Let’s face it: personal training is a luxury item. I know not everyone can afford it, and not everyone wants to work one-on-one or in a semi-private group with a trainer. BUT, I think it’s pretty indisputable that any person will work harder, get one more rep out, lift the heavier weight when one weight down will do and get a better workout with a trainer standing there coaching them. In a perfect world, we’d all have personal trainers – and nutrition coaches! – to help us live the fittest and healthiest lives we can!
I was chatting with a client yesterday and we were both musing about how great we always feel after a workout, despite often coming in tired and feeling “not in the mood.” I’m sure you can relate to this! It brought up the conversation of how others around the world don’t need personal training because their lives include so much more movement. Physical labor is part of a normal day and the idea of “exercising” is so foreign. But not so for us! We need to workout and be intentional because our lives in North America simply aren’t structured around movement.
Even recently while Mikey and I were traveling in Washington, DC and New York we both lost some weight because we didn’t have time or money to snack lots and walked EVERYwhere. I simply can’t keep up that level of movement and have gained those few lbs back (no scale in this home still, but my jeans were all loose and now they are slightly less loose). 😉 I suppose I could get up an hour earlier and walk, but it is tough in this cold! An excuse? Maybe. But it’s true that it’s simply tougher to live active in all aspects of our lives if we don’t include intentional workout sessions.
So, as my client and I were discussing all this, we started chatting about how long is the right amount of time to train with a trainer. The truth is, you will continue seeing gains all your life if you keep training, but it’s not always feasible. Part of it is the desire to do it on your own (structuring workouts, pushing yourself, learning and growing and changing along the way) and part of it is the financial aspect. So, in line with our conversation, here are a few thoughts about why train with a trainer and weighing the big question, “Is it worth it?”
Some (among many other) benefits to having a personal trainer include:
- Keeping your workouts fresh
- More effective use of your time
- Learn new skills
Ever blow off a workout because you’re too tired to get out of bed? Or because you just didn’t feel like it? Let’s face it – paying someone helps keep you accountable! Having a workout buddy helps too – you’re less likely to stay in bed when you know a friend is waiting for you at your running spot early in the morning! Accountability. In some form or fashion, however you get it, we all need it.
You can google all sorts of exercises and training programs, but the form of many of those “trainers” or individuals can be pretty rough. Learning from a certified personal trainer (should) will ensure that you are performing exercises with the proper form that won’t open you up to injury. I cringe when I see people swinging kettlebells from a deep squat position, hoisting them up with their lower backs or deadlifting with a rounded back. Form matters more than your load, intensity, or ego, and a trainer can help with that!
Keeping Your Workouts Fresh
I know so many people who tell me when they get in a gym, they are either intimidated or quickly black out all other exercises besides some lunges, biceps curls and triceps kick backs! It’s so important to not just do the same thing all the time – your body gets used to it and it becomes ineffective, not to mention boring. It’s good for your muscles, brain and for longevity to keep your workouts fresh and varied. I love sharing new exercises with clients and hearing their excited responses to movements that challenge them differently!
Go, Jean, go!
More Effective Use of Your Time Ever walk into a gym excited to work out only to realize that the squat rack is busy, or there are only guys with big muscles grunting in the free weight area? Learning ways to modify your workouts is so valuable because the scenario won’t (often) be perfect and timed just how you ant it to be. Knowing how to alter your workouts AND be comfortable in a gym setting is key to allowing your plan to not unravel and to (see above) keeping it fresh! Learn New Skills Even if your workouts are varied (you don’t squat or deadlift or do shoulder presses every time), you might not be progressing your skills. What about a pistol squat? Or taking your pull up strength to learn how to climb a rope? That’s something I can help my clients with – and with new skills always comes (despite the learning curve and trial and error time) new confidence.
Yes, you know how to do burpees (personal trainers are good at making you do those!), but have you done them in a TRX?
Yes, money and the financial concern will always be an issue. But is it worth it? How much is your health worth it to you? And yes, there will always be other things to put money towards (more expensive bottles of wine, vacations, those morning lattes)…But what can you live without? Yes, it will take time and commitment. And no, not everyone will be able to make it happen or want to make that commitment. Some people have the ability to motivate themselves and train their own bodies well! But if that’s not you, and you’ve been on the fence before, consider training with a personal trainer that you trust, connect with, enjoy and commit to helping you change your body and lifestyle.
If you’re in Calgary, I’d love to train YOU at CityFit! Check out my website here for more information and also the bootcamp – Fitness, Food & Attitude – that my nutrition coach friend Joel and I are running starting March 2nd!
Have you ever worked with a personal trainer? How was your experience? If not, why haven’t you trained with someone before – anything holding you back or simply not your thing? I’d love to answer any questions you guys might have! 🙂
Live well & be well friends!