Whether you've decided to begin a physical fitness regimen or you simply want to take your training to the next level, you should consider hiring a private trainer to assist in achieving your desired results.
There are, of course, other options that you can pursue on your own, but each of these alternatives has serious drawbacks for anyone but the most disciplined and educated individuals.
The benefits and liabilities of performing your own fitness training
If you decide to try it on your own, there are many avenues for training. Each has its specific assets and liabilities.
Training at home
You can purchase equipment for both cardiovascular and strength training at home and save on travel time, crowded gyms, and club fees. Exercising at home allows you the freedom to work out at the times of your own choosing and at your own pace. You can also avoid the embarrassment of early training at the gym when you are out of shape in a world of buff gym members.
However, working out at home can be a double edged sword, because you have too much freedom and too many temptations that may cause you to keep postponing your workouts. Many individuals lack motivation if they are not training around other people. most beginners don't know how to use their equipment properly, leading to muscle pain, possible injuries, and lack of progress, any of which can deter an individual from their training.
Training at a gym
You can train on your own at a local gym, which provides companionship and motivation for those who need them. You are also more likely to actually work out once you've made the commitment to go to a gym. There are also group classes which can provide structure and focus to your training for specific results.
However, gyms are often very crowded, especially in the evenings after work. There are also an increasing number of temptations at some gyms, as juice bars turn into small restaurants and amenities such as fireplaces surrounded by comfortable couches may be irresistible in their siren call to abandon the gym floor.
Group classes are also limited in their ability to provide individual instruction. Attendees simply try to keep up with the class, often with poor form and little or no instruction besides imitating the moves of the class instructor.
The benefits of personal training
A personal trainer can design a training regimen based on your individual fitness level, health concerns, and goals. The trainer can also give advice on nutrition and weight loss, and well as explain how the body works and why each movement is performed to achieve a specific result.
Personal trainers excel in providing motivation and encouragement to the most reluctant and hesitant beginner, without using humiliation or intimidation. Trainers can also help those who have reached a plateau in their fitness level and want to advance their training methods. They want to help you to get into the physical condition to which you aspire, not only for your business but also for their love of fitness and health training.