Pros and Cons of a Hiring a Personal Trainer

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If you’re struggling to lose weight, you’ve got plenty of company. Millions of men and women just like you are a several pounds or more over their ideal weight. When diets, shakes and traditional exercise just don’t work, you may think of turning to a personal trainer. This article explains the pros and cons of hiring a personal trainer.

 

Pros of Hiring a Personal Trainer

 

Motivation

 

If working out on your own isn’t doing the trick, it may because you lack motivation. You may be on the treadmill or pumping the weights, but your heart just isn’t in it. Boredom is a common factor in quitting exercise programs. A great pro of hiring a personal trainer is motivation. He or she will offer encouragement and a work-out plan designed just for your health and fitness goals.

Guidance

Those who are brand new to exercise might benefit from the help of a personal trainer. If you’re unfamiliar with how gym equipment works, you may use it improperly, resulting in injury. A personal trainer will help you learn how to use equipment in the most effective way possible so you can get the most from each work-out and see results faster.

Personalized Instruction

If you’re self-conscious working out in a crowd or have difficulty following the instructor in large classes, you may benefit from the one on one instruction of a personal trainer. This way, you can learn at your own pace with an instructor available for only you.

Your Own Exercise Plan

In additional to personal attention, your personal trainer will also get to know you and understand your weight-loss and health goals. He or she will use this information to not only plan a successful exercise program but a meal and lifestyle plan as well.

Cons of Hiring a Personal Trainer

Cost

In today’s economy, you want to make your dollar stretch. The cost of a fitness trainer is one of the greatest cons of hiring one. To lower your cost of hiring a fitness trainer, talk to your friends and co-workers to find out who they’re using. The personal trainer business has a very high turn-over rating so you want to know you’re working with someone who will stay the course while you work toward your fitness goals.


Reliance

Try not to get in the habit of only exercising with your personal trainer. If you only see your fitness trainer one or two times per week, that shouldn’t let you off the hook for the other five days. One of the cons of working with a fitness trainer is over-reliance. You can combat this tendency by changing up your workout during your “off days”. Walking, hiking, swimming and dancing are all great ways to exercise without feeling like you are.

Familiarity

If you begin to become friends with your fitness trainer, he or she may be tempted to let you “slack off” on your workouts. Take care not to let this happen. Remember, you’re paying this person to train you, not be your friend. Work out first, socialize on off-hours later if you both want to.

Working with a personal trainer is a motivating way to kick your exercise program into high gear. With a fitness trainer, you’ll get personalized, one-on-one training and encouragement with a diet and lifestyle plan that works for you.

Cost, reliance and familiarity can be considered cons of working with a personal trainer. Do your research before hiring so you can be sure you’re getting the most benefit for your dollar.

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About Author: Jaime A. Heidel
  • shawn

    Great advice! I am a personal trainer and I work for free with my friends. I only charge people that come to my gym already looking to pay. But my prices are half that of most trainers. My secret? I don’t need the money. I’m just doing it to help people. Most trainers feel the same. They can make money elsewhere, they just like to help people get in great shape. Stick with a good trainer for a year or better. They get you started, but the best results come from long term work and consistency.

    Good luck and train hard.