Whether you’re new to fitness, a gym fanatic, or an elite athlete, a personal trainer is essential to achieving your goals. Let’s be honest - when we go to the gym ourselves, we tend to get distracted. Sometimes we’re not feeling good, not feeling motivated, sometimes we bump into one of our buddies and we start talking for an hour, etc. There are lots of things that can come up that may prevent us from getting a quality workout in, or even from getting to the gym at all. This is where the value of a personal trainer comes in. Here are the top five reasons why I think that everyone needs a personal trainer:

1.     Accountability

How many times have you gone to bed and said to yourself, “Tomorrow I’m going to wake up early and go to the gym before I head to work” and, rather than doing so, decide to sleep in for an extra hour? Well, I have. This is where having a personal trainer is critical because a personal trainer will keep you accountable. You’re less likely to cancel a paid session than a solo visit to the gym. Trainers will make it clear that consistency is key, and missing a workout is a step backwards on the path to your goals. Training is also expensive, and you’re going to want to work hard to get your money’s worth.

2.     We Help Perfect Form/Technique

Form and technique are everything. Without it, you’re at a significantly increased risk of injury. We exercise because we want to live a better life, not a restricted life.

3.     Education

Exercise is science. Personal trainers are trained in teaching others how to exercise effectively. You must understand why you’re doing certain exercises and how they’ll help you improve. If you don’t know which exercises are most effective for reaching your goals, then you’ll never achieve those goals, plain and simple. For example, if my goal is to do a pull up, I wouldn’t spend all my time on a squat rack. Education is key.

4.     You’ll See Results And Reach Goals

Personal trainers understand the mechanics of fitness and we’re the perfect tool to help you achieve a specific goal. Whether your goal is to lose weight for a wedding or to run a marathon, we can provide a systematic and progressive training and exercise program to ensure that you reach your goals.

5.     We Help Challenge And Motivate You

Let’s be real: no one wants to be stuck doing the same exercises all the time. On the other hand, would you do burpees or ball slams on your own if someone didn’t tell you to? It seems unlikely. This is where a personal trainer can be useful - we get you out of your comfort zone and we push you to do things that you wouldn’t do on your own.

Now, for the real question: why do personal trainers need personal training? I hear this a lot when I tell my friends or clients that I have a personal trainer, even though I’m a certified personal trainer myself. Truth is, personal trainers are human, too. There are days that we don’t want to work out and there are days that we lack motivation. Trainers have crazy schedules, and can be working anytime from 6am to 9pm. Honestly, if I didn’t have an appointment set up with a trainer on days such as these, I’d be more inclined to take a nap than to get a workout in. When I work out by myself, I also never push myself to the limit that I know I can. Most of us trainers would probably appreciate a professional butt-kicking from time to time, too.

In order to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. The best way to learn how to be a great trainer is to learn how to be a client, and putting yourself in their shoes is the best way to do so. The best way to prescribe exercise is to do it first. Plus, it’s a great way to learn from others and get a workout in at the same time. That being said, I love what I do and I never intend to stop learning.