If you’ve ever joined a commercial gym before, you are more than aware of the offer for the free fitness assessment that comes with it. Many people take advantage of this and discover risks for injury they never knew they had. The mistake that most gyms make after the assessment is the high-pressure sales talk. Suddenly, it becomes less about you and more about getting your name of a piece of paper. As a personal trainer, I’ve seen it happen all too often.
Assessment aside, I want to explain why a hiring a personal trainer – even if it’s only for a month – could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. No sales talk. Just the facts.
It Will Pay for Itself
First off, hiring a personal trainer is an investment that will pay for itself in the long run. A great trainer won’t just give you a workout and a diet, he or she will explain step by step the why behind the program and diet. The best way to look at hiring a trainer is like a work internship.
You’re working with an expert who will teach you through hands-on training how to care for your body. This is information that you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life. It’s information you can share with those who are closest to you to help them change their lives.
Sure, some people do stick with a personal trainer for years. It’s not because they haven’t learned how to exercise or how to eat. It’s about the connection that the trainer and client have built up over time. It becomes less about hiring a trainer and more about training with a friend. I have several clients that have long since reached their goals but they continue working with me because of the motivation, support, and genuine interest that I provide.
There are plenty of people who hire a trainer for a few months, learn what they need, and continue on their own. Either way, a personal trainer is an effective long-term investment in yourself.
Finds Your Strengths, Identifies Your Risks
The first thing that you and your trainer will do is go through an assessment often called the Functional Movement Screen. It involves a series of seemingly simple movements that can quickly identify your strong points, muscle overcompensations, tightness, and risk for injury.
The best trainers will continue monitoring your strengths, weaknesses, and injury risk during each training session. The trainer may not outright say what he or she is doing except in a simple postural correction. Little by little, you watch your weaknesses disappear and your risk for injury dramatically decrease.
Continuing with the point above, a great trainer will explain in detail areas of concern and the plan of action that will be taken to correct the weaknesses. You’ll be actively learning the steps you can take on your own to avoid issues due to muscular over compensation, tightness, and problem areas.
Eventually, you’ll feel like you are running the show during your workouts and the trainer is there for motivation and support.
Aside from going over a Functional Movement Screen with you, a great personal trainer will also spend a great deal of time learning about your eating habits, medical issues, and any pertinent information related to your diet. From this, he or she will create an easy-to-understand meal planner recommendation. This will include recommendations for meal ideas, macronutrients, daily caloric intake, and supplements.
Again, it won’t be just a piece of paper for you to follow. Your trainer will walk you through each recommendation so that you understand the potential benefits and how it specifically applies to you based on a number of acute variables such as your height, weight, lifestyle, and goals.
Personally, I ask my clients to email me their food journal entries each week so I can review their weekly progress and make suggestions if necessary to allow them to continue moving towards their goals.
Always Changing Custom Workouts
One of the most common mistakes that newcomers to fitness make is they find a workout online and use it for months without changing a thing. Not only is this dangerous but it potentially won’t do anything for them since it hasn’t been designed to meet that individual’s specific measurements, lifestyle, and fitness goals.
One-size-fits-all workouts can be troublesome especially when exercises are recommended that you have never done before. Same goes for workout videos. Sure, you can see the movement being performed but you can’t ask the instructor for coaching points.
When you hire a personal trainer, you can rest assured that you are getting a custom-built workout program that is specifically designed for YOU and no one else. The program will emphasize your strengths, improve your weak points, and reduce or eliminate areas of risk.
What’s more, your workout program will never stay the same. A great trainer will constantly be tweaking your workout program to ensure you continue to improve in all areas.
Keeps Working Outside the Gym
Finally, the best personal trainers keep working long after you have left the gym. Great trainers provide 24/7 support for their clients in order to maximize recovery and results.
Personally, I take two hours each and every day including weekends to answer e-mails and texts from my clients. My clients know that like a friend they can always reach out to ask questions or get support.
Ready to Change Your Life?
If you’re ready to get serious about pursuing your fitness goals, then it’s time to get signed up with a personal trainer who has fifteen years in the industry.
I offer a 100% money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied in any way. I am a trainer who believes in this industry because it’s my passion. I love helping people achieve their goals and making lifelong friends in the process.
You can call (617-505-2627) or e-mail me (Will@byrdtraining.com) and let’s get you started with a completely free fitness assessment to see how I can help you achieve your ideal physique.