Many people consider hiring a personal trainer when they decide to get serious about their health. One of the major problems that people face shortly after they join a gym is that they just don’t know how to get fit. All the different weight racks, cardio machines, running tracks and exercise mats can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin.
While it is possible to do your own research and learn about a variety of workout plans, many people don’t have the time to devote to this. It is often faster and easier to hire a personal trainer. Some people choose to utilize a personal trainer for only their first 4-10 weeks at the gym, but others find that the long-term benefits of maintaining a relationship with their personal trainer is worth the ongoing costs. Like anything, this strategy has its own set of pros and cons.
Pro: The personal trainer has extensive knowledge and experience.
Personal trainers have made a career out of learning how to maximize people’s workouts, helping them to make a personalized plan in order to help them reach their fitness goals. However, every personal trainer has their own personality that comes with a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. If the first personal trainer you meet doesn’t click with you, it might be worth trying a couple of others before throwing in the towel.
Pro: You will be given a personalized fitness plan.
Everyone has different goals, so working with someone who understands your goals and limitations can help you make the most out of every workout session.
Pro: You will have a built in source of motivation.
Many people struggle to stay motivated when they do not see immediate results. Everyone has days that they do not want to go to the gym, but having a standing appointment with your personal trainer can help motivate you to get off the couch and into the gym. Once you get there, your personal trainer will help push you through your workout, leaving you feeling accomplished by the end of the session.
Con: It is expensive.
One of the biggest cons about hiring a personal trainer is the ongoing cost. Personal trainers can be expensive, and many people might not feel that the value they receive from working with a personal trainer are worth the cost.
Con: You might have to shop around.
The first personal trainer you meet might not be a good fit for your personality, so you may have to shop around for one that fits your lifestyle. This can be expensive and time consuming since it will take a few sessions to decide whether or not your trainer is a good fit.
While hiring a personal trainer has definite drawbacks, overall it is a great decision for a lot of people. A good compromise can be hiring a personal trainer for an 8 to 10 week session. If you would like more information on hiring a personal trainer contact me for some excellent recommendations.
Heidi Logan is a real estate agent in Center City Philadelphia.
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