The Pros and Cons of Personal Trainers
Written by Giles Howard Tuesday, 27 October 2009 19:02
Personal trainers are an integral part of the gym experience for many individuals trying to lose weight or gain muscle. Personal trainers can motivate you to accomplish you fitness goals, teach you fitness techniques that will stay with you for your whole life and help you construct a diet that works with your workouts rather than against them.
At their best, personal trainers are a great asset for anyone but they’re also expensive and difficult to judge before you’ve purchased a series of appointments with them.Because personal trainers vary so widely, it’s important to keep a few things in mind before you consider their services.
First, if you’re just starting out at a gym and you don’t really know what you’re doing, read up about fitness, nutrition and exercise before you consider the use of a trainer. Sure, personal trainers are great assets for beginners but you can teach yourself a lot before you pay for someone else to instruct you.
That being said, once you’ve taught yourself as much as you can, it would be a good idea to spend 30 minutes or an hour with a trainer going over your exercise routine, diet and technique. If you do some research before you contact a trainer, you’ll enter into the training session with some background knowledge that will help put everything they tell you in context and also save you some money.
Remember, if they have to explain the basics to you rather than help you fine-tune your existing workout routine, you’re paying them to do something you could (and should) have done yourself.Basically, while personal trainers are an attractive resource for beginners, it’s important to learn some things yourself and bring in a paid specialist only when the going gets tough. Of course, rough patches in your workout are inevitable and this is where personal trainers become invaluable.
If you’re trying to lose weight or gain muscle and you’ve plateaued, consider paying for a personal trainer to reinvigorate your workout routine. Personal trainers are great at restoring motivation to your workout and their knowledge of fitness can help you start achieving progress again.
Of course, don’t sign up for a ten-week program before you’ve tried the trainer in one or two 30-minute sessions. It’s impossible to judge a trainer before you’ve actually interacted with them in your workout so pay for one or two sessions and, if you like them, sign-up for more.
Also, many gyms offer one or two free personal training sessions with your membership package and you should definitely make use of them if you’re considering the use of a personal trainer.
The only drawback to personal trainers is the price and although this varies by gym and locale, it’s generally cheaper to hire a freelancing trainer than one that works exclusively at a gym. For this reason, many gyms bar freelance trainers so that they encourage the use of their own employees but, if your gym doesn’t have such a ban in place, going with the freelancer will save you money.
A personal trainer, freelance or otherwise, is a great asset for someone who’s plateaued in his or her weight loss or muscle gain. They can teach you important techniques and help you plan your exercise routine and diet around your personal fitness goals.
Remember, always try a personal trainer out for a session or two before you sign up for a set of sessions and check to see if your gym offers any free sessions before you pay for a trainer’s time. Personal trainers can be important assets as you learn technique and pursue your fitness goals.
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