Should I Get a Personal Trainer? – Let’s Find Out

Many beginners in the fitness industry, especially around the new year, contemplate getting a personal trainer. After having unfulfilling workouts and feeling like they are going nowhere with their current routine, they ask themselves the question, “should I get a personal trainer?”.

Throughout this article, I will be explaining why you should or should not get a personal trainer by going over the various advantages and disadvantages of having one and not having one. I will also be explaining what a personal trainer is and how you could go about getting one!

So sit back, grab your low fat, low sodium, butter less popcorn and get ready to learn!

What is a Personal Trainer?

The actual definition of a persona trainer from Dictionary.com is, “a person who works one-on-one with a client to plan or implement an exercise or fitness regimen.”

Going off of this definition and putting it in simpler terms, a personal trainer is someone that would work for you and help you plan, perform and execute a fitness program that adheres to your goals.

The process would go a little like this: you would hire a personal trainer, sit down with them (or zoom call since no one likes to be face to face nowadays), tell them what you want to achieve, and they would go ahead and create a workout and nutrition program that would help you realize your goals.

Depending on the personal trainer that you get, they may be more hands on, go to the gym with you and guide you through the workouts. Or, there are other personal trainers that tell you what you have to do and simply check in every week or month to make sure you are making the right progress.

The personal trainer you get greatly depends on your preferences and how much experience you have working out.

Next, I will be talking about how you would go about getting a personal trainer that best fits your needs.

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Where to Find a Personal Trainer

There are many kinds of personal trainers out there, but there are three main ways you can find them:

  1. Online – Going online is the easiest way to find a personal trainer. Just simply hop on your computer or phone, go to a web browser and type in, “personal trainers” and you will be met by millions of web results and websites with access to personal trainers. On these websites, they should have contact information for the trainers as well as a description of the trainer to give you a better idea of their background and if they would be a good fit for you or not.
  2. Local Gyms – Most local gyms, if not all, offer their own personal trainer programs. In fact, most of the people you see working at gyms usually are there because they are personal trainers and working at a gym gives them direct access to clients. Trainers you find at local gyms are usually more hands on and will workout with you if you need it. Just simply ask an employee and they will help you out!
  3. Referrals – The last way to find trainers would be to ask for referrals. If you know someone who has a personal trainer or who knows one, ask them to hook you up! If the person likes their trainer, they should be more than happy to share their contact information with you. You could also join Facebook groups or simply post on social media that you are looking for a personal trainer and I’m sure someone will have a recommendation!

Advantages of a Personal Trainer

When it comes to hiring a personal trainer, they can provide you with plenty of benefits, especially if you are on the lazier side.

  • Accountability: What I think to be the absolute best benefit of a personal trainer is the accountability factor they provide. One of the biggest reasons why people fail in fitness, or life in general, is because they lack accountability. They are too easy on themselves and let themselves get away with not being disciplined. Having a personal trainer will keep you accountable for your actions and make you more likely to achieve our goals.
  • Guidance: The main reason most people hire a personal trainer in the first place is for someone to tell them what to do. For many inexperienced people, working out can be intimidating. Personal trainers are hired so that they can tell you what to do, how to do it and track your progress. It makes the whole process a lot easier.
  • Assurance: Many times, people find programs online and follow them by themselves. As a lot of people can find success doing this, others might not see the results they think they are supposed to see and second guess the program. Personal trainers help to eliminate that uncertainty and assure you that you are on the right path to your goals!
  • Education: On top of telling you what to do and how to do it, personal trainers can also provide education and teach you why some things work and others don’t. I highly encourage you to ask your personal trainer plenty of questions so that you know exactly why you are doing something.

Disadvantages of a Personal Trainer

Even though personal trainers offer some distinct advantages, they still come with some fall backs.

  • Expensive: Personal trainers are not free and some can make quite a dent in your bank account. According to Thumbtack.com, the average hourly rate for a personal trainer is $60 but could range anywhere from $40-$100 an hour depending on the quality of the trainer. $60 an hour might not seem like a lot but if you work out 5 hours a week (which is minimal), that would total about $1,200 a month. Yikes!
  • Free Resources : Before you hire a personal trainer, I highly recommend that you do your own research first and try to learn as much as possible. There are millions of websites out there that offer free programs and meal plans. These programs might not be personalized just for you, like a personal trainer would make them, but some are high quality.
  • Scheduling Issues: Since your personal trainer will likely have more than one client (for their sake hopefully), they have to balance their time between everyone. If you have a busy personal trainer, you might have to plan your schedule around times that work for them, which could interfere with your personal life.
  • Frauds: Make sure, when hiring a personal trainer, that you do your research and make sure they are credible and have achieved the results you are looking for with other clients. There are a lot of people out there just looking for your money and will feed you some BS hoping you don’t notice. Please ask for references and do some research to make sure you are hiring a credible trainer!

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Are Personal Trainer’s Worth it?

In conclusion, a personal trainer is only worth it if you think that having one is the only way you will achieve your goals.

Personally, I don’t think personal trainers are worth it simply because of all the free resources that are online these days.

The main reason I think you should consider a personal trainer would be if you are not a disciplined person and struggle with keeping yourself accountable. Accountability is KEY to achieving any goal and a personal trainer can be a great asset if you need accountability.

If you ever have any questions or need help, I would be happy to help. Just ask! My email is patgetmejacked@gmail.com.

I will do my best to answer any question you might have or refer you to someone who may know better than me.

I hope you enjoyed this article and if you would like to share your opinion on personal trainers, feel free to leave a comment below!

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