Why I hired a personal trainer
Towards the end of 2013 I hired a personal trainer.
From the dawning of parenthood until that point I’d dallied with yoga practice, signed up for Pilates and then got bored, taken to doing the 30 Minute Shred on YouTube and various other vague attempts at getting fit.
But nothing was really working.
Granted the yoga was and does give me something beyond exercise, but it wasn’t really giving me the firm buns I craved.
So here I am, at the beginning of February, feeling fitter and healthier than I have in a long while.
Wishing that I’d hired a personal trainer years ago.
I can’t tell you how much difference it makes to have someone’s sole attention for an hour per week.
I wish I could do more.
Attention as they take you through exercises tailored to help you get your body and fitness levels just where you want them to be.
And it isn’t just the time I spend with my trainer that is making the difference.
It is knowing that I check in with her every week that encourages me to exercise in the interim.
Slowly but surely my inner thighs are looking less jelly-like.
And my backside is looking less like it’s on a collision course with the backs of my knees.
Having a personal trainer has gone from luxury to necessity
I started out thinking of having a personal trainer as a luxury, but my trainer has now become less luxury, more necessity.
Yes it’s a chunk of money each month.
But when I think of the equivalent amount of money I’ve wasted each month on gym memberships in the past, compared to the return on investment I’m getting now, my mind boggles.
The way I’m feeling at the moment, I’m happy to spend less on myself in other areas of my life, if in return it means I have a body that I am happy with.
Plus a level of health and wellbeing that means I am fit enough to take on the rigours of life and bringing up an energetic young daughter without feeling out of breath.
Thinking of hiring a personal trainer? Here’s ten reasons why it’s a great idea:
- They come to you, no more making excuses as to why you can’t get to class / the gym
- You get their sole attention, there’s no hiding at the back or discretely being half-hearted
- The exercises are totally tailored to your needs
- You get to go at the pace that’s right for you, rather than the pace of a class
- You will want to make the most of every minute because it is a financial commitment
- You will want to exercise between sessions, firstly because you want to be a good student
- You will want to exercise between sessions, secondly because you want the pain of exertion during sessions to stop
- The exertion during your session will never stop, because your trainer will always push you further
- You will love the way your body starts to look
- You will love the way training effectively makes you feel
Do you agree with my thoughts, or do you think I should be able to maintain my fitness without having to pay someone to coach me through?