Today I’d like to talk a bit about why our clients tend to seek out the help of a personal trainer to assist them on their health and fitness journey. People can often start wondering if they are seeking out a personal trainer for the right reasons and if other people seek out trainers for similar reasons. If the world of personal training is new to you, it can be easy to second guess yourself a bit and wonder if a trainer can help or not – or if you have to wait til you get a bit fitter before you see one. Here are seven of the most common reasons people contact us.
1. Don’t know where to start
When it’s been a little while since you’ve done any formal exercise and you feel like you’ve got an insurmountable challenge ahead of you, it can be very overwhelming and you end up sort of paralysed in confusion about what you should do and how you should get started. It’s very natural to want to reach out to someone who can help guide you in the right direction. Having your own trainer to help you figure out where you are starting from and design a suitable, personalised program that will get progressively more challenging as you get fitter and stronger can be an incredible help in getting the journey started.
2. Bored with current program
Unless you have done a lot of exercise in the past, you might be a bit stuck for ideas of how to keep moving without it becoming too boring. Boredom is often a factor in people stopping their fitness regimes so it’s entirely understandable that you might be on the look out for something a bit more interesting. Walking is often a fabulous start but after a while you might find yourself needing some more variety and new things to do.
3. Ready for a new challenge and want to step things up a little bit
If you’ve been at the whole exercise thing a little while but feel you are now ready for a bit more of a push, a personal trainer could really help you step things up in a safe way. A personal trainer can assess where your fitness is at and progressively and systematically make sessions more challenging so you are always progressing toward your goals. Having your own fitness professional on your side means that you won’t go too hard too fast which can be problematic.
4. To learn to exercise safely on their own
A great part of having a personal trainer is that you can will learn how to exercise safely with the right technique and a bit about why you do certain exercises depending upon your goals. The last thing you want is to get injured so it’s a great idea to spend a bit of time with a trainer making sure you are doing exercises correctly and that you are doing appropriate exercises for your goals, fitness level and body. A trainer will be able to assist you in making modifications to exercises if required to make them safe for you. The more practice you get, the more comfortable and confident you will feel about performing these exercises on your own.
5. Need help with accountability and motivation
It’s not uncommon for people to contact us because they feel like they should do something but they just can’t manage to get themselves to do it, or they can’t get it happening on a consistent basis. Having a trainer, particularly one that comes to your house means that you’ll always get your session in even when you don’t feel like it and get started on the road toward changing some habits that might be holding you back. Not everyone loves exercise, even people who do it regularly, they just know they feel better if they do it so having someone come to you and aid you in forming new habits is a great idea.
6. Need help to work safely around specific injuries or health conditions
If you’ve got an ongoing injury or health condition (or you’re recovering from one), having a personal trainer to help you work safely within the guidelines set out by your healthcare team can be extremely valuable. You want to focus on either recovering strongly from your injury/illness or managing your symptoms in the case of an ongoing issue – you don’t want to risk doing too much too quickly or doing exercises likely to make your condition more difficult to handle. Most personal trainers are more than happy to work with your healthcare team to ensure that you get the best possible outcomes. Physical activity can, in the majority of cases, aid in the management of physical and psychological conditions so personal trainers are very passionate about making it as positive an experience as possible.
7. Need support on their journey
Support is essential when embarking on what can seem like a mammoth journey toward improving your health and fitness. Sometimes you just need to have that one person along for the ride that you know always has your back and is there to provide advice, support and encouragement when if feels like the rest of the world is getting in the way. If you don’t have a very strong network of people who are supporting and encouraging your efforts to make positive changes, having a personal trainer can help steady the ship when it feels like things are a little out of control.
For many people, it is a combination of a number of these factors. Many of the clients we train are beginners (or haven’t exercised in many years) and we actually love that! While we can absolutely accommodate people who have been on their journey for a while already, we really enjoy getting people started from the very basics. Our clients have all types of goals around health and fitness – most of all we are here to help you succeed with YOUR personal goals – not the goals some chart says you should have. If you’re a little unsure about whether we can help you, shoot us a message via the contact page and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. We’d love to hear from you and find out a bit more about what you’re working toward!