Thinking about getting started with a personal trainer? You’re making a smart move for both your physical and mental health. There are many benefits to working with a personal training professional one-on-one. Here, we’ll take a look at five reasons that booking solo sessions with a trainer is a solid investment in your long-term well-being.
1. Imbalance Correction
You likely move through your day-to-day life without giving much thought to your muscles—but your personal trainer will have a different mindset. Driving, sitting at a desk, picking up kids, carrying a purse/backpack/briefcase, and even the way you sleep can all impact your muscles, joints, and how you feel. Your personal trainer will evaluate your body to find muscle imbalances caused by your lifestyle and work with you to develop a plan to help get your body into alignment and feeling strong. Most plans to correct muscle imbalances consist of corrective stretches and exercises, as well as lifestyle changes that support the tough work you’re doing with your trainer.
2. Personalized Workouts
Sure, you can get a good sweat by doing a workout you find on the internet, but it won’t be tailored to your personal needs or goals. When you work with a personal trainer, they’ll talk with you to understand where your body and health are at currently—and where you’d like to go. As you move through your first workout, your trainer will take note of your strength and endurance abilities, and continue to tailor your plan to ensure that you’re working toward your ultimate goals. Your trainer will also talk with you about the types of exercise you love—and the types of exercise you hate. They’ll work to create a plan that you enjoy so that you look forward to exercising and feel better after
3. Increased Accountability
When you’re going through a workout plan on your own, it can be tough to motivate yourself to get moving once the initial excitement of the new plan wears off. Motivation fades—but good accountability does not. When you book one on one personal training sessions, your trainer will work with you to keep you on track. When you know someone is waiting for you to show up to your session, you’re less likely to procrastinate or skip your workout. If motivation and accountability have been a struggle for you in the past, be sure to mention it to your trainer so they can develop specialized strategies to help keep you on track.
4. In-The-Moment Adjustments
During your one-on-one personal training sessions, your trainer will watch your form and make in-the-moment adjustments to help you get the most out of each move. When you work out on your own, it’s impossible to see your body from each angle when you go through a movement, even if you’re working out in front of a mirror. When a trainer is able to make in-the-moment adjustments, they aren’t just protecting you from injury—they’re making every rep count. Your trainer can also increase or decrease your pace and strength to ensure that you’re challenging yourself without pushing too hard.
5. Workout Plan That Changes With Your Needs
As life changes, so will your workout needs. You may need to work out at a different time of day, adjust your workouts to accommodate health situations (such as pregnancy, surgery, or injury), or your goals may change with time. When you work one on one with a personal trainer, they’ll adjust your workout plans to meet your personal needs, while still helping you work toward your desired fitness level.