Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Ask yourself the question, when you decided to get a driver’s license and you had never driven a car, did you attempt to learn how to drive by getting behind the wheel without any guidance at all? I’m thinking probably not. Either you had some help from a family member, or you attending driving school. Why? Why not just get behind the wheel and start driving? Probably because learning to drive can be quite the daunting task, and also there is a lot of risk when you screw up.
So why do we look at exercise differently?
In most of my posts I reference the use of a personal trainer. Some people might think that since I am a personal trainer that I am just promoting my field to drive up business. Makes sense doesn’t it. But that’s not what’s going on. Much like learning to drive a car, one of the benefits of having a personal trainer is to learn how to do things properly. I’m sure people laugh at this thought or dismiss it. ‘I already know how to work out, why would I need someone to show me how?’ is the common response to why don’t you get a personal trainer.
For whatever reason most of us decide to undertake activities that put our bodies through abuse, large amount of stress and activities that can have detrimental short and long term affects. I don’t think this is done purposely but I think it’s because we feel that the training we do is working for us. We sweat, hopefully, our heart rate goes up, our muscles may ache, and generally we feel better. Can we always notice damage being done to our body because of improper technique? No. Are we able to show the correlation between a health issue and improper training? No. So we kind of go along blindly thinking everything’s rocking.
Unfortunately people don’t realize the benefit of having a personal trainer until they have a personal trainer. That is usually when they have that ‘a ha’ moment of why didn’t I do this a long time ago.
Does this make sense so far? To also help you understand that this article is not being written as a way for me to increase my client base, or to drive up other trainer’s client base let me explain why I became a personal trainer. It really was for my own benefit of learning more about the human body. I have always had a love for fitness and wanted to learn more about why the body works the way it does, and why we do certain things and get the results we do. Also, my responsibilities at the dojo where I train started to change as my rank changed. I was more of a teacher and started to run and coordinate the warm ups of the students. Because of this I wanted to be able to do these things well, and I wanted the people I train with to benefit from proper work outs thus becoming stronger and healthier.
It was never my goal to become a personal trainer to start a business full time or to focus on how to get more clients. This is not to say that I won’t take on clients. Absolutely! But personal training is not my full time job.
What are they
Let me list in no particular order what I think are the benefits of having a personal trainer, and also describe those benefits:
- Identifying your strengths and weaknesses – A personal trainer should be able to identify your strong and weak areas. This will result in a program that will build those weak areas, balancing out your body which will help reduce injuries due to muscular imbalances. Read my post on muscular imbalances and the impact of them
- Technique – I mention it quite frequently, train smart. Working out be it cardio or resistance training requires proper technique to realize the benefits of this training and also to prevent injury. In my opinion, a large amount of people stop training because they don’t have an understanding on how to train for what their goals are. This results in a lack of motivation because they are not making gains and also they may incur an injury.
- Made for you – You are unique, we all are. What works for your friend may not work for you. You have goals and why would you not want to reach those goals as soon as you can? A personal trainer will ask you what your goals are and will tailor a program specifically to help you achieve those goals. It’s like having your own personal mechanic for your body. The personal trainer has the tools to make adjustments to your body based on your body.
- Gets you going – If you aren’t motivated you aren’t working out. A personal trainer is there to keep that motivation strong, to fire you up and get the most out of you. When you have finished your workout you should be going home feeling strong, feeling awesome and looking forward to your next workout.
- Knowing when and why – As you work with your personal trainer, she or he should be aware on your performance and your progress. As you are reaching the point of hitting that plateau they will be aware and ready to change things up so you miss plateauing. Your gains in performance will happen quicker as you are not wasting time hanging out on that plateau.
- More training, less time injured – A personal trainer will be there to ensure you warm up properly, cool down, and take the time to stretch and work on your range of motion. This, along with using proper technique will reduce downtime due to injury.
Do you need a personal trainer all the time, forever, and ever? No, I don’t think so. Use a trainer to review your technique and have those issues addressed. That may be all you need, especially if you are someone who already had a strong understanding of fitness. Assess where you are. Have you been making the gains you should be? Are you motivated? Have you plateaued?
It’s up to you, of course. You know where you are going, now how are you going to get there?
Yours in health,