If you're looking to make serious progress on your fitness goals, you may want to consider hiring a personal trainer.
Let's be clear though, it's 100% possible to reach your goals by yourself without a trainer. However the progress may come slower.
Think of it this way, the highest paid, highest performing athletes in the world use personal trainers both in season and in the off-season to improve their fitness levels.
, simply having a trainer for a few months while you're starting out may be the smartest move you could make. When you start with any new skill set it's always good to have a teacher or mentor help you build your foundation.
Here are four reasons you may want to consider hiring a personal trainer:
1. Personalized workout programs
One of the best things about having a personal trainer is their ability to write a custom tailored workout program and help you stick to it.
A good personal trainer is capable of taking your personal fitness and health goals, your health needs (which you may not be able to realize yourself), and your time availabilities and turn it into a well structured plan.
Many people are capable of writing their own workout program, but as the New Year's gym membership surge in January with the subsequent February membership drop-off shows, many are not capable of sticking to their goals.
So, why not pay someone to make sure you are staying on track and hitting your weekly numbers? With all fitness goals, consistency is key.
3. Form, keeping you safe while you progress
Advice on exercise form is about as easy to come by as sand in a desert. Whether it's the creepy guy at the gym or a random stranger in the comment section of a workout Youtube video, everyone wants to hand out exercise form advise.
With a personal trainer, you have one person watching your movement patterns during exercise who is trained to make sure you safely and efficiently perform the exercises.
Having good form keeps you safe as you increase the amount of weights you're lifting, and it keeps you health while you progress.
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4. Guidance inside and outside of the gym
Often times the job a personal trainer extends beyond your time together at the gym. A good trainer's goal is for you to reach your own goals.
This means your trainer should be giving you sound advice on proper nutrition and other aspects of life that will affect your ability to reach your health and fitness goals. Whether you need to work on mobility more, or need some help figuring out good rest and recover habits, a solid personal trainer will know what you need and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle.