When starting a new fitness program or even going for a change in your current plan, oftentimes people wonder the benefits/drawbacks to doing a fitness regimen on your own. There really are pluses to both approaches, but it helps if you consider who you are, what motivates you, and where you have already been in your history of working out.
Before you decide if you would benefit from a personal trainer or an independent plan on your own, it is important to ask yourself some questions to determine the best fit for you.
- Are you not a self starter and need a certain level of motivation that you have a hard time finding on your own?
- Are finances a factor?
- Is your schedule such that you can adhere to the schedule offered in a gym or with a private trainer?
- Do you belong to a gym where personal training is either included in your membership or offered at a discounted rate for members?
- Do you work well on your own, but want fresh, new idea and challenges that you typically don’t have the time to search for and implement?
- Are you training for a specialized event (Tri, Iron man, Cross fit competition) and could benefit from a trainer with that specialization in their professional certification/experience?
If you answered yes to many of the questions above, then maybe a personal trainer is a good option for you at this time. Keep in mind, people can rotate in and out of scheduled time with trainers and can employ them on a weekly basis, to even just once quarterly. When I was working out with a trainer regularly, I contracted with her on a weekly basis with a specific event in mind. Once I got through that event, I then continued with her once a quarter to shake up my routine and clean up any bad habits.
Some people know that meeting with a trainer once a week or month is needed to keep them on goal and moving forward.
Benefits of working with a trainer:
- Certification and current training, especially in your area of focus (training for Triathlons, etc.)
- Fresh ideas and approaches to get you out of that workout rut so you can continue to see results.
- Motivation and accountability much like a coach to push your butt when you need to be pushed
- A trainer who is an independent contractor can have the flexibility of schedule and location to meet you when and where it works best for the both of you.
Benefits of working out independently:
- Set your schedule and workout locations as is best for you, no coordinating with another person’s calendar required.
- Save considerably on costs paying for a trainer.
- You are a self starter and love looking into new workout ideas and starting new plans on your own.
- You have a specific event or training method in mind and it is difficult to find a trainer who is skilled and advanced enough for your needs. You can fit that bill yourself.
Regardless of whether you decide to work with a trainer or plan and execute your workouts on your own, the important thing is to find an approach that works for you and keeps you in the game and active, living life with passion and health!
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