What Can a Personal Trainer Do For you?
Personal trainers are for Hollywood A-list stars, supermodels, and athletes, right?
There’s a lot of mythology around what personal trainers do and who should hire them. Plus, fitness apps abound, everything from do-good while exercising Charity miles to Fitbit (your own portable personal trainer).
What can a personal trainer do for the normal people out there? When should you hire a personal trainer and make it worth your time and money?
- Personal trainers are an investment for retirement. Retirement can be tricky. Active retirees are more likely to live longer, healthier lives. After 30+ years of work, some retirees are at a loss as to how to remain active. There are four pillars to every senior exercise program. Being fit as a senior is simply the difference between independent living and assisted living. It can also improve common symptoms that come with age, like arthritis while keeping aging muscles and immune systems young. A good personal trainer will assess individual needs, create a personalized exercise program, and set goals to keep you motivated. All this will keep you more active and healthier.
- Personal trainers are guides, creating personalized programs that fit into YOUR life. So many clients of mine have signed up for expensive gym memberships, arrived, ready to tackle the world, and pretty much gotten lost in the machines. Gyms can be intimidating places. A personal trainer can help you feel more comfortable at the gym or find ways for you to exercise in your daily life. In my experience, my clients who have to go out of their way to exercise simply don’t. A personal trainer will find ways to get you moving and exercising every single day.
- Personal trainers are great for short-term goals. Do you want to run a marathon? Compete in your first triathlon? Or, are you simply trying to get ready to dance with your daughter at her wedding or take your family hiking to the Grand Canyon on your next vacation? When you have a finite goal, hiring a personal trainer is a smart thing to do. They keep you motivated and on track, setting reachable goals.
- Personal trainers are great for when you hit that wall. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut. It’s hard to push past that five-mile mark when running. Oftentimes, my clients don’t know how to push their bodies further. A personal trainer is a great ally when it comes to pushing you beyond your limits (safely) and getting you to the next level.
- Personal trainers are teachers. The best trainers explain why your personalized exercise regime will help you reach your fitness goals AND they will teach you how to do them well, reducing the risk of injury, increasing their effectiveness. Form, posture, and technique are critical to a successful exercise program.
- Personal trainers help develop life-long habits. By learning techniques and finding ways to make movement part of your daily mentality, you will develop healthy exercise habits.
Creating individualized workouts, setting personalized goals, keeping you accountable, and teaching clients the most effective exercises to do to reach those goals aren’t things you can get on an App. Hiring a personal trainer can have some powerful, long-term effects. Remember, though, to ensure your trainer is certified from one of these organizations: ACE (American Council on Exercise), ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), ISSA (International Sports Science Association), or NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).