Figuring Out Fitness

Why Hiring a Personal Fitness Trainer Makes a Lot of Sense

Do you want to live a happier, healthier and functionally fitter life? Maybe you just want to have a gorgeous bod or a ripped bod (whatever the difference). Regardless of your goals for going to the gym, a qualified personal trainer can always help make your goals reachable.

Here are the top reasons you should consider hiring a personal trainer:

You’re a newbie.

Pumping iron is not as simple as lifting heavy objects, putting them down, and lifting them up again. You may think you’ve got it so easy, but why and how so sure? You may even have a “workout buddy,” but what makes you so convinced you’re getting correct coaching? Having a friend at the gym is great, but only a professional trainer can teach you how to do things right.
You like the machines a lot.

Do you usually use the leg press machine or Smith rack rather than do proper leg squats? Have you never attempted a deadlift in the past? Are you a frequent user of 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 men, without a doubt, women dig bulging biceps, but that’s no reason to get stuck there. Look at your body as a single whole unit. A good personal trainer will make you a total lifting program which helps you attain your specific goals, while helping you develop a healthy and high-performance physique which women will find attractive.

You love the pec deck a lot.

It’s good to do some bicep pumps, but an all-body approach targeting multiple joint movements is important – deadlifts, rows, overhead press, squats, bench press, and chin-ups.

You’re hurting yourself and/or not making any real progress.

Weightlifting is very important. A professional makes sure that you’re lifting properly, so you get maximum results and still protect your joints. You’re not supposed to be flopping around, trying to bench more than necessary.

You’re bored or you’ve reached a plateau.

You may be an accomplished lifter, but you still need a trainer who can help you mix things up and keep things exciting.

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. Some reputable ones are NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), and ISSA (International Sports Society Association).

Definitely, you must also ask regarding payment. Most probably, you can get a reduced rate for a 10 to 20-session package. Take note, your trainer’s philosophy should be a match to yours; otherwise, you won’t feel so positive about your training and that affect your results. Finally, 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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