel like but instead a plan that is monitored and changed throughout the entire journey.
You wouldn’t perform your own surgery
One question that has always blown my mind is “Why would you hire a coach?” Good coaches have graduated college with a degree in a field teaching them how the body works and have attained certifications in top training organizations. They have made this their career and are continuing to learn about the body, how it works, and how to apply that knowledge. Training is just like anything else, it takes knowledge to understand it and even more to be efficient. Most people would not try to fix their own car engine. Instead they would take it to a mechanic. Most people wouldn’t perform their own surgery. They would go to a doctor. So why would anyone try to train themselves? There are many factors that go into a good training program and each person is different. It is not just about lifting some weights and running on the treadmill nor can you just do the workout in “Jacked Magazine!” and plan to get the results you want. It takes assessment, personalization, and specificity to create a program tailored to you that will get you the results you are looking for. You go to a dentist to fix your teeth so go to a trainer to fix your body.
The field is always changing
Along the same lines as my last point, there is a lot of knowledge that goes into coaching. The science behind the body is always evolving and methods are always changing. From when to stretch to how many reps to do, to rest, to how to eat, philosophies are constantly changing and new information is continually being produced. Most people barely have time to train 3 days a week because of work, families, and life in general. So how are you supposed to research and find new information as well? Part of a coach’s job is to stay up on new research and developments in training and nutrition so that information can be passed on to clients. Let a coach be your information source so that your training is always up to date and as efficient as possible. If you barely have time to train, you will never have time to research as well.
You don’t have to hire a coach for 5 days a week but at least find a coach that can help you create a program and progress that program when needed. There is so much benefit to having a coach, from results to motivation to friendship. Do your research though when hiring a coach. Make sure that person is certified, experienced, and cares. A coach should care about you and your goals just as much as you care about your own goals. We all want to make the journey and reach the destination, so why travel alone?