First and foremost, I am going to be an advocate of this (not surprising) but where you may be surprised is that, in my eyes, you may not strictly need a personal trainer.
What I believe we do need more often than not, is someone to guide our fitness journey (that may sound cheesy but it’s true!) and I think this can be split into two parts, which we often cover when you choose the right personal trainer for you.
I believe what most people are looking for is:
1. Someone to get excited, take an interest in our goals and help measure our progress – really there to motivate and keep us on track
2. Someone to impart their expert knowledge to help us move forward in pursuit of our goals such as the right training approaches, possible exercises, nutritional advice
They Have To Be The Right Fit For You
So depending on your position on either of those points; you may have all your training and nutritional knowledge sorted. If that is the case, all you need is someone to keep you on track, which doesn’t necessarily need to be a personal trainer; it could be a coach or even a friend.
I will caveat the notion of it being your friend though and say that it was to be somebody that is either on the same path as you or someone that really motivates you. It is no use it being your mate that you can sidestep when you’ve taken the week off and gone backwards or someone who berates you when actually you just need a few words of encouragement.
I would also say that one added benefit of using a health professional over a friend is that you have paid money and made it real. You are committed.
Far too often we try and get all the information for the smallest price, which I understand because that is how we work nowadays. We shop around, we use price comparison websites and we very seldom show retailers any loyalty. I myself often walk into a shop, find out if I like the product I intend to buy, check online for a cheap price with another retailer and buy it from there instead. However this is not the same as buying a TV, that takes a minute, maybe two.
Make A Commitment
What we are talking about here is a commitment and you saying ‘this really matters to me and I will not short change myself and my body’. Showing yourself that you’re not second best and that you are valued. Having a real financial commitment and the knowledge that you have given yourself the best possible tools to make some huge strides forward are the kind things that get you out of bed and in the gym.
Remember how you do anything is how you do everything so take it seriously and make it count.
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