Do You Need a Personal Trainer?
10 Reasons a trainer may be right for you.
By Elizabeth Quinn, About.com
Personal trainers aren’t for everyone, but a trainer provides certain benefits that you can’t find when working out on your own. Here are ten reasons a personal trainer may be right for you.
One of the main reasons people benefit from a personal trainer is that they loss motivation to stick with a consistent exercise program. Certified personal trainers can provide structure and accountability, and help you develop a lifestyle that encourages health.
- Individualized program
If you have any chronic health conditions, injuries or training goals (running a marathon, for example) a trainer will work with you and your health care provider to plan a safe, efficient program that considers these needs and enable you to reach your health goals.
Personal Trainers help you focus on results and stop wasting your time doing inefficient workouts. A personal trainer has a plan and will help you get maximum results in minimum time.
- Improve technical skills
If you play a particular sport, the right personal trainer will help you improve your skill by showing you new training techniques specific to your sport. The Trainer will incorporate skills training into your program so you improve not only your strength and endurance, but your agility and mental focus as well.
- You are new to exercise
If you are an absolute beginner, a personal trainer is the ultimate fitness coach. A good trainer will introduce you to a very simple, effective routine and build efficiently so before you know it, you have the confidence and knowledge to decide what is right for you.
- Break through plateaus
Ok, you are already in pretty decent shape, but you’ve been there for years. If you are stuck in the same routine and want to break out of a rut, a personal trainer is the perfect solution. A trainer will jump start, not only your motivation, but your routine as well.
- Learn how to go it alone
If you ultimately want to learn all the facets of designing your own routines so you don’t need to use a personal trainer, going for a few months may be all you need. All good personal trainers will teach you the basics of building and modifying a fitness program to achieve maximum results.
- Workout Safely
A personal trainer watches your form, monitors your vitals and can provide objective feedback about your limits and strengths. Most of us tend to ignore some of the subtle signals our body provides. We either push through pain or give up too soon. Because a personal trainer can watch what you are doing while you are doing it, they can help push you or slow you down as necessary.
- Workout at home
Many personal trainers make house calls. If you don’t have the type or interest in going to a gym, but have a hard time knowing what to do on your own at home, a personal trainer can bring fitness into your living room.
- Lose Weight
There is a good reason that the number one reason people hire personal trainers is to lose weight and get into shape — it works. If you made a resolution to lose the fat and build the muscle, a trainer can keep you on track and help you realize that goal.
Before you hire a San Diego personal trainer you should ask the following questions:
- What are your qualifications and certification?
Andrea has a B.S. plus two certifications through NCCA accredited organizations ACE and NASM, plus CPR and first aide certified. A qualified personal trainer has an education in physiology, health promotion, athletic training, kinesiology or a similar field. They should have first aide and CPR certification as well as certification from a reputable organization such as ACSM, ACE, IDEA, YMCA, NSCA or similar.
- Do you have liability insurance?
Most Definitely, safety is number one always. They should answer yes.
- What are your policies and procedures?
24 Hour Cancellation Policy (except for serious circumstances); First Session goes over necessary documentation, forms, expectations, and fitness assessment protocol. If deemed necessary may require clearance from physician before starting a program. A personal trainer should have a documented policy explaining their services, costs, cancellations, length of contract, and emergency procedures. They should also require a medical clearance form to be completed before they work with you.
- Finally, you should feel comfortable with the trainer, his/her style of communication and the expectations of your time together. This is crucial, a relationship of trust and honesty is being built and is necessary to the program’s success.
Are you ready to achieve a healthy lifestyle?
Why continue to put off your happiness, health, and self gratitude any longer? We will discuss your current program, goals, health, and recommend an appropriate San Diego personal training program for you and your lifestyle.