Do I Really Need A Personal Trainer? Personal Fitness Program vs. Self-workout?
This article is going to discuss the pros and cons of working out on your own versus working with a personal fitness trainer. I have been involved in the fitness industry in some capacity since I graduated from university in 1982 and have helped many people achieve their fitness, sporting and professional goals. Could they have done it without me? Maybe, but I like to think I have made a difference in my clients lives and continue to do so.
Pros of working with a personal trainer:
- They are professionals and will make sure that you are doing the appropriate workout for you. Your trainer will make sure that you are training and progressing at the right level for your needs so you achieve your goals without injury.
- They will make sure that your exercise technique and body alignment is good ensuring your safety. Your trainer won’t allow you to sacrifice technique for intensity.
- You will work harder under the watchful eye of a trainer. They will push you out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t matter who you are, you never push yourself as hard as someone else is going to push you. That is why professional and elite athletes have trainers and coaches. Even I hire one of my own trainers to kick box with twice a week. Not because I don’t know what I’m doing but because he pushes me harder than I push myself when I do cardio.
- They will keep you from getting stale and doing the same workout for years. A trainer will keep your workouts varied and interesting. They will keep you on track.
Cons of working with a personal trainer:
The only con I see is cost. Many people believe that only the rich and famous can afford a trainer but that is no longer true. There are several ways you can utilize the services of a trainer affordably. Many facilities offer small group personal training programs or you could do weekly/monthly sessions depending on your budget. Larger packages usually allow for cheaper hourly rates and payment plans. It may be feasible for you.
Pros of doing a self-workout:
There is no cost to you, but maybe the purchase of a club membership or some equipment for home as well as some research to find a training program you think might work for you.
Cons of a self-workout:
- Greater chance of injury due to an inappropriate training program for your level and progressing too quickly.
- Improper technique and body alignment leading to injury.
- Not seeing the results you would like because you are not on the right training program for you and aren’t pushing yourself hard enough.
- Lack of knowledge on how to vary your workout so you will get stale and bored and will most likely quit training.
I hope this article helps you decide if a professional fitness program is right for you or you have the motivation for a self- designed workout program.