Getting fit: The benefits of using a personal trainer

Unless you were one of those super-motivated fitness fundis who managed to exercise in your lounge the whole way through lockdown, getting fit again after a few months of "taking it easy" (aka being a sloth) is not easy.


Whether it's hitting the road, diving in the pool, or head to the gym, getting fit again takes some motivation, and if you need a helping hand, a personal trainer might be the answer.


With a passion for living a healthy lifestyle and helping people to achieve their goals, a personal trainer can help you make lifestyle changes that you might not be able to achieve alone. With crowded gyms fast becoming a thing of the past, working with a personal trainer in the comfort and safety at your home or outside in the fresh air might just the way of the future for getting healthy and fit.

Benefits of working with a personal trainer

A personal trainer improves your overall fitness


A personal trainer will help you to define and achieve your fitness goals, whatever they may be, from improving cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, to maintaining endurance, posture, balance, and coordination. Your trainer will professionally monitor your progress and fine-tune your program as you go.


While you may have some idea of the goals you want to set, a professional can help you break them down into smaller goals that are specific and realistic, and ultimately help you achieve these goals.

Motivation and consistency


Acting not only as a personal coach but also as an educator, confidant, role model, a personal trainer is a major source of motivation and encouragement.


Sticking with well-intentioned plans is one of the biggest challenges exercisers face and a qualified personal trainer can motivate developing a lifestyle that places a high priority on health and activity.

A trainer gives individualised instruction


A personal trainer will help find a programme that works for you and develop the most effective program for you based on your fitness evaluation results and personal goals.


They might often work in conjunction with your physician, physical therapist, or other health care provider to plan a safe, efficient programme to combat your needs — low-back pain, rehabilitation from injury, and pre/postnatal training.

Safety and supervision


Many people spend hours in the gym working out ineffectively.


A professional trainer will help you to work out in the most effective way possible, teaching you the correct way to use the equipment, as well as appropriate forms and techniques for cardiovascular work and free-weight training.


They will also offer personal supervision and attention during your workout to ensure you are gaining maximum benefit from the program.

Effective workouts


Don't have time to spend hours in the gym? With limited time on your hands, making use of a personal trainer ensures you get the most out of your workout in the time you have, by providing workouts designed to meet your goals quickly and efficiently.

Variety


One of the dangers of regular exercise is boredom.


An experienced trainer teaches you a variety of exercise methods, which can keep you from getting bored. They can change your program to suit your needs better, introduce interesting and new forms of exercise and movement, as well as help you to adjust as your fitness level improves to ensure continued progress.

A personal trainer meets specific needs


Whatever your specific needs are – whether it is to lose weight, get fit for a marathon, recover from an injury, or combat health issues such as diabetes, many personal trainers are experienced in designing programmes that address the special needs of these and other conditions.


Amateur and professional athletes work with a personal trainer during the off-season to prepare themselves for in-season competition; people with injuries benefit greatly from working with a personal trainer to rehabilitate and prevent future injuries, and individuals with health issues like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease benefit greatly from regular physical activity with a trainer.

Feeling good


And last, but definitely not least, looking good makes you feel good and vice versa. Not only can your trainer help you achieve your health and fitness goals, but also provide the motivation needed to make you feel your best.

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