I don’t like spending a lot of money on my services, I mean, c’mon, a girl gotta save for better things! However, I do believe in investing in good services such as my education and yes, my personal trainer.
I feel extremely high maintenance to admit that I have a personal trainer but I know I needed one.
I’m not particularly aiming to lose weight or change the way I look. I joined the gym because I realized how unfit I was and I wanted to gain weight (which in this case, is muscle mass) to be 110lbs so I can donate blood.
I have friends that are bodybuilders and gym rats but I feel it’s a lot to ask of friends to take in newbies and train them. I don’t think it’s an issue to work out with friends and perhaps provide some tips or form corrections, but it’s a big ask to ask your friends to spend an hour monitoring you and ensuring you’re doing the workouts correctly. Not to mention to provide nutrition advice and customize workout plans.
This is why I chose to invest in a personal trainer at Fitness World (formally known as Steve Nash Fitness) and while it is pricy, I don’t regret it. Here’s why:
- I’m New
I’ve been to the gyms but I don’t know what to do or how to use most of the equipment. On top of that, I don’t even know where to start. My PT showed so many workout moves that made my sessions fun! She also taught me how to use the machines and which machines to stay away from for my health and body. PT are there to be supportive and they’re patient, especially with newbies like me. I gained a lot of information on working out, nutrition and my body since training with my PT!
I’m a lazy person. The fact that I already paid for my PT sessions makes me attend them to get my money’s worth. On top of that, because I’m visiting the gym a lot, I feel motivated to attend even after my sessions with my PT. The motivation eventually turned into my love for attending the gym and it wouldn’t happen without a PT. She taught me how fun the gym can be, and how the gym isn’t intimidating.
We can all go on FitSugar to get all the workout steps and there are videos and GIFs to demonstrate it but keep in mind these are professionals. No amount of detail can make sure you’re doing your workout properly. I thought I knew how to do squats but it turned out I didn’t! I was doing one thing wrong which was throwing my entire squats off! My PT ended up fixing a lot of my corrections from lifting weights to push-ups and even my squats. A proper stance when doing a workout makes sure you get the full benefits of working out without straining any muscle or body parts. Really important that you don’t injure yourself!
- Nutrition on the Go
When you start committing to the gym or any physical activity, you need the correct diet to provide energy. My PT helped me out with nutrition and what’s good for me and what’s not. I’m a junkie – I look at candy, junk food and fast food. Since hitting the gym, I haven’t eaten fast food in forever! I opt for healthier choices and since exchanging numbers with my PT, she’s always there to guide me through my options and what’s the most beneficial for me!
- On-going Support
Once your session with your PT is over, it’s not the end. You’ll form a friendship by the end of it all, trust me. You will get ongoing support from your PT whenever you stop by the gym. They’ll check up on you and even give you advice as friends and not as a coach!
I know personal trainers can get expensive so make sure you put a lot of effort into your sessions! If you’re dying to get a PT, consider asking for a payment plan. I’ve done it and split my session into two payments to make it more affordable for me.
For those who are workout queens, consider a free PT evaluation to ensure you’re having the correct posture for your workout! They’re only 30 minutes and free!
Personal trainers are an investment but if you’re serious about your body and health, it’ll pay off when you know how to work out correctly and safely. I honestly don’t know what to do for firmer arms and a bigger butt but after some sessions, I feel confident enough to start working out on my own. For those who are curious, I had a total of approximately 15 sessions with my personal trainer before I decided not to renew anymore.