When you make the decision to take your fitness seriously one of the things that many people will recommend is hiring a personal trainer. But is a personal trainer worth it? Should you be spending additional money every week/month for someone to program your training and help you with your diet? The answer will largely depend on your circumstances and your goals.
There’s no denying that hiring a personal trainer can be expensive, particularly if you’re taking more than one session a week. However, there are so many benefits to hiring a trainer that make the investment more than worthwhile.
Getting the Best Out of You
If you’ve no real history of weight training or exercising in general then hiring a trainer is probably a good idea. They’ll be able to discuss your goals and create a plan for you to meet them, show you proper form for exercises and explain why it matters, help you plan your nutrition and generally put you on track to better health.
Even for those with experience in the gym, working with an experienced trainer can help take you to the next level. They’ll be able to push you harder, help correct any issues or imbalances with your form, and spot any potential areas you may not have picked up on yourself.
Justifying the Cost
One of the main things that puts people off working with a professional is the cost. On top of (occasionally extortionate) gym fees, the thought of spending even more money every month to have someone with you when you work out might seem like one expense too many.
You may be surprised at how affordable some personal trainers are. While the top celebrity trainers charge a small fortune for their time, most club trainers are fairly inexpensive (for an idea of what personal trainers earn read this) so it may be more affordable than you think.
Some trainers offer group discounts for working with several people at once, so if you train with friends or family you may be able to save some money that way.
It’s also an idea to space sessions out – maybe just one or two a month – to save money. You can check in with your trainer to track progress and pick up some extra tips and advice to help keep you on the path to achieving your goals.
There are many benefits to hiring a fitness coach of any kind, but only you can decide if hiring a personal trainer is worth it. They can help you improve various aspects of your health and fitness, but only you can decide if it’s worth the financial outlay.