If you’re like me, you may have avoided getting a personal trainer. I am terminally cheap, and so to drop the kind of money a lot of personal trainers charge, there had to be a very clear demonstration of value. I’ve been working out for a long time and was pretty sure there was nothing a trainer could do for me that I couldn’t do for myself. Boy, did I get a surprise! Here are five things a trainer did for me:
1) There are actually some exercises I didn’t know
Good trainers (like Tony) are constantly educating themselves and staying on top of the latest fitness research. For example, Tony just got Kickboxing certified and now incorporates that, as well as MMA and other cool things into his workouts. I, on the other hand, as the workout-er, do not typically do that much research. The benefits of doing new things are immense, psychologically and physically.
2) It took the embarrassment out of doing the new things
The first time a trainer told me to Bear Crawl and Crab walk across a basketball court I was mortified. People could SEE me! (Never mind that no one was watching…still). But somehow, doing those highly undignified things while being observed by a guy with a clipboard transferred my embarrassment off me. See? I told my silent, nonexistent critics…He’s making me do this.
3) Pushed me harder than I pushed myself
This was surprising to me, because I push myself pretty hard. But try doing a Tabata Style workout at home by yourself vs with a trainer. (If that was Greek to you, check out December 18th workout on FB). I am consistently surprised that I push out more reps with better form when Tony is working out with me than when I’m on my own.
4) Got me out of my rut
As a mildly obsessive compulsive person (which you have to be, I think, to workout every day at 4:30 am for years) I can get a little TOO comfortable with my routines. In some ways that’s okay, but you do need to mix it up to keep your muscles surprised (I’m pretty sure that’s not the right word, but you get the idea) and to avoid plateaus.
5) More supportive of me than I can be of myself
Although trainers are supposed to challenge you, it’s also very motivating to be encouraged as well. I tend to focus on what I didn’t do, or what I can do better next time, so to have someone tell me good job, and be excited for me is very motivating.