Does Personal Training Work?

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By Trudie German

One of your New Year’s Resolutions involves getting in shape! You’re not sure how to proceed and you’re thinking about enlisting the services of a personal trainer, however, you’re apprehensive as to whether it works or not.

The good news is a personal trainer can help you achieve impressive results if you have a positive attitude and are willing to listen to the trainer and do what he or she suggests. This is because trainers will help you when it comes to exercise instructions, tracking your progress and pointing out proper and safe exercise mechanics. All you have to do is show up to the workout and focus your attention on working one on one with your trainer.

The trainer will worry about what you need to accomplish and even provide you with a detailed report of your progress over time; a really neat way to see solid proof that you are achieving your fitness goals.

Another really great reason for hiring a personal trainer; if you prefer not to go to the gym, the ‘gym’ will come to you. If you lack motivation and don’t want to go out in public when you exercise; trainers are bringing their equipment right to your doorstep for your convenience!

Mobile training is another fantastic service offered by some personal trainers and it will prevent you from skipping out on an appointment. It’s hard to say no when your trainer knocks on your door. This also prevents the same old excuses you might have for not wanting to exercise and will really help keep you motivated!

Getting the best results depends on you and your trainer becoming a team and working well together. Your trainer will support you but most of the results will depend on you:
1. Showing up to every scheduled session on time, every time
2. Following the exercise directions of your trainer
3. Focusing on the pre workout as directed
4. Following the post workout directions

All of these steps are your responsibility as the client. Results will also take time, especially if you are not cooperating with the trainer. For example if you are showing up to all of your sessions and are performing the exercises but don’t follow a healthy nutrition plan, accomplishing your goals will take longer than normal or could undermine all of your efforts.

Results happen faster and can be measured in various ways. Some people report that they see more energy in the first weeks, followed by weight loss, increase in muscle tone and an overall feeling of wellness. All of these things will continue to improve if you maintain a more regimented approach to your responsibilities assigned by your trainer.

I have demonstrated that personal fitness is something that takes time and effort and that results are contingent on your cooperation and dedication. If you are willing to put in the work, time and commitment then personal training will definitely work for you.

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