Many things are beneficial in our lives, few as life extending as physical activity.
Research has established that some form of physical activity, either as part of one’s lifestyle or occupation, will likely lead to longer, healthier lives.
The Journal of Sports Science and Medicine in 2003 reported that 57 percent of those who began an exercise routine under the instruction of a personal trainer achieved progress in their long-term fitness.
The study concluded personal training benefits individual attitudes toward physical activity, prompting people to remain engaged in their workouts after a 10-week personal-training period had ended.
Regular physical activity is also likely to help modify a number of risk factors. As an adjunct to weight loss, exercise is likely to help people stay on a healthful eating plan as well as maintain weight loss. Other associated benefits can include lower blood pressure, improved glucose regulation and bone density.
But to receive these benefits we need to have a plan of diet and exercise. Sometimes coming up with a strategy on our own is difficult and frustrating, especially if we are not getting the results we had set for ourselves.
That is where a personal trainer can help. They might not be for everyone, but a trainer provides certain benefits you may not necessarily get when working out alone. Here are several reasons why working out with a trainer might be right for you:
Motivation: A certified personal trainer can provide structure and accountability, and can help you develop a lifestyle that promote health.
Individualized program: If you have any chronic health conditions, injuries or training goals (running a marathon, gaining muscle mass or improving flexibility, for example) a trainer will work with you and your health-care provider to plan a safe, efficient program that considers these needs and enables you to reach your health goals.
Efficiency: Personal trainers help you focus on results and stop wasting your time doing inefficient workouts. A personal trainer has a plan and will help you get maximum results in minimum time.
Improve technical skills: If you play a particular sport, the right personal trainer will help you improve your skill by showing you new training techniques specific to your sport. The trainer will incorporate skills training into your program so you improve not only your strength and endurance, but your agility and mental focus as well.
You are new to exercise: If you are an absolute beginner, a personal trainer is the ultimate fitness coach. A good trainer will introduce you to a very simple, effective routine and build efficiently so before you know it, you have the confidence and knowledge to decide what is right for you.
Break through plateaus: OK, you are already in pretty decent shape, but you’ve been there for years. If you are stuck in the same routine and want to break out of a rut, a personal trainer is the perfect solution. A trainer will jump start, not only your motivation, but your routine as well.
Workout safely: A personal trainer watches your form, monitors your vitals and can provide objective feedback about your limits and strengths. Most of us tend to ignore some of the subtle signals our body provides. We either push through pain or give up too soon. Because a personal trainer can watch what you are doing while you are doing it, he or she can help push you or slow you down as necessary.
Lose weight: There is a good reason the number one reason people hire personal trainers is to lose weight and get into shape — it works. If you made a resolution to lose the fat and build the muscle, a trainer can keep you on track and help you realize that goal.
There is a very unique aspect to the exerciser/personal trainer relationship a lot of my clients remind me of on a daily basis. And that is the fact all responsibility is removed from them having to decide a fitness routine or workout circuit for themselves. They love that all they have to do is just show up and work out.
Juan Sanchez is a personal trainer and program director at the Walla Walla YMCA. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.