If your ultimate goal is to create your own workouts and exercise by yourself, hiring a personal trainer for just a few sessions is a tremendous idea. During this time you can learn a great deal about the muscles in your body, and not only discover what the best exercises are to target those muscles, but learn how to do those exercises correctly and with the proper form to get the best possible effect from your efforts.
Accountability and Motivation
An important part of what a personal trainer brings to you is motivation. When people have a standing appointment to exercise, they’re much less likely to skip out of their workout. Additionally, a trainer will provide some accountability, so even when you don’t have a session, you can be sure that your trainer will ask if you did your planned workouts. Just knowing that someone is going to be checking up on you can be a superb motivating force to get working!
You’re Not Seeing Results
There are few things more frustrating than working out consistently for several weeks or months and not seeing the changes you were hoping for. A personal trainer can help you get the results you want by professionally examining your exercise routine, eating habits, and fitness goals, then helping to craft a routine designed to give you the most effective workout possible—because it’s a routine that will be created just for YOU.
You Don't Know Where to Start
A lot of people get a little confused, and maybe even a little intimidated, when trying to start a new exercise routine; after all, it seems like there’s a million different exercises you can do! Thankfully, your personal trainer can help you get going on the workout path that’s exactly right for you. Your trainer will help you set goals, get a routine together, and even help map out a specific schedule so you’ll know when, how, and where to fit exercise into your day.
You Have a Specific Illness, Injury or Condition
An experienced personal trainer doesn’t just know about exercise, they know about the human body. This means that if you have specific issues like arthritis, heart disease, old nagging injuries, or anything else that may keep you from getting the exercise you feel you need, a trainer (working with your doctor, of course) will help you find a program that gives the most effective workout for you, while helping to heal injuries and prevent any further problems. Trainers can also help pregnant women stay healthy and fit with a safe and effective workout designed just for those who are expecting. Whatever your concern, please make sure that the trainer you choose has experience with your specific condition.
You Want to Get Over a Personal Fitness Hurdle
Some people, no matter how much they seem to workout, just can’t seem to get past a certain plateau. Personal trainers can step into these situations and help push you past these limits—getting you to go that extra mile, lift those ten extra pounds, or push that one…last…rep out of you.
You're Bored with the Same Old Workouts
Personal trainers aren’t just for people starting out on their path to fitness. A trainer can also be a tremendous asset to experienced exercisers. Trainers bring a fresh perspective and innovative ideas that’ll breathe new life into your same old routines. Even if you only do a few sessions or meet once every few weeks, it’ll be a great boost to try new workouts and experience great new exercise toys to play with!
You’re Training for a Sport or Event
Whether you’re in training for a marathon, a golf tournament, or any other type for sporting event, a personal trainer can help keep your strong without taking away from your other training. A trainer can help create a program and map out a plan for the coming event that will help you get the best possible results. (Please be sure that the trainer has experience with the sport you’re training for, as all trainers do not have sport-specific training.)
You Want Support and/or Supervision During Workouts
Even if you know how you want to exercise and you know how to do these exercises correctly, having a trainer around for support and supervision can be a great decision. If you’re lifting heavy weights or need someone to help with partner-type exercises, a trainer is a great asset to your workout routine by spotting you during workouts and helping you in every way possible to meet your fitness goals.
You Want to Workout at Home
If you really want to exercise at home, but either don’t have a lot of equipment or your aren’t sure how to use the equipment you have, in-home personal training is an excellent choice. Your trainer can either bring equipment to your home, show you the best way to use what you already have, or make recommendations for new tools you can use. All of this, of course, will be done with your specific goals in mind.