Personal trainer

From helping you reach your fitness goals to figuring out how to exercise safely learn the top 10 benefits of personal training and why it could be one of the best investments you'll make in your overall health and well-being.

1. Motivation

Most of us work harder in the presence of others because we do not want to let someone down. Having a trainer by your side can provide the encouragement, energy and motivation you need to push yourself further. A trainer can also help you set realistic goals, create a plan to accomplish them and celebrate the day you reach them!

2. Consistency

Consistency is the key to success in any program. A trainer will hold you accountable and help you overcome all the excuses you can think of to avoid making it into the gym. It is hard to skip the gym when you know someone is waiting for you there and you made that investment into them. 

3. Clarity

Fitness can be confusing. There is A LOT of misleading information to sort through. Your trainer will help you find credible information and provide a clear direction on your fitness journey. A trainer will remove the guesswork so you can put all your energy toward accomplishing your attainable goals.

4. Confidence

The gym can be intimidating. Working with a trainer allows you to become confident with how to perform exercises, use machines and navigate the facility. Be warned — an ego boost during exercise can promote stronger self-confidence and self-efficacy, which can help you stick with your exercise program over the long term.

5. Avoid Injury

I cannot express the importance of this! If you are new to exercise or find that some movements are painful, it is worth hiring a trainer to be certain that you are moving in a safe and effective way. Taking the time to learn proper exercise technique can improve your results and prevent annoying injuries.

6. Individual Attention

When it comes to fitness, everyone is different. Your unique body mechanics, experience, goals, fitness level, likes and dislikes can guide your trainer in creating a plan that is specific to your needs. With a program that fits, you are more likely to maintain the habit and see results.

7. Sport-specific Training

Do you want to prepare for a backpacking trip or an upcoming competition? Looking to shave some strokes off your golf game? Your trainer can design a fitness program specific to your sport, which will improve your performance and reduce your chance of injury during the event.

8. Training With Medical Conditions

Exercise is beneficial for preventing or managing many common chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. However, exercising with a medical condition requires additional precautions. A knowledgeable trainer with experience training clients with chronic conditions can design a program that ensures your safety and provides a positive exercise experience.

9. Aging Gracefully

As hard as it is for us to get older, our bodies change as we age. Perhaps the exercises you used to do no longer work with your body, or maybe you’ve stopped seeing results. A trainer can help you adjust or adapt your program as you age, which will allow you to maintain functionality and strength.

10. FUN

Believe it or not, exercise can be enjoyable. A personal trainer can make exercise both effective and fun. Group or buddy training can be a great way to increase enjoyment, make exercise social and attain the services of a trainer for a lower rate. And simply working with a trainer who you like and respect can be enough to provide you with more gratification from your workouts.

Haley Cawthon can be reached at haley.church@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @HaleyCawthon.

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