I think of personal trainers the same as I think of financial advisors; good to have, but not always necessary pending the person and their lifestyle and how much research they are willing to do to take the place of someone who is already knowledgeable in the profession. Funny, because I am a personal trainer and I still feel as though I am valuable and people are usually always willing to learn, but at the same time, I want to eventually make it so that my clients feel good working out on their own time — because I feel most successful when a client can say they no longer need my services because they are confident in trying things out on their own and want to explore other avenues with their fitness but very grateful for what information I was able to share with them.
It is a good mixture of being able to say when you need help and ask for it, even if it isn’t necessarily for a long term commitment – and being able to do the research and find ways to learn on your own. Most of the time people need the accountability more than anything when they hire a personal trainer, while we teach form, technique, speak upon nutrition and other elements of fitness, we also if well trained ourselves like holding our clients accountable. I do. I always ask questions to understand why they made a poor choice in diet, or decided to skip a workout, etc. I don’t get upset but I want them to know I care and want the best for them but at the same time I need my clients and myself to know what we expect from each other and how to go about that so we can work together in conquering their goals.
The important thing to take away from hiring a personal trainer is knowing why, why are you choosing to hire me to train you? is this a long term commitment for a future goal or a short term commitment to learn a few things to make you more comfortable inside the gym or working out at home, doesn’t matter whichever it is, just know your why so the trainer can better train you and also don’t be afraid to ask us questions, we love them! we thrive off a client’s willingness to learn new things. To say that everyone needs a personal trainer, is far fetched but I would say, the majority of Americans can benefit from a proper trainer who is knowledgeable and caring and can dedicate their time helping you achieve goals. For those of you who have always been athletes, and don’t feel the need to hire a trainer or strength coach, keep in mind because we are athletes – many times that makes it all the more important to have someone looking after our form and techniques because many times as athletes and professional fitness persons we tend to hide our imbalances, lack of correct form, etc well enough that others may not notice but if seen by someone who trains others for a living and specializes in the profession was to watch our lunges or squats would be able to notice the small tweaks that need to be done and make it so we are better athletes #justsayin.