Why pay for a trainer?

There seems to be mixed views about paying for the services of a personal trainer. To be honest with you, I’m not sure why, but as I’m ‘in the know’ about health and fitness, I do know why a trainer is a good idea, but some of the general public do not.

The way I see it, there are two big benefits of having a personal trainer – knowledge and motivation. If you are a professional athlete who knows the body, knows the muscular system, knows what exercises you need to do, then you don’t really need a trainer to tell you what to do, but a trainer will give you motivation to ‘go the extra mile’. Some athletes are so good mentally, that they know what to do, how to do it and can motivate themselves to the max, but those people are few and far apart. If you are somebody who is new to the fitness lifestyle, then you are most likely short of knowledge about what to do and how to do it. Also, you probably need someone to get you motivated and keep you motivated throughout your workout, and that’s where a trainer is so beneficial.

I’m not going to lie, having a trainer is not cheap, but if you’re new to fitness and serious about getting in shape and living a much healthier lifestyle, then it’s a must. There are people out there that think – ‘I don’t need a trainer, I know what to do, run on a treadmill and lift some weights, done!’. That is a very negative and wrong attitude to have; you will most likely not achieve your goals and could possibly get injured. I've asked many people about this, and they seem to all say the same thing – ‘I need someone to tell me what to do and give me that motivation I need’. That is why you go to a trainer, because they know how to get to your weight loss/gain goals and they can motivate you so you get the most out of a session. Also, if you are paying a trainer for their services, then you are far more likely to regularly go to the gym and give it your all. Some people tend to give it a ‘half hearted’ attempt and that isn't going to do much....

So, I personally think it’s a great investment to get a trainer, just make sure you select the right one! I would recommend a trainer that has been involved in sport and fitness for a while. I’m not overly confident about trainers/nutritionists that go into the fitness industry as a ‘change of career’, especially if their previous job was sitting behind a desk or in a call center. Nothing against those guys, but they need some time involved in health and fitness to get their own knowledge built up before passing it onto others. That can be controversial I know, but hey......I’m entitled to my opinion. I know everyone has taken a financial 'hit' over the last few years, but I'm sure you can cut back on certain things to be able to afford a gym membership and a trainer for a while, after all.....health is vital! Lastly, it may be a tad expensive to pay for a trainer, but you won’t have to pay them forever, the results will come a lot faster than trying to do it alone.

Its no secret as to why trainers such as Nick Mitchell (UP Fitness) is an extremely successful personal trainer. This is because people believe, trust and like him. He know's his stuff, and is dam successful. He is a great example of what a personal trainer can do! 

I hope this helps! 

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