True story: I am a personal trainer that hired a personal trainer.
It sounds ironic and a bit contradictory but allow me a moment to explain.
You see, my first experience working with a certified trainer came long before I decided to make a career for myself in the health and fitness industry.
It was some six or seven years ago; I had recently graduated college and was feeling down on myself for the bad habits I had acquired. Namely, too much booze, not enough sleep, and far too many late-night pizza deliveries in the dorms. Reality caught up fast to me when I realized the baggy sweatpants and over-sized sweatshirts that were appropriate for sitting in an 8 A.M. lecture, weren’t exactly proper business attire for the real world. And trust me, actual pants with tailored waists, buttons and zippers- they, my friend, are not nearly as forgiving when it comes to concealing weight gain…
I knew I needed change. And with less time in my schedule going toward research papers and midterm exams, post-graduation seemed like the perfect opportunity to get serious about my health. Though I had managed to successfully lose weight in the past, this attempt was different for a number of reasons.
Personal Training: Why I Hired a Professional
For starters, I lacked a well-defined goal. This wasn’t another Get Fit for Spring Break/Bikini-Body Countdown… I wasn’t trying to lose a few pounds for a trip or even to fit into a special-occasion dress. No, I was looking to get ‘fit for life’, but just exactly what I meant by that… well ,that was anybody’s guess.
My problem was that I didn’t know how to express my desires in terms of actionable steps, and perhaps, more important, my goals lacked any sort of urgency. ‘Fit for life’ didn’t exactly suggest a deadline- if I reached that goal in 6 months or 6 years technically I accomplished what I set out to do, right?
Similarly, I failed to have any system of accountability to back me up. If I was truly going to succeed, I needed to have someone to hold me to my word- someone who wouldn’t take my excuses and allow me to throw in the towel after a hard day when my motivation was waning- someone who wouldn’t just let me wait to start again tomorrow. I didn’t need someone to hold my hand; what I needed was tough love.
Lastly, I most definitely did not have a clear sense of direction. You can find just about anything these days on the internet. When it comes to the health and fitness world, there is no shortage of free information out there. That’s great, but this time around, I wasn’t looking to waste my time with trial-and-error. I didn’t want to spend 8 weeks following a random workout regime online only to find that it wasn’t the right fit more me. I wanted to put my trust in a professional and execute a plan that was specifically developed with me in mind, so that I could reach my goals quickly!
Online Fitness Coaching: My Experience
At nearly $70 an hour, let me be the first to say that I understand just how the cost of a personal trainer can be a hard dollar amount to swallow. However, I will say that the decision to invest in myself and do something for my health was worth every penny. Now, in full disclosure, I didn’t actually fork over $70/session. In fact, I didn’t pay anywhere near that as I hired an online fitness coach. I paid one lump sum and in return, I received 12 weeks of strength-training workouts, a custom meal plan, and weekly support & check-ins via email.
What did I love about the process?
Easy- I enjoyed being told exactly what to do. There was absolutely no guess work on my part. When it came to preparing meals, grocery shopping, going to the gym- everything was laid out for me in and easy-to-follow format. I didn’t stay up late every night surfing the web for the best workouts; I didn’t read countless blogs trying to find that coveted “secret to weight loss success”. I merely opened my inbox each day and went to work on my fitness goals.
Even with a personal trainer, my fitness journey was not without faults. I messed up (many times) again and again. But the great thing about paying for a complete 12 week transformation? Because I made the investment, I was bound to see the thing through! Yes- I didn’t stop after two weeks when life got busy and my motivation to workout was low- I persevered for a full 90 days.. Quite honestly, it was something I’m not sure I’d ever done before.
And having access to a fitness professional and being able to communicate via email was an absolute game changer in my opinion. Getting feedback on my progress and knowing that I could ask questions along the way meant that I never felt alone in my mission to get fit.
Why Continue to Hire a Personal Trainer Even After Reaching Your Goals?
3 years later, after receiving my own certifications in fitness, you’d think I’d be done hiring personal trainers- but you’d be wrong because I did, in fact, hire a personal trainer yet again not that long ago.
I’ll admit it- while I love spending time in the gym, I am still human. Even I have days where my desire to train is severely low. Most times, I snap out of my funk quickly and manage to get back on track. This time was different though.
In the purest form I just felt burnt out. I was working full-time at a job I hated in order to support myself; in addition, I was working full-time trying to get my own business off the ground; not to mention I was still trying to share what precious time I had left with my friends and family. Oh yeah – and I still had to find time to cook, clean, pay bills, do laundry, not to mention sleep!
There’s no denying I was overwhelmed! Little by little bad habits crept back into my life. At first it was just a missed workout here and there. Then it turned into a fast-food meal a few times a week. Pretty soon I was doing everything that I preached to my clients not to-do… I felt like such a fake in the fitness world!
So, I got back on track using the one method that has always worked for me- I hired a personal trainer yet again. If you thought personal trainers were just for the novice gym goer or the complete fitness newbie, you’d be wrong! Fitness professionals can serve clients of all levels and abilities.If you thought personal trainers were just for the novice gym goer or the complete fitness newbie, you'd be wrong!Click To Tweet
For me, the reasons for seeking help with my fitness journey were much different this time around. I already knew how-to workout; I knew what I should be doing in order to get the results I wanted. But that doesn’t mean I was doing it.
What my workout regime was missing was any sort of intensity. And that’s exactly what I got by hiring someone else to construct my workouts for me. By changing things up with a trainer, I didn’t fall into the habit of going through the motions. On the contrary, I got my butt kicked (in a good way!). For the first time in what felt like forever, I left the gym feeling like I had accomplished something- it was just what I needed to get my spark back.
Hiring a trainer proved great in kicking things up a notch, but that’s not the only thing that changed. You see, we all need variety in our life to keep things interesting. That sentiment holds true even in the gym. It’s great to make fitness a habit, but what do we do when our routines become a little too routine? Add some variety and watch the boring factor fade.
You can bet that I didn’t just hire a trainer to run me through the same ropes I’d been through a thousand times before. I hired one that taught me a new skill. I have always been fond of traditional weight training- there’s truly something to be said for feeling strong (and the sexy, lean muscle isn’t a bad added bonus either). But instead of training with a bodybuilder, I sought out a Crossfit Coach- I still got to hold a barbell, however, crossfit provided me with new challenges that had me craving time in the gym:)
Having that guidance from an experienced coach gave me the peace of mind that I could try new and exciting exercises and still be safe about it. With anything active, there’s bound to room for error (which ultimately translates into injury. By having someone there to teach me proper technique, I felt better knowing I wasn’t just trying to fling a weighted barbell over my head- no, I was performing the moves with specific instruction so not to hurt myself.
In case you missed it… Here are those reasons again to consider hiring a personal trainer to help you on your next fitness journey.
Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer:
- Enhanced Motivation
- Increased Accountability
- Expert Support
- Increased Intensity and Variety
- Efficient Workouts
- Personalized Fitness Advice
- Safe Workouts
- Rapid Results
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