A rather good-looking personal trainer recently pitched his services to me. Not only did he sell his fitness expertise but also how he offers nutritional and dietary advice, and would continually motivate me to look after my general well-being. It’s a complete package; everything I could possibly want to look and feel good!
As the old saying goes though, if something seems too good to be true, then it usually is. Therefore I’ve been doing some research into the pros and cons of using a personal trainer to evaluate if it’s a worthwhile commitment.
The positives include:
Discipline & motivation
You’re paying for a service, and for someone’s time. Unlike those lengthy gym memberships that are often left to gather dust, you cause someone other than yourself a massive inconvenience by not attending. Therefore the discipline to attend is there. Alongside discipline there is motivation; you don’t want to let him down and he won’t let you down as it’s his job to keep you motivated. Win, win!
This one is simple – you’re doing it right. You can rest in the trainers knowledge that you’re only pushing your body as far as it’s safe to, and that you’re doing exercises in the safest and most effective way.
All of the above equals to fast results. Well, faster than if you’re stumbling around a foreign gym on your own…
This all seems fine and dandy, but if this were the case then why isn’t everyone employing personal trainers?
This is the most obvious one. You find a good personal trainer for less than £20 per hour, and the best can charge up to £150 per hour! Compared to a £40 p.month gym membership, with unlimited use its easy to see why only a select few use personal trainers.
Like with all trades there’s the risk that you could end up with a dodgy-dealer. The easy way to reduce this risk is to check that the trainer is affiliated with a recognized regulatory body, and has the necessary qualifications.
Becoming reliant on your trainer
This one isn’t quite so obvious, but when you see good results and are having motivation thrust upon you it’s easy to associate your continued success with your trainer. Normal practice is to spend a number of weeks with your trainer, get in shape, learn all the moves, then take responsibility upon yourself, with period reviews. If you become dependent on your trainer to motivate you, it’s all too easy to loose everything again after going solo. Keeping a trainer on board forever is a very expensive commitment.
So what about me? Truthfully I’m still unsure, but I have agreed to a free consultation and beginner’s session to see if it’s for me. Wish me luck!