Personal Trainer vs. Solo Workouts

by Head Health Nutter on November 4, 2015

Is hiring a personal trainer really worth the expense? Well if you’re deciding whether or not to include “personal training” in your monthly budget, keep reading today’s guest post by Brooke Chaplan.

When you want to get in shape, the first step for many is heading to a gym to burn calories. However, with the vast array of weights, machines, and specialty equipment available, it can be overwhelming and confusing for inexperienced athletes. Instead of working out alone, discover the great benefits that come from working out with a personal trainer.

Specialized Knowledge
Many personal trainers have special education like degrees in health education, which gives them greater knowledge about the human body, fitness, and nutrition. They use this to create a unique plan for fitness and diet that will work for your lifestyle. Of course, each trainer will have a different way of working with individuals and it is all directly tailored to your needs. Whether you need someone tough to motivate you, or a gentle hand to help guide your path.

What You Can Get Out of a Personal Trainer vs. Solo WorkoutsA Personal Trainer Increases Motivation
No matter which way a personal trainer approaches each session, they can increase your motivation. Knowing a trainer is waiting for a scheduled session at the gym can spur you to simply show up for a workout. Throughout each session, the trainer will use motivating phrases and encouragement to keep you working at the peak of your potential.

Unique Workout
Every person has a unique set of needs or goals, such as weight loss, increased muscle mass, or improved cardio health. Personal trainers use a variety of machines to create a personalized plan that will be much more effective than simply walking on a treadmill for a half hour. Trainers can also make modifications in a workout to meet individual needs, such as leg pain, or low muscle mass. Trainers will also be more knowledgeable about which machines, weight, and reps you should be doing. They can uniquely tailor each session to help you meet your goals and get you acquainted with workouts you’ve never tried before.

Teaching Correct Form
Using incorrect form when working out can strain and pull muscles and put an increased workload on the joints. Personal trainers have the knowledge to teach correct posture and form with all exercises, especially strength training exercises that can be very taxing on the body. This will keep your gym time safe and enjoyable.

Personal trainers can do much more to inspire you to succeed in your workouts. They can provide the burst of motivation it takes to get you to the gym and get you on your way to meet personal health goals. While a solo workout can be a great option during some periods of life, you may find that visiting a personal trainer for a month or two can kick start a healthy life.

About the Author

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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