I whole hearted believe that the right personal trainer can provide and help you implement an appropriate exercise routine, assist you in setting/reaching your goals, teach you correct form, provide accountability/motivation, serve as a great source of fitness related information, and even offer emotional support.
As much as I'd love to think I can help everyone who approaches me for fitness advice and/or personal training, the truth is unfortunately some people hire personal trainers for the wrong reasons. I understand that sometimes the motivation to make changes arises and you want to strike while the iron is hot but before you go sinking your precious time and money into hiring a personal trainer make sure it's not for one of these reasons:
1. You're looking for a quick fix: As the saying goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day". Results from proper diet and exercise don't happen over night. Sure, you could take dangerous short cuts to try to reach your goal(s) faster but you won't find me endorsing any of them. Whether you preparing for a wedding, training for a competition or just want to make healthy changes in your life, don't wait until crunch time to try to reach your goals.
2. You think we have special secrets: If you think I'm
going to give you a top secret circuit workout that melts all your fat in a week you're going to be disappointed. I've spent time, and continue to spend time, studying the human body, how it works, learning how it moves, and how it responds to training. I do my best to stay on top of current research findings related to exercise. I know how to execute exercises with proper form and I know how those exercises can fit into a strength and cardio conditioning routine to help you reach your goals. And sometimes those "secrets" are found through lots of trial and error as everyone responds differently. Personal trainers know a lot of useful and applicable information but top secret core exercises to give you an instant six pack isn't in our bag of tricks.
3. You don't have any intention of working out on your own: Unless you're ready to drop big bucks on four or five training sessions a week most trainers will ask that you work out on your own in addition to sessions with him/her. I'd like to think that I can take my clients through one hell of a workout (if that's what they want/need) but for the majority of people even one amazing workout a week isn't going to get you to your goals. Talk with your trainer about what you should be doing on your own to continue achieving progress. If you're not feeling confident enough to workout on your own but can't afford to pay for multiple, one on one sessions a week consider small group or group exercise training.
Your turn: Have you ever worked with a personal trainer?