Who wants to go into the gym week in and week out for years and never see any results? No one. But there are a lot of people who consistently exercise yet never see significant muscle gains or fat loss. Maybe they could use some assistance.
Personal trainers love to help others get into great shape. Maybe you are thinking about hiring one. Since it costs money to book the services of a personal trainer, wondering if the trainer can truly be effective is understandable.
So, can a personal trainer be effective? Yes, but results are up to you as well.
How much do you want it?
A personal trainer helps those willing to put in the necessary effort to make lifestyle changes. You have to want to change your eating and exercise habits. You must desire to hit the gym hard and put in a lot of effort. A sincere interest to learn about exercise and fitness plays a role, too.
A personal trainer can’t make a lazy, undisciplined, disinterested client see results. Pawning hard work off to a personal trainer would be a ridiculous get-in-shape plan. A little self-motivation goes a long way. Good clients must listen, follow advice, and stick to their prescribed workouts. They must be committed to meeting their scheduled sessions and must show up in the proper condition to perform.
Working smart is sometimes more important than working hard. Without the right understanding of exercise science and proper program design, workout results may be elusive.
As a beacon of knowledge and motivational support, a personal trainer can definitely be effective.
Personal Trainers Get Clients On The Right Path
Great personal trainers aren’t just workout partners or people who spot heavyweights. They are actively engaged in making sure a client stays on the best path for progress and results.
Here are a few ways they do this:
– Devising a Program for Specific Goals
Clients with individual goals must perform the correct workout routine for achieving those goals.
Do you want to bulk up? If so, hopefully you aren’t eating a calorie-restricted diet and performing tons of isolation exercises. Both would dramatically reduce the potential to build mass. Not everybody knows about nutrition and exercise selection, which is where a trainer steps in.
Once you explain your goals to a trainer, they can develop a program that’s perfect for long-term achievements. The trainer can choose the best specific exercises and workout durations. This way, less time is wasted in the gym performing the wrong exercises.
– Trainers Perform Evaluations
An effective trainer conducts a fitness evaluation on new trainees. They test a new client’s strength, balance, coordination, endurance, cardiovascular conditioning, and more.
No one passes or fails an evaluation. The testing gives a trainer an idea where to start with a client. Trainers start clients at a comfortable level and guide them towards higher intensity over time.
– Improving Exercise Performance
A lot of folks in the gym think they “got it” with proper exercise performance, but they don’t. Even being slightly off can undermine the benefits of a particular exercise. For example, a trainer could make sure you always lock your arms with certain exercises to hit additional upper-body muscles. They might keep you from performing an exercise too fast or too slowly. Little tips about proper form and performance are valuable, as they improve gains.
Correct exercise form also cuts down on injury risks. Injuries not only hamper gains in the gym, but they also make performing daily activities difficult. Major injuries can be outright debilitating. Proper instruction that reduces injuries is part of effective instruction.
– Motivating Clients During Workouts
Everyone who hits the gym has those days where they don’t feel totally motivated. Not wanting to put in the necessary effort to perform that one last rep can be purely psychological.
Thankfully, a personal trainer also serves as a motivational coach. They know how to nudge clients into safely giving a little extra effort.
Quitting unnecessarily during a workout or exercising too lightly won’t help you burn calories or build muscles. Trainers know this, which is why they motivate clients to work to their full abilities.
Hire a Trainer Wisely
Only an experienced and qualified personal trainer is likely to be effective. Before hiring a trainer, make sure they have a credible certificate and verifiable experience.
Asking for references doesn’t hurt. Neither does checking out any blogs, videos, or other material the trainer produced. They all tell a story. Make sure you hire the right trainer. Doing so helps you both get the best out of your sessions together.