If you or a friend of yours never worked with a personal trainer before you may not see or understand how they can help you achieve your fitness goals or what extra they can provide that you can't get fom any free workout available on the internet.
Granted, those who are experienced in the gym or lived their whole life exercising may not need the knowledge or the support of an outsider to get work done, but they still may need an unbiased exert opinion if the results are not coming. I collected 7 reasons you may want to work with a personal trainer so you can save the trial error and let an expert get you results the fastest possible way.
1. Specific Areas
You might find that there are certain areas of your body that cause you trouble from either a body composition or strength point of view and you haven't got the knowledge to pick the right exercises or understand how to perform them to tackle the problem.
While spot reducing body fat is not possible, working on key areas a specific way to aid muscle growth can help you get rid of that extra skin. Strength imbalances can cause injuries and a personal trainer will be in the best position to asses where you can use some extra strength work and they will be able to guide you through these exercises, make sure that you are doing them correctly so you will get the most out of your training.
2. Goal Specific Exercises
Strenth training is versatile and there are more than one ways to achieve the same result. When you work with a qualified trainer, they will design workouts filled with exercises you can enjoy but will also help you meet your fitness goals. Besides, your session will make you feel amazing about yourself as you get stronger that you will look forward to the next one.
3. Personal Bond As A Motivator
The relationship you build with your trainer will be just between you and them, they will be eager to understand you and your struggles better, find out the best ways to keep you on track even when you find it challenging and even if all else fails, knowing that someone else is waiting for you in the gym will keep you accountable so you will not want to miss a session.
4. Keeping Yourself Independent
There is a saying what you don't use, you lose. This applies to many skills in life, including your strength, mobility, fitness and vitality. Beyond 40 the body aches can start, you may feel less energetic and less motivated to exercise, not to mention as you age you may not be able to perform tasks you were once able without help.
Pushing through that boundary and keeping up with your exercise will slow that process down for you and save you long-term lack of activity related issues. This way you can stay independent, take full care of yourself into old age and even enjoy more active family time with your kids and grandchildren or go off and tick off experiences from your bucket list.
5. Reduce Risk Of Injury
If you start doing new exercises by yourself, you might notice that you are sore, hurting yourself, pulling muscles and may trigger all kinds of other injuries. If you work with a personal trainer, they will design the session with appropriate warm-up and mobility work before having you lift weights and teach you how to use the correct form on every exercise to prevent injuries.
Your muscles might still be sore te next day if you push a little too hard, but your chances of getting injured will decrease significantly so long you follow the instructions when exercising on yor own too.
6. Realistic fitness Goals
Personal trainers have worked with many people before you and understand that while no two bodies are the same, certain goals may be realistic to some while nt for others depending on a variety of parameters including your age, your nutrition habits and how much you are willing to sacrifice to see results.
Based on all that they will help you set realistic goals so you will feel achieved at each milestone. They will be able to help you plan this goal and keep you on target. Once you have reached this goal, they will then help you onto your next fitness target, if you'd like to have one.
7. Holding On To Your Functionality
We have already discussed in point 4 why staying independent is so important for the aging population. Functonality is what you need to conserve for as long as you can to be able to stay independent.
The list is endless and can include things like being able to climb stairs, reach higher shelves, able to tie your shoelaces, pick up things from the floor, able to take the bin out, sit down and stand up and many many other actions we take for granted while we are young.
Regularly engaging in strength training will see you staying on top of your game and you'll find that you can stay functionally independent and able to keep up with friends, family and any other activities you want to pursue.
The list could go on if we went into very specific goals and areas, including staying consistent with your food or other lifestyle habits and encouraging you to make habit changes that will have a long-term effect on your health.
Have a question on any of the points above or would like to find out which of the Team Howell services would help you the best in achieving your fitness goals? Get in touch!