By definition, a personal fitness trainer is a fitness professional possessing the knowledge, skills and abilities for safe and effective exercise and fitness program design, instruction and assistance for the purpose of reaching personal health and fitness goals.
However, it is much more than that. A personal trainer will also become your friend, your councilor, your motivation, your coach, and your therapist.
1. You're Not Seeing Results. A trainer can look at your training and eating habits, to see where you could make effective changes. A trainer can also help you determine if your goals are realistic, hold you accountable for your workouts and help you stay motivated.
2. You Don't Know Where to Start. This is where a personal trainer can help you maximize your time while keeping you within your own limits so you don't overdo it. They can also help you set goals and map out a specific schedule so you know when, how and where to fit in your workouts.
3. You're Bored with the Same Old Workouts. A trainer can bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to challenge both your body and your mind. Even if you just do a few sessions, you'll find it refreshing to have new workouts to play with.
4. You Need to Be Challenged. We all tend to slack off on workouts sometimes, especially when things get tough. You'll find it's very hard to slack off with a trainer standing over you. You may even find hidden strengths you never knew you had, which can motivate you even more.
5. You Want to Learn How to Exercise on your Own. Even if your goal is to create your own workouts and exercise by yourself, hiring a trainer for a few sessions can be a great benefit for learning the right way to exercise. A few sessions can teach you a lot about your body, and how to train it in the most effective way.
6. You Need Accountability and Motivation. Trainers are motivators. Having a booked appointment forces you to go. Not only that, a trainer provides some accountability; so, even when you don't have a session, you know your trainer will be asking if you did your planned workouts. Just knowing that may make it harder to skip your workouts.
7. You Have a Specific Illness, Injury or Condition. If you have any specific issues like arthritis, heart disease, old injuries, etc., working with an experienced trainer (who works with your doctor, of course) can help you find a program to help heal injuries and avoid any further problems.
8. You're Training for a Sport or Event. If you're training for any type of sport or event, an experienced trainer can help you figure out what you need to do in order to maximise your results.