When it comes to getting fit, one of the best decisions you can make is to hire a certified personal trainer. Whether you’re just beginning your fitness journey and you’re not sure where to start or if you’ve been working out for years and need to shake things up, personal training can get you where you want to be faster.
Hiring a professional in other areas of your life is a no-brainer. Got a leaky sink? You hire a plumber. Need some help with your taxes? Hire an accountant. Working with a personal trainer is no different than working with any expert to help you accomplish a goal faster and with knowledgeable guidance.
With the many fitness options available online and in the gym, you may wonder what exactly a personal trainer can do for you that you can’t do for yourself. According to a study by the Journal of Sports Scient & Medicine, working out with a personal trainer can increase the chance of achieving your fitness goals by more than 30 percent! Let’s explore some of the benefits of hiring a certified personal trainer, that you won’t see with a DIY fitness approach.
You’ll get a safer workout with a personal trainer
The most important part of working out is making sure you’re doing it safely. Nothing is going to stall your progress more than an injury. If you’re new to working out, having a personal trainer go over the basics can be a huge help. You’ll feel confident that you have the correct form in the weight room, know how to use machines, and know which equipment should be used for certain exercises. Even if you consider yourself a bonafide gym rat, getting expert guidance from a personal trainer can help you take your workout to the next level and reach goals faster.
Personal trainers will also be able to reel you in if you’re pushing yourself too hard. They know when it’s time to go all out and when it’s time for rest and recovery. They know what types of exercises are suitable for your specific needs and level of fitness. With a certified personal trainer by your side, your risk of injury is greatly reduced and you can feel confident that you’re doing the right exercises to meet your specific fitness goals.
A personal trainer gives you a high level of accountability
Sticking with any fitness routine can be hard. Even if you love working out, finding time to get a workout in when you're navigating a busy schedule can be a challenge. A lot of us start out strong with lofty fitness goals in mind and start to lose steam a few months in. Working with a certified personal trainer offers a level of accountability that’s hard to ignore.
For one thing, you’re paying them! Knowing you’re paying someone goes a long way in making you stick to your commitment. It’s harder to blow off a workout that you’re putting your hard-earned dollars towards!
Personal trainers are also great at gassing you up and keeping you engaged so that you actually want to keep coming to your sessions. A good personal trainer will check in regularly to make sure you’re not veering off track and provide support and advice if you’re struggling. When you work with a certified personal trainer, you’re not just getting a consistent weekly workout, you’re getting a built-in cheerleader!
You’ll get a custom workout made for you
You can come to the gym and work through a rotation of machines, hop on a treadmill and run through a program, or bring up a YouTube video and follow along - but none of those workouts are tailored to you and your specific goals.
Certified personal trainers are experts when it comes to creating workout plans that match the individual needs of their clients. In fact, they’re passionate about it! You may be looking to lose weight, improve endurance, get those gains, recover from an injury, or something else entirely. Whatever it is you want to achieve, a personal trainer is going to build an effective plan with those results in mind. This personalized approach ensures that each workout session is designed with your body in mind and maximizes efficiency so you reach your goals faster.
A personal trainer can shake up your routine
Everyone hits a fitness plateau once in a while. While consistency is key when you’re trying to reach certain fitness goals, you won’t see long-term results without mixing it up once in a while. When your body gets used to doing the same workouts over and over again, it’s sort of like switching to cruise control. Your body will become efficient at that workout you do every day and adapt, which leads to burning fewer calories and seeing fewer gains. You also risk overusing some muscles and ignoring others which can lead to injury.
Working with a certified personal trainer can help you shake things up with new exercises and routines and keep your body guessing for maximum results. Plus, you’ll never get bored!
Achieve your fitness goals with a personal trainer
We mean it when we say personal training really is for everyone! Beginners, athletes, bodybuilders, ballerinas, desk jockeys, kids, teens, seniors, those with disabilities, those who want to train long-term, and those who just want a session or two - everyone!
If you have a fitness goal you’re trying to reach, a personal trainer will set you up for success and help you get to that next level.
If you’re curious about personal training at Western, now is the best time to dip your toes in! This week (February 27th - March 3rd) we’ll be running free personal training demos all week long. Sign up for a completely free, no-pressure session with one of Western’s 17 amazing certified personal trainers and see how they can help you achieve your fitness goals this year.
Stop by the front desk or call Western at 920-497-1161 to sign up for your demo session this week!