Why Personal Training Will Help You Accomplish Your Goals

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“Why consider a personal trainer?”

First, let’s define training. When I refer to hiring a personal trainer, I don’t only mean one-on-one sessions with a trainer. This could mean several things: your Anytime Fitness could offer one-on-one sessions, group classes, small group classes, or all of the above. Here are the a few things to consider when deciding on a personal trainer!

1. Gymtimidation

A trainer can help you feel more comfortable in the gym.

Despite what you might expect, trainers make the gym LESS intimidating. I know what you’re thinking. “I don’t want a trainer because THEY are intimidating. They’re not like me. They’re fit and they like this stuff – and I DON’T.”

Here’s the truth: a trainer can give you an education and a course of action that will remove the fear of weights, cardio, and machines. Also, they understand the fears the you face coming into the gym and if you open up to them, you’ll find that they understand you more than you think.

2. Accountability

It’s hard to walk this road alone.

Being consistent with a fit lifestyle is a very difficult task. And if you could do it alone, chances are, you would’ve done it already. When considering a trainer, ask yourself if you could do this on your own. If the answer is “yes,” then truly ask yourself if you’ve done it already. If you haven’t, maybe it’s time to get some help.

Knowing that you’re going to see a trainer, keeps you mentally aware and accountable of what you’re doing. Even if you see a trainer once a month, you’ll be pumped after seeing him because he’s fresh on your mind and you’ll immediately begin to feel aware of the fact that you’ll soon meet with them again.

3. Time

Your workouts will be more time efficient.

Many people object to training because they don’t think they have the time to see someone. A trainer will make your workouts more efficient and sometimes shorter. When you have a plan – it’s easier to have a distraction-free workout.

4. Education

You’ll learn how to organize workouts and live healthy.

The sooner you get educated - the sooner you can reach your goals. Having a personal training program as your guide could mean a huge difference down the road. Six months spent going on your own could mean losing six months of possible progress. Talk about wasting time.

So, if you’re convinced to seek a personal trainer, here’s one more thing to keep in mind…

Consider having a trainer for the long term!

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Here’s why…

You’re here because of your habits – and habits don’t change quickly.

One of the first things that I tell new members looking for a lifestyle change is that their current state of habits is a symptom - it’s not the problem.

If you don’t consider a serious change in your lifestyle, losing 20 pounds in six weeks is like putting a bandaid on a bullet wound. Placing yourself in a position of habitual change is the only way to build a lifetime achievement. Studies have shown that it takes 9-15 months for true habitual change. I suggest training in a 12 month program.

Plan for the “downs”.

Most people step into their training program planning for the three-month high that they’ll get right off of the bat. But they don’t plan the difficulty that it’ll take to stay on track once they’re not “feeling it” anymore. With a long-term training program, you’re trainer is there for you in the ups and the downs. Believe me, you’ll have some downs. So put yourself in a position in which you’ll be held accountable.

If you’re budget it tight for a trainer, decide to see them less during the month or less throughout the whole year. You can also try group training or small group training.

It's time to put yourself in a position where you can’t lose. Focus on true, lasting change.
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Luke Andrus is certified personal trainer, writer, folk music drummer, husband, and a father. Most of his writing experience is in poetry and fictional short stories, and he also proposed to his wife with a self-published children's book. He is a Narnia nerd with a degree in History, a minor in English, and a semi-obsession with the French language. He believes that fitness is not just about vanity, but about lifestyle, integrity, and the ability to take control of your life.

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