Why Hiring a Personal Fitness Trainer Makes a Lot of Sense
Do you want to live a happier, healthier and functionally fitter life? Perhaps you just want a fab bod or you want to get ripped. No matter what your goals for hitting the gym, a qualified personal trainer can always help you reach them.
Here are reasons why you should consider working with a personal trainer:
You’re a newbie.
Pumping iron is beyond lifting heavy things, putting them down and picking them up again. You may think everything is so easy, but what makes you so sure? If you have a “workout partner” helping you out, what makes you think he’s giving you the right coaching? Friends are great to work out with, but you need a professional trainer to really get things right.
You like the machines a lot.
Do you prefer the Smith rack or leg press machine over doing proper squats? Have you never attempted a deadlift in the past? Do you often use the pec deck? In the lifting world, old school works best, and old school equals free weights. Machines do serve a purpose, but you should rely on them only for “finishing” exercises.
You’re stuck with the bar muscles.
For men, without a doubt, women dig bulging biceps, but that’s no reason to get stuck there. Look at your body as a single whole unit. A good personal trainer can create an overall lifting program that helps you achieve your particular goals, while also giving you a healthy and high-power body that is attractive to women.
You seem to enjoy the pec deck so much.
It’s okay to do some bicep pumps, but you need an all-body approach that works multi-joint movements – squats, deadlifts, overhead press, bench press, chin-ups, and rows.
You’re getting injured and/or not achieving your goals.
Weightlifting is so important. You need a professional to ensure that you’re lifting correctly to get the best results but with your joints protected. Don’t flop around, trying to bench more than you have to.
You’re bored or you’ve reached a plateau.
No matter how accomplished you are as a lifter, a trainer can still help you with new combinations to keep lifting more interesting.
If you’re convinced you should hire a personal trainer (most people actually do, especially in the beginning), don’t just choose anyone. Find someone who will gladly give you references and has certification. Not all certifications are created equal though. Some reputable ones are NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), and ISSA (International Sports Society Association).
Of course, you should also ask about payment. You can usually get a better rate on a package of, say, 10 to 20 sessions. Take note, your trainer’s philosophy should be a match to yours; otherwise, you won’t feel so positive about your training and that affect your results. Finally, look at the trainer. If he’s not in the best shape, ask why. You can’t be motivated by someone who can’t motivate himself.
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