Is it Really Worth it to Hire a Personal Trainer? by Sheryl Wright

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If you need to start a new workout or change your current routine, a personal trainer can help you with the basic building blocks of fitness. You can also get detailed monitoring to help you make sure your form is healthy. Finally, a personal trainer can help you shed moves that don’t do you much good.

Increase the Efficiency of Your Workout

We all have a finite amount of time to work out. If you are striving for gains and don’t seem to be getting anywhere, a personal training Portland session could help you choose the most efficient warm-up target moves that match your fitness goals allow you to chart your progress

You may find that you can combine some activities, like your warmup and pre-workout stretches, or change up your cool down so that your intense workout time can be a bit longer. If you are trying to build muscle, your trainer may help you to alter your schedule to increase intensity in each section of your lifting plan.

Improve Your Form

For those who want to get stronger by lifting weights, poor form can get in the way. It can also put you in a brace or a sling, so careful monitoring of your
posture alignment mechanics can help you to maintain better form and avoid injury. Part of building a healthy lifting form is developing the right muscle memory so you can eventually do the moves on your own. If you want to push through a level, a trainer can help you create a healthy foundation before you try to grow.

Try New Moves

If you have always used weight machines and are ready to move to free weights, start out with a personal trainer to feel your body in balance with small free weights. Learn the right stance, the proper posture, and the best hand position for the weights with your trainer as a guide before you start increasing the resistance.

A personal trainer can also help you increase the strength of your core before you pick up the weights. Without core strength, you increase your risk of back injury. Strong shoulders will be hard to build if your low back is out of whack.

Adapt to Age-Related Changes

A quality personal trainer will need to ask questions to find out about any underlying health issues and even family history. If the women in your family have a history of osteoporosis, your trainer may direct your exercise time toward weight-bearing exercises, yoga, and tai chi for core strength.

As men age, loss of muscle mass means that your trainer may encourage you to cut down your time on the track and spend more time at the weight bench. You may also be encouraged to up your protein intake, cut down on how much sugar you take in, and get bloodwork done to make sure your endocrine system is functioning normally.

Personality Considerations

Your personal trainer has been hired to push you. However, if you are a more laid back personality, you may not find that inspiring. If possible, present your personal trainer with your list of goals before you start. You may hate the new upper body moves you are struggling to master, but if you can see how they relate to goal #7 on your list, it may be easier to push through.

If you’re working with a personal trainer in a public gym, consider asking to observe them working with someone else. For extroverts, an attention-grabbing personal trainer will not cause problems, but if you are a more private person, getting training in a crowded space may make you uncomfortable. You may have better results and a more comfortable experience if you partner with a friend and hire a trainer to work with both of you.

Personal trainers come at a cost. However, if your fitness goals never seem to get any closer, a few sessions with a personal trainer can help you breakthrough that plateau. Long term, time with a personal trainer can help you avoid injury and greatly improve your health. A healthy body is a terrific investment.