Why You Need to Hire a Personal Fitness Trainer
Want to be healthier, happier and more functionally fit? Maybe you just want to have a gorgeous bod or a ripped bod (whatever the difference). No matter what your goals for hitting the gym, a qualified personal trainer can always help you reach them.
Here are the top reasons you should consider hiring 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 tend to dwell on the machines.
Instead of doing proper squats, do you usually head over to the leg press machine over the Smith rack? Have you never attempted a deadlift in the past? Do you often use the pec deck? If you talk about lifting, old school is the only choice, and old school means 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 the men, no doubt women dig bulging biceps, but that doesn’t mean you should stop there. Consider your entire body. 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.
Some bicep pumps should be okay, but you have to take an all-body approach through multi-joint movements – bench press, deadlifts, chin-ups, rows, squats and overhead press.
You’re hurting yourself and/or not making any real progress.
Weightlifting is very important. You need a professional to ensure that you’re lifting correctly to get the best results but with your joints protected. Stop flopping around, trying to bench more than you need 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’ve been convinced you need a personal trainer (most people do, especially at the start), don’t go with just any trainer. Find someone who will gladly give you references and has certification. Certifications are not necessarily all equal though. Examples of reputable ones are IDEA Health & Fitness Association, ACE (American Council on exercise), and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).
Definitely, you must also ask regarding payment. You can usually get a better rate on a package of, say, 10 to 20 sessions. Remember, your trainer’s philosophy must be in line with yours, or you won’t be happy training and that can compromise your results. Lastly, take a look at the trainer. If he’s not in great shape, you should ask why. You need someone who can motivate you by first motivating himself.
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