Not too long ago, hiring an Personal Trainer was like putting a chauffeur, butler or masseuse on the payroll, an indulgence for the rich and spoiled. But the idea that fitness coaches are only for Hollywood stars and professional athletes is as outdated as Jane Fonda’s leg warmers.
Having a trainer makes sense for people who join gyms but are intimidated by the maze of machines and free weights. Or those who work out at home and need someone to rev up your routine. Think you can go to the gym, workout, and eat right with enough motivation? Sure you can! However, what makes you think that someone who specializes in exercise and weight loss/ weight gain can’t help increase your results and keep you motivated and consistent?
When people think of a personal trainer they picture some huge guy that looks like Hulk Hogan standing over them yelling out orders like a drill Sargent.
The reality of our occupation is just the opposite. We aren’t there to be little you, yell at you, and make you puke (because you’ve worked out so much). We are there to be a “professional tool” to guide you in the right direction so you can be successful throughout your journey to a better, healthier body.
Most gym members watch personal trainers throughout their training sessions and try to get a good idea of what a trainer “really” does. This is often a good question to ask when watching some trainers that work in corporate gyms, but more on that issue in a future blog. However, even the average client doesn’t really know what is fully going on. Much more thought and effort goes into planning workout routines then just marching out onto the workout floor and pointing to machines. Not only is the trainer tailoring your workout towards your overall goal, but they are also changing your routine on a consistent basis so you don’t hit plateaus and get discouraged. Sometimes this means changing the weight, reps, tempo, modality, rest, plane of motion, or even changing the whole routine all together! So I am going to give you some hints on “what a trainer really does” so that you can decide whether paying for personal training is really worth it…..
Here are the top ten reasons to hire an Orange County Personal Trainer
1. You are not seeing results
If you’ve been exercising consistently for several weeks or months and aren’t seeing the changes you’d like, hiring a trainer may be a good choice. A trainer can look at your current program and eating habits and help you see where you could make changes to create more effective
workouts. A trainer can also help you determine if the goals you’ve set are realistic for you.
2. You do not know where to start
Knowing how to set up a balanced schedule that includes all the activities you need to do can be confusing. The great thing about a trainer is that he can help you maximize your time while helping you stay within your own limits so you don’t overdo it. He can also help you set goals and map out a specific schedule so you know when, how and where you’ll fit in your workouts.
3. You are bored with your old workouts
If you’re an experienced exerciser, maybe you haven’t considered working with a trainer. But it can be a great choice if you need some variety in your workouts. A trainer can bring a fresh perspecitve and new ideas to challenge both your body and your mind. Even if you just do a few sessions or meet every few weeks, you’ll find it refreshing to have new workouts and new exercise toys to play with.
4. You need to be challenged and pushed to your limits
If you’re like me, you tend to slack off on your workouts sometimes, especially when things get tough. A trainer can motivate you to push past those self-imposed limits, encouraging you to lift heavier, go longer and challenge yourself more than you would on your own. You’ll find it’s very hard to slack off with a trainer standing over you, telling you to do just…one…more…rep!
5. You need accountability and motivation
Trainers come with built-in motivation. Not only are you investing money into your exercise program…you’re investing time as well. There’s nothing like a standing appointment to get your butt in gear for a workout. Not only that, a trainer provides some accountability so, even when you don’t have a session, you know your trainer will be asking if you did your planned workouts. Just knowing that may make it harder to skip your workouts. This is also a great reason for all those people who know how to exercise and do it correctly but still just don’t.
6. You have a specific illness, injury or condition
If you have any specific issues like arthritis, heart disease, old injuries, diabetes etc., working with an experienced trainer (who works with your doctor, of course) can help you find a program to help heal injuries and avoid any further problems. It’s also a great idea to work with a trainer if you’re pregnant and want a safe, effective workout to keep you healthy and fit. Just make sure your trainer has experience with your issues!
7. You are training for a sport or event
If you’re training for a marathon, a golf tournament or some other type of sport or event, an experienced trainer can help you figure out what you need to do to stay strong without taking away from your other training. She can also help create a training program and map out a plan for the coming event. Just make sure she’s experienced in the sport you’re training for since not all trainers do sport-specific training.
8. You want to target specific parts of your body
Trainers have a vast supply of exercises so they can help target areas of your body that you don’t know how to work. Different exercises helps you to challenge parts of your body in so many different ways that you are assured to get results. So whether you want big guns for the beach or hot sexy legs for that new skirt, a trainer will be able to get you specific results directly related to your own personal goal.
9. You need advice on the right, safe supplements for you and your goal
The supplement industry spends billions of dollars each year on advertising their products, but just because they spent so much on promotion doesn’t mean that they spent it on research! In fact this industry is not even regulated by the FDA and do not have to practice good manufacturing practices. That’s where the trainer comes in, they study supplements and tell you which ones are worth buying.
10. They keep you on track with your meal plans(MOST IMPORTANT)
No one likes to be restricted, but somehow when someone is watching over you, it’s much easier to eat the right foods then just doing it on your own. Just knowing that you have to tell your trainer what you ate will help you make better decision let alone if you are writing it down and showing him. Every GOOD trainer will be very well educated in nutrition because that will determine 80% of your results. Make sure you know if you are eating to “lose weight” or for “optimal health”. There is a huge difference and it is a leading factor why 90% of our food budget is spent on processed “diet food” like lean cuisines and the cancer rates are growing like crazy.
A logical choice…
Look over this list of things that trainers do…… now think about your busy life, your family, your job, your social life. Now, tell me if you think you have time to change your workouts, follow your meal plan, keep yourself motivated, and spend long nights researching new workout routines and supplements. Not many of us do…. but we know we can make money and save money. Most sick days at work can be attributed to being overweight and eating junk. All the money spent at the doctors office and on prescriptions is unnecessary. This money can be invested in your well being with preventative medicine by choosing an Orange County personal trainer that’s well educated who can help you on your way to a better you!
Innovative Results has a team of personal trainers in Orange County that can help you find the right exercise and nutrition plan to help you achieve your fitness and health goals. Call today for a free trial 1-866-243-4472