5 Reasons You Should Consider Hiring a Personal Trainer

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5 Reasons You Should Consider Hiring a Personal Trainer

In the past, personal trainers were affordable only to rich people and movie stars. And to justify hiring one, a person practically had to have a home gym and two percent body fat. Well, times have changed.

Today, there are personal trainers who specialize in all levels of fitness at a variety of price points. Trainers can help you hit your goals while not breaking the bank.

But are you ready for a personal trainer? In order to help you identify whether a professional will “move the needle” for you, we’ve put together a list of five criteria. Check them out and let us know what we’ve missed in the comments.

1. You lack gumption

Don’t feel bad if this is the case.  It happens to most of us from time to time.  And just like having a gym buddy can help jumpstart your workout, having a dedicated trainer – who you’re paying, to boot – will force you (in the best possible way) to throw on the gym shorts and sweat.

2. You’ve hit a plateau

While doing it on your own can be admirable, most of us are not professionals.  To borrow a popular expression, we “don’t know what we don’t know.”  A personal trainer works with people all day, every day; he or she is rooted in the business and has the perspective to push you to the next level.

3. You’ve injured yourself

Not knowing how to appropriately stretch and perform a variety of exercises can, at best, lead to a suboptimal workout and, at worst, cause injury.  An educated pro will know when and where to push you, and when and where to take it easy.  If you find yourself strained and pained, it’s time to ask a trainer for guidance.  A trainer will know when you’re ready for action… and when you’re not.

4. You’re bored

The same routines day in and out invite boredom and malaise.  These conditions are anathema to enthusiasm and stamina – both of which are absolutely essential to fitness.  Trainers are accustomed to entertaining their clients (and themselves, for that matter) for months and years at a time.  These professionals will have the “secret sauce” for making your workouts engaging, effective and unforgettable.

5. You’re unsure of what helps you

What muscle group are you working on?  Do you know that what you’re doing solo is affecting it?  Are you trying to lose weight?  Are you certain your routine is optimizing your efforts?  These are questions only a trained professional can answer.  Trainers help you work smarter, not necessarily harder.  Their years of experience and variety of clients allow them to prioritize the specific exercises that will help you achieve your fitness goals.  Why wander in the dark when someone has a candle?

Has hiring a personal trainer helped you reach your physical potential?  If so, let us know how in the comments below!

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Katie Fetting
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Katie Fetting is a blogger from Chicago, IL whose mind recognizes the value of exercise and a good diet -- but sometimes has trouble convincing her body to follow. Feel free to cyber-stalk her on Twitter: @KatieLFetting.

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