Ask Trainer Jake: Why Personal Trainer
Q: What can a personal trainer do for me?
So you’ve just started at a gym and you aren’t familiar with the weight room. Where do you start? What do you do? Maybe you’ve played sports or checked out a treadmill sometime in your life. You’ve also attempted the machines and can pull some heavy weight, but you don’t really know what it’s actually working. How do you know if what you are doing is even helping? What machines/weights are best for you? How often should you be using the machines or free weights? How can you efficiently use all of this equipment to attain your fitness goals? All of these questions can easily be answered through a short consultation with a professional trainer.
Do you ever have pain in your joints, stiff muscles, or feel tired after something simple such as walking up stairs? Have a trainer do a physical assessment and within the next half hour you can learn a lot about your body. You don’t have to use any of the information, but the fact that you know what’s going on with your body will give you the option to further your physical training or not.
Keep in mind that every trainer is going to give you a different experience. Look for someone who will ask you questions and make sure to keep your goals in mind. Sometimes we lose motivation to work out and having someone counting on you to be there will give you no choice but to keep coming in!
How to pick the right trainer — Ask about their experience! Simple enough, ask what kind of training they have done, what their interests are, and what they are best at. This will bring to light some different ways of training that you may not have known. You are also setting yourself up for more than just a training session. You are creating a bond that shows you are serious and in turn will get knowledge and passion that you are undoubtedly asking for, without having to ask. Communication 101. You will be glad you did.
Remember that the trainer is there because they want to help people better understand fitness, nutrition, and stress management and possibly other bits of knowledge that they have acquired over their career. Use this to your advantage and ask all the questions you can! Even if you just use the trainer to find out about which machines will be right for you, your workouts and goals will benefit.