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Should You Hire a Personal Trainer?

Should You Hire a Personal Trainer?

Deciding to be more active is a fantastic first step toward reaping all of the wonderful advantages of exercise, which range from improved emotions to better sleep to increased overall confidence.
Now, however, we need to consider where to start. Is it better to try a gym, where you can be sure of a bunch of strangers staring at you? Going to a home gym is still a great choice, but it does require a bit of prep-work. You can even do it outside, if you have the time and space, but you’ll need some clothes you like and a good workout partner.
Here’s a quick checklist to get you started:

1. Decide whether you’re going to be inside or outside. Many people who’ve never exercised have this fantasy where they show up to a fitness class at a gym and immediately like it. It’s easy to do, because you’re already standing around and sweating, but don’t fall for it. Even if you do like the idea of working out in a gym, you have to like working out in a gym. So, if you’re a morning person, then try to hit a gym at lunchtime. If you prefer to work out in the afternoon or evening, then head out on your hike. You’ll have a much better time getting the group moving, and you won’t feel so self-conscious about your choice of clothing or hike hat.

2. When you head to the gym, what do you look for? Do you want a personal trainer, or do you want to get started on your own? I prefer the trainer, but I may find myself at a trainer’s station at a gym, or in a class for walking. This is perfectly fine. I might be bored by the trainer, but I won’t be bored by a wall. If the trainer is a pushover and helps you along slowly, with plenty of praise and encouragement, then this will make your experience much more pleasant. Again, the trainer will find an audience.

3. Do you want a private class, or a trainer in a public class? This will affect the atmosphere of the class, of course, but more importantly the atmosphere of your personal trainer. If he’s in a public class with a bunch of people, then he’ll be all business and no fun. If you choose the private class, then he’ll be more of a hero. As the instructor of this class, he’ll be more like a role model. He’ll be more liked and less feared. He’ll be someone to look up to.

That’s not to say that if you choose the private trainer that you won’t also benefit from the positive influence of the class. The class can help you, if you need to. Maybe you’ve had a recent change in your body and need to work out the issues. Maybe you’ve been sick, and need to work out the symptoms, with your illness adding to the challenge. Maybe you’ve come to the class because you’ve read something about a healthy way of eating, or a way of working out that will benefit you specifically. Perhaps you just want to get moving, and the encouragement and friendliness of the trainer will help you along the way.

There are lots of ways that the trainer can encourage you, depending on what you choose to do with him. If you’re a loner who just wants to get moving, then the trainer will be very helpful. If you enjoy socializing, then the trainer will help you set up social activities to make the time with the trainer more enjoyable. Perhaps you just want to let the time pass, and be alone, then the trainer will help you accomplish this. The trainer will certainly think about you. He’ll also want to make sure that he gives you what you need to make sure that you get out the class and the exercise routine on your own terms.


In addition to encouragement, the trainer can also help you to push yourself. If you need to push yourself, then he can provide the help and advice to help you do that. Whether you decide to try something that you’ve never done before, or simply want to push yourself in a new area, then the trainer can push you along the way. He’ll push you to be careful, to pace yourself, to make sure that you get enough rest. He’ll want to help you understand that pushing yourself too far can be too dangerous. He’ll also want to encourage you to keep trying, to keep working at something. If you’re overweight, then the trainer can help you to start on a diet, to begin a program that will help you get back into shape. Maybe you just want to get moving and work your way up, to the point where you can take on a bigger challenge, one that may benefit you more and help you lose more weight.

He’ll certainly want to push you along, and to let you know when you’re pushing yourself too far. If you’re out of breath, or have a cough, or otherwise getting breathless, then the trainer will want to get you back under control. The trainer won’t be just interested in pushing you along. He’ll want to know when he’s pushing you along. Maybe he’ll want to know when you’re pushing him along too much, and when you’re pushing yourself too far. The trainer will be just as worried about getting out of breath as he is about pushing you too far.


Perhaps you’ll like to have the help of the trainer as much as he likes to have help you. After all, you’ll both be getting the same help in a way. You’ll both be working together to get you out of the new situation. Perhaps you’ll both want to be pushed along, both be working together to get you back into shape. Maybe the trainer will like to be pushed along, too, as he’ll be working with a friend. Maybe the trainer will want to be pushed along as much as the client likes to be pushed. The trainer will be just as concerned about the client pushing him along as the client is concerned about the trainer pushing him along.

You’ll probably want to push the trainer along, too, but perhaps the client will have different concerns. Maybe the client will be more interested in the workout itself than the push. Perhaps the client will be more interested in what the push can do for him than what the trainer can do for him.


The trainer is less concerned about what the push can do for the client. He’s more concerned about what the client can do for the push. Or maybe the push is less concerned about what the client can do for the client, and more concerned about what the client can do for him.

But the trainer is more concerned about what the push can do for the client than what the client can do for the push. This is the reality of the situation. That’s why a trainer is hired. That’s why the relationship between the trainer and client is that of a friend to a friend. Not a personal relationship, but a business relationship.

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