Have you ever thought about hiring a personal trainer but then quickly convinced yourself of many reasons why you shouldn’t? Check out the top 10 reasons on why you’re afraid to hire a personal trainer.
1. IT COSTS TOO MUCH: Hiring a personal trainer can be expensive ($30 – $100/hour depending on where you live and your trainer’s experience and education). Several trainers offer reduced rates for buddy or small group training as well – you can share the cost of each session with a friend. No one really “needs” a personal trainer, but hiring one can be a good investment if you end up with a healthy exercise routine that you can continue into the future. It can lead to long-term weight loss and a healthier lifestyle that keeps you strong, healthy and reduce future doctor’s visits. Now that’s a pretty good pay off.
2. I’M TOO OVERWEIGHT OR OUT OF SHAPE: If it’s been a long time (or ever) since you’ve worked out, hiring a trainer may seem very scary. Remember not everyone is born fit and automatically good at exercising; it takes time to wake up your muscles and to learn the exercises. Your trainer’s job is to create workouts that match not just your goals, but what your body can handle at each stage of your fitness journey. A good trainer should monitor you throughout the workout but, if something feels too challenging, say so. Your trainer needs that information to know when to push and when to back off. When you meet with a trainer, you have to answer tough questions about your exercise and eating habits, you may feel vulnerable revealing this but your trainer isn’t there to judge you, they are just thinking about what they are going to do to help you reach your goals. You may be out of your comfort zone when you start an exercise program but a good trainer will make you feel comfortable and make you realize that you are stronger than you think you and it gets easier with time and practice.
3. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT: Again, you may imagine all kinds of scary things that could happen during your personal training session. But, your trainer isn’t going to make you do anything you aren’t ready for (and if they do, you should find a new one). Before you hire a trainer, ask around and get recommendations from friends. Make a list of questions to ask before meeting with a trainer, such as “What should you wear?” “What will you do during the first session?” “Should I bring my own water or towel?” Your trainer should be attentive and genuinely show interest in you, your concerns and your goals. If you don’t feel comfortable during an interview with a trainer, follow your gut and move on.
4. I AM AFRAID IT WILL HURT: Seriously, exercise, even with a trainer, shouldn’t cause pain. You will most likely experience some muscle tenderness and soreness (especially the first few sessions with your trainer) but that is just because you are awakening muscles that have not been used in a while (or ever). However, one thing you shouldn’t feel during a workout is actual pain. Any sharp, stabbing pain in the joints, muscles or connective tissue should not happen. In this case, stop the exercise and tell your trainer immediately to avoid further pain or injury. If you’re not sure whether it’s normal exercise discomfort or genuine pain, err on the side of caution and stop the exercise. Don’t feel like stopping is failure, you and your trainer’s first concern is your health and well-being and there are always modifications or alternatives to most exercises.
5. I AM AFRAID OF INJURY: Any movement can cause injury and activities that combine a personal trainer, a new exerciser, heavy equipment and moving body parts can up that risk. Your trainer will do everything possible to avoid this, but there’s no guarantee you won’t get hurt. However, you can greatly reduce the chances of injury by having a doctor’s check-up before you start, be sure to communicate all underlying health issues with your trainer before you begin your training and always, as stated in #4 above, keep constant communication with your trainer – if it hurts and does not feel right, stop.
6. I’VE HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE: If you’ve ever left a personal training session crying, limping, crawling and/or vowing to never step foot in a gym again, you have probably experienced a bad trainer. If this has happened, you have every right to be upset and skeptical, but don’t let it ruin you on training for good. For every bad trainer there are hundreds of good ones. When you do meet with your new trainer, tell them about your previous experience…What went wrong? What do you want to be different? What do you expect from your new trainer? Having this open line of communication right from the start will help your trainer make your experience an enjoyable one that will make you want to come back for more.
7. I’M AFRAID OF FAILING: If you’ve tried to lose weight with diets or exercise programs, you may be afraid of another weight loss/health failure. Unfortunately, hiring a trainer is no guarantee for success, however, a trainer can do a lot of things for you…they can teach you an amazing variety exercises, challenge you, give you personalized workouts, track your progress and motivate you. Also, if you are paying for someone to work you out and guide you, you are more likely to stick with it.
8. I AM AFRAID OF COMMITING: Hiring a personal trainer is a big commitment. It’s more than just meeting someone for an hour to exercise, you’re also committing money, time, trust and even your lifestyle. When choosing a trainer, find one with rates that meet your budget, one that will work with your busy schedule and one that will listen and help you meet your fitness goals. Also, make sure that you are committed to making changes as well – working out is only part of the healthy story. You have to be committed to dietary changes as well as making sure you get enough rest and show up to your scheduled appointments.
9. I’M AFRAID OF LOOKING LIKE AN IDIOT: When you hire a trainer, you will be expected to do a variety of physical movements and, yes, sometimes these movements will be awkward. Not only that, but you may find yourself sweating, shaking or wobbling. Many exercises feel awkward at first but as time goes by, you will notice that it comes much easier and that you are more coordinated and stronger. Having patience, a good trainer to help assist and teach you and a sense of humor will go a long way towards easing your self-consciousness. Besides, even the trainers have been in your shoes before.
10. I’M AFRAID I WON’T LIKE MY TRAINER: Again, as stated in #3 and #6 above, interviewing and speaking with your trainer ahead of time is crucial. Also, make sure that you ask yourself what type of trainer you are looking for. Does gender matter? Decide if you are more comfortable with a male or female trainer. What type of personality are you looking for? You want a professional trainer but not so strict to the point where you are intimidated and not comfortable speaking with them and having fun. Finally, make sure your trainer is current on new exercises, changes up your routine and keeps it fresh. You need a trainer that makes a workout plan that is designed for you, not just some cookie-cutter workout routine that they use on every single client.
So now that we have “busted” the main reasons why you are afraid of hiring a personal trainer, what are you waiting for? Bodyrich Fitness Company has great certified personal trainers waiting to help you reach your fitness goals. Come by for a free consultation and introductory workout. For information contact us at 678-417-0880 ext. 8301 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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