With the steadily growing popularity of courses, group classes, and online coaching, personal training might seem like a lost art, but that is far from the truth.
Personal training is still a fantastic way for people to get started with fitness, learn how things work, develop knowledge of proper training, and stay motivated to keep improving.
With that in mind, we present five unique benefits you can only get from working with a personal trainer.
Let’s dive in and explore.
1. Realistic Expectations
Many people new to fitness embark on a journey not knowing what to actually expect because they lack experience. Because of that, they are more likely to fall for scams: diets, ‘revolutionary’ training plans, supplements, and more.
A good personal trainer can help set realistic expectations for how the human body works and how long it would take to get the desired results. On top of knowing what to expect, you would be equipped with the proper knowledge to easily spot scammers selling ideas that are too good to be true.
An obvious benefit of working with a good personal trainer is knowledge. Your coach can educate you on every aspect of fitness: training, nutrition, and recovery. As a result, you would become an independent trainee more quickly, and you would understand how your body works.
You would gain knowledge about proper programming, exercise selection, rest periods, how much weight to lift, how to eat, daily habits to develop, and a lot more.
Accountability might not seem all that important if you feel sufficiently disciplined, but it can be the difference between success and failure.
Many people who give up and revert to old behaviors do so because nobody expects them to show up. Having a professional who expects you to go in and do the work, even when you don’t feel like it, is a huge motivator to keep going, regardless of circumstances.
4. Challenging Training
Some people work out consistently for years but never get anywhere because they don’t push themselves hard enough. Someone might be at the gym three, four, or even five days per week, but their workouts could consist of low effort, too much rest between sets, and too much socializing with other gym-goers.
As a result, they cannot provide a strong enough stimulus to force improvements despite the consistency.
5. Support Along The Way
A personal trainer will provide support and encourage you to persevere through tough times when you don’t feel like working out.
Good trainers listen to their clients and take note of crucial details like training goals, limitations, preferences, struggles, and doubts to produce the best possible training plan.
More importantly, they provide a sense of security, making their clients feel at ease and more confident in their approach.
Plus, support means you don’t have to worry about the details: what exercises to do, how much weight to lift, how long to recover between sets, etc. Your job is to show up, soak up the knowledge your coach shares, and do your job.