Not sure if you’re getting the most out of your workouts? If you’ve been wondering whether you should hire a personal trainer, take a look at these pros and cons by guest author Zara Lewis!
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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Personal Trainer
By Zara Lewis
If you’re like me, you constantly try to improve yourself and lead a healthy lifestyle. I strongly believe that I owe this to myself and my two beautiful kids.
Still, even though I consider fitness to be my passion, I too can get envious of people who can motivate themselves and stick to their own schedule flawlessly.
For me, the biggest game-changer was the decision to hire a professional fitness trainer. Of course, I’m well aware that this is not for everyone.
Therefore, I want to share my experience with you. Take a look at the following pros and cons and decide whether this is worth your while and money for yourself.
Pro – specific workout plan
A professional fitness instructor will create a workout sheet that’s tailored to your own specific needs. They will take various factors into consideration, such as your fitness ability, flexibility, health, weight and the result you want to achieve.
For example, it turned out that I used to do all the wrong exercises for arm toning. With a special set of workouts that suit your needs the best, you’ll also be able to see positive change faster.
What’s more, these specially selected exercises won’t push you over the limit. That way, you won’t be too tired or in too much pain the next day to continue working out.
Con – not everyone is a professional
Not every fitness trainer is really a professional just because they add this adjective to their job title. You have to be very selective when it comes to the gym you want to go to and their level of professionalism.
Some trainers may appear professional but will neglect to create workout sheet that’s specifically designed for you. Some will ignore your current fitness level and push you harder than you did yourself when trying to exercise to YouTube videos.
In that respect, looking for the best professional trainer may get a bit stressful, but you should definitely put some effort into checking references and recommendations from other people.
Pro – the right way to exercise
Having a professional trainer means that you will always have someone to check up on you and oversee the way you work out.
In my case, my fitness instructor pointed out that I position my feet wrong when I squat, which only put pressure on my joints instead of actually toning my thighs and bum.
It’s essential to stress how important the right way to do a certain exercise actually is. It’s not only about getting all the fitness benefits from a proper workout but the fact that you can actually hurt yourself if you constantly exercise incorrectly.
Con – aggressive trainer
This hasn’t happened to me per se, but my friend was really troubled by the way her personal trainer went about their training sessions. Every time she didn’t do the exercise right, he was pretty blunt about his anger and disappointment as if she was expected to nail every single exercise right the moment she tried it.
Some people may say that having someone to nag you and even insult you when necessary will only keep you going, but this doesn’t work for everyone. She was only discouraged by his behavior.
Because of this, you really need to pay attention to your trainer’s personality, which can add to the stress when looking for the right one.
Pro – motivation works wonders
I really couldn’t believe how helpful and motivational it is to have someone by your side to tell you that you can do something, that you’re improving every day, that they can notice a huge difference in your appearance, etc.
Positive reinforcement and encouragement from my personal trainer turned out to be the missing link I needed in order to find the willpower to exercise and do something about the way I look.
In my experience, finding a good personal trainer in Adelaide can be a challenge because there are so many of them. I’m glad I focused my search on those with positive reviews, stating they are really kind, uplifting and motivational.
Con – expensive investment
Hiring a professional trainer is not something that you can get away with cheaply. If you want the best possible service, you need to pay for it. Because of that, I understand that not everyone will be up for this. Still, I have to mention that this is an investment you make in yourself.
On the other hand, if you’re actually able to motivate yourself and workout at home or at the gym regularly on your own, you really don’t have to spend money on a personal fitness instructor.
Why I Hired a Personal Trainer
In all honesty, I don’t think that I would reach my goal and feel happy, healthy and confident the way I do now without my trainer’s help. So, if you sense that you’re in a vicious circle of constantly feeling depressed and sluggish but powerless to change all that on your own, definitely consider hiring a professional trainer.