I think people have a lot of misconceptions about personal trainers. They think they’re all going to be like Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser and yell and scream in your face, or work you so hard that you collapse from exhaustion. Or, people think, “why do I need a personal trainer; I can do it on my own.” I am going to tell you why you need a personal trainer to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
The world of exercise can be scary. People get hurt exercising all of the time, and YouTubes’s plethora of exercise “Fails” is a testament to that. Exercise is supposed to make us stronger and help us feel better; not hurt us.
A personal trainer is an exercise coach. In its simplest terms, a coach is defined as someone who educates, teaches and instructs. But a good coach is much more than that. A good coach is someone who ignites, lights a spark within, gets you to reach for and achieve goals you never thought you could. At first. But a good coach and trainer believes in you—and then gets you to believe in yourself.
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
A trainer gets you to show up. And that is the first—and most important—part of exercising: showing up. For many people, having their workouts scheduled into their busy days means they will actually do it. Again and again and again. Until they reach their goal, whatever it may be: to play with their grandchildren, run faster, play soccer without getting hurt, or tone up for an upcoming wedding.
Do you find yourself talking about how you want to lose weight and get into shape but just can’t seem to get started? A good trainer will help you convert those thoughts into action.
A good trainer will keep you accountable. You will probably only spend about two hours a week with your trainer. What about those other 166 hours? Are you eating right, getting enough sleep, and moving every day? Although those two hours with your trainer are meaningful and important, those remaining 166 hours in your week are far more important, and a trainer will help make and keep you aware of that and stay on track.
A good trainer will also practice what they preach and hold themselves accountable, too. They will eat right, get enough sleep, move every day, and bring their “A” game to every session with you.
“Even greater than the ability to inspire others with hope is the power to motivate them to give as much to the lives of others as they would give to their own; and to empower them to confront the worst in themselves in order to discover and claim the best in themselves.” –Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry
A good trainer or coach can positively affect someone’s life forever. Getting you moving, teaching you how to do exercises properly, and gain strength, mobility and speed are some of the reasons you hire a trainer. But far more important than that is gaining the confidence, belief and tools to become your very best self!