1. Trainers provide accountability and motivation
Do you want to face your trainer and tell her that you didn’t work out yesterday? Sure, you can get this accountability from a dedicated friend who works out with you, but this is the trainer’s job. He or she has a vested interest in seeing that you complete your workouts.
Also, if you’re paying a trainer, do you really want to slack off and feel like you aren’t getting the most for your money? Money spent is good motivation to work out.
2. Trainers provide expertise
A good personal trainer will watch closely to ensure that you are doing the exercises properly to maximize your result and target the intended muscle group.
A trainer carefully watches and corrects minor mistakes in form. Sometimes the smallest tweak of an exercise will change the muscle that is targeted. Consistently doing an exercise incorrectly can lead to injury.
3. A trainer will push you just enough
A trainer will push you harder than you will push yourself but keep you from rushing ahead too quickly.
Most people workout until they feel uncomfortable, and then modify the movement or stop altogether. A good trainer knows how to push you beyond your comfort zone and when to stop before pain or injury sets in.
Expert trainers know alternative exercises if you have difficulty with one or if you have an injury to work around. Sometimes a modified version of an exercise is necessary, depending on your fitness level. A good trainer will expertly shape an exercise for you.
4. A trainer helps you identify and reach goals
As you set your goals, she helps you to attain them. She encourages you by noticing improvements that you wouldn’t even think about. This is helpful when discouragement tries to set in. A trainer will consistently assess your progress and modify your routine to help you achieve your goals.
5. A trainer will personalize your workout
Quality trainers know how to customize a workout based on your individual strengths, weaknesses and goals.
She may recommend a running interval plan to increase cardio endurance. If your goal is to build more core strength, she may have you do a series of planks, sit-ups and ball slams.
6. Trainers can reduce the possibility of injury
An injury can derail a workout program and cause so much discouragement that you could lose momentum and determination to continue. A good trainer will help you to do exercises properly so that you won’t injure yourself.
Your trainer will target areas that are weaker to create a more balanced body. For example an imbalance between your quadriceps and hamstring muscles could lead to knee injuries. A trained professional will know how to counter balance that issue and design a workout that targets those areas.
Hiring a trained professional is an investment in your health and well-being. The knowledge and expertise they provide is invaluable.