Having a personal trainer can be one of the best decisions you can make to reach your health goals. Finding a good and experienced trainer that fits your personality and can design a personalised training program to meet your needs is very important. These are some reasons why you should look for one.
One of the most important services a personal trainer can offer is the knowledge and ability to teach you the correct form and function of each exercise. This is especially important for complex moves such as squats and deadlifts, as using the wrong technique can harm your body. Knowing how to properly perform these moves can prevent injuries and improve results exponentially. A good personal trainer will offer some guidelines on how to use and set up machines so you can get the best results from your workout.
Periodization and Program Design
A good personal trainer has knowledge on periodization and program design. This is important to see progress, not only in performance but proper progress in terms of exercise selection. Without proper progression and program design, results will be slow or non-existent and the potential for injury is greatly increased. Program design is much more than a program from your favourite fitness website. It takes education, thought, proper assessment of a client, experience, and a slew of other variables.
Most personal trainers are not nutritionists and cannot legally give you a list of food or a meal plan to eat. However, educated trainers with experience understand macronutrients and the relationship between food, training and getting results. An excellent trainer can help you with what food to choose for your correct alimentation, as well as how to figure out your personal nutritional needs (calories, protein/carbohydrate/fat) and help you to understand the nutrition timing. This can have a huge impact in reaching your goals.
We know that sometimes it is difficult to keep motivated, and is even harder to be motivated consistently over months or years. A good personal trainer will help you to stay motivated. This should be high on your priority list when choosing a trainer, as this capability will increase your motivation and improve results.
The main excuse to not exercise is the claim of lack of time. When you hire the services of a trainer, you are accountable not only to yourself but also to that person. Meeting with a trainer locks you in a training schedule and makes it more difficult to skip that appointment.
Accountability can help force you into managing your time better and “creating” an opening so you don’t miss your scheduled workout. Even the most motivated and committed people have days they want to skip the gym, so having an appointment withyour personal trainer will not only force you to show up but also help switch your mindset to continue down the path to your health and fitness goals.
Many people don’t know how to set up proper goals. Personal trainers are educated to set specific, measurable and realistic goals. A good trainer can help you to customise your personal goals and align them with your lifestyle, something that most people find difficult to do.
A lot of people go to the gym without a plan. They sleepwalk from one exercise to another one with no specific goals, wondering why they haven’t lost weight or gained muscle in all that time. When you have set clear goals, the chances of you reaching them improves dramatically. Having a personal trainer forces you to not only set specific, measurable goals but keeps you accountable and motivated to reach those goals.
From the newbie to the veteran, most people do not have a clue of their bodies needs, whether it is strength training, cardio or nutrition. Good personal trainers have experience with all body types, if they don’t know immediately what works for you, they will find out shortly what changes are necessary to push you forward in reaching your goal.
This is probably the most crucial reason to find a good and experienced trainer because having the knowledge and in trenches experience to know how and when to make alterations, is the fastest way to reach your goals!
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