SHOULD YOU GET A PERSONAL TRAINER?
If you want to take your fitness to the next level, you may wonder if hiring a personal trainer is the right choice. Working with a personal trainer can assist you in achieving your health and fitness goals, whether you’re new to exercise or the gym is your second home.
A certified personal trainer has been trained in the creation and implementation of safe and effective exercise programs for their clients. In other words, they will assist you in working out and making other lifestyle changes to achieve your fitness goal.
Continue reading for five reasons you might want to consider getting a personal trainer.
- Increases accountability
One of the most difficult aspects of maintaining a workout routine is doing the workouts consistently. If no one expects you to show up at the gym, you are much more likely to skip it if you’d rather stay in bed or on the couch.
Working with a personal trainer will provide you with the motivation you need to get your workout in, not only during your appointments but also at least several other times throughout the week. You may also discover that working with a trainer motivates you to work harder than working alone.
You may have heard the saying, “If you want to go far, go together”?
“A large body of research indicates that the more help someone has with their health and fitness objectives, the more likely it is that they will succeed.”
One 11-year study looked at how well people stuck to their weight-loss routines. It discovered that the greater the accountability, the more likely people stick to their weight loss program.
- You’ll get an individualized plan.
A quick Google search will show many pages of workouts or programs to try, but that does not mean they’re the best option for you. Having a trainer will ensure that you have a customized plan to produce the best results. For instance, suppose that during your initial consultation, your trainer observes that your left
leg is weaker than your right leg, and you are unaware. Because of this imbalance, you are compensating during many daily movements and exercises, exacerbating the imbalance. To address the issue, your trainer will incorporate single-leg movements into your workouts, which will allow you to correct the imbalance while also increasing overall strength.
Recent research suggests that individualized workout plans are effective for this very reason. Researchers studied a group of 24 male, well-trained junior soccer players and divided them into two strength program training groups — one with no muscular imbalances and one with.
Based on the results, individualized resistance training programs may be more effective than traditional strength-training protocols in terms of improving muscular imbalances in these soccer players.
- Promotes workout variety
You might be a creature of habit when it comes to your fitness routine, doing the same workouts at home and always using the same equipment at the gym. A trainer can introduce you to exercises you’ve never done before or would never try on your own, lowering your chances of boredom and plateauing.
Over the course of eight weeks, one study followed 21 resistance-trained men — one group followed a fixed exercise routine, while the other followed a randomly varied routine via an app. Researchers discovered that varying the workout routine made people feel more motivated. The muscle effects of the fixed and varied routines were similar.
What is the story’s moral? It can be beneficial to change things up. You’ll put your body’s movement patterns to the test while also making your brain work. Plus, you might find something you like. And even if you don’t, you’ll be glad you tried it. It discovered that calorie restriction combined with exercise produced the best results for weight loss — and that exercise alone was ineffective.
So, as you address your diet, seek advice and guidelines from your personal trainer.
- Helps your mental health
Personal trainers can assist you with various aspects of your mental health. For starters, a substantial body of research supports the beneficial effects of physical activity on mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Exercise improves mood and cognitive function by increasing blood circulation to the brain. Working with a trainer will allow you to reap these benefits.
A good personal trainer will also be interested in your life, your family, your career, and your struggles and can serve as a confidante. It’s a good feeling to know that someone is rooting for you in the gym and outside of it.
- Encourages a healthy lifestyle change
Working with a personal trainer can assist you in developing long-term habits.
According to one study, people perform 43% of their everyday actions while thinking about something else. If you don’t intentionally integrate healthy habits like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, sleeping 8 hours, and drinking water instead of soda, you may have a more difficult time seeing results.
A trainer can guide you through each step of the process and help you overcome any roadblocks that may arise. The most effective way to change habits is to start small and build on successes; a good personal trainer can show you the way.
The Bottom Line
At Elite Health and Wellness in Kearney, NE, we welcome all fitness levels, regardless of age, ability, or experience.
We track your progress by assessing your energy levels and strength gains, reassessing your goals regularly, and, if necessary, restructuring your fitness plan.
Call us at (308) 455 1500 to schedule a personal training session!