Most people prefer to figure out the whole fitness thing on their own. It can’t be that hard, right? While this approach has its benefits, it also has significant drawbacks. One of them is the sheer amount of confusion and frustration.
Like most things, getting in shape also requires a plan and structure. Sure, you can haphazardly throw stuff against a wall and see what sticks. However, it would be challenging and time-consuming.
- You Learn What Matters and What Doesn’t
For someone new to fitness, working out can be an incredibly tricky endeavor. There are so many moving parts and so many things to consider.
However, there are also many things that don’t matter – myths and lies created by people who don’t know any better or are trying to push a product to a broad audience.
A good personal trainer can help teach you what truly matters and what doesn’t. That way, you can be efficient with your time and only spend it on activities that deliver results.
- You Learn Proper Training Technique
If you’ve spent a bit of time at a public gym, you’ve probably realized that poor training technique is incredibly common.
Many beginners learn how to perform exercises from their friends who are equally as clueless. Then, once these folks stack up a couple of months in the gym, decide it’s time to share their knowledge and teach other people how to train.
This cycle breeds incompetence in the gym, injuries become common, and proper muscle activation is nowhere to be seen.
A good coach can help give you a right start with exercises and save you lots of wasted effort and injuries.
- You Learn The Basics of Fat Loss and Muscle Growth
Some people don’t care about that, but most do – that’s why the fitness industry is so notoriously famous for its sleazy marketing and fitness ‘gurus.’
There is so much misinformation on the topics of fat loss and muscle growth. Contradicting opinions, mislead statements, and downright lies are everywhere.
A good personal trainer can teach you the basics of fat loss and muscle growth, help you separate fact from fiction, and lay the groundwork for you to make significant progress with a simple training and nutrition plan.
- You are Kept Accountable
Accountability is a powerful motivator, yet many people overlook it. If you want to establish a positive habit, but you keep giving up early, you may find that having an accountability partner can be the thing you need.
If you know that your trainer is at the gym, waiting for you at a given time, you’re much more likely to follow through. On the other hand, if no one is there to keep you accountable, you’re much more likely to give in to what’s comfortable, skip workouts and eat unhealthily.
- You are Challenged to Improve and Do Better
I’m all for consistent training – I think it’s great. However, on its own, it’s not enough. Many people hit the gym regularly but never get any results. Why do you think that is?
There could be many reasons, of course, but one of the major ones is the lack of effort. People go through the motions, do the workout, and call it a day. However, to make consistent progress in the gym, you need to push yourself. You need to improve continuously. Otherwise, you’re not training; you’re just exercising.
A good personal trainer knows how to challenge you just enough so you make progress, but not too much that you wind up overtrained or injured.
- You are Given a Personalized Plan
Though that new ‘Chris Hemsworth workout for big guns’ might sound appealing to try, it probably won’t do much for you. That’s because the workout has been developed for Chris, not Chris… and a million other people.
We are all different, and what might work for some celebrity, could be incredibly ineffective for you.
A good trainer will be there to personalize your training based on your goals, schedule, preferences, injury history, and other factors.
- They Teach You About Proper Goal-Setting
Goals are essential because they give direction to our efforts. If we don’t know what we want to achieve, how will we know that we are successful?
However, if we set unrealistic goals, they can do more harm than good. Yes, there’s a right and a wrong way to use goals.
A good trainer can show you what’s possible and what’s not in a given time-frame. They can also teach you the difference between clear, actionable goals and vague, unrealistic ones. That way, you can more effectively set and achieve objectives.