If you are starting out your fitness journey, I can’t emphasise enough how much investing in a reputable Personal Trainer will make it all worthwhile.
Admittedly, a few years ago, I didn’t ‘believe’ in personal trainers, I found people would use personal trainers to try and convince themselves they were doing something about their health and fitness, I also didn’t understand why people would pay for it when there was an abundance of information/tutorials available on the internet for FREE?!
Turns out, for my personal goals, at the beginning, I was doing almost EVERYTHING wrong…
The information for health and fitness has become so saturated online that I was picking up snippets of advice from various sources and applying it to my life without really knowing what I was doing and how it was going to affect me.
I was stuck in a rut, my weight wasn’t increasing or decreasing, nor my body fat % or my BMI and when I took measurements, nothing had changed. Luckily for me, my boyfriend is a Personal Trainer and he agreed to take me to the gym and show me some of the kit that I had been too scared to use previously, he introduced me to the weights area and tutored me through some heavy compound lifts (squats, deadlifts etc).
Fast forward to our holiday last year (I had been following a training and nutritional plan with David now for around 8 months) and I have never felt more confident, when I first started out with David I couldn’t get the deadlift form and could only lift the bar (20kgs) now I can lift 70kg and can feel myself getting stronger and stronger.
Over the 8 months, my body fat % decreased by approx. 8% my weight stayed relatively the same which was great as I was obviously losing fat but retaining muscle and my strength increased massively!
I can honestly say that I would have been in the same position now as I was a couple of years ago if it wasn’t for consulting a knowledgeable PT. Other than providing a tailored work-out and nutritional plan to compliment your individual lifestyle, a good PT will encourage and support you through the good, the bad and the ugly with accurate advice to suit YOUR body and lifestyle.
I am very lucky that I get to share my life with someone who has the same goals/mindset and interest in health and fitness, I understand that this isn’t always the case for a lot of people and it can make your own journey difficult, therefore, I would seriously consider the option of a PT.
Even if it’s just for a short period of time to get to build confidence or if you’re looking for a long-term gym buddy that will keep you on track – it’s a long-term investment and you will reach your personal goals much quicker. What is more important than our health? Sure, Personal Training isn’t exactly cheap but if you stand back and calculate how much you spend on unnecessary things over a week/month it’s probably one of the more beneficial out-lays.
Most PT’s have pursued a career in the fitness industry because of their passion for it and want to help people change their lives, they may have been through some of their own issues relating to body image – don’t feel intimidated.
Not quite ready for a PT? Make sure you utilise your local gym’s induction, tell them your goals and let them show you the equipment that will be most useful to you.