Many people wonder whether the services of a personal trainer are worth it. Some if not most will not come cheap and perhaps it is better to use that money for your gym membership instead.
And if you are not a workout enthusiast, it might come easier for you to party every weekend.
However, the truth is that personal trainers come with more expertise and it is this wealth of training information that you are going to benefit from.
Granted there is always the internet where you can download training manuals and instructions. However, most people do not search the internet for these resources and those that do end up not following the training program.
Even with the most detailed program, there will be days where you hit a snag and don’t know how to push yourself. A personal trainer will help you get over these plateaus.
Also, training the wrong way could result in injuries. A PT can begin by teaching you the right moves and then later progress to the weights. Other times it’s your diet that is standing between you and your fitness goals.
And in some instances, your training could simply be inefficient where you over train and do not give your body the time it needs to recover. Whatever the reason, spending money on a personal trainer is one of the best decisions you can make when training especially when you are a beginner.
However as much as a personal trainer will be your best bet at quickly and efficiently reaching your fitness goals, there are some in the profession that are a complete rip-off. That means they sell you sweet jargon, giving you the impression that they are knowledgeable but in truth, they care more about your money.
If you have decided to get a PT, here are a few tips to make sure you get the right PT for the job.
- How they check the mirrors
It sounds funny I know but check how the PT looks at the mirrors at the gym. Are they looking at their own form or are they looking at yours? A good PT will look at your training from all angles to be able to correct your posture and movement.
- Walk the talk
Your PT should not just tell you what you need to do to reach your goals. His body, lifestyle, and diet should reflect what he tells you.
Be keen on whether the words coming from his mouth match his actions.
- Not a friend but a trusted advisor
Some personal trainers are not confident in their ability to help you reach your fitness goals. Because of this, they tend to make their clients their friends and entertain them as they are in fear of losing them in the first place.
However, a PT who is confident in his methods and training regime will be more of an advisor, teaching you how to take the right steps and correcting you where you go wrong.