Do You Need A Personal Trainer?

October 8, 2012

Not everybody needs a personal trainer, but most do. The main reasons being that a lot of people don’t have a clue of what to do at the gym, while others lack the necessary motivation to get to the gym in the first place.
Having a personal trainer comes in handy: providing the necessary motivation, instructions, feedback and, moreover, accountability to exercise.
Personal trainers can be expensive, but you might need to hire one for just a couple of sessions to get you started and, afterwards, from time to time, touch base with him to revise your training routine.
First thing is to figure out whether you need one or not.

Are you self motivated?

This is the first question you should ask yourself. When answering it, try to be honest about it.
If the answer is “no” or “not always” or “sometimes” than you might need a personal trainer.
If, instead, the answer is “yes, I’m super motivated” than coaching yourself might be an option.
Being self motivated is per se not enough, you also need some knowledge. This means that if you’re self motivated AND you like to train by using articles you’ve read in fitness magazines or on the web AND you constantly seek for new tips, latest workouts and exercise routines AND you know what you’re doing THAN you might be good on your own.
However, even if all the above applies, there’s no harm in asking for advice to the fitness professional at your local gym. Chances are that they might still know a little bit more than you do.

Do you need someone to be accountable to?

Can you trust yourself to go to the gym and actually workout, or do you need somebody that “forces” you to do it?
If the answer to this latter question is yes, then get a personal trainer, that alone will be enough to drag you to the gym, no matter what.
As a matter of fact when you sign up with a personal trainer and you invest money, it’s very unlikely that you’re going to waste it. Thus you’ll show up at the gym at the scheduled time and do your workout
Look also for coaching options that fit your budget. Popular picks include group coaching (such as team training), individual online coaching which are all good alternatives to one-on-one personal trainer.

The Iron You


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  3. I think another factor in the equation is technique. While I am a highly motivated triathlete....I train 12+hrs on my own so accountability is to myself and myself only; I am my worst coach!! However, when it comes to strength and conditioning form/technique is very critical. For me, hiring someone to watch over me and make sure I was executing the moves with pinpoint precision and accuracy was a no-brainer. The hardest part was finding someone who "KNEW" anything about the sport of triathlon and how to train a triathlete. I still have to help my coach with this, but he's young, good at what he does, and eager to learn. He is my secret weapon!

  4. Present days fitness training program are completely different, these days people are more dedicated towards their personality and fitness. They only want to do smart work, that’s why they always prefer to hire a personal trainer. A personal trainer is always necessary, it never matters that you are doing heavy weight or just simple stretching. Every time when you are doing workout you need a trained person who is capable to guide you, and show the proper posture of performing the exercise.