Going it alone on a long journey can be a daunting and difficult task. It’s no different to improving your fitness and lifestyle habits. That is why Personal Trainer numbers have flourished in recent years. They are people who are educated in how the body works, how to improve your fitness, how to put on muscle and how to lose weight etc.
Here’s 10 ways a PT’s can help you reach your goals.
GOAL SETTING – A PT will ask you questions to elicit your underlying motivations. Then they will dig some more and REALLY find out what your goals are and then link exercise outcomes to them. People don’t understand certain exercises will benefit certain goals. That’s your PT jobs to teach you
PROVIDE ACCOUNTABILITY – While your PT has the knowledge to help you improve your health, they are also someone to whom you are answerable to. If you don’t turn up to work, someone will ring at home and ask where you are. If you don’t come home someone will call looking for you. That’s the beauty of modern society everyone has someone that cares. But Fitness is a little different. If you don’t tell anyone and you fail, no one will know. But
get a PT involved and they will drive you to succeed. Your PT has got your back!
CONFIDENCE – A PT will get your started, set you straight or pat you on the back when you are doing well. They will lift you when you feel down. Their goal is to chart out your path to success and keep you motivated and confident along the way. They will make you feel good about your successes and this in turn boosts your morale and creates a positive cycle for you making success easier.
GET YOU STARTED – Starting out on your Fitness journey alone can be daunting. Going to a gym can be embarrassing if you feel out of shape, if you don’t know what to do and or how the equipment works. She will then show you how to exercise, when to exercise, what to eat and when to rest. Once you have established routines, you will be set to continue on your own and maybe touch base with them weekly when ever you need a tune up.
LATEST INFORMATION – A PT reads the latest articles, keeps up with the latest bloggers and abreast of Industry standards so you don’t have to. They figure out how this applies to you and disseminates it to you in a way you can understand.
MOTIVATION – You will be accountable to a PT so you will turn up. While you are there they will provide you with support and motivation to push you to your limits to get the best out of you while you are there. They will drive you to produce one more rep when you think you don’t have anything left, they will push you to increase the weights when you doubt you can do it. They will motivate you to succeed when you don’t think you have it in you.
SAFETY / PROPER TECHNIQUE – A PT has learned how your body works and how it is designed to move. Right from the start he will show you proper technique there-by preventing injury and setting you up for better strength gains in the future.
SUPPORT – A (good) PT that is paying attention to you will get to know you and know when you are having an off day. They will pull you aside and question you and let you vent or clear you head. Once this mental baggage is offloaded you can continue training. A good PT will know when to speak up and when to shut up. He will let you have a cry while you discuss how you got into such poor shape and will high five you when you smash you goals.
ROUTINE – similar to getting started, visiting your PT will establish good routine habits so you can continue on your own either for 6 out of the 7 days away from them or even forever if you are properly motivated. Once you have established your routines you will be set to maintain your goals for life.
RESULTS this is important. Ultimately you should be seeing measurable results. But be guided by what you PT sets out as your markers for success. If you want to lose weight, that in itself isn’t a goal. It needs to be more specific and achievable etc. So a better goal might be to run a 5 k fun run or lift a certain weight. While the end result will be gaining lean muscle mass and losing weight while you fuel this, you mind will be on your REAL goal not the superficial one of losing weight.
This shows you 10 ways a PT can help you reach your goals and gives you an idea of how valuable a PT is and why you should consider engaging one.