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Is It Worth Investing in a Personal Trainer?

Personal trainers can be very handy when you are trying to make improvements in your physical fitness level and health. However, at times it's hard to know if you’re really getting what you paid for, or if you ever really needed a personal trainer in the first place.

There are many determining factors behind a decision like this. It’s one of those things which if not properly thought out, could potentially leave you with regrets one way or the other. Sometimes it’s best to look at it from both sides of the coin so to speak.

PROS

1) Having a professional there to assist you by demonstrating proper technique is an important and essential part of any training program. Not only is this the first step towards working the proper muscles in an appropriate manner, it can also prevent injury.

2) Motivation can be hard to come by some days. You know those days where you say to yourself “If it were up to me…” Those days happen to everyone, and a good personal trainer is one who can easily lift your mood. You’ll have your workout hour done with in no time, and will probably have a better perspective on things as well.

3) Signing a contract and paying in advance can be one huge motivational aspect of its own. That type of commitment isn’t normally something you can afford to just let sit there being unused. Most personal trainers don’t accept monthly payments based on how often you go or don’t go either.

4) Personal trainers give you the opportunity to have an hour of guaranteed time with no distractions, no waiting for a particular piece of equipment or being caught with idle chit chat. Having that time devoted directly to you means your trainer is going to be sure you get to the point. It all comes down to making the most of your workout time, and your personal trainer is there for that purpose.

5) Sometimes it’s nice to have someone else tell you what your next step is. With all the choices and decisions you have to make every minute of the day, having someone do the thinking for you can be a well-needed reprieve, if only for an hour.

CONS

1) You may find yourself becoming too reliant on your personal trainer. This could become problematic, since you need to be able to learn how and why you are doing each particular exercise.

2) It is possible you may have a bad experience with a personal trainer. This does not mean they are all going to be the same. You may have to try more than one before you find one who ‘fits’.

3) Personal trainers can be an extremely costly expense. However if you feel it’s a necessity for your overall health and wellness, you may find ways to cut back on other non-essential items to permit yourself this little luxury without burden or guilt.

Working with a trainer can help you develop and keep your fitness goals. Your personal trainer is there to help you stay focused and motivated, all while helping you learn new fitness routines. Instead of investing in a full-time personal trainer, you may wish to consider consultations once a month or so, to enhance your home workouts and monitor your progress.

There is also the option of having a personal trainer whom you never have to meet face to face. There are a great many DVDs with a professional fitness expert teaching you the exercises in the comfort of your own home, and it can be just as effective. It may even be a better option for you, depending on your schedule and commitments. After all, you are getting fit and healthy for yourself, so why not do it on your own time and schedule as well?

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